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ARABIAN GULF: Aviation Boatswains’ Mate (Handling) 2nd Class Onyx Ashe directs a UH-60M Black Hawk assigned to the Kansas Army National Guard 1st Battalion, 108th Aviation Regiment, aboard the expeditionary sea base USS Lewis B. Puller (ESB 3). (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Aviation Ordnanceman William Buckner/Released)

Your Navy Operating Forward – South China Sea, North Channel, Sea of Hebrides

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.

USS Florida (SSGN 728) mooring pierside at Souda Bay, Greece

Time Lapse video of the Ohio-class guided-missile submarine USS Florida (SSGN 728) mooring pierside at Marathi NATO Pier Complex in Souda Bay, Greece, March 14, 2019. Ohio-class guided-missile submarines (SSGN) provide the Navy with unprecedented strike and special operation mission capabilities from a stealthy, clandestine platform. Armed with tactical missiles and equipped with superior communications capabilities, SSGNs are capable of directly supporting Combatant Commander’s strike and Special Operation Forces (SOF) requirements.

ARABIAN GULF: Sailors prepare to launch an F/A-18E Super Hornet, assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 97, from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) in the Arabian Gulf, April 1, 2019. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Jeffery L. Southerland/Released)
SOUDA BAY, Greece: The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Gonzalez (DDG 66) approaches Souda Bay, Greece, April 1, 2019. (U.S. Navy photo by Joel Diller/Released)
ARABIAN GULF: An MH-60R Sea Hawk helicopter assigned to Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 71 approaches the flight deck of the guided-missile destroyer USS Spruance (DDG 111) for recovery while transiting the Strait of Hormuz in formation with the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74), middle, the dry cargo and ammunition ship USNS Charles Drew (T-AKE 10) and the guided-missile cruiser USS Mobile Bay (CG 53), March 23, 2019. T(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Ryan D. McLearnon/Released)
YOKOSUKA, Japan: The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Stethem (DDG 63) is moored at Fleet Activities (FLEACT) Yokosuka, April 4, 2019. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Tyler R. Fraser/Released)
ARABIAN GULF: An EA-18G Growler, assigned to Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 133, taxies on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) in the Arabian Gulf. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Grant G. Grady)
SOUTH CHINA SEA: The amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1), center, maneuvers alongside the Philippine navy landing platform dock ship BRP Tarlac (LD 601) and offshore patrol vessel BRP Ramon Alcaraz (PS 16) in support of Exercise Balikatan 2019 in the South China Sea, April 5, 2019. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Daniel Barker/Released)
NORTH CHANNEL: A close-in weapon system is fired aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Porter (DDG 78) in support of Joint Warrior 19-1 in the North Channel, April 1, 2019. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class James R. Turner/Released)
ARABIAN GULF: Aviation Boatswains’ Mate (Handling) 2nd Class Onyx Ashe directs a UH-60M Black Hawk assigned to the Kansas Army National Guard 1st Battalion, 108th Aviation Regiment, aboard the expeditionary sea base USS Lewis B. Puller (ESB 3). (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Aviation Ordnanceman William Buckner/Released)
SOUTH CHINA SEA: The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Preble (DDG 88) makes its approach alongside the Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS Guadalupe (T-AO 200) during a replenishment-at-sea. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Bryan Niegel/Released)
MANAMA, Bahrain: Seaman Lacey Walker shifts colors as the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS McFaul (DDG 74) arrives in Manama, Bahrain, March 30, 2019. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Will Hardy/Released)
MEDITERRANEAN SEA: Sailors practice attaching pallets to a UH-1Y Huey helicopter assigned to the “Black Knights” of Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 264 (Reinforced) aboard the San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship USS Arlington (LPD 24), April 1, 2019. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Brandon Parker/Released)
ARABIAN GULF: An aircraft launches from the flight deck of the Aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) while conducting flight operations in the Arabian Gulf. T(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Ryan D. McLearnon/Released)
NORTH CHANNEL: Sailors assigned to the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Porter (DDG 78) use a rigid-hull inflatable boat to do a passenger transfer with the Royal Netherlands Navy Karel Doorman-class multi-purpose frigate HNLMS Van Speijk (F 828) in the North Channel during Joint Warrior 19-1, April 2, 2019. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class James R. Turner/Released)
ARABIAN GULF: Soldiers assigned to the Kansas Army National Guard 1st Battalion, 108th Aviation Regiment, perform deck landing qualifications aboard the expeditionary sea base USS Lewis B. Puller (ESB 3). (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Aviation Ordnanceman William Buckner/Released)
SEA OF HEBRIDES: The guided-missile destroyer USS Gravely (DDG 107) fires a training chaff round during an air defense exercise while participating in Joint Warrior 19-1. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Mark Andrew Hays/Released)

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