SOUTH CHINA SEA (July 18, 2016) Seaman Sashira Martinez, from Boston, adjusts her sander as she prepares to continue sanding the overhead in Underway Replenishment Station 7 on the starboard side of the Navy’s only forward-deployed aircraft carrier, USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76). According to Martinez, Deck department Sailors love working in this area because of the great view. “We also enjoy the sun and fresh air,” said Martinez. Ronald Reagan, the Carrier Strike Group Five (CSG 5) flagship, is on patrol in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility supporting security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class James Lee/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.
Mrs. Kayla Good
Navy Office of Community Outreach
Media Outreach Department