YOUR Navy Operating Forward – Gulf of Aden, Black Sea, East China 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.

GULF OF ADEN: An MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter carries supplies from the Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS Patuxent (T-AO 201) to the amphibious dock landing ship USS Gunston Hall (LSD 44), not pictured, during a vertical replenishment as the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5) transits in the background.

GULF OF ADEN: An MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter carries supplies from USNS Patuxent (T-AO 201) to USS Gunston Hall (LSD 44), not pictured, during a vertical replenishment as USS Bataan (LHD 5) transits in the background.

BUSAN, Republic of Korea: Sailors aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG 108) man the rails during the ship’s arrival in Busan Republic of Korea for a scheduled port visit.

BUSAN, Republic of Korea: Sailors aboard USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG 108) man the rails during the ship’s arrival in Busan, Republic of Korea for a scheduled port visit.

EAST CHINA SEA: The amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) transits the East China Sea.

EAST CHINA SEA: The amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) transits the East China Sea.

GULF OF ADEN: Boatswain's Mate 3rd Class Justus Dondaldson, from Skiatook, Okla., directs an MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter to return retrograde pallets during a vertical replenishment with the Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS Patuxent (T-AO 201) aboard the amphibious dock landing ship USS Gunston Hall (LSD 44).

GULF OF ADEN: Boatswain’s Mate 3rd Class Justus Dondaldson directs an MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter to return retrograde pallets during a vertical replenishment with USNS Patuxent (T-AO 201) aboard USS Gunston Hall (LSD 44).

BLACK SEA: The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) transits the Black Sea ahead of the guided-missile frigate USS Taylor (FFG 50), center, and the Romanian navy ships ROS Regina Maria (F 222), left, and ROS Marasesti (F 111).

BLACK SEA: USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) transits the Black Sea ahead of USS Taylor (FFG 50), center, and the Romanian navy ships ROS Regina Maria (F 222), left, and ROS Marasesti (F 111).

STRAIT OF GIBRALTAR: The guided-missile destroyer USS Ramage (DDG 61) transits the Strait of Gibraltar.

STRAIT OF GIBRALTAR: The guided-missile destroyer USS Ramage (DDG 61) transits the Strait of Gibraltar.

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YOUR Navy Operating Forward – Gulf of Aden, Black Sea, East China Sea