PERSIAN GULF (Sept. 12, 2008) -- An AV-8B Harrier launches off the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu (LHA 5) during flight operations. Peleliu is deployed in support of maritime security operations in the U.S. Navy's 5th Fleet area of responsibility and is focused on reassuring regional partners of the United States' commitment to security, which promotes stability and global prosperity. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Dustin Kelling (RELEASED)

PERSIAN GULF (Sept. 12, 2008) -- An AV-8B Harrier launches off the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu (LHA 5) during flight operations. Peleliu is deployed in support of maritime security operations in the U.S. Navy's 5th Fleet area of responsibility and is focused on reassuring regional partners of the United States' commitment to security, which promotes stability and global prosperity. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Dustin Kelling (RELEASED)

USS Hughes.  Once the abandoned Yorktown's crewmen were safely recovered, her escorts departed, leaving behind the destroyer Hughes to keep watch.

USS Hughes. Once the abandoned Yorktown's crewmen were safely recovered, her escorts departed, leaving behind the destroyer Hughes to keep watch.

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