“Faces of the Fleet” takes a look at YOUR Navy operating forward. These images represent the greatest Sailors in the greatest Navy in the world leading from the deck plates, and completing missions around the globe. This is your fleet and these are your Sailors! Hooyah, Navy!!
Ensign Michael Cullen, left, and Electronics Technician 3rd Class Harry Vargas, right, assigned to the guided-missile destroyer USS Forrest Sherman (DDG 98), discuss their performance conducting a visit, board, search, and seizure exercise during flag officer sea training (FOST) with a member of the FOST assessment team. The ship is engaged in FOST, which assesses the ship's operational readiness for multiple battle situations.
Builder 2nd Class Sean E. Roberts, from Archbald, Pa., assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 11, removes formwork during a construction project in the Lashkar Gah district. NMCB-11 is constructing a compound for Marine advisor teams who will advise Afghan Uniformed Police and prepare them for the eventual draw down of U.S. and allied forces in Afghanistan.
Aviation Structural Mechanic 3rd Class Timothy Hennings, left, and Aviation Structural Mechanic Airman Barney Carter, right, lift a nose strut from an F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to the Bounty Hunters of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 2 in the hangar bay of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72). Abraham Lincoln is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions as part of Operation Enduring Freedom.
Aircrew Survival Equipmentman 3rd Class Patricia Bermudez repeats a message to her hose team while practicing basic damage control techniques in the hangar bay of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72). Abraham Lincoln is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions as part of Operation Enduring Freedom.
Sailors monitor console settings in the MK-45 5-inch/54 caliber lightweight gun aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Milius (DDG 69) as MILIUS conducts a practice gunnery exercise.
Airman Aaron Meriwether detaches a ramp from the forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2). Essex is the lead ship of the only forward-deployed amphibious ready group.
Aviation Electronics Technician Airman Nicholas Nodine updates a plotting board during a damage control drill aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3). Kearsarge is underway conducting Afloat Training Group 1.4 basic phase training.
Nurses assigned to U.S. Naval Hospital Guantanamo Bay participate in a practical exercise as part of the Trauma Nursing Core Course, held for the first time at Guantanamo Bay. The course is designed to help nurses use a systematic and standardized approach to the care of an injured patient.
The U.S. Navy Band performs before the start of the Chief Petty Officers' 119th birthday celebration and "Year of the Chief" kick-off at the Navy Memorial.