YOUR Navy Operating Forward – Red Sea, Pacific Ocean, South 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 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.

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An F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to the Jolly Rogers of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 103 performs an arrested recovery on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69).

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Midshipman 1st Class Laura Collier prepares to fire the Mossberg M-500 shotgun during a live-fire exercise on the fantail of the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70).

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Sailors assigned to the guided-missile destroyer USS Stockdale (DDG 106) maneuver rigid-hull inflatable boats (RHIB) alongside the ship during small boat operations. Stockdale is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility promoting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions for Operation Enduring Freedom.

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The amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) conducts a replenishment-at-sea with the Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS Laramie (T-AO-203).

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An MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter from Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 28, embarked aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge, carries cargo during a vertical replenishment-at-sea. Kearsarge is the flagship for the Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group and, with the embarked 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit, is deployed in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.

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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 aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68).

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YOUR Navy Operating Forward – Red Sea, Pacific Ocean, South China Sea