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GULF OF OMAN (Aug. 30, 2013) The amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) conducts a replenishment-at-sea with the Military Sealift Command fast combat support ship USNS Arctic (T-AOE 8). Kearsarge is the flagship for the Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group and, with the embarked 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit, is deployed in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.(USN Mass Comm Spec 2nd Class Tamara…

RED SEA (June 30, 2013) MV-22 Ospreys conduct flight operations aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3). Kearsarge is the flagship for the Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group and, with the embarked 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (26th MEU), is deployed in support of 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 2nd Class Corbin J. Shea)

Task Force 465 anti piracy patrol - RP Defense. Portugese guided missile frigate Alvares Cabral, French helicopter carrier/assault ship BPC Tonnerre, & French MDTF frigate Georges Leygues.

US5th FLEET(May16, 2013)Ships with Combined Task Force(CTF) 523 in formation behind amphibious transport dock ship USS San Antonio(LPD 17)during International Mine Countermeasures Exercise.San Antonio part of Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group,with embarked 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit,in support of maritime security ops & theater security coop efforts.IMCMEX13 includes navies from more than 40 countries promoting regional security through mine countermeasure operations in US 5th Fleet area.

Catamaran design high speed landing craft approaching the well deck of French BPC Tonnerre. Roughly equivalent to USN & Royal Navy amphibious landing ships.

PACIFIC OCEAN (Sept. 27, 2013) Sailors conduct a general quarters drill aboard the amphibious transport dock ship USS New Orleans (LPD 18). New Orleans is deployed in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts as part of the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Joe Bishop/Released)

French Marine Nationale BPC Mistral & FLF La Fayette depart Brest for Mission Jeanne d’Arc 2014, a regular training & patrol exercise. BPC Mistral is lead ship for it's named class of amphibious assault ships/helicopter carriers.DCN Lorient shipyard built & put into service in 1996 frigate La Fayette also lead of class of 5 warships,called title " stealth frigates "with emphasis on reducing radar & acoustic signatures.

ROTA, Spain (Feb. 25, 2014) Tugboat V.B. Sargazos approaches the amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5) to guide the ship peirside in Rota, Spain. The Bataan Amphibious Ready Group is deployed supporting maritime security operations, and theatre security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Michael J. Lieberknecht/ Released)

Marine Boeing-Bell V-22 Osprey – Photo US Navy

MEDITERRANEAN SEA(Sept.7,2013)Lt.Toy Andrews & Ensign Mary Giuffre prepare for a night small boat operation aboard guided-missile destroyer USS Barry(DDG 52).Barry, homeported Norfolk,Va.,currently on theater security operations & maritime security operations in 6th Fleet area of operation.(USN Mass Comm Spec 1st Class Christopher B. Stoltz)