YOUR Navy Operating Forward – 5th Fleet, Atlantic Ocean, South China 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 deployed U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility, 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.

Boatswain’s Mate 3rd Class Michael Matthews, assigned to the Whidbey Island-class amphibious dock landing ship USS Germantown (LSD 42), climbs a caving ladder from a rigid-hull inflatable boat to the Whidbey Island-class amphibious dock landing ship USS Tortuga (LSD 46) during a visit, board, search and seizure exercise. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Gregory A. Harden II/Released)

Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Fuels) Airman Gavin Snyder, left, and Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Fuels) 1st Class Mark Davidson pull a fuel hose across the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Brian Read Castillo/Released)

The Nimitz Strike Group Surface Action Group (SAG) sails in formation as they transit the Western Pacific Ocean Jan. 31. The Nimitz SAG is currently operating in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class David Hooper/Released)

Sailors prepare to launch an F/A-18F Super Hornet, assigned to the €Swordsmen€ of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 32, during flight operations on the flight deck of aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Lorenzo J. Burleson/Released)

Sailors aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS William P. Lawrence (DDG 110) prepare to man the rails as Lawrence pulls alongside USNS Rainier (T-AOE 7). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Carla Ocampo/Released)

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