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Your Navy Operating Forward – Mediterranean Sea, Philippine Sea, Gulf of Aden

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 off the coast of Spain or forward deployed to the Arabian Gulf, 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.

PHILIPPINE SEA: Aviation Boatswain’s Mates (Equipment) 3rd Class Jordan Barrett, left, from South Bend, Indiana, and Hailey Barela, from Rio Rancho, New Mexico, clear the launching area as an EA-18G Growler assigned to Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 141 prepares to launch from the flight deck of the Navy’s forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) during Valiant Shield 2018. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kenneth Abbate/Released)
MEDITERRANEAN SEA: Sailors maneuver a rigid-hull inflatable boat alongside the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Carney (DDG 64) while participating in visit, board, search and seizure (VBSS) training during Exercise Bright Star 2018. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Ryan U. Kledzik/Released)
GULF OF ADEN: Landing craft air cushion 82, assigned to Assault Craft Unit 5, exits the well deck of the San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship USS Anchorage (LPD 23) while participating in Theatre Amphibious Combat Rehearsal (TACR) 18. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Ryan M. Breeden/Released)
PHILIPPINE SEA: The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Shoup (DDG 86) steams in formation with the Ronald Reagan Strike Group during a photo exercise for Valiant Shield 2018. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class William Collins III/Released)
U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF OPERATIONS: The guided-missile destroyer USS Jason Dunham (DDG 109) fires its Mark 45 5-inch gun as part of a live-fire demonstration for visiting Brig. Gen. Matthew Trollinger, commander of Task Force 51/5th Marine Expeditionary Brigade, during a shipboard visit to discuss Navy and Marine Corps interoperability. (U.S. Navy photo by Senior Chief Petty Officer Matt Bodenner/Released)
PHILIPPINE SEA: The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) transits the Philippine Sea during Valiant Shield 2018. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Elesia Patten/Released)
GUAM: Sailors attached to Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit (EODMU) 5 fast-rope from an MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter assigned to the Island Knights of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 25 to the flight deck of the aviation logistics support container ship SS Curtiss (T-AVB 4) during a visit, board, search and seizure training exercise off the coast of Guam, Sept. 18, 2018, as part of Valiant Shield 2018. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Billy Ho/Released)
MEDITERRANEAN SEA: Gunner’s Mate 2nd Class Douglas Bonnett fires an air slug from a torpedo tube aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Bulkeley (DDG 84), Sept. 19, 2018. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Sara Eshleman/Released)
ARABIAN GULF: A MK-60 Griffin surface-to-surface missile is launched from coastal patrol ship USS Thunderbolt (PC 12). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kevin J. Steinberg/Released)
GULF OF ADEN: Chief Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Handling) Araseli Morales directs an F-35B Lightning II, attached to the “Avengers” of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 211, on the flight deck of the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) during Theater Amphibious Combat Rehearsal (TACR) 18. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jenna Dobson/Released)
PHILIPPINE SEA: The Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruisers USS Antietam (CG 54), front, and USS Chancellorsville (CG 62) and the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Benfold (DDG 65) are underway during a photo exercise for Valiant Shield 2018. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Markus Castaneda/Released)

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