Saturday, February 06, 2010

Amphibious Force 7th Fleet...

These photos are from Amphibious Force 7th Fleet Flickr Stream---all covering the Cobra Gold Exercises going on right now.

100203-N-6692A-154 GULF OF THAILAND (Feb. 03, 2010) Royal Thai Navy ship
HTMS Surin (LST 722) transits along side the amphibious dock landing
ship USS Harpers Ferry (LSD 49) during a "Leaf Frog" exercise. Harpers
Ferry is part of the forward-deployed Essex Amphibious Ready Group (ARG)
participating in Cobra Gold 2010, an annual exercise designed to train
Thai, U.S., Republic of Korea and Singaporean military personnel.
(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Geronimo
Aquino/Released)
PACIFIC OCEAN (Jan. 29, 2010) USS Harpers Ferry (LSD-49) prepares for an
underway replenishment with USNS Tippecanoe (T-AO 199). Harpers Ferry is
part of the forward deployed Essex Amphibious Ready Group and is
conducting spring patrol. Essex ARG is comprised of Amphibious Squadron
Eleven (CPR 11), amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2), amphibious
transport dock USS Denver (LPD 9), and amphibious dock landing ship USS
Harpers Ferry (LSD 49). The Essex ARG has the 31st Marine Expeditionary
Unit embarked, and this group reports to Commander, Amphibious Force
Seventh Fleet, Rear Adm. Richard Landolt, who is headquartered in
Okinawa, Japan. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd
Class Casey H. Kyhl/Released)
 
100203-N-5538K-055 PACIFIC OCEAN (Feb. 3, 2010) A 31st Marine
Expeditionary Unit amphibious assault vehicle exits the welldeck of the
forward-deployed amphibious transport dock USS Denver (LPD 9). Denver is
part of the forward deployed Essex Amphibious Ready Group and is
participating in Cobra Gold 2010. Essex ARG is comprised of Amphibious
Squadron Eleven (CPR 11), amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2),
amphibious dock landing ship USS Denver (LPD 9), and amphibious dock
landing ship USS Harpers Ferry (LSD-49). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass
Communication Specialist 3rd Class Casey H. Kyhl/Released)
 
100203-N-6692A-126 GULF OF THAILAND (Feb. 03, 2010) Republic of Korea
Navy ship Seonginbong (LST 685) transits along side the amphibious dock
landing ship USS Harpers Ferry (LSD 49) during a "Leap Frog" exercise .
Harpers Ferry is part of the forward-deployed Essex Amphibious Ready
Group (ARG) participating in Cobra Gold 2010, an annual exercise
designed to train Thai, U.S., Republic of Korea and Singaporean task
force personnel. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st
Class Geronimo Aquino/Released)
 
 PACIFIC OCEAN (Jan. 29, 2010) USNS Tippecanoe (T-AO 199) transfers fuel
to USS Shiloh (CG 67) as USS ESSEX (LHD2) prepares to disconnect after
completing a successful underway replenishment. Essex is part of the
forward deployed Essex Amphibious Ready Group and is conducting spring
patrol. Essex ARG is comprised of Amphibious Squadron Eleven (CPR 11),
amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2), amphibious transport dock USS
Denver (LPD 9), and amphibious dock landing ship USS Harpers Ferry (LSD
49). The Essex ARG has the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit embarked, and
this group reports to Commander, Amphibious Force Seventh Fleet, Rear
Adm. Richard Landolt, who is headquartered in Okinawa, Japan. (U.S. Navy
photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Casey H. Kyhl/Released)
 
 100204-N-7843A-106 HAT YAO, Thailand (Feb. 4, 2010) An AH-1W "Super Cobra" attached to the Air Combat Element of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit provides close air support to US and Thai Amphibious Assault Vehicles during an amphibious landing demonstration at Hat Yao Beach during Cobra Gold 2010. Exercise CG10 is a regularly scheduled joint and coalition multinational exercise hosted annually by the Kingdom of Thailand. This year marks the 29th anniversary for the exercise. (US Navy photo by Lt. Cmdr. Denver Applehans)

 
100204-N-7843A-121 HAT YAO, Thailand (Feb. 4, 2010) Republic of Korea Amphibious Assault Vehicles release a smoke screen before hitting the beach during an amphibious landing demonstration at Hat Yao Beach during Cobra Gold 2010. Exercise CG10 is a regularly scheduled joint and coalition multinational exercise hosted annually by the Kingdom of Thailand. This year marks the 29th anniversary for the exercise. (US Navy photo by Lt. Cmdr. Denver Applehans) 

4 comments:

  1. Ship 722: what country is that from? Does the American Navy have any small landing ships like that anymore? And if not, why not?

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  2. Sorry about that. I'll go back and get the captions to the photos but its the Royal Thai Navy ship HTMS Surin (LST
    722)...We don't use them because the LCAC's are deemed more capable. I'll fix the blog now.

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  3. Not pictured, put the US Army still has a fleet of LCU-2000 and the Frank Besson LSTs, both somewhat similar to the HTMS Surin.

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  4. Yeah but the US Army's amphibious 'fleet' is a wreck. They don't have a coherent plan to employ all the vessels that they have in service. How many times have you heard a Stryker Brigade being employed from the sea?

    Its too bad that they're so wedded to the US Air Force to meet their mobility needs. The Navy would be a great help for them....hmmm I smell a new post! Thanks!

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