Images: African Lion 2012 [Image 1 of 10]
Photo by Sgt. Richard Blumenstein
A Navy hovercraft commonly called an LCAC (landing craft air-cushioned) from the transports mission essential gear, tactical vehicles and Marines, from the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, onto a beach during ship to shore movements, April 9, 2012, off the coast of Morocco during Exercise African Lion 12. The 24th MEU is participating in the exercise to continue to build on relationships between the U.S. and Moroccan forces and learn about each other's militaries. This exercise is the first event for the 24th MEU and Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group, which deployed in March on a regularly scheduled deployment to serve as a theater reserve and crisis response force.