US Navy on patrol in the Pacific

While many things in Washington DC are in a state of confusion, it is good to know that our US Navy is on patrol in the Pacific Ocean where the US and its allies have critical economic and political interests.

 

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PACIFIC OCEAN (May 16, 2017) An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the “Blue Blasters” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 34 prepares to make an arrested landing aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) western Pacific. The U.S. Navy has patrolled the Indo-Asia-Pacific routinely for more than 70 years promoting regional peace and security. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Matthew Granito/Released)

 

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PACIFIC OCEAN (May 12, 2017) An MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter from the Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 4 “Black Knights” prepares to land on the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) in the western Pacific Ocean.  (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Matthew Granito/Released)

 

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PACIFIC OCEAN (May 11, 2017) The aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) participates in a strait transit simulation. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Paul L. Archer/Released)

 

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PACIFIC OCEAN (May 11, 2017) Ships from the Theodore Roosevelt Carrier strike Group participate in a simulated strait transit. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Paul L. Archer/Released)

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PACIFIC OCEAN (May 16, 2017) Sailors conduct flight operations aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) in the western Pacific. The U.S. Navy has patrolled the Indo-Asia-Pacific routinely for more than 70 years promoting regional peace and security. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Rebecca Sunderland/Released)

 

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WATERS SOUTH OF JAPAN (May 18, 2017) Sailors assigned to the “Saberhawks” of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 77 inspect an MH-60R Sea Hawk helicopter on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76). The ship is the flagship of Carrier Strike Group 5, providing a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interests of its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jamal McNeill/Released)

 

Sterett-Dewey Surface Action Group DeploymentSOUTH CHINA SEA (May 15, 2017) Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson is welcomed aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Sterett (DDG 104) by Sterett’s commanding officer, Cmdr. Claudine Caluori, during Sterett’s anchorage off the coast of Singapore. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Byron C. Linder/Released)

 

 

 

Pic of the Day – Fast Rope Descent

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)

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Pic of the Day – Taking Off from the Flight Deck

PACIFIC OCEAN (July 9, 2010) An MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter takes off from the flight deck of the littoral combat ship USS Freedom (LCS 1) for a maritime security exercise during the at-sea phase of Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2010 exercises. RIMPAC is a biennial, multinational exercise designed to strengthen regional partnerships and improve multinational interoperability. (US Navy photo by Lt. Ed Early/Released)

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Pic of the Day – Offloading Aircraft Parts

SOUTH CHINA SEA (Aug. 10, 2011) An MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter assigned to the Wildcards of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 23 offloads aircraft parts from the Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS Rappahannock (T-AO 204) to the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) during a vertical replenishment at sea. Ronald Reagan is underway in the US 7th Fleet area of responsibility. (US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Anthony W. Johnson/Released)

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Pic of the Day – Italian Navy Shipboard Extraction

GULF OF LA SPEZIA (Mar. 13, 2012) The MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter, Ghostrider 53, assigned to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 28, Det. 1, conducts a shipboard extraction from the Italian navy training vessel Piave with members of the Italian navy Operational Raider Group. HSC-28, Det. 1, based out of Naples, Italy, is participating in bilateral training with the Italian naval special forces. (US Navy photo by Naval Air Crewman 2nd Class Brandon Dewey/Released)

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Pic of the Day – MH-60R Sea Hawk Wolf Pack

US 5TH FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY (March 1, 2013) Pilots of an MH-60R Sea Hawk assigned to the Wolf Pack of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 75 take off from the deck of the guided-missile destroyer USS Stockdale (DDG 106) as the ship transits the Strait of Hormuz. Stockdale is part of the Nimitz Carrier Strike Group and is currently operating in the US 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (USN photo by MCS 2nd Class David Hooper)

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Pic of the Day – Jump Qualification Process

ANACORTES, WA (Jan. 13, 2009) Search and rescue air crewmen assigned to Naval Air Station Whidbey Island are hoisted into an MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter as part of their jump qualification process at Campbell Lake. Seven crewmen earned their annual qualifications in jump status and direct deployment, as well as one becoming qualified in rescue basket operation. (US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Tucker M. Yates/Released)

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