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USS Lake Erie (CG 70) chief petty officer frocking
1 ARABIAN GULF (Sept. 16, 2017) Capt. Darren McPherson, commanding officer of the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Lake Erie (CG 70) congratulates Chief Operations Specialist Benjamin Oberkrom, from Indianapolis, Ind., on his promotion to chief petty officer during a pinning ceremony on the ship's flight deck. Lake Erie is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations in support of maritime security operations to reassure allies and partners, and preserve the freedom of navigation and the free flow of navigation and the free flow of commerce in the region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Lucas T. Hans/Released)

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