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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
  • The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) transits the Philippine Sea while conducting a bilateral exercise with the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force. The Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group is operating as part of U.S. 7th Fleet, but remains deployed under the U.S. 3rd Fleet Forward operating concept, which provides additional options to the Pacific Fleet commander and leverages the capabilities of both 3rd and 7th Fleets. U.S. Navy aircraft carrier strike groups have patrolled the Indo-Asia-Pacific regularly and routinely for more than 70 years.  U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Z.A. Landers (Released)  170423-N-GD109-023
  • The Ohio-class guided-missile submarine USS Michigan (SSGN 727) arrives in Busan for a scheduled port visit while conducting routine patrols throughout the western Pacific. Michigan is the second submarine of the Ohio-class of ballistic missile and guided missile submarines, and the third U.S. ship to bear the name. Michigan is homeported in Bremerton, Wash. and is forwarded deployed from Guam.   U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jermaine Ralliford (Released)  170425-N-WT427-002
  • Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) Benjamin Odea, from Lansing, Mich., shows off his Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month (SAAPM) ribbon during the SAAPM 5K run on the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8). Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month is observed each April to identify and strengthen the roles that Sailors and Marines play in combating sexual assault.  Makin Island, the flagship for the Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group, with the embarked 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (11th MEU), is operating in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region to enhance amphibious capability with regional partners and to serve as a ready-response force for any type of contingency.  U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Larry S. Carlson (Released)  170421-N-UT455-059
  • Quartermaster 3rd Class Tylique Wynn, left, and Quartermaster 2nd Class Amanda Martin prepare to use a flag to signal the Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS Guadalupe (T-AO 200) during a replenishment-at-sea with 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 Seaman Alex Corona (Released)  170422-N-VN584-241

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