Sailors and marines from the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group visit Rota, Spain

Posted on: 8:31 am, November 18, 2012, by , updated on: 08:32am, November 18, 2012

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  • Hull Maintenance Technician 2nd Class Jessica Duenas makes a door hook out of a steel rod aboard the USS New York (U.S. Navy).

  • Aviation Ordnanceman 3rd Class Casey Warnick moves ammunition during an offload aboard the USS Iwo Jima (U.S. Navy).

  • Aviation Ordnanceman 3rd Class Casey Warnick moves ammunition during an offload aboard the USS Iwo Jima (U.S. Navy).

  • Aviation Ordnanceman 1st Class Tiana Poelinetz, left, and Aviation Ordnanceman 1st Class Twyisha Buchanan, right, count and verify ammunition serial numbers during ammunition offload aboard the USS Iwo Jima (U.S. Navy).

  • Gunner's Mate Seaman Jordan Jarvis cleans a M240-B machine gun during routine weapon maintenance aboard the USS Gunston Hall (U.S. Navy).

  • Quartermaster 3rd Class Cherise Davidson folds a preparation flag during routine maintenance and inventory of flags and pennants aboard the USS Gunston Hall (U.S. Navy).

  • Boatswains Mate 3rd Class Sean Lachance stands lookout watch aboard amphibious transport dock ship USS New York (U.S. Navy).

  • The USS Iwo Jima, foreground, the USS New York, back left, and the USS Gunston Hall, back right, offload ammunition to the dry cargo and ammunition ship USNS Matthew Perry, back middle. (U.S. Navy)

  • The USS Iwo Jima, foreground, the USS New York, back left, and the USS Gunston Hall, back right, offload ammunition to the dry cargo and ammunition ship USNS Matthew Perry, back middle. (U.S. Navy)

  • The USS Iwo Jima, foreground, the USS New York, back left, and the USS Gunston Hall, back right, offload ammunition to the dry cargo and ammunition ship USNS Matthew Perry, back middle. (U.S. Navy)

  • The USS Iwo Jima, foreground, the USS New York, back left, and the USS Gunston Hall, back right, offload ammunition to the dry cargo and ammunition ship USNS Matthew Perry, back middle. (U.S. Navy)

  • Cpl. Enzo Casas relays directional signals to a truck operator while repositioning equipment on flight deck aboard the USS Gunston Hall (U.S. Navy).

  • Hospital Corpsman 1st class Christian Hans, back right, gives a situational update to Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Fuels) 3rd Class Keith Moore, back left, aboard the USS New York during a force protection exercise. (U.S. Navy)

  • Boatswain's Mate 2nd Class Carlos Gonzales sands down the surface of the ship's podium during a restoration project aboard the USS Gunston Hall. (U.S. Navy)

  • A Marine washes a CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter aboard the USS New York (U.S. Navy).

  • An MH-60S Knighthawk helicopter prepares to land aboard the amphibious transport dock ship USS New York (U.S. Navy).

  • Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) 3rd Class Hannah Marihugh directs an MH-60S Knighthawk helicopter as it takes off from the USS New York (U.S. Navy).

  • The USS Iwo Jima, middle, The USS Gunston Hall, right, and the USS New York, left, steam in formation while transiting across the Atlantic Ocean. (U.S. Navy)

  • The USS Iwo Jima, front, the USS Gunston Hall, middle, and the USS New York, back, steam in formation while transiting across the Atlantic Ocean. (U.S. Navy)

  • Seaman David Bulger prepares meals for the crew aboard amphibious transport dock ship USS New York (U.S. Navy).

  • Damage Controlman 2nd Class Aubry Rupp, left, adjust a Sailors’ firefighting ensemble during a fire drill aboard the USS Iwo Jima (U.S. Navy).

  • Hull Maintenance Technician 3rd Class Timothy J. Dods, middle, dons his flash hood during a fire drill aboard the USS Iwo Jima (U.S. Navy).

  • Hull Maintenance Technician 2nd Class Justin Gallman, left, assists Machinery Repairman Fireman Nathaneya Davis, right, with donning a self-contained breathing apparatus during a fire drill aboard the USS Iwo Jima (U.S. Navy).

  • Damage Controlman 3rd Class Jeremy Kane dons a self-contained breathing apparatus during a main space fire drill aboard the USS Iwo Jima (U.S. Navy).

  • Damage Controlman 3rd Class Zachary Brewer dons a fire fighting ensenble during a main space fire drill aboard the USS Iwo Jima (U.S. Navy).

  • Sailors participate in anti-terrorism training drills aboard amphibious transport dock ship USS New York (U.S. Navy).

  • Seaman Yeamin Yun stands lookout watch aboard the USS New York during a transit through the Strait of Gibraltar. (U.S. Navy)

  • Quarter Master 2nd Class Willie Ray Robinson plots a course aboard amphibious transport dock ship USS New York during a transit through the Strait of Gibraltar. (U.S. Navy)

  • Aviation Boatswain’s Mate [Handling] Airman Joshua Mutter sands a P-100 storage station aboard the USS Iwo Jima (U.S. Navy).

  • Aviation Boatswain’s Mate [Handling] Airman Cara Barnett tests a nozzle on a P-25 fire fighting truck aboard the USS Iwo Jima (U.S. Navy).

  • Aviation Ordnanceman Airman Jesse Lanuevo closes a ship’s self defense anti-missile system shaft aboard the USS Iwo Jima (U.S. Navy).

  • Electrician’s Mate Fireman Dazmine Galentine tests a hydraulic transfer pump aboard the USS Iwo Jima (U.S. Navy).

  • Damage Controlman 3rd Class Zachary A. Brewer, left, and Damage Controlman 3rd Class Jeremy Kane, right, don firefighting ensembles during a main space fire drill aboard the USS Iwo Jima (U.S. Navy).

  • Gunner's Mate Seaman Apprentice Joshua A. Larson cleans a MK240B machine gun aboard amphibious transport dock ship USS New York. (U.S. Navy)

  • Marines from 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit conduct fast roping drills from a CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter aboard the USS New York. (U.S. Navy)

  • A CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter hovers above the flight deck of amphibious transport dock ship USS New York while conducting Marine fast-roping drills. (U.S. Navy)

  • A CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter hovers above the flight deck of amphibious transport dock ship USS New York while conducting Marine fast-roping drills. (U.S. Navy)

  • A CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter hovers above the flight deck of amphibious transport dock ship USS New York while conducting Marine fast-roping drills. (U.S. Navy)

  • A CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter hovers above the flight deck of amphibious transport dock ship USS New York while conducting Marine fast-roping drills. (U.S. Navy)

  • CH-53E Super Stallion helicopters take off from amphibious transport dock ship USS New York in preparation for Marine fast-roping drills.(U.S. Navy)

  • Operations Specialist 3rd Class Austin Greening, back, directs Ship's Serviceman Seaman Jonathan Bennet, front, while shooting an MK 240B machine gun during a weapons qualification course aboard the USS New York. (U.S. Navy)

  • Chief Gunner's Mate Dean Avellaneda sights in an M240B machine gun aboard amphibious transport dock ship USS New York. (U.S. Navy)

  • Electronic's Technician 3rd Class Michael Gygax fires an M240B machine gun aboard amphibious transport dock ship USS New York. (U.S. Navy)

  • Chief Gunner's Mate Dean Avellaneda, left, instructs Electronic's Technician 2nd Class Matthew Dimmick, right, on a M240B machine gun aboard amphibious transport dock ship USS New York. (U.S. Navy)

  • Cpl. Eric Timmreck replaces a component on a circuit board aboard the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima. (U.S. Navy)

  • Boatswain's Mate Seaman John Carlson, left, fires an MK240B machine gun while Gunner's Mate 3rd Class William Lawson, middle, and Chief Gunner's Mate Dean Avellaneda, right, watch the target during a weapons qualification course aboard the USS New York. (U.S. Navy)

  • Logistics Specialist Seaman Edward Murphy stands as the aft lookout aboard amphibious transport dock ship USS New York. (U.S. Navy)

  • Logistics Specialist Seaman Edward Murphy stands as the aft lookout aboard the USS New York. (U.S. Navy)

  • The USS New York conducts a replenishment-at-sea with fleet replenishment oiler USNS Laramie. (U.S. Navy)

  • The multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima transits the Suez Canal. (U.S. Navy)

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  • Photos: USS IWO JIMA

  • Photos: USS IWO JIMA

  • Photos: USS IWO JIMA

  • Photos: USS IWO JIMA

  • U.S. Sailors from the amphibious transport dock ship USS New York (LPD 21) Visit, Board, Search and Seizure (VBSS) team hooks a caving ladder to the ship's catwalk. New York is part of the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group with the embarked 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit and is deployed in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Zane Ecklund/Released)

  • U.S. Sailors from the amphibious transport dock ship USS New York (LPD 21) Visit, Board, Search and Seizure (VBSS) team hooks a caving ladder to the ship's catwalk. New York is part of the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group with the embarked 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit and is deployed in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Zane Ecklund/Released)

  • Damage Controlman Fireman Tyler S. Russell performs monthly maintenance checks on a P-100 firefighting pump in the hanger bay aboard the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7). Iwo Jima and embarked 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit are deployed in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Jonathan L. Correa/Released)

  • Lt. Andrew J. Hoppe, ship’s dental officer, left, and Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Rashad Thompson, right, perform a routine teeth cleaning in the dental ward aboard the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7). Iwo Jima and embarked 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit are deployed in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Jonathan L. Correa/Released)

  • Airman Heather Prast applies touch-up paint to a bulkhead aboard the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7). Iwo Jima and embarked 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit are deployed in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Jonathan L. Correa/Released)

USS IWO JIMA, At Sea – Sailors and Marines from the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group experienced the local culture and cuisine of Rota, Spain, during a regularly scheduled port visit last week.

Servicemembers watched a flamenco show, explored the Rock of Gibraltar and the ancient city of Ronda and even descended into a canyon at Garganta Verde.

“Since Great Britain wasn’t one of our stops, Gibraltar was a great chance to experience the British culture,” said Intelligence Specialist 3rd Class Gabrielle Pettit. “The local monkeys were the best part.”

Along with the tours, servicemembers explored Rota and neighboring cities such as Cadiz and Seville.

“Since this is our second time in Rota, I had a better idea of how to get around,” said Operations Specialist 3rd Class Tamara Evans. “I was able to navigate and take the train to Seville. I loved watching Spain’s beautiful landscape and walking the streets like a local.”

MWR Rota hosted a fleet bash for Sailors and Marines at the enlisted club. The event included volleyball, horse shoes, food and live music.

Sailors and Marines engaged in some friendly competitions in basketball and in a golf tournament. Iwo Jima Sailors and Marines teamed up against the Naval Station Rota basketball team with Iwo Jima’s team coming out on top. The golf tournament was a four person scramble with prizes for the best and worst teams.

“A lot of the Sailors and Marines never played together, but our team came together and played like a well oiled machine,” said Master Sgt. Marvin Caulk. “We won the basketball tournament and I would put our team up against anyone.”

The port visit was wrapped up with a reception held onboard the Iwo Jima celebrating the centennial birthday of U.S. Marine Corps aviation. The honorable Alan D. Solomont, U.S. Ambassador to Spain; Adm. Bruce W. Clingan, Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa and Vice Adm. Fernando Querol, Spanish Navy, Chief of Logistics Support for the Bay of Cadiz, addressed guests commemorating the monumental occasion.

“This celebration took place at a base that is a model for successful cooperation between our navies and a friendship among our people,” said Querol.

Querol emphasized the influence that the United States military aviation capabilities have had on the Spanish military where they import American made aircraft and conduct joint pilot training within the United States.

“We’d like to thank the Spanish Navy and U.S. Navy League in hosting us in Rota,” explains Capt. Grady Banister, commanding officer USS Iwo Jima, of the ship’s visit while in Spain. “Their hospitality is without equal. Iwo Jima had a wonderful port visit in Rota, Spain.

The Iwo Jima, along with the 24th MEU, is currently deployed supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility.

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