YOUR Navy Operating Forward – East China Sea, Gulf of Oman, Okinawa

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.

An MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter, assigned to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 25, takes off from the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) to conduct search and rescue operations in support of the sunken ferry Sewol. Sailors and Marines aboard Bonhomme Richard are assisting in search and rescue operations as requested by the Republic of Korea navy near the scene of the sunken ferry Sewol in the vicinity of the island Jindo.

EAST CHINA SEA: An MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter takes off from the flight deck USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) to conduct search and rescue operations in support of the sunken ferry Sewol.

The Ohio-class guided-missile submarine USS Georgia (SSGN 729) is pierside during a crew exchange at U.S. Navy Support Facility Diego Garcia.

DIEGO GARCIA: The Ohio-class guided-missile submarine USS Georgia (SSGN 729) is pierside during a crew exchange at U.S. Navy Support Facility Diego Garcia.

An exercise MK 54 Mod 0 Torpedo is launched from the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Roosevelt (DDG 80).

GULF OF OMAN: An exercise MK 54 Mod 0 Torpedo is launched from the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Roosevelt (DDG 80).

Landing Craft Utility (LCU) 1633, assigned to Naval Beach Unit (NBU) 7, departs the Whidbey Island-class amphibious dock landing ship USS Ashland (LSD 48) with vehicles assigned to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (31st MEU) after a stern gate marriage.

OKINAWA: Landing Craft Utility (LCU) 1633, assigned to Naval Beach Unit (NBU) 7, departs the Whidbey Island-class amphibious dock landing ship USS Ashland (LSD 48) with vehicles assigned to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (31st MEU) after a stern gate marriage.

Cmdr. Thomas Winkler, commanding officer of the Golden Warriors of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 87, lands on flight deck in an F/A-18C Hornet after an aerial change of command ceremony aboard the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77).

ARABIAN SEA: Cmdr. Thomas Winkler, commanding officer of the Golden Warriors of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 87, lands on flight deck in an F/A-18C Hornet after an aerial change of command ceremony aboard USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77).

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YOUR Navy Operating Forward – East China Sea, Gulf of Oman, Okinawa