Assigned To USS Iwo Jima
Navy Seaman Michael Blackman, son of Wendy J. and Colin Blackman of Far Rockaway, recently made his way through the Straits of Gibraltar and into the Mediterranean Sea while assigned to the amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima, home ported in Norfolk, Virginia.
Blackman is one of more than 5,000 Atlantic Fleet Sailors and Marines aboard the ships of the USS Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group ready to participate in the global war on terrorism.
USS Iwo Jima supports amphibious operations using landing craft air cushions (LCAC), which are specially designed hovercraft that travel above land and sea surfaces and deliver vehicles and equipment. The ship also has conventional landing craft and helicopters embarked, and is equipped with medical facilities staffed by Navy doctors, dentists, nurses, and corpsmen.
Blackman joined the Navy in September 2001.