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Give Something Away Day

July 15 “Give Something Away” Day is about everyone that
cares about anyone or anything to give away something.

It’s from the U.S. Navy core values to give back.

Below are just a few recent examples of how we’ve given back to this world.

Let’s also remember the hospital ships USNS Mercy’s and USNS Comfort’s 2020 COVID-19 deployment as they’ve supported the communities in need.

What are you doing to GIVE today?

NEX Customers Support Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society (July 7, 2020)

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (NNS) — Twice a year, NEX customers are given the opportunity to donate to the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society (NMCRS) by purchasing a $5 benefit ticket. The results of this year’s spring campaign showed NEX customers donated nearly $192,000 to support NMCRS. Read more on Navy.mil

NEX Bahrain presented a check to Naval Support Activity Bahrain’s Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society, representing the money NEX customers donated during the NEX/Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society spring campaign. (U.S. Navy photo by NEXCOM Public Affairs/Released)

VAW-124 Aviators Teaming with U.S. Coast Guard to Safeguard Mariners (July 2, 2020)

NORFOLK, Va. (NNS) — Naval aviators assigned to Airborne Command & Control Squadron (VAW) 124 aboard Naval Station Norfolk assist the U.S. Coast Guard to respond to a potential mariner in distress in the waters off the Atlantic Ocean. Read more on Navy.mil

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (Oct. 11, 2018) An E-2C Hawkeye waits on the Naval Air Station Jacksonville flight line Oct. 11, 2018, to possibly assist with coordinating relief efforts in the Florida Panhandle region in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael. (U.S. Navy photo by Reggie Jarrett/ Released)

USS Kidd Renders Assistance at Sea (July 1, 2020)

EASTERN PACIFIC OCEAN (NNS) — The Arleigh Burke-Class Destroyer USS Kidd (DDG 100) assists a fishing vessel in distress while in the U.S. Fourth Fleet area of operations. Read more on Navy.mil

PACIFIC OCEAN (June 30, 2020) The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Kidd (DDG 100) tows a distressed fishing vessel, after the vessel experienced engine problems leaving it unable to operate at sea. (Photo courtesy of U.S. Navy/Released)

NMCB-5 Completes 100th U.S. Navy Seabee Project in Timor-Leste (June 26, 2020)

DILI, Timor-Leste (NNS) — U.S. Navy Seabees from Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 5’s Detail Timor-Leste conducted a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the 100th Seabee project in Timor-Leste, a two-room education facility at the Ensino Basico Central Fatumeta Pre-Secondary School. Read more on Navy.mil

DILI, Timor-Leste (June 3, 2020) Utilitiesman Constructionman Mario Moreno (left) and Construction Electrician Constructionman Brandon Siciliano, with Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 5’s Detail Timor-Leste, ensure an electrical panel is level prior to securing it to the exterior wall at Fatumeta’s school. (U.S. Navy photo by Builder 3rd Class Sierra Hall/Released)

NAVFAC EXWC Becomes Navy’s Newest SMART Facility Offering Scholarships for Students (June 24, 2020)

PORT HUENEME, Calif. (NNS) — Naval Facilities (NAVFAC) Engineering and Expeditionary Warfare Center (EXWC) is honored to become the newest science, mathematics and research for transformation (SMART) sponsored facility, offering scholarships to academics currently studying science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields. Read more on Navy.mil

Norfolk-Based Sailor Saves Lives during Evening Run (June 22, 2020)

NORFOLK, Va. (NNS) — An evening run turned into a lifesaving event June 9, thanks to Lt. John Miller, assigned to Navy Warfare Development Command, Naval Station Norfolk. Read more on Navy.mil

NORFOLK, Va. — Lt. John Miller is credited with saving two lives while on an evening run near his residence. He is assigned to Navy Warfare Development Command, Naval Station Norfolk. (U.S. Navy photos by Ian Delossantos, NWDC/Released)

Rota Rocks: Spreading Smiles throughout the Community (June 18, 2020)

NAVAL STATION ROTA, SPAIN (NNS) — Similar to people around the world, 2020 has been a challenging year for personnel stationed at Naval Station Rota. The community, both on-base and off-base, spent six-plus weeks inside their homes during Spain’s State of Alarm and the subsequent de-escalation has been a gradual return to the “new normal.” Read more on Navy.mil

Lindsey Smelser, the driving force behind Rota Rocks group, poses for a photo with her four children in base housing, June 2, 2020. Smelser created the group to bring smiles to participants and make the daily walks fun for children during Spain’s de-escalation.
Rocks lined up by Lindsey Smelser’s children who had painted them to hide as part of Rota Rocks project.

USS Halsey Assists Distressed Mariner (June 17, 2020)

EASTERN PACIFIC (NNS) — The Arleigh Burke-Class Destroyer USS Halsey (DDG 97) assisted a fishing vessel in distress while operating in the U.S. Fourth Fleet area of operations June 16. Read more on Navy.mil

Coronavirus Defense: Navy Develops 3D-Printed Tactical Masks for U.S. Forces Korea (June 17, 2020)

ARLINGTON, Va. (NNS) — The coronavirus pandemic has caused a global shortage of surgical face masks and other personal protective equipment, including for warfighters stationed at U.S. Forces Korea. Read more on Navy.mil

CAMP HUMPHREYS, Republic of Korea — Soldiers assigned to 4-2 Attack Reconnaissance Battalion, 2nd Combat Aviation Brigade, 2nd Infantry ROK/US Combined Division hold community-use masks created by their unit’s 3-D Printers on April 22. (U.S Army photo by KCpl. Hanmin Yun. 2ID/RUCD Public Affairs)

Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 25 Rescues Hikers Near Pagat Caves (June 16, 2020)

ANDERSEN AIR FORCE BASE, Guam (NNS) — The Guam-based “Island Knights” of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 25 responded to a search and rescue (SAR) request from U.S. Coast Guard Sector Guam for three missing hikers, June 14. Read more on Navy.mil

Norfolk Naval Shipyard Veteran Employee Readiness Group Delivers U.S. Flag Collection Honoring Departed Veterans to Local Funeral Home (June 15, 2020)

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (NNS) — A tradition four years in the making, the Norfolk Naval Shipyard Veteran Employee Readiness Group once again answered the call honoring veterans of the community with a donation of 113 worn United States flags to Sturtevant Funeral Home Jun. 12. Read more on Navy.mil

Norfolk Naval Shipyard’s Veteran Employee Readiness Group (VET-ERG) presented 113 U.S. Flags to Sturtevant Funeral Home June 12 in honor of Flag Day. The flags were donated from the workforce and from within the community to be part of Sturtevant’s Retire the Flag Program. From Left to Right: VET-ERG Member Ricky Burroughs, VET-ERG Founding Member Jonathan Echols, Sturtevant Funeral Home Representative Robie Gardner, Shipyard Commander Capt. Kai Torkelson, Command Master Chief Gene Garland, VET-ERG President Nicholas Boyle, and Retired/VET-ERG Founding Member Rick Nelson.

Key West SAR Team Performed Two Rescues, Assisting Three Civilians (June 15, 2020)

KEY WEST, Fla. (NNS) — Sailors assigned to Naval Air Station (NAS) Key West provided quick-action search and rescue (SAR) during two separate events on June 1. Read more on Navy.mil

Training Support Center Great Lakes Holds Unique Pizza Party (June 12, 2020)

GREAT LAKES, Ill. (NNS) — Staff at Training Support Center
(TSC) Great Lakes participated in a pizza party June 12. TSC Petty Officer
Association (POA), Chief Petty Officer Association (CPOA) along with TSC Great
Lakes’ Coalition of Sailors Against Destructive Decisions student organization
spent all morning lifting the morale of command students by delivering 300
pizzas to the barracks that they live. Read more on
Navy.mil

GREAT LAKES, Ill. (June 12, 2020) Training Support Center (TSC) Great Lakes staff members deliver pizzas to USS Franklin barracks June 12. Students in all TSC barracks were treated with the delivery of 300 pizzas thanks to the Chief Petty Officers and Petty Officers association along with CSADD. (U.S. Navy photo by Brian Walsh/Released)

Eye on Innovation: NNSY Personnel Help Local Medical Facilities in Fight against COVID-19 (June 10, 2020)

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (NNS) — As the COVID-19 pandemic continues and medical professionals work around the clock to care for those affected, there has been a need for equipment and a call-to-action for those willing to assist. Read more on Navy.mil

Code 2330 Nuclear Engineer David Shamblin used his personal 3-D printer to print personal protective equipment that was donated to Sentara Obici Hospital in Suffolk, Virginia.

Answering the Call: Stateside Deployments of U.S. Navy Hospital Ships

By André B. Sobocinski, Historian, BUMED

On March 18, President Trump announced Navy
hospital ships USNS Mercy (T-AH-19) and Comfort (T-AH-20) were to be activated
and deployed stateside to serve as referral centers for non-COVID-19 patients. The
longest-serving hospital ships in continuous operation in our history, Mercy
and Comfort have long captured the public’s imagination due to their vast medical
capabilities as floating hospitals. But in the storied history of our hospital
ships, stateside deployments during global pandemics remain unchartered waters.

Hospital ships have played pivotal roles in naval
operations since the early days of our Republic. During the Barbary
Wars
, Commodore Edward Preble ordered that USS
Intrepid be used as a hospital ship. The reconfiguration of this former bomb-ketch
in 1803 marks the standard for almost all hospital ships used thereafter. To
date, only USS Relief (AH-1) was built from the keel up to serve as a hospital
ship. All other ships—including USNS Mercy and USNS Comfort—were converted from
other uses whether as super tankers, troop transports or passenger liners.

Hospital ward aboard USS Relief (AH-1) in the 1920s. (BUMED Archives, 09-5066-183)

Floating Ambulance

Whether it is the USS Red Rover transporting patients
up the Mississippi to Mound Island in the Civil War or USS Solace (AH-5) taking
wounded Marines from Iwo Jima to Guam hospital, ships have long served in the
capacity of ambulance ships.

During the Great Influenza Pandemic of 1918,
Comfort (AH-3) and Mercy (AH-4) were each briefly stationed in New York where
they took care of overflow patients from the Third Naval District before
returning to the fleet and sailing across the Atlantic. Along with USS Solace
(AH-2), these ships ferried thousands of wounded and sick (including virulent
cases of the flu) back to stateside facilities.

USS Comfort (AH-3) serving as ambulance ship, ca. 1918 (BUMED Archives, 14-0058-003)

Station Hospitals

Throughout 19th and early 20th centuries, a
host of Navy ships was sent around the country to serve as “station hospitals”
for burgeoning naval bases.

From the 1850s until the early 1860s, supply
ships USS Warren and later USS Independence operated in this capacity at Mare
Island, California, until shore facilities were constructed. Decades later, the
Navy employed the former gunboat USS Nipsic at the Puget Sound Navy Yard, where
it served as a predecessor to Naval Hospital Bremerton (Puget Sound). And from
1953 until 1957, the hospital ship USS Haven (AH-12) served as a station
hospital at Long Beach, California, supporting medical activities in the
Eleventh Naval District.

USS Nipsic at the Puget Sound Naval Station, Bremerton, Washington, while serving as a station hospital. (U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph, NH 44601)

Humanitarian Measures

Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Response (HADR) operations have long been the clarion call for hospital ships. In March 1933, following the devastating earthquake that hit Long Beach, USS Relief (AH-1) sent teams of physicians and Hospital Corpsmen ashore to assist in treatment of casualties. Some 66 years later, following the Loma Prieta Earthquake of October 1989, USNS Mercy—then moored in Oakland—provided food and shelter for hundreds of victims of the disaster.

Since 2001, USNS Comfort and USNS Mercy have
taken part in some 19 HADR missions, from Continuing Promise to Unified
Assistance, and treated over 550,000 patients. But of these missions, only two
were stateside deployments.

Following Hurricane Katrina in 2005, Comfort deployed
to the Gulf Coast where she treated 1,258 patients at Pascagoula, Mississippi,
and New Orleans. Years earlier, she was sent to New York City following the attacks
on Sept. 11.

Originally envisioned as a floating trauma
hospital for the victims of the Twin Towers’ collapse, the ship’s mission
changed when it became clear there were not the large numbers of injured
expected. Vice Adm. Michael Cowan, Navy surgeon general in 2001, recalled that
New York’s Emergency Management Office stated the city was being overwhelmed
with the requirements of humanity. “The island didn’t have facilities to support the firemen and
rescuers and police digging
through the rubble and
sleeping on the hood of their engines,” Cowan said. “They were becoming dirty, going without water as they worked in
harsh environments. NYC requested the Comfort to provide humanitarian services; as the
‘Comfort Inn,’ which could be docked close to the site.”

From Sept. 14
to Oct. 1, Comfort provided hot meals, showers, a berth, a change of clean
clothes to about a 1,000 relief workers a day from its temporary home at Pier
92 in Manhattan.

Capabilities

When commissioned on Dec. 28, 1920, Relief (AH-1)
could boast the same amenities as the most modern hospitals at the time—large
corridors and elevators for transporting patients, and fully equipped surgical
operating rooms, wards, galleys, pantries, wash rooms, laboratories,
dispensaries, as well as a sterilizing/disinfecting room—all with “sanitary”
tiled flooring.

USNS Mercy and USNS Comfort are no different
in this regard and are comparable to some of the largest trauma hospitals in
the United States. Each ship contains 12 fully equipped operating rooms, a bed
capacity of 1,000 and can boast of digital radiological services, medical
laboratories, full-serve pharmacies, blood banks, medical equipment repair
shops, prosthetics and physical therapy.

Emblazoned with nine red crosses and
stretching 894 feet in length (the size of three football fields) Mercy and
Comfort remain powerful symbols of medical care and hope during the
darkest times.  

Sources:

Annual
Reports of the Surgeon General of the U.S. Navy for the Fiscal Year 1919. Washington,
DC: Government Printing Office, 1919.

Cowan,
Michael, Oral History conducted with (Session conducted by A.B. Sobocinski and
D.V. Ginn on September 12, 2013). BUMED Oral History Archives.

Hospital
Ships Fact File. U.S. Navy. Retrieved from: https://www.navy.mil/navydata/fact_display.asp?cid=4625&tid=200&ct=4

Johnson,
Lucius. “The Story of Our Hospital Ships.” The Red Cross Courier. July 1937.

Massman,
Emory A. Hospital Ships of World War II. An Illustrated Reference. Jefferson,
NC: McFarland & CO., Inc, Publishers, 1999.

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!

Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) Mike Steven right, passes the MCPON cutlass to Steven Giordano during his Change of Office & and Retirement Ceremony. Stevens served as the 13th MCPON for four years, and was relieved by FLTCM Steven Giordano. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Martin L. Carey/Released)

Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) Mike Steven right, passes the MCPON cutlass to Steven Giordano during his Change of Office & Retirement Ceremony. Stevens served as the 13th MCPON for four years, and was relieved by FLTCM Steven Giordano. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Martin L. Carey/Released)

Sailors pose for a photo while working aloft on electronic equipment aboard USS George Washington (CVN 73). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Krystofer Belknap)

Sailors pose for a photo while working aloft on electronic equipment aboard USS George Washington (CVN 73). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Krystofer Belknap)

Capt. Michael Lewis, the 13th commanding officer of the Los Angeles-class fast-attack submarine USS Houston (SSN 713) and the keynote speaker for the event, arrives at Houston’s decommissioning ceremony at Naval Base Kitsap Bangor. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Amanda R. Gray/Released)

Capt. Michael Lewis, the 13th commanding officer of the Los Angeles-class fast-attack submarine USS Houston (SSN 713) and the keynote speaker for the event, arrives at Houston’s decommissioning ceremony at Naval Base Kitsap Bangor. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Amanda R. Gray/Released)

Lt. Jeremy Wano, Pacific Partnership 2016 dental planner and native of Pittsburgh, assigned to USNS Mercy (T-AH 19), poses for a selfie with a traditional Indonesian dancer at the Pacific Partnership 2016 Cultural Day luncheon. (University of California-San Diego Predental Society photo by Ted Wendel/Released)

Lt. Jeremy Wano, Pacific Partnership 2016 dental planner and native of Pittsburgh, assigned to USNS Mercy (T-AH 19), poses for a selfie with a traditional Indonesian dancer at the Pacific Partnership 2016 Cultural Day luncheon. (University of California-San Diego Predental Society photo by Ted Wendel/Released)

Intelligence Specialist 3rd Class Rien Desplinter, from Brighton, Colorado, prepares to play taps on a bugle as part of a burial-at-sea ceremony aboard the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Comunication Specialist 3rd Class Alora R. Blosch)

Intelligence Specialist 3rd Class Rien Desplinter, from Brighton, Colorado, prepares to play taps on a bugle as part of a burial-at-sea ceremony aboard the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Comunication Specialist 3rd Class Alora R. Blosch)

Sailors, assigned to Air department, simulate fighting a fire during an aircraft firefighting drill in the hangar bay aboard amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4). (U. S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Michael T. Eckelbecker/Released)

Sailors, assigned to Air department, simulate fighting a fire during an aircraft firefighting drill in the hangar bay aboard amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4). (U. S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Michael T. Eckelbecker/Released)

Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician 1st Class Rex Wakamatsu plays tic-tac-toe at the Western Idaho Fair during Boise Navy Week. (U.S. Navy Photo by Kayla Good/Released)

Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician 1st Class Rex Wakamatsu plays tic-tac-toe at the Western Idaho Fair during Boise Navy Week. (U.S. Navy Photo by Kayla Good/Released)

Religious Programs Specialist 3rd Class Joey Rush, from Detriot, escorts the cremains of Aviation Electronics Technician 1st Class John P. Lamson to be committed to the sea during a burial-at-sea ceremony aboard the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kris R. Lindstrom)

Religious Programs Specialist 3rd Class Joey Rush, from Detriot, escorts the cremains of Aviation Electronics Technician 1st Class John P. Lamson to be committed to the sea during a burial-at-sea ceremony aboard the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kris R. Lindstrom)

Chief Petty Officer Selectees conduct gun drills with a replica 24-pound long gun during Chief Petty Officer Heritage Week. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Mickey Treigle/Released)

Chief Petty Officer Selectees conduct gun drills with a replica 24-pound long gun during Chief Petty Officer Heritage Week. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Mickey Treigle/Released)

Navy Band Northwest Woodwind Trio preformed at Idaho Veterans Home as part of Boise Navy Week. (U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Marie A. Montez/Released)

Navy Band Northwest Woodwind Trio preformed at Idaho Veterans Home as part of Boise Navy Week. (U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Marie A. Montez/Released)

Chief (Selects) run in formation during a 5K run on the flight deck of amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jesse Monford/Released)

Chief (Selects) run in formation during a 5K run on the flight deck of amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jesse Monford/Released)

Chief Petty Officer Selectees learn how to row in a Cornish Gig, a small boat similar to USS Constitution's boats during Chief Petty Officer Heritage Week. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class William Collins III/Released)

Chief Petty Officer Selectees learn how to row in a Cornish Gig, a small boat similar to USS Constitution’s boats during Chief Petty Officer Heritage Week. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class William Collins III/Released)

Lt. Cmdr. Michael Blackman performs a dead lift event, lifting 495 lbs. during a steel beach picnic aboard amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4). (U. S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Brian Caracci/Released)

Lt. Cmdr. Michael Blackman performs a dead lift event, lifting 495 lbs. during a steel beach picnic aboard amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4). (U. S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Brian Caracci/Released)

Seaman Tyron Hodge, back, Boatswain’s Mate 3rd Class Joshua Schultz, middle, and Boatswain’s Mate 3rd Class Andrew Peixoto move a heat shield on the flight deck of the amphibious dock landing ship USS Whidbey Island (LSD 41). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Nathan R. McDonald/Released)

Seaman Tyron Hodge, back, Boatswain’s Mate 3rd Class Joshua Schultz, middle, and Boatswain’s Mate 3rd Class Andrew Peixoto move a heat shield on the flight deck of the amphibious dock landing ship USS Whidbey Island (LSD 41). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Nathan R. McDonald/Released)

Rear Adm. Bruce Gillingham, Commander, Navy Medicine West administers the oath of enlistment to 40 Delayed Entry Program members from Naval Recruiting District Portland during the Western Idaho Fair as part of Boise Navy Week. (US Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1stClass Marie A. Montez) Released

Rear Adm. Bruce Gillingham, Commander, Navy Medicine West administers the oath of enlistment to 40 Delayed Entry Program members from Naval Recruiting District Portland during the Western Idaho Fair as part of Boise Navy Week. (US Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1stClass Marie A. Montez) Released

Quartermaster Seaman Cleveland Cone from Auburn, Ala., takes wind speed and direction measurements aboard USS Ross (DDG 71). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Theron J. Godbold/Released)

Quartermaster Seaman Cleveland Cone from Auburn, Ala., takes wind speed and direction measurements aboard USS Ross (DDG 71). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Theron J. Godbold/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!

Naval Air Crewman (Helicopter) 3rd Class Sean Magee, assigned to the “Blackjacks” of Helicopter Sea Combat (HSC) Squadron 21, is responsible for maintaining the aircraft during flight operation. Magee is deployed aboard hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) in support of Pacific Partnership 2016. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Brittney Vella/Released)

Naval Air Crewman (Helicopter) 3rd Class Sean Magee, assigned to the “Blackjacks” of Helicopter Sea Combat (HSC) Squadron 21, is responsible for maintaining the aircraft during flight operation. Magee is deployed aboard hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) in support of Pacific Partnership 2016. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Brittney Vella/Released)

 

Master at Arms 2nd Class Amber Boyd from Cleveland, Ohio, runs an obstacle with Military Working Dog (MWD) Omar. (U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Timothy M. Ahearn/Released)

Master at Arms 2nd Class Amber Boyd from Cleveland, Ohio, runs an obstacle with Military Working Dog (MWD) Omar. (U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Timothy M. Ahearn/Released)

 

 Naval Aircrewman (Helicopter) 1st Class John Jacops, left, and Chief Naval Aircrewman Shaun Daniels, assigned to Helicopter Mine Countermeasures Squadron (HM) 14, explain how the MK-104 acoustic minesweeping device functions to Rear Adm. Jim W. Kilby, Commander, Naval Surface and Mine Warfighting Development Center, during a tour of the squadron in support of the Southern California portion of Rim of the Pacific 2016. (U.S. Navy photo by Lt. Cmdr. Jeremy Braun/Released)

Naval Aircrewman (Helicopter) 1st Class John Jacops, left, and Chief Naval Aircrewman Shaun Daniels, assigned to Helicopter Mine Countermeasures Squadron (HM) 14, explain how the MK-104 acoustic minesweeping device functions to Rear Adm. Jim W. Kilby, Commander, Naval Surface and Mine Warfighting Development Center, during a tour of the squadron in support of the Southern California portion of Rim of the Pacific 2016. (U.S. Navy photo by Lt. Cmdr. Jeremy Braun/Released)

 

Seaman Marcus Padilla sounds the boatswain's pipe prior to making an announcement over the ship’s announcement system aboard the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Chancellorsville (CG 62). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Andrew Schneider/Released)

Seaman Marcus Padilla sounds the boatswain’s pipe prior to making an announcement over the ship’s announcement system aboard the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Chancellorsville (CG 62). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Andrew Schneider/Released)

 

Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technicians, assigned to Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit 5 prepare to dive into the Mutsu Bay off the coast of Japan during the 2JA 2016 Mine Countermeasures Exercise (2JA-16 MCMEX). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Alfred A. Coffield/Released)

Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technicians, assigned to Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit 5 prepare to dive into the Mutsu Bay off the coast of Japan during the 2JA 2016 Mine Countermeasures Exercise (2JA-16 MCMEX). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Alfred A. Coffield/Released)

 

Sailors assigned to Navy Operational Support Center (NOSC) Chattanooga man the rails during a remembrance ceremony for the Fallen Five at Ross’s Landing in downtown Chattanooga. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communications Specialist 2nd Class Caine Storino/Released)

Sailors assigned to Navy Operational Support Center (NOSC) Chattanooga man the rails during a remembrance ceremony for the Fallen Five at Ross’s Landing in downtown Chattanooga. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communications Specialist 2nd Class Caine Storino/Released)

 

Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson visits USS America (LHA 6), currently operating in the waters near the Hawaiian Islands as part of Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2016. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Nathan Laird/Released)

Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson visits USS America (LHA 6), currently operating in the waters near the Hawaiian Islands as part of Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2016. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Nathan Laird/Released)

 

Rear Adm. John Alexander, Commander, Battle Force 7th Fleet, is soaked with water after being doused with a fire hose in celebration of his final arrested landing aboard the Navy’s only forward-deployed aircraft carrier, USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Eduardo Otero/Released)

Rear Adm. John Alexander, Commander, Battle Force 7th Fleet, is soaked with water after being doused with a fire hose in celebration of his final arrested landing aboard the Navy’s only forward-deployed aircraft carrier, USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Eduardo Otero/Released)

 

Vice President Joe Biden poses for a photograph with Sailors in the hangar bay aboard USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) during the Rim of the Pacific maritime exercise. (U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Luke Moyer/Released)

Vice President Joe Biden poses for a photograph with Sailors in the hangar bay aboard USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) during the Rim of the Pacific maritime exercise. (U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Luke Moyer/Released)

 

Navy Musician 2nd Class Jordan Witt (left), native to Big Stone Gap, Virginia, from the “Big Wave” U.S. Pacific Fleet Band, interacts with local children during rehearsal for a concert at Bach Dang Street, part of a Pacific Partnership 2016 community relations event. (Royal Australian Air Force photo by Air Force Imagery Specialist CPL David Cotton/ Released)

Navy Musician 2nd Class Jordan Witt (left), native to Big Stone Gap, Virginia, from the “Big Wave” U.S. Pacific Fleet Band, interacts with local children during rehearsal for a concert at Bach Dang Street, part of a Pacific Partnership 2016 community relations event. (Royal Australian Air Force photo by Air Force Imagery Specialist CPL David Cotton/ Released)

 

Logistics Specialist 3rd Class Elizabeth Rios, from Lebanon, Pennsylvania, stands sea and anchor detail watch aboard USS Porter (DDG 78) as the ship arrives in Gaeta, Italy for a scheduled port visit. (U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Robert S. Price/Released)

Logistics Specialist 3rd Class Elizabeth Rios, from Lebanon, Pennsylvania, stands sea and anchor detail watch aboard USS Porter (DDG 78) as the ship arrives in Gaeta, Italy for a scheduled port visit. (U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Robert S. Price/Released)

 

 Lt. Stuart Anderson, assigned to the Proud Warriors of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 72, is welcomed home by his son at Naval Air Station Jacksonville. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Timothy Schumaker/Released)

Lt. Stuart Anderson, assigned to the Proud Warriors of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 72, is welcomed home by his son at Naval Air Station Jacksonville. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Timothy Schumaker/Released)

 

Gunner's Mate 1st Class Kyle Galow (center), from St. Matthews, South Carolina, prepares to fire a Mk-38 25mm cannon from a remote control panel on the bridge of the guided-missile cruiser USS Mobile Bay (CG 53) while conducting a live-fire exercise during Rim of the Pacific 2016. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Ryan J. Batchelder/Released)

Gunner’s Mate 1st Class Kyle Galow (center), from St. Matthews, South Carolina, prepares to fire a Mk-38 25mm cannon from a remote control panel on the bridge of the guided-missile cruiser USS Mobile Bay (CG 53) while conducting a live-fire exercise during Rim of the Pacific 2016. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Ryan J. Batchelder/Released)

 

Navy musicians from the “Big Wave” U.S. Pacific Fleet Band perform during a concert held at Bach Dang Street, as part of Pacific Partnership 2016 community relations event. (Royal Australian Air Force photo by Air Force Imagery Specialist CPL David Cotton/ Released)

Navy musicians from the “Big Wave” U.S. Pacific Fleet Band perform during a concert held at Bach Dang Street, as part of Pacific Partnership 2016 community relations event. (Royal Australian Air Force photo by Air Force Imagery Specialist CPL David Cotton/ Released)

 

Vice President Joe Biden meets with Capt. Greg Huffman, USS John C. Stennis’ (CVN 74) commanding officer, on the bridge aboard USS John C. Stennis during the Rim of the Pacific maritime exercise. (U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Luke Moyer/Released)

Vice President Joe Biden meets with Capt. Greg Huffman, USS John C. Stennis’ (CVN 74) commanding officer, on the bridge aboard USS John C. Stennis during the Rim of the Pacific maritime exercise. (U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Luke Moyer/Released)

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Your Navy Operating Forward – Italy, Korea, Vietnam

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.

DA NANG, Vietnam: Hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) sits anchored off the coast of Da Nang. (Royal Australian Air Force photo by Air Force Imagery Specialist CPL David Cotton/ Released)

DA NANG, Vietnam: Hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) sits anchored off the coast of Da Nang. (Royal Australian Air Force photo by Air Force Imagery Specialist CPL David Cotton/ Released)

PACIFIC OCEAN: An F/A-18 Super Hornet flies over USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) during Rim of the Pacific. Twenty-six nations, more than 40 ships and submarines, more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel are participating in RIMPAC from June 30 to Aug. 4, in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California. The world’s largest international maritime exercise, RIMPAC provides a unique training opportunity that helps participants foster and sustain the cooperative relationships that are critical to ensuring the safety of sea lanes and security on the world's oceans. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Andre T. Richard/ Released)

PACIFIC OCEAN: An F/A-18 Super Hornet flies over USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) during Rim of the Pacific. Twenty-six nations, more than 40 ships and submarines, more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel are participating in RIMPAC. The world’s largest international maritime exercise, RIMPAC provides a unique training opportunity that helps participants foster and sustain the cooperative relationships that are critical to ensuring the safety of sea lanes and security on the world’s oceans. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Andre T. Richard/ Released)

INDIAN OCEAN: An MH-60R Seahawk, attached to the “Warbirds” of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 49, flies over the guided-missile destroyers USS Spruance (DDG 111) and USS Momsen (DDG 92). (U.S. Navy photo by Naval Aircrewman 2nd Class Alex Hewette/Released)

INDIAN OCEAN: An MH-60R Seahawk, attached to the “Warbirds” of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 49, flies over the guided-missile destroyers USS Spruance (DDG 111) and USS Momsen (DDG 92). (U.S. Navy photo by Naval Aircrewman 2nd Class Alex Hewette/Released)

BUSAN, Republic of Korea: Ohio-class guided-missile submarine USS Ohio (SSGN 726) arrives at the Republic of Korea (ROK) Fleet base in Busan for a regular port visit during a routine deployment to the Western Pacific. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Wesley J. Breedlove/Released)

BUSAN, Republic of Korea: Ohio-class guided-missile submarine USS Ohio (SSGN 726) arrives at the Republic of Korea (ROK) Fleet base in Busan for a regular port visit during a routine deployment to the Western Pacific. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Wesley J. Breedlove/Released)

PACIFIC OCEAN: USS America (LHA 6) underway in the waters near the Hawaiian Islands as part of Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2016 - the world's largest multi-national maritime exercise. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Nathan Laird/Released)

PACIFIC OCEAN: USS America (LHA 6) underway in the waters near the Hawaiian Islands as part of Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2016 – the world’s largest multi-national maritime exercise. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Nathan Laird/Released)

SUEZ CANAL: The aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69), followed by the fast combat support ship USNS Arctic (T-AOE 8) and the guided-missile destroyer USS Nitze (DDG 94), pass under the Freedom Bridge while transiting the Suez Canal. (U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class J. Alexander Delgado/Released)

SUEZ CANAL: The aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69), followed by the fast combat support ship USNS Arctic (T-AOE 8) and the guided-missile destroyer USS Nitze (DDG 94), pass under the Freedom Bridge while transiting the Suez Canal. (U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class J. Alexander Delgado/Released)

PACIFIC OCEAN: A  standard missile 2 is launched from the vertical launching system on board the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Shoup (DDG 86) as part of a live fire exercise. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Holly L. Herline)

PACIFIC OCEAN: A standard missile 2 is launched from the vertical launching system on board the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Shoup (DDG 86) as part of a live fire exercise. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Holly L. Herline)

INDIAN OCEAN: The guided-missile destroyer USS Momsen (DDG 92) steams through the Indian Ocean. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Jay C. Pugh/Released)

INDIAN OCEAN: The guided-missile destroyer USS Momsen (DDG 92) steams through the Indian Ocean. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Jay C. Pugh/Released)

GAETA, Italy: Sailors heave mooring lines aboard USS Porter (DDG 78) as the ship arrives in Gaeta, Italy for a scheduled port visit. (U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Robert S. Price/Released)

GAETA, Italy: Sailors heave mooring lines aboard USS Porter (DDG 78) as the ship arrives in Gaeta, Italy for a scheduled port visit. (U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Robert S. Price/Released)

MEDITERRANEAN SEA: Quartermaster Seaman James Keller checks weather information during a nighttime transit aboard the amphibious transport dock ship USS San Antonio (LPD 17). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Adam Austin / Released)

MEDITERRANEAN SEA: Quartermaster Seaman James Keller checks weather information during a nighttime transit aboard the amphibious transport dock ship USS San Antonio (LPD 17). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Adam Austin / Released)

PACIFIC OCEAN: Sailors aboard the guided-missile cruiser USS Princeton (CG 59) fire an RGM-84 Harpoon anti-ship missile during an international sinking exercise, or SINKEX, for Rim of the Pacific 2016. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Jason Noble/Released)

PACIFIC OCEAN: Sailors aboard the guided-missile cruiser USS Princeton (CG 59) fire an RGM-84 Harpoon anti-ship missile during an international sinking exercise, or SINKEX, for Rim of the Pacific 2016. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Jason Noble/Released)

INDIAN OCEAN: Two MH-60R Seahawks, attached to the “Warbirds” of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 49, fly in formation over the guided-missile destroyer USS Spruance (DDG 111). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Jay C. Pugh/Released)

INDIAN OCEAN: Two MH-60R Seahawks, attached to the “Warbirds” of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 49, fly in formation over the guided-missile destroyer USS Spruance (DDG 111). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Jay C. Pugh/Released)

PACIFIC OCEAN: Sailors aboard the guided-missile cruiser USS Mobile Bay (CG 53) fire the ship's close-in weapons system while conducting a live-fire exercise during RIMPAC 2016. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Ryan J. Batchelder/Released)

PACIFIC OCEAN: Sailors aboard the guided-missile cruiser USS Mobile Bay (CG 53) fire the ship’s close-in weapons system while conducting a live-fire exercise during RIMPAC 2016. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Ryan J. Batchelder/Released)

ARABIAN GULF: Boatswain’s Mate 3rd Class Trevor Ellam signals to the fleet replenishment oiler USNS Pecos (T-AO 197) from the guided-missile destroyer USS Stout (DDG 55) during a replenishment-at-sea.  (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Bill Dodge/Released)

ARABIAN GULF: Boatswain’s Mate 3rd Class Trevor Ellam signals to the fleet replenishment oiler USNS Pecos (T-AO 197) from the guided-missile destroyer USS Stout (DDG 55) during a replenishment-at-sea. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Bill Dodge/Released)

INDIAN OCEAN: An MH-60R Seahawk, attached to the “Warbirds” of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 49, flies toward the guided-missile destroyer USS Spruance (DDG 111).  (U.S. Navy photo by Naval Aircrewman 2nd Class Alex Hewette/Released)

INDIAN OCEAN: An MH-60R Seahawk, attached to the “Warbirds” of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 49, flies toward the guided-missile destroyer USS Spruance (DDG 111). (U.S. Navy photo by Naval Aircrewman 2nd Class Alex Hewette/Released)

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Your Navy Operating Forward – Yokosuka, Naples, Algeciras

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.

LEGAZPI CITY, Philippines: Hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) sits anchored off the coast of Legazpi, Philippines, during Pacific Partnership 2016. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Elizabeth Merriam/Released)

LEGAZPI CITY, Philippines: Hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) sits anchored off the coast of Legazpi, Philippines, during Pacific Partnership 2016. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Elizabeth Merriam/Released)

MEDITERRANEAN SEA: An F/A-18F assigned to the Sidewinders of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 32 prepares to take off on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Dartez C. Williams/Released)

MEDITERRANEAN SEA: An F/A-18F assigned to the Sidewinders of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 32 prepares to take off on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Dartez C. Williams/Released)

DILI, Timor Leste: Utilitiesman Constructionman (SCW) Christopher Parrilla from Seattle, Washington, ground guides Equipment Operator 2nd Class Amber Floyd from Phoenix, Arizona, assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 4, as she operates a skid steer to grade the courtyard at the Aimutin Primary School. (U.S. Navy photo by Construction Electrician Constructionman George Oliver/Released)

DILI, Timor Leste: Utilitiesman Constructionman (SCW) Christopher Parrilla from Seattle, Washington, ground guides Equipment Operator 2nd Class Amber Floyd from Phoenix, Arizona, assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 4, as she operates a skid steer to grade the courtyard at the Aimutin Primary School. (U.S. Navy photo by Construction Electrician Constructionman George Oliver/Released)

MEDITERRANEAN SEA: 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 Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Anderson W. Branch/Released)

MEDITERRANEAN SEA: 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 Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Anderson W. Branch/Released)

FLEET ACTIVITIES YOKOSUKA, Japan: The Ohio-class guided-missile submarine USS Ohio (SSGN 726) gets underway after a port visit at Fleet Activities Yokosuka. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Brian G. Reynolds/Released)

YOKOSUKA, Japan: The Ohio-class guided-missile submarine USS Ohio (SSGN 726) gets underway after a port visit at Fleet Activities Yokosuka. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Brian G. Reynolds/Released)

SOUTH CHINA SEA: An EA-18G Growler from the “Shadowhawks” of Early Attack Squadron (VAQ) 141 makes an arrested landing on the flight deck aboard the Navy’s only forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Ryan McFarlane/Released)

SOUTH CHINA SEA: An EA-18G Growler from the “Shadowhawks” of Early Attack Squadron (VAQ) 141 makes an arrested landing on the flight deck aboard the Navy’s only forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Ryan McFarlane/Released)

ARABIAN GULF: Senior Chief Sonar Technician (Surface) Joseph Cowan launches a RQ-20A Puma AE (All Environment) unmanned aircraft system from aboard USS Stout (DDG 55) during a visit, board, search and seizure (VBSS) exercise. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Bill Dodge/Released)

ARABIAN GULF: Senior Chief Sonar Technician (Surface) Joseph Cowan launches a RQ-20A Puma AE (All Environment) unmanned aircraft system from aboard USS Stout (DDG 55) during a visit, board, search and seizure (VBSS) exercise. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Bill Dodge/Released)

The fleet replenishment oiler USNS Big Horn (T-AO 198) performs a replenishment-at-sea with the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Dartez C. Williams/Released)

Mediterranean Sea: The fleet replenishment oiler USNS Big Horn (T-AO 198) performs a replenishment-at-sea with the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Dartez C. Williams/Released)

ALGECIRAS, Spain: USS Porter (DDG 78) departs Algeciras, Spain. (U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Robert S. Price/Released)

ALGECIRAS, Spain: USS Porter (DDG 78) departs Algeciras, Spain. (U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Robert S. Price/Released)

NAPLES, Italy: The aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) (Ike) transits off the coast of Naples, Italy. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Michael R. Gendron/Released)

NAPLES, Italy: The aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) (Ike) transits off the coast of Naples, Italy. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Michael R. Gendron/Released)

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Your Navy Operating Forward – Romania, Greece, Germany

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.

SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, Germany: Aviation Electronics Technician 2nd Class Matt Kresge signals to pilots aboard a P-3C Orion, assigned to the “Skinny Dragons” of  Patrol Squadron (VP) Four as they return from flying an event during BALTOPS 2016. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Devin Menhardt/Released)

SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, Germany: Aviation Electronics Technician 2nd Class Matt Kresge signals to pilots aboard a P-3C Orion, assigned to the “Skinny Dragons” of Patrol Squadron (VP) Four as they return from flying an event during BALTOPS 2016. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Devin Menhardt/Released)

CONSTANTA, Romania:  The American flag flies at half-mast aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Porter (DDG 78) during a scheduled port visit to Constanta, Romania. (U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Robert S. Price/Released)

CONSTANTA, Romania: The American flag flies at half-mast aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Porter (DDG 78) during a scheduled port visit to Constanta, Romania. (U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Robert S. Price/Released)

MEDITERRANEAN SEA : Chief Boatswain’s Mate Jason Smith supervises Seaman Estefania Arcosmartinez hooking cargo to an MH-60R Sea Hawk helicopter during a vertical replenishment aboard guided-missile destroyer USS Gravely (DDG 107). (U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Darby C. Dillon/Released)

MEDITERRANEAN SEA : Chief Boatswain’s Mate Jason Smith supervises Seaman Estefania Arcosmartinez hooking cargo to an MH-60R Sea Hawk helicopter during a vertical replenishment aboard guided-missile destroyer USS Gravely (DDG 107). (U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Darby C. Dillon/Released)

BALTIC SEA: Gunner's Mate 2nd Class Jacob Verschoor, from Scottsdale, Arizona, rides a rigid hull inflatable boat towards USS Truxtun (DDG 103) to pick up the visit, board, search and seizure (VBSS) team for a VBSS exercise in support of Baltic Opertaions (BALTOPS). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jessica Echerri-Dupree /Released)

BALTIC SEA: Gunner’s Mate 2nd Class Jacob Verschoor, from Scottsdale, Arizona, rides a rigid hull inflatable boat towards USS Truxtun (DDG 103) to pick up the visit, board, search and seizure (VBSS) team for a VBSS exercise in support of Baltic Opertaions (BALTOPS). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jessica Echerri-Dupree /Released)

DILI, Timor Leste: An MH-60S helicopter assigned to the Blackjacks of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 21 lifts supplies off the flight deck of hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class William Cousins/Released)

DILI, Timor Leste: An MH-60S helicopter assigned to the Blackjacks of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 21 lifts supplies off the flight deck of hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class William Cousins/Released)

MEDITERRANEAN SEA:  An F/A-18C Hornet, assigned to the “Rampagers” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 83, launches from the flight deck of aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Justin R. Pacheco/ Released)

MEDITERRANEAN SEA: An F/A-18C Hornet, assigned to the “Rampagers” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 83, launches from the flight deck of aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Justin R. Pacheco/ Released)

BUSAN, Republic of Korea: The Virginia-class fast-attack submarine USS Mississippi (SSN 782) arrives at the Republic of Korea (ROK) Fleet base in Busan as part of a routine port visit. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jermaine M. Ralliford/Released)

BUSAN, Republic of Korea: The Virginia-class fast-attack submarine USS Mississippi (SSN 782) arrives at the Republic of Korea Fleet base in Busan as part of a routine port visit. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jermaine M. Ralliford/Released)

BALTIC SEA: A Landing Craft Air Cushion leaves the well deck of amphibious dock landing ship USS Carter Hall (LSD 50) with equipment for Marines conducting exercises during BALTOPS 2016. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Tracey Bannister/Released)

BALTIC SEA: A Landing Craft Air Cushion leaves the well deck of amphibious dock landing ship USS Carter Hall (LSD 50) with equipment for Marines conducting exercises during BALTOPS 2016. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Tracey Bannister/Released)

NAVAL SUPPORT ACTIVITY SOUDA BAY, Greece: Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) Airman Kalon Turner, assigned to U.S. Naval Support Activity (NSA) Souda Bay Air Operations Department Transient Line Division, directs a C-40 Clipper following its arrival. (U.S. Navy photo by Heather Judkins/Released)

NAVAL SUPPORT ACTIVITY SOUDA BAY, Greece: Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Handling) Airman Kalon Turner, assigned to U.S. Naval Support Activity (NSA) Souda Bay Air Operations Department Transient Line Division, directs a C-40 Clipper following its arrival. (U.S. Navy photo by Heather Judkins/Released)

PHILIPPINE SEA: An F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the Tophatters of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 14 launches off of USS John C. Stennis' (CVN 74) flight deck during routine flight operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Tomas Compian/ Released)

PHILIPPINE SEA: An F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the Tophatters of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 14 launches off of USS John C. Stennis’ (CVN 74) flight deck during routine flight operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Tomas Compian/ Released)

BALTIC SEA: Amphibious dock landing ship USS Carter Hall (LSD 50) transports U.S. Marines in preparation for an amphibious assault landing on the island of Uto, Sweden during  BALTOPS 2016. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class America A. Henry/ Released)

BALTIC SEA: Amphibious dock landing ship USS Carter Hall (LSD 50) transports U.S. Marines in preparation for an amphibious assault landing on the island of Uto, Sweden during BALTOPS 2016. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class America A. Henry/ Released)

BALTIC SEA: Amphibious dock landing ship USS Carter Hall (LSD 50) transports U.S. Marines in preparation for an amphibious assault landing on the island of Uto, Sweden during BALTOPS 2016. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class America A. Henry/ 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!

Pre-Commissioning Unit Gerald R. Ford's (CVN 78) color guard parades the colors during a retirement ceremony in the ship's forecastle. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Connor Loessin/Released)

Pre-Commissioning Unit Gerald R. Ford’s (CVN 78) color guard parades the colors during a retirement ceremony in the ship’s forecastle. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Connor Loessin/Released)

Pilot, Lt. Ryan Miller, co-pilot, Lt. j.g. Eric Erdos and Aircrewman Mechanical 2nd Class Tyler Campbell conduct routine mid-flight checks on a P-3 Orion maritime patrol aircraft from Patrol Squadron 4. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Rebecca SunderlandReleased)

Pilot, Lt. Ryan Miller, co-pilot, Lt. j.g. Eric Erdos and Aircrewman Mechanical 2nd Class Tyler Campbell conduct routine mid-flight checks on a P-3 Orion maritime patrol aircraft from Patrol Squadron 4. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Rebecca SunderlandReleased)

Retired Navy SEAL Jim Woods, member of the Navy Parachute Team, the Leap Frogs, trails smoke during a demonstration at the Lynchburg Regional Air Show. (U.S. Navy photo by Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Shaun Thomas/Released)

Retired Navy SEAL Jim Woods, member of the Navy Parachute Team, the Leap Frogs, trails smoke during a demonstration at the Lynchburg Regional Air Show. (U.S. Navy photo by Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Shaun Thomas/Released)

Master-at-Arms 1st Class Carlos Hernandez, assigned to Commander, U.S. Fleet Activities Sasebo, rings a memorial bell as the names of the fallen were read at the Soto Dam memorial.  (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class David R. Krigbaum/Released)

Master-at-Arms 1st Class Carlos Hernandez, assigned to Commander, U.S. Fleet Activities Sasebo, rings a memorial bell as the names of the fallen were read at the Soto Dam memorial. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class David R. Krigbaum/Released)

Aircrewman Operator 2nd Class Brandon Fregeau searches for signs of missing EgyptAir flight MS804 on a P-3 Orion maritime patrol aircraft from Patrol Squadron 4. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Rebecca SunderlandReleased)

Aircrewman Operator 2nd Class Brandon Fregeau searches for signs of missing EgyptAir flight MS804 on a P-3 Orion maritime patrol aircraft from Patrol Squadron 4. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Rebecca SunderlandReleased)

Members of the visit, board, search and seizure team operate a rigid-hull inflatable boat alongside guided-missile destroyer USS Gonzalez (DDG 66). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Pasquale Sena/Released)

Members of the visit, board, search and seizure team operate a rigid-hull inflatable boat alongside guided-missile destroyer USS Gonzalez (DDG 66). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Pasquale Sena/Released)

Aviation Machinist's Mate Airman Hilary Bolson, a native of Antigo, Wisconsin, talks to fellow Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 21 personnel during flight quarters aboard hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Trevor Kohlrus/Released)

Aviation Machinist’s Mate Airman Hilary Bolson, a native of Antigo, Wisconsin, talks to fellow Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 21 personnel during flight quarters aboard hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Trevor Kohlrus/Released)

 Sailors man the rails of hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) as it departs Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Brittney Vella/Released)

Sailors man the rails of hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) as it departs Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Brittney Vella/Released)

Cmdr. Gareth Healy, commanding officer of Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit 8, deploys an unmanned underwater vehicle for search operations in the Baltic Sea while in Support of Open Spirit 2016. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd class Jared E. Walker/Released)

Cmdr. Gareth Healy, commanding officer of Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit 8, deploys an unmanned underwater vehicle for search operations in the Baltic Sea while in Support of Open Spirit 2016. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd class Jared E. Walker/Released)

Aviation Boatswain’s Mates (Fuels) prepare to fuel an AV-8B Harrier, assigned to Marine Attack Squadron (VMA) 311, upon landing on the ship’s flight deck. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jonathan A. Colon/ Released)

Aviation Boatswain’s Mates (Fuels) prepare to fuel an AV-8B Harrier, assigned to Marine Attack Squadron (VMA) 311, upon landing on the ship’s flight deck. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jonathan A. Colon/ Released)

Aerographer’s Mate 2nd Class Ryan Gilroy, attached to Commander, Task Group (CTG) 56.1, monitors a MK 18 MOD 1 during unmanned underwater vehicle operations.  (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Tyler Hogman/Released)

Aerographer’s Mate 2nd Class Ryan Gilroy, attached to Commander, Task Group (CTG) 56.1, monitors a MK 18 MOD 1 during unmanned underwater vehicle operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Tyler Hogman/Released)

Sailors simulate fighting a fire on the mess decks during a mass conflagration general quarters drill aboard amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Michael T. Eckelbecker/Released)

Sailors simulate fighting a fire on the mess decks during a mass conflagration general quarters drill aboard amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Michael T. Eckelbecker/Released)

 Aircrewman Avionics 2nd Class John Goehring searches for signs of missing EgyptAir flight MS804 on a P-3 Orion maritime patrol aircraft from Patrol Squadron 4. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Rebecca SunderlandReleased)

Aircrewman Avionics 2nd Class John Goehring searches for signs of missing EgyptAir flight MS804 on a P-3 Orion maritime patrol aircraft from Patrol Squadron 4. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Rebecca SunderlandReleased)

 Sailors serve around the fleet in a variety of ways. Which of these photos catch your interest?