USS Tulsa (LCS 16) sails in The Philippine Sea
Navy photograph by PO3 Richard Cho
PHILIPPINE SEA — Naval Aircrewmen (Helicopter) 1st Class Matthew Brickley from Peoria, Ariz., keeps a lookout during flight operations inside of a MH-60S Seahawk helicopter assigned to the “Blackjacks” of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 21 aboard the Independence-variant littoral combat ship USS Tulsa (LCS 16), July 28, 2021. Tulsa, part of Destroyer Squadron Seven, is on a rotational deployment operating in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operation to enhance interoperability with partners and serve as a ready-response force in support of a free and open Indo-Pacific region.
USS Jackson (LCS 6) Sailor stands watch in damage control repair station
Navy photograph by PO3 Kelsey S. Culbertson
PACIFIC OCEAN — Engineman 1st Class Mark Plascencia, from Phoenix, Ariz., inspects a space with a flash light during watch aboard the Independence-variant littoral combat ship USS Jackson (LCS 6). The Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) is a fast, agile, mission-focused platform designed to operate in near-shore environments, winning against 21st-century coastal threats. The LCS is capable of supporting forward presence, maritime security, sea control, and deterrence. Jackson is conducting routine operations in the U.S. 3rd Fleet area of operations.
Sailors train using small arms
Navy photograph by Seaman Sophia Simons
PACIFIC OCEAN — Gunner’s Mate 2nd Class Anthony Robles, a native of Phoenix, Ariz., fires a shotgun off the stern of Arleigh Burke-class destroyer USS Michael Murphy (DDG 112), July 28, 2021. Murphy is currently underway conducting routine operations in U.S. Third Fleet.