A Philippine Marine Corps (PMC) Marine, 3rd Battalion (MBLT), prepares to move out on patrol after exiting a US Marine Corps (USMC) Sikorsky CH-53E Super Stallion heavy lift helicopter along with USMC 3rd Battalion (BN), 8th Marine Regiment (3/8), Camp Lejeune, North Carolina (NC), Marines on a Unit Deployment Program (UDP) to Ternate Marine Base, Cavite Province, Philippines (PHL), while participating in a Marine Interoperability Exercise (MIX), which is a joint training exercise between USMC and PMC Marines, 02/17/2003
On August 25, 1986, the keel was laid for USS George Washington (CVN 73). This symbolic event signified the start of the carrier’s construction and the beginning of a 50-year legacy.
In the time since its keel laying ceremony, George Washington has engaged in numerous humanitarian aid and security missions, emphasizing how vital aircraft carriers are to support American operations abroad. Stationed in Japan, George Washington provided vital aid when Typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines this past November. The carrier has also been vital in maintaining diplomatic relations between the United States and South Korea, conducting naval drills and hosting distinguished South Korean guests onboard.
In order for aircraft carriers to support current and future warfare and be a 50-year investment, a mid-life refueling and complex overhaul of the ship is necessary. The RCOH process is imperative for carriers to continue operating as the centerpiece of the U.S. Navy fleet for another 25 years. USS George Washington’s impending overhaul emphasizes that maintaining RCOH funds should be a priority for our nation to maintain an 11-carrier fleet that is forward-deployed and present around the world.
Photo Source: National Archives
A Lance Corporal with Scout Sniper Platoon, 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment unloads a round out of his M40A5 bolt action sniper rifle as a part of an unknown distance qualification range August 18, 2014, at Bradshaw Field Training Area, Northern Territory, Australia, during Exercise Koolendong 14.
Armed with M-870 12-gauge shotguns and M-9 9mm pistols, six members of the Marine detachment from the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT (CVN-71) take part in boarding team training aboard the fleet oiler USNS JOSHUA HUMPRHEYS (T-AO-188). The Marines are being trained by members of Sea-Air-Land (SEAL) Team 8, which provided boarding teams to assist in the enforcement of U.N. trade sanctions against Iraq during Operation Desert Storm, 03/01/1991
A silhouetted US Marine Corps (USMC) Marine from Battalion Landing Team (BLT) 2nd Battalion (BN)/4th Marine Regiment (MAR REGT) (2/4), the ground combat element of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), rappels to the ground under the jungle sky during training exercises at Jungle Warfare Training Center (JWTC), 04/19/1999
US Marine Corps (USMC) Marines, Kilo Battery, 3rd Battalion (BN), 10th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division (MAR DIV), rush forward in the midst of a block ambush during a field operation in the North Fuji Training Area as part of Fuji Combined Arms Operation FY-04-2, 02/17/2004
US Marine Corps (USMC) Special Reaction Team (SRT) Marines remove a captured simulated terrorist away from a parked van while participating in a simulated terrorists holding hostages situation during a Force Protection Exercise (FPEX) conducted on MCB Camp Smedley D. Butler / Camp Foster. The FPEX was held to test and improve base security at MCB Camp Butler from March 29 to April 1, 2004, 04/01/2004
A US Marine Corps (USMC) Provost Marshal Office (PMO) Marine takes cover as he reacts to a simulated terrorists holding hostages on a bus situation during a Force Protection Exercise (FPEX) conducted on MCB Camp Smedley D. Butler / Camp Foster. The FPEX was held to test and improve base security at MCB Camp Butler from March 29 to April 1, 2004, 04/01/2004
A US Air Force (USAF) F-15C Eagle, 67th Fighter Squadron (FS), Kadena Air Base (AB), Okinawa, peels off from a two ship formation with a US Marine Corps (USMC) F/A-18D Hornets, Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (All Weather)-224 (VMFA(AW)-224), Iwakuni, Japan, above Andersen Air Force Base (AFB), Guam, during Exercise COPE NORTH. COPE NORTH is an exercise that includes troops from the US Air Force, US Marines, and US Navy training with troops from the Japanese Air Self Defense Force (JASDF), 11/10/2003