Northrop Grumman B-2 Spirit. “OPERATION ALLIED FORCE — A B-2 Spirit bomber prepares to receive fuel from a KC-135 Stratotanker during a mission in the European theater supporting NATO Operation Allied Force. The B-2 Spirit is a multi-role bomber capable of delivering both conventional and nuclear munitions. A dramatic leap forward in technology, the bomber represents a major milestone in the U.S. bomber modernization program. The B-2 brings massive firepower to bear, in a short time, anywhere on the globe through previously impenetrable defenses. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Ken Bergmann)”
Visitors await the public boarding of the guided-missile destroyer USS Mitscher (DDG 57) during New Orleans Navy Week. Mitscher is participating in The War of 1812 Bicentennial Commemoration, a series of city visits by the Navy, Coast Guard, Marine Corps and Operation Sail beginning in April 2012 and concluding in 2015. New Orleans is the first and the last city visit in the series.
Gunner’s Mate 1st Class Vincent Delisi supervises Engineman 3rd Class Kimberly Gambichler during an M240 machine gun weapon qualification exercise aboard the amphibious dock landing ship USS Pearl Harbor (LSD 52). Pearl Harbor and embarked Marines assigned to the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit are deployed as part of the Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group, supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.
The guided-missile destroyer USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) pulls into homeport at Naval Station Norfolk after a seven-month deployment to the Horn of Africa and the Arabian Gulf.