140511-N-SK590-013PACIFIC OCEAN (May 12, 2014) The littoral combat ship USS Freedom (LCS 1) conducts visit, board, search and seizure (VBSS) training off the coast of Southern California. The training marked the first time a littoral combat ship, an MQ-8B Fire Scout unmanned helicopter and an SH-60R Sea Hawk helicopter conducted integrated VBSS training. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Tim D. Godbee/Released)

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