Arabian Gulf (May 20, 2006) – In an early morning rendezvous, Military Sealift Command (MSC) fast combat support ship USNS Rainier (T-AOE 7), center, is met by the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) and the Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS McCampbell (DDG 85) for a fueling at sea (FAS) evolution. All three ships are part of the Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group, which is currently deployed as part of a routine rotation of US maritime forces in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom, as well as conducting Maritime Security Operations (MSO) in the region. MSO set the conditions for security and stability in the maritime environment as well as complement the counter-terrorism and security efforts in regional nations. (US Navy photo by Photographer’s Mate 3rd Class Aaron Burden/RELEASED)

[Image courtesy of the US Navy Website.]