200917-N-IO312-1241 PHILIPPINE SEA (Sept. 17, 2020) Sailors assigned to the forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) conduct flight operations with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 262 (Reinforced). America, lead ship of the America Expeditionary Strike Group, is operating in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility to enhance interoperability with allies and partners and serve as a ready response force to maintain security and stability in the Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Matthew Cavenaile)
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USS America (LHA 6) Conducts Flight Operations

200917-N-IO312-1241 PHILIPPINE SEA (Sept. 17, 2020) Sailors assigned to the forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) conduct flight operations with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 262 (Reinforced). America, lead ship of the America Expeditionary Strike Group, is operating in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility to enhance interoperability with allies and [Read More …]

200919-N-DL524-1191 PHILIPPINE SEA (Sept. 19, 2020) An F/A-18E Super Hornet, attached to the Eagles of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 115, launches from the flight deck of the Navy’s only forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) in support of Valiant Shield 2020. Valiant Shield is a U.S. only, biennial field training exercise (FTX) with a focus on integration of joint training in a blue-water environment among U.S. forces. This training enables real-world proficiency in sustaining joint forces through detecting, locating, tracking and engaging units at sea, in the air, on land and in cyberspace in response to a range of mission areas. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Erica Bechard)
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USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) Valiant Shield 2020 Flight Operations

200919-N-DL524-1191 PHILIPPINE SEA (Sept. 19, 2020) An F/A-18E Super Hornet, attached to the Eagles of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 115, launches from the flight deck of the Navy’s only forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) in support of Valiant Shield 2020. Valiant Shield is a U.S. only, biennial field training exercise (FTX) with a focus on integration of [Read More …]

200918-N-NH257-1037 STRAIT OF HORMUZ (Sept. 18, 2020) The aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) and the guided-missile cruiser USS Philippine Sea (CG 58) steam in formation during a Strait of Hormuz transit, Sept. 18. The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations in support of naval operations to ensure maritime stability and security in the Central Region, connecting the Mediterranean and the Pacific through the western Indian Ocean and three strategic choke points. With Nimitz as the flagship, deployed strike group assets include staffs, ships and aircraft of Carrier Strike Group 11, Destroyer Squadron 9, Princeton and Carrier Air Wing 17. Philippine Sea is assigned to Combined Task force 50, led by Nimitz Carrier Strike Group. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Elliot Schaudt)
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USS Nimitz with Accompanying Carrier Strike Group Ships Enter Arabian Gulf

200918-N-NH257-1037 STRAIT OF HORMUZ (Sept. 18, 2020) The aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) and the guided-missile cruiser USS Philippine Sea (CG 58) steam in formation during a Strait of Hormuz transit, Sept. 18. The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations in support of naval operations to ensure maritime stability and security [Read More …]

PACIFIC OCEAN (Sept. 19, 2020) -- Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Antietam (CG 54) launches a Harpoon surface-to-surface missile as part of a joint force sinking exercise (SINKEX) targeting the decommissioned frigate USS Curts (FFG 38) during Valiant Shield 2020. Valiant Shield is a U.S. only, biennial field training exercise (FTX) with a focus on integration of joint training in a blue-water environment among U.S. forces. This training enables real-world proficiency in sustaining joint forces through detecting, locating, tracking and engaging units at sea, in the air, on land and in cyberspace in response to a range of mission areas. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class James Hong)
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USS Antietam launches Harpoon missile during SINKEX

PACIFIC OCEAN (Sept. 19, 2020) — Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Antietam (CG 54) launches a Harpoon surface-to-surface missile as part of a joint force sinking exercise (SINKEX) targeting the decommissioned frigate USS Curts (FFG 38) during Valiant Shield 2020. Valiant Shield is a U.S. only, biennial field training exercise (FTX) with a focus on integration of joint training in a [Read More …]

200915-N-NH431-2002 PACIFIC OCEAN (Sept. 15, 2020) An F-35C Lightning II from the “Argonauts” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 147 takes off from the flight deck of Nimitz-class nuclear aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). Vinson is currently underway with Carrier Air Wing Two, fully integrating and operating together for the first time since the addition of the F-35C Lightning II. Vinson is completing flight deck certification and carrier air traffic control center certification. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Katlyn E. Huska/Released)
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USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) Completes Qualifications and Certifications

200915-N-NH431-2002 PACIFIC OCEAN (Sept. 15, 2020) An F-35C Lightning II from the “Argonauts” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 147 takes off from the flight deck of Nimitz-class nuclear aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). Vinson is currently underway with Carrier Air Wing Two, fully integrating and operating together for the first time since the addition of the F-35C Lightning [Read More …]

200912-N-OX029-1121 ATLANTIC OCEAN (Sept. 12, 2020) Seaman Recruit Mario Noda mans the forward lookout watch while an MH-60R Seahawk Helicopter attached to the “Proud Warriors” of Helicopter Maritime Squadron (HSM) 72 takes off from the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1). Wasp is currently underway conducting anti-submarine warfare (ASW) training in support of Exercise Black Widow. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Benjmain F. Davella III)
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USS Wasp (LHD 1) Participates in Exercise Black Widow 2020

200912-N-OX029-1121 ATLANTIC OCEAN (Sept. 12, 2020) Seaman Recruit Mario Noda mans the forward lookout watch while an MH-60R Seahawk Helicopter attached to the “Proud Warriors” of Helicopter Maritime Squadron (HSM) 72 takes off from the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1). Wasp is currently underway conducting anti-submarine warfare (ASW) training in support of Exercise Black [Read More …]

PHILIPPINE SEA (Sept. 14, 2020) An MH-60S Seahawk helicopter from the “Archangels” of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 25, Detachment 6 participates in a replenishment-at-sea between the amphibious dock landing ship USS Germantown (LSD 42) and the dry cargo/ammunition ship USNS Washington Chambers (T-AKE 11). Germantown, part of the America Amphibious Ready Group assigned to Amphibious Squadron 11, along with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, is operating in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility to enhance interoperability with allies and partners, and serve as a ready response force to defend peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Taylor DiMartino)
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USS Germantown (LSD 42) and USS America (LHA 6) Conduct a RAS with USNS Washington Chambers (T-AKE 11)

PHILIPPINE SEA (Sept. 14, 2020) An MH-60S Seahawk helicopter from the “Archangels” of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 25, Detachment 6 participates in a replenishment-at-sea between the amphibious dock landing ship USS Germantown (LSD 42) and the dry cargo/ammunition ship USNS Washington Chambers (T-AKE 11). Germantown, part of the America Amphibious Ready Group assigned to Amphibious Squadron 11, along with [Read More …]

PHILIPPINE SEA (Sept. 13, 2020) Logistics Specialist 2nd Class Alex Hernandez, from Garland, Texas, shoots a .50-caliber machine gun on the fo’c’sle during a live-fire exercise aboard the amphibious dock landing ship USS Germantown (LSD 42). Germantown, part of the America Amphibious Ready Group assigned to Amphibious Squadron 11, along with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, is operating in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility to enhance interoperability with allies and partners, and serve as a ready response force to defend peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Taylor DiMartino)
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Sailors Participate in a .50-Caliber Live-Fire Exercise Aboard USS Germantown (LSD 42)

PHILIPPINE SEA (Sept. 13, 2020) Logistics Specialist 2nd Class Alex Hernandez, from Garland, Texas, shoots a .50-caliber machine gun on the fo’c’sle during a live-fire exercise aboard the amphibious dock landing ship USS Germantown (LSD 42). Germantown, part of the America Amphibious Ready Group assigned to Amphibious Squadron 11, along with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, is operating in the [Read More …]

PHILIPPINE SEA (Sept. 13, 2020) Boatswain’s Mate Seaman Jack Erickson, from Lowell, Mass., top, signals an MV-22B Osprey tiltrotor aircraft with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron Reinforced (VMM) 262 as it prepares to land on the flight deck of the amphibious dock landing ship USS Germantown (LSD 42). Germantown, part of the America Amphibious Ready Group assigned to Amphibious Squadron 11, along with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, is operating in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility to enhance interoperability with allies and partners, and serve as a ready response force to defend peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Taylor DiMartino)
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An MV-22B Osprey with VMM 262 Conducts Flight Operations Aboard USS Germantown (LSD 42)

PHILIPPINE SEA (Sept. 13, 2020) Boatswain’s Mate Seaman Jack Erickson, from Lowell, Mass., top, signals an MV-22B Osprey tiltrotor aircraft with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron Reinforced (VMM) 262 as it prepares to land on the flight deck of the amphibious dock landing ship USS Germantown (LSD 42). Germantown, part of the America Amphibious Ready Group assigned to Amphibious Squadron 11, [Read More …]