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A starboard quarter view of the guided missile frigate USS CURTS (FFG-38) underway on patrol as part of a multinational force stationed in the region to safeguard shipping during the war between Iran and Iraq

A port beam view of the British aviation training ship HMS ARGUS (A-135) underway on patrol as part of a multinational force stationed in the region to safeguard shipping during the war between Iraq and Iran

A starboard beam view of the British destroyer HMS EXETER (D-89) underway on patrol while stationed in the region as part of a multinational force safeguard shipping during the war between Iraq and Iran

A port bow view of the destroyer USS HARRY W. HILL (DD-986) underway on patrol as part of a multinational force stationed in the region to safeguard shipping during the war between Iran and Iraq

A starboard beam view of the British destroyer HMS EXETER (D-89) on patrol as part of a multinational force stationed in the region to safeguard shipping during the war between Iraq and Iran

A port bow view of the guided missile frigate USS FORD (FFG-54) underway on patrol as part of a multinational force stationed in the region to safeguard shipping during the war between Iran and Iraq

A photographer's mate stands on the No. 3 Mark 7 16-inch gun turret on the stern of the battleship USS MISSOURI (BB-63) as he prepares to photograph the battleship USS WISCONSIN (BB-64), background, and other vessels on patrol as part of a multinational force stationed in the region to safeguard shipping during the war between Iran and Iraq

A starboard bow view of the battleship USS WISCONSIN (BB-64) followed by the amphibious assault ship USS TRIPOLI (LPH-10) as the two vessels patrol as part of a multinational force stationed in the region to safeguard shipping during the war between Iran and Iraq

The salvage and rescue ship USS BEAUFORT (ATS-2), foreground, the amphibious assault ship USS TRIPOLI (LPH-10) and an unidentified minesweeper lie at anchor in the gulf while taking part in a patrol as part of a multinational force stationed in the region to safeguard shipping during the war between Iraq and Iran

A port view of a Perry-class guided missile frigate underway on patrol as part of multinational force stationed in the region to safeguard shipping during the war between Iran and Iraq

A port quarter view of the guided missile frigate USS CURTS (FFG-38) underway on patrol as part of a multinational force stationed in the region to safeguard shipping during the war between Iraq and Iran

A port beam view of the battleship USS WISCONSIN (BB-64) underway on patrol as part of a multinational force stationed in the region to safeguard shipping during the war between Iraq and Iran

A port bow view of the destroyer USS PAUL F. FOSTER (DD-964) on patrol as part of a multinational force stationed in the region to safeguard shipping during the war between Iraq and Iran

A bow view of the battleship USS WISCONSIN (BB-64) leading the amphibious assault ship USS TRIPOLI (LPH-10) and other vessels on patrol as part of a multinational force stationed in the area to safeguard shipping during the war between Iraq and Iran

A port quarter view of the British destroyer HMS EXETER (D-89) underway on patrol as part of a multinational force stationed in the region to safeguard shipping during the war between Iraq and Iran

A port quarter view of the destroyer USS LEFTWICH (DD-984) underway on patrol as part of a multinational force stationed in the region to safeguard shipping during the war between Iraq and Iran

Members of Sea-Air-Land (SEAL) Team 8 and French commandoes prepare for a joint training mission on the fleet oiler USNS JOSHUA HUMPHREYS (T-AO-188). They will use the special patrol insertion/extraction (SPIE) method to be airlifted off the ship. SEAL Team 8 is providing boarding teams to assist the ships of the Maritime Interception Force in their enforcement of U.N. sanctions against Iraq during Operation Desert Storm

Members of Sea-Air-Land (SEAL) Team 8 and French commandoes attach their harnesses to a special patrol insertion/extraction (SPIE) rope hanging from a Helicopter Combat Support Squadron 6 (HC-6) CH-46D Sea Knight helicopter hovering over the deck of the fleet oiler USNS JOSHUA HUMPRHEYS (T-AO-188) during a training mission. SEAL Team 8 is providing boarding teams to assist the ships of the Maritime Interception Force in their enforcement of U.N. sanctions against Iraq during Operation Desert Storm

Members of Sea-Air-Land (SEAL) Team 8 and French commandoes hang from a Special Patrol Insertion/Extraction (SPIE) rope secured to a Helicopter Combat Support Squadron 6 (HC-6) CH-46D Sea Knight helicopter during a joint training mission. SEAL Team 8 is providing boarding teams to assist the ships of the Maritime Interception Force in their enforcement of U.N. sanctions against Iraq during Operation Desert Storm

Member of Sea-Air-Land (SEAL) Team 8 and French commandoes hang from a special patrol insertion/extraction (SPIE) rope suspended from a Helicopter Combat Support Squadron 6 (HC-6) CH-46D Sea Knight helicopter during a joint training mission. SEAL Team 8 is providing boarding teams to assist the ships of the Maritime Interception Force in their enforcement of U.S. sanctions against Iraq during Operation Desert Storm

A port bow view of the French destroyer FS Jean de Vienne (D-643) underway while on patrol as part of the Maritime Interdiction Force (MIF). The MIF was formed during Operation Desert Shield to enforce U.S. trade sanctions against Iraq.

Members of Sea-Air-Land (SEAL) Team 8 and French commandoes hang from a special patrol insertion/extraction (SPIE) rope secured to a Helicopter Combat Support Squadron (HC-6) CH-46D Sea Knight helicopter during a joint training mission. SEAL Team 8 is providing boarding teams to assist the ships of the Maritime Interception Force in their enforcement of UN sanctions against Iraq during Operation DESERT STORM

U.S. soldiers approach a CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter for transportation to another area after completing a patrol of the region. The helicopter is unloading supplies for Kurdish refugees as part of Operation Provide Comfort, an Allied effort to aid the refugees who fled from the forces of Saddam Hussein in northern Iraq

A U.S. Army military policeman mans an M-60 machine gun atop a vehicle while on patrol. U.S. military personnel in the area are taking part in Operation Provide Comfort, an Allied effort to aid Kurdish refugees who fled from the forces of Saddam Hussein in northern Iraq

Photographer's Mate 2nd Class Milton R. Savage, a Navy reservist on active duty, sits atop an M1038 High-Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV) as soldiers from the 284th Military Police Company stand beside the vehicle during a patrol of the city. U.S. and coalition troops are in Zakhu as part of Operation Provide Comfort, a multinational effort to aid Kurdish refugees in northern Iraq and southern Turkey

A serviceman mans a .50-caliber machine gun in a military helicopter while on patrol. Military personnel are in the area as part of Operation Provide Comfort, an Allied effort to aid the refugees who fled from the forces of Saddam Hussein in northern Iraq

A carton of milk breaks as supplies for Kurdish refugees are unloaded from a CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter. The material is being delivered as part of Operation Provide Comfort, an Allied effort to aid the refugees who fled from the forces of Saddam Hussein in northern Iraq. U.S. soldiers are approaching the helicopter for transportation to another area after completing a patrol of the region

U.S. soldiers approach a CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter for transportation to another area following a patrol of the region. The helicopter is unloading supplies for Kurdish refugees as part of Operation Provide Comfort, an Allied effort to aid the refugees who fled from the forces of Saddam Hussein in northern Iraq

A crewmen stands in a hatch aboard a Marine Corps LAV-25 light armored vehicle while on patrol in the city. Marines are in Zakhu as part of Operation Provide Comfort , a multinational effort to aid Kurdish refugees in southern Turkey and northern Iraq

A Marine aboard an LAV-25 light armored vehicle holds onto the L7A2 machine gun mounted on the vehicle's turret while on patrol in the city. Marines are in Zakhu as part of Operation Provide Comfort, multinational effort to aid Kurdish refugees in southern Turkey and northern Iraq

Marines in an LAV-25 light armored vehicles patrol the streets of the city during Operation Provide Comfort, a multinational effort to aid Kurdish refugees in southern Turkey and northern Iraq

Marines ride atop an LAV-25 light armored vehicle while on patrol in the city. They are in Zakhu as part of Operation Provide Comfort, a multinational effort to aid Kurdish refugees in southern Turkey and northern Iraq

U.S. Army UH-60 Black Hawk (Blackhawk) helicopters patrol over a recently established tent city during Operation Provide Comfort, an Allied effort to aid Kurdish refugees who fled from the forces of Saddam Hussein in northern Iraq. The tent city, located near Zakhu, is situated on the Turkey-Iraq border and the blue tents were donated by Japan

U.S. Marines armed with M-16A2 rifles patrol on the outskirts of a tent city near Zakhu that was established for Kurdish refugees. An encampment was erected as part of Operation Provide Comfort, an Allied effort to aid Kurds who fled the forces of Saddam Hussein in northern Iraq

U.S. Army UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters patrol over a Marine camp near Zakhu. The Marines assisted in setting up a nearby tent city on the Turkey-Iraq border as part of Operation Provide Comfort, an Allied effort to aid Kurdish refugees who fled from the forces of Saddam Hussein in northern Iraq

Marines from Battalion Landing Team, 2nd Bn., 8th Marines (BLT 2/8), climb aboard three LAV-25 light armored vehicles, left, right and center, and two LAV-AT light armored anti-tank vehicles as they prepare to move out on a patrol. Troops from the U.S. and other coalition nations are in Dahuk for Operation Provide Comfort, a multinational effort to aid Kurdish refugees in southern Turkey and northern Iraq

Marines from the 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment patrol a deserted Iraqi training compound in an LAV-25 light armored vehicle. The U.S. military presence in the area is part of Operation Provide Comfort, an Allied effort to aid Kurdish refugees who fled the forces of Saddam Hussein in northern Iraq

Mouwafak Al Shakran (left) and Rakeeb Omar Ahamad from the Jordanian Air Force pose for the camera as personnel from the 621st Aerial Port Squadron, McGuire Air Force Base, New Jersey unload cargo off a C-141B Starlifter aircraft from McChord Air Force Base, Washington. The United States Air Force personnel are participating in the Air Power Expeditionary Force that is taking place in Jordan. An ancillary mission of the force is to assist US Air Force and other multinational forces operating in Saudi Arabia and nearby countries patrol the no-fly zone over southern Iraq

Overall view of USAF Airlift and Weather Operations at an airfield in Jordan. The facilities are part of the ADVON Team that is preparing for theAir Power Expeditionary Force that is taking place in Jordan. An ancillary mission of the force is to assist US Air Force and other multinational forces operating in Saudi Arabia and other nearby countries patrol the no-fly zone over southern Iraq

A C-141B aircraft from McChord Air Force Base, Washington is about to land at an airfield in Jordan. The aircraft is carrying cargo and personnel that are participating in the Air Power Expeditionary Force that is taking place in the country of Jordan. An ancillary mission of the Force is to assist US Air Force and other multinational forces operating in Saudi Arabia and other nearby countries patrol the no-fly zone over southern Iraq

The ADVON Team from the 1ST Fighter Wing, Langley Air Force Base, Virginia exit a C-141B at an airfield in Jordan. The personnel are participating in the Air Power Expeditionary Force. An ancillary mission of the force is to assist US Air Force and other multinational forces operating in Saudi Arabia and nearby countries patrol the no-fly zone over southern Iraq

A C-17A aircraft prepares to land at an airfield in Jordan. The aircraft is assigned to the 14th Airlift Squadron out of Charleston Air Force Base, South Carolina. The unit is participating in the Air Power Expeditionary Force. An ancillary mission of the force is to assist US Air Force and other multinational forces operating in Saudi Arabia and nearby countries patrol the no-fly zone over southern Iraq

Personnel from the 621st Aerial Port Squadron, McGuire Air Force Base, New Jersey construct a TALCE Operations tent at an airfield in Jordan during preparation of the Air Power Expeditionary Force that is taking place. An ancillary mission of the force is to assist US Air Force and other multinational forces operating in Saudi Arabia and nearby countries patrol the no-fly zone over southern Iraq

A C-17A aircraft from the 14th Airlift Squadron, Charleston Air Force Base, South Carolina has its cargo unloaded and is being refueled at an airfield in Jordan during preparation for the upcoming Air Power Expeditionary Force that is taking place in Jordan. An ancillary mission of the Force is to assist US Air Force and other multinational forces operating in Saudi Arabia and nearby countries patrol the no-fly zone over southern Iraq

Inside shot of a building where deployed USAF personnel are temporarily housed. It shows the living conditions the personnel are dealing with while a tent city is being constructed on the Jordanian Airfield during preparations for the upcoming Air Power Expeditionary Force. An ancillary mission of the Force is to assist US Air Force and other multinational forces operating in Saudi Arabia and nearby countries patrol the no-fly zone over southern Iraq

Personnel from the 621st Aerial Port Squadron, McGuire Air Force Base, New Jersey unload cargo in a storage area at an airfield in Jordan during preparations for the upcoming Air Power Expeditionary Force. An ancillary mission of the Force is to assist US Air Force and other multinational forces operating in Saudi Arabia and nearby countries patrol the no-fly zone over southern Iraq

A C-17A Globemaster III aircraft from the 14th Airlift Squadron, Charleston Air Force Base, South Carolina takes off from a Jordanian Air Base after unloading personnel and cargo for the upcoming joint, United States/Jordan military exercise, Air Power Expeditionary Force. An ancillary mission of the force is to assist US Air Force and other multinational forces operating in Saudi Arabia and nearby countries patrol the no-fly zone over southern Iraq

A C-17A Globemaster III aircraft from the14th Airlift Squadron, Charleston Air Force Base, South Carolina takes off from a Jordanian Air Base after unloading personnel and cargo for the upcoming joint United States/Jordan military exercise, Air Power Expeditionary Force. An ancillary mission of the force is to assist US Air Force and other multinational forces operating in Saudi Arabia and nearby countries patrol the no-fly zone over southern Iraq

United States Air Force personnel deployed to Azaraq Air Base, Jordan, in support of the Air Power Expeditionary Force, line up for lunch in tent city. An ancillary mission of the Force is to assist US Air Force and other multinational forces operating in Saudi Arabia and other nearby countries patrol the no-fly zone over southern Iraq

Personnel from the 621st Aerial Port Squadron, McGuire Air Force Base, New Jersey unload cargo from a C-141B aircraft at Azaraq Air Base, Jordan. The supplies will be used in the upcoming joint Air Power Expeditionary Force operation with the Royal Jordanian Air Force. An ancillary mission of the Force is to assist US Air Force and other multinational forces operating in Saudi Arabia and other nearby countries patrol the no-fly zone over southern Iraq

Lieutenant COL. Brookhart (Right) the 1ST Services Squadron's Commander from Langley Air Force Base, Virginia, checks ration cards as personnel enter the dining hall tent on Azaraq Air Base Jordan. The personnel are deployed to Jordan in support of Air Power Expeditionary Force operations. An ancillary mission of the Force is to assist US Air Force and other multinational forces operating in Saudi Arabia and other nearby countries patrol the no-fly zone over southern Iraq

STAFF SGT. Abraham Malit (Right, Hometown: Angeles City, Philippines) and AIRMAN First Class Rick D. Podry (Left, Hometown: Phoenix, Arizona) both Structural Repair and Inspection personnel from the 49th Material Maintenance Group, Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico construct a banana beam coupling for an aircraft hanger on Azaraq Air Base, Jordan. The hangar will be used for United States Air Force aircraft in the upcoming joint Air Power Expeditionary Force operation with the Royal Jordanian Air Force. An ancillary mission of the Force is to assist US Air Force and other multinational forces operating in Saudi Arabia and other nearby countries patrol the no-fly zone over southern Iraq

Cargo from a C-5A Galaxy aircraft from the 3rd Airlift Squadron, Dover Air Force Base, Delaware is downloaded by deployed United States Air Force personnel at Azaraq Air Base, Jordan as Royal Jordanian Air Force personnel look on. The supplies will be used by US troops participating in the upcoming joint United States Air Force/Royal Jordanian Air Force's military Air Power Expeditionary Force Operation. An ancillary mission of the Force is to assist US Air Force and other multinational forces operating in Saudi Arabia and other nearby countries patrol the no-fly zone over southern Iraq

Personnel from the 49th Material Maintenance Group construct an aircraft hangar on Azaraq Air Base in Jordan. The hanger will be used for United States Air Force aircraft in the upcoming joint Air Power Expeditionary Force operation with the Royal Jordanian Air Force. An ancillary mission of the Force is to assist US Air Force and other multinational forces operating in Saudi Arabia and other nearby countries patrol the no-fly zone over southern Iraq

The 1ST Combat Comm. Squadron, Langley Air Force Base, Virginia has set up an operating site with tents and a satellite dish at Azaraq Air Base, Jordan. The unit will be participating in the upcoming joint United States Air Force/Royal Jordanian Air Force military exercise, Air Power Expeditionary Force operation. An ancillary mission of the Force is to assist US Air Force and other multinational forces operating in Saudi Arabia and other nearby countries patrol the no-fly zone over southern Iraq

STAFF SGT. Fenton C. Davenport, (Hometown: Hampton, Virginia) a Mock Controller from the 347th OSS, Moody Air Force Base, Georgia, sets up his computer and radio in the Command Post at Azaraq Air Base, Jordan. He is deployed to Jordan as part of the Air Power Expeditionary Force. An ancillary mission of the Force is to assist US Air Force and other multinational forces operating in Saudi Arabia and other nearby countries patrol the no-fly zone over southern Iraq

A C-141B Starlifter aircraft from Charleston Air Force Base, South Carolina arrives at Azaraq Air Base in Jordan. The aircraft is carrying personnel and cargo that will be participating in the upcoming Air Power Expeditionary Force operation with the Royal Jordanian Air Force. An ancillary mission of the Force is to assist US Air Force and other multinational forces operating in Saudi Arabia and other nearby countries patrol the no-fly zone over southern Iraq

STAFF SGT. William G. Staton (Hometown: Los Angeles, California) an Armament Systems SPECIALIST from the 389th Fighter Squadron, Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, directs munitions personnel on uploading an AIM-120 AMRAAM onto an F-16C Fighting Falcon at Azaraq Air Base, Jordan. The plane will be participating in the Air Power Expeditionary Force. An ancillary mission of the Force is to assist US Air Force and other multinational forces operating in Saudi Arabia and other nearby countries patrol the no-fly zone over southern Iraq

Armament Systems Specialists from the 389th Fighter Squadron, Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho load munitions onto an F16-C Fighting Falcon at Azaraq Air Base, Jordan. The plane will be participating in the Air Power Expeditionary Force. An ancillary mission of the Force is to assist US Air Force and other multinational forces operating in Saudi Arabia and other nearby countries patrol the no-fly zone over southern Iraq

A C-21 aircraft from Scott Air Force Base, Illinois comes in for a landing at Azaraq Air Base, Jordan. The plane is carrying MGEN. Carl F. Franklin, the Joint Task Force, Southwest Asia Commander. He will be meeting personnel participating in the Air Power Expeditionary Force. An ancillary mission of the Force is to assist US Air Force and other multinational forces operating in Saudi Arabia and other nearby countries patrol the no-fly zone over southern Iraq

F-15 Strike Eagles from the 94th Squadron, Langley Air Force Base, Virginia arrive and taxi down the runway at Azaraq Air Base, Jordan. The planes will be participating in the Air Power Expeditionary Force.An ancillary mission of the Force is to assist US Air Force and other multinational forces operating in Saudi Arabia and other nearby countries patrol the no-fly zone over southern Iraq

Aircraft maintenance personnel from the 94th Fighter Squadron, Langley Air Force Base, Virginia prepare F-15C Strike Eagles for a sortie after they arrived at Azaraq Air Base, Jordan. The planes will be participating in the Air Power Expeditionary Force. An ancillary mission of the Force is to assist US Air Force and other multinational forces operating in Saudi Arabia and other nearby countries patrol the no-fly zone over southern Iraq

An F-16C Fighting Falcon aircraft from the 68th Fighter Squadron, Moody Air Force Base, Georgia prepares to take off from Azaraq Air Base, Jordan. The plane just arrived and was quick loaded with munitions for the sortie. The aircraft will be participating in the Air Power Expeditionary Force. An ancillary mission of the Force is to assist US Air Force and other multinational forces operating in Saudi Arabia and other nearby countries patrol the no-fly zone over southern Iraq

An F-16C Fighting Falcon aircraft from the 389th Fighter Squadron, Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho takes off from Azaraq Air Base, Jordan. The plane had just arrived and was quick loaded with munitions for another sortie. The plane will be participating in the Air Power Expeditionary Force. An ancillary mission of the Force is to assist US Air Force and other multinational forces operating in Saudi Arabia and other nearby countries patrol the no-fly zone over southern Iraq

An F-16C Fighting Falcon aircraft from the 389th Fighter Squadron, Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho arrives and taxis down the runway at Azaraq Air Base, Jordan. The plane will be participating in the Air Power Expeditionary Force. An ancillary mission of the Force is to assist US Air Force and other multinational forces operating in Saudi Arabia and other nearby countries patrol the no-fly zone over southern Iraq

A C-141B aircraft from Charleston Air Force Base, South Carolina comes in for a landing at Azaraq Air Base, Jordan. The plane is carrying personnel and supplies for the Air Power Expeditionary Force. An ancillary mission of the Force is to assist US Air Force and other multinational forces operating in Saudi Arabia and other nearby countries patrol the no-fly zone over southern Iraq

Major GEN. Carl F. Franklin (Left), the Joint Task Force, Southwest Asia Commander, greets Brigadier GEN. William R. Looney II (Right), the 1ST Fighter Wing commander and the Air Power Expeditionary Force commander at Azaraq Air Base, Jordan, after he arrived in his F-15C Strike Eagle Aircraft. An ancillary mission of the Force is to assist US Air Force and other multinational forces operating in Saudi Arabia and other nearby countries patrol the no-fly zone over southern Iraq

An F-16C Fighting Falcon aircraft from 389th Fighter Squadron, Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho that just landed at Azaraq Air Base, Jordan is being "quick turned" by aircraft maintenance personnel and prepared for take-off and another mission. The plane will be participating in the Air Power Expeditionary Force. An ancillary mission of the Force is to assist US Air Force and other multinational forces operating in Saudi Arabia and other nearby countries patrol the no-fly zone over southern Iraq

Brigadier GEN. William R. Looney III, Commander 1ST Fighter Wing, Langley Air Force Base, Virginia and the Air Power Expeditionary Force Commander, answers questions about the Air Power Expeditionary Force Operation. The news conference was held at the Inter-Continental Hotel in Amman, Jordan. Seated left to right are Major GEN. Mohammend Ababneh, CHIEF of the Royal Jordanian Air Force, Brigadier GEN. Looney III and Mr. Bob Beecroft the Charge'd'Affaires at the United States Embassy in Amman, Jordan. An ancillary mission of the Force is to assist US Air Force and other multinational forces operating in Saudi Arabia and other nearby countries patrol the no-fly zone over southern Iraq

Two F-15C Strike Eagle aircraft from the 94th Fighter Squadron, Langley Air Force Base, Virginia take off from Azraq Air Base, Jordan to fly training sorties during the Air Power Expeditionary Force operation. An ancillary mission of the Force is to assist US Air Force and other multinational forces operating in Saudi Arabia and other nearby countries patrol the no-fly zone over southern Iraq

AIRMAN 1ST Class Michael L. Dopler (Hometown: East Liverpool, Ohio), a crew chief from the 94th Fighter Squadron, Langley Air Force Base, Virginia, gives a "thumbs up" after completing his maintenance check on an F-15C Strike Eagle during the Air Power Expeditionary Force operation. An ancillary mission of the Force is to assist US Air Force and other multinational forces operating in Saudi Arabia and other nearby countries patrol the no-fly zone over southern Iraq

CAPT Len D. Robinson (Hometown: Panama City, Florida) an F-16 fighter pilot from the 389th Fighter Squadron, Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho puts on his G-suit, prior to a mission flying out of Azraq Air Base, Jordan during the Air Power Expeditionary Force operation. An ancillary mission of the Force is to assist US Air Force and other multinational forces operating in Saudi Arabia and other nearby countries patrol the no-fly zone over southern Iraq

STAFF SGT. William T. Ashby (Right, Hometown: Ripley, West Virginia) a Security SPECIALIST from the 1ST Security Police Squadron, Langley Air Force Base, Virginia, does an I.D. check at a flightline entry control point on Azraq Air Base, Jordan during the Air Power Expeditionary Force operation. An ancillary mission of the Force is to assist US Air Force and other multinational forces operating in Saudi Arabia and other nearby countries patrol the no-fly zone over southern Iraq

Weapons loaders from the 94th Fighter Squadron, Langley Air Force Base, Virginia down load munitions off of an F-15C Strike Eagle at Azraq Air Base, Jordan during the Air Power Expeditionary Force operation.An ancillary mission of the Force is to assist US Air Force and other multinational forces operating in Saudi Arabia and other nearby countries patrol the no-fly zone over southern Iraq

Navigators, 2nd Lieutenant Mathew C. Brennan (Right, Hometown: Baltimore, Maryland) and Captain Rod F. Cosgrove (Left, Hometown: Colorado Springs, Colorado) from the 96th Air Refueling Squadron, Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington check the navigation maps during a mission in a KC-135 aircraft over Jordan in support of the Air Power Expeditionary Force. An ancillary mission of the Force is to assist US Air Force and other multinational forces operating in Saudi Arabia and other nearby countries patrol the no-fly zone over southern Iraq

Aircrew members of a KC-135 aircraft from the 96th Air Refueling Squadron, Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington, hold a crew briefing at Prince Hassan Air Base in Jordan prior to taking off on a refueling mission. The crew members are (Left to Right) 2nd LT. Mathew C. Brennan (Hometown: Baltimore, MD) navigator; 1ST LT. Ken A. Shugart (HT: Desota, TX) co-pilot; Captain Matt T. Stephens (HT: Hazlet, NJ) pilot; and Captain Rod F. Cosgrove (HT: Colorado Springs, CO) navigator. An ancillary mission of the Force is to assist US Air Force and other multinational forces operating in Saudi Arabia and other nearby countries patrol the no-fly zone over southern Iraq

AIRMAN 1ST Class Rob W. Ryder (Hometown: Lake Charles, LA) a Guidance Control SPECIALIST from the 96th Air Refueling Squadron, Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington, preflights a KC-135 tanker for take off from Prince Hassan Air Base, Jordan. The aircraft is part of the Air Power Expeditionary Force. An ancillary mission of the Force is to assist US Air Force and other multinational forces operating in Saudi Arabia and other nearby countries patrol the no-fly zone over southern Iraq

An F-15C Strike Eagle from the 94th Fighter Squadron, Langley Air Force Base, Virginia, flies off the wing of a KC-135 after being refueled by the tanker from the 96th Air Refueling Squadron, Fairfield Air Force Base, Washington, during a mission over Jordan, in support of the Air Power Expeditionary Force. An ancillary mission of the Force is to assist US Air Force and other multinational forces operating in Saudi Arabia and other nearby countries patrol the no-fly zone over southern Iraq

Pilots, Captain Matt T. Stephens (Left, Hometown: Hazlet, New Jersey) and 1ST Lieutenant Ken A. Shugart (Right, Hometown: Desota Texas) from the 96th Air Refueling Squadron, Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington, in the cockpit preflight their KC-135 aircraft prior to a refueling mission over Jordan in support of the Air Power Expeditionary Force. An ancillary mission of the Force is to assist US Air Force and other multinational forces operating in Saudi Arabia and other nearby countries patrol the no-fly zone over southern Iraq

An F-16D Fighting Falcon from the 68th Fighter Squadron, Moody Air Force Base, Georgia, after being refueled, flies a mission overJordan in support of the Air Power Expeditionary Force. An ancillary mission of the Force is to assist US Air Force and other multinational forces operating in Saudi Arabia and other nearby countries patrol the no-fly zone over southern Iraq

MASTER Sergeant Irineo Tambunga, an AWACS Production Supervisor with the 552 WG, Tinker AFB, Oklahoma, marshals an AWACS Aircraft as it begins another mission to patrol the skies in support of Operation SOUTHERN WATCH, at Prince Sultan AB, Saudi Arabia. SOUTHERN WATCH monitors the no-fly restriction over Iraq

A US Navy sailor on board the nuclear powered aircraft carrier USS NIMITZ (CVN 68) observes the nuclear powered aircraft carrier USS GEORGE WASHINGTON (CVN 73) coming alongside. With both carriers and their embarked air wings, the US now has some 100 strike aircraft operating independently in the waters of the Persian Gulf. GEORGE WASHINGTON and NIMITZ continue to patrol the no-fly zone over Iraq in support of UN sanctions. Operation SOUTHERN WATCH, 23 NOVEMBER 1997

US Navy sailors on board the nuclear powered aircraft carrier USS GEORGE WASHINGTON (CVN 73) observe the nuclear powered aircraft carrier USS NIMITZ (CVN 68) coming alongside. With both carriers and their embarked air wings, the US now has some 100 strike aircraft operating independently in the waters of the Persian Gulf. GEORGE WASHINGTON and NIMITZ continue to patrol the no-fly zone over Iraq in support of UN sanctions. Operation SOUTHERN WATCH, 23 NOVEMBER 1997

On board the nuclear powered aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) operating in the Persian Gulf. US Navy Captain Lindell G. Rutherford, Commanding Officer of the USS GEORGE WASHINGTON (CVN 73) converses from the ships navigational bridge. The nuclear powered aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) in background. With both carriers and their embarked air wings in the region, the US now has some 100 strike aircraft operating independently in the region. GEORGE WASHINGTON and the NIMITZ continue to patrol the no-fly zone over Iraq in support of UN sanctions. Operation SOUTHERN WATCH, 23 November 1997

The nuclear powered aircraft carriers USS NIMITZ (CVN 68) (right) and USS GEORGE WSHINGTON (CVN 73) (left) underway side by side in the Persian Gulf. With both carriers and their embarked air wings in the region, the U.S. now has some 100 strike aircraft operating independently in the region. NIMITZ and GEORGE WASHINGTON continue to patrol the no-fly zone over Iraq in support of UN sanctions. Operation Southern Watch, 23 November 1997

On board the nuclear powered aircraft carrier USS GEORGE WASHINGTON (CVN 73). The nuclear powered aircraft carrier USS NIMITZ (CVN 68) comes alongside during dual carrier operations in the narrow waters of the Persian Gulf. With both carriers and their embarked air wings in the region, the US now has some 100 strike aircraft operating independently in the region. NIMITZ and GEORGE WASHINGTON continue to patrol the no-fly zone over Iraq in support of UN sanctions.Operation SOUTHERN WATCH, 23 November 1997

A US Navy F-14 Tomcat, Fighter Squadron One Five Four (VF-154) makes an arrested landing, on board the conventional aircraft carrier USS INDEPENDENCE (CV 62), after returning from a patrol mission over southern Iraq. INDEPENDENCE and her embarked Carrier Air Wing Five (CVW-5) have taken up station in the Persian Gulf to relieve the nuclear powered aircraft carrier USS NIMITZ (CVN 68). The INDEPENDENCE will enforce UN sanctions against Iraq during Operation SOUTHERN WATCH, 7 February 1998

US Navy Electronics Technician 3rd Class (ET3) Philip Bagood climbs a ladder to access the ships radar suite high in the superstructure of the guided missile destroyer USS CARNEY (DDG 64). The CARNEY is part of nuclear powered aircraft carrier USS GEORGE WASHINGTON (CVN 73) battle group, on patrol in the Persian Gulf region to enforce UN sanctions against Iraq. Operation SOUTHERN WATCH, 21 February 1998

A-10 Thunderbolts from the "Flying Tigers" of the 74th Fighter Squadron (FS), line-up near the runway at Ahmed Al Jaber Air Base, Kuwait, prior to their combat patrol missions over Iraq in support of Operation SOUTHERN WATCH 1998

United States Air Force (USAF) maintenance ground crews clear the taxi area around A-10 Thunderbolt aircraft as they launch on a combat patrol over Iraq, in support of Operation SOUTHERN WATCH 1998

A-10 Thunderbolts convoy to the runway at Ahmed Al Jaber Air Base, Kuwait, prior to their combat patrol missions over Iraq in support of Operation SOUTHERN WATCH 1998

An A-10A crew chief checks the brakes and hydraulic lines on an A-10 Thunderbolt prior to launching it on a combat patrol mission over Iraq at Ahmed Al Jaber Air Base, Kuwait, in support of Operation SOUTHERN WATCH 1998

A number of A-10 Thunderbolt aircraft convoy to the runway at Ahmed Al Jaber Air Base, Kuwait, prior to their combat patrol missions over Iraq in support of Operation SOUTHERN WATCH 1998

US Air Force members of the 363rd Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron patrol the fence line of the living quarters complex at Prince Sultan Air Base, Saudi Arabia, on October 23rd, 2000. The 363rd is part of the coalition force here to support Operation SOUTHERN WATCH, a military effort to enforce the no-fly and no-drive zone in Southern Iraq. This image was shot with the Starlight night vision system

US Air Force members of the 363rd Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron patrol the fence line of the living quarters complex at Prince Sultan Air Base, Saudi Arabia, on October 23rd, 2000. The 363rd is part of the coalition force here to support Operation SOUTHERN WATCH, a military effort to enforce the no-fly and no-drive zone in Southern Iraq. This image was shot with the Starlight night vision system

Two US Navy (USN) F/A-18C Hornet aircraft attached to Strike Fighter Squadron Three Seven (VFA-37) the "Bulls," patrol the no-fly zone over Southern Iraq in support of Operation SOUTHERN WATCH

Two US Air Force (USAF) F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft from the 523rd Fighter Squadron, 27th Fighter Wing, fly a trailing edge formation, as they patrol the no fly zone over Southern Iraq, in support of Operation SOUTHERN WATCH. The aircraft carries AIM-120 Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missiles (AMRAAM) and AGM-88 High-speed Anti-Radiation Missiles (HARM)

A patrol of international media members continues on a five-mile patrol after encountering opposition forces during a Joint Service Media Orientation and Training exercise conducted by the staff of the 421st Ground Combat Readiness Squadron, Air Mobility Warfare Center, Ft. Dix, New Jersey (NJ). Media personnel are taking the course as part the Joint Service Media Orientation and Training exercise, preparing the media for embedding with DOD units in case of war with Iraq

A member of the press takes cover during a "simulated" attack on a patrol of the international media. The attack is part of a Joint Service Media Orientation and Training exercise to prepare the media for embedding into DOD units in case of war with Iraq. The 421st Ground Combat Readiness Squadron, Air Mobility Warfare Center on Ft. Dix, New Jersey (NJ), teaches the course

US Marine Corps (USMC) Marines assigned to the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), speak with a group of local Iraqi citizens, during a foot patrol through the streets of Umm Qasr, Iraq, during Operation IRAQI FREEDOM

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