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PACIFIC OCEAN (May 26, 2023) Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) Micah Callwood, from New Haven, Conn., prepares an F-35B Lightning II aircraft from the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit's (MEU) Air Combat Element (ACE) to take off from the forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) during flight operations in the Pacific Ocean, May 26, 2023. America, lead ship of the America Amphibious Ready Group, is operating in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations. 7th Fleet is the U.S. Navy's largest forward-deployed numbered fleet, and routinely interacts and operates with Allies and partners in preserving a free and open Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Thomas B. Contant)

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Photo by: Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Thomas B. Contant |  VIRIN: 230526-N-BX791-1040.JPG