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211201-N-KW505-0001 OKINAWA, Japan (Dec. 1, 2021) – Rear Adm. Chris Engdahl, commander, Expeditionary Strike Group 7, speaks during the opening ceremony for Cooperation Readiness Afloat Training (CARAT) Bangladesh 2021. In its 27th year, the CARAT series is comprised of multinational exercises, designed to enhance U.S. and partner navies’ abilities to operate together in response to traditional and non-traditional maritime security challenges in the Indo-Pacific region.
211125-N-LI768-1037 SINGAPORE STRAIT (Nov. 25, 2021) – Gunner’s Mate 1st Class Darryl Patterson, from Cleveland, Texas, stands security watch during sea and anchor aboard the Independence-variant littoral combat ship USS Tulsa (LCS 16). Tulsa, part of Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 7, is on a rotational deployment, operating in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations to enhance interoperability with partners and serve as a ready-response force in support of a free and open Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Devin M. Langer)
211125-N-LI768-2023 CHANGI NAVAL BASE, Singapore (Nov. 25, 2021) – Thanksgiving dinner is served aboard the Independence-variant littoral combat ship USS Tulsa (LCS 16). Tulsa, part of Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 7, is on a rotational deployment, operating in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations to enhance interoperability with partners and serve as a ready-response force in support of a free and open Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Devin M. Langer)
211123-N-LI768-1019 SOUTH CHINA SEA (Nov. 23, 2021) – Damage Controlman 3rd Class Todd Paige, from Philadelphia, conducts a routine check on a self-contained breathing apparatus aboard the Independence-variant littoral combat ship USS Tulsa (LCS 16). Tulsa, part of Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 7, is on a rotational deployment, operating in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations to enhance interoperability with partners and serve as a ready-response force in support of a free and open Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Devin M. Langer)
211123-N-LI768-2030 SOUTH CHINA SEA (Nov. 23, 2021) – The Independence-variant littoral combat ship USS Tulsa (LCS 16) transits the South China Sea. Tulsa, part of Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 7, is on a rotational deployment, operating in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations to enhance interoperability with partners and serve as a ready-response force in support of a free and open Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Devin M. Langer)
211124-N-LI768-1004 SOUTH CHINA SEA (Nov. 24, 2021) – Aviation Structural Mechanic 3rd Class Hermanheet Singh, from Cumming, Georgia, places a 12-ton jack under an MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter, assigned to the “Blackjacks” of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 21, aboard the Independence-variant littoral combat ship USS Tulsa (LCS 16). Tulsa, part of Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 7, is on a rotational deployment, operating in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations to enhance interoperability with partners and serve as a ready-response force in support of a free and open Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Devin M. Langer)
211128-N-LI768-1057 STRAIT OF MALACCA (Nov. 28, 2021) – Naval Air Crewman (Helicopter) 2nd Class Brandon Matlock, from Spokane, Washington, assigned to the “Blackjacks” of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 21, looks out from an MH-60S Sea Hawk Helicopter during a search and rescue exercise for Maritime Training Activity (MTA) Malaysia 2021. MTA Malaysia 2021 is a continuation of 27 years of maritime engagements between the U.S. Navy and Royal Malaysian Navy serving to enhance mutual capabilities in ensuring maritime security and stability. HSC 21 is deployed with the Independence-variant littoral combat ship USS Tulsa (LCS 16). Tulsa, part of Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 7, is on a rotational deployment, operating in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations to enhance interoperability with partners and serve as a ready-response force in support of a free and open Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Devin M. Langer)
211128-N-LI768-2028 STRAIT OF MALACCA (Nov. 28, 2021) – Sailors prepare to fire a .50-caliber machine gun from the Independence-variant littoral combat ship USS Tulsa (LCS 16) during a weapons exercise for Maritime Training Activity (MTA) Malaysia 2021. MTA Malaysia 2021 is a continuation of 27 years of maritime engagements between the U.S. Navy and Royal Malaysian Navy serving to enhance mutual capabilities in ensuring maritime security and stability. Tulsa, part of Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 7, is on a rotational deployment, operating in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations to enhance interoperability with partners and serve as a ready-response force in support of a free and open Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Devin M. Langer)
STRAIT OF MALACCA (Nov. 27, 2021) Chief Quartermaster Matthew Rivera, from Mount Bethel, Pennsylvania, looks for flashing signals as the Independence-variant littoral combat ship USS Tulsa (LCS 16) conducts a tactical signal exercise with the Royal Malaysian Navy during Maritime Training Activity (MTA) Malaysia 2021. MTA Malaysia 2021 is a continuation of 27 years of maritime engagements between the U.S. Navy and Royal Malaysian Navy serving to enhance mutual capabilities in ensuring maritime security and stability. Tulsa, part of Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 7, is on a rotational deployment, operating in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations to enhance interoperability with partners and serve as a ready-response force in support of a free and open Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Devin M. Langer)
STRAIT OF MALACCA (Nov. 27, 2021) From front, the U.S. Navy Independence-variant littoral combat ship USS Tulsa (LCS 16), Royal Malaysian Navy frigate KD Lekiu (FFG 30) and corvette KD Lekir (F 26) sail in formation during Maritime Training Activity (MTA) Malaysia 2021. MTA Malaysia 2021 is a continuation of 27 years of maritime engagements between the U.S. Navy and Royal Malaysian Navy serving to enhance mutual capabilities in ensuring maritime security and stability. Tulsa, part of Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 7, is on a rotational deployment, operating in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations to enhance interoperability with partners and serve as a ready-response force in support of a free and open Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Devin M. Langer)
211122-N-LI768-1137 SOUTH CHINA SEA (Nov. 22, 2021) –The Independence-variant littoral combat ship USS Tulsa (LCS 16) conducts a replenishment-at-sea with the fleet replenishment oiler USNS Big Horn (T-AO 198). Tulsa, part of Destroyer Squadron Seven, is on a rotational deployment, operating in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations to enhance interoperability with partners and serve as a ready-response force in support of a free and open Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Devin M. Langer)
211123-O-NR876-588 LUMUT, Malaysia (Nov. 23, 2021) Personnel from Malaysia and the U.S. kicked off Maritime Training Activity (MTA) Malaysia 2021 during a virtual opening ceremony, Nov. 23. MTA Malaysia is a continuation of 27 years of U.S. Navy and Royal Malaysian Navy serving to enhance mutual capabilities in ensuring maritime peace and stability. (Courtesy photo by Royal Malaysian Navy)
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