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  • A rigid-hull inflatable boats prepares to enter the littoral combat ship USS Freedom (LCS 1) during visit, board, search and seizure (VBSS) training off the coast of Southern California. The training marked the first time a littoral combat ship, an MQ-8B Fire Scout unmanned helicopter and an SH-60R Sea Hawk helicopter conducted integrated VBSS training.  U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Tim D. Godbee (Released)  140511-N-SK590-544
  • An MQ-8B Fire Scout unmanned helicopter assigned to Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 35 prepares to land on the littoral combat ship USS Freedom (LCS 1) during visit, board, search and seizure (VBSS) training off the coast of Southern California. The training marked the first time a littoral combat ship, an MQ-8B Fire Scout unmanned helicopter and an SH-60R Sea Hawk helicopter conducted integrated VBSS training.  U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Tim D. Godbee (Released)  140511-N-SK590-723
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Aviation Electrician's Mate 3rd Class Dakota Flint, assigned to Helicopter Maritime Squadron (HSM) 35 embarked aboard the littoral combat ship USS Fort Worth (LCS 3), performs a pre-flight check on an MQ-8B Fire Scout unmanned helicopter aboard the littoral combat ship USS Freedom (LCS 1) during an Independent Deployer Certification Exercise (IDCERTEX). IDCERTEX, led by Commander, U.S. 3rd Fleet (C3F) and executed by Commander, Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 15, is being conducted Feb. 9-20 off the Coast of Southern California and Hawaii. The exercise includes Crew 102, embarked aboard Freedom, the guided-missile destroyers USS Lake Champlain (CG 57), USS Chosin (CG 65) and the guided-missile destroyers USS Preble (DDG 88) and USS Chafee (DDG 90). IDCERTEX will serve as CSG 15's final opportunity to evaluate and certify Preble, Chafee and Crew 102 across multiple warfare areas prior to regularly scheduled deployments.  U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Katarzyna Kobiljak (Released)  150215-N-YW024-124
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The littoral combat ship USS Freedom (LCS 1) is underway participating in an Independent Deployer Certification Exercise (IDCERTEX) Feb. 15. IDCERTEX, led by Commander, U.S. 3rd Fleet (C3F) and executed by Commander, Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 15, is being conducted Feb. 9-20 off the Coast of Southern California and Hawaii. The exercise includes Crew 102, embarked aboard Freedom, the guided-missile destroyers USS Lake Champlain (CG 57), USS Chosin (CG 65) and the guided-missile destroyers USS Preble (DDG 88) and USS Chafee (DDG 90). IDCERTEX will serve as CSG 15's final opportunity to evaluate and certify Preble, Chafee and Crew 102 across multiple warfare areas prior to regularly scheduled deployments.  U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Katarzyna Kobiljak (Released)  150215-N-YW024-102
  • The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Porter (DDG 78) and the Blue Ridge-class command and control ship USS Mount Whitney (LCC 20) sail in formation in the Black Sea during exercise Sea Breeze 2018, July 13, 2018. Sea Breeze is a U.S. and Ukraine co-hosted multinational maritime exercise held in the Black Sea and is designed to enhance interoperability of participating nations and strengthen Maritime security within the region.  U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Justin Stumberg (Released)  180713-N-XT273-560
  • Participating nations sail in formation in the Black Sea during exercise Sea Breeze 2018, July 13, 2018. Sea Breeze is a U.S. and Ukraine co-hosted multinational maritime exercise held in the Black Sea and is designed to enhance interoperability of participating nations and strengthen Maritime security within the region.  U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Justin Stumberg (Released)  180713-N-XT273-199
  • Logistics Specialist 3rd Class Jacob Chesney, from Allen, Texas, right, and Logistics Specialist Seaman Kendrick Baquero, from New York, clear the area as an MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter assigned to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 12 prepares to take cargo from the flight deck of the Navy's forward-deployed aircraft carrier, USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), during a replenishment-at-sea with the Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS Walter S. Diehl (T-AO 193). Ronald Reagan, the flagship of Carrier Strike Group 5, provides a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interests of its allies and partners in the Indo-Pacific region.  U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kenneth Abbate (Released)  180716-N-OY799-0410
  • Builder 2nd Class Aaron Brown, assigned to Underwater Construction Team (UTC) 2, enters the water for a dive on the USS Arizona Memorial at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam during the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise, July 13, 2018. Twenty-five nations, 46 ships, five submarines, about 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel are participating in RIMPAC from June 27 to Aug. 2 in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California. The world's largest international maritime exercise, RIMPAC provides a unique training opportunity while fostering and sustaining cooperative relationships among participants critical to ensuring the safety of sea lanes and security of the world's oceans. RIMPAC 2018 is the 26th exercise in the series that began in 1971.  U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Arthurgwain L. Marquez (Released)  180713-N-CW570-1015

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