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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
  • Chief Gas Turbine Systems Technician (Mechanical) Dennis Mottley says goodbye to his family before departing Naval Station Norfolk aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Mitscher (DDG 57). Mitscher departed Naval Station Norfolk for a scheduled deployment in support of ballistic missile defense to the U.S. 5th and 6th fleet areas of operation.  U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Justin Wolpert (Released)  180920-N-VC599-0011
  • Sailors heave mooring line aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Carney (DDG 64) as the ship arrives in Valencia, Spain, Sept. 21, 2018. Carney, forward-deployed to Rota, Spain, is on its fifth patrol in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of regional allies and partners as well as U.S. national security interests in Europe and Africa.  U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Ryan U. Kledzik (Released)  180921-N-UY653-149
  • The guided-missile destroyer USS Jason Dunham (DDG 109) fires its Mark 45 5-inch gun as part of a live-fire demonstration for visiting Brig. Gen. Matthew Trollinger, commander of Task Force 51/5th Marine Expeditionary Brigade, during a shipboard visit to discuss Navy and Marine Corps interoperability. Jason Dunham 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 Senior Chief Petty Officer Matt Bodenner (Released)  180917-N-PY230-7926
  • Sailors assigned to the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) bow their heads in prayer during a burial at sea ceremony on the ship's starboard aircraft elevator. Bonhomme Richard is currently underway in the U.S. 3rd Fleet area of operations.  U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Diana Quinlan (Released)  180919-N-WF272-1037

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