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Your Navy Operation Forward – Coral Sea, Baltic Sea, Arabian Sea

Right now your Navy is 100 percent on watch around the globe helping to preserve the American way of life. Whether it be operating and training off the coast of Spain or forward deployed to the Arabian Gulf, the flexibility and presence provided by our U.S. naval forces provides national leaders with great options for protecting and maintaining our national security and interests around the world. The imagery below highlights the Navy’s ability to provide those options by operating forward.

KIEL, Germany: Line handlers secure a mooring line from the Blue Ridge-class amphibious command ship USS Mount Whitney (LCC 20) to a bollard on the pier of Naval Base Kiel-Tirpitzhafen upon completion of the at-sea phase of exercise Baltic Operations (BALTOPS) 2019. (U.S. Navy video by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jack D. Aistrup/Released)
ARABIAN SEA: An MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter from the Nightdippers of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 5 transports cargo from the dry cargo and ammunition ship USNS Alan Shepard (T-AKE 3) to the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) during a vertical replenishment-at-sea. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Brian M. Wilbur/Released)
SOUTH CHINA SEA: Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Equipment) 3rd Class Shelbey Hochsmith, from Federalsburg, Maryland, signals all-clear to launch an F/A-18F Super Hornet from Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 102 on the flight deck aboard the Navy’s forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) during flight operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Janweb B. Lagazo/Released)
CORAL SEA: A rigid-hull inflatable boat (RHIB) from the amphibious transport dock ship USS Green Bay (LPD 20) transits toward the amphibious dock landing ship USS Ashland (LSD 48) before a visit, board, search and seizure training exercise. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Markus Castaneda/Released)
INDIAN OCEAN: Sailors observe an MV-22B Osprey take off from the flight deck of the amphibious dock landing ship USS Harpers Ferry (LSD 49). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Danielle A. Baker/Released)
ARABIAN SEA: An F/A-18E Super Hornet from the “Pukin’ Dogs” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 143 launches from the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Dan Snow/Released)
BALTIC SEA: The Blue Ridge-class command and control ship USS Mount Whitney (LCC 20) is underway in the Baltic Sea in support of exercise Baltic Operations (BALTOPS) 2019. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Steven Edgar/Released)
INDIAN OCEAN: Aviation Support Equipment Technician 1st Class Ma Aung, from Yangon, Myanmar, signals to pilots of an UH-1Y Venom helicopter assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 163 (Reinforced) as it takes off from the flight deck of the San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship USS John P. Murtha (LPD 26). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kyle Carlstrom/Released)
CORAL SEA: Personnel Specialist Seaman Dedrick Johnson, left, from Vidalia, Georgia, Boatswain’s Mate 1st Class Jacob Meadows, center, from Lake Elsinore, California, and Machinist Mate 3rd Class Tyler Martin, from Perrin, Texas, run past the foul line as a SA-330J Puma picks up pallets from the flight deck of the amphibious dock landing ship USS Ashland (LSD 48) prior to a replenishment-at-sea with the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1) and fleet replenishment oiler USNS Rappahannock (T-AO 204). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Markus Castaneda/Released)
ARABIAN SEA: Capt. Putnam Browne, commanding officer of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72), observes as the dry cargo and ammunition ship USNS Alan Shepard (T-AKE 3) sails alongside Abraham Lincoln during a replenishment-at-sea. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Tristan Kyle Labuguen/Released)

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Your Navy Operating Forward – Ionian Sea, Adriatic Sea, Strait of Gibraltar

Right now your Navy is 100 percent on watch around the globe helping to preserve the American way of life. Whether it be operating and training off the coast of Spain or forward deployed to the Arabian Gulf, the flexibility and presence provided by our U.S. naval forces provides national leaders with great options for protecting and maintaining our national security and interests around the world. The imagery below highlights the Navy’s ability to provide those options by operating forward.

USS Montgomery (LCS 8) launches a RIM-116 Rolling Airframe Missile (RAM)

PACIFIC OCEAN (Apr. 23, 2019) Independence variant littoral combat ship USS Montgomery (LCS 8) launches a RIM-116 Rolling Airframe Missile (RAM) during a missile exercise. Montgomery is underway in the Eastern Pacific conducting routine training. (U.S. Navy video by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Morgan K. Nall/released) 190423 N IA905 1001

STRAIT OF GIBRALTAR: Sailors conduct a foreign object debris walk down on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) while transiting the Strait of Gibraltar, May 3, 2019. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Connor D. Loessin/Released)
MEDITERRANEAN SEA: An E-2D Hawkeye from the “Bluetails” of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 121 prepares to make an arrested landing on the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Michael Singley/Released)
SUVA, Fiji: Sailors assigned to the guided-missile destroyer USS Stockdale (DDG 106) man the rails as Stockdale pulls into Suva, Fiji, for a port visit, April 30, 2019. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Abigayle Lutz/Released)
ADRIATIC SEA: Airman Stephen Plummer, from Lansdale, Pa., signals an MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter from the “Nightdippers” of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 5 to lift off of the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Michael Singley/Released)
BALTIC SEA: Gunner’s Mate 3rd Class Haylee Brown fires a shot line from the guided-missile destroyer USS Gravely (DDG 107) to the German navy replenishment tanker FGS Rhoen (A1443) in preparation for a replenishment-at-sea. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Mark Andrew Hays/Released)
IONIAN SEA: An F/A-18F Super Hornet from the “Jolly Rogers” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 103 makes an arrested landing on the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Garrett LaBarge/Released)
NAVAL BASE GUAM: Sailors assigned to Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit (EODMU) 5, jump out of a MH-60S Seahawk helicopter, attached to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 25, during a Cast and Recovery portion of the Naval Helicopter Rope Suspension Technique (HRST) course. (U.S Navy photo by Construction Mechanic 2nd Class Monica Wahls)
ARABIAN GULF: A landing craft, air cushion approaches the well deck of the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kaitlyn E. Eads/Released)
STRAIT OF GIBRALTAR: A P-8 Poseidon flies alongside the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) in the Strait of Gibraltar, May 3, 2019. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Connor D. Loessin/Released)
MARSEILLE, France: Sailors tow an F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 41 on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) while pulling out of Marseille, France, May 1, 2019. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Ikenna Tanaka/Released)
JAKARTA, Indonesia: The U.S. 7th Fleet flagship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) and embarked U.S. 7th Fleet staff arrive in Jakarta, Indonesia, for a port visit. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Angeles A. Miron/Released)
MEDITERRANEAN SEA: The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG 71) fires its Mark 45 5-inch gun during a live-fire exercise in the Mediterranean Sea, May 2, 2019. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Krystina Coffey/Released)
IONIAN SEA: An F/A-18E Super Hornet from the “Fist of the Fleet” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 25 launches from the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Michael Singley/Released)
SUVA, Fiji: The guided-missile destroyer USS Stockdale (DDG 106) is anchored in Suva, Fiji, for a port visit, May 1, 2019. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Abigayle Lutz/Released)
ARABIAN GULF: The dry cargo and ammunition ship USNS Alan Shepard (T-AKE 3) sends stores to the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) during a replenishment-at-sea. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Michael Eduardo Jorge/Released)
SOUTH CHINA SEA: The U.S. 7th Fleet flagship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) transits the South China Sea. Blue Ridge is the oldest operational ship in the Navy and, as U.S. 7th Fleet command ship, actively works to foster relationships with allies and partners in the Indo-Pacific Region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Jimmy Ong/Released)

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Your Navy Operating Forward – Skagerrak Strait, Philippine Sea, Indian Ocean

Right now your Navy is 100 percent on watch around the globe helping to preserve the American way of life. Whether it be operating and training off the coast of Spain or forward deployed to the Arabian Gulf, the flexibility and presence provided by our U.S. naval forces provides national leaders with great options for protecting and maintaining our national security and interests around the world. The imagery below highlights the Navy’s ability to provide those options by operating forward.

PHILIPPINE SEA: The amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1) approaches the Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS Walter S. Diehl (T-AO 193) as they conduct a replenishment-at-sea with the amphibious dock landing ship USS Ashland (LSD 48). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Benjamin F. Davella III/Released)
INDIAN OCEAN: Capt. Randy Peck, commanding officer of the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74), and Cmdr. Desobry Bowens, operations officer of Carrier Airwing (CVW) 9, launch from the flight deck in an F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 41 in the Indian Ocean, Jan. 29, 2019. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication 3rd Class Grant G. Grady/Released)
PHILIPPINE SEA: MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopters assigned to the “Island Knights” of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 25 transport supplies during a replenishment-at-sea with the Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS Walter S. Diehl (T-AO 193) and the amphibious dock landing ship USS Ashland (LSD 48). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Daniel Barker/Released)
DJIBOUTI: The Arliegh Burke class guided-missile destroyer USS Chung-Hoon (DDG 93) gets underway from the Port of Djibouti in support of exercise Cutlass Express escorted by a Navy tactical patrol boat assigned to Combined Task Group (68.6), Jan. 28, 2019. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Joe Rullo/Released)
PHILIPPINE SEA: Multiple landing craft, air cushion (LCAC) vehicles prepare to exit the well deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Benjamin F. Davella III/Released)
INDIAN OCEAN: The dry cargo and ammunition ship USNS Matthew Perry (T-AKE 9) transits the Indian Ocean after a replenishment-at-sea with the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74), Jan. 31, 2019. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Jeffery L. Southerland/Released)
PHILIPPINE SEA: Boatswain’s Mate Seaman Nico Tribble, from Capitol Heights, Maryland., directs a landing craft, air cushion (LCAC) to depart the well deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1) during transportation of Marine vehicles and equipment. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Sarah Myers/Released)
SKAGERRAK STRAIT: A pilot boat arrives alongside the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Porter (DDG 78) in the Skagerrak Strait, Jan. 30, 2019. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class James R. Turner/Released)
INDIAN OCEAN: Sailors assigned to the air department stand in ranks on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) in the Indian Ocean, Feb. 4, 2019. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Connor D. Loessin/Released)
MEDITERRANEAN SEA: The San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship USS Arlington (LPD 24) transits the Mediterranean Sea. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Brandon Parker/Released)
U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF OPERATIONS: Sailors observe as the Whidbey Island-class amphibious dock landing ship USS Fort McHenry (LSD 43) pulls alongside the Lewis and Clark-class dry cargo and ammunition ship USNS Alan Shepard (T-AKE 3) during a replenishment-at-sea. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Chris Roys/Released)
PHILIPPINE SEA: A landing craft, air cushion (LCAC) enters the well deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Benjamin F. Davella III/Released)
EAST CHINA SEA: Lt. j.g. Bryan Hunt, left, and Lt. j.g. Matt Johnston, both assigned to the “Golden Swordsmen” of Patrol Squadron (VP) 47, conduct flight operations during a coordinated maritime patrol operational procedures exercise with Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force service members from Fleet Air Wing 5. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Kevin A. Flinn/Released)
INDIAN OCEAN: An SA-330J Puma helicopter lifts cargo off of the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) during a replenishment-at-sea in the Indian Ocean, Jan. 31, 2019. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Jeffery L. Southerland/Released)
PHILIPPINE SEA: The amphibious transport dock ship USS Green Bay (LPD 20), the Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS Walter S. Diehl (T-AO 193), and the amphibious dock landing ship USS Ashland (LSD 48) conduct a replenishment-at-sea with MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopters assigned to the “Island Knights” of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 25. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Daniel Barker/Released)
U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF OPERATIONS: Machinist’s Mate 3rd Class Dustin Gipson, left, and Machinist’s Mate 3rd Class Brooke Fletcher maneuver a lift to conduct maintenance on the port aircraft elevator aboard the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Casey Moore/Released)

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Faces of the Fleet

“Faces of the Fleet” is a collection of images of Sailors serving our country in the greatest and most technologically advanced Navy in the world. These fine men and women are leading from the deck plates and completing missions around the globe. This is your fleet and these are your Sailors! GO NAVY!

Ensign Thanh Xuong Giang, from San Francisco, relays information to the air and deck crew during flight operations aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS McCampbell (DDG 85). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class John Harris/Released)
Chief Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Handling) Jaime Valencia directs an AV-8B Harrier on the flight deck of the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kaitlyn E. Eads/Released)
Master-at-Arms 2nd Class Christopher Henderson and military working dog Mark, forward deployed to the security department here, practice on an agility course on base, Jan. 4, 2019. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Joe Rullo/Released)
Aviation Ordnanceman Airman Madelyn Martinez, from Los Angeles, smiles for a photograph on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) in the Arabian Gulf, Jan. 4, 2019. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Grant G. Grady)
Machinist’s Mate 2nd Class Dezmond Twymon stands watch in the central control station aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Porter (DDG 78) in the Mediterranean Sea, Jan. 7, 2019. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class James R. Turner/Released)
Damage Controlman Fireman Alexa Castillo, right, from Albuquerque, N.M., and Damage Controlman Fireman Dahzia Staley, from, Detroit, Mich., clean the weather decks during a fresh-water wash-down aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS McCampbell (DDG 85). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Benjamin Dobbs/Released)
Boatswain’s Mate Seaman Recruit Jose Rivera, a helmsman aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Gravely (DDG 107), maintains an ordered course through the North Sea. Gravely is deployed to conduct maritime operations as the flagship of Standing NATO Maritime Group 1 in the U.S 6th Fleet area of operation. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Mark Andrew Hays/Released)
Aircrewman (Operator) 1st Class Mike Burnett, attached to Patrol Squadron (VP) 47, conducts flight operations while VP-47’s Combat Aircrew 6 patrols the East China Sea. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Kevin A. Flinn/Released)
Aviation Ordnanceman 3rd Class John Dominguez, from Phoenix, applies a corrosion treatment to an F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 97 in the hangar bay aboard the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) in the Arabian Gulf, Jan. 6, 2019 (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Jarrod A. Schad/Released)
Sonar Technician (Surface) 1st Class Ryan Shields gives commands for heaving a line aboard the Arleigh-Burke class guided-missile destroyer USS Mitscher (DDG 57) during a replenishment-at-sea with the dry cargo and ammunition ship USNS Alan Shepard (T-AKE 3). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jacob Milham/Released)
Vice Adm. Phil Sawyer, commander of U.S. 7th Fleet, visits the crew of the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1) during a waterfront visit to forward deployed naval forces operating out of Fleet Activities Sasebo, Japan. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Sean Galbreath/Released)
Seaman Apprentice Daniel Liberos, from Orlando, Florida, removes rust and paint from a pipe on the fantail aboard the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) in the Arabian Gulf, Jan. 7, 2019. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Jarrod A. Schad/Released)
Aviation Electrician’s Mate Airman John Milla, left, from Norco, California, and Aviation Structural Mechanic 3rd Class Brody Burdette, from Las Vegas, load an AGM-114 Hellfire missile onto a MH-60R Sea Hawk helicopter assigned to Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 71, aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Stockdale (DDG 106) in the north Arabian Sea, Jan. 3, 2019. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Abigayle Lutz/Released)
Senior Chief Boatswain’s Mate Anjian Deng, from San Francisco, pilots the tug away from the pier as Sailors assigned to port operations at U.S. Fleet Activities Yokosuka (CFAY) prepare for the first harbor evolution of the new year on the Valiant class tugboats Seminole (YT 805) and Puyallup (YT 806), Jan. 7, 2019. (U.S. Navy photo by Garrett Zopfi/Released)
Aviation Machinist’s Mate 2nd Class Kenneth Alevedo, from Reno, Nevada, removes a secondary seal from the variable exhaust nozzle on an F/A-18E Super Hornet, assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 97, in the hangar bay aboard the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) in the Arabian Gulf, Jan. 7, 2019. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Jarrod A. Schad/Released)
Hull Maintenance Technician Joshua Dekam, from Sandusky, Mich., attached to the U.S. 7th Fleet flagship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19), operates a self contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) charging station in order to refill SCBA tanks. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Patrick Semales/Released)

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Your Navy Operating Forward – Iceland, England, Singapore

Right now your Navy is 100 percent on watch around the globe helping to preserve the American way of life. Whether it be operating and training off the coast of Spain or forward deployed to the Arabian Gulf, the flexibility and presence provided by our U.S. naval forces provides national leaders with great options for protecting and maintaining our national security and interests around the world. The imagery below highlights the Navy’s ability to provide those options by operating forward.

NORTH SEA: Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Equipment) 3rd Class Brian Turner signals an EA-18G Growler, assigned to the “Rooks” of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 137, ready for launch aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Adelola Tinubu/Released)
PORTSMOUTH, England: The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) drops anchor off the coast of Portsmouth, England, Oct. 6, 2018, for a scheduled port visit. Currently operating in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations, Harry S. Truman will continue to foster cooperation with regional allies and partners, strengthen regional stability, and remain vigilant, agile and dynamic. (U.S. Navy photo by Lt. Lyndsi
Gutierrez/Released)
NORTH SEA: A C-2A Greyhound assigned to the Rawhides of Fleet Logistic Support Squadron (VRC) 40 launches from the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Adelola Tinubu/Released)
DJIBOUTI: Intelligence Specialist 1st Class William Woodley, assigned to Task Group 68.6 (TG-68.6), stands watch on a SeaArk patrol boat upon completion of a mission with the the dry cargo and ammunition ship USNS Alan Shepard (TAK-E 3), Sept. 18, 2018. (U.S. Navy photo by Quartermaster 2nd Class Ashley Taylor/Released)
REYKJAVIK, Iceland: The guided-missile destroyer USS Forrest Sherman (DDG 98) pulls into Reykjavik, Iceland. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Raymond Maddocks/Released)
PHILIPPINE SEA: The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) and the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force helicopter destroyer JS Izumo (DDH 183) are underway alongside each other during a cooperative deployment. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kaila V. Peters/Released)
MEDITERRANEAN SEA: Gunner’s Mate Seaman Ian Shugars shoots line from the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG 71) to the Lewis and Clark-class dry cargo and ammunition fleet replenishment oiler USNS Medgar Evers (T-AKE 13) during a replenishment-at-sea in the Mediterranean Sea, Oct. 6, 2018. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Krystina Coffey/Released)
EAST CHINA SEA: Sailors attach empty pallets to an MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter assigned to the “Island Knights” of the Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 25 during a vertical replenishment-at-sea on the flight deck of the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Benfold (DDG 65). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Elesia Patten/Released)
PHILIPPINE SEA: Landing craft utility 1633 departs the well deck of the amphibious dock landing ship USS Ashland (LSD 48) during exercise KAMANDAG 2. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Joshua Mortensen/Released)
CHANGI NAVAL BASE, Singapore: The amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1) arrives at Changi Naval Base, Singapore, for a port visit. Wasp, the flagship for the Wasp Amphibious Ready Group, is operating in the Indo-Pacific region to enhance amphibious capabilities with regional partners and to serve as a ready-response force for any type of contingency. (U.S. Navy Photo by Lt. Clyde Shavers/Released)
MEDITERRANEAN SEA: The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG 71), right, approaches the Lewis and Clark-class fleet replenishment oiler USNS Medgar Evers (T-AKE 13) and the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Arleigh Burke (DDG 51) for a replenishment-at-sea in the Mediterranean Sea, Oct. 6, 2018. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Krystina Coffey/ Released)

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Your Navy Operating Forward – Gulf of Aden, Caribbean Sea, Philippean Sea

Right now your Navy is 100 percent on watch around the globe helping to preserve the American way of life. Whether it be operating and training off the coast of Spain or forward deployed to the Arabian Gulf, the flexibility and presence provided by our U.S. naval forces provides national leaders with great options for protecting and maintaining our national security and interests around the world. The imagery below highlights the Navy’s ability to provide those options by operating forward.

CARTAGENA, Colombia: A landing craft utility attached to Beachmaster Unit 2 prepares to land on the beach in Cartagena, Colombia for a humanitarian assistance training exercise during UNITAS 2018. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Colbey Livingston/Released)
GULF OF ADEN: The dry cargo and ammunition ship USNS Alan Shepard (TAK-E 3) transits the Gulf of Aden while conducting a vertical replenishment with the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) during a scheduled deployment of the Essex Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Matthew Freeman)
MEDITERRANEAN SEA: The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG 71) transits the Mediterranean Sea, Sept. 3, 2018. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Ryan U. Kledzik/Released)
GULF OF ADEN: The Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) transits the Gulf of Aden during a vertical replenishment while on a scheduled deployment of the Essex Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Matthew Freeman/Released)
CARIBBEAN SEA: U.S. Soldiers fast-rope onto the flight deck of the Whidbey Island-class dock landing ship USS Gunston Hall (LSD 44) during UNITAS 2018. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Colbey Livingston/Released)
MEDITERRANEAN SEA: Sailors remove chocks and chains from an MH-60R Seahawk helicopter, assigned to the “Vipers” of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM 48), on the flight deck of the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Carney (DDG 64), Sept. 3, 2018. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Ryan U. Kledzik/Released)
GULF OF ADEN: The Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) transits the Gulf of Aden during a vertical replenishment while on a scheduled deployment of the Essex Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Matthew Freeman)
SOUDA BAY, Greece: The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Carney (DDG 64) arrives in Souda Bay, Greece, Sept. 2, 2018. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Ryan U. Kledzik/Released)
HALIFAX, Nova Scotia: The guided-missile destroyer USS Arleigh Burke (DDG 51) transits the Atlantic Ocean en route to Halifax, Nova Scotia, for a port visit. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Justin Yarborough/Released)
PHILIPPINE SEA: An AS-332 Super Puma helicopter transports stores during a vertical replenishment between the dry cargo and ammunition ship USNS Wally Schirra (T-AKE 8) and the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1). (U.S. Navy photo illustration by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Daniel Barker/Released)
U.S. 7TH FLEET AREA OF OPERATIONS: A Royal Brunei navy boarding team approaches a vessel while participating in a visit, board, search and seizure practical scenario training during Southeast Asia Cooperation and Training (SEACAT) 2018. (U.S. photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Micah Blechner/Released)
PHILIPPINE SEA: An AS-332 Super Puma helicopter takes off from the flight deck of the dry cargo and ammunition ship USNS Wally Schirra (T-AKE 8) during a replenishment-at-sea with the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1) in the Philippine Sea, Sept. 7, 2018. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Taylor King/Releaed)
MEDITERRANEAN SEA: The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Carney (DDG 64) fires its 5-inch gun during a gunnery exercise with the Egyptian Naval Force and Hellenic navy while participating in Exercise Bright Star 2018. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Ryan U. Kledzik/Released)
GULF OF ADEN: An MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter attached to the Blackjacks of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 21 offloads supplies from the dry cargo and ammunition ship USNS Alan Shepard (TAK-E 3) while participating in an underway replenishment with the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) during a scheduled deployment of the Essex Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Chandler Harrell)
PHILIPPINE SEA: An MV-22 Osprey, assigned to the “Flying Tigers” of Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 262, approaches the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1) during flight operations in the Philippine Sea, Sept. 8, 2018. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Daniel Barker/Released)
GULF OF ADEN: The Whidbey Island-class amphibious landing dock ship USS Rushmore (LSD 47) transits alongside the replenishment oiler USNS Laramie (T-AO 203), during a replenishment-at-sea, while on a scheduled deployment with the Essex Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Brandon Williams-Church/Released)

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Your Navy Operating Forward – Arabian Gulf, Philippine Sea, South Sulu Sea

Right now your Navy is 100 percent on watch around the globe helping to preserve the American way of life. Whether it be operating and training off the coast of Spain or forward deployed to the Arabian Gulf, the flexibility and presence provided by our U.S. naval forces provides national leaders with great options for protecting and maintaining our national security and interests around the world. The imagery below highlights the Navy’s ability to provide those options by operating forward.

ARABIAN GULF: An MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter assigned to the Dusty Dogs of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 7 delivers cargo to the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) during a vertical replenishment. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Petty Officer Travis Rogers/Released)
ARABIAN GULF: An MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter assigned to the Dusty Dogs of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 7 delivers cargo to the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) during a vertical replenishment. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Petty Officer Travis Rogers/Released)
YOKOSUKA, Japan: Sailors man the rails on board the USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) as it returns to Fleet Activities (FLEACT) Yokosuka following its 2016 patrol. (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Peter Burghart/Released)
YOKOSUKA, Japan: Sailors man the rails on board the USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) as it returns to Fleet Activities (FLEACT) Yokosuka following its 2016 patrol. (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Peter Burghart/Released)
ARABIAN GULF: Sailors assigned to the visit, board, search and seizure  team aboard the guided-missile cruiser USS San Jacinto (CG 56) conduct small boat operations during a maritime security operation. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Petty Officer Travis Rogers/Released)
ARABIAN GULF: Sailors assigned to the visit, board, search and seizure team aboard the guided-missile cruiser USS San Jacinto (CG 56) conduct small boat operations during a maritime security operation. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Petty Officer Travis Rogers/Released)
WATERS SOUTH OF JAPAN: The Navy's only forward-deployed aircraft carrier, USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), patrols waters south of Japan, before returning to Commander, Fleet Activities Yokosuka, at the end of a three-month patrol in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Nathan Burke/Released)
WATERS SOUTH OF JAPAN: The Navy’s only forward-deployed aircraft carrier, USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), patrols waters south of Japan, before returning to Commander, Fleet Activities Yokosuka, at the end of a three-month patrol in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Nathan Burke/Released)
ARABIAN GULF: Pilots assigned to the Zappers of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 130 prepare to exit the cockpit of an E/A-18G Growler on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Anderson W. Branch/Released)
ARABIAN GULF: Pilots assigned to the Zappers of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 130 prepare to exit the cockpit of an E/A-18G Growler on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Anderson W. Branch/Released)
SOUTH SULU SEA: A landing craft, air cushion departs the well deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8) during Tiger Strike 16. (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Devin M. Langer/Released)
SOUTH SULU SEA: A landing craft, air cushion departs the well deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8) during Tiger Strike 16. (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Devin M. Langer/Released)
ARABIAN GULF: The dry cargo and ammunition ship USNS Alan Shepard (T-AKE 3) maneuvers toward the fast combat support ship USNS Arctic (T-AOE 8) in preparation for a vertical replenishment. (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Cole Keller/Released)
ARABIAN GULF: The dry cargo and ammunition ship USNS Alan Shepard (T-AKE 3) maneuvers toward the fast combat support ship USNS Arctic (T-AOE 8) in preparation for a vertical replenishment. (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Cole Keller/Released)
PHILIPPINE SEA: Four E-2C Hawkeyes, assigned to the "Liberty Bells" of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VFA) 115, fly over the Navy's only forward-deployed aircraft carrier, USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76). (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Nathan Burke/Released)
PHILIPPINE SEA: Four E-2C Hawkeyes, assigned to the “Liberty Bells” of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VFA) 115, fly over the Navy’s only forward-deployed aircraft carrier, USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76). (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Nathan Burke/Released)
ARABIAN GULF:  Lt. Michelle Sybouts, left, and Lt. j.g. Ben Bontregar give the signal they are prepared to launch an MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter assigned to the Dusty Dogs of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 7 from the flight deck of the fast combat support ship USNS Arctic (T-AOE 8). (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Cole Keller)
ARABIAN GULF: Lt. Michelle Sybouts, left, and Lt. j.g. Ben Bontregar give the signal they are prepared to launch an MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter assigned to the Dusty Dogs of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 7 from the flight deck of the fast combat support ship USNS Arctic (T-AOE 8). (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Cole Keller)
NAVAL AIR FACILITY ATSUGI, Japan: A Sailor assigned to the Liberty Bells of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 115 assists with taxiing an E2-C Hawkeye upon the aircraft’s return to Naval Air Facility (NAF) Atsugi. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Petty Officer Ben Farone/Released.)
NAVAL AIR FACILITY ATSUGI, Japan: A Sailor assigned to the Liberty Bells of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 115 assists with taxiing an E2-C Hawkeye upon the aircraft’s return to Naval Air Facility (NAF) Atsugi. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Petty Officer Ben Farone/Released.)
ARABIAN  GULF: The guided-missile destroyer USS Hopper (DDG 70) transits the Arabian Gulf. (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Nathan T. Beard/Released)
ARABIAN GULF: The guided-missile destroyer USS Hopper (DDG 70) transits the Arabian Gulf. (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Nathan T. Beard/Released)
KAIKOURA, New Zealand: A U.S. Navy MH-60R Sea Hawk helicopter, assigned to the Battle Cats of Helicopter Maritime Strike (HSM) squadron 73, attached to the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Sampson (DDG 102) arrives at Kaikoura, New Zealand. (New Zealand Defence Force photo by Cpl Amanda McErlich/Released)
KAIKOURA, New Zealand: A U.S. Navy MH-60R Sea Hawk helicopter, assigned to the Battle Cats of Helicopter Maritime Strike (HSM) squadron 73, attached to the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Sampson (DDG 102) arrives at Kaikoura, New Zealand. (New Zealand Defence Force photo by Cpl Amanda McErlich/Released)
ARABIAN GULF: An MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter assigned to the Dusty Dogs of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 7 transports stores from the fast combat support ship USNS Arctic (T-AOE 8) to the dry cargo and ammunition ship USNS Alan Shepard (T-AKE 3) during a vertical replenishment. (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Cole KellerReleased)
ARABIAN GULF: An MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter assigned to the Dusty Dogs of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 7 transports stores from the fast combat support ship USNS Arctic (T-AOE 8) to the dry cargo and ammunition ship USNS Alan Shepard (T-AKE 3) during a vertical replenishment. (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Cole KellerReleased)
ARABIAN GULF: An F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to the Fighting Swordsmen of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 32 launches from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Nathan T. Beard/Released)
ARABIAN GULF: An F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to the Fighting Swordsmen of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 32 launches from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Nathan T. Beard/Released)
PHILIPPINE SEA: An MH-60S Sea Hawk from the “Island Knights” of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 25 transports ordnance from the flight deck of the Navy’s only forward-deployed aircraft carrier, USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), to USNS Charles Drew (T-AKE 10) during an ammunition offload. (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Nathan Burke/Released)
PHILIPPINE SEA: An MH-60S Sea Hawk from the “Island Knights” of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 25 transports ordnance from the flight deck of the Navy’s only forward-deployed aircraft carrier, USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), to USNS Charles Drew (T-AKE 10) during an ammunition offload. (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Nathan Burke/Released)

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