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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
  • An F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 23 prepares to take off from the aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) flight deck during flight operations. Gerald R. Ford is currently conducting aircraft compatibility testing to further test its electromagnetic aircraft launch systems and advanced arresting gear.  U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Indra Beaufort (Released)  200121-N-IE405-1665
  • An F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 23 lands on the aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) flight deck during flight operations. Gerald R. Ford is currently conducting aircraft compatibility testing to further test its electromagnetic aircraft launch systems and advanced arresting gear.  U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Indra Beaufort (Released)  200121-N-IE405-1821
  • Chief petty officers carry a casket aboard the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) during a burial at sea, Jan. 20, 2020. The Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group is on a scheduled deployment to the Indo-Pacific.  U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Brandon Richardson (Released)  200120-N-YQ383-1001
  • Sailors assigned to Amphibious Squadron (PHIBRON) 8 participate in a replenishment-at-sea aboard the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5) with the dry cargo and ammunition ship USNS William McLean (T-AKE 12) in the Mediterranean Sea, Jan. 4, 2020. Bataan, homeported in Norfolk, Va., is operating in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe and Africa.  U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Nathan Reyes (Released)  200104-M-OO419-1003

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