YOUR Navy Operating Forward – Abu Dhabi, Gulf of Aden, Portugal

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.

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates: Quartermaster Seaman Kevin Hopkins, from Pearl River, La., tracks passing landmarks as the guided-missile destroyer USS Arleigh Burke (DDG 51) arrives in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates for a regularly scheduled port visit.

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates: Quartermaster Seaman Kevin Hopkins tracks passing landmarks as USS Arleigh Burke (DDG 51) arrives in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates for a regularly scheduled port visit.

ARABIAN GULF: Sailors and Marines in rigid-hull inflatable boats participate in an enhanced vessel board, search and seizure exercise alongside the amphibious transport dock ship USS Mesa Verde (LPD 19).

ARABIAN GULF: Sailors and Marines in rigid-hull inflatable boats participate in an enhanced vessel board, search and seizure exercise alongside USS Mesa Verde (LPD 19).

YOKOSUKA, Japan: Sailors rush to secure an MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter as it lands on the fight deck of the U.S. 7th Fleet flagship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19).

YOKOSUKA, Japan: Sailors rush to secure an MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter as it lands on the fight deck of the U.S. 7th Fleet flagship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19).

ARABIAN GULF:  The Afloat Forward Staging Base (Interim) USS Ponce (AFSB(I) 15) is boarded by Sailors and Marines from the amphibious transport dock ship USS Mesa Verde (LPD 19) during an enhanced vessel board, search and seizure drill.

ARABIAN GULF: The Afloat Forward Staging Base (Interim) USS Ponce (AFSB(I) 15) is boarded by Sailors and Marines from USS Mesa Verde (LPD 19) during an enhanced vessel board, search and seizure drill.

U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY: An AV-8B Harrier lands on the flight deck of the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5).

U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY: An AV-8B Harrier lands on the flight deck of the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5).

 LISBON, Portugal: Sailors assigned to the Ghostriders of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 28, Det. 1, man the rails while pulling into Lisbon, Portugal aboard the amphibious command ship USS Mount Whitney (LCC-20) to kick off the NATO exercise  Trident Jaguar.

LISBON, Portugal: Sailors assigned to the Ghostriders of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 28, Det. 1, man the rails while pulling into Lisbon, Portugal aboard the amphibious command ship USS Mount Whitney (LCC-20) to kick off the NATO exercise Trident Jaguar.

GULF OF ADEN: Boatswain's Mate 2nd Class Scott Hitter, from New Iberia, La., salutes an Air Force HH-60G Pave Hawk executing deck landing qualifications on the flight deck of  the amphibious dock landing ship USS Gunston Hall (LSD 44).

GULF OF ADEN: Boatswain’s Mate 2nd Class Scott Hitter, from New Iberia, La., salutes an Air Force HH-60G Pave Hawk executing deck landing qualifications on USS Gunston Hall (LSD 44).

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YOUR Navy Operating Forward – Abu Dhabi, Gulf of Aden, Portugal