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An MH-60R Sea Hawk helicopter assigned to the
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EAST CHINA SEA (March 8, 2017) An MH-60R Sea Hawk helicopter assigned to the "Blue Hawks" of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 78 flies near the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force Takanami-class destroyer JS Sazanami (DD 113) and the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70), not pictured. The Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group is on a 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 2nd Class Sean M. Castellano/Released)

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