An MH-60R Sea Hawk helicopter from the Easyriders of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 37 takes off from the guided-missile destroyer USS Preble (DDG 88).
The operation was conducted on February 9, and was a part of an independent deployer certification exercise.
The exercise, which was conducted in the Pacific Ocean, is designed to certify select U.S. ships as independent deployers as tasked by Commander, U.S. 3rd Fleet.
USS Preble (DDG-88) is an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer and the sixth U.S. Navy ship named for Commodore Edward Preble (1761–1807).
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