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AFGHANISTAN (July 7, 2009) An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Stingers of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 113 conducts an Operation Enduring Freedom mission over the Helmand River Valley in southern Afghanistan. VFA-113 is part of Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 14 and is embarked aboard the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76). Ronald Reagan is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Cmdr. Erik Etz/Released)

Two F/A-18F Super Hornets assigned to the “Diamondbacks” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 102 fly above the flight deck of the Navy’s only forward-deployed aircraft carrier, USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76). F/A-18’s operate from 10 aircraft carriers and 37 squadrons worldwide. Ronald Reagan, the Carrier Strike Group Five (CSG 5) flagship, is on patrol supporting security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Seaman Jamaal Liddell/Released)

FALLON, Nev. (Sept. 3, 2015) F-35C Lightning IIs, assigned to the Grim Reapers of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 101, and an F/A-18E/F Super Hornets assigned to the Naval Aviation Warfighter Development Center (NAWDC) fly over Naval Air Station Fallon’s (NASF) Range Training Complex. VFA 101, based out of Eglin Air Force Base, is conducting an F-35C cross-country visit to NASF. The purpose is to begin integration of F-35C with the Fallon Range Training Complex and work with NAWDC to refine tactics, techniques and procedures (TTP) of F-35C as it integrates into the carrier air wing. (U.S. Navy photo by Lt. Cmdr. Darin Russell/Released)

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A 9mm Beretta pistol is disassembled for cleaning aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG 71), June 17, 2017. Ross, forward-deployed to Rota, Spain, is conducting naval operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe and Africa. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Robert S. Price/Released)

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One of the fun things about Kevin Spacey is you never know where you might find him. Here he is at the Annapolis Cup croquet match between St.John’s College and the U.S. Naval Academy. The community-wide event attracts several thousand people to the heart of Annapolis for a festive lawn party complete with outrageous costumes, old-fashioned picnics, swing dancing, and, of course, croquet competition. April 22, 2017

PACIFIC OCEAN (June 17, 2010) A Marine pilot assigned to the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (15th MEU) flies an AH-1W Super Cobra during flight operations aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu (LHA 5). Taylor is participating in theater security cooperation activities in the Adriatic Sea. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Edward Kessler/Released)

An F-14 “Tomcat and an F/A-18 "Hornet” aircraft assigned to the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65) complete air-to-air refueling operations with a U.S. Air Force KC-10 “Extender” from the 763rd Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron. The refueling squadron supports Navy jets conducting missions in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. U.S. Navy Photo by Commander Brian G. Gawne. (RELEASED)

Hidden Herstory: Phyllis Mae Dailey, First African American in the U.S. Navy Nurses Corps

Photo: Phyllis Mae Dailey, second from the right, and others are sworn into the U.S. Navy Nurses Corps on March 8, 1945. 

Phyllis Mae Dailey was inducted on this day in 1945 into the Navy Nurses Corps. Dailey, pictured second from the right, was the first African American sworn in as a Navy nurse, following changes in Navy recruitment and admittance procedures that previously excluded black women from joining the Navy Nurse Corps. These discriminatory procedures were enacted by the U.S. Air Force as well, which had rejected Dailey prior. Dailey’s determination opened the door for many other black women to join the military nursing profession. 

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Naval Air Station Oceana, Va. (Sept. 25, 2004) - An F-14D Tomcat assigned to the “Grim Reapers” of Fighter Squadron One Zero One (VF-101), flies an aerial demonstration in front of the crowd at the 2004 “In Pursuit of Liberty,” Naval Air Station Oceana Air Show. The air show, held Sept. 24-26, showcased civilian and military aircraft from the Nation’s armed forces, which provided many flight demonstrations and static displays. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer’s Mate 2nd Class Daniel J. McLain (RELEASED)

The 5"/25 (127 mm) battery aboard the U.S. Navy battleship USS New Mexico (BB-40) prepares to fire during the bombardment of Saipan, 15 June 1944.
Note the time-fuze setters on the left side of each gun mount, each holding three “fixed” rounds of ammunition; the barrels of 20 mm machine guns at the extreme right; and triple the 14"/50 (34.5 cm) guns in the background.

(Source: Official U.S. Navy photo 80-G-K-14162 from the U.S. Navy Naval History and Heritage Command)

Ships from the Indian navy, Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) and the U.S. Navy sail in formation in the Bay of Bengal during exercise Malabar 2017. Malabar 2017 is the latest in a continuing series of exercises between the Indian navy, JMSDF and U.S. Navy that has grown in scope and complexity over the years to address the variety of shared threats to maritime security in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Holly L. Herline/Released)

An F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 192 makes an arrested landing on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kurtis A. Hatcher/Released)

GULF OF ADEN (Feb. 12, 2017 Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Handling) 3rd Class Jalisa Hill signals an MV-22B Osprey, assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 163 (Reinforced), to take off from the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8). The ship is deployed in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations in support of maritime security operations designed to reassure allies and partners, and preserve the freedom of navigation and the free flow of commerce in the region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Devin M. Langer/Released) 170212-N-LI768-059