ATLANTIC OCEAN (March 30, 2012) The multi-purpose amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) is underway in the Atlantic Ocean. Iwo Jima is deployed as part of the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group with embarked Marines from the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (24th MEU) in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the US 5th and the US 6th Fleet areas of responsibility. (US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Zane Ecklund/Released)

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