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Logistics Specialist Seaman Evans Sang, a native of Jackson, Miss., checks a package receipt in the hangar bay aboard multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5).5/1/2012
Logistics Specialist Seaman Evans Sang, a native of Jackson, Miss., checks a package receipt in the hangar bay aboard multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5).
Nofolk, VAU.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class(SW) Erin Lea Boyce/Released 
Information Systems Technician Seaman Philip Raynes, a native of Toano, Va., and Logistics Specialist 2nd Class(SW) Eddie Tracy, a native of Brooklyn, N.Y., receive stores in the hangar bay aboard multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5).5/1/2012
Information Systems Technician Seaman Philip Raynes, a native of Toano, Va., and Logistics Specialist 2nd Class(SW) Eddie Tracy, a native of Brooklyn, N.Y., receive stores in the hangar bay aboard multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5).
Nofolk, VAU.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class(SW) Erin Lea Boyce/Released 
Capt. Erik M. Ross, CO, USS Bataan (LHD 5), speaks with Vice Air Marshal Ray Lock, Commandant Joint Services Command and Staff College, and Cmdr. Toby Williamson, British Royal Navy, in the upper vehicle stowage during a tour aboard Bataan Apr. 24.4/24/2012
Capt. Erik M. Ross, CO, USS Bataan (LHD 5), speaks with Vice Air Marshal Ray Lock, Commandant Joint Services Command and Staff College, and Cmdr. Toby Williamson, British Royal Navy, in the upper vehicle stowage during a tour aboard Bataan Apr. 24.
Nofolk, VAU.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Dylan Miles/Released 
General Mieczyslaw Bieniek, Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Transformation, speaks with Capt. Erik Ross, commanding officer, USS Bataan (LHD 5), and Capt. George Vassilakis, executive officer of Bataan, during a ship tour April 19.4/19/2012
General Mieczyslaw Bieniek, Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Transformation, speaks with Capt. Erik Ross, commanding officer, USS Bataan (LHD 5), and Capt. George Vassilakis, executive officer of Bataan, during a ship tour April 19.
Nofolk, VAU.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class(SW/AW) Julio Rivera/Released 
ABFAN Wei Wu, a native of China, MMFN(SW) Junmin Jia, a native of China, AN Marcglenn Orcullo, a native of the Philippines, AN Edhessar Tungol, a native of the Philippines, and EM3(SW) Karla Martinez, a native of Ecuador, take the oath of citizenship.4/17/2012
ABFAN Wei Wu, a native of China, MMFN(SW) Junmin Jia, a native of China, AN Marcglenn Orcullo, a native of the Philippines, AN Edhessar Tungol, a native of the Philippines, and EM3(SW) Karla Martinez, a native of Ecuador, take the oath of citizenship.
Nofolk, VAU.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Hannah Wilhide/Released 
Capt. Erik Ross, commanding officer of multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5), addresses the crew and chief selects during the Chief Petty Officer pinning ceremony on the ship’s flight deck Sept. 16. 9/21/2011
Capt. Erik Ross, commanding officer of multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5), addresses the crew and chief selects during the Chief Petty Officer pinning ceremony on the ship’s flight deck Sept. 16.
Gulf of AdenMass Communication Specialist 2nd Class(SW/AW) Julio Rivera/Released 
Chief selects aboard multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5) sing Anchors Aweigh during the Chief Petty Officer pinning ceremony on the ship’s flight deck Sept. 16.9/16/2011
Chief selects aboard multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5) sing Anchors Aweigh during the Chief Petty Officer pinning ceremony on the ship’s flight deck Sept. 16.
Gulf of Adenby Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class(SW/AW) Julio Rivera/Released 
Machinist’s Mate 3rd Class(SW) Adam Veitch , a native of Trafford, Pa., takes samples of lube oil from the port shaft aboard the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5).8/7/2011
Machinist’s Mate 3rd Class(SW) Adam Veitch , a native of Trafford, Pa., takes samples of lube oil from the port shaft aboard the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5).
Mediterranean SeaU.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class James Turner/Released 
Boatswain’s Mate 2rd Class (SW) Kevin Mayberry calls “underway” as the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5) pulls out of port.8/4/2011
Boatswain’s Mate 2rd Class (SW) Kevin Mayberry calls “underway” as the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5) pulls out of port.
Mediterranean SeaU.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class James Turner/Released 
Lance Cpl. Dakota Wooster, a Marine attached to the Aviation Combat Element aboard the multipurpose amphibious assault USS Bataan (LHD 5), places safety wire on the anti-rotation bolt for an axel nut for an MV-22B Osprey nose tire.8/4/2011
Lance Cpl. Dakota Wooster, a Marine attached to the Aviation Combat Element aboard the multipurpose amphibious assault USS Bataan (LHD 5), places safety wire on the anti-rotation bolt for an axel nut for an MV-22B Osprey nose tire.
Mediterranean SeaU.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Dylan Miles/Released 
Capt. Erik M. Ross, new commanding officer of the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan, salutes Capt. Steven Yoder, Commander Amphibious Squadron (PHIBRON) Six, as outgoing CO Capt. Steve Koehler looks on.8/1/2011
Capt. Erik M. Ross, new commanding officer of the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan, salutes Capt. Steven Yoder, Commander Amphibious Squadron (PHIBRON) Six, as outgoing CO Capt. Steve Koehler looks on.
Souda Bay, CreteU.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class(SW/AW) Julio Rivera/Released 
Sailors and embarked Marines, attached to the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit, stand at parade rest on the ship’s flight deck during the change of command ceremony where Capt. Erik M. Ross relieved Capt. Steve Koehler as the new commanding officer.8/1/2011
Sailors and embarked Marines, attached to the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit, stand at parade rest on the ship’s flight deck during the change of command ceremony where Capt. Erik M. Ross relieved Capt. Steve Koehler as the new commanding officer.
Souda Bay, CreteU.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Hannah Wilhide/Released 
The official party renders a salute as Sailors and Marines post the colors during the change of command ceremony held on the ship’s flight deck where Capt. Erik M. Ross relieved Capt. Steve Koehler as the new commanding officer. 8/1/2011
The official party renders a salute as Sailors and Marines post the colors during the change of command ceremony held on the ship’s flight deck where Capt. Erik M. Ross relieved Capt. Steve Koehler as the new commanding officer.
Souda Bay, CreteU.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class(SW) Erin Lea Boyce/Released 
The official party bows their heads in prayer on the flight deck of the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan during a change of command ceremony where Capt. Erik M. Ross relieved Capt. Steve Koehler as commanding officer.8/1/2011
The official party bows their heads in prayer on the flight deck of the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan during a change of command ceremony where Capt. Erik M. Ross relieved Capt. Steve Koehler as commanding officer.
Souda Bay, CreteU.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class(SW/AW) Julio Rivera/Released 
Marines assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 263 (Reinforced) inspect an AV-8B Harrier engine in the hangar bay aboard the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5).7/25/2011
Marines assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 263 (Reinforced) inspect an AV-8B Harrier engine in the hangar bay aboard the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5).
Mediterranean SeaU.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd (SW/AW) Julio Rivera/Released 
Logistics Specialist 2nd Class (SW) Edwin Rumley sorts mail in the hangar bay aboard the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5).7/25/2011
Logistics Specialist 2nd Class (SW) Edwin Rumley sorts mail in the hangar bay aboard the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5).
Mediterranean SeaU.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd (SW/AW) Julio Rivera/Released 
Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Handling) 1st Class(AW) Devon Caldeira participates in a flight deck scrub down aboard the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5). 7/23/2011
Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Handling) 1st Class(AW) Devon Caldeira participates in a flight deck scrub down aboard the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5).
Mediterranean SeaU.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class James Turner/Released 
Embarked Marines from the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) wash the flight deck of the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5) July 23. 7/23/2011
Embarked Marines from the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) wash the flight deck of the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5) July 23.
Mediterranean SeaU.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class James Turner/Released 
Sailors use a P25 fire truck to wash down the super superstructure aboard the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5).7/23/2011
Sailors use a P25 fire truck to wash down the super superstructure aboard the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5).
Mediterranean SeaU.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class James Turner/Released 
Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class (SW/AW) Julio Rivera helps a shipmate dress in fire fighting ensemble (FFE) aboard the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5) during a general quarters drill.7/21/2011
Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class (SW/AW) Julio Rivera helps a shipmate dress in fire fighting ensemble (FFE) aboard the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5) during a general quarters drill.
Mediterranean SeaU.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class James Turner/Released 
An MV-22B Osprey from Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 263 (Reinforced) approaches the flight deck of the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5) during routine flight operations June 30. 6/30/2011
An MV-22B Osprey from Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 263 (Reinforced) approaches the flight deck of the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5) during routine flight operations June 30.
Atlantic OceanU.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Julio Rivera.  
A landing craft air cushion (LCAC) from Assault Craft Unit (ACU) 4 enters the well deck of the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5) during amphibious proficiency training June 30.6/30/2011
A landing craft air cushion (LCAC) from Assault Craft Unit (ACU) 4 enters the well deck of the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5) during amphibious proficiency training June 30.
Atlantic OceanU.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Julio Rivera. 
An MH-53E Super Stallion from Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 263 (Reinforced) approaches the flight deck of the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5) during routine flight operations June 30.6/30/2011
An MH-53E Super Stallion from Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 263 (Reinforced) approaches the flight deck of the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5) during routine flight operations June 30.
Atlantic OceanU.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class James Turner 
An AV-8B Harrier from Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 263 (Reinforced) prepares to land on the flight deck of the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5) during routine flight operations.6/30/2011
An AV-8B Harrier from Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 263 (Reinforced) prepares to land on the flight deck of the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5) during routine flight operations.
Atlantic OceanU.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class James Turner 
A landing craft air cushion (LCAC), assigned to Assault Craft Unit (ACU) 4, embarked aboard the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5), prepares to enter the ship’s well-deck June 28.6/28/2011
A landing craft air cushion (LCAC), assigned to Assault Craft Unit (ACU) 4, embarked aboard the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5), prepares to enter the ship’s well-deck June 28.
Atlantic OceanU.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Julio Rivera. 
A Landing Craft Utility (LCU), assigned to Assault Craft Unit (ACU) 2, embarked aboard USS Whidbey Island (LSD 41) lands on a beach in Spain during an amphibious assault as part of PHIBLEX 2011 June 28. 6/28/2011
A Landing Craft Utility (LCU), assigned to Assault Craft Unit (ACU) 2, embarked aboard USS Whidbey Island (LSD 41) lands on a beach in Spain during an amphibious assault as part of PHIBLEX 2011 June 28.
SIERRA DEL RETIN, SpainU.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class James Turner 
Two Navy beachmasters from Beachmaster Unit (BMU) 2, embarked aboard the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5), set up a landing station during the bilateral Spanish Amphibious Landing Exercise (PHIBLEX) 2011.6/28/2011
Two Navy beachmasters from Beachmaster Unit (BMU) 2, embarked aboard the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5), set up a landing station during the bilateral Spanish Amphibious Landing Exercise (PHIBLEX) 2011.
SIERRA DEL RETIN, SpainU.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class James Turner. 
A Marine from 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), embarked aboard multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5), surveys the area on a beach PHIBLEX 2011. 6/28/2011
A Marine from 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), embarked aboard multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5), surveys the area on a beach PHIBLEX 2011.
SIERRA DEL RETIN, SpainU.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class James Turner 
Navy beachmaster from Beachmaster Unit (BMU) 2, embarked aboard the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5), signals for a landing craft air cushion (LCAC) to land on a beach in Spain during an amphibious assault exercise. 6/28/2011
Navy beachmaster from Beachmaster Unit (BMU) 2, embarked aboard the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5), signals for a landing craft air cushion (LCAC) to land on a beach in Spain during an amphibious assault exercise.
SIERRA DEL RETINU.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class James Turner. 
A landing craft air cushion (LCAC) from Assault Craft Unit (ACU) 4, embarked aboard the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5), prepares to land on a beach in Spain during (PHIBLEX) 2011.6/28/2011
A landing craft air cushion (LCAC) from Assault Craft Unit (ACU) 4, embarked aboard the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5), prepares to land on a beach in Spain during (PHIBLEX) 2011.
SIERRA DEL RETINU.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class James Turner. 
The Military Sealift Command dry cargo and ammunition ship USNS Robert E. Peary (T-AKE 5) steams alongside the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5) during a replenishment at sea (RAS) June 25.  6/25/2011
The Military Sealift Command dry cargo and ammunition ship USNS Robert E. Peary (T-AKE 5) steams alongside the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5) during a replenishment at sea (RAS) June 25. 
Atlantic OceanU.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Julio Rivera. 
The Military Sealift Command dry cargo and ammunition ship USNS Robert E. Peary (T-AKE 5) steams alongside the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5) during a replenishment at sea (RAS) June 25.  6/25/2011
The Military Sealift Command dry cargo and ammunition ship USNS Robert E. Peary (T-AKE 5) steams alongside the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5) during a replenishment at sea (RAS) June 25. 
Atlantic OceanU.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Julio Rivera 
Chief Culinary Specialist (SW/AW) Christopher Johnson removes plastic wrapping from cargo delivered during a replenishment at sea between USS Bataan (LHD 5) and USNS Robert E. Peary (T-AKE 5).6/25/2011
Chief Culinary Specialist (SW/AW) Christopher Johnson removes plastic wrapping from cargo delivered during a replenishment at sea between USS Bataan (LHD 5) and USNS Robert E. Peary (T-AKE 5).
Atlantic OceanU.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Julio Rivera. 
Sailors and Marines aboard multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5) stack boxes of fruit on the ship’s mess decks during a working party in support of a replenishment at sea (RAS) June 25.6/25/2011
Sailors and Marines aboard multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5) stack boxes of fruit on the ship’s mess decks during a working party in support of a replenishment at sea (RAS) June 25.
Atlantic OceanU.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Julio Rivera 
Hospital Corpsman (SW/AW/FMF) 2nd Class Casey Goodman inspects produce aboard multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5) during a replenishment at sea (RAS). 6/25/2011
Hospital Corpsman (SW/AW/FMF) 2nd Class Casey Goodman inspects produce aboard multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5) during a replenishment at sea (RAS).
Atlantic OceanU.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Julio Rivera 
A Spanish AV-8B Harrier, attached to the 9th Spanish Harrier Squadron, prepares to land on the flight deck of the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5) June 25. 6/25/2011
A Spanish AV-8B Harrier, attached to the 9th Spanish Harrier Squadron, prepares to land on the flight deck of the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5) June 25.
Atlantic OceanU.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class James Turner. 
A landing signal enlisted (LSE) conducts final pre-flight checks on an AV-8B Harrier, attached to the 9th Spanish Harrier Squadron, prior to launching the aircraft from the ship’s flight deck June 25. 6/25/2011
A landing signal enlisted (LSE) conducts final pre-flight checks on an AV-8B Harrier, attached to the 9th Spanish Harrier Squadron, prior to launching the aircraft from the ship’s flight deck June 25.
Atlantic OceanU.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Julio Rivera 
An  aircraft director aboard the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5) guides an MV-22B Osprey, assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 263 (Reinforced), 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) onto the flight deck June 24.  6/24/2011
An  aircraft director aboard the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5) guides an MV-22B Osprey, assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 263 (Reinforced), 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) onto the flight deck June 24. 
Atlantic OceanU.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Julio Rivera. 
Sailors aboard the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5) prepare to hydrostatically test the ship’s fire hoses in the hangar bay June 24.6/24/2011
Sailors aboard the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5) prepare to hydrostatically test the ship’s fire hoses in the hangar bay June 24.
Atlantic OceanU.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Dylan Miles 
A landing craft air cushion (LCAC), assigned to Assault Craft Unit (ACU) 4, embarked aboard the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5), prepares to enter the ship’s well-deck June 23. 6/23/2011
A landing craft air cushion (LCAC), assigned to Assault Craft Unit (ACU) 4, embarked aboard the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5), prepares to enter the ship’s well-deck June 23.
Atlantic OceanU.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Dylan Miles. 
Marines from Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 263 (Reinforced), 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), brief a flight plan prior to parachute flight operations in a Spanish military training area northwest of Naval Station Rota, Spain, June 23.6/23/2011
Marines from Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 263 (Reinforced), 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), brief a flight plan prior to parachute flight operations in a Spanish military training area northwest of Naval Station Rota, Spain, June 23.
SIERRA DEL RETIN, SpainU.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Erin Lea Boyce. 
Spanish marines along with Marines from the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) prepare to load into an MV-22B Osprey to conduct parachute operations June 23 as part of the bilateral Spanish amphibious landing exercise (PHIBLEX) 2011. 6/23/2011
Spanish marines along with Marines from the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) prepare to load into an MV-22B Osprey to conduct parachute operations June 23 as part of the bilateral Spanish amphibious landing exercise (PHIBLEX) 2011.
SIERRA DEL RETIN, SpainU.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Erin Lea Boyce. 
Spanish marines parachute from an MV-22B Osprey assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 263 (Reinforced), into a Spanish military training area northwest Rota, Spain, June 23, as part of (PHIBLEX) 2011.6/23/2011
Spanish marines parachute from an MV-22B Osprey assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 263 (Reinforced), into a Spanish military training area northwest Rota, Spain, June 23, as part of (PHIBLEX) 2011.
SIERRA DEL RETIN, SpainU.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Erin Lea Boyce. 
Marines from the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) prepare to land in a Spanish military training area northwest of Rota, Spain, June 23 as part of the bilateral Spanish amphibious landing exercise (PHIBLEX) 2011. 6/23/2011
Marines from the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) prepare to land in a Spanish military training area northwest of Rota, Spain, June 23 as part of the bilateral Spanish amphibious landing exercise (PHIBLEX) 2011.
SIERRA DEL RETIN, SpainU.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Erin Lea Boyce. 
Spanish marines parachute from an MV-22B Osprey assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 263 (Reinforced), into a Spanish military training area northwest of Naval Station Rota, Spain, June 23, as part of PHIBLEX 2011. 6/23/2011
Spanish marines parachute from an MV-22B Osprey assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 263 (Reinforced), into a Spanish military training area northwest of Naval Station Rota, Spain, June 23, as part of PHIBLEX 2011.
SIERRA DEL RETIN, SpainU.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Erin Lea Boyce 
A Spanish marine parachutes from an MV-22B Osprey from Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 263 (Reinforced), into a Spanish military training area June 23 as part of PHIBLEX 2011.6/23/2011
A Spanish marine parachutes from an MV-22B Osprey from Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 263 (Reinforced), into a Spanish military training area June 23 as part of PHIBLEX 2011.
SIERRA DEL RETIN, Spain  
An amphibious assault vehicle from Battalion Landing Team, 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), exits the well deck of multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5) June 23.  6/23/2011
An amphibious assault vehicle from Battalion Landing Team, 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), exits the well deck of multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5) June 23. 
Atlantic OceanU.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Julio Rivera. 
Amphibious assault vehicles from Battalion Landing Team, 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), operate in the vicinity of USS Bataan (LHD 5) after exiting the ship’s well deck June 23. 6/23/2011
Amphibious assault vehicles from Battalion Landing Team, 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), operate in the vicinity of USS Bataan (LHD 5) after exiting the ship’s well deck June 23.
Atlantic OceanU.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Julio Rivera. 
Amphibious assault vehicles from Battalion Landing Team, 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), operate in the vicinity of USS Whidbey Island (LSD 41) after exiting the well deck of USS Bataan (LHD 5) June 23.  6/23/2011
Amphibious assault vehicles from Battalion Landing Team, 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), operate in the vicinity of USS Whidbey Island (LSD 41) after exiting the well deck of USS Bataan (LHD 5) June 23. 
Atlantic OceanU.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Julio Rivera. 
A land craft utility (LCU) from Assault Craft Unit (ACU) 2 performs a stern-gate marriage with the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5) during amphibious operations June 23.6/23/2011
A land craft utility (LCU) from Assault Craft Unit (ACU) 2 performs a stern-gate marriage with the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5) during amphibious operations June 23.
Atlantic OceanU.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Tamekia Perdue 
Spanish Navy Rear Adm. Fernando Querol, Spanish Naval Action Group-2, walks through rainbow side boys aboard multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5) during the bilateral Spanish Amphibious Landing Exercise (PHIBLEX) 2011. 6/22/2011
Spanish Navy Rear Adm. Fernando Querol, Spanish Naval Action Group-2, walks through rainbow side boys aboard multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5) during the bilateral Spanish Amphibious Landing Exercise (PHIBLEX) 2011.
Atlantic OceanU.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication 2nd Julio Rivera. 
Capt. Steve Yoder, commander of the Bataan Amphibious Ready Group (BATARG), addresses members of the Spanish Navy and Marine Corps during a tour of USS Bataan (LHD 5) as part of the bilateral Spanish Amphibious Landing Exercise (PHIBLEX) 2011 June 22. 6/22/2011
Capt. Steve Yoder, commander of the Bataan Amphibious Ready Group (BATARG), addresses members of the Spanish Navy and Marine Corps during a tour of USS Bataan (LHD 5) as part of the bilateral Spanish Amphibious Landing Exercise (PHIBLEX) 2011 June 22.
Atlantic OceanU.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication 2nd Julio Rivera. 
Capt. Steve Koehler, commanding officer of USS Bataan (LHD 5), discusses the ship’s flight deck with members of the Spanish Navy and Marine Corps as part of a ship tour during the bilateral Spanish Amphibious Landing Exercise (PHIBLEX) 2011 June 22. 6/22/2011
Capt. Steve Koehler, commanding officer of USS Bataan (LHD 5), discusses the ship’s flight deck with members of the Spanish Navy and Marine Corps as part of a ship tour during the bilateral Spanish Amphibious Landing Exercise (PHIBLEX) 2011 June 22.
Atlantic OceanU.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication 2nd Julio Rivera. 
A landing craft air cushion (LCAC), assigned to Assault Craft Unit (ACU) 4 and embarked aboard the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5), prepares to enter the ship’s well-deck June 21. 6/21/2011
A landing craft air cushion (LCAC), assigned to Assault Craft Unit (ACU) 4 and embarked aboard the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5), prepares to enter the ship’s well-deck June 21.
Atlantic OceanU.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Dylan Miles. 
A landing craft air cushion (LCAC) from Assault Craft Unit (ACU) 4 exits the well deck of the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5) during amphibious operations June 21.6/21/2011
A landing craft air cushion (LCAC) from Assault Craft Unit (ACU) 4 exits the well deck of the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5) during amphibious operations June 21.
Atlantic OceanU.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Julio Rivera/Released. 
Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class (SW/AW/FMF) Casey Goodwin gives training during a combat casualty course aboard the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5) June 20.6/20/2011
Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class (SW/AW/FMF) Casey Goodwin gives training during a combat casualty course aboard the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5) June 20.
Atlantic OceanU.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Tamekia Perdue. 
Marines from the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) launch in combat rubber raiding craft (CRRC) from the well deck of the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5) during a training exercise June 20. 6/20/2011
Marines from the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) launch in combat rubber raiding craft (CRRC) from the well deck of the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5) during a training exercise June 20.
Atlantic OceanU.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication 3rd Class James Turner. 
Marines from the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) launch in combat rubber raiding craft (CRRC) from the well deck of the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5) during a training exercise June 20. 6/20/2011
Marines from the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) launch in combat rubber raiding craft (CRRC) from the well deck of the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5) during a training exercise June 20.
Atlantic OceanU.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class James Turner. 
Seaman Cory Esworthy, a helmsman aboard the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5), stands watch on the bridge June 18.6/18/2011
Seaman Cory Esworthy, a helmsman aboard the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5), stands watch on the bridge June 18.
Mediterranean SeaU.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class James Turner. 
Air Traffic Controller Airman Anthony Vlahovich studies the Naval Air Training and Operational Procedures Standardization (NATOPS) manual in Bataan's Amphious Air Traffic Control Center (AATCC) prior to flight operations June 17.6/17/2011
Air Traffic Controller Airman Anthony Vlahovich studies the Naval Air Training and Operational Procedures Standardization (NATOPS) manual in Bataan's Amphious Air Traffic Control Center (AATCC) prior to flight operations June 17.
Mediterranean SeaU.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Dylan Miles. 
A hose team aboard the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5) prepares to combat a simulated fire during a fire drill in the ship’s hangar bay June 16. 6/16/2011
A hose team aboard the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5) prepares to combat a simulated fire during a fire drill in the ship’s hangar bay June 16.
Mediterranean SeaU.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Tamekia Perdue 
Intelligence Specialist 2nd Class (SW) Samantha Delaho participates in a 5K fun run on the flight deck of the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5) June 15. 6/15/2011
Intelligence Specialist 2nd Class (SW) Samantha Delaho participates in a 5K fun run on the flight deck of the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5) June 15.
Mediterranean SeaU.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Tamekia Perdue. 
Sailors and Marines aboard the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5) participate in a 5K fun run on the ship’s flight deck June 15.6/15/2011
Sailors and Marines aboard the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5) participate in a 5K fun run on the ship’s flight deck June 15.
Mediterranean SeaU.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Tamekia Perdue. 
An SA-330J Puma, attached to the Military Sealift Command dry cargo and ammunition ship USNS Robert E. Peary (T-AKE 5), takes off from the flight deck of the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5) during a vertical replenishment June 13.6/13/2011
An SA-330J Puma, attached to the Military Sealift Command dry cargo and ammunition ship USNS Robert E. Peary (T-AKE 5), takes off from the flight deck of the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5) during a vertical replenishment June 13.
Mediterranean SeaU.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication 2nd Class Julio Rivera. 
An Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Handling) launches a UH-1N Huey from Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 263 (Reinforced), 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit, off the flight deck of the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5) June 10.6/10/2011
An Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Handling) launches a UH-1N Huey from Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 263 (Reinforced), 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit, off the flight deck of the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5) June 10.
Mediterranean SeaU.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Julio Rivera. 
The honor guard aboard the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5) fires a 21-gun salute during a burial-at-sea ceremony in the ship’s hangar bay May 21.5/21/2011
The honor guard aboard the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5) fires a 21-gun salute during a burial-at-sea ceremony in the ship’s hangar bay May 21.
Mediterranean SeaU.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Erin Lea Boyce. 
Cmdr. Steven Souders, the command chaplain aboard the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5), provides the benediction during a burial-at-sea ceremony in the ship’s hangar bay May 21. 5/21/2011
Cmdr. Steven Souders, the command chaplain aboard the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5), provides the benediction during a burial-at-sea ceremony in the ship’s hangar bay May 21.
Mediterranean SeaU.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Erin Lea Boyce. 
Capt. Erik Ross, executive officer of the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5), and an honor detail render salutes during a burial-at-sea ceremony in the ship’s hangar bay May 21. 5/21/2011
Capt. Erik Ross, executive officer of the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5), and an honor detail render salutes during a burial-at-sea ceremony in the ship’s hangar bay May 21.
U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Julio Rivera. 
Aviation Structural Mechanic Airman Edgardo Santos, attached to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 28, services the main rotor head on an MH- 60S Seahawk helicopter in the hangar bay aboard the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5).5/20/2011
Aviation Structural Mechanic Airman Edgardo Santos, attached to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 28, services the main rotor head on an MH- 60S Seahawk helicopter in the hangar bay aboard the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5).
Mediterranean SeaU.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman James Turner. 
Pfc. Caleb J. Schott, attached to the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU),  participates in mortar training drills in the hangar bay aboard the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5) May 20.5/20/2011
Pfc. Caleb J. Schott, attached to the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU),  participates in mortar training drills in the hangar bay aboard the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5) May 20.
Mediterranean SeaU.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman James Turner. 
Machinist’s Mate 3rd Class (SW) Dwayne Brumfield inspects an atomizer in the forward main machinery room aboard the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5) May 17. 5/18/2011
Machinist’s Mate 3rd Class (SW) Dwayne Brumfield inspects an atomizer in the forward main machinery room aboard the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5) May 17.
Mediterranean SeaU.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Seaman James Turner.  
Hull Technician 3rd Class Conor Macdermott removes an atomizer from the boiler in the forward main machinery room aboard the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5) May 17.5/17/2011
Hull Technician 3rd Class Conor Macdermott removes an atomizer from the boiler in the forward main machinery room aboard the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5) May 17.
Mediterranean SeaU.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Seaman James Turner. 
MV-22B Osprey Pilots attached to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 263 (Reinforced), 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit , prepare to land on the flight deck of the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5) May 16. 5/16/2011
MV-22B Osprey Pilots attached to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 263 (Reinforced), 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit , prepare to land on the flight deck of the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5) May 16.
Mediterranean SeaU.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Julio Rivera. 
A landing signal enlisted Sailor attached to multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5) lands an MV-22B Osprey from Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 263 (Reinforced), 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit, on the ship’s flight deck May 16.5/16/2011
A landing signal enlisted Sailor attached to multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5) lands an MV-22B Osprey from Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 263 (Reinforced), 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit, on the ship’s flight deck May 16.
Mediterranean SeaU.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Julio Rivera. 
MV-22B Osprey Pilots attached to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 263 (Reinforced), 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit, position their aircraft to receive the refueling drogue (basket) of a KC-130J Hercules during aerial refueling. 5/16/2011
MV-22B Osprey Pilots attached to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 263 (Reinforced), 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit, position their aircraft to receive the refueling drogue (basket) of a KC-130J Hercules during aerial refueling.
Mediterranean SeaU.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Julio Rivera. 
Sailors and Marines aboard the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5), cooperate in line handling during a replenishment at sea May 115/11/2011
Sailors and Marines aboard the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5), cooperate in line handling during a replenishment at sea May 11
Mediterranean SeaMass Communication Specialist Seaman James Turner 
Master Chief Boatswain’s Mate (SW) George Delamotte, deck department leading chief aboard the USS Bataan (LHD 5), oversees connected replenishment operations with the Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS Kanawha (T-AO 196).5/11/2011
Master Chief Boatswain’s Mate (SW) George Delamotte, deck department leading chief aboard the USS Bataan (LHD 5), oversees connected replenishment operations with the Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS Kanawha (T-AO 196).
Mediterranean SeaU.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Class James Turner. 
Sailors aboard the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5) receive supplies during a connected replenishment with the Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS Kanawha (T-AO 196) May 11.5/11/2011
Sailors aboard the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5) receive supplies during a connected replenishment with the Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS Kanawha (T-AO 196) May 11.
Mediterranean SeaU.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Class James Turner. 
Aviation  Boatswain’s Mate 3rd Class (Handling) Garrison Bellew, aircraft handler, secures an MV-22B Osprey to the flight deck of the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5).5/8/2011
Aviation  Boatswain’s Mate 3rd Class (Handling) Garrison Bellew, aircraft handler, secures an MV-22B Osprey to the flight deck of the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5).
Mediterranean SeaU.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Julio Rivera. 
Aviation  Boatswain’s Mates (Handling) attached to the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5) prepare to secure an MH-53E Super Stallion to the ship’s flight deck May 8. 5/8/2011
Aviation  Boatswain’s Mates (Handling) attached to the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5) prepare to secure an MH-53E Super Stallion to the ship’s flight deck May 8.
Mediterranean SeaU.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Julio Rivera. 
– Sailors aboard the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5) clean the ship’s flight deck prior to flight operations May 8. 5/8/2011
– Sailors aboard the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5) clean the ship’s flight deck prior to flight operations May 8.
Mediterranean SeaU.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Julio Rivera. 
Marines from the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit, embarked aboard the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5), operate a combat rubber raiding craft (CRRC) in the Mediterranean Sea May 7 as part of routine amphibious proficiency training.5/7/2011
Marines from the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit, embarked aboard the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5), operate a combat rubber raiding craft (CRRC) in the Mediterranean Sea May 7 as part of routine amphibious proficiency training.
Mediterranean SeaU.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Julio Rivera/Released 
A landing craft air cushion (LCAC) from Assault Craft Unit (ACU) 4 sails toward the amphibious transport dock USS Mesa Verde (LPD 19) during amphibious proficiency training May 7.5/7/2011
A landing craft air cushion (LCAC) from Assault Craft Unit (ACU) 4 sails toward the amphibious transport dock USS Mesa Verde (LPD 19) during amphibious proficiency training May 7.
Mediterranean SeaU.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Julio Rivera 
A landing craft air cushion (LCAC) from Assault Craft Unit (ACU) 4 exits the well deck of the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5) during amphibious proficiency training May 7. 5/7/2011
A landing craft air cushion (LCAC) from Assault Craft Unit (ACU) 4 exits the well deck of the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5) during amphibious proficiency training May 7.
Mediterranean SeaU.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Julio Rivera 
An AV-8B Harrier from Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 263 (Reinforced), 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit,  launches from the flight deck of USS Bataan (LHD 5) May 6. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Erin Lea Boyce/Released)5/6/2011
An AV-8B Harrier from Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 263 (Reinforced), 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit,  launches from the flight deck of USS Bataan (LHD 5) May 6. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Erin Lea Boyce/Released)
Mediterranean SeaMass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Erin Lea Boyce 
Cpl. Keith Arway, a native of South Anboy, N.J., attached to Battalion Landing Team (BLT), 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), performs radio checks in preparation for a training exercise aboard USS Bataan (LHD 5). 5/6/2011
Cpl. Keith Arway, a native of South Anboy, N.J., attached to Battalion Landing Team (BLT), 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), performs radio checks in preparation for a training exercise aboard USS Bataan (LHD 5).
Mediterranean SeaMass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Erin Lea Boyce 
Marines of Battalion Landing Team, 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), take part in an brief prior to a training exercise aboard the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5)5/6/2011
Marines of Battalion Landing Team, 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), take part in an brief prior to a training exercise aboard the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5)
Mediterranean SeaMass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Erin Lea Boyce 
An SA-330J Puma helicopter, attached to USNS Robert E. Peary (T-AKE 5), transports cargo during a vertical replenishment with USS Bataan (LHD 5) May 5. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Julio Rivera/Released)5/5/2011
An SA-330J Puma helicopter, attached to USNS Robert E. Peary (T-AKE 5), transports cargo during a vertical replenishment with USS Bataan (LHD 5) May 5. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Julio Rivera/Released)
Mediterranean SeaMass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Julio Rivera 
Lt. Cmdr. Ted Williams, chaplain for the 22nd MEU, gives the opening prayer to Sailors and Marines during an Easter sunrise service on the flight deck aboard the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5).4/24/2011
Lt. Cmdr. Ted Williams, chaplain for the 22nd MEU, gives the opening prayer to Sailors and Marines during an Easter sunrise service on the flight deck aboard the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5).
Atlantic OceanU.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Erin Lea Boyce/Released 
Chaplains assigned to the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5) and 22nd MEU lead Sailors and Marines in a hymn on the flight deck during an Easter sunrise service aboard the ship. The Bataan ARG is deploying to the Mediterranean Sea.4/24/2011
Chaplains assigned to the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5) and 22nd MEU lead Sailors and Marines in a hymn on the flight deck during an Easter sunrise service aboard the ship. The Bataan ARG is deploying to the Mediterranean Sea.
Atlantic OceanU.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Erin Lea Boyce/Released 
Sailors aboard the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5) combat a simulated fire during a general quarters drill. Bataan is deploying to the Mediterranean Sea.4/21/2011
Sailors aboard the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5) combat a simulated fire during a general quarters drill. Bataan is deploying to the Mediterranean Sea.
Atlantic OceanU.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Tamekia Perdue/Released 
Marines from the Battalion Landing Team, 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 22 MEU, prepare for a small-arms training exercise aboard the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5). Bataan is deploying to the Mediterranean Sea.4/20/2011
Marines from the Battalion Landing Team, 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 22 MEU, prepare for a small-arms training exercise aboard the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5). Bataan is deploying to the Mediterranean Sea.
Atlantic OceanU.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Erin Lea Boyce/Released 
Sailors on board the USS Bataan (LHD 5) attend an ASVAB preparation course April 18. The 3 week course, taught by volunteer servicemembers on board, is designed to improve ASVAB scores to maximize rating conversion options in the Perform-to-Serve program.4/18/2011
Sailors on board the USS Bataan (LHD 5) attend an ASVAB preparation course April 18. The 3 week course, taught by volunteer servicemembers on board, is designed to improve ASVAB scores to maximize rating conversion options in the Perform-to-Serve program.
Atlantic OceanU.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Tamekia Perdue/Released 
USS Bataan (LHD 5) sails with the amphibious transport dock USS Mesa Verde (LPD 19). The Bataan ARGincludes Bataan, Mesa Verde and the dock landing ship USS Whidbey Island (LSD 41). The Bataan ARG is deploying to the Mediterranean Sea.4/16/2011
USS Bataan (LHD 5) sails with the amphibious transport dock USS Mesa Verde (LPD 19). The Bataan ARGincludes Bataan, Mesa Verde and the dock landing ship USS Whidbey Island (LSD 41). The Bataan ARG is deploying to the Mediterranean Sea.
Atlantic OceanU.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Julio Rivera/Released 
USS Bataan (LHD 5) transits the Atlantic Ocean April 16. <br>The Bataan Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) includes Bataan, Mesa Verde and the dock landing ship USS Whidbey Island (LSD 41). The Bataan ARG is deploying to the Mediterranean Sea.4/16/2011
USS Bataan (LHD 5) transits the Atlantic Ocean April 16.
The Bataan Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) includes Bataan, Mesa Verde and the dock landing ship USS Whidbey Island (LSD 41). The Bataan ARG is deploying to the Mediterranean Sea.
Atlantic OceanU.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Julio Rivera/Released 
The multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5) leads ships from the Bataan Amphibious Ready Group during a transit of the Atlantic Ocean. Bataan is deploying to the Mediterranean Sea.4/16/2011
The multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5) leads ships from the Bataan Amphibious Ready Group during a transit of the Atlantic Ocean. Bataan is deploying to the Mediterranean Sea.
Atlantic OceanU.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Julio Rivera/Released 
A CH-53E Super Stallion from VMM-263 lands on the flight deck of the USS Bataan (LHD 5). The 22nd MEU ACE brought aboard aircrafts&nbsp; including MV-22B Ospreys, CH-53E Super Stallions, AH-1W Cobras, UH-1N Hueys and AV-8B Harriers in support of 22nd MEU.3/31/2011
A CH-53E Super Stallion from VMM-263 lands on the flight deck of the USS Bataan (LHD 5). The 22nd MEU ACE brought aboard aircrafts  including MV-22B Ospreys, CH-53E Super Stallions, AH-1W Cobras, UH-1N Hueys and AV-8B Harriers in support of 22nd MEU.
Atlantic OceanU.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Julio Rivera.  
Sailors aboard the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5) and Marines from the 22nd MEU man the rails on the ship&#39;s flight deck March 23. Bataan and the MEU are deploying to the Mediterranean Sea. 3/23/2011
Sailors aboard the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5) and Marines from the 22nd MEU man the rails on the ship's flight deck March 23. Bataan and the MEU are deploying to the Mediterranean Sea.
Nofolk, VAU.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Erin Lea Boyce.  
Lt. Cmdr Vince Logan, maintenance officer aboard the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5) mans the rails on the ship flight deck March 23. Bataan and the 22nd MEU are deploying to the Mediterranean Sea.3/23/2011
Lt. Cmdr Vince Logan, maintenance officer aboard the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5) mans the rails on the ship flight deck March 23. Bataan and the 22nd MEU are deploying to the Mediterranean Sea.
Nofolk, VAU.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Julio Rivera.  
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