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  • Rear Adm. Brent W. Scott, chaplain of the Marine Corps, gives the blessing for the 25th Annual Blessing of the Fleets ceremony at the U.S. Navy Memorial. The Blessing of the Fleets ritual is intended to safeguard crews and ships from the danger of the seas through a blessing given by a clergyman at the water's edge. During the ceremony, Sailors from the U.S. Navy's Ceremonial Guard and Marines from the U.S. Marine Barracks, Washington, DC, proceeded across the outdoor plaza's "Granite Sea" and poured water from the Seven Seas and Great Lakes into the surrounding fountains, "charging" them to life and welcoming the spring season.  U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Jeremy Starr (Released)  160416-N-BK435-126
  • Chaplain Lt. Donelson Thevenin, assigned to Commander, U.S. Fleet Activities Sasebo, speaks as a subject matter expert on a Resilient Workforce Summit panel. The Resilient Workforce Summit provided service members training on a range of subjects from physical readiness to sexual assault in order to maintain a resilient workforce.  U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class David R. Krigbaum (Released)  160414-N-QY759-062
  • Lt. Stephen Brown, ship's chaplain, speaks to the crew about suicide awareness during a general military training session aboard the guided-missile cruiser USS Mobile Bay (CG 53). Providing a ready force supporting security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific, Mobile Bay is operating as part of the John C. Stennis Strike Group and Great Green Fleet on a regularly scheduled 7th Fleet deployment.  U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Ryan J. Batchelder (Released)  160406-N-EH218-014
  • Cmdr. James Johnson presents pre-marriage training called "Before saying I do" as part of the iRelate program at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton. The iRelate program gives Marines the knowledge, skills and abilities to make informed decisions about intimate relationships in order to reduce the divorce rate among junior Marines. Johnson, from Lake Park, Minn., is the chaplain for I Marine Expeditionary Force Headquarters Group.  U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Caitlin Bevel)  160126-M-MP944-023
  • Commander James Johnson reads religious passage Psalm 51 during an Ash Wednesday service. During the service, those in attendance were marked with ash on their forehead. The ash symbolizes confession, repentance and penance. The observance commences the Lenten season in the liturgical calendar. The service was given by Johnson, Navy chaplain, with I Marine Headquarters Group, I Marine Expeditionary Force, and was held at Camp Pendleton.  U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Emmanuel Ramos (Released)  160210-M-ST621-032
  • Commander James Johnson, right, marks Capt. Christopher Karle with ash during an Ash Wednesday service. During the service, those in attendance were marked with ash on their forehead. The ash symbolizes confession, repentance and penance. The observance commences the Lenten season in the liturgical calendar. The service was given by Johnson, Navy chaplain, with I Marine Headquarters Group, I Marine Expeditionary Force, and was held at Camp Pendleton. Karle is the logistics officer for I MHG, I MEF.  U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Emmanuel Ramos (Released)  160210-M-ST621-045
  • Cmdr. Kim Donahue, the ship's chaplain aboard the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73), plays a song for Sailors during a Protestant Ash Wednesday service in the ship's chapel. Washington is homeported in Norfolk after serving seven years in Yokosuka, Japan as the U.S. Navy's only forward-deployed aircraft carrier.  U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Anna Van Nuys (Released)  160210-N-GR120-032
  • Australian Air Force Sgt. John Baker takes a photo of a World War II-era canon at the monument site of Chief Barosi, an Arawan who assisted allied forces during World War II.  Australian Defence Force personnel and Sailors helped clean the monument site as part of a community service project during Pacific Partnership 2015.  Pacific Partnership is in its tenth iteration and is the largest annual multilateral humanitarian assistance and disaster relief preparedness mission conducted in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. Pacific Partnership missions to date have provided medical care to approximately 270,000 patients and veterinary service to more than 38,000 animals. Critical infrastructure development has been supported in host nations during more than 180 engineering projects.  U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Christopher E. Tucker (Released)  150630-N-BK290-257

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