U.S. Forces, Japan


Sailors fast-rope onto the USS George Washington during an exercise in the Philippine Sea

PHILIPPINE SEA (June 10, 2015) - Members of Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit (EODMU) 5 prepare to store equipment after completing a helicopter rope suspension technique exercise on the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, are on patrol in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility supporting security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. George Washington will conduct a hull-swap with the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) later this year 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 Seaman Matthew Riggs/Released)