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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

SAN FRANCISCO (Oct. 11, 2014)1 of 4

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

Vice Adm. Scott H. Swift, left, Director of the Navy staff, and Rear Adm. Mark K. Rich, commandant of Naval District Washington, salute a wreath in honor of the 239th birthday of the U.S. Navy at the U.S. Navy Memorial in Washington D.C.   U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Leonard Adams (Released)  141009-N-VA840-145

WASHINGTON (Oct. 9 2014)2 of 4

Vice Adm. Scott H. Swift, left, Director of the Navy staff, and Rear Adm. Mark K. Rich, commandant of Naval District Washington, salute a wreath in honor of the 239th birthday of the U.S. Navy at the U.S. Navy Memorial in Washington D.C. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Leonard Adams (Released) 141009-N-VA840-145

Secretary of State John Kerry takes the helm of USS Constitution as Seaman Brianna Date, from Tucson, Ariz., tells Kerry and U.K. Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond about one of Constitution's War of 1812 battles. Kerry and  during their visit to Old Ironsides in Charlestown Navy Yard. Kerry and Hammond received a 30-minute tour of Constitution when they stopped by America's Ship of State during a trip to Boston.  U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Peter Melkus (Released)  141009-N-SU274-033

CHARLESTOWN, Mass. (Oct. 9, 2014)3 of 4

Secretary of State John Kerry takes the helm of USS Constitution as Seaman Brianna Date, from Tucson, Ariz., tells Kerry and U.K. Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond about one of Constitution's War of 1812 battles. Kerry and during their visit to Old Ironsides in Charlestown Navy Yard. Kerry and Hammond received a 30-minute tour of Constitution when they stopped by America's Ship of State during a trip to Boston. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Peter Melkus (Released) 141009-N-SU274-033

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

CHARLESTOWN, Mass. (Oct. 17, 2014)4 of 4

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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