ARABIAN SEA (May 17, 2019) The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) and the Wasp-class Amphibious Assault Ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) sail alongside as the Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group (ABECSG) and Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group (KSGARG) conduct joint operations in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations. The ABECSG and KSGARG, with the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit, are prepared to respond to contingencies and to defend U.S. forces and interests in the region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Brian M. Wilbur/Released)
ATLANTIC OCEAN (Dec. 2, 2018) Sailors aboard the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) honor the ship’s namesake, former President George H. W. Bush, by lighting Bush’s initials and presidential number while underway in the Atlantic Ocean, Dec. 2, 2018. Bush, the 41st president of the United States, died Nov. 30, 2018, in Houston, Texas at the age of 94. Bush flew 58 combat missions as a Navy pilot during World War II, for which he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, three Air Medals and shared the Presidential Unit Citation awarded to the light aircraft carrier USS San Jacinto (CVL 30). Bush will lie in state at the Capitol Rotunda and be given a state funeral at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., before being laid to rest next to former first lady Barbara Bush in College Station, Texas. (U.S. Navy photo/Released)
FORT WORTH, Texas (Dec. 6, 2018) An F-18 Super Hornet assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 31, the “Tomcatters,” departs from Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base, Texas, to participate in a monumental 21-aircraft flyover featuring a missing-man formation over the memorial service for late President George H. W. Bush in College Station, Texas. Other squadrons that participated in the flyover came from Oceana, Virginia to Fort Worth, Texas, and included VFA 103, the “Jolly Rogers”; VFA 143, the “Pukin’ Dogs”; VFA 32, the “Swordsmen”; VFA 131, the “Wildcats”; VFA 105, the “Gunslingers”; VFA 83, the “Rampagers”; and VFA 87, the “Golden Warriors.” U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Jose Jaen (Released).
LEMOORE, Calif. (Nov. 16, 2018) An F-35C Lightning II, attached to the “Argonauts” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 147, stationed at Naval Air Station Lemoore, fly in formation for a photo exercise. VFA-147 is the first U.S. Navy Operational F-35C squadron based out of NAS Lemoore. Commander, Joint Strike Fighter Wing, headquartered at Naval Air Station Lemoore, Calif. ensures that each F-35C squadron is fully combat-ready to conduct carrier-based, all-weather, attack, fighter and support missions for Commander, Naval Air Forces. With its stealth technology, advanced sensors, weapons capacity and range, the F-35C will be the first 5th generation aircraft operated from an aircraft carrier. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Shannon E. Renfroe/Released)
SAN DIEGO (Nov. 21, 2018) The future USS Tulsa (LCS 16) arrives at its new homeport, Naval Base San Diego, after completing its maiden voyage from the Austal USA shipyard in Mobile, Alabama. Tulsa is the eighth ship in the littoral combat ship Independence-variant class and is scheduled for commissioning Feb. 16, 2019 in San Francisco. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jason Isaacs/Released)
ATLANTIC OCEAN (Nov. 5, 2018) The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS McFaul (DDG 74) launches a Standard Missile 2 during a Live Fire With a Purpose (LFWAP) event. The LFWAP program is a reinvigorated missile exercise program designed to increase fleet lethality and tactical proficiency. It provides the surface warfare enterprise an opportunity to examine human, system and tactics, techniques, and procedure performance with an eye toward rapid increases in tactical proficiency, crew confidence, and lethality. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jesse Marquez Magallanes/Released)
ATLANTIC OCEAN (Sept. 20, 2018) An F/A-18F Super Hornet, assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 106, takes off from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). GHWB is underway in the Atlantic Ocean conducting routine training exercises to maintain carrier readiness. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Carson J. Davis)