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DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM The USS Fort Worth conducted deck landings off the leeward coast of Oahu last week. Above, a crewman directed an Army Black Hawk medevac helicopter toward a landing.
DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM Diamond Head can be seen from the ship’s bridge as the USS Fort Worth pulls out of Pearl Harbor. The San Diego-based littoral combat ship is en route to a deployment in Singapore. Littoral ships are built for speed and designed to operate in relatively shallow waters. “This ship has the ability to grow. It has speed, it has volume and it has capacity,” Adm. Jonathan Greenert, chief of naval operations, said.
DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM Kazeleski, left, an aviation structural mechanic, and Petty Officer 1st Class Kelly Ronchetto, an aviation electrician’s mate, examine the infrared camera underneath a Fire Scout reconnaissance helicopter drone they nicknamed Fifi.
DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM Petty Officer 1st Class Gregory Kazeleski and other crew members made turkey handprints for Thanksgiving. Kazeleski said the remembrance of childhood brought a little holiday spirit to the crew while away from home.
DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM Petty Officer 2nd Class Jason Wiedeman, a helicopter crewman, looks down on the USS Fort Worth as his helicopter pulls away, headed for Pearl Harbor.
DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM USS Fort Worth crew members perform a procedure called “spreading the tail” of a SH-60R Seahawk helicopter. The Seahawk’s airframe has been modified to include a hinged tail that reduces the size of the craft when stored aboard ships.
DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM Petty Officer 1st Class Wade Trainer practiced his ukulele while waiting to board a helicopter.