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At sea with USS Belleau Wood (LHA 3) Sep. 6, 2002 -- More than 500 Sailors and Marines assemble on the ship's flight deck to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks on the United States by spelling out the now famous quote from Mr. Todd Beamer, "Let's Roll."  Beamer was one of the heroic passengers on United Flight 93, which crashed in a western Pennsylvania field after he and several other passengers attempted to regain control of the plane from terrorist hijackers. Many believe the terrorists were heading for Washington, D.C.  Currently deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, the 40,000-ton amphibious assault ship is the lead element of a three-ship Amphibious Readiness Group (ARG).  The ship carries a crew of 1,000 Sailors and more than 1,300 Marines of the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable) based at Camp Pendleton, Calif.  The ship can use a combination of helicopters, AV-8B Harrier II vertical launch attack aircraft, and amphibious landing craft to send and support Marines ashore during combat and humanitarian operations.  U.S. Navy photo by Chief Photographer's Mate Steven L. Cooke.  (RELEASED)

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Photo Date
September 6, 2002
Chief Photographer's Mate Steven L. Cooke
Caption Writer
Mr. C.J. Madden, Director, NVNS
Copyright Status
Public domain / free use
Service Branch
US Navy
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