Your Navy TODAY – Arabian Sea, Mediterranean Sea, Oceana

On any given day, in your Navy, our team of more than 600,000 professional Sailors and Civilians are working together around the globe to perform our mission: deter aggression and, if deterrence fails, win our Nation’s wars. It is not possible to share every aspect of this global team but, through this blog, we offer you a glimpse of what these men and women do.

Sailors assigned visit, board, search and seizure (VBSS) team aboard the amphibious transport dock landing ship USS Green Bay’s (LPD 20) return to the ship after conducting VBSS proficiency training. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Shawnte Bryan/Released)

Sailors assigned to the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) man the rails as the ship approaches Naval Station Norfolk. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kevin J. Steinberg/Released)

Sonar Technician (Surface) 2nd Class Eric Algarin, from Oak Lawn, Ill., throws round turns in a mooring line as the guided-missile cruiser USS Mobile Bay (CG 53) moors. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Armando Gonzales/Released)

USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) returns to Naval Station Norfolk Dec. 20 following a regularly scheduled deployment to the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility. The homecoming marks the end of the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group’s (IWOARG) deployment, where its ships supported Operation Enduring Freedom, Exercises African Lion, Eager Lion and International Mine Countermeasure Exercise 2012, and conducted Maritime Security Operations (MSO) and theater security cooperation efforts in the Mediterranean and Arabian Seas. Iwo Jima ARG’s deployment marked the maiden deployment of USS New York – a ship made from 7 1/2 tons of steel salvaged from the World Trade Center.”[U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Julie Matyascik/Released].

USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) returns to Naval Station Norfolk Dec. 20 following a regularly scheduled deployment to the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility. The homecoming marks the end of the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group’€™s (IWOARG) deployment, where its ships supported Operation Enduring Freedom, Exercises African Lion, Eager Lion and International Mine Countermeasure Exercise 2012, and conducted Maritime Security Operations (MSO) and theater security cooperation efforts in the Mediterranean and Arabian Seas. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Julie Matyascik/Released).

The Military Sealift Command dry cargo and ammunition ship USNS Washington Chambers (T-AKE 11) prepares to refuel the amphibious dock landing ship USS Rushmore (LSD 47) during a replenishment-at-sea.  (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Shawnte Bryan/Released)

Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 83, part of Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 7, returns to Naval Air Station Oceana after a six-month deployment to the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility supporting Operation Enduring Freedom, maritime security operations and theater of security cooperation efforts. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Antonio P. Turretto Ramos/Released)

The amphibious transport dock ship USS New York (LPD 21) returns to Naval Station Norfolk after a nine-month deployment to the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Julie Matyascik/Released)