Military Photos: Amphibious Assault Ship

Marines make their way to the amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2):

U.S. Marine Corps AAVs depart for RIMPAC 2012
U.S. Marine Corps AAVs head for then amphibious assault ship USS Wessex to depart for RIMPAC 2012 (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Mike Meares)

A U.S. Marine Corps Assault Amphibious Vehicle (AAV) makes its way towards the open stern gate of the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2). These formidable vessels can carry 2-3 landing craft (LCAC or LCU), a full Marine Expeditionary Unit and up to 36 aircraft.

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