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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!

Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. John Richardson poses for a photo with midshipmen before the Army-Navy football game, Dec. 8, 2018, in Philadelphia, Pa. This is the 119th meeting between the U.S. Naval Academy Midshipmen and the U.S. Military Academy Black Knights. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Elliott Fabrizio/Released)
Sailors rig a barricade during a drill on the flight deck aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Rebekah A. Watkins/Released)
Gunner’s Mate 3rd Class Maxwell Beer, left, fires a 40mm saluting battery during a live-fire exercise aboard Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) while on a regularly 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 William Phillips/Released)
Capt. Kevin McLaughlin, commander of Strike Fighter Wing Atlantic, and Cmdr. Patrice Fernandes, the executive officer of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 103, prepare to fly an F/A-18F Super Hornet to the staging location in advance of their upcoming flyover honoring fellow aviator and former President George H.W. Bush. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Christopher Lindahl/Released)
Damage Controlman 2nd Class Mohammed Hasan, assigned to U.S. 7th Fleet Flagship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19), helps children take turns manning a fire hose during the ship’s first Family Day Cruise in three years. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Patrick Semales/Released)
Information Systems Technician 3rd Class Branden Lapovsky presents a folded American flag to Carolyn Baker, the next-of-kin of U.S. Navy Molder 1st Class Kenneth B. Armstrong during a funeral at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu, Hawaii. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Charles Oki/Released)
Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Equipment) 3rd Class Ryan Vue 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 Joseph A.D. Phillips/Released)
Chief Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician Alex Kaye, assigned to Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit (EODMU) 5, recovers a training drone for a field training exercise at Naval Base Guam. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd class Kory Alsberry/Released)
Aviation Ordnanceman 2nd Class Walter Andrzjewski, left, and Aviation Ordnanceman 2nd Class Brittany Hall stack weapons support equipment for stowage in a storage room aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Victoria Granado/Released)
Quartermaster 1st Class Augustino Suafoa obstructs Machinist’s Mate 2nd Class Mark Lee’s vision while he pilots in the San Diego Harbor, Dec. 1, 2018, during a coxswain qualification practical for Navy Reserve Assault Craft Unit (ACU) 1. (U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Omari K. Way/Released)
Lt. Celine Doerr, right, assigned to the Wildcards of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 23, assists a Girl Scout with a flight simulator aboard the aircraft carrier USS Midway Museum. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Julian Davis/Released)
Gunner’s Mate 2nd Class Stefani Skiendziel stands watch as the guided-missile destroyer Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Michael Monsoor (DDG 1001) proceeds through the Miraflores Locks while transiting the Panama Canal. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class John Philip Wagner Jr./Released)
Lt.j.g. Sarah Platt, assigned to the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6), mans the lee helm during virtual reality ship handling training at the Navigation, Seamanship and Shiphandling Trainer (NSST), at Naval Base San Diego. Bonhomme Richard collaborated with NSST personnel to sharpen their skills utilizing technological innovations in virtual reality. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Diana Quinlan/Released)
Sailors stand in formation while waiting for the aircraft transporting the remains of former President George H.W. Bush to land at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, Dec. 3, 2018. (U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Katelyn Strange/Released)
Fire Controlman 3rd Class Hunter Scholl looks through a night vision scope aboard the Arleigh-Burke class guided-missile destroyer USS Jason Dunham (DDG 109) as the ship transits the Suez Canal. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jonathan Clay/Released)

Sailors proudly serve around the world in a variety of ways. Tell us which photo grabs your interest.

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!

Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. John Richardson poses for a photo with midshipmen before the Army-Navy football game, Dec. 8, 2018, in Philadelphia, Pa. This is the 119th meeting between the U.S. Naval Academy Midshipmen and the U.S. Military Academy Black Knights. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Elliott Fabrizio/Released)
Sailors rig a barricade during a drill on the flight deck aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Rebekah A. Watkins/Released)
Gunner’s Mate 3rd Class Maxwell Beer, left, fires a 40mm saluting battery during a live-fire exercise aboard Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) while on a regularly 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 William Phillips/Released)
Capt. Kevin McLaughlin, commander of Strike Fighter Wing Atlantic, and Cmdr. Patrice Fernandes, the executive officer of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 103, prepare to fly an F/A-18F Super Hornet to the staging location in advance of their upcoming flyover honoring fellow aviator and former President George H.W. Bush. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Christopher Lindahl/Released)
Damage Controlman 2nd Class Mohammed Hasan, assigned to U.S. 7th Fleet Flagship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19), helps children take turns manning a fire hose during the ship’s first Family Day Cruise in three years. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Patrick Semales/Released)
Information Systems Technician 3rd Class Branden Lapovsky presents a folded American flag to Carolyn Baker, the next-of-kin of U.S. Navy Molder 1st Class Kenneth B. Armstrong during a funeral at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu, Hawaii. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Charles Oki/Released)
Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Equipment) 3rd Class Ryan Vue 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 Joseph A.D. Phillips/Released)
Chief Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician Alex Kaye, assigned to Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit (EODMU) 5, recovers a training drone for a field training exercise at Naval Base Guam. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd class Kory Alsberry/Released)
Aviation Ordnanceman 2nd Class Walter Andrzjewski, left, and Aviation Ordnanceman 2nd Class Brittany Hall stack weapons support equipment for stowage in a storage room aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Victoria Granado/Released)
Quartermaster 1st Class Augustino Suafoa obstructs Machinist’s Mate 2nd Class Mark Lee’s vision while he pilots in the San Diego Harbor, Dec. 1, 2018, during a coxswain qualification practical for Navy Reserve Assault Craft Unit (ACU) 1. (U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Omari K. Way/Released)
Lt. Celine Doerr, right, assigned to the Wildcards of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 23, assists a Girl Scout with a flight simulator aboard the aircraft carrier USS Midway Museum. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Julian Davis/Released)
Gunner’s Mate 2nd Class Stefani Skiendziel stands watch as the guided-missile destroyer Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Michael Monsoor (DDG 1001) proceeds through the Miraflores Locks while transiting the Panama Canal. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class John Philip Wagner Jr./Released)
Lt.j.g. Sarah Platt, assigned to the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6), mans the lee helm during virtual reality ship handling training at the Navigation, Seamanship and Shiphandling Trainer (NSST), at Naval Base San Diego. Bonhomme Richard collaborated with NSST personnel to sharpen their skills utilizing technological innovations in virtual reality. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Diana Quinlan/Released)
Sailors stand in formation while waiting for the aircraft transporting the remains of former President George H.W. Bush to land at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, Dec. 3, 2018. (U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Katelyn Strange/Released)
Fire Controlman 3rd Class Hunter Scholl looks through a night vision scope aboard the Arleigh-Burke class guided-missile destroyer USS Jason Dunham (DDG 109) as the ship transits the Suez Canal. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jonathan Clay/Released)

Sailors proudly serve around the world in a variety of ways. Tell us which photo grabs your interest.

Your Navy Operating Forward – Gulf of Tadjoura, Adriatic Sea, Gulf of Aden

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.

MEDITERRANEAN SEA: An F/A-18E Super Hornet, assigned to the “Sunliners” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 81, prepares to launch from the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Maxwell Higgins/Released)
RED SEA: Fire Controlman 2nd Class James Leonard, left, guides Aviation Electronics Technician 3rd Class Anthony Javarone away from an MH-60R Sea Hawk helicopter assigned to the Vipers of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 48 during a vertical replenishment exercise aboard the Arleigh-Burke class guided-missile destroyer USS Jason Dunham (DDG 109). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jonathan Clay/Released)
ROTA, Spain: Equipment Operator 3rd Class Calan Derue, assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 1, Alpha Company, operates an excavator to place underlayer stone along the shoreline onboard Naval Station Rota, Spain. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Caine Storino/Released)
ADRIATIC SEA: The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Arleigh Burke (DDG 51) refuels during a replenishment-at-sea with the fleet replenishment oiler USNS Big Horn (T-AO 198). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Ford Williams/Released)
GULF OF ADEN: A visit, board, search and seizure team, assigned to the Arleigh-Burke class guided-missile destroyer USS Jason Dunham (DDG 109), inspects a dhow as part of maritime security operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jonathan Clay/Released)
VALPARAISO, Chile: The San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship USS Somerset (LPD 25) is moored in Valparaiso, Chile, during a scheduled port visit. (U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Andrew Brame/Released)
GULF OF TADJOURA: Sailors assigned to Task Group (TG) 68.6 return to base after completing an anti-terrorism force protection escort mission near Djibouti in the Gulf of Tadjoura. (U.S. Navy photo by Lt. Courtney Dabronzo/Released)
ADRIATIC SEA: The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) fires its 5-inch gun during a live-fire gunnery exercise. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Ford Williams/Released)
ARABIAN GULF: An MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter, attached to the “Blackjacks” of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 21, delivers cargo to the flight deck of the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) 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 2nd Class Chandler Harrell/Released)
PANAMA CANAL: The guided-missile destroyer Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Michael Monsoor (DDG 1001) passes underneath Centennial Bridge while transiting the Panama Canal. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class John Philip Wagner Jr./Released)
BAB AL-MANDEB: The Royal Fleet Auxiliary Bay-class auxiliary landing ship dock RFA Lyme Bay (L3007), right, is escorted by the Arleigh-Burke class guided-missile destroyers USS The Sullivans (DDG 68), left, and USS Jason Dunham (DDG 109), not pictured. (U.S. Navy photo by Senior Chief Intelligence Specialist Matt Bodenner/Released)

Tell us which photo best shows YOUR Navy Operating Forward !

Your Navy Operating Forward – Gulf of Tadjoura, Adriatic Sea, Gulf of Aden

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.

MEDITERRANEAN SEA: An F/A-18E Super Hornet, assigned to the “Sunliners” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 81, prepares to launch from the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Maxwell Higgins/Released)
RED SEA: Fire Controlman 2nd Class James Leonard, left, guides Aviation Electronics Technician 3rd Class Anthony Javarone away from an MH-60R Sea Hawk helicopter assigned to the Vipers of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 48 during a vertical replenishment exercise aboard the Arleigh-Burke class guided-missile destroyer USS Jason Dunham (DDG 109). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jonathan Clay/Released)
ROTA, Spain: Equipment Operator 3rd Class Calan Derue, assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 1, Alpha Company, operates an excavator to place underlayer stone along the shoreline onboard Naval Station Rota, Spain. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Caine Storino/Released)
ADRIATIC SEA: The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Arleigh Burke (DDG 51) refuels during a replenishment-at-sea with the fleet replenishment oiler USNS Big Horn (T-AO 198). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Ford Williams/Released)
GULF OF ADEN: A visit, board, search and seizure team, assigned to the Arleigh-Burke class guided-missile destroyer USS Jason Dunham (DDG 109), inspects a dhow as part of maritime security operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jonathan Clay/Released)
VALPARAISO, Chile: The San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship USS Somerset (LPD 25) is moored in Valparaiso, Chile, during a scheduled port visit. (U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Andrew Brame/Released)
GULF OF TADJOURA: Sailors assigned to Task Group (TG) 68.6 return to base after completing an anti-terrorism force protection escort mission near Djibouti in the Gulf of Tadjoura. (U.S. Navy photo by Lt. Courtney Dabronzo/Released)
ADRIATIC SEA: The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) fires its 5-inch gun during a live-fire gunnery exercise. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Ford Williams/Released)
ARABIAN GULF: An MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter, attached to the “Blackjacks” of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 21, delivers cargo to the flight deck of the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) 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 2nd Class Chandler Harrell/Released)
PANAMA CANAL: The guided-missile destroyer Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Michael Monsoor (DDG 1001) passes underneath Centennial Bridge while transiting the Panama Canal. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class John Philip Wagner Jr./Released)
BAB AL-MANDEB: The Royal Fleet Auxiliary Bay-class auxiliary landing ship dock RFA Lyme Bay (L3007), right, is escorted by the Arleigh-Burke class guided-missile destroyers USS The Sullivans (DDG 68), left, and USS Jason Dunham (DDG 109), not pictured. (U.S. Navy photo by Senior Chief Intelligence Specialist Matt Bodenner/Released)

Tell us which photo best shows YOUR Navy Operating Forward !

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!

Boatswain’s Mate 2nd Class Jonathan Azcanio gives instructions as a landing craft utility (LCU) enters the well deck of the amphibious dock landing ship USS Fort McHenry (LSD 43) as part of the Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 4 composite training unit exercise (COMPTUEX). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Chris Roys/Released)
Aviation Machinist’s Mate 2nd Class Eduardo Alvarez, assigned to the “Blackjacks” of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 21, conducts maintenance on the tail rotor of an MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter on the flight deck of 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/Released)
Logistics Specialist 2nd Class Egypt Scott, from Buffalo, N.Y., assigned to the U.S. 7th Fleet flagship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19), sorts through a new shipment of stores on the pier in Yokosuka, Japan, Nov. 7, 2018. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Patrick Semales/Released)
Sailors aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) standby for a replenishment-at-sea with the dry cargo and ammunition ship USNS Charles Drew (T-AKE 10), Nov. 3, 2018. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Grant G. Grady/Released)
Sailors assigned to USS Constitution parade the colors through the street of Somerville, Mass., during Somerville’s Veterans Memorial parade. (U.S. Navy photo by Seaman Donovan Keller/Released)
Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Handling) 2nd Class Michael Orman acts as scene leader while participating in a flight deck fire drill aboard 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/Released)
Gunner’s Mate 2nd Class Brandon Diep, right, from Riverside, California, communicates with Gunner’s Mate Seaman Dylan King, from Bentonville, Arkansas, from the remote operation console (ROC) while performing maintenance checks on a Mark 38 25 mm machine gun system aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Spruance (DDG 111). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Ryan D. McLearnon/Released)
U.S. Navy Lt. Jennifer Howe, the chaplain assigned to 8th Communications Battalion, II Marine Expeditionary Force Information Group, preaches during exercise Trident Juncture 18, Nov. 4, 2018. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Tanner Seims/Released)
Ensign Joshua Nach gives a ship’s tour to NATO public affairs officers aboard the Blue Ridge-class command and control ship USS Mount Whitney (LCC 20), in Trondheim, Norway, Nov. 4, 2018. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class James R. Turner/Released)
Fire Controlman 3rd Class Emily Yanke mans an M38 25mm machine gun control module aboard the Blue Ridge-class command and control ship USS Mount Whitney (LCC 20), Nov. 5, 2018. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class James R. Turner/Released)
Gas Turbine System Technician (Electrical) 2nd Class Marcos Chapa, from Sanger, California, provides switchboard training to Sailors aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Spruance (DDG 111). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Ryan D. McLearnon/Released)

Sailors proudly serve around the world in a variety of ways. Tell us which photo grabs your interest.

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!

Performance division recruits perform drill movements during a pass in review graduation ceremony inside Midway Ceremonial Drill Hall at Recruit Training Command. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Camilo Fernan/Released)
A military working dog at Naval Support Activity Souda Bay, Greece, jumps over a barricade with a “Happy 243rd Birthday” poster, Oct. 11, 2018. (U.S. Navy photo/Released)
Tim Tebow films a shout-out with Sailors aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) during a visit to the ship. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Michele Fink/Released)
Ensign Joy Hamilton acts as the helicopter control officer during flight quarters aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Forrest Sherman (DDG 98). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Raymond Maddocks/Released)
Rear Adm. Karl Thomas, commander, Battle Force 7th Fleet, Task Force 70, Carrier Strike Group 5, exchanges gifts with a young girl pier side at the Republic of Korea (ROK) Navy Base in Jeju. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class William Carlisle)
Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Benjamin Waddell records video footage of a replenishment-at-sea on the flight deck 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)
Aviation Ordnanceman Airman Juan Sanchez handles ordnance on the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Ethan J. Soto/Released)
Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson delivers remarks during the 243rd Navy birthday celebration at the Pentagon. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Raymond D. Diaz III/Released)
Seaman Robert Brown communicates with the pilot house of the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) while participating in a replenishment-at-sea with the Henry J. Kaiser-class fleet replenishment oiler USNS Laramie (T-AO 203) 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)
Gunner’s Mate 1st Class Griffin Vancil, right, and Sonar Technician (Surface) 2nd Class John Schwab load a Mark 46 torpedo into a surface vessel torpedo tube under the instruction of Chief Gunner’s Mate Francis Cruz on the missile deck of the guided-missile destroyer USS Jason Dunham (DDG 109). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jonathan Clay/Released)
Quartermaster 3rd Class Kalee Bosley stands watch at an alidade on a weather deck aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Joseph A.D. Phillips/Released)

Sailors proudly serve around the world in a variety of ways. Tell us which photo grabs your interest.

Your Navy Operating Forward – North Sea, Philippine 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.

NORTH SEA: An F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the Knighthawks of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 136 launches from the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Maxwell Higgins/Released)
ARABIAN SEA: An MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter, assigned to the Blackjacks of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 21 prepares to receive cargo from the aircraft elevator aboard the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) while participating in a vertical replenishment 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 Molly DiServio/Released)
PHILIPPINE SEA: Boatswain’s Mate 3rd Teshaun Troyquash signals to a SA-330 Puma helicopter assigned to the Military Sealift Command (MSC) cargo and ammunition ship USNS Wally Schirra (T-AKE 8) as it drops off supplies on the flight deck of the amphibious dock landing ship USS Ashland (LSD 48) during a vertical replenishment (VERTREP). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Joshua Mortensen/Released)
PORT OF SUVA, Fiji: The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Shoup (DDG 86) pulls into the Port of Suva, Fiji, during a port visit, Oct. 14, 2018. (U.S. Navy photo by Intelligence Specialist 1st Class Derrek Koch/Released)
WATERS OFF THE KOREAN PENINSULA: Sailors assigned to the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Benfold (DDG 65) render honors during a pass in review as part of the Republic of Korea navy to help enhance mutual trust and confidence with navies from around the world. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Elesia Patten/Released)
PHILIPPINE SEA: Landing Craft, Utility (LCU) 1633 approaches the well deck of the amphibious dock landing ship USS Ashland (LSD 48) as part of a training exercise for KAMANDAG 2. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Joshua Mortensen/Released)
MEDITERRANEAN SEA: The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Arleigh Burke (DDG 51) transits the Mediterranean Sea, Oct. 7, 2018. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Justin Yarborough/Released)
STRAIT OF HORMUZ: The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS The Sullivans (DDG 68) transits the Strait of Hormuz in formation with the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) during a scheduled deployment of the Essex Amphibious Ready Group and 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jenna Dobson/Released)
PHILIPPINE SEA: Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Equipment) 3rd Class Shelby Hochmuth signals for the launch of an E-2D Hawkeye assigned to Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 125 on the flight deck of the Navy’s forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) during Valiant Shield 2018. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kenneth Abbate/Released)
U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF OPERATIONS: An MH-60R Sea Hawk helicopter assigned to the Vipers of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 48 attached to the guided-missile destroyer USS Jason Dunham (DDG 109), delivers a pallet of supplies to the expeditionary mobile base platform ship USS Lewis B. Puller (ESB 3) during a vertical replenishment-at-sea with the fleet replenishment oiler USNS Henry J. Kaiser (T-AO 187). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jonathan Clay/Released)
PHILIPPINE SEA: The Navy’s foward-deployed aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) approaches the Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler Tippecanoe (T-AO 199) during a replenishment-at-sea. (U.S. Navy photo by Jason Funk/Released)
GULF OF ADEN: Sailors assigned to the Whidbey Island-class amphibious dock landing ship USS Rushmore (LSD 47) are lowered in a rigid-hull inflatable boat to participate in small boat operations 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 Reymundo A. Villegas III/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)

Tell us which photo best shows YOUR Navy Operating Forward !

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!

Sailors assigned to the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Carney (DDG 64) maneuver a rigid-hull inflatable boat alongside the Spanish navy air defense frigate Mendez Nunez (F104) as the ships participate in a smart defense exercise (SMARTEX) led by Spain. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Ryan U. Kledzik/Released)
Airman Gabriela Vazquez inspects the clarity of a JP-5 fuel sample aboard the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) during a scheduled deployment with the Essex Amphibious Ready Group and 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit. (U.S Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Matthew Freeman/Released)
Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Christian Winey, from Ludington, Mich., lifts a patient with simulated injuries on a stretcher at a Comite Permanente de Contingencias (COPECO) facility as part of a mass casualty drill with Honduran emergency response medical personnel during Southern Partnership Station 2018. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Katie Cox/Released)
The crew of the Virginia-class fast-attack submarine USS Indiana (SSN 789) stand at parade rest after bringing the ship to life during the boat’s commissioning ceremony. (U.S. Navy photo by Senior Chief Mass Communication Specialist Leah Stiles/Released)
Naval Aircrewman (Helicopter) 2nd Class Tanner Brown, from Prescott Valley, Ariz., assigned to the “Wildcards” of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 23, maintains communication with the pilot of an MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter during a vertical replenishment with the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Gavin Shields/Released)
Sailors march inside Midway Ceremonial Drill Hall during their pass-in-review graduation ceremony at Recruit Training Command. (U.S. Navy photo by Communication Specialist 2nd Class Spencer Fling/Released)
Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Equipment) 3rd Class Justin Schowalter monitors the flight deck during flight operations aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Thomas Gooley/Released)
Boatswain’s Mate 2nd Class James Bennett, from Jackson, Miss., signals line handlers in the well deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) during well deck operations.  (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Cosmo Walrath/Released)
Electrician’s Mate 2nd Class Mariegold Aloria performs a safety check on a cord in the electrical tool issue shop aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Sean Elliott/Released)
Sailors assigned to hose teams simulate fighting a fire during a general quarters drill aboard the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Sophie A. Pinkham/Released)
Yeoman Seaman Karina Ibarra, attached to the U.S. 7th Fleet flagship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19), attends a candle light vigil in observance of Suicide Prevention month. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Patrick Semales/Released)
Construction Electrician 2nd Class Corinna Wentz, a communications instructor assigned to Naval Construction Group (NCG) 1, sets up a satellite communications antenna for a demonstration of the Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) Wideband Code Division Multiple Access capability (WCDMA). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Samuel Souvannason/Released)

Sailors proudly serve around the world in a variety of ways. Tell us which photo grabs your interest.

Your Navy Operating Forward – Mediterranean Sea, Philippine Sea, Gulf of Aden

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: Aviation Boatswain’s Mates (Equipment) 3rd Class Jordan Barrett, left, from South Bend, Indiana, and Hailey Barela, from Rio Rancho, New Mexico, clear the launching area as an EA-18G Growler assigned to Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 141 prepares to launch from the flight deck of the Navy’s forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) during Valiant Shield 2018. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kenneth Abbate/Released)
MEDITERRANEAN SEA: Sailors maneuver a rigid-hull inflatable boat alongside the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Carney (DDG 64) while participating in visit, board, search and seizure (VBSS) training during Exercise Bright Star 2018. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Ryan U. Kledzik/Released)
GULF OF ADEN: Landing craft air cushion 82, assigned to Assault Craft Unit 5, exits the well deck of the San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship USS Anchorage (LPD 23) while participating in Theatre Amphibious Combat Rehearsal (TACR) 18. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Ryan M. Breeden/Released)
PHILIPPINE SEA: The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Shoup (DDG 86) steams in formation with the Ronald Reagan Strike Group during a photo exercise for Valiant Shield 2018. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class William Collins III/Released)
U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF OPERATIONS: The guided-missile destroyer USS Jason Dunham (DDG 109) fires its Mark 45 5-inch gun as part of a live-fire demonstration for visiting Brig. Gen. Matthew Trollinger, commander of Task Force 51/5th Marine Expeditionary Brigade, during a shipboard visit to discuss Navy and Marine Corps interoperability. (U.S. Navy photo by Senior Chief Petty Officer Matt Bodenner/Released)
PHILIPPINE SEA: The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) transits the Philippine Sea during Valiant Shield 2018. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Elesia Patten/Released)
GUAM: Sailors attached to Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit (EODMU) 5 fast-rope from an MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter assigned to the Island Knights of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 25 to the flight deck of the aviation logistics support container ship SS Curtiss (T-AVB 4) during a visit, board, search and seizure training exercise off the coast of Guam, Sept. 18, 2018, as part of Valiant Shield 2018. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Billy Ho/Released)
MEDITERRANEAN SEA: Gunner’s Mate 2nd Class Douglas Bonnett fires an air slug from a torpedo tube aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Bulkeley (DDG 84), Sept. 19, 2018. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Sara Eshleman/Released)
ARABIAN GULF: A MK-60 Griffin surface-to-surface missile is launched from coastal patrol ship USS Thunderbolt (PC 12). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kevin J. Steinberg/Released)
GULF OF ADEN: Chief Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Handling) Araseli Morales directs an F-35B Lightning II, attached to the “Avengers” of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 211, on the flight deck of the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) during Theater Amphibious Combat Rehearsal (TACR) 18. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jenna Dobson/Released)
PHILIPPINE SEA: The Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruisers USS Antietam (CG 54), front, and USS Chancellorsville (CG 62) and the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Benfold (DDG 65) are underway during a photo exercise for Valiant Shield 2018. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Markus Castaneda/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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