PACIFIC OCEAN (July 9, 2010) Coast Guardsmen embarked aboard the littoral combat ship USS Freedom (LCS 1) conduct a fast-rope descent from an MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter onto the flight deck of the Republic of Singapore Navy stealth multi-mission frigate RSS Supreme (73) during a maritime security exercise. Freedom and Supreme are participating in Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2010 exercise, a biennial, multinational exercise designed to strengthen regional partnerships and improve multinational interoperability. (US Navy photo by Lt. Ed Early/Released)

[Image courtesy of the US Navy Website.]