Celebrate the U.S. Navy’s 240th Birthday with These Awesome Ship Photos of the Day

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October 13, 2015

The U.S. Navy on Tuesday celebrated its 240th birthday. To help them celebrate, here are some awesome photos from the past year.

150428-N-TC437-320 PACIFIC OCEAN (April 28, 2015) The littoral combat ship USS Freedom (LCS 1) transits alongside the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) in preparation for a replenishment-at-sea training exercise. U.S. Navy ships are underway conducting an independent deployer certification exercise off the coast of Southern California. The exercise provides a multi-ship environment to train and certify independent deployers in surface warfare, air defense, maritime-interception operations, command and control/information warfare, command, control, computers and combat systems intelligence and mine warfare. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Ignacio D. Perez/Released) (April 28, 2015) The littoral combat ship USS Freedom (LCS 1) transits alongside the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) in preparation for a replenishment-at-sea training exercise. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Ignacio D. Perez/Released)

150706-N-BK290-719 RABAUL, Papua New Guinea (July 6, 2015) The Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) sits at anchorage in Simpson Harbor off the coast of Rabaul, Papua New Guinea. Mercy is in Papua New Guinea for its second mission port of Pacific Partnership 2015. Pacific Partnership is in its tenth iteration and is the largest annual multilateral humanitarian assistance and disaster relief preparedness mission conducted in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Christopher E. Tucker/Released) (July 6, 2015) The Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) sits at anchorage in Simpson Harbor off the coast of Rabaul, Papua New Guinea. Mercy is in Papua New Guinea for its second mission port of Pacific Partnership 2015. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Christopher E. Tucker/Released)

150731-N-IK337-017 PACIFIC OCEAN (July 31, 2015) The aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) connects fuel supply hoses from the Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS Henry J. Kaiser (T-AO 187). The John C. Stennis Strike Group is conducting a composite training unit exercise, the final step before being certified for deployment. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Christopher Frost/Released) (July 31, 2015) The aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) connects fuel supply hoses from the Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS Henry J. Kaiser (T-AO 187). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Christopher Frost/Released)

150807-N-IP531-342 PACIFIC OCEAN (Aug. 7, 2015) The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) transits the Pacific Ocean. George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, are en route to conduct a hull-swap with the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) after serving seven years as the U.S. Navy's only forward-deployed aircraft carrier in Yokosuka, Japan. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Chris Cavagnaro/Released) (Aug. 7, 2015) The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) transits the Pacific Ocean. George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, are en route to conduct a hull-swap with the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) after serving seven years as the U.S. Navy’s only forward-deployed aircraft carrier in Yokosuka, Japan. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Chris Cavagnaro/Released)

150908-N-AX546-904 BLACK SEA (Sept. 8, 2015) The guided-missile destroyer USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) transits the Black Sea. Donald Cook is participating in exercise Sea Breeze 2015. Sea Breeze is an air, land, and maritime exercise designed to improve maritime safety, security, and stability in the Black Sea. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Sean Spratt/Released) (Sept. 8, 2015) The guided-missile destroyer USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) transits the Black Sea. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Sean Spratt/Released)

151008-N-KK394-174 ATLANTIC OCEAN (Oct. 8, 2015) The aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) and the guided-missile destroyer USS Nitze (DDG 94) conduct an underway replenishment with the Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS Kanawha (T-AO 196). Dwight D. Eisenhower is underway conducting carrier qualifications. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Anderson W. Branch/Released) (Oct. 8, 2015) The aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) and the guided-missile destroyer USS Nitze (DDG 94) conduct an underway replenishment with the Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS Kanawha (T-AO 196). U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Anderson W. Branch/Released

150807-N-IP531-388 PACIFIC OCEAN (Aug. 7, 2015) The Nimitz-class aircraft carriers USS George Washington (CVN 73), left, and USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) are underway before conducting a hull-swap. Ronald Regan will replace George Washington in Japan. The force structure change allows George Washington to undergo its mid-life refueling complex overhaul and Ronald Reagan to support the security and stability of the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Chris Cavagnaro/Released) (Aug. 7, 2015) The Nimitz-class aircraft carriers USS George Washington (CVN 73), left, and USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) are underway before conducting a hull-swap.  U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Chris Cavagnaro/Released

150714-N-WB378-199 MIAMI (July 14, 2015) Steel Worker 1st Class Jesse Hamblin, assigned to Underwater Construction Team (UCT) 2, makes a vertical fillet weld on a half inch steel plate. Members of UCT-2 are attending a 10-day underwater welding course provided by Hydroweld, in order to develop techniques required to weld in accordance with the American Welding Society, wet welding standards. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Blake Midnight/Released) (July 14, 2015) Steel Worker 1st Class Jesse Hamblin, assigned to Underwater Construction Team (UCT) 2, makes a vertical fillet weld on a half inch steel plate. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Blake Midnight/Released

150929-N-BJ254-203 ARABIAN GULF (Sept. 29, 2015) Explosive ordnance disposal technicians assigned to Commander, Task Group (CTG) 56.1 conduct cast and recovery operations. CTG 56.1 conducts mine countermeasures, explosive ordnance disposal, salvage-diving, and force protection operations throughout the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Wyatt Huggett/Released) (Sept. 29, 2015) Explosive ordnance disposal technicians assigned to Commander, Task Group (CTG) 56.1 conduct cast and recovery operations. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Wyatt Huggett/Released

150730-N-ZZ999-003 ARCTIC OCEAN (July 30, 2015) The fast attack submarine USS Seawolf (SSN 21) surfaces through Arctic ice at the North Pole. Seawolf conducted routine Arctic operations. (U.S. Navy photo/Released) (July 30, 2015) The fast attack submarine USS Seawolf (SSN 21) surfaces through Arctic ice at the North Pole. U.S. Navy photo/Released

150928-N-GZ228-152 PACIFIC OCEAN (Sept. 28, 2015) Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC) 44, assigned to Assault Craft Unit (ACU) 5, approaches the well deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4) during well deck operations. Boxer is underway off the coast of Southern California conducting routine training exercises and maintenance in preparation for its upcoming deployment. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jesse Monford/Released) (Sept. 28, 2015) Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC) 44, assigned to Assault Craft Unit (ACU) 5, approaches the well deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4) during well deck operations. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jesse Monford/Released

151002-N-SB299-456 ARABIAN GULF (Oct. 2, 2015) The aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) transits the Arabian Gulf. Theodore Roosevelt is deployed in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations supporting Operation Inherent Resolve, strike operations in Iraq and Syria as directed, maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Alex Millar/Released) (Oct. 2, 2015) The aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) transits the Arabian Gulf. Theodore Roosevelt is deployed in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations supporting Operation Inherent Resolve, strike operations in Iraq and Syria as directed, maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the region. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Alex Millar/Released

151009-N-IQ655-249 SAN FRANCISCO (Oct. 9, 2015) Members of the U.S. Navy Parachute Team, the Leap Frogs, perform a diamond formation during a skydiving demonstration at theSan Francisco Fleet Week Air Show. The Navy Parachute Team is based in San Diego and performs aerial parachute demonstrations around the nation in support of Naval Special Warfare and Navy recruiting. (U.S. Navy photo by James Woods/Released) (Oct. 9, 2015) Members of the U.S. Navy Parachute Team, the Leap Frogs, perform a diamond formation during a skydiving demonstration at the San Francisco Fleet Week Air Show. U.S. Navy photo by James Woods/Released

150518-N-SU274-033 CHARLESTOWN, Mass. (May 18, 2015) USS Constitution enters Dry Dock 1 in Charlestown Navy Yard to commence a multi-year planned restoration period. This is Constitution's first time in dry dock since its 1992-1996 restoration. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Peter Melkus/Released) (May 18, 2015) USS Constitution enters Dry Dock 1 in Charlestown Navy Yard to commence a multi-year planned restoration period. This is Constitution’s first time in dry dock since its 1992-1996 restoration. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Peter Melkus/Released

150621-M-QZ288-113 SUEZ CANAL, Egypt (June 21, 2015) Marines with the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (24th MEU) watch the sunset as the amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) transits through the Suez Canal. The 24th MEU and Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) transit the canal, a 120-mile long waterway connecting the Red Sea to the Mediterranean, and entered the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations. The 24th MEU is deployed on the ships of the Iwo Jima ARG in support of U.S. national security interests in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Austin A. Lewis/Released) (June 21, 2015) Marines with the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (24th MEU) watch the sunset as the amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) transits through the Suez Canal. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Austin A. Lewis/Released

150710-N-DV340-024 PACIFIC OCEAN (July 10, 2015) An F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the Kestrels of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 137 launches at sunset from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76). Ronald Reagan is underway off the coast of Southern California. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Chase C. Lacombe/Released) (July 10, 2015) An F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the Kestrels of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 137 launches at sunset from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76). U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Chase C. Lacombe/Released

151008-N-KW492-016 ATLANTIC OCEAN (Oct. 8, 2015) A landing craft air cushion (LCAC) approaches the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3). Kearsarge is deployed as part of the Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group to the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet area of operations as part of a regularly scheduled deployment. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Ryre Arciaga/Released) (Oct. 8, 2015) A landing craft air cushion (LCAC) approaches the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3). U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Ryre Arciaga/Released

150402-N-RC734-027 PACIFIC OCEAN (April 2, 2015) Sailors standby to receive a rigid-hull inflatable Boat as it transits alongside the amphibious transport dock ship USS San Diego (LPD 22). San Diego is conducting drills and exercises off of the coast of California. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Joseph M. Buliavac/Released) (April 2, 2015) Sailors standby to receive a rigid-hull inflatable Boat as it transits alongside the amphibious transport dock ship USS San Diego (LPD 22). U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Joseph M. Buliavac/Released

150711-N-ZZ999-532 PACIFIC OCEAN (July 11, 2015) An MH-60R Sea Hawk helicopter attached to the Battle Cats of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 73 fires flares near the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) during an air power demonstration. Carl Vinson hosts more than 2,000 family members and friends to demonstrate the ship's capabilities. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Tom Tonthat/Released) (July 11, 2015) An MH-60R Sea Hawk helicopter attached to the Battle Cats of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 73 fires flares near the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) during an air power demonstration. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Tom Tonthat/Released

141104-N-SB587-078 ATLANTIC OCEAN (Nov. 8, 2014) The Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS John Lenthal (T-AO 189) transits the atlantic Ocean during the multi-national exercise Bold Alligator 2014 (BA14). Bold Alligator is intended to improve Navy and Marine Corps amphibious core competencies. Working with coalition, NATO, allied and partner nations is a necessary investment in the current and future readiness of our forces. The exercise takes place Oct. 29-Nov. 10, 2014 afloat and ashore along the Eastern Seaboard. #BoldAlligator14 (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Corbin J. Shea/Released) (Nov. 8, 2014) The Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS John Lenthal (T-AO 189) transits the atlantic Ocean during the multi-national exercise Bold Alligator 2014 (BA14). U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Corbin J. Shea/Released

141104-N-ZZ999-011 PACIFIC OCEAN (Nov. 4, 2014) Two F-35C Lightning II carrier variant joint strike fighters conduct the first catapult launches aboard the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). The F-35 Lightning II Pax River Integrated Test Force from Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 23 is conducting initial at-sea trials aboard Nimitz. (U.S. Navy photo courtesy of Lockheed Martin by Dane Wiedmann/Released) (Nov. 4, 2014) Two F-35C Lightning II carrier variant joint strike fighters conduct the first catapult launches aboard the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). U.S. Navy photo courtesy of Lockheed Martin by Dane Wiedmann/Released

150628-N-VC236-071 ARABIAN GULF (June 28, 2015) - Sailors spell out #USA with the American flag on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt in honor of the nation's upcoming Independence Day weekend. Theodore Roosevelt is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations as part of Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group supporting Operation Inherent Resolve, strike operations in Iraq and Syria as directed, maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jackie Hart/Released) (June 28, 2015) Sailors spell out #USA with the American flag on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt in honor of the nation’s Independence Day weekend. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jackie Hart/Released

150317-N-EW716-001 PACIFIC OCEAN (March 17, 2015) The littoral combat ship USS Freedom (LCS 1) is underway off the coast of Oregon conducting rough water trials. (U.s. Navy photo/Released) (March 17, 2015) The littoral combat ship USS Freedom (LCS 1) is underway off the coast of Oregon conducting rough water trials. U.S. Navy photo/Released

150511-N-VO234-613 SOUTH CHINA SEA (May 11, 2015) The littoral combat ship USS Fort Worth (LCS 3) conducts patrols in international waters of the South China Sea near the Spratly Islands. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Conor Minto/Released) (May 11, 2015) The littoral combat ship USS Fort Worth (LCS 3) conducts patrols in international waters of the South China Sea near the Spratly Islands. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Conor Minto/Released

150814-N-TQ272-994 PACIFIC OCEAN (Aug. 13, 2015) The Japanese fleet oiler JS Mashu (AOE 425) conducts a replenishment-at-sea with the Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) during Pacific Partnership 2015. Pacific Partnership is in its 10th iteration and is the largest annual multilateral humanitarian assistance and disaster relief preparedness mission conducted in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. While training for crisis conditions, Pacific Partnership missions to date have provided real world medical care to approximately 270,000 patients and veterinary services to more than 38,000 animals. Additionally, the mission has provided critical infrastructure development to host nations through more than 180 engineering projects. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Mark El-Rayes/Released) (Aug. 13, 2015)  The Japanese fleet oiler JS Mashu (AOE 425) conducts a replenishment-at-sea with the Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) during Pacific Partnership 2015. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Mark El-Rayes/Released

141209-N-TC437-407 PACIFIC OCEAN (Dec. 9, 2014) Aviation Machinist's Mate 2nd Class Jonathon Weimer, from Miami, directs an MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter from the Chargers of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 14 to the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74). John C. Stennis is undergoing an operational training period in preparation for future deployments. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Ignacio D. Perez/ Released) (Dec. 9, 2014) Aviation Machinist’s Mate 2nd Class Jonathon Weimer, from Miami, directs an MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter from the Chargers of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 14 to the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74). U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Ignacio D. Perez/ Released

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