USS Denver Loads up for Cobra Gold 2014 
140203-N-IC565-475 OKINAWA, Japan (Feb. 3, 2014) Sailors and Marines load supplies from a landing craft utility (LCU) vehicle into the lower vehicle area of the Austin-class amphibious transport dock ship USS Denver (LPD 9). Denver is assigned to the Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group and is conducting operations in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Bradley J. Gee/Released)
USS Denver Loads up for Cobra Gold 2014 
OKINAWA, JapanĀ  -- Amphibious transport dock ship USS Denver (LPD 9) completed an onload, of Marines and equipment at White Beach Naval Facility Feb. 5.

Joining Denver are the 3rd Battalion 1st Marines Kilo Company and Combat Assault Battalion Amphibious Assault Vehicle General Support Platoon.

"A lot of Marines don't see a lot of amphibious ship time," said Chief Warrant Officer Dustin Heffel, Denver's combat cargo officer. "So I think its great because the more Marines can come out here the more experience they will gain to make us better."

This on-load was conducted to assist Denver with Cobra Gold 2014 exercise.

Cobra Gold is an annual exercise conducted jointly between U.S. Navy and Thailand. It focuses on the mutual training interest of the countries and the combined ability to respond to a crisis in a timely manner.

The U.S. Navy continually strives to build and strengthen partnerships with its allies. Joint exercises demonstrate enhanced amphibious capability of American and partner nations and promote interoperability through maritime security operations.
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