May 8, 2012 – USS Pearl Harbor, left, and USS Makin Island, embarked with Marines and sailors serving with the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit, sail here May 8. The unit embarked the ships, as well as USS New Orleans, in San Diego Nov. 14, beginning a seven-month deployment to the Western Pacific, Horn of Africa, and Middle East regions. (Photo By: Lance Cpl. Claudia M. Palacios)

[Image courtesy of the 11th US Marine Expeditionary Unit Website.]