YOUR Navy Operating Forward – South China Sea, Philippine Sea, Japan

Right now your Navy is 100 percent on watch around the globe helping to defend our nation and 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.

U.S. FIFTH FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY (July 4, 2014) The multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5) is underway July 4.

U.S. FIFTH FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY: The multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5) is underway July 4.

SOUTH CHINA SEA (July 1, 2014) An F/A-18F Super Hornet from the Diamondbacks of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 102, launches from the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73).

SOUTH CHINA SEA: An F/A-18F Super Hornet from the Diamondbacks of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 102, launches from the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73).

GULF OF ADEN (July 3, 2014) -- U.S. Naval Academy Midshipman Jared Sadtler observes a replenishment-at-sea with the fleet replenishment oiler USNS Patuxent (T-AO 201) aboard the multipurpose amphibious assault ship

GULF OF ADEN: U.S. Naval Academy Midshipman Jared Sadtler observes a replenishment-at-sea with USNS Patuxent (T-AO 201) aboard USS Bataan (LHD 5).

SASEBO, Japan: The Avenger-class mine countermeasures ships USS Chief (MCM 14) and  USS Pioneer (MCM 9) are transported into Commander Fleet Activities Sasebo by an Eide Marine Services cargo ship.

SASEBO, Japan: The Avenger-class mine countermeasures ships USS Chief (MCM 14) and USS Pioneer (MCM 9) are transported into Commander Fleet Activities Sasebo by an Eide Marine Services cargo ship.

SUEZ CANAL: The guided-missile destroyer USS Nitze (DDG 94) transits the Suez Canal.

SUEZ CANAL: The guided-missile destroyer USS Nitze (DDG 94) transits the Suez Canal.

PHILIPPINE SEA: Forward-deployed Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73), left, participates in a replenishment-at-sea with Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS Rappahannock (T-AO 204).

PHILIPPINE SEA: USS George Washington (CVN 73), left, participates in a replenishment-at-sea with USNS Rappahannock (T-AO 204).

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YOUR Navy Operating Forward – South China Sea, Philippine Sea, Japan