By: Staff Reports | Gwinnett Citizen

Ship’s serviceman Seaman Michandra Stanley from Lawrenceville, Ga., serves aboard USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7)

GULF OF ADEN – Ship’s Serviceman Seaman Michandra Stanley, a native of Lawrenceville, Ga., and Machinist’s Mate 3rd Class (SW) Dericka Featherstone, a native of Newark, N.J., practice pipe patching during a general quarters drill aboard amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7).

Iwo Jima is the flagship for the Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and, with the embarked 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), provides a versatile sea-based, expeditionary force that can be tailored to a variety of missions in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Megan Anuci/Released)

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