Nation’s Third-Highest Honor Bestowed Upon Brave Marine

Cpl. Christian A. Brown addresses those in attendance for his Silver Star ceremony after receiving the award May 3, 2013, aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune. Brown deployed with 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in 2011 and received the Silver Star for his leadership and courage while in a firefight on December 7, 2011. Photo by Lance Cpl. Scott Whiting.

Cpl. Christian A. Brown addresses those in attendance for his Silver Star ceremony after receiving the award May 3, 2013, aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune. Brown deployed with 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in 2011 and received the Silver Star for his leadership and courage while in a firefight on December 7, 2011. Photo by Lance Cpl. Scott Whiting.

Hangar Bay Hornet

Hangar Bay Hornet. .

U.S. sailors perform maintenance on an F/A-18C Hornet in the hangar bay aboard the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility, March 11, 2013. The Stennis Carrier Strike Group is conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions for Operation Enduring Freedom. The hornet is assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron 97. U.S. Navy photo by Seaman Marco Villasana.

Moving Missiles In Hangar Bay Aboard USS John C. Stennis

Moving Missiles In Hangar Bay Aboard USS John C. Stennis

U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY (Feb. 13, 2013) Airman Yang Lee, from Pomona, Calif., prepares to move missiles in a hangar bay aboard the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74). John C. Stennis is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions for Operation Enduring Freedom. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Katarzyna Kobiljak.

Performing Corrosion Prevention On An EA-6B Prowler

130108-N-RJ456-060 U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY (Jan. 9, 2013) Aviation Machinist's Mate Adam Drew, from Mountain Grove, Mo., performs corrosion prevention on an EA-6B Prowler from the Wizards of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 133 in the hangar bay of the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74). John C. Stennis is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions for Operation Enduring Freedom. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Lex T. Wenberg.

Performing Corrosion Prevention On An EA-6B Prowler

[caption id="attachm130108-N-RJ456-060 U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY (Jan. 9, 2013) Aviation Machinist's Mate Adam Drew, from Mountain Grove, Mo., performs corrosion prevention on an EA-6B Prowler from the Wizards of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 133 in the hangar bay of the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74). John C. Stennis is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions for Operation Enduring Freedom. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Lex T. Wenberg.

Over The Horizon

Flashes of lighting are seen over the horizon as the aircraft carrier the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower operates in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility, Nov. 19, 2012. The Dwight D. Eisenhower is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions for Operation Enduring Freedom. U.S. Navy photo by Lt. Greg Linderman

Dwight D. Eisenhower Launch Signal

U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY (Nov. 8, 2012) An aircraft launch and recovery officer assigned to Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) gives the signal to launch Lt. Joe Krukar in an F/A-18C Hornet from the Rampagers of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 83. Dwight D. Eisenhower is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions for Operation Enduring Freedom. U.S. Navy photo by Lt. Greg Linderman.

Sea Hawk Helicopter Maintenance In Abraham Lincoln Hangar Bay

ARABIAN GULF (March 22, 2012) Sailors assigned to the Saberhawks of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 77 perform maintenance on the rotors of two MH-60R Sea Hawk helicopters in the hangar bay of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72). Abraham Lincoln is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Benjamin T. Liston.

Flight Operations Aboard Lincoln

An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Blue Blasters of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 34 prepares to land on the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln. Abraham Lincoln is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. U.S. Navy photo by: Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Joshua E. Walters.

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Final Checks On Super Hornet Ordnance

ARABIAN SEA (Feb. 18, 2012) Aviation ordnancemen perform final checks on ordnance attached to an F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to the Bounty Hunters of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 2 on the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72). Abraham Lincoln is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jonathan P. Idle.

Seabees At A Firing Range

HELMAND PROVINCE, Afghanistan (Feb. 19, 2012) Seabees assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 11 approach their targets at a firing range at Camp Leatherneck to check for shooting accuracy. NMCB-11 is deployed to Afghanistan supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Jonathan Carmichael.

Checking Fuel Samples During Replenishment At Sea

GULF OF OMAN (Feb. 9, 2012) Gas Turbine System Technician (Mechanical) 2nd Class Robert Cowan checks samples of fuel received from the Military Sealift Command fast combat support ship USNS Bridge (T-AOE-10) during a replenishment at sea aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Momsen (DDG 92). Momsen is deployed as part of the Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility and is conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Carlos M. Vazquez II.

Abraham Lincoln Sailor Directs Pilot On The Flight Deck

ARABIAN SEA (Feb. 16, 2012) A Sailor directs the pilot of an F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Blue Blasters of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 34 on the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72). Abraham Lincoln is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Karolina A. Martinez.

Transits Strait Of Hormuz In Formation

STRAIT OF HORMUZ (Feb. 14, 2012) The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) and the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Sterett (DDG 104) turn in formation ahead of the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Cape St. George (CG 71) as the Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group transits the Strait of Hormuz. The Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Christopher S. Johnson.

Sea Hawk Lands Aboard Abraham Lincoln

ARABIAN GULF (Feb. 11, 2012) An MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter assigned to the Golden Falcons of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 12 lands aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72). Abraham Lincoln is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Joshua E. Walters.

Cape St. George Command Information Center

Fire Controlman 3rd Class Eric Johnston mans a console in the command information center aboard the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Cape St. George (CG 71). Cape St. George is deployed as part of the Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Christopher S. Johnson.

Stennis And Singapore Navy Frigates Underway

SINGAPORE STRAITS (Jan. 30, 2012) The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) and the Republic of Singapore Navy frigates RSS Formidable (68) and RSS Stalwart (72) are underway. John C. Stennis is deployed to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations and support missions as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Benjamin Crossley.

Arabian Gulf Replenishment At Sea

ARABIAN GULF (Feb. 7, 2012) Boatswain's Mate 3rd Class Adrian Ruiz, a rig captain aboard the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Cape St. George (CG 71), guides the delivery of supplies from the Military Sealift Command Lewis and Clark-class dry cargo and ammunition ship USNS Charles Drew (T-AKE 10) during a replenishment at sea. Cape St. George is deployed as part of the Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Christopher S. Johnson.

Super Hornet Launches From USS Abraham Lincoln

ARABIAN GULF (Jan. 31, 2012) An F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to the Bounty Hunters of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 2 launches from the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72). Lincoln is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Brian Morales.

Watching A Replenishment At Sea

Sailors aboard the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Cape St. George (CG 71) watch the Military Sealift Command Henry J. Kaiser-class fleet replenishment oiler USNS Guadalupe (T-AO 200) conduct a replenishment at sea with the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72). Cape St. George is deployed as part of the Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and missions as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Christopher S. Johnson.

Helicopter Hoist

A U.S. Navy sailor gets a lift to an MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter from Helicopter Strike Squadron 8 crew members in the Arabian Sea, Jan. 17, 2012. The sailor is a explosive ordnance disposal technician. The crew members are attached to the John C. Stennis, which is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations and support missions as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Will Tyndall.

Stennis Launches Hornet

ARABIAN SEA (Jan. 15, 2012) An F/A-18C Hornet from the Warhawks of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 97 launches off the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74). John C. Stennis is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations and support missions as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kenneth Abbate.

Sailor Directs A Prowler

ARABIAN SEA (Jan. 14, 2012) A Sailor directs an EA-6B Prowler from the Wizards of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 133 aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74). John C. Stennis is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations and support missions as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Benjamin Crossley.

Cleaning Seahawk Tail Rotor

ARABIAN SEA (Jan. 12, 2012) Aviation Machinist's Mate 3rd Class Felix Gonzales, from Gonzalez, Texas, cleans the tail rotor of an MH-60R Seahawk from the Raptors of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 71 aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74). John C. Stennis is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations and support missions as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Benjamin Crossley.

Delivering To Stennis

ARABIAN SEA (Jan. 5, 2012) Naval Air Crewmen 3rd Class Victor Hurtado and Matthew Cefalo observe as an MH-60S Knight Hawk helicopter from the Eightballers of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 8 delivers stores to the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74). John C. Stennis is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations and support missions as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kenneth Abbate.