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  • The littoral combat ship USS Independence (LCS 2) transits during Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2014. Twenty-two nations, 49 ships, six submarines, more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel are participating in RIMPAC from June 26 to Aug. 1 in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California. The world's largest international maritime exercise, RIMPAC provides a unique training opportunity that helps participants foster and sustain the cooperative relationships that are critical to ensuring the safety of sea lanes and security on the world's oceans. RIMPAC 2014 is the 24th exercise in the series that began in 1971.  U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Carlos Gomez (Released)  140723-N-OL640-024
  • Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) Ray Mabus, second from right, eats lunch with Sailors on the enlisted mess decks aboard the littoral combat ship USS Independence (LCS 2) during a visit to the ship. Mabus is in the region to meet with Sailors and Marines, and civilian and military officials, as part of a multi-nation visit to the U.S. Pacific and Africa Command areas of responsibility.  U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Armando Gonzales (Released)  140724-N-LV331-003
  • The Littoral combat ship USS Independence (LCS 2) arrives at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam following the at-sea phase of Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2014. Twenty-two nations, 49 ships and six submarines, more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel are participating in RIMPAC from June 26 to Aug. 1 in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California. The world's largest international maritime exercise, RIMPAC provides a unique training opportunity that helps participants foster and sustain the cooperative relationships that are critical to ensuring the safety of sea lanes and security on the world's oceans. RIMPAC 2014 is the 24th exercise in the series that began in 1971.  U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Tiarra Fulgham (Released)  140726-N-QG393-017
  • Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) Ray Mabus, right, receives a tour of the littoral combat ship USS Independence (LCS 2) from Cmdr. Joseph Gagliano, left, commanding officer of Independence. Mabus is in the region to meet with Sailors and Marines, and civilian and military officials, as part of a multi-nation visit to the U.S. Pacific and Africa Command areas of responsibility.  U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Armando Gonzales (Released)  140724-N-LV331-004
  • Maj. Gen. Christopher Bence, commander, U.S. Air Force Expeditionary Center, left, Rear Adm. Shoshana Chatfield, commander, Joint Region Marianas, and other senior leaders push a pallet into the back of a C-130J Super Hercules during the Operation Christmas Drop Push Ceremony aboard Andersen Air Force Base Dec. 11. Now in its 66th iteration, Operation Christmas Drop carries the tradition of packaging and delivering food, tools, toys and other useful items to residents in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Federated States of Micronesia and the Republic of Palau.  U.S. Navy photo by JoAnna Delfin (Released)  171211-N-TR604-0070
  • Operations Specialist 2nd Class Chris Nash, left, assigned to guided-missile destroyer USS Benfold (DDG 65), holds safety line during Search and Rescue (SAR) training with Afloat Training Group West Pac at Commander, Fleet Activities Yokosuka. SAR swimmers play a key role in personnel safety and mission readiness of U.S. Naval Operations.  U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jordan Kirkjohnson (Released)  171207-N-NM917-088
  • Inspectors from the Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV), watch Sailors perform a steering demonstration aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Cole (DDG 67). Cole is underway conducting INSURV, which is a periodic inspection to ensure the ship meets Navy standards.  U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Jen Blake (Released)  171205-N-IR859-164
  • Damage Control Fireman Isaiah Verboonen, assigned to the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Lake Erie (CG 70), greets his wife after returning to Naval Base San Diego after a 7-month deployment. Lake Erie is part of the Nimitz Strike Group (CSG 11) and it returned to San Diego from a seven-month deployment to the Western Pacific and U.S. 5th Fleet in support of Operation Inherent Resolve.  U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Abby Rader (Released)  171210-N-TU910-606

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