USS Vella Gulf CG-72 Departs Naval Station Norfolk ATLANTIC OCEAN (July 8, 2008) - 4" x 6" Photograph

USS Vella Gulf CG-72 Departs Naval Station Norfolk ATLANTIC OCEAN (July 8, 2008) - 4" x 6" Photograph

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ATLANTIC OCEAN (July 8, 2008) The guided-missile cruiser USS Vella Gulf (CG 72) departs Naval Station Norfolk to participate in the Iwo Jima Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) composite unit training exercise (COMPTUEX). COMPTUEX provides a realistic training environment to ensure the strike group is capable and ready for its upcoming deployment. The Iwo Jima ESG is made up of Vella Gulf; the amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7); the amphibious dock landing ship USS Carter Hall (LSD 50); the amphibious transport dock ship USS San Antonio (LPD 17), the guided-missile destroyer USS Ramage (DDG 61); all homeported at Norfolk, Va; the guided-missile destroyer USS Roosevelt (DDG 80), homeported at Mayport, Fla; and the fast-attack submarine USS Hartford (SSN 768), homeported at Groton, Conn. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Katrina Parker (Released)