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)

 

 

 

Passing Through a Sandstorm

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ARABIAN SEA (March 19, 2012) The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) passes through a sand storm. Carl Vinson and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 17 are deployed to the US 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Benjamin Stevens/Released)

[Image courtesy of the US Navy Website.]

Pic of the Day – Standing Watch on the Flight Deck

HONG KONG (December 27, 2011) Master-at-Arms 2nd Class Shannon Schwartz and Master-at-Arms 3rd Class Vincent Rock stand watch on the flight deck as the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) arrives in Hong Kong. The Carl Vinson Strike Group is in Hong Kong for a port visit. (US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class James R. Evans/Released)

[Image courtesy of the US Navy Website Website.]

Pic of the Day – Launching from the Flight Deck

ARABIAN SEA (Jan. 18, 2012) Flight deck personnel launch an F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 22 from the flight deck aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). Carl Vinson and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 17 are deployed to the US 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class James R. Evans/Released)

[Image courtesy of the US Navy Pacific Fleet Flickr Stream.]

Pic of the Day – Replenishment at Sea

PACIFIC OCEAN (Jan. 2, 2012) The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Chafee (DDG 90) and the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Bunker Hill (CG 52) maneuver behind the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) during a replenishment at sea with the Military Sealift Command fast combat support ship USNS Bridge (T-AOE 10). Carl Vinson and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 17 are deployed to western Pacific region. (US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class James R. Evans/Released)

[Image courtesy of the US Navy Pacific Fleet Flickr Stream.]

Pic of the Day – Guiding the Pilots for Cargo Retrieval

ARABIAN GULF (March 6, 2012) Naval Air Crewman 2nd Class Cory Merritt, assigned to Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron (HS) 15, guides the pilots of an HH-60H Sea Hawk helicopter as they retrieve cargo from the deck of the fast combat support ship USNS Bridge (T-AOE 10) during a replenishment at sea with Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). Carl Vinson and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 17 are deployed to the US 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class James R. Evans/Released)

[Image courtesy of the US Navy Website.]

Pic of the Day – Touch-and-Go Landing

PACIFIC OCEAN (May 4, 2013) An F/A-18C Hornet from the Mighty Shrikes of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 94 performs a touch-and-go landing on the flight deck aboard the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). Carl Vinson and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 17 are underway off the coast of southern California conducting flight operations. (US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Timothy Hazel/ Released)

[Image courtesy of the US Navy Website.]