A Landing Craft Utility (LCU) arrives just offshore to unload supplies and equipment in support of exercise Balikatan 2004. Close to 300 Marines and Sailors arrived at Fort Ternante, Philippines in order to participate in exercise Balikatan 2004 at Subic Bay, Philippines. Balikatan 2004 is a regularly scheduled exercise that will improve interoperability, increase readiness and continue professional relationships between the U.S. Armed Forces and the Armed Forces of the Philippines. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Daniel Yarnall)
Elements of the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, Special Operations Capable (24th MEU (SOC)) offload personnel and equipment at Camp Patriot in preparation for operations in Iraq. More than 2,200 Marines attached to the 24th MEU (SOC) have hit the beaches in U.S. Navy Landing Craft Utility (LCU) and Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC), in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Operation Iraqi Freedom is the multi-national coalition effort to liberate the Iraqi people, eliminate Iraq's weapons of mass destruction, and end the regime of Saddam Hussein. U.S. Navy photo by Journalist 1st Class Joe Krypel.