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  • A rigid-hull inflatable boats prepares to enter the littoral combat ship USS Freedom (LCS 1) during visit, board, search and seizure (VBSS) training off the coast of Southern California. The training marked the first time a littoral combat ship, an MQ-8B Fire Scout unmanned helicopter and an SH-60R Sea Hawk helicopter conducted integrated VBSS training.  U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Tim D. Godbee (Released)  140511-N-SK590-544
  • An MQ-8B Fire Scout unmanned helicopter assigned to Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 35 prepares to land on the littoral combat ship USS Freedom (LCS 1) during visit, board, search and seizure (VBSS) training off the coast of Southern California. The training marked the first time a littoral combat ship, an MQ-8B Fire Scout unmanned helicopter and an SH-60R Sea Hawk helicopter conducted integrated VBSS training.  U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Tim D. Godbee (Released)  140511-N-SK590-723
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Aviation Electrician's Mate 3rd Class Dakota Flint, assigned to Helicopter Maritime Squadron (HSM) 35 embarked aboard the littoral combat ship USS Fort Worth (LCS 3), performs a pre-flight check on an MQ-8B Fire Scout unmanned helicopter aboard the littoral combat ship USS Freedom (LCS 1) during an Independent Deployer Certification Exercise (IDCERTEX). IDCERTEX, led by Commander, U.S. 3rd Fleet (C3F) and executed by Commander, Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 15, is being conducted Feb. 9-20 off the Coast of Southern California and Hawaii. The exercise includes Crew 102, embarked aboard Freedom, the guided-missile destroyers USS Lake Champlain (CG 57), USS Chosin (CG 65) and the guided-missile destroyers USS Preble (DDG 88) and USS Chafee (DDG 90). IDCERTEX will serve as CSG 15's final opportunity to evaluate and certify Preble, Chafee and Crew 102 across multiple warfare areas prior to regularly scheduled deployments.  U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Katarzyna Kobiljak (Released)  150215-N-YW024-124
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The littoral combat ship USS Freedom (LCS 1) is underway participating in an Independent Deployer Certification Exercise (IDCERTEX) Feb. 15. IDCERTEX, led by Commander, U.S. 3rd Fleet (C3F) and executed by Commander, Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 15, is being conducted Feb. 9-20 off the Coast of Southern California and Hawaii. The exercise includes Crew 102, embarked aboard Freedom, the guided-missile destroyers USS Lake Champlain (CG 57), USS Chosin (CG 65) and the guided-missile destroyers USS Preble (DDG 88) and USS Chafee (DDG 90). IDCERTEX will serve as CSG 15's final opportunity to evaluate and certify Preble, Chafee and Crew 102 across multiple warfare areas prior to regularly scheduled deployments.  U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Katarzyna Kobiljak (Released)  150215-N-YW024-102
  • Officer of the Deck Lt. j.g. Tucker Bonow, far left, from Houston, Conning Officer Ensign Juan Curbelo, center, from Isabela, Puerto Rico, and Lt. Cmdr. Rory Schneider, the executive officer of the amphibious transport dock ship USS Green Bay (LPD 20) scan the horizon from the bridge while standing watch. Green Bay, part of Commander, Amphibious Squadron 11, is operating in the Indo-Pacific region to enhance interoperability with partners and serve as a ready-response force for any type of contingency.  U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Markus Castaneda (Released)  190823-N-WI365-1003
  • USS Constitution performs a 21-gun salute to Fort Independence during Chief Petty Officer Heritage Week. Chief Petty Officer Heritage Week is a week dedicated to mentoring the Navy's newest chiefs through naval history and heritage training aboard America's Ship of State, USS Constitution.  U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Peter Ticich  (Released)  190823-N-ZA688-0227
  • Chief Petty Officer Selects, Sailors who have been selected for the paygrade of E-7, come together for Chief Heritage weeks aboard the "Oldest commissioned Warship Afloat in the World." During the selects' week spent aboard Constitution, Sailors teach them a variety of time-honored maritime evolutions while living and working aboard the ship.  U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist Alec Kramer (Released)  190823-N-CI012-0028
  • An explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) technician assigned to Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit (EODMU) 2 prepares inert training demolition during mine countermeasure training. EODMU 2 provides credible, combat-ready EOD forces capable of deploying anywhere, any time in support of national interests.  U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Jeff Atherton (Released)  190820-N-AP176-0406

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