YOUR Navy Operating Forward – Pacific Ocean, 5th Fleet, Arabian Gulf

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 in the waters off the coast of California or forward deployed to the North Arabian Sea, 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.


The Afloat Forward Staging Base (Interim) USS Ponce (AFSB(I)15) transits the Arabian Gulf.


Naval Aircrewman 3rd Class Blaine Smith, assigned to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 8, performs a 100-foot confidence rappel, from an MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter, for HSC-3′s Basic Rappel Indoctrination Course at the Naval Outlying Landing Field, Imperial Beach, Calif.


Hull Maintenance Technician 1st Class Nicolas Qualls supervises Sailors as they fight a simulated fire during a damage control competition aboard the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68).


The Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS Guadalupe (T-AO 200) transits alongside the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Princeton (CG 59) during a replenishment-at-sea.

Task Force Denali

A U.S. Navy landing craft air cushion (LCAC) from Camp Pendleton, Calif., embarks aboard the San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Anchorage (LPD 23).


An F/A-18E Hornet assigned to the Sidewinders”of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 86 launches from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76).

Which photo do you think best shows the Navy operating forward and why?

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YOUR Navy Operating Forward – Pacific Ocean, 5th Fleet, Arabian Gulf