U.S. Marines Conduct Aerial Refueling Training in U.S. 5th Fleet Area

Department of Defense Photo Essay

  • MV-22B Ospreys wait to take off from the flight deck of the USS Iwo Jima before conducting aerial refueling training operations in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility, Sept. 23, 2012. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Gunnery Sgt. Chad Kiehl
  • U.S. Marine Corps Col. Frank Donovan speaks with U.S. Marine Corps Lt. Col. Brian Smith on the flight deck of USS Iwo Jima before Marines conduct aerial refueling training operations in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility, Sept. 23, 2012. The Marines are assigned to the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit. Donovan commands the Marine unit and Smith commands the unit's Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 261. During the exercise, MV-22B Ospreys and AV-8B Harriers conducted aerial refueling with the Marine unit's KC-130J Hercules planes to practice skills for long-range flight operations. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Gunnery Sgt. Chad Kiehl
  • An MV-22B Osprey connects to the refueling hose of a KC-130J Hercules aircraft during aerial refueling training operations in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility, Sept. 23, 2012. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Gunnery Sgt. Chad Kiehl
  • An MV-22B Osprey connects to the refueling hose of a KC-130J Hercules aircraft during a training mission over the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility, Sept. 23, 2012. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Michael Petersheim
  • U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Blaise Conway looks out from a KC-130J Hercules aircraft as an MV-22B Osprey is refueled during a training mission over the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility, Sept. 23, 2012. Conway, a load master, is assigned to Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 252, Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 261, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Michael Petersheim
  • AV-8 Harriers fly in formation after conducting aerial refueling training operations in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility, Sept. 23, 2012. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Gunnery Sgt. Chad Kiehl
  • A KC-130J Hercules aircraft flies over Djibouti after conducting aerial refueling training mission in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility, Sept. 23, 2012. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Michael Petersheim