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An MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter assigned to the Black Knights of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 4 embarked aboard the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) passes by the littoral combat ship USS Independence (LCS 2).
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PACIFIC OCEAN (July 11, 2014) An MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter assigned to the Black Knights of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 4 embarked aboard the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) passes by the littoral combat ship USS Independence (LCS 2) during Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2014. Twenty-two nations, more than 40 ships and submarines, more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel are participating in RIMPAC exercise from June 26 to Aug. 1, in and around the Hawaiian Islands. 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 Seaman Jonathan Nelson)

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