Saturday, December 08, 2007

BAY OF BENGAL -- A CH-46E Sea Knight nears the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) while returning from a relief mission in Pahoraghata, Bangladesh. Kearsarge and the embarked 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) Special Operations Capable (SOC) are conducting Humanitarian Assistance/Disaster Relief efforts in response to the Government of Bangladesh's request for assistance after Tropical Cyclone Sidr struck their southern coast Nov. 15. The Department of Defense effort is part of a larger United States response coordinated by the U.S. Department of State and U.S. Agency for International Development. (U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Robert Keilman)