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NAVAL AIR STATION NORTH ISLAND, Calif. (April 21, 2016) Cmdr. Roy M. Zaletski passes through side-boys during a change of command ceremony held at Naval Air Station North Island. Zaletski relieved Cmdr. David S. Wells to become the commanding officer HSC 21. HSC 21 is based on Naval Air Station North Island and flies the MH-60S Knighthawk helicopter for its primary mission, which includes providing tactical and logistical support, as well as search and rescue and humanitarian assistance to the fleet.  U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communications Specialist 2nd Class La'Cordrick Wilson (Released)  160421-N-WX580-007
  • An MV-22B Osprey attached to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 162 (VMM-162) takes off from the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7). The ship is underway conducting a series of qualifications and certifications as part of the basic phase of training in preparation for future operations and deployments.  U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Kevin Leitner (Released)  170216-N-OA516-0077
  • Lyle Chamberlain, left, principal engineer, Near Earth Autonomy, discusses the capabilities of their technology on the Office of Naval Research (ONR)-funded Autonomous Aerial Cargo/Utility System (AACUS) sensor suite installed on an UH-1 Huey, with Dr. Thomas Beutner, head, ONR naval air warfare and weapons department, following an integrated flight test at the Flying Circus Aerodrome located in Bealeton, Va. The AACUS program is developing an innovative capability that when installed in existing rotary-wing aircraft enables autonomous flight, obstacle avoidance, approaches, landings and takeoffs to and from unprepared landing sites.  U.S. Navy photo by John F. Williams (Released)  170215-N-PO203-223
  • U.S ambassador to Guatemala, the Honorable Todd D. Robinson, right, receives a tour of the Continuing Promise 2017 (CP-17) medical site from Lt. Cmdr. Robert Lennon, CP-17's medical officer-in-charge, in support of CP-17's visit to Puerto Barrios, Guatemala. CP-17 is a U.S. Southern Command-sponsored and U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/U.S. 4th Fleet-conducted deployment to conduct civil-military operations including humanitarian assistance, training engagements, and medical, dental, and veterinary support in an effort to show U.S. support and commitment to Central and South America.  U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Shamira Purifoy (Released)  170209-N-YL073-034
  • Sailors conduct a foreign object debris (FOD) walkdown on the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) flight deck. The ship and its carrier strike group are on a regularly scheduled Western Pacific deployment as part of the U.S. Pacific Fleet-led initiative to extend the command and control functions of U.S. 3rd Fleet. U.S. Navy aircraft carrier strike groups have patrolled the Indo-Asia-Pacific regularly and routinely for more than 70 years.   U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Matt Brown (Released)  170216-N-HD638-034

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