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Sailors assigned to the weapons department fire a 40-mm saluting battery aboard the amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) in honor of Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus' arrival at America's commissioning ceremony. America is the first ship of its class and the fourth to bear the name. It replaces the Tarawa-class of amphibious assault ships as the next generation

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Sailors assigned to the weapons department fire a 40-mm saluting battery aboard the amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) in honor of Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus' arrival at America's commissioning ceremony. America is the first ship of its class and the fourth to bear the name. It replaces the Tarawa-class of amphibious assault ships as the next generation "big-deck" amphibious assault ship and is optimized for aviation and capable of supporting current and future aircraft such as the MV-22 Osprey and F-35B Joint Strike Fighter. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Vladimir Ramos (Released) 141011-N-CC789-064

An F/A-18 Super Hornet assigned the Gladiators of Strike Fighter Attack Squadron (VFA) 106 prepares to take off from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71).  Theodore Roosevelt is underway preparing for future deployments.  U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Ryan U. Kledzik (Released)  141027-N-UY653-377

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An F/A-18 Super Hornet assigned the Gladiators of Strike Fighter Attack Squadron (VFA) 106 prepares to take off from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71). Theodore Roosevelt is underway preparing for future deployments. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Ryan U. Kledzik (Released) 141027-N-UY653-377

Gas Turbine Systems Technician (Mechanical) 3rd Class Andrew Laney, from Wise, Va., performs maintenance on the propeller of a landing craft air cushion aboard the amphibious dock landing ship USS Fort McHenry (LSD 43). Fort McHenry is underway as part of the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group conducting composite training unit exercise with the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, the final in a series of deployment readiness exercises.  U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Adam Austin/ Released)  141027-N-DQ840-279

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Gas Turbine Systems Technician (Mechanical) 3rd Class Andrew Laney, from Wise, Va., performs maintenance on the propeller of a landing craft air cushion aboard the amphibious dock landing ship USS Fort McHenry (LSD 43). Fort McHenry is underway as part of the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group conducting composite training unit exercise with the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, the final in a series of deployment readiness exercises. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Adam Austin/ Released) 141027-N-DQ840-279

Cmdr. Sean D. Kearns, 73rd commanding officer of USS Constitution, greets Mass. Gov. Deval Patrick before commencing Old Ironsides' 217th birthday underway in Boston Harbor. Patrick was one of more than 600 guests aboard Constitution for the ship's last scheduled cruise before entering dry dock in 2015 for three years of restoration work.  U.S. Navy photo by Seaman Matthew R. Fairchild (Released)  141017-N-OG138-071

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Cmdr. Sean D. Kearns, 73rd commanding officer of USS Constitution, greets Mass. Gov. Deval Patrick before commencing Old Ironsides' 217th birthday underway in Boston Harbor. Patrick was one of more than 600 guests aboard Constitution for the ship's last scheduled cruise before entering dry dock in 2015 for three years of restoration work. U.S. Navy photo by Seaman Matthew R. Fairchild (Released) 141017-N-OG138-071

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