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ATLANTIC OCEAN (Aug. 10, 2017)
Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer addresses the crew of the aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) during an all-hands call in the ship’s hangar bay. Gerald R. Ford is underway conducting test and evaluation operations. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Connor D. Loessin (Released) 170810-N-YW238-0220
CORAL SEA (Aug. 11, 2017)
An AV-8B Harrier assigned to the Tomcats of Marine Attack Squadron (VMA) 311 takes off from the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) during a certification exercise. Bonhomme Richard, flagship of the Bonhomme Richard Expeditionary Strike Group, is supporting a certification exercise (CERTEX) for the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (31st MEU). CERTEX, taking place off the coast of and within Australia’s Shoalwater Bay Training Area, will test the MEU’s ability to conduct all of its core missions such as stability operations, non-combatant evacuation and disaster relief. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Cosmo Walrath (Released) 170811-N-DC385-725
CORAL SEA (Aug. 9, 2017)
Marines assigned to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (31st MEU) and Sailors assigned to the Bonhomme Richard Expeditionary Strike Group joined together to honor and remember 1st Lt. Benjamin Cross, Cpl. Nathaniel Ordway and Pfc. Ruben Velasco during a sunset memorial Aug. 9, 2017 aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6). U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Amy Phan (Released) 170809-M-OP674-163
COLN, Honduras (Aug. 9, 2017)
Lt. Cmdr. Lee Rutledge, a chaplain assigned to Commander, Naval Surface Squadron (CNSS) 14, sands the wall of Escuela Arura Mixta Luz y Esperanza Elementary School in Coln, Honduras, to prepare for a new coat of paint during a community relations event in support of Southern Partnership Station (SPS) 17. SPS 17 is a U.S. Navy deployment, executed by U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/U.S. 4th Fleet, focused on subject matter expert exchanges with partner nation militaries and security forces in Central and South America. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kristen Cheyenne Yarber (Released) 170809-N-KW679-0168