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Your Navy Operating Forward - South China Sea, North Channel, Sea of Hebrides

10 April 2019

10 April 2019

Right now your Navy is 100 percent on watch around the globe helping to preserve the American way of life. Whether it be operating and training off the coast of Spain or forward deployed to the Arabian Gulf, the flexibility and presence provided by our U.S. naval forces provides national leaders with great options for protecting and maintaining our national security and interests around the world. The imagery below highlights the Navy’s ability to provide those options by operating forward.

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USS Florida (SSGN 728) mooring pierside at Souda Bay, Greece Time Lapse video of the Ohio-class guided-missile submarine USS Florida (SSGN 728) mooring pierside at Marathi NATO Pier Complex in Souda Bay, Greece, March 14, 2019. Ohio-class guided-missile submarines (SSGN) provide the Navy with unprecedented strike and special operation mission capabilities from a stealthy, clandestine platform. Armed with tactical missiles and equipped with superior communications capabilities, SSGNs are capable of directly supporting Combatant Commander's strike and Special Operation Forces (SOF) requirements.

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190401-N-HS117-1128 ARABIAN GULF (April 1, 2019) Sailors prepare to launch an F/A-18E Super Hornet, assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 97, from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) in the Arabian Gulf, April 1, 2019. The John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations in support of naval operations to ensure maritime stability and security in the Central Region, connecting the Mediterranean and the Pacific through the western Indian Ocean and three strategic choke points. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Jeffery L. Southerland/Released)
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190401-N-HS117-1128 ARABIAN GULF (April 1, 2019) Sailors prepare to launch an F/A-18E Super Hornet, assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 97, from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) in the Arabian Gulf, April 1, 2019. The John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations in support of naval operations to ensure maritime stability and security in the Central Region, connecting the Mediterranean and the Pacific through the western Indian Ocean and three strategic choke points. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Jeffery L. Southerland/Released)
Photo By: MCSN Jeffery L. Southerland
VIRIN: 190401-N-HS117-1128

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190401-N-UR565-0165 SOUDA BAY, Greece (April 1, 2019) The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Gonzalez (DDG 66) approaches Souda Bay, Greece, April 1, 2019. Gonzalez, home-ported in Norfolk, is deployed to the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe and Africa. NSA Souda Bay is an operational ashore base that enables U.S., allied, and partner nation forces to be where they are needed and when they are needed to ensure security and stability in Europe, Africa, and Southwest Asia. (U.S. Navy photo by Joel Diller/Released)
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190401-N-UR565-0165 SOUDA BAY, Greece (April 1, 2019) The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Gonzalez (DDG 66) approaches Souda Bay, Greece, April 1, 2019. Gonzalez, home-ported in Norfolk, is deployed to the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe and Africa. NSA Souda Bay is an operational ashore base that enables U.S., allied, and partner nation forces to be where they are needed and when they are needed to ensure security and stability in Europe, Africa, and Southwest Asia. (U.S. Navy photo by Joel Diller/Released)
Photo By: Joel Diller
VIRIN: 190401-N-UR565-0165
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190323-N-GC639-1019 ARABIAN GULF (March 23, 2019) An MH-60R Sea Hawk helicopter assigned to Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 71 approaches the flight deck of the guided-missile destroyer USS Spruance (DDG 111) for recovery while transiting the Strait of Hormuz in formation with the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74), middle, the dry cargo and ammunition ship USNS Charles Drew (T-AKE 10) and the guided-missile cruiser USS Mobile Bay (CG 53), March 23, 2019. The John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations in support of naval operations to ensure maritime stability and security in the Central Region, connecting the Mediterranean and the Pacific through the western Indian Ocean and three strategic choke points. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Ryan D. McLearnon/Released)
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190323-N-GC639-1019 ARABIAN GULF (March 23, 2019) An MH-60R Sea Hawk helicopter assigned to Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 71 approaches the flight deck of the guided-missile destroyer USS Spruance (DDG 111) for recovery while transiting the Strait of Hormuz in formation with the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74), middle, the dry cargo and ammunition ship USNS Charles Drew (T-AKE 10) and the guided-missile cruiser USS Mobile Bay (CG 53), March 23, 2019. The John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations in support of naval operations to ensure maritime stability and security in the Central Region, connecting the Mediterranean and the Pacific through the western Indian Ocean and three strategic choke points. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Ryan D. McLearnon/Released)
Photo By: MC1 Ryan D. McLearnon
VIRIN: 190323-N-GC639-1019

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190403-N-HH215-1051 YOKOSUKA, Japan (April 4, 2019) The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Stethem (DDG 63) is moored at Fleet Activities (FLEACT) Yokosuka, April 4, 2019. FLEACT Yokosuka provides, maintains, and operates base facilities and services in support of the U.S. 7th Fleet's forward-deployed naval forces, 71 tenant commands, and more than 27,000 military and civilian personnel. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Tyler R. Fraser/Released)
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190403-N-HH215-1051 YOKOSUKA, Japan (April 4, 2019) The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Stethem (DDG 63) is moored at Fleet Activities (FLEACT) Yokosuka, April 4, 2019. FLEACT Yokosuka provides, maintains, and operates base facilities and services in support of the U.S. 7th Fleet's forward-deployed naval forces, 71 tenant commands, and more than 27,000 military and civilian personnel. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Tyler R. Fraser/Released)
Photo By: MC2 Tyler R. Fraser
VIRIN: 190403-N-HH215-1051

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190330-N-OM854-0085 ARABIAN GULF (March 30, 2019) An EA-18G Growler, assigned to Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 133, taxies on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) in the Arabian Gulf, March 30, 2019. The John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations in support of naval operations to ensure maritime stability and security in the Central Region, connecting the Mediterranean and the Pacific through the western Indian Ocean and three strategic choke points. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Grant G. Grady)
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190330-N-OM854-0085 ARABIAN GULF (March 30, 2019) An EA-18G Growler, assigned to Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 133, taxies on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) in the Arabian Gulf, March 30, 2019. The John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations in support of naval operations to ensure maritime stability and security in the Central Region, connecting the Mediterranean and the Pacific through the western Indian Ocean and three strategic choke points. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Grant G. Grady)
Photo By: MC3 Grant G. Grady
VIRIN: 190330-N-OM854-0085

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190405-N-RI884-0804 SOUTH CHINA SEA (April 5, 2019) The amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1), center, maneuvers alongside the Philippine navy landing platform dock ship BRP Tarlac (LD 601) and offshore patrol vessel BRP Ramon Alcaraz (PS 16) in support of Exercise Balikatan 2019 in the South China Sea, April 5, 2019. In its 35th iteration, Balikatan is an annual U.S.-Philippine military training exercise focused on a variety of missions, including humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, counter-terrorism, and other combined military operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Daniel Barker/Released)
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190405-N-RI884-0804 SOUTH CHINA SEA (April 5, 2019) The amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1), center, maneuvers alongside the Philippine navy landing platform dock ship BRP Tarlac (LD 601) and offshore patrol vessel BRP Ramon Alcaraz (PS 16) in support of Exercise Balikatan 2019 in the South China Sea, April 5, 2019. In its 35th iteration, Balikatan is an annual U.S.-Philippine military training exercise focused on a variety of missions, including humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, counter-terrorism, and other combined military operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Daniel Barker/Released)
Photo By: MC1 Daniel Barker
VIRIN: 190405-N-RI884-0804

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190401-N-KA046-0534 NORTH CHANNEL (April 1, 2019) A close-in weapon system is fired aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Porter (DDG 78) in support of Joint Warrior 19-1 in the North Channel, April 1, 2019. Joint Warrior is a United Kingdom-led, multinational exercise in a robust maritime training environment in which allies and partners can improve interoperability and prepare forces for combined operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class James R. Turner/Released)
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190401-N-KA046-0534 NORTH CHANNEL (April 1, 2019) A close-in weapon system is fired aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Porter (DDG 78) in support of Joint Warrior 19-1 in the North Channel, April 1, 2019. Joint Warrior is a United Kingdom-led, multinational exercise in a robust maritime training environment in which allies and partners can improve interoperability and prepare forces for combined operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class James R. Turner/Released)
Photo By: MC1 Turner
VIRIN: 190401-N-KA046-0534
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190329-N-XL980-1003 ARABIAN GULF (March 29, 2019) Aviation Boatswains’ Mate (Handling) 2nd Class Onyx Ashe directs a UH-60M Black Hawk assigned to the Kansas Army National Guard 1st Battalion, 108th Aviation Regiment, aboard the expeditionary sea base USS Lewis B. Puller (ESB 3). The expeditionary sea base platform supports Naval Amphibious Force, Task Force 51/5th Marine Expeditionary Brigade’s diverse missions that include crisis response, airborne mine countermeasures, counter-piracy operations, maritime security operations and humanitarian aid/disaster relief missions while enabling TF 51/5 to extend its expeditionary presence in the world’s most volatile regions. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Aviation Ordnanceman William Buckner/Released)
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190329-N-XL980-1003 ARABIAN GULF (March 29, 2019) Aviation Boatswains’ Mate (Handling) 2nd Class Onyx Ashe directs a UH-60M Black Hawk assigned to the Kansas Army National Guard 1st Battalion, 108th Aviation Regiment, aboard the expeditionary sea base USS Lewis B. Puller (ESB 3). The expeditionary sea base platform supports Naval Amphibious Force, Task Force 51/5th Marine Expeditionary Brigade’s diverse missions that include crisis response, airborne mine countermeasures, counter-piracy operations, maritime security operations and humanitarian aid/disaster relief missions while enabling TF 51/5 to extend its expeditionary presence in the world’s most volatile regions. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Aviation Ordnanceman William Buckner/Released)
Photo By: AOC William Buckner
VIRIN: 190329-N-XL980-1003

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190403-N-UI104-0002 OUTH CHINA SEA (April 3, 2019) The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Preble (DDG 88) makes its approach alongside the Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS Guadalupe (T-AO 200) during a replenishment-at-sea. Preble is deployed to the U.S 7th Fleet area of operations in support of security and stability in the Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Bryan Niegel/Released)
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190403-N-UI104-0002 OUTH CHINA SEA (April 3, 2019) The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Preble (DDG 88) makes its approach alongside the Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS Guadalupe (T-AO 200) during a replenishment-at-sea. Preble is deployed to the U.S 7th Fleet area of operations in support of security and stability in the Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Bryan Niegel/Released)
Photo By: MC1 Bryan Niegel
VIRIN: 190403-N-UI104-0002

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190330-N-RG171-1174 MANAMA, Bahrain (March 30, 2019) Seaman Lacey Walker shifts colors as the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS McFaul (DDG 74) arrives in Manama, Bahrain, March 30, 2019. McFaul is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations in support of naval operations to ensure maritime stability and security in the Central Region, connecting the Mediterranean and the Pacific through the western Indian Ocean and three strategic choke points. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Will Hardy/Released)
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190330-N-RG171-1174 MANAMA, Bahrain (March 30, 2019) Seaman Lacey Walker shifts colors as the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS McFaul (DDG 74) arrives in Manama, Bahrain, March 30, 2019. McFaul is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations in support of naval operations to ensure maritime stability and security in the Central Region, connecting the Mediterranean and the Pacific through the western Indian Ocean and three strategic choke points. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Will Hardy/Released)
Photo By: MC3 Will Hardy
VIRIN: 190330-N-RG171-1174
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190401-N-HG389-0076 MEDITERRANEAN SEA (April 1, 2019) Sailors practice attaching pallets to a UH-1Y Huey helicopter assigned to the “Black Knights” of Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 264 (Reinforced) aboard the San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship USS Arlington (LPD 24), April 1, 2019. Arlington is on a scheduled deployment as part of the Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group in support of maritime security operations, crisis response and theater security cooperation, while also providing a forward naval presence. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Brandon Parker/Released)
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190401-N-HG389-0076 MEDITERRANEAN SEA (April 1, 2019) Sailors practice attaching pallets to a UH-1Y Huey helicopter assigned to the “Black Knights” of Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 264 (Reinforced) aboard the San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship USS Arlington (LPD 24), April 1, 2019. Arlington is on a scheduled deployment as part of the Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group in support of maritime security operations, crisis response and theater security cooperation, while also providing a forward naval presence. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Brandon Parker/Released)
Photo By: MC2 Brandon Parker
VIRIN: 190401-N-HG389-0076

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190329-N-GC639-1083 ARABIAN GULF (March 23, 2019) An aircraft launches from the flight deck of the Aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) while conducting flight operations in the Arabian Gulf, March 29, 2019. The John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations in support of naval operations to ensure maritime stability and security in the Central Region, connecting the Mediterranean and the Pacific through the western Indian Ocean and three strategic choke points. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Ryan D. McLearnon/Released)
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190329-N-GC639-1083 ARABIAN GULF (March 23, 2019) An aircraft launches from the flight deck of the Aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) while conducting flight operations in the Arabian Gulf, March 29, 2019. The John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations in support of naval operations to ensure maritime stability and security in the Central Region, connecting the Mediterranean and the Pacific through the western Indian Ocean and three strategic choke points. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Ryan D. McLearnon/Released)
Photo By: MC1 Ryan D. McLearnon
VIRIN: 190329-N-GC639-1083

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190402-N-KA046-0059 NORTH CHANNEL (April 2, 2019) Sailors assigned to the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Porter (DDG 78) use a rigid-hull inflatable boat to do a passenger transfer with the Royal Netherlands Navy Karel Doorman-class multi-purpose frigate HNLMS Van Speijk (F 828) in the North Channel during Joint Warrior 19-1, April 2, 2019. Joint Warrior is a United Kingdom-led, multinational exercise in a robust maritime training environment in which allies and partners can improve interoperability and prepare forces for combined operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class James R. Turner/Released)
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190402-N-KA046-0059 NORTH CHANNEL (April 2, 2019) Sailors assigned to the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Porter (DDG 78) use a rigid-hull inflatable boat to do a passenger transfer with the Royal Netherlands Navy Karel Doorman-class multi-purpose frigate HNLMS Van Speijk (F 828) in the North Channel during Joint Warrior 19-1, April 2, 2019. Joint Warrior is a United Kingdom-led, multinational exercise in a robust maritime training environment in which allies and partners can improve interoperability and prepare forces for combined operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class James R. Turner/Released)
Photo By: MC1 James R. Turner
VIRIN: 190402-N-KA046-0059

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190329-N-XL980-1002 ARABIAN GULF (March 29, 2019) Soldiers assigned to the Kansas Army National Guard 1st Battalion, 108th Aviation Regiment, perform deck landing qualifications aboard the expeditionary sea base USS Lewis B. Puller (ESB 3). The expeditionary sea base platform supports Naval Amphibious Force, Task Force 51/5th Marine Expeditionary Brigade’s diverse missions that include crisis response, airborne mine countermeasures, counter-piracy operations, maritime security operations and humanitarian aid/disaster relief missions while enabling TF 51/5 to extend its expeditionary presence in the world’s most volatile regions. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Aviation Ordnanceman William Buckner/Released)
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190329-N-XL980-1002 ARABIAN GULF (March 29, 2019) Soldiers assigned to the Kansas Army National Guard 1st Battalion, 108th Aviation Regiment, perform deck landing qualifications aboard the expeditionary sea base USS Lewis B. Puller (ESB 3). The expeditionary sea base platform supports Naval Amphibious Force, Task Force 51/5th Marine Expeditionary Brigade’s diverse missions that include crisis response, airborne mine countermeasures, counter-piracy operations, maritime security operations and humanitarian aid/disaster relief missions while enabling TF 51/5 to extend its expeditionary presence in the world’s most volatile regions. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Aviation Ordnanceman William Buckner/Released)
Photo By: AOC William Buckner
VIRIN: 190329-N-XL980-1002

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190407-N-JX484-027 SEA OF HEBRIDES (April 7, 2019) The guided-missile destroyer USS Gravely (DDG 107) fires a training chaff round during an air defense exercise while participating in Joint Warrior 19-1. Gravely is underway on a regularly-scheduled deployment as the flagship of Standing NATO Maritime Group 1 to conduct maritime operations and provide a continuous maritime capability for NATO in the northern Atlantic. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Mark Andrew Hays/Released)
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190407-N-JX484-027 SEA OF HEBRIDES (April 7, 2019) The guided-missile destroyer USS Gravely (DDG 107) fires a training chaff round during an air defense exercise while participating in Joint Warrior 19-1. Gravely is underway on a regularly-scheduled deployment as the flagship of Standing NATO Maritime Group 1 to conduct maritime operations and provide a continuous maritime capability for NATO in the northern Atlantic. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Mark Andrew Hays/Released)
Photo By: MC2 Mark Andrew Hays
VIRIN: 190407-N-JX484-027

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