Friday, December 14, 2007

Tarawa Ramping Up for STUFFEX

INDIAN OCEAN -- On the flight deck of amphibious assault ship USS Tarawa (LHA 1), personnel prepare to move aircraft into the hangar bay for the up coming STUFFEX exercise. This exercise gives the Air Department practice stowing as many aircraft and pieces of flight deck equipment in the hanger bay as possible, in the event of foul weather. Tarawa and embarked 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit are on a scheduled deployment in support of maritime security operations and the global war on terrorism. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Daniel A. Barker)