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CVA 18 Wasp

CV 18 Wasp

CV 18 Wasp

CVA 18 Wasp

CVA 18 Wasp

CV 18 Wasp

CVA 18 Wasp

CVA 18 Wasp

CVA 18 Wasp

CVA 18 Wasp

CVA 18 Wasp

CVA 18 Wasp

CV 18 Wasp

CVA 18 Wasp

CV 18 Wasp

CVA 18 Wasp

CV 18 Wasp

CVA 18 Wasp

CV 18 Wasp

CVA 18 Wasp

CVA 18 Wasp

CVA 18 Wasp

CV 18 Wasp

CVA 18 Wasp

PH3 Borgen/PH3 West Gulf of Mexico....A patient undergoes a dental examination aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD-1) as the vessel is underway during sea trials. The first ship in its class, Wasp combines flight deck and well deck capabilities with a state of the art combat information center and several newly developed systems. OFFICIAL U.S. NAVY PHOTO (RELEASED)

PH3 Borgen/PH3 West Gulf of Mexico....A dental technician reviews records aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD-1) as the vessel is underway during sea trials. The first ship in its class, Wasp combines flight deck and well deck capabilities with a state of the art combat information center and several newly developed systems. OFFICIAL U.S. NAVY PHOTO (RELEASED)

PH3 Borgen/PH3 West Naval Station, Norfolk, Va....GEN. Alfred M. Gray, commandant of the Marine Corps, and CAPT. Leonard F. Picotte, commanding officer of the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD-1), arrive for the Wasp's commissioning ceremony. The first ship in its class, Wasp combines flight deck and well deck capabilities with a state of the art combat information center and several newly developed systems. OFFICIAL U.S. NAVY PHOTO (RELEASED)

PH3 Borgen/PH3 West Naval Station, Norfolk, Va....An officer arrives for the commissioning ceremony of the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LDH-1). The first ship in its class, Wasp combines flight deck and well deck capabilities with a state of the art combat information center and several newly developed systems. OFFICIAL U.S. NAVY PHOTO (RELEASED)

PH3 Borgen/PH3 West Gulf of Mexico....Signal pennants stream in the breeze on the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD-1) as the vessel is underway during sea trials. The first ship in its class, Wasp combines flight deck and well deck capabilities with a state of the art combat information center and several newly developed systems. OFFICIAL U.S. NAVY PHOTO (RELEASED)

PH3 Borgen/PH3 West Gulf of Mexico....A patient undergoes a dental examination aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD-1) as the vessel is underway during sea trials. The first ship in its class, Wasp combines flight deck and well deck capabilities with a state of the art combat information center and several newly developed systems. OFFICIAL U.S. NAVY PHOTO (RELEASED)

PH3 Borgen/PH3 West Gulf of Mexico....A patient undergoes a dental examination aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD-1) as the vessel is underway during sea trials. The first ship in its class, Wasp combines flight deck and well deck capabilities with a state of the art combat information center and several newly developed systems. OFFICIAL U.S. NAVY PHOTO (RELEASED)

PH3 Borgen/PH3 West Naval Station, Norfolk, Va....A flag officer arrives for the commissioning ceremony of the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LDH-1). The first ship in its class, Wasp combines flight deck and well deck capabilities with a state of the art combat information center and several newly developed systems. OFFICIAL U.S. NAVY PHOTO (RELEASED)

PH3 Borgen/PH3 West Naval Station, Norfolk, Va....A distinguished guest arrives for the commissioning ceremony of the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LDH-1). The first ship in its class, Wasp combines flight deck and well deck capabilities with a state of the art combat information center and several newly developed systems. OFFICIAL U.S. NAVY PHOTO (RELEASED)

An overhead view of damage to a target tank after being hit by a Wasp missile during the first tactical weapon system application of millimeter wave seeker technology. The Wasp missile is designed to be launched in groups against massed armor formations

A left side view of a target tank prior to being hit by a Wasp missile during the first tactical weapon system application of millimeter wave seeker technology. The Wasp missile is designed to be launched in groups against massed armor formations

An overall view of the Ingalls Shipbuilding shipyard during the keel laying of amphibious assault ship USS WASP (LHD 1)

General (GEN) Paul X. Kelley, left, commandant of the Marine Corps, authenticates the keel plaque for amphibious assault ship USS WASP (LHD 1) during keel laying ceremonies at Ingalls Shipbuilding

A view of the Nos. 1 and 2 Mark 7 16-inch/50-caliber gun turrets from the superstructure of the battleship USS WISCONSIN (BB 64). The ship is undergoing overhaul by Ingalls Shipbuilding and is 50 percent complete. The amphibious assault ship USS WASP (LHD 1) is in the background

A view of Nos. 1 and 2 Mark 7 16-inch/50-caliber gun turrets as seen from the superstructure of the battleship USS WISCONSIN (BB 64). The ship is undergoing overhaul by Ingalls Shipbuilding and is 50 percent complete. The amphibious assault ship USS WASP (LHD 1) is in the background

A view of the Nos. 1 and 2 Mark 7 16-inch/50-caliber gun turrets aboard the battleship USS WISCONSIN (BB 64). The ship is undergoing overhaul by Ingalls Shipbuilding and is 50 percent complete. The amphibious assault ship USS WASP (LHD 1) is in the background

A port bow view of the guided missile frigate USS STARK (FFG 31) en route to sea trials. The ship has just completed repairs by Ingalls Shipbuilding after suffering damage when it was struck by two iraqi-launched Exocet missiles while on patrol in the Persian Gulf. The guided missile cruiser USS PRINCETON (CG 59) and the amphibious assault ship USS WASP (LHD 1) are in the background, still under construction

The amphibious assault ship USS WASP (LHD-1) rides at anchor

The amphibious assault ship USS WASP (LHD-1) is silhouetted at anchor in the sunset

The amphibious assault ship USS WASP (LHD-1) rides at anchor

The amphibious assault ship USS WASP (LHD-1) rides at anchor

A stern view of the amphibious assault ship USS WASP (LHD 1) underway during sea trials in the Gulf of Mexico

A bow view of the amphibious assault ship USS WASP (LHD 1) underway during sea trials in the Gulf of Mexico

A bow view of the amphibious assault ship USS WASP (LHD 1) underway during sea trials in the Gulf of Mexico

A port bow view of the amphibious assault ship USS WASP (LHD 1) underway during sea trials in the Gulf of Mexico

A starboard quarter view of the amphibious assault ship USS WASP (LHD 1) underway during sea trials in the Gulf of Mexico

A starboard quarter view of the amphibious assault ship WASP (LHD-1) underway during sea trials

A starboard view of the amphibious assault ship USS WASP (LHD 1) underway during sea trials in the Gulf of Mexico

A port beam view of the amphibious assault ship USS WASP (LHD 1) underway during sea trials in the Gulf of Mexico

A port bow view of the amphibious assault ship USS WASP (LHD 1) underway during sea trials in the Gulf of Mexico

A workman inspects the anchor chain of the Amphibious Assault Ship USS WASP (LHD 1) as the ship sits in dry dock following completion at Ingalls Shipbuilding. The first ship in its class, WASP combines flight deck and well deck capabilities with a state-of-the-art combat information center and several newly develped systems

A workman is dwarfed by the stern of the Amphibious Assault Ship USS WASP (LHD 1) as he puts the final touches on the recently completed vessel in dry dock. The first ship in its class, WASP combines flight deck and well deck capabilities with a state-of-the-art combat information center and several newly developed systems

The Amphibious Assault ship USS WASP (LHD 1) sits in dry dock following completion at Ingalls Shipbuilding. The first ship in its class, WASP combines flight deck and well deck capabilities with a state-of-the-art combat information cneter and several newly develped systems

The amphibious assault ship WASP (LHD-1) sits in dry dock following completion at Ingalls Shipbuilding. The first ship in its class, WASP combines flight deck and well deck capabilities with a state-of-the-art combat information center and several newly developed systems

A workman is dwarfed beside the hull of the Amphibious Assault Ship USS WASP (LHD 1) as he puts the final touches on the recently completed vessel in dry dock. The first ship in its class, WASP combines flight deck and well deck capabilities with a state-of-the-art combat information cneter and several newly develped systems

A bow view of the amphibious assault ship USS WASP (LHD-1) underway. The first ship in its class, WASP combines flight deck and well deck capabilities with a state-of-the-art combat information center and several newly developed systems

A port quarter view of the Amphibious Assault Ship USS WASP (LHD 1) with crewmen manning the rails as the vessel approaches Naval Station, Norfolk for its commissioning ceremony. The first ship in its class, WASP combines flight deck and well deck capabilities with a state-of-the-art combat information center and several newly developed systems

A Sailor from the Amphibious Assault Ship USS WASP (LHD 1) holds his son in his arms. The amphibious assault ship is in port for its commissioning

Large harbor tugs maneuver the amphibious assault ship USS WASP (LHD-1) into port as the vessel, with crewmen manning the rails, arrives at the naval station for its commissioning ceremony. The first ship in its class, WASP combines flight deck and well deck capabilities with a state-of-the-art combat information center and several newly developed systems

Large harbor tugs maneuver the Amphibious Assault Ship USS WASP (LHD 1) into port as the vessel, with crewmen manning the rails, arrives at the naval station for its commissioning ceremony. The first ship in its class, WASP combines flight deck and well deck capabilities with a state-of-the-art combat information center and several newly developed systems

A girl sitting atop a phone booth holds a sign welcoming her father, who is serving on the amphibious assault ship USS WASP (LHD 1). WASP is in port for its commissioning

Large harbor tugs maneuver the Amphibious Assault Ship USS WASP (LHD 1) into port as the vessel, with crewmen manning the rails, arrives at the naval station for its commissioning ceremony. Docked at piers in the background are, from left: the Nuclear-powered Aircraft Carrier USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN 69), the Frigate USS DONALD B. BEARY (FF 1085), and the Guided Missile Destroyer USS SCOTT (DDG 995)

Crew members man the rails on the bow of the Amphibious Assault Ship USS WASP (LHD 1) as the vessel approaches Naval Station, Norfolk for its commissioning ceremony. The first ship in its class, WASP combines flight deck and well deck capabilities with a state-of-the-art combat information center and several newly developed systems

Large harbor tugs maneuver the Amphibious Assault Ship USS WASP (LHD 1) into port as the vessel, with crewmen manning the rails, arrives at the naval station for its commissioning ceremony. Docked at piers in the background are, from left: the Nuclear-powered Aircraft Carrier USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT (CVN 71) and USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN 69), the Frigate USS DONALD B. BEARY (FF 1085), and the Guided Missile Destroyer USS SCOTT (DDG 995)

An aerial port beam view of the Amphibious Assault Ship USS WASP (LHD 1) with crewmen manning the rails as the vessel approaches Naval Station, Norfolk for its commissioning ceremony. The first ship in its class, WASP combines flight deck and well deck capabilities with a state-of-the-art combat information center and several newly developed systems

A starboard bow view of the amphibious assault ship USS WASP (LHD-1) with crewmen manning the rails as the vessel approaches Naval Station, Norfolk for its commissioning ceremony. The first ship in its class, WASP combines flight deck and well deck capabilities with a state-of-the-art combat information center and several newly developed systems

Large harbor tugs maneuver the Amphibious Assault Ship USS WASP (LHD 1) into port as the vessel, with crewmen manning the rails, arrives at the naval station for its commissioning ceremony. The Frigate USS DONALD B. BEARY (FF 1085) and the Guided Missile Destroyer USS SCOTT (DDG 995) are docked in the background

Family and friends of the crew come aboard the amphibious assault ship USS WASP (LHD 1), which is in port for its commissioning

Navy personnel man the rail of the Amphibious Assault Ship USS WASP (LHD 1), as tugs assist it into port for its commissioning

Family members come aboard the Amphibious Assault Ship USS WASP (LHD 1), which is in port for its commissioning

A petty officer from the amphibious assault ship USS WASP (LHD 1) holds his son in his arms. The vessel is in port for its commissioning

A starboard bow view of the Amphibious Assault Ship USS WASP (LHD 1) with crewmen manning the rails as the vessel approaches Naval Station, Norfolk for its commissioning ceremony. The first ship in its class, WASP combines flight deck and well deck capabilities with a state-of-the-art combat information center and several newly developed systems

An aerial view of crewmen manning the rails aboard the amphibious assault ship USS WASP (LHD-1) as the vessel approaches Naval Station, Norfolk for its commissioning ceremony. The first ship in its class, WASP combines flight deck and well deck capabilities with a state-of-the-art combat information center and several newly developed systems

Family members wait behind a fence to greet the amphibious assault ship USS WASP (LHD 1), which is arriving in port for its commissioning

An aerial port quarter view of the Amphibious Assault Ship USS WASP (LHD 1) with crewmen manning the rails as the vessel approaches Naval Station, Norfolk for its commissioning ceremony. The first ship in its class, WASP combines flight deck and well deck capabilities with a state-of-the-art combat information center and several newly developed systems

A Sailor works with a mooring line on the Amphibious Assault Ship USS WASP (LHD 1), as it arrives in port for its commissioning

A clown entertains children of families waiting for the amphibious assault ship USS WASP (LHD 1), which is arriving in port for its commissioning

Family and friends of the crew wait behind a fence to greet the amphibious assault ship USS WASP (LHD 1), which is arriving in port for its commissioning

A Ronald McDonald clown entertains children of families waiting for the amphibious assault ship USS WASP (LHD 1), which is arriving in port for its commissioning

An aerial stern view of crewmen manning the rails on the amphibious assault ship USS WASP (LHD-1) as the vessel approaches Naval Station, Norfolk for its commissioning ceremony. The first ship in its class, WASP combines flight deck and well deck capabilities with a state-of-the-art combat information center and several newly developed systems

A Sailor sitting on a wharf faces the stern of the Amphibious Assault Ship USS WASP (LHD 1), as tugs assist it into port for its commissioning

A starboard quarter view of the amphibious assault ship USS WASP (LHD-1) with crewmen manning the rails as the vessel approaches Naval Station, Norfolk for its commissioning ceremony. The first ship in its class, WASP combines flight deck and well deck capabilities with a state-of-the-art combat information center and several newly developed systems

A starboard bow view of the Amphibious Assault Ship USS WASP (LHD 1) with crewmen manning the rails as the vessel approaches Naval Station, Norfolk for its commissioning ceremony. The first ship in its class, WASP combines flight deck and well deck capabilities with a state-of-the-art combat information center and several newly developed systems

A bow view of the Amphibious Assault Ship USS WASP (LHD 1) with crewmen manning the rails as the vessel approaches Naval Station, Norfolk for its commissioning ceremony. The first ship in its class, WASP combines flight deck and well deck capabilities with a state-of-the-art combat information center and several newly developed systems

A clown entertains children of families waiting for the amphibious assault ship USS WASP (LHD 1), which is arriving in port for its commissioning

A sailor sitting on a dock faces the stern of the amphibious assault ship WASP (LHD-1), as tugs assist it into port for its commissioning

A starboard quarter view of the Amphibious Assault Ship USS WASP (LHD 1) with crewmen manning the rails as the vessel approaches Naval Station, Norfolk for its commissioning ceremony. The first ship in its class, WASP combines flight deck and well deck capabilities with a state-of-the-art combat information center and several newly developed systems

Navy personnel stand on the edge of the hangar deck on the Amphibious Assault Ship USS WASP (LHD 1), as it arrives in port for its commissioning

A Sailor on the dock pulls a mooring line from the amphibious assault ship USS WASP (LHD 1), which is arriving in port for its commissioning

Large harbor tugs maneuver the Amphibious Assault Ship USS WASP (LHD 1) into port as the vessel, with crewmen manning the rails, arrives at the naval station for its commissioning ceremony. The Nuclear-powered Aircraft Carriers USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT (CVN 71) and USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN 69) are docked at piers in the background

General (GEN) Alfred M. Gray Jr., Commandant of the Marine Corps, emphasizes a point as he speaks during the commissioning ceremony for the Amphibious Assault Ship USS WASP (LHD 1). The first ship in its class, WASP combines flight deck and well deck capabilities with a state-of-the-art combat information center and several newly developed systems

Crewmen man the rails aboard the Amphibious Assault Ship USS WASP (LHD 1) during the vessel's commissioning ceremony. The first ship in its class, WASP combines flight deck and well deck capabilities with a state-of-the-art combat information center and several newly developed systems

A Marine captain stands in front of an honor guard made up of Sailors from the Amphibious Assault Ship USS WASP (LHD 1) during the commissioning of the WASP

The Commandant of the Marine Corps, General (GEN) Alfred M. Gray, delivers the keynote address at the commissioning of the Amphibious Assault Ship USS WASP (LHD 1). The Navy officer seated at right is Captain (CAPT) Leonard F. Picotte, commanding officer of the WASP

The crew of the Amphibious Assault Ship USS WASP (LHD 1) runs up the gangplank to man the ship during its commissioning

Crewmen converse at pierside prior to the commissioning ceremony of the Amphibious Assault Ship USS WASP (LHD 1). The first ship in its class, WASP combines flight deck and well deck capabilities with a state-of-the-art combat information center and several newly developed systems