Helicopters on the USS Essex

By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Mark R.February 9, 2009

GULF OF THAILAND (February 9, 2009) Marines assigned to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), embarked onboard the forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2), board a CH-46E Sea Knight helicopter bound for the Kingdom of Thailand as a part of Cobra Gold 2009 (CG09).  Cobra Gold is an annual Kingdom of Thailand and U.S. co-sponsored military exercise designed to train U.S. and partner asian-pacific nation forces. The exercise will also include humanitarian civic action projects with participating nations from Indonesia, Japan, Singapore, Thailand and the U.S. The U.S. will also engage with Thai military forces in a field training exercise to promote familarity with and cohesion between these partner nation's military forces. CG 09 provides a unique and dynamic environment to strengthen the bond between these partner militaries and the Thai community. Essex is commanded by Capt. Brent Canady and the lead ship of the only forward-deployed U.S. Expeditionary Strike Group and serves as the flagship for CTF 76, the Navy's only forward-deployed amphibious force commander.  Task Force 76 is headquartered at White Beach Naval Facility, Okinawa, Japan, with a detachment in Sasebo, Japan.
1 / 5 Show Caption + Hide Caption – GULF OF THAILAND (February 9, 2009) Marines assigned to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), embarked onboard the forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2), board a CH-46E Sea Knight helicopter bound for the Kingdom of Thailand as a part of Cobra Gold 2009 (CG09). Cobra Gold is an annual Kingdom of Thailand and U.S. co-sponsored military exercise designed to train U.S. and partner asian-pacific nation forces. The exercise will also include humanitarian civic action projects with participating nations from Indonesia, Japan, Singapore, Thailand and the U.S. The U.S. will also engage with Thai military forces in a field training exercise to promote familarity with and cohesion between these partner nation's military forces. CG 09 provides a unique and dynamic environment to strengthen the bond between these partner militaries and the Thai community. Essex is commanded by Capt. Brent Canady and the lead ship of the only forward-deployed U.S. Expeditionary Strike Group and serves as the flagship for CTF 76, the Navy's only forward-deployed amphibious force commander. Task Force 76 is headquartered at White Beach Naval Facility, Okinawa, Japan, with a detachment in Sasebo, Japan. (Photo Credit: Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Mark R.) VIEW ORIGINAL
SATTAHIP, Thailand (Feb. 8, 2009) - A Royal Thai Navy helicopter lands on the USS Essex (LHD 2) off the coast of Sattahip, Thailand to earn deck landing qualifications during Cobra Gold 2009.  CG09 is an annual Kingdom of Thailand and U.S. co-sponsored military exercise designed to train U.S. and partner Asian-Pacific forces.  The exercise will include humanitarian projects with participants from Indonesia, Japan, Singapore, Thailand and the United States.  The U.S. will also engage with Thai military forces in a field training exercise to promote familiarity with and cohesion between these partner nations' military forces.  CG09 provides a multinational environment to strengthen the bonds between the Thai community and partner militaries.
2 / 5 Show Caption + Hide Caption – SATTAHIP, Thailand (Feb. 8, 2009) - A Royal Thai Navy helicopter lands on the USS Essex (LHD 2) off the coast of Sattahip, Thailand to earn deck landing qualifications during Cobra Gold 2009. CG09 is an annual Kingdom of Thailand and U.S. co-sponsored military exercise designed to train U.S. and partner Asian-Pacific forces. The exercise will include humanitarian projects with participants from Indonesia, Japan, Singapore, Thailand and the United States. The U.S. will also engage with Thai military forces in a field training exercise to promote familiarity with and cohesion between these partner nations' military forces. CG09 provides a multinational environment to strengthen the bonds between the Thai community and partner militaries. (Photo Credit: Lt. Denver Applehans) VIEW ORIGINAL
GULF OF THAILAND (Feb. 8, 2009) - Aviation Boatswain's Mate 1st Class Giancarlo Treano guides a Seahawk S70-B helicopter of the Thai Royal Navy onto the flight deck of the forward deployed amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) during an exercise in support of Cobra Gold 09 (CG 09). CG 09 is an annual Thailand and U.S.
co-sponsored joint coalition multinational military exercise designed to train a Thai, U.S. and Singaporean Coalition Task Force.  The exercise will also include humanitarian civic action projects with participating nations from Indonesia, Japan, Singapore, Thailand and the U.S, and a U.S. Thai military field training exercise.  Exercise Cobra Gold provides unique and dynamic training opportunities for participating military partners, while promoting relationship building between militaries and local communities. Essex, commanded by Capt. Brent Canady,  is the lead ship of the only forward-deployed expeditionary strike group and serves as the flagship for CTF 76, the Navy's only forward-deployed amphibious force commander. Task Force 76 is headquartered at White Beach Naval Facility, Okinawa, Japan, with a detachment in Sasebo, Japan.
3 / 5 Show Caption + Hide Caption – GULF OF THAILAND (Feb. 8, 2009) - Aviation Boatswain's Mate 1st Class Giancarlo Treano guides a Seahawk S70-B helicopter of the Thai Royal Navy onto the flight deck of the forward deployed amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) during an exercise in support of Cobra Gold 09 (CG 09). CG 09 is an annual Thailand and U.S. co-sponsored joint coalition multinational military exercise designed to train a Thai, U.S. and Singaporean Coalition Task Force. The exercise will also include humanitarian civic action projects with participating nations from Indonesia, Japan, Singapore, Thailand and the U.S, and a U.S. Thai military field training exercise. Exercise Cobra Gold provides unique and dynamic training opportunities for participating military partners, while promoting relationship building between militaries and local communities. Essex, commanded by Capt. Brent Canady, is the lead ship of the only forward-deployed expeditionary strike group and serves as the flagship for CTF 76, the Navy's only forward-deployed amphibious force commander. Task Force 76 is headquartered at White Beach Naval Facility, Okinawa, Japan, with a detachment in Sasebo, Japan. (Photo Credit: Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Matthew A. Ebarb) VIEW ORIGINAL
GULF OF THAILAND (Feb. 15, 2009) - Aviation Boatswain's Mate Airman
(Handling) Patrick Neimeyer, of Montgomery, Ala., stands on the flight deck of the forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) as a CH-53E Sea Stallion helicopter lands during exercise Cobra Gold
2009 (CG 09). CG 09 is an annual Kingdom of Thailand and U.S.
co-sponsored military exercise designed to train U.S. and partner Pacific-nation forces. The exercise will also include humanitarian civic action projects with Indonesia, Japan, Singapore, Thailand and the U.S. The U.S. will also engage with Thai military forces in a field training exercise to promote familiarity with and cohesion between these partner nation's military forces. CG 09 provides a unique and dynamic environment to strengthen the bond between these partner militaries and the Thai community. Essex is commanded by Capt. Brent Canady and the lead ship of the only forward-deployed U.S. Expeditionary Strike Group and serves as the flagship for CTF 76, the Navy's only forward-deployed amphibious force commander.  Task Force 76 is headquartered at White Beach Naval Facility, Okinawa, Japan, with a detachment in Sasebo, Japan.
4 / 5 Show Caption + Hide Caption – GULF OF THAILAND (Feb. 15, 2009) - Aviation Boatswain's Mate Airman (Handling) Patrick Neimeyer, of Montgomery, Ala., stands on the flight deck of the forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) as a CH-53E Sea Stallion helicopter lands during exercise Cobra Gold 2009 (CG 09). CG 09 is an annual Kingdom of Thailand and U.S. co-sponsored military exercise designed to train U.S. and partner Pacific-nation forces. The exercise will also include humanitarian civic action projects with Indonesia, Japan, Singapore, Thailand and the U.S. The U.S. will also engage with Thai military forces in a field training exercise to promote familiarity with and cohesion between these partner nation's military forces. CG 09 provides a unique and dynamic environment to strengthen the bond between these partner militaries and the Thai community. Essex is commanded by Capt. Brent Canady and the lead ship of the only forward-deployed U.S. Expeditionary Strike Group and serves as the flagship for CTF 76, the Navy's only forward-deployed amphibious force commander. Task Force 76 is headquartered at White Beach Naval Facility, Okinawa, Japan, with a detachment in Sasebo, Japan. (Photo Credit: Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Greg Johnson) VIEW ORIGINAL
GULF OF THAILAND (February 13, 2009) Aviation Boatswain's Mates (handling) prepare to stow a recently landed UH-1N Huey on the forward deployed amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD2) following flight operations in support of Cobra Gold 2009. CG 09 is an annual Thailand and U.S. co-sponsored joint coalition multinational military exercise designed to train a Thai, U.S. and Singaporean Coalition Task Force.  The exercise will also include humanitarian civic action projects with participating nations from Indonesia, Japan, Singapore, Thailand and the U.S, and a U.S. Thai military field training exercise.  Exercise Cobra Gold provides unique and dynamic training opportunities for participating military partners, while promoting relationship building between militaries and local communities. Essex is commanded by Capt. Brent Canady and is the lead ship of the only forward-deployed U.S. Expeditionary Strike Group and serves as the flagship for CTF 76, the Navy's only forward-deployed amphibious force commander. Task Force 76 is headquartered at White Beach Naval Facility, Okinawa, Japan, with a detachment in Sasebo, Japan.
5 / 5 Show Caption + Hide Caption – GULF OF THAILAND (February 13, 2009) Aviation Boatswain's Mates (handling) prepare to stow a recently landed UH-1N Huey on the forward deployed amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD2) following flight operations in support of Cobra Gold 2009. CG 09 is an annual Thailand and U.S. co-sponsored joint coalition multinational military exercise designed to train a Thai, U.S. and Singaporean Coalition Task Force. The exercise will also include humanitarian civic action projects with participating nations from Indonesia, Japan, Singapore, Thailand and the U.S, and a U.S. Thai military field training exercise. Exercise Cobra Gold provides unique and dynamic training opportunities for participating military partners, while promoting relationship building between militaries and local communities. Essex is commanded by Capt. Brent Canady and is the lead ship of the only forward-deployed U.S. Expeditionary Strike Group and serves as the flagship for CTF 76, the Navy's only forward-deployed amphibious force commander. Task Force 76 is headquartered at White Beach Naval Facility, Okinawa, Japan, with a detachment in Sasebo, Japan. (Photo Credit: Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Matthew A. Ebarb) VIEW ORIGINAL