(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Ryre Arciaga)
Boatswain’s Mate Seaman Sam Cohen, from Lawrenceville, Ga. scans for surface contacts on the bridge wing of the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Milius (DDG 69). Milius is assigned to Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 15 and is underway supporting a free and open Indo-Pacific. CTF 71/DESRON 15 is the Navy’s largest forward deployed DESRON and the U.S. 7th Fleet’s principal fighting force.
With more than 90 percent of all trade traveling by sea, and 95 percent of the world’s international phone and internet traffic carried through fiber optic cables lying on the ocean floor, Navy officials continue to emphasize that the prosperity and security of the United States is directly linked to a strong and ready Navy.