Monday, May 20, 2024

Michael Whitehead of Leavenworth, WA

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230214-N-WM182-1047 SOUTH CHINA SEA

 U.S. Navy Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Fuel) Airman Michael Whitehead, from Leavenworth, Wash., mans a sound-powered telephone during a replenishment-at-sea aboard the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). Nimitz Carrier Strike Group (NIMCSG) and Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group (MKI ARG), with embarked 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (13th MEU), are conducting combined expeditionary strike force (ESF) operations, demonstrating unique high-end war fighting capability, maritime superiority, power projection and readiness. Operations include integrated training designed to advance interoperability between the two groups while simultaneously demonstrating the U.S. commitment to our alliances and partnerships in the Indo-Pacific region. Nimitz is in U.S. 7th Fleet conducting routine operations. 7th Fleet is the U.S. Navy's largest forward-deployed numbered fleet, and routinely interacts and operates with Allies and partners in preserving a free and open Indo-Pacific region.

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