USS San Diego (LPD 22) Evening Flight Operations
U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF OPERATIONS (Sept. 09, 2017) Aviation Boatswain Mate Handling 3rd Class Esmerelda Hernandez (left), a native of Corpus Christi, Texas, assigned to the air department aboard the amphibious transport dock ship USS San Diego (LPD 22), directs an AH-1Z Viper, assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 161 (reinforced), on the ship’s flight deck in support of exercise Alligator Dagger. Alligator Dagger is a dedicated, unilateral combat rehearsal led by Naval Amphibious Force, Task Force 51/5th Marine Expeditionary Brigade, in which combined Navy and Marine Corps units of the America Amphibious Ready Group and embarked 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit are to practice, rehearse and exercise integrated capabilities that are available to U.S. Central Command both afloat and ashore. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Justin A. Schoenberger/Released)