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  • An F/A-18 Super Hornet assigned to Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 1 launches from the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) in the North Atlantic, Sept. 18, 2018. The Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group is deployed to the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations, demonstrating commitment to regional allies and partners, combat power, and the flexibility of U.S. naval forces to operate wherever and whenever the nation requires.  U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Thomas Gooley (Released)  180918-N-EA818-0374
  • A Tomahawk cruise missile launches from the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Shoup (DDG 86) during a live-fire exercise as part of Valiant Shield 2018 in the Pacific Ocean, Sept. 18, 2018. Valiant Shield is a U.S. only, biennial field training exercise (FTX) with a focus on integration of joint training in a blue-water environment among U.S. forces. This training enable real-world proficiency in sustaining joint forces through detecting, locating, tracking, and engaging units at sea, in the air, on land, and in cyberspace in response to a range of mission areas.  U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class William Collins III (Released)  180918-N-VG727-1096
  • Aviation Boatswain's Mate 1st Class Landon Jamison launches an F-35B Lightning II attached to the Avengers of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 211 from the flight deck of the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) during a scheduled deployment of the Essex Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU). The Essex ARG/13th MEU is the first U.S. Navy/Marine Corps team to deploy tot eh U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations with the transformational warfighting capabilities of the F-35B Lightning II, making it a more lethal, flexible and persistent force, leading to a more stable region for our partner nations.  U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Sabyn L. Marrs (Released)  180916-N-AF263-0402
  • A MK-60 Griffin surface-to-surface missile is launched from coastal patrol ship USS Thunderbolt (PC 12). Ships attached to U.S. 5th Fleet's Task Force 55 are conducting missile and naval gun exercises against high speed maneuvering targets to advance their ability to defend minesweepers and other coastal patrol ships. U.S. 5th Fleet and coalition assets are participating in numerous 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 2nd Class Kevin J. Steinberg (Released)  180916-N-TB177-1275


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