YOUR Navy Operating Forward – Philippines, Gulf of Aden, Indian Ocean, Arabian Gulf, Souda Bay

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 California or forward deployed to the Mediterranean 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.

Operation Damayan; Project Handclasp

Sailors assigned to the littoral combat ship USS Freedom (LCS 1) pack the cabin of an MH-60R with supplies from Project Handclasp during Operation Damayan.

Operation Damayan

Naval Aircrewman (Tactical) 1st Class David Wright, from Boone, N.C., prepares to drop off humanitarian supplies from an MH-60R Sea Hawk helicopter from the Warlords of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 51 in support of Operation Damayan.

Operation Damayan, Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda

Rear Adm. Cindy Thebaud, Commander of the U.S. Navy’s Logistics Group Western Pacific and Joint Task Force (JTF) 505′s Maritime Liaison Officer, officially hands over relief supplies delivered by USS Freedom (LCS 1) to the Armed Forces of the Philippines during Operation Damayan.


Boatswain’s Mate 2nd Class Alex Mitchell oversees refueling operations for an MH-60R Sea Hawk helicopter assigned to the Swamp Foxes of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 74 aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Mason (DDG 87) in the Gulf of Aden.

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An F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the Argonauts of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 147 prepares to launch from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) in the Indian Ocean.


Gunner’s Mate 2nd Class Daniel Steadman fires a shot line across to the Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS Pecos (T-AO-197) from the amphibious dock landing ship USS Harpers Ferry (LSD 49) in the Arabian Gulf.

Ramage In-Port Operations

Lt. j.g. Zishan Hameed, right, and Interior Communications Specialist 2nd Class Malcolm Newkirk monitor a Spanish frigate as it departs Souda Bay from the bridge wing of the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Ramage (DDG 61) in Souda Bay, Greece.

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YOUR Navy Operating Forward – Philippines, Gulf of Aden, Indian Ocean, Arabian Gulf, Souda Bay