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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-18E Super Hornet attached to the Fist of the Fleet of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 25 makes an arrested landing on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72). The Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group 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. With Abraham Lincoln as the flagship, deployed strike group assets include staffs, ships and aircraft of Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 12, Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 2, the guided-missile cruiser USS Leyte Gulf (CG 55) and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 7.  U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Tristan Kyle Labuguen (Released)  190918-N-PW030-2069
  • Sailors take the Navywide E4 advancement exam on the mess decks aboard the Navy's forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76). Ronald Reagan, the flagship of Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 5, provides a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interests of its allies and partners in the Indo-Pacific region.  U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Tyra M. Campbell (Released)  190919-N-PL543-1059
  • Sailors assigned to Naval Operations Support Center, Wichita, render military funeral honors for Seaman 2nd Class Wilbur Clayton Barrett during a funeral, Sept. 14, 2019, in his hometown of El Dorado, Kansas. Barrett was killed aboard the battleship USS Oklahoma (BB-37) during the Dec. 7, 1941 Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. In 2015, the Navy exhumed the unidentified remains of 380 Sailors and Marines lost aboard the Oklahoma, to identify them using DNA analysis so they could be returned to their families.  U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Justin R. Pacheco (Released)  190914-N-NU281-1135
  • A student with Field Medical Training Battalion-West (FMTB) assists a simulated casualty during the Field Medical Service Technician Course final exercise at the FMTB training site on Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, Sept. 19, 2019. The final exercise is the last task the sailors must complete before earning the title of Fleet Marine Force corpsman. The staff and instructors at FMTB-West are responsible for training the corpsman and officers who provide medical support to Marine Corps units.  U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Drake Nickels (Released)  190919-M-BH464-1162

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