The Amphibious Ship

The amphibious ship is becoming more important to US global operations for multi-mission operations. Ranging from soft power Haiti-type ops to high intensity ops, the new vertical lift aviation capabilities – the Osprey and F-35B – will enhance the capabilities of the amphib in the years ahead.

Credit: Navy Visual News Service, March 17th, 2010

In this photo show, one amphibious ship – the USS Dubuque – is pictured in a current operation.

  • The first two photos show an amphibious assault vehicle assigned to the 1st Battalion, 4th Marines based in Camp Pendleton, California, transiting to the amphibious transport dock ship USS Dubuque during a composite unit training exercise in preparation for an upcoming deployment.
  • The final photos show a CH-53 Sea Stallion helicopter landing on the flight deck of the amphibious transport dock ship USS Dubuque as an amphibious assault vehicle approaches the stern gate. Dubuque is conducting a composite unit training exercise in preparation for an upcoming deployment.

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***Posted April 4th, 2010

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