121013-N-ZZ999-001 GULF OF ADEN (Oct. 13, 2012) Lt. Cmdr John Thiers, left, Master-at-Arms Seaman Apprentice Nicholas Ada, middle, and Culinary Specialist 2nd Class Jakeila Owens, right, cut a cermonial cake in commemoration of the 237th birthday of the U.S. Navy on the mess decks aboard multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7). Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group and embarked 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit are deployed in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Master Chief Navy Counselor Martha Lara/Released)


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