USS Iwo Jima, U.S. 5th Fleet are of responsibility (Sept 4, 2012) - An AH-1W Super Cobra with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 261 (Reinforced), 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, conducts flight operations aboard the USS Iwo Jima, Sept 4, 2012. The Cobras are part of the "Skid" detachment for VMM-261 (Rein) originally assigned to Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 269 based at Marine Corps Air Station New River, NC. The 24th MEU is deployed with Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group as a theater reserve force for U.S. Central Command and is providing support for maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. Navy's 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Marine Corps video by Gunnery Sgt. Chad R. Kiehl)/Released). Also available in High Definition.
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