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  • The littoral combat ship USS Independence (LCS 2) transits during Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2014. Twenty-two nations, 49 ships, six submarines, more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel are participating in RIMPAC from June 26 to Aug. 1 in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California. The world's largest international maritime exercise, RIMPAC provides a unique training opportunity that helps participants foster and sustain the cooperative relationships that are critical to ensuring the safety of sea lanes and security on the world's oceans. RIMPAC 2014 is the 24th exercise in the series that began in 1971.  U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Carlos Gomez (Released)  140723-N-OL640-024
  • Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) Ray Mabus, second from right, eats lunch with Sailors on the enlisted mess decks aboard the littoral combat ship USS Independence (LCS 2) during a visit to the ship. Mabus is in the region to meet with Sailors and Marines, and civilian and military officials, as part of a multi-nation visit to the U.S. Pacific and Africa Command areas of responsibility.  U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Armando Gonzales (Released)  140724-N-LV331-003
  • The Littoral combat ship USS Independence (LCS 2) arrives at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam following the at-sea phase of Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2014. Twenty-two nations, 49 ships and six submarines, more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel are participating in RIMPAC from June 26 to Aug. 1 in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California. The world's largest international maritime exercise, RIMPAC provides a unique training opportunity that helps participants foster and sustain the cooperative relationships that are critical to ensuring the safety of sea lanes and security on the world's oceans. RIMPAC 2014 is the 24th exercise in the series that began in 1971.  U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Tiarra Fulgham (Released)  140726-N-QG393-017
  • Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) Ray Mabus, right, receives a tour of the littoral combat ship USS Independence (LCS 2) from Cmdr. Joseph Gagliano, left, commanding officer of Independence. Mabus is in the region to meet with Sailors and Marines, and civilian and military officials, as part of a multi-nation visit to the U.S. Pacific and Africa Command areas of responsibility.  U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Armando Gonzales (Released)  140724-N-LV331-004
  • Air Force Gen. Terrence O'Shaughnessy, commander of U.S. Northern Command, conducts an aerial assessment of the Hurricane Florence-affected region in an MV-22 Osprey, assigned to the "Black Nights" of Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 264. VMM-264 is embarked aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) with elements of the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU). Under the direction of U.S. Northern Command, Kearsarge, the amphibious transport dock ship USS Arlington (LPD 24), and embarked elements of the 22nd MEU were deployed ahead of the hurricane and followed the storm in order to provide Defense Support of Civil Authorities.   U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Michael Eduardo Jorge (Released)  180919-N-SZ865-0131
  • Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy Russell Smith speaks at an all-hands call in the hangar bay aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70).  U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Dylan M. Kinee (Released)  180919-N-MT837-0077
  • Marines assigned to the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit exit the well deck of the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) in a combat rubber raiding craft during Theater Amphibious Combat Rehearsal (TACR) 18. Led by Naval Amphibious Force, Task Force 51/5th Marine Expeditionary Brigade, TACR integrates U.S. Navy and Marine Corps assets to practice and rehearse a range of critical combat-related capabilities available to U.S. Central Command, both afloat and ashore, to promote stability and security in the region. U.S. 5th Fleet and coalition assets are participating in numerous simultaneous exercises as part of the greater Theater Counter Mine and Maritime Security Exercise to ensure maritime stability and security in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility, 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 Sabyn L. Marrs (Released)  180912-N-AF263-0098
  • The Zumwalt-class destroyer USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000) transits the San Diego bay.  U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Z.A. Landers (Released)  180918-N-GD109-0001

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