YOUR Navy Operating Forward – North Arabian Sea, South China Sea, Arabian Gulf

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 California or forward deployed to the North Arabian 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.

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Protecting and defending America on the world’s oceans. An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Death Rattlers of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 323 lands on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) in the North Arabian Sea.

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Deployed around the world. Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Handling) 1st Class Andrew Jilcott signals to the pilot of an E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the Wallbangers of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 117 in preparation for launch on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) in the North Arabian Sea.

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The guided-missile cruiser USS Monterey (CG 61) fires its 5-inch gun during a live-fire exercise in the Arabian Gulf.

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Flexible force. A landing craft air cushion (LCAC) piloted by Sailors assigned to Naval Beach Unit (NBU) 7 approaches the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) while conducting an amphibious landing training exercise in support of exercise Talisman Saber 2013 in the Coral Sea.

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Delivering necessary goods to our deployed Sailors. A C-2A Greyhound assigned to the Rawhides of Fleet Logistics Support Squadron (VRC) 40 lands on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) in the Atlantic Ocean.

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Serving daily without missing a beat. The guided-missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) is replenished with 165,000 gallons of fuel and pallets of cargo using connected replenishments from the Military Sealift Command Lewis and Clark-class dry cargo and ammunition ship USNS Washington Chambers (T-AKE 11) during Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Singapore 2013 in the South China Sea.

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