Sailors secure Landing Craft Utility 1651 to stern gate of USS Tortuga.
SASEBO, Japan (Nov. 12, 2010) Sailors secure Landing Craft Utility (LCU) 1651 to the stern gate of the amphibious dock landing ship USS Tortuga (LSD 46). LCU-1651 is packed with 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (31st MEU) vehicles, which transferred from the amphibious dock landing ship USS Harpers Ferry (LSD 49) to Tortuga. Tortuga is part of the permanently forward-deployed Essex Amphibious Ready Group and is underway in the western Pacific Ocean. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Richard Doolin/Released)