YOUR Navy Operating Forward – Gulf of Thailand, Singapore, Pacific Ocean

Right now your Navy is 100 percent 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.

An MH-60R Sea Hawk from the Raptors of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 71 launches flares alongside the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74), Feb. 15. John C. Stennis is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions for Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kenneth Abbate/Released)

An MH-60R Sea Hawk from the Raptors of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 71 launches flares alongside the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74), Feb. 15. John C. Stennis is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions for Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kenneth Abbate/Released)

Gunners Mate 3rd Class Matthew Teixeira stands on a pile of shell casings during weapons familiarization training on the fantail of the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70), Feb. 15. Carl Vinson is underway conducting Precision Approach Landing System (PALS) and flight deck certifications. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Jacob G. Kaucher/Released)

Gunners Mate 3rd Class Matthew Teixeira stands on a pile of shell casings during weapons familiarization training on the fantail of the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70), Feb. 15. Carl Vinson is underway conducting Precision Approach Landing System (PALS) and flight deck certifications. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Jacob G. Kaucher/Released)

An F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the Pukin Dogs of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 143 lands aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) to perform a touch-and-go, Feb. 22. Dwight D. Eisenhower departed Naval Station Norfolk on a scheduled deployment in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class  Ryan D. McLearnon/Released)

An F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the Pukin Dogs of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 143 lands aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) to perform a touch-and-go, Feb. 22. Dwight D. Eisenhower departed Naval Station Norfolk on a scheduled deployment in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Ryan D. McLearnon/Released)

The aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) transits the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility, Feb. 19. John C. Stennis is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions for Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kenneth Abbate/Released)

The aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) transits the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility, Feb. 19. John C. Stennis is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions for Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kenneth Abbate/Released)

Naval Aircrewman (Helicopter) 3rd Class William Bennett, left, and Naval Aircrewman (Helicopter) 2nd Class Adam Polkowski perform a search and rescue drill aboard an MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter assigned to the Island Knights of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 25, Feb. 15. The Island Knights are embarked with the forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6).

Naval Aircrewman (Helicopter) 3rd Class William Bennett, left, and Naval Aircrewman (Helicopter) 2nd Class Adam Polkowski perform a search and rescue drill aboard an MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter assigned to the Island Knights of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 25, Feb. 15. The Island Knights are embarked with the forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6).

The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Stockdale (DDG 106) prepares to moor in Singapore, Feb. 15. Stockdale is part of the Nimitz Carrier Strike Group and 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)

The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Stockdale (DDG 106) prepares to moor in Singapore, Feb. 15. Stockdale is part of the Nimitz Carrier Strike Group and 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)