Jul 18, 2008

Marines assigned to the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (26 MEU) embark on the amphibious dock landing ship USS Carter Hall (LSD 50) during the Iwo Jima Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) Composite Unit Training Exercise (COMPTUEX). COMPTUEX provides a realistic training environment to ensure the strike group is capable and ready for its upcoming regularly-scheduled deployment. The Iwo Jima ESG is made up of Carter Hall; the amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7); the amphibious transport dock ship USS San Antonio (LPD 17); the guided-missile cruiser USS Vella Gulf (CG 72); the guided-missile destroyer USS Ramage (DDG 61); all homeported at Norfolk, Va.; the guided-missile destroyer USS Roosevelt (DDG 80), homeported at Mayport, Fla.; and the fast attack submarine USS Hartford (SSN 768), homeported at Groton, Conn. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class (AW/SW) Flordeliz Valerio(Released) ::r::::n::

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26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable)