YOUR Navy Operating Forward: Arabian Gulf, South China Sea, Japan

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.

A team of Joint Special Operation Task Force-Gulf Cooperation Council Operators group exit from a MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter assigned to the Desert Hawks of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 26, to conduct daytime military free fall sustainment qualifications at the Bahrain Defense Force Taylor drop zone. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Derek R. Sanchez/Released)

Sailors assigned to Riverine Squadron (RIVRON) 2 conduct patrol operations in the Arabian Gulf. RIVRON-2 is deployed with Commander, Task Group (CTG) 56.7, which provides maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jamar Perry/Released)

The multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7), in the distance, conducts a replenishment-at-sea with the Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS Laramie (T-AO 203). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Ian Carver/Released)

The Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Cowpens (CG 63) is lit by a full moon while the ship is underway at night. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Paul Kelly/Released)

Hull Maintenance Technician Fireman Elizabeth Nolan grinds the deck in the ship’s store aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG 54).  (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Amanda S. Kitchner/Released)

Sailors push an F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Rampagers of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 83 in preparation for flight operations aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Ryan D. McLearnon/Released)