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Fleet Master Chief April Beldo, Manpower, Personnel, Training, and Education (MPT&E), talks to Chief Petty Officer selectees assigned to USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) and USS Enterprise (CVN 65) after a flag raising ceremony on Aug. 18, 2016. During her visit, Beldo spoke to Sailors about the Navy's transgender policy, uniform updates and staying motivated during the ship's refueling and complex overhaul period. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Robert Ferrone/Released)

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HSC 7 – Arabian Gulf

Sailors assigned to the Dusty Dogs of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 7 participate in a search and rescue exercise. USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) and its Carrier Strike Group are deployed in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Casey J. Hopkins/Released)

Air Test and Evaluation Squardron (VX) 23 – Atlantic Ocean

Aviation Boatswain's Mate (handling) 3rd Class Juan Cumpston observes an F-35C Lightning II carrier variant, assigned to the Salty Dogs of Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 23, perform a touch-and-go landing on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) on Aug. 20, 2016. VX-23 is conducting its third and final developmental test (DT-III) phase aboard George Washington in the Atlantic Ocean. The F-35C is expected to be fleet operational in 2018. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Wyatt L. Anthony/Released)

USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) – Arabian Gulf

Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Equipment) Airman Malik Robinson conducts maintenance on a bow catapult on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) on Aug. 22, 2016. The ship and its Carrier Strike Group are deployed in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Nathan T. Beard/Released)

USS Wasp (LHD 1) – Mediterranean Sea

Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) 3rd Class Mitchell Phillips signals an MV-22B Osprey to land aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1) on Aug. 23, 2016. Wasp is deployed with the Wasp Amphibious Ready Group to support maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Nathan Wilkes/Released)

USS Stout (DDG 55) – Arabian Gulf

Fire Controlman 1st Class Hayden Ralston launches an RQ-20A Puma AE (All Environment) unmanned aircraft system from the flight deck of the guided-missile destroyer USS Stout (DDG 55) on Aug. 23, 2016. Stout, deployed as part of the Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group, is supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Bill Dodge/Released)

USS George Washington (CVN 73) – Atlantic Ocean

The pilot of an F-35C Lightning II carrier variant, assigned to the Salty Dogs of Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 23, prepares to exit the cockpit onto the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) on Aug. 18, 2016. VX-23 is conducting its third and final developmental test (DT-III) phase aboard George Washington in the Atlantic Ocean. The F-35C is expected to be Fleet operational in 2018. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Wyatt L. Anthony/Released)