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MICRONESIA, Petty Officer 1st Class Julius Mcmanus, assigned to Mobile Diving Salvage Unit (MDSU) 1, plants an American flag on the site where an American WWII military aircraft crashed into the Pacific Ocean. Deep sea divers are assigned to Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC) accounting of all Americans missing as a result of the nation's past conflicts. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Christopher Perez (Released)

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Koror, Palau Diving medical officer Andrew Baldwin prepares to dive on a WWII aircraft crash site to search for the remains of fallen service members. Divers assigned to Mobile Diving Salvage Unit (MDSU) 1 are deployed with Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC) tasked with accounting for all Americans missing as a result of the nation's past conflicts. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Christopher Perez (Released)

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KOROR, Palau, A deep sea diver assigned to Mobile Diving Salvage Unit (MDSU) 1, deployed with Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC), searches the crash site of a WWII military aircraft for the remains of fallen service members.JPAC is tasked with accounting for all Americans missing as a result of the nation's past conflicts. U.S. Navy photos by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Christopher Perez (Released)
 
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NORFOLK, Va. (April 2, 2008) The nuclear-powered attack submarine USS Augusta (SSN 710) arrives at Naval Station Norfolk. Augusta is in Norfolk to continue the inactivation process that began on Feb. 7, 2008 in Groton, Conn. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kelvin Edwards (Released)

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PACIFIC OCEAN (April 3, 2008) An EA-6B Prowler assigned to the "Cougars" of Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron (VAQ) 139 makes an arrested landing on the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76). The Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group is conducting composite training unit exercise to prepare for a deployment. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Joseph M. Buliavac (Released)

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GREAT LAKES, Ill. (March 19, 2008) Jeff Wise, left, a columnist for Popular Mechanics magazine, mans a hose during a fire fighting evolution aboard the Arleigh Burke-class destroyer simulator and training ship USS Trayer (BST 21). Wise visited Recruit Training Command Naval Station Great Lakes to experience different scenarios during battle stations aboard the ship. U.S. Navy photo by John Sheppard, Naval Service Training Command Public Affairs Office (Released)

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PACIFIC OCEAN (April 2, 2008) Sailors watch an EA-6B Prowler assigned to Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 136 launch off the aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63). Kitty Hawk and embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5 are conducting training operations. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kyle D. Gahlau (Released)

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PACIFIC OCEAN (April 2, 2008) An F/A-18F Super Hornet, assigned to the "Diamondbacks" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 102 lands aboard the aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63). Kitty Hawk and embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5 are conducting training operations. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kyle D. Gahlau (Released)

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PACIFIC OCEAN (April 2, 2008) An EA-6B Prowler assigned to Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 136 lands aboard the aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63). Kitty Hawk and embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5 are conducting training operations. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kyle D. Gahlau (Released)
 

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US Navy Master-At-Arms 2nd Class (SEAL) Michael A. Monsoor was recently awarded the Medal of Honor posthumanously.He had been previously awarded the Silver Star.Rest in Peace Shipmate!

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In an undated file photo provided by the U.S. Navy, Master-At-Arms 2nd Class (SEAL) Michael A. Monsoor poses for a photo during Operation Enduring Freedom.

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In an undated file photo provided by the U.S. Navy, Master-At-Arms 2nd Class (SEAL) Michael A. Monsoor poses for a photo with members of his SEAL team during Operation Iraqi Freedom.

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In an undated file photo provided by the U.S. Navy, Master-At-Arms 2nd Class (SEAL) Michael A. Monsoor participates in a patrol in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

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In these undated file photos provided by the U.S. Navy, Master-At-Arms 2nd Class (SEAL) Michael A. Monsoor , left, participates in a patrol in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Monsoor has been awarded the Medal of Honor posthumously for diving onto a grenade to save his teammates in Ar Ramadi, Iraq on Sept. 29, 2006. Monsoor also received the Silver Star for his actions in May during the same deployment in 2006 when he exposed himself to heavy enemy fire to rescue and treat an injured teammate. A White House presentation ceremony is scheduled for April 8, 2008. Photo courtesy Monsoor family (Released)
 

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PACIFIC OCEAN (March 31, 2008) Sailors move an F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to the "Black Aces" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 41 onto an elevator to lift the aircraft to the flight deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). Nimitz is deployed to the U.S. 7th Fleet operating in the western Pacific and Indian oceans. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class David Mercil (Released)

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PACIFIC OCEAN (April 2, 2008) Lance Cpl. Jerry Doughten, assigned to Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 11, inspects an F/A-18 Hornet engine on the fantail of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). Nimitz is deployed to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility operating in the western Pacific and Indian oceans. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman John Wagner (Released)

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PACIFIC OCEAN (April 2, 2008) Fire Controlman Second Class Sol Benavides loads 20mm ammunition into a Phalanx close-in weapons system aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72). Lincoln and embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2 are on a seven-month deployment to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Joseph Scarberry (Released)

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PACIFIC OCEAN (April 2, 2008) An F/A-18F Super Hornet prepares to land aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76). The Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group is conducting composite training unit exercise preparing for an upcoming deployment. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class (SW) Jennifer S. Kimball (Released

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GULFPORT, Miss. (March 28, 2008) Seabees assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 7 proceed to their second checkpoint during a patrol training exercise. The exercise was part of the annual Chief and Officers' Field Exercise where each E-7 and above must undergo classroom instruction before going into the field. NMCB 7 is for an upcoming deployment. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Michael B. Lavender (Released)

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ATLANTIC OCEAN (April 1, 2008) An F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the "Tomacatters" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 31 launches from the bow of the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) during a tailored ship's training availability and final evaluation problem. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Michael Cole (Released)

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PACIFIC OCEAN (March 31, 2008) Aviation Ordnanceman 3rd Class Zack Tersteege, front, a native of Carson City, Nev., points to a smoke flare target to Aviation Ordnanceman Airman Cole Drews, left, a native of Morgan Hill, Calif., and Aviation Ordnanceman Airman Recruit Daniel Rendon, a native of Bullhead City, Ariz., during a live-fire exercise with a Browning .50 cal. machine gun aboard the aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63). The exercise prepares Kitty Hawk Sailors to respond to close-in threats to the ship. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kyle D. Gahlau (Released)

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ATLANTIC OCEAN (April 1, 2008) The Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS Laramie (T-AO 203) pulls alongside the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) during a replenishment at sea during a tailored ship's training availability and final evaluation problem. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jonathan Snyder (Released)

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PACIFIC OCEAN (April 1, 2008) Aircraft assigned to Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5 fly over the aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63). Kitty Hawk and the embarked CVW-5 squadrons deployed in early March and will undergo several training evolutions over the next month. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kyle D. Gahlau (Released)

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PACIFIC OCEAN (April 1, 2008) An(Contracted) AS-332 Super Puma helicopter transports supplies from the Military Sealift Command combat stores ship USNS Concord (T-AFS 5) to the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). Nimitz is deployed to the U.S. 7th Fleet operating in the western Pacific and Indian oceans. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Matthew J. Lanese (Released)

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PACIFIC OCEAN (April 1, 2008) Senior Chief Culinary Specialist Choi Lucero carves a roasted pig in the chief's mess aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) to celebrate the 115th anniversary of the establishment of the chief petty officer rank. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Joe Painter (Released)

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (March 31, 2008) Midshipmen from Virginia Military Institute ride a special warfare combatant craft during a Navy Expeditionary Combat Command boat formation and maneuvering demonstration. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Tristan Miller (Released)

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PACIFIC OCEAN (March 31, 2008) Aviation Ordnanceman 1st Class John Lambert checks to ensure that ammunition is properly loaded into a .50-cal. rifle on the fantail of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). Nimitz is deployed to the U.S. 7th Fleet operating in the western Pacific and Indian oceans. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd class Joseph Pol Sebastian Gocong (Released)
 

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PACIFIC OCEAN (April 4, 2008) The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) underway at high speed in the Western Pacific Ocean. Lincoln and embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) Two are underway on a scheduled deployment to the 5th Fleet area of responsibility. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class James R. Evans (RELEASED)

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PACIFIC OCEAN (April 2, 2008) Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) 3rd Class Andrew Hill, directs an F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to the "Diamondbacks" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 102 aboard the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63). Kitty Hawk and embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5 are conducting training operations. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kyle D. Gahlau (Released)

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PACIFIC OCEAN (April 4, 2008) Seaman Mellisa J. Oakes guides fellow deck seamen as they carry a flag staff across the flight deck of the amphibious command ship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19). Blue Ridge is the flagship for Commander, U.S. 7th Fleet and serves under Commander, Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) 7/Task Force (CTF) 76, the Navy's only forward deployed amphibious force. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Peter D. Lawlor (Released)


SAN ANTONIO - APRIL 5: River CIty Brass Band, a part of Army Bands, plays during the Ashley Furniture HomeStore Spurs 5k Run/Walk to benefit child abuse prevention efforts April 5, 2008 in San Antonio, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the ***** Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice : Copyright 2008NBAE (Photo by D. Clarke Evans/NBAE via ***** images)

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ATLANTIC OCEAN (April 3, 2008) A C-2A Greyhound, assigned to the "Rawhides" of Fleet Logistics Support Squadron (VRC) 40, prepares to land aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71). Theodore Roosevelt and embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 8 are conducting tailored ship's training availability and final evaluation problem. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Michael Cole (Released)

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ATLANTIC OCEAN (March 27, 2008) The Military Sealift Command fast combat support ship USNS Supply (T-AOE 6) sails the Atlantic Ocean before a replenishment-at-sea with the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71). Theodore Roosevelt and embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 8 are conducting tailored ship's training availability and final evaluation problem. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jonathan Snyder (Released)

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CHARLESTON, S.C. (April 2, 2008) Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Gary Roughead speaks with Space and Naval Systems Warfare Command (SPAWAR) Systems Center commanding officer Capt. Cloyse "Red" Hoover during a tour of the Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicle facility at Naval Weapons Station Charleston, S.C. Sailors and Marines use MRAP vehicles in Iraq and Afghanistan to protect against improvised explosive devices. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Tiffini M. Jones (Released)
 
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This undated photo, supplied by the U.S.Army, shows Staff Sgt. Emanuel Pickett, 34, of Teachey, N.C., who the Department of Defense said Tuesday, April 8, 2008, died Sunday, April 6, 2008, in Baghdad. Pickett was assigned to the 1132nd Military Police Company in Rocky Mount and in civilian life was a police officer in Wallace. He died from wounds sustained during an attack that wounded 14 other soldiers assigned to his unit in Iraq. (AP Photo/U.S.Army)​

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PACIFIC OCEAN (April 4, 2008) Capt. Tom Nosenzo is sprayed down with a fire hose after finishing his last flight as the executive officer aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72). Nosenzo is slated to take command of the Austin-class amphibious transport dock ship USS Dubuque (LPD 8). U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Dennis P. Irwin (Released)

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PACIFIC OCEAN (April 4, 2008) The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) steams through the Pacific Ocean trailed by the ships of Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 7 during a simulated straights transit and small boat attack drill. The Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group is conducting composite training unit exercise preparing for an upcoming deployment. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Christopher D. Blachly (Released)

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GULF OF ADEN (April 4, 2008) Sailors aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG 71) watches the probe at refueling station 4 during a replenishment at sea with the Military Sealift Command dry cargo, ammunition ship USNS Sacagawea (T-AKE 2). Ross is deployed as a part of the Nassau Strike Group supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Cory Rose (Released)

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PACIFIC OCEAN (April 3, 2008) Gunner's Mate 3rd Class Jordan Wild, assigned to Helicopter Visit, Board, Search and Seizure Team 1, practices rappelling in the hangar bay of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72). Lincoln and embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2 are on a scheduled seven-month deployment to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class James R. Evans (Released)

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PERSIAN GULF (April 2, 2008) Two F/A-18F Super Hornets assigned the "Swordsmen" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 32 fly near the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). Truman and embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 3 are on a scheduled deployment supporting Operations Iraqi Freedom, Enduring Freedom and maritime security operations. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Ricardo J. Reyes (Released)

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NORFOLK, Va. (April 7, 2008) USS George Washington (CVN 73) prepares to depart Naval Station Norfolk. George Washington is departing Norfolk as her homeport for the last time, and will transit to her new homeport of Yokosuka, Japan. George Washington will replace USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) as the only forward deployed aircraft-carrier. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Clifford L.H. Davis (Released)

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GULF OF ADEN (March 29, 2008) Sailors and Marines on-load equipment to a landing craft air cushion in the well deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Tarawa (LHA 1) while conducting training exercises. Tarawa and the embarked 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit are on a scheduled deployment to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility supporting maritime security operations. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman David A. Brandenburg (Released)

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PACIFIC OCEAN (April 6, 2008) Capt. Kenneth J. Norton, left, the prospective commanding officer of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), talks to Cmdr. Michael S. Cruden, the commanding officer of Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron (HS) 4 on the flight deck of the Ronald Reagan. The Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group is conducting composite training unit exercise preparing for an upcoming deployment. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Joe Painter (Released)

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PACIFIC OCEAN (April 6, 2008) Flight deck personnel direct a C-2A Greyhound assigned to the "Providers" of Fleet Logistics Support Squadron (VRC) 30 onto catapult one aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76). The Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group is conducting composite training unit exercise preparing for an upcoming deployment. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Joe Painter (Released)

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PACIFIC OCEAN (April 5, 2008) An AS-332 Super Puma helicopter flies past the Ticonderoga Class guided-missile cruiser USS Mobile Bay (CG 53) as it transports supplies from the Military Sealift Command combat stores ship USNS Niagara Falls (T-AFS-3) to the Nimitz-aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72). Lincoln and embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2 are on a scheduled seven-month deployment to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Geoffrey Lewis (Released)

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PACIFIC OCEAN (April 5, 2008) Storekeeper 2nd Class Lawrence Coates waits with a pallet of supplies on the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) as the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Mobile Bay (CG 53) steams alongside during a vertical replenishment with the Military Sealift Command combat stores ship USNS Niagara Falls (T-AFS 3). Lincoln and embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2 are on a scheduled seven-month deployment to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class James R. Evans (Released)

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SAN DIEGO (April 5, 2008) Top enlisted personnel from all branches of the military representing the San Diego area salute the colors while the National Anthem plays at Petco Park during the San Diego Padres' annual Military Appreciation Night opening festivities. An estimated 42,474 fans attended the event, which included a parade of the national ensign by a Marine color guard in the infield while 50 Sailors carried state flags in the outfield. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Brian Brannon (Released)
 
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SHANGHAI, People's Republic of China (April 10, 2008) The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Lassen (DDG 82) is moored with the Shanghai skyline behind her. Lassen arrived in Shanghai April 8 for a scheduled port visit. While in port Sailors from Lassen will experience the local culture and interact with People's Liberation Army Navy counterparts. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Matthew R. White (Released)

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PACIFIC OCEAN (April 10, 2008) Aviation Electrician's Mate Airman Josh Bekkbring washes down an F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the "Kestrels" of Strike Fight Squadron (VFA 137) on the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72). Lincoln and embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2 are on a scheduled seven-month deployment to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Geoffrey Lewis (Released)

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SOUDA BAY, Crete (April 8, 2008) The amphibious assault ship USS Nassau (LHA 4) enters Souda Bay as the guided-missile frigate USS John L. Hall (FFG 32) is moored at the pier. Both ships are participating in Phoenix Express 2008 (PE 08), the third in a series of annual exercises to improve regional cooperation and maritime security by increasing interoperability by developing individual and collective maritime proficiencies of the participating nations, as well as promoting friendship, mutual understanding and cooperation. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Coleman Thompson (Released)

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INDIAN OCEAN (April 6, 2008) Sailors assigned to the "Hitmen" of Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Light (HSL) 46 aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Bulkeley (DDG 84) prepare cargo pallets to be lifted off the ship by an MH-60S Seahawk during a vertical replenishment with the Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS Kanawa (T-AO 196). Bulkeley is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility supporting maritime security operations. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class David Wyscaver (Released)

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INDIAN OCEAN (April 6, 2008) Chief Aviation Structural Mechanic Jeremy Perkins and Aviation Machinist's Mate 1st Class Walter Monical aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Bulkeley (DDG 84) watch a vertical replenishment with and the Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS Kanawa (T-AO 196). Bulkeley is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility supporting maritime security operations. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class David Wyscaver (Released)

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MEDITERRANEAN SEA (April 2, 2008) Color guard members parade the colors during an underway change of command ceremony aboard the amphibious transport dock ship USS Nashville (LPD 13) as Capt. Tushar R. Tembe relieves Capt. DeWolfe H. Miller. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Coleman Thompson (Released)












U.S. & Iraqi soldiers take up positions against enemy positions in Sadr City on Wednesday. American forces were searching for the location from which a rocket-propelled grenade was fired near the abandoned house where U.S. troops had pitched camp.
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Norfolk, Va. (April 18, 2008) Aircraft from the "Pukin Dogs" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 143 and the "Checkmates" of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 211 perform a flyover during a retirement ceremony for Adm. William J. Fallon aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71). Fallon has served 41 years in the Navy and is the first Naval officer to command U.S. Central Command. During his career he also served as commander of U.S. Pacific Command and U.S. Fleet Forces Command as well as Vice Chief of Naval Operations. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Matthew D. Leistikow (Released)

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Norfolk, Va. (April 18, 2008) Adm. William J. Fallon reflects on his career during his retirement ceremony on the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71). Fallon has served 41 years in the Navy and is the first Naval officer to command U.S. Central Command. During his career he also served as commander of U.S. Pacific Command and U.S. Fleet Forces Command as well as Vice Chief of Naval Operations. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Matthew D. Leistikow (Released)

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MEDITERRANEAN SEA (April 17, 2008) The amphibious assault ship USS Nassau (LHA 4) floods its well deck while launching the Landing Craft Utility (LCU 1661) and LCU 1659 to participate in a visit, board, search and seizure exercise as assaulting platforms for multinational forces during exercise Phoenix Express 2008 (PE 08). PE-08 is the third annual exercise in a long-term effort to improve regional cooperation and maritime security. The principal aim is to increase interoperability by developing individual and collective maritime proficiencies of participating nations, as well as promoting friendship, mutual understanding and cooperation. Exercises like PE-08 enable participants to advance information sharing which is crucial to maintaining a region free from transnational threats, as well as enhance capability to conduct multinational peacekeeping missions. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class James C. Davis (Released)

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MEDITERRANEAN SEA (April 17, 2008) An MH-60S Seahawk attached to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 28 inserts a Tunisian boarding team by fast rope onto Landing Craft Utility (LCU 1659), attached to Assault Craft Unit (ACU) 2, during Phoenix Express (PE) 2008. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Andrew King (Released)

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PACIFIC OCEAN (April 16, 2008) An aircraft director signals a Strike Fighter Squadron 195 F/A-18C Hornet to taxi to launching position on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63). Aircraft directors are responsible for safely moving aircraft on the flight deck. Kitty Hawk is on its spring deployment – its last before it is relieved by the USS George Washington (CVN 73) this summer. Kitty Hawk operates from Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan. Carrier Air Wing 5 operates from Naval Air Facility Atsugi, Japan. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kyle D. Gahlau (Released)

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MEDITERRANEAN SEA, (April 16, 2008) A group of U.S. Marines stand on the mess decks of landing transport dock ship USS Nashville (LPD 13) after completing maritime interdiction operations training as part of Phoenix Express 2008 (PE) 2008.U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Charles L. Ludwig (Released)

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CARSON CITY, Nev. (April 17, 2008) The combat tactical vehicle technology demonstrator (CTV-TD) is undergoing automotive testing at the Nevada Automotive test Center (NATC) in Carson City. Built under contract for the Office of Naval Research, the CTV-TD is a test bed for the joint light tactical vehicle family of vehicles. The CTV-TD offers several advantages and new technologies, including adjustable ride height, central tire inflation system, an integral rollover protection system and improved survivability over the current Humvee. U.S. Navy photo by John F. Williams (Released)

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PACIFIC OCEAN (April 16, 2008) An F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the "Eagles" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 115 catapults off the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76). The Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group is conducting a Joint Task Force Exercise preparing for a deployment. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Christopher D. Blachly(Released)

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PACIFIC OCEAN (April 16, 2008) Cmdr. Jeffrey S. Winters, commanding officer of the "Stingers" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 113, eases his way into the cockpit of his F/A-18C Hornet on the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76). The Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group is conducting a Joint Task Force Exercise preparing for a deployment. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Christopher D. Blachly (Released)

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PACIFIC OCEAN (April 15, 2008) An F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the "Eagles" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 115 launches off the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76). The Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group is conducting a Joint Task Force Exercise preparing for an upcoming deployment. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Dominique M. Lasco (Released)

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SOUDA BAY, Crete, Greece (April 15, 2008) Sailors aboard the Los Angeles-class fast-attack submarine USS Montpelier (SSN 765) conduct mooring operations upon arrival at the Marathi NATO Pier Facility in Souda Harbor for a brief port visit. Montpelier departed her homeport of Norfolk, Va. in November for a scheduled six-month deployment as part of the Harry S. Truman Strike Group operating in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility supporting maritime security operations. U.S. Navy photo by Paul Farley (Released)
 
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In the USN each service stripe stands for 4 years of service
NORFOLK, Va. (April 30, 2008) Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) Joe R. Campa Jr. talks about the expectations of the first class petty officers to approximately 350 Sailors during the First Class Triad Symposium. MCPON is wearing the new service dress khaki (SDK) uniform for the first time as he participates in the wear-test of the SDK. The wear-test is to evaluate the wear, appearance, functionality and comfort of the uniform. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Jennifer A. Villalovos (Released)

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WILMINGTON, N.C. (April 30, 2008) Crewmembers assigned to Pre-commissioning Unit North Carolina (SSN 777) salute during an early morning commissioning ceremony practice in Wilmington, N.C. She is set to be commissioned and brought to life May 3. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Todd A. Schaffer (Released)

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PACIFIC OCEAN (April 30, 2008) Lance Cpl. Josh Pavian, assigned to the "Nightmares" of Marine Attack Squadron (VMA) 513, performs maintenance on one of the squadron's AV-8B Harrier jets in the hangar bay of the forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2). U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Gabriel S. Weber (Released)

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SOUTH CHINA SEA (April 29, 2008) Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) 3rd Class Quoc Nguyen looks on as an AV-8B Harrier, assigned the "Nightmares" of Marine Attack Squadron (VMA) 513, lands aboard the flight deck of the forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2). Essex is the lead ship of the only forward-deployed amphibious force. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Gabriel S. Weber (Released)

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PACIFIC OCEAN (April 27, 2008) Landing signal enlisted Boatswain's Mate 2nd Class Carlglo A. Rula guides two MH-53E Sea Dragon helicopters assigned to Helicopter Mine Countermeasures Squadron 14 (HM) 14 on the flight deck of the amphibious dock landing ship USS Harpers Ferry (LSD 49). Harpers Ferry is part of the Essex Expeditionary Strike Group forward deployed to Sasebo, Japan. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Michael D. Kennedy (Released)

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HONG KONG (April 28, 2008) The aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) prepares to anchor in Hong Kong's Victoria Harbor. Hong Kong is Kitty Hawk's last overseas port visit before being relieved by the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) this summer. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kyle D. Gahlau (Released)

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PACIFIC OCEAN (April 28, 2008) An F/A-18F Super Hornet, assigned to the "Aces" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA 41), prepares to launch from the flight deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). Nimitz is operating as part of the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility in the western Pacific and Indian oceans. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Steven Maksinchuk (Released)

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SOUTH CHINA SEA (April 26, 2008) Aviation Structural Mechanic Airman Timothy Mingle, left, and Aviation Structural Mechanic 2nd Class Travis Wyanthughes replace bolts on an engine bay door latch of an EA-6B Prowler assigned to Electronic Attack Squadron (VAW) 136 in the hangar bay of the aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63). Kitty Hawk and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5 are on a spring deployment. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Anthony R. Martinez (Released)

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PACIFIC OCEAN (April 29, 2008) Culinary Specialist 1st Class Jim Carroll runs the main grill during the first steel beach picnic of the Spring Swing, a scheduled deployment for the amphibious command ship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19). Steel beach picnics boost morale and gives Sailors the opportunity to relax and have fun. Blue Ridge serves under Commander, Expeditionary Strike Group 7/Task Force 76, the Navy's only forward-deployed amphibious force. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Andrew Meyers (Released)
 
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LAEM CHABANG, Thailand (May 2, 2008) Vice Adm. Doug Crowder, commander, U.S. 7th Fleet, speaks to members of the media aboard USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19). Crowder held a press conference a day after Blue Ridge arrived in Laem Chabang for a scheduled port visit. U.S. Navy photo by Military Sealift Command 2nd Class Matthew Schwarz (Released)

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PEARL HARBOR, HI (April 29, 2008) A hula dancer from Paradise Cove Luau performs for Sailors assigned to Japanese Training Squadron (JTS) ships JS Kashima (TV 3508), JS Umigiri (DD 158) and JS Asagiri (TV 3516) during a reception on board Naval Station Pearl Harbor. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication 2nd Class Michael A. Lantron (Released)

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INDIAN OCEAN (April 30, 2008) Marines assigned to the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) perform push-ups in formation while training in the hangar bay of the amphibious assault ship USS Tarawa (LHA 1). Tarawa and the embarked 11th MEU are on a scheduled deployment to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility. U. S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Daniel A. Barker (Released)


The 4th Infantry Division soldiers participate in a mock Kentucky Oaks race at the Camp Liberty military base in Baghdad, Iraq.

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RED SEA (Apr. 29, 2008) Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) 3rd Class Antonio Pacheco, right, watches Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) Airman Toni Killian as she prepares to guide an SH-60 Seahawk helicopter off the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Nassau (LHA 4). Nassau is one of six vessels in the Nassau Strike Group deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility supporting maritime security operations. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Coleman Thompson (Released)

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SAN DIEGO (May 1, 2008) Military Sealift Command (MSC) hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) prepares to depart it's homeport of San Diego to begin a humanitarian mission to the Western Pacific and Southeast Asia. Pacific Partnership 2008 is designed to strengthen the goodwill developed during previous humanitarian civic assistance missions. Mercy is scheduled to visit the Republic of Philippines, Vietnam, Timor Leste, Papua New Guinea and the Federated States of Micronesia. U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Don Bray (Released)


On the opposite side of Baghdad from Sadr City, purple smoke rose as two Black Hawk helicopters arrived for waiting American soldiers during a joint assault with Iraqi soldiers on the rural southwest edge of the capital. The operation was aimed at locating foreign terrorist cell suspects alleged to be coordinating ambushes against coalition forces using roadside bombs.
Photo: Mauricio Lima/Agence France-Presse -- ***** Images


An soldier, right, working with Iraqi soldiers, turned away to avoid the dust kicked up by two American Black Hawk helicopters carrying the first group for an assault on the southwest edge of Baghdad.
Photo: Mauricio Lima/Agence France-Presse -- ***** Images
 

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