First time on a US Navy ship

The USS Makin Island ship is seen anchored in Hong Kong waters on August 20, 2014. Makin Island (LHD-8) a Wasp-class amphibious assault ship and the second ship of the US Navy to be named Makin Island, was laid down on February 14, 2004 by the Ingalls Shipbuilding, Pascagoula, Mississippi and was christened on 19 August 2006. AFP PHOTO / ANTHONY WALLACE

The USS Makin Island ship is seen anchored in Hong Kong waters on August 20, 2014. Makin Island (LHD-8) a Wasp-class amphibious assault ship and the second ship of the US Navy to be named Makin Island, was laid down on February 14, 2004 by the Ingalls Shipbuilding, Pascagoula, Mississippi and was christened on 19 August 2006. AFP PHOTO / ANTHONY WALLACE

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US Navy personnel on board the USS Makin Island speak below deck, in Hong Kong on August 20, 2014. Makin Island (LHD-8) a Wasp-class amphibious assault ship and the second ship of the US Navy to be named Makin Island, was laid down on February 14, 2004 by the Ingalls Shipbuilding, Pascagoula, Mississippi and was christened on 19 August 2006. AFP PHOTO / ANTHONY WALLACE

US Navy personnel on board the USS Makin Island speak below deck, in Hong Kong on August 20, 2014. Makin Island (LHD-8) a Wasp-class amphibious assault ship and the second ship of the US Navy to be named Makin Island, was laid down on February 14, 2004 by the Ingalls Shipbuilding, Pascagoula, Mississippi and was christened on 19 August 2006. AFP PHOTO / ANTHONY WALLACE

A US Marine Harrier Jump Jet is seen on the flight deck of the USS Makin Island, in Hong Kong on August 20, 2014. Makin Island (LHD-8) a Wasp-class amphibious assault ship and the second ship of the US Navy to be named Makin Island, was laid down on February 14, 2004 by the Ingalls Shipbuilding, Pascagoula, Mississippi and was christened on 19 August 2006. AFP PHOTO / ANTHONY WALLACE

A US Marine Harrier Jump Jet is seen on the flight deck of the USS Makin Island, in Hong Kong on August 20, 2014. Makin Island (LHD-8) a Wasp-class amphibious assault ship and the second ship of the US Navy to be named Makin Island, was laid down on February 14, 2004 by the Ingalls Shipbuilding, Pascagoula, Mississippi and was christened on 19 August 2006. AFP PHOTO / ANTHONY WALLACE

A US Navy crew member on board the USS Makin Island walks along the flight deck, in Hong Kong on August 20, 2014. Makin Island (LHD-8) a Wasp-class amphibious assault ship and the second ship of the US Navy to be named Makin Island, was laid down on February 14, 2004 by the Ingalls Shipbuilding, Pascagoula, Mississippi and was christened on 19 August 2006. AFP PHOTO / ANTHONY WALLACE

A US Navy crew member on board the USS Makin Island walks along the flight deck, in Hong Kong on August 20, 2014. Makin Island (LHD-8) a Wasp-class amphibious assault ship and the second ship of the US Navy to be named Makin Island, was laid down on February 14, 2004 by the Ingalls Shipbuilding, Pascagoula, Mississippi and was christened on 19 August 2006. AFP PHOTO / ANTHONY WALLACE

US Navy personnel on board the USS Makin Island look out towards Hong Kong on August 20, 2014. Makin Island (LHD-8) a Wasp-class amphibious assault ship and the second ship of the US Navy to be named Makin Island, was laid down on February 14, 2004 by the Ingalls Shipbuilding, Pascagoula, Mississippi and was christened on 19 August 2006. AFP PHOTO / ANTHONY WALLACE

US Navy personnel on board the USS Makin Island look out towards Hong Kong on August 20, 2014. Makin Island (LHD-8) a Wasp-class amphibious assault ship and the second ship of the US Navy to be named Makin Island, was laid down on February 14, 2004 by the Ingalls Shipbuilding, Pascagoula, Mississippi and was christened on 19 August 2006. AFP PHOTO / ANTHONY WALLACE

US Navy personnel on board the USS Makin Island look towards the ICC building (C) in Hong Kong on August 20, 2014. Makin Island (LHD-8) a Wasp-class amphibious assault ship and the second ship of the US Navy to be named Makin Island, was laid down on February 14, 2004 by the Ingalls Shipbuilding, Pascagoula, Mississippi and was christened on 19 August 2006. AFP PHOTO / ANTHONY WALLACE

US Navy personnel on board the USS Makin Island look towards the ICC building (C) in Hong Kong on August 20, 2014. Makin Island (LHD-8) a Wasp-class amphibious assault ship and the second ship of the US Navy to be named Makin Island, was laid down on February 14, 2004 by the Ingalls Shipbuilding, Pascagoula, Mississippi and was christened on 19 August 2006. AFP PHOTO / ANTHONY WALLACE

Brolly Days

Pedestrians use umbrellas as they walk in the district of Central in Hong Kong on August 20, 2014. Hong Kong was handed back to China by Britain on July 1, 1997 under a "one country, two systems" agreement, which allows residents civil liberties not seen on the mainland, including free speech and the right to protest. But public discontent is at its highest for years notably over Beijing's insistence that it vet candidates before the vote for the city's next leader in 2017.   AFP PHOTO / ANTHONY WALLACE

Pedestrians use umbrellas as they walk in the district of Central in Hong Kong on August 20, 2014. Hong Kong was handed back to China by Britain on July 1, 1997 under a “one country, two systems” agreement, which allows residents civil liberties not seen on the mainland, including free speech and the right to protest. But public discontent is at its highest for years notably over Beijing’s insistence that it vet candidates before the vote for the city’s next leader in 2017. AFP PHOTO / ANTHONY WALLACE

Pedestrians use umbrellas during a downpour as they walk near the Hong Kong government offices on August 20, 2014. Hong Kong was handed back to China by Britain on July 1, 1997 under a "one country, two systems" agreement, which allows residents civil liberties not seen on the mainland, including free speech and the right to protest. But public discontent is at its highest for years notably over Beijing's insistence that it vet candidates before the vote for the city's next leader in 2017.   AFP PHOTO / ANTHONY WALLACE

Pedestrians use umbrellas during a downpour as they walk near the Hong Kong government offices on August 20, 2014. Hong Kong was handed back to China by Britain on July 1, 1997 under a “one country, two systems” agreement, which allows residents civil liberties not seen on the mainland, including free speech and the right to protest. But public discontent is at its highest for years notably over Beijing’s insistence that it vet candidates before the vote for the city’s next leader in 2017. AFP PHOTO / ANTHONY WALLACE