Boatswain’s Mate 3rd Class Zachary Holcomb (left), from Dallas, and Boatswain’s Mate 3rd Class Brent Blalock, from Louisville, KY, unload an ammunition pallet from an MV-22 Osprey assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 365 (reinforced) onto the flight deck of the amphibious dock landing ship USS Fort McHenry (LSD 43). Fort McHenry is a part of the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and, with the embarked 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), is deployed in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations. (U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Adam Austin/Released)
“Why Being There Matters”
On our planet, more than 70 percent of which is covered by water, being there means having the ability to act from the sea. The Navy is uniquely positioned to be there; the world’s oceans give the Navy the power to protect America’s interests anywhere, and at any time. Your Navy protects and defends America on the world’s oceans. Navy ships, submarines, aircraft and, most importantly, tens of thousands of America’s finest young men and women are deployed around the world doing just that. They are there now. They will be there when we are sleeping tonight. They will be there every Saturday, Sunday and holiday this year. They are there around the clock, far from our shores, defending America at all times.
Thank you very much for your support of the men and women in U.S. Navy, deployed around the clock and ready to protect and defend America on the world’s oceans.