U.S. 5TH FLEET AOR (Feb. 12, 2019)

Gunner’s Mate Seaman Nathan Sparkman fires a shot line from the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) to the Lewis and Clark-class dry cargo and ammunition ship USNS Alan Shepard (T-AKE 3) during a replenishment-at-sea. Kearsarge is the flagship for the Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group and, with the embarked 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit, is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations in support of naval operations to ensure maritime stability and security in the Central Region, connecting the Mediterranean and the Pacific through the western Indian Ocean and three strategic choke points. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Casey Moore (Released) 190212-N-YH603-2015

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