Luzon, Philippines (Sept. 18, 2003) -- Amphibious Assault Vehicles
(AAV) launched from the amphibious dock landing ship USS Fort McHenry
(LSD 43) practice at a firing range on Luzon Island, Philippines.
The Essex Amphibious Ready Group, made up of Essex, USS Fort McHenry
(LSD 43), Harpers Ferry and embarked 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit has
been off the coast of the Philippines participating in Blue/Green
Workups. Blue/Green Workups is a bi-annual joint training
exercise designed to develop joint cooperation and meld the blue/green
team into one cohesive fighting force. Conducting the exercise in
the Philippine Islands also afforded the Sailors and Marines the
opportunity to interact with their Filipino counterparts. U.S.
Navy photo by Journalist 2nd Class Wes Eplen. (RELEASED)