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  • A rigid-hull inflatable boats prepares to enter the littoral combat ship USS Freedom (LCS 1) during visit, board, search and seizure (VBSS) training off the coast of Southern California. The training marked the first time a littoral combat ship, an MQ-8B Fire Scout unmanned helicopter and an SH-60R Sea Hawk helicopter conducted integrated VBSS training.  U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Tim D. Godbee (Released)  140511-N-SK590-544
  • An MQ-8B Fire Scout unmanned helicopter assigned to Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 35 prepares to land on the littoral combat ship USS Freedom (LCS 1) during visit, board, search and seizure (VBSS) training off the coast of Southern California. The training marked the first time a littoral combat ship, an MQ-8B Fire Scout unmanned helicopter and an SH-60R Sea Hawk helicopter conducted integrated VBSS training.  U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Tim D. Godbee (Released)  140511-N-SK590-723
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Aviation Electrician's Mate 3rd Class Dakota Flint, assigned to Helicopter Maritime Squadron (HSM) 35 embarked aboard the littoral combat ship USS Fort Worth (LCS 3), performs a pre-flight check on an MQ-8B Fire Scout unmanned helicopter aboard the littoral combat ship USS Freedom (LCS 1) during an Independent Deployer Certification Exercise (IDCERTEX). IDCERTEX, led by Commander, U.S. 3rd Fleet (C3F) and executed by Commander, Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 15, is being conducted Feb. 9-20 off the Coast of Southern California and Hawaii. The exercise includes Crew 102, embarked aboard Freedom, the guided-missile destroyers USS Lake Champlain (CG 57), USS Chosin (CG 65) and the guided-missile destroyers USS Preble (DDG 88) and USS Chafee (DDG 90). IDCERTEX will serve as CSG 15's final opportunity to evaluate and certify Preble, Chafee and Crew 102 across multiple warfare areas prior to regularly scheduled deployments.  U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Katarzyna Kobiljak (Released)  150215-N-YW024-124
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The littoral combat ship USS Freedom (LCS 1) is underway participating in an Independent Deployer Certification Exercise (IDCERTEX) Feb. 15. IDCERTEX, led by Commander, U.S. 3rd Fleet (C3F) and executed by Commander, Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 15, is being conducted Feb. 9-20 off the Coast of Southern California and Hawaii. The exercise includes Crew 102, embarked aboard Freedom, the guided-missile destroyers USS Lake Champlain (CG 57), USS Chosin (CG 65) and the guided-missile destroyers USS Preble (DDG 88) and USS Chafee (DDG 90). IDCERTEX will serve as CSG 15's final opportunity to evaluate and certify Preble, Chafee and Crew 102 across multiple warfare areas prior to regularly scheduled deployments.  U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Katarzyna Kobiljak (Released)  150215-N-YW024-102
  • Logistics Specialist 1st Class Amber Wilson reacts to being selected as the 2016 CNO Shore Sailor of the Year after Vice Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Bill Moran makes the announcement during a ceremony at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. Wilson will return later in the year to be meritoriously advanced to chief petty officer.  U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Taylor N. Stinson (Released)  170420-N-TP976-134
  • A U.S. Marine with Battalion Landing Team, 1st Battalion, 4th Marines, 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (11th MEU), introduces Papua New Guinea Defense Force (PNGDF) service members to the AAV-P7 Amphibious Assault Vehicle during a tour aboard the amphibious dock landing ship USS Comstock (LSD 45) as part of a theater security cooperation (TSC) engagement. Over the course of the TSC, the 11th MEU and PGNDF conducted bilateral training, which consisted of entry control and vehicle check point procedures, escalation of force tactics, personnel searches, urban patrolling, VIP escorts, field communications, and weapons maintenance.  U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Devan K. Gowans (Released)  170418-M-GM943-024
  • An EA-18G Growler assigned to the Cougars of Electronic Attack Strike Squadron (VAQ) 139 launches off the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71). Theodore Roosevelt is underway conducting a tailored ship's training availability off the coast of California.  U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Spencer Roberts (Released)  170419-N-MJ135-057
  • Lt. j.g. Gerardo Arbulu, left, and Chief Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Equipment) Ronald Mosley reference a damage control handbook during a general quarters drill aboard the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). Dwight D. Eisenhower is pierside during the sustainment phase of the Optimized Fleet Response Plan (OFRP).  U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Robert J. Baldock (Released)  170420-N-TV337-019

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