U.S. Sailors Conduct Operations in South China Sea

Department of Defense Photo Essay

  • U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class John Erickson, background, inspects a C-2A Greyhound on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington in the South China Sea, Nov. 1, 2013. Erickson is an aviation machinist mate. The Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing 5, provide a combat-ready force to protect and defend the maritime interests of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. U.S. Navy photo by Seaman Liam Kennedy
  • A U.S. sailor directs a C-2A Greyhound from Fleet Logistics Support Squadron 30, Detachment 5, on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington in the South China Sea, Nov. 1, 2013. U.S. Navy photo by Seaman Liam Kennedy
  • U.S. sailors prepare an F/A-18E Super Hornet from Strike Fighter Squadron 115 for take off on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington in the South China Sea, Nov. 2, 2013. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Ricardo R. Guzman
  • U.S. Navy Seaman Jacob Bashioum directs a helicopter to land on the flight deck during a vertical replenishment in the South China Sea, Nov. 2, 2013. Bashioum is assigned to the guided-missile cruiser USS Antietam, which is on patrol with the USS George Washington Carrier Strike Group in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility to support security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.  U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Declan Barnes
  • U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Rusty Ruf uses an M-14 rifle to fire a shot line to the Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS Yukon from aboard the aircraft carrier USS George Washington in the South China Sea, Nov. 3, 2013. Ruf is a gunner's mate. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Ricardo R. Guzman
  • F/A-18E Super Hornets from Strike Fighter Squadron 27, left, prepare to launch from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington during night operations in the South China Sea, Nov. 3, 2013. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Peter Burghart
  • The Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS Yukon, top, is underway alongside the aircraft carrier USS George Washington in the South China Sea, Nov. 3, 2013.  U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Trevor Welsh
  • U.S. Navy Seaman Vasya Mstislavski helps replace the engine of an MH-60S Seahawk helicopter from Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 12 in the hangar bay of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington in the South China Sea, Nov. 5, 2013. Mstislavski is an aviation machinist mate. U.S. Navy photo by Seaman Liam Kennedy
  • A U.S. Navy aircraft handler directs an F/A-18 Super Hornet into position to launch from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington in the South China Sea, Nov. 5, 2013. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Paolo Bayas