A Day in the NavyMay 14, 2013 Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus (SECNAV) speaks with Sailors and Marines duringbreakfast at Camp Leatherneck in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. Mabus met withsenior leaders, Sailors and Marines to discuss security in the region and to thank them fortheir service and sacrifice. Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert holds an all-hands call withSailors aboard the littoral combat ship USS Freedom (LCS 1) during his visit toSingapore to discuss the importance the new platform will play in security and defense.Greenert also visited the ship to get direct feedback from the crew about the shipsperformance. The Peleliu Amphibious Ready Group completes a western Pacific deployment. Peleliusreturn to Naval Base San Diego follows an eight-month western Pacific deployment.Peleliu visited different ports such as Thailand, Oman, Australia, Bali, Jebel Ali, UnitedArab Emirates and Hong Kong. The multi-purpose amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3), along withembarked Marines from the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (26th MEU) arrives in Eilat,Israel for a regularly scheduled port visit. The first-ever Mobile Landing Platform, USNS Montford Point (MLP 1), is delivered tothe Military Sealift Command in San Diego, Calif. An X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) demonstrator launches from theaircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). George H.W. Bush is the first aircraftcarrier to successfully catapult launch an unmanned aircraft from its flight deck. An unmanned underwater vehicle submerges during International Mine CountermeasuresExercise (IMCMEX) 13 as the Afloat Forward Staging Base (Interim) USS Ponce (AFSB(I)15)operates in the background. IMCMEX is the largest exercise of its kind in the region and willexercise a wide spectrum of defensive operations designed to protect international commerce andtrade, such as mine countermeasures, maritime security operations and infrastructure protection. Chief Cryptologic Technician (Technical) Juliann Gonzales embraces her daughter beforedeparting Naval Base San Diego aboard the amphibious dock landing ship USS Pearl Harbor(LSD 52) for Pacific Partnership 2013. Pacific Partnership is an annual Pacific Fleethumanitarian and civic assistance mission between U.S. military, host and partner nations. The Ticonderoga-class guided missile cruiser USS Lake Champlain (CG 57), the ArleighBurke-class guided missile destroyer USS Spruance (DDG 111) and the Oliver HazardPerry-class guided missile frigate USS Ford (FFG 54) are participating in exerciseTrident Fury. The exercise is a biennial joint and multinational naval training exerciseled by the Royal Canadian Navy taking place in the waters west of Vancouver Island.
Sailors from Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit (MDSU) 2 participate in Ardent Sentry 2013.Exercise Ardent Sentry is an annual U.S. Northern Command exercise focused on scenarios tosupport civil authorities, when requested, with military capabilities to save lives, prevent humansuffering, and mitigate great property damage. Sailors conduct an aircraft barricade drill on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D.Eisenhower (CVN 69). Dwight D. Eisenhower is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area ofresponsibility promoting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts andsupport missions as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. Sailors load their weapons during an M-16 rifle qualification shoot on the flight deck of theforward-deployed amphibious dock landing ship USS Tortuga (LSD 46). Seabees assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 11 participate in helicoptermedical evacuation training during a field exercise. The battalion is evaluated in various areas ofreadiness before a deployment cycle. NMCB-11 is a Seabee battalion specializing in contingencyconstruction, disaster response, and humanitarian assistance. Athletes compete during the track and field portion of the 2013 Warrior Games. More than 200wounded, ill and injured service members and veterans, as well as an international teamrepresenting the United Kingdom, compete at the U.S. Olympic Training Center and U.S. AirForce Academy. Midshipmen from the U.S. Naval Academy Class of 2016 conduct early morning physicaltraining as part of the U.S. Naval Academy Sea Trials. Based on the Navys Battle Stations andthe Marine Corps Crucible, Sea Trials is the capstone teamwork evolution for the NavalAcademy freshmen class. The plebes navigate physical and mental challenges, ranging fromobstacle courses, long-distance group runs, damage control scenarios, and water training. Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) fighters met with Sailors and toured the U.S. Navysforward-deployed aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). The Postal Division from Navy Supply System Command’s Fleet Logistics Center Sigonelladispatches more than 1,500 lbs of mail for USS Barry, USS Gravely, USS Mahan, USS SamuelB. Roberts, and USS Stockdale in support of operations in U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility. Naval Magazine Indian Island continues a tradition of innovative environmental practices byusing goats to remove noxious weeds from the Western Washington base. More than 100 goats,directed by a wrangler, are clearing invasive plants in a safe, cost-effective, and sustainablemanner. The goats arrived in April and will work until mid-June. On May 14, 2013 recruiters help 375 people join Americas “Global Force for Good."