Scott Schonauer ©Stars and StripesEgypt, January, 2005: Petty Officer 2nd Class John Taucher, a Navy photographer, stands on the bow of the USS Bataan while the ship travels through the Suez Canal on its way to the Persian Gulf to help support Marines rotating into Iraq. The Number 5 painted on the deck signifies the ship's designation as the Navy's fifth amphibious assault ship (LHD-5).

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