USS Iwo Jima approaches the Friendship Bridge.

MEDITERRANEAN SEA (Nov. 5, 2012) Sailors and Marines watch from the flight deck of the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) as the ship approaches the Friendship Bridge during a transit of the Suez Canal. Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group and embarked 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit are deployed in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Morgan E. Dial/Released)