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An SH-60F Sea Hawk helicopter from the Nightdippers of Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron (HS) 5 flies the national ensign alongside the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Julia A. Casper/Released)

YOUR Navy Operating Forward – Arabian Sea, Ionian Sea, Mediterranean Sea

Right now your Navy is 100% on watch around the globe helping to preserve the American way of life.  Whether it be operating and training in the waters off the coast of Virginia or forward deployed to the South China Sea, the flexibility and presence provided by our U.S. naval forces provides national leaders with great options for protecting and maintaining our national security and interests around the world.   The imagery below highlights the Navy’s ability to provide those options by operating forward.

The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Paul Hamilton (DDG 60) launches a Standard Missile (SM 2) during a missile exercise as part of Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2012. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Raul Moreno Jr./Released)
An F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to the Bounty Hunters of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 2 launches from the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Brenton G. Poyser/Released)
The guided-missile cruiser USS Hue City (CG 66), the Italian destroyer MM Luigi Durand De La Penne (D 560) and the guided-missile destroyer USS Farragut (DDG 99) conduct a photo exercise as part of a passing exercise meant to increase interoperability between U.S. and Italian navies. (U.S. Navy photo by Naval Aircrewman 2nd Class Brandon Newman/Released)
An SH-60F Sea Hawk helicopter from the Nightdippers of Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron (HS) 5 flies the national ensign alongside the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Julia A. Casper/Released)
The Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) sits off the coast of the Philippines during Pacific Partnership 2012. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Michael Feddersen/Released)

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