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  • The littoral combat ship USS Independence (LCS 2) transits during Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2014. Twenty-two nations, 49 ships, six submarines, more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel are participating in RIMPAC from June 26 to Aug. 1 in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California. The world's largest international maritime exercise, RIMPAC provides a unique training opportunity that helps participants foster and sustain the cooperative relationships that are critical to ensuring the safety of sea lanes and security on the world's oceans. RIMPAC 2014 is the 24th exercise in the series that began in 1971.  U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Carlos Gomez (Released)  140723-N-OL640-024
  • Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) Ray Mabus, second from right, eats lunch with Sailors on the enlisted mess decks aboard the littoral combat ship USS Independence (LCS 2) during a visit to the ship. Mabus is in the region to meet with Sailors and Marines, and civilian and military officials, as part of a multi-nation visit to the U.S. Pacific and Africa Command areas of responsibility.  U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Armando Gonzales (Released)  140724-N-LV331-003
  • The Littoral combat ship USS Independence (LCS 2) arrives at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam following the at-sea phase of Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2014. Twenty-two nations, 49 ships and six submarines, more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel are participating in RIMPAC from June 26 to Aug. 1 in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California. The world's largest international maritime exercise, RIMPAC provides a unique training opportunity that helps participants foster and sustain the cooperative relationships that are critical to ensuring the safety of sea lanes and security on the world's oceans. RIMPAC 2014 is the 24th exercise in the series that began in 1971.  U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Tiarra Fulgham (Released)  140726-N-QG393-017
  • Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) Ray Mabus, right, receives a tour of the littoral combat ship USS Independence (LCS 2) from Cmdr. Joseph Gagliano, left, commanding officer of Independence. Mabus is in the region to meet with Sailors and Marines, and civilian and military officials, as part of a multi-nation visit to the U.S. Pacific and Africa Command areas of responsibility.  U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Armando Gonzales (Released)  140724-N-LV331-004
  • A harpoon missile launches from the missile deck of the littoral combat ship USS Coronado (LCS 4) in the Philippine Sea. Coronado is on a rotational deployment in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations, patrolling the region's littorals and working hull-to-hull with partner navies to provide the U.S. 7th Fleet with the flexible capabilities it needs now and in the future.  U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kaleb R. Staples (Released)  170822-N-GR361-082
  • The aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) returns to Naval Station Norfolk. George H.W. Bush arrived at Naval Station Norfolk with its carrier strike group following a seven-month deployment in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility.  U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Jessica L. Dowell (Released)  170821-N-TJ319-465
  • A U.S. Air Force E-3 Sentry airborne warning and control system assigned to Air Combat Command at Tinker Air Force Base flies over the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71). Theodore Roosevelt is underway conducting a composite training unit exercise (COMPTUEX) with its carrier strike group in preparation for an upcoming deployment. COMPTUEX tests a carrier strike group's mission-readiness and ability to perform as an integrated unit through simulated real-world scenarios.  U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Anthony J. Rivera (Released)  170821-N-XC372-670
  • Sailors observe a refueling-at-sea with the guided-missile destroyer USS Sampson (DDG 102) from the hangar bay of the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71). Theodore Roosevelt and Sampson are underway conducting a composite training unit exercise (COMPTUEX) with the Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group in preparation for an upcoming deployment. COMPTUEX tests a carrier strike group's mission-readiness and ability to perform as an integrated unit through simulated real-world scenarios.  U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Alex Perlman (Released)  170821-N-GP724-433

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