PACIFIC OCEAN (March 30, 2010) The littoral combat ship USS Freedom (LCS 1) conducts joint counter-illicit trafficking operations with the guided-missile frigate USS McInerney (FFG 8) in the U.S. 4th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Lt. Ed Early/Released)
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CARIBBEAN SEA (Feb. 24, 2010) Mineman 1st Class Jeffrey Steele, left, and Chief Boatswain's Mate Trevor Davis watch from the starboard-side door of the littoral combat ship USS Freedom (LCS 1) as it prepares for a small-boat transfer with the Panamanian Public Forces. Freedom is conducting counter-illicit trafficking operations and theater security cooperation in the U.S. 4th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Lt. Ed Early/Released)
MAYPORT, Fla. (June 3, 2009) The Department of Defense high-speed experimental boat Stiletto is shown pierside in Mayport before deploying to the Caribbean basin through the summer. The 88-foot long, 60-ton vessel will deploy under the operational control of U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command and U.S. 4th Fleet under the tactical control of Joint Interagency Task Force-South (JIATF-S) to conduct counter illicit trafficking operations. Stiletto is manned by a joint Army and Navy crew and includes an embarked U.S. Coast Guard Law Enforcement Det. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Alan Gragg/Released)