PACIFIC OCEAN (Dec. 5, 2011) Cpl. Jeremy Gonzalez, a scout sniper with the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (11 MEU), practices weapons handling in the hangar bay aboard the multi-purpose amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8). Makin Island is on its maiden deployment and conducting operations in the US 7th Fleet area of responsibility. (US Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Elyssa Quesada/Released)

[Image courtesy of the US Navy Website.]