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IN THE NAVY 5.1.2021

PEARL HARBOR. The Los Angeles-class fast-attack submarine USS Jefferson City (SSN 759) departs Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam for a scheduled deployment. Jefferson City will perform a full spectrum of operations, including anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare, in the Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Michael B. Zingaro)
ROTA, Spain. U.S. Marines with the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (24th MEU) and a Sailor with Assault Craft Unit 4, back a High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS) onto a Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC) during on/off drills in Rota, Spain, April 26, 2021. 24th MEU, embarked with the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group, is forward deployed in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe and Africa. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt. Mark E. Morrow Jr.)
ROTA, Spain. Gas Turbine System Technician (Mechanical) 3rd Class Noel Sperlock, bottom right, assigned to Assault Craft Unit 4, ground guides a High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS) onto a Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC) during on/off drills in Rota, Spain, April 26, 2021. 24th MEU, embarked with the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group, is forward deployed in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe and Africa. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt. Mark E. Morrow Jr.)
PACIFIC OCEAN. Sailors assigned to the embarked Medical Treatment Facility air department aboard the Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) tie down an MH-60S Sea hawk helicopter assigned to Air Test and Evaluation (HX) Squadron 21 from Naval Air Station (NAS) Patuxent River, Md., on the ship’s flight deck April 27, 2021. Mercy is underway off the coast of Southern California completing dynamic interface testing, where the ship’s aviation facilities will be evaluated for compatibility with the V-22 Osprey and MH-60 Sea Hawk, and establish launch and recovery windows in adverse weather conditions. Mercy recently returned to homeport in San Diego from a regular overhaul in Portland, Ore., where improvements were made to its flight deck to support multiple aircraft platforms. Mercy must be in a five-day-activation status in order to support missions over the horizon, and be ready, reliable and resilient to support mission commanders. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Luke Cunningham)

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