MOBILE, Ala.-Feb 8 2008--The U. S. Coast Guard's first national security cutter took to the sea on Friday, operating in concert with the service's new maritime patrol aircraft, the Ocean Sentry HC-144, and a newly re-engined HC-65 helicopter. The flagship in the Coast Guard's first new class of large cutters in 25 years, Bertholf is the Coast Guard's largest ever patrol cutter. The launch in Pascagoula, Miss., began four days of builder trials that will test the cutter's systems and performance in advance of the Coast Guard formally accepting it later this spring, and commissioning the cutter for service this summer. Bertholf will be homeported in Alameda, Calif. USCG photo by PAC Tom Sperduto.
The amphibious assault ship USS Essex and the Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS Pecos steam together during a refueling at sea, Feb. 6, 2008. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Joshua J. Wahl.
Crew members refuel an A V-22 Osprey before a night mission in central Iraq, Feb. 2, 2008. U.S. Navy photo by Chief Petty Officer Joe Kane.
U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Francisco Hernandez, left, and U.S. Air Force Maj. Lanny Greenbaum play with some of the babies at a Djibouti orphanage near Camp Lemonier, Djibouti, Jan. 26, 2008. Hernandez and Greenbaum are assigned to Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa. U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jennifer Redente.
U.S. Army soldiers assigned to 23rd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division patrol Muqdadiyah, Iraq, Jan. 29, 2008. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Shawn M. Cassatt.