28th January 2003 Operation Enduring Freedom: a U.S. Marines "Forward Reconnaissance Group" on the the USS Nassau.

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28th January 2003 Operation Enduring Freedom: a U.S. Marines "Forward Reconnaissance Group" on the the USS Nassau.
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Image ID: H41KWE
This is on the hangar deck of the USS Nassau LHA-4 (United States Navy General Purpose Amphibious Assault Ship), somewhere in the Persian Gulf. The USS Nassau was commissioned in 1979 and decommissioned in 2011. The 2003 invasion of Iraq lasted from 20th March to 1st May 2003 and signalled the start of the Iraq War, which was dubbed Operation Iraqi Freedom by the United States (prior to 19th March, the mission in Iraq was called Operation Enduring Freedom, a carryover from the War in Afghanistan). The invasion consisted of 21 days of major combat operations, in which a combined force of troops from the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia and Poland invaded Iraq and deposed the Ba'athist government of Saddam Hussein.
Location: Persian Gulf