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RED SEA: Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Handling) 2nd Class Christopher Settle, from Columbus, Indiana, directs an EA-18G Growler assigned to Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 133 toward a steam-powered catapult on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) in the Red Sea, April 18, 2019. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Skyler Okerman)

Your Navy Operating Forward – Red Sea, Baltic Sea, Philippine Sea

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.

U.S. Navy Conducts Ready for Operations Exercise in the Arabian Gulf

ARABIAN GULF (March 31, 2019) The Cyclone-class coastal patrol ships USS Thunderbolt (PC 12), USS Whirlwind (PC 11), and USS Chinook (PC 9) and the patrol boat USCGC Aquidneck (WPB 1309) participate in a Ready for Operations exercise in the Arabian gulf. The Thunderbolt, Whirlwind, Chinook and Aquidneck are forward-deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations to ensure maritime stability and security in the Central Region, connecting the Mediterranean and Pacific through the western Indian Ocean and three strategic choke points. (U.S. Army video by Spc. Dakota Young/Released) 190331 A WO440 1004

MEDITERRANEAN SEA: An F/A-18E Super Hornet, assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 151, launches from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) in the Mediterranean Sea, April 22, 2019. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Grant G. Grady)
PHILIPPINE SEA: A landing craft, air cushion (LCAC) prepares to enter the well deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Benjamin F. Davella III/Released)
ARABIAN GULF: Military public affairs and civilian news agencies dismount an MH-53E Sea Dragon helicopter aboard the Royal Fleet Auxiliary landing ship dock RFA Cardigan Bay (L3009) during Artemis Trident 19. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Sidney Weston/Released)
GULF OF ADEN: The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS McFaul (DDG 74) fires the Mark 38 25 mm machine gun system, April 19, 2019. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Will Hardy/Released)
RED SEA: Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Handling) 2nd Class Christopher Settle, from Columbus, Indiana, directs an EA-18G Growler assigned to Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 133 toward a steam-powered catapult on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) in the Red Sea, April 18, 2019. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Skyler Okerman)
MEDITERRANEAN SEA: The Abraham Lincoln and John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Groups conduct carrier strike force operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jeremiah Bartelt/Released)
PHILIPPINE SEA: Cryptologic Technician (Technical) 2nd Class George Guzman, from Frankston, Texas, offloads chaff rounds aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Sean Galbreath/Released)
ARABIAN GULF: An AV-8B Harrier lands on the flight deck aboard the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Nicholas R. Boris/Released)
BALTIC SEA: An MH-60R Sea Hawk helicopter from the Spartans of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM 70) approaches the flight deck of the guided-missile destroyer USS Gravely (DDG 107) during routine flight operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Mark Andrew Hays/Released)
MEDITERRANEAN SEA: An EA-18G Growler from the “Patriots” of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 140 lands on the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Amber Smalley/Released)
PHILIPPINE SEA: The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Preble (DDG 88) and the Royal Australian Navy Adelaide-class guided-missile frigate HMAS Melbourne (FFG 05) transit in formation during a cooperative deployment. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Bryan Niegel/Released)
SUEZ CANAL: The aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) transits the Suez Canal, April 20, 2019. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Grant G. Grady/Released)
ARABIAN GULF: Sailors assigned to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 26 lower a stretcher from a MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter during search and rescue training on the flight deck of the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kaitlyn E. Eads/Released)
PHILIPPINE SEA: The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Preble (DDG 88) and the Royal Australian Navy Adelaide-class guided-missile frigate HMAS Melbourne (FFG 05) transit in formation during a cooperative deployment. Preble and Melbourne are participating in a cooperative deployment in order to improve on maritime capabilities between partners. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Bryan Niegel/Released)
MEDITERANIAN SEA: An MH-60S Sea-Hawk helicopter from the “Nightdippers” of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 5 carries supplies from the fast combat support ship USNS Arctic (T-AOE 8) to the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) during a vertical replenishment-at-sea. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Garrett LaBarge/Released)
RED SEA: An E-2C Hawkeye assigned to Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 117 flies over the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) in the Red Sea, April 18, 2019. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Jarrod A. Schad/Released)
HONG KONG: The U.S. 7th Fleet flagship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) arrives for a port visit in Hong Kong. Blue Ridge is the oldest operational ship in the Navy and, as U.S. 7th Fleet command ship, is operating in support of security and stability in the Indo-Pacific Region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jim Ong/Released)

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