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Sailors assigned to the newly commissioned destroyer USS Preble (DDG 88) man the rails

Sailors assigned to the newly commissioned destroyer USS Preble (DDG 88) man the rails

The US Navy Arleigh Burke Class Guided-Missile Destroyer USS PREBLE (DDG 88) fires a surface-to-air Standard Missile-2 (SM-2) missile while conducting missile-firing exercises off the coast of Southern California. The USN Ticonderoga Class Guided Missile Cruiser, also participating in the exercise, observes the launch

The guided-missile destroyer USS Preble (DDG 88) prepares to depart the town of Astroia in Oregon and head towards Portland as part of the Fleet of Ships during the Portland Rose Festival.

Gunners Mate 2nd Class Brandi Matheny and Gunners Mate 2nd Class Jeremy Marco, clean the five-inch gun aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Preble (DDG 88).

Sailors assigned to the guided-missile destroyer USS Preble (DDG 88) enjoy the Waterfront Carnival during the 99th annual Portland Rose Festival.

Ensign Frank Bierberly watches as the rest of his boarding team returns to the guided-missile destroyer USS Preble (DDG 88) after a day of performing Interaction Patrols (IPATS) in the north Persian Gulf.

Sailors approach guided-missile destroyer USS Preble (DDG 88) in a pair of rigid hull inflatable boats after a day of performing interaction patrols (IPATS) in the Persian Gulf.

Sailors approach guided-missile destroyer USS Preble (DDG 88) in a pair of rigid hull inflatable boats.

Seaman John Moen mans the helm during low visibility conditions caused by a sandstorm at sea aboard Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Preble (DDG 88).

Operations Specialist 2nd Class Stephen Layman practices proper baton striking techniques during force protection training on the forecastle aboard guided-missile destroyer USS Preble (DDG 88).

Visit, board, search and seizure (VBSS) team members, assigned to guided-missile destroyer USS Preble (DDG 88), and Iraqi forces wait for authorization before boarding an oil rig.

Visit, board, search and seizure (VBSS) team member Enginemen 3rd Class Blain Churchill, attached to the guided-missile destroyer USS Preble (DDG 88), drives a rigid hull inflatable boat across the Persian Gulf.

Sonar Technician (Surface) 2nd Class Jeff Shaver, left, and Electronics Technician 3rd Class Mark Domingue, assigned to guided-missile destroyer USS Preble's (DDG 88) visit, board, search and seizure (VBSS) team, check passports.

Visit, board, search and seizure (VBSS) team members from guided-missile destroyer USS Preble (DDG 88), U.S. Coast Guard and Iraqi forces board an oil tanker in the Persian Gulf.

Visit, board, search and seizure (VBSS) team member Sonar Technician (Surface) 2nd Class Kim Ditzel, attached to the guided-missile destroyer USS Preble (DDG 88), patrols in the ship's rigid hull inflatable boat.

Lt. j.g. Tom Hennessey, officer in charge of guided-missile destroyer USS Preble's (DDG 88) visit, board, search and seizure (VBSS) team, contacts Preble to receive permission to return to the ship.

Lt. j.g. Tom Hennessey, officer in charge of guided-missile destroyer USS Preble's (DDG 88) visit, board, search and seizure (VBSS) team, attempts to count personnel aboard an oil tanker before an Iraqi VBSS team boards the ship in the Persian Gulf.

Boatswain's Mate 2nd Class Jared Klevens mans a .60-caliber machine gun as the visit, board, search and seizure (VBSS) team assigned to guided-missile destroyer USS Preble (DDG 88) approaches a tugboat in a rigid hull inflatable boat.

Seaman Kevin Bruton, from the visit, board, search and seizure (VBSS) team assigned to guided-missile destroyer USS Preble (DDG 88), steers a rigid hull inflatable boat around a local tugboat after dropping off the VBSS team.

While conducting Interaction Patrols (IPATS), Boatswain's Mate 2nd Class Jared Klevens mans a .60-caliber machine gun as the visit, board, search and seizure (VBSS) team assigned to guided-missile destroyer USS Preble (DDG 88).

Seaman Kevin Bruton, from the visit, board, search and seizure (VBSS) team assigned to guided-missile destroyer USS Preble (DDG 88), prepares to pick up the rest of the VBSS team after they complete the boarding of a local tugboat.

The guided-missile destroyer USS Preble (DDG 88) commences its approach along side Military Sealift Command fast combat support ship USNS Bridge (T-AOE 10) to receive fuel and supplies during a replenishment-at-sea (RAS).

Sailors aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Preble (DDG 88) hold a phone and distance line between Preble and the Military Sealift Command (MSC) fast-combat support ship USNS Bridge (T-AOE 10) during a replenishment-at-sea (RAS).

The guided-missile destroyer USS Preble (DDG 88) steams alongside the Military Sealift Command (MSC) fast-combat support ship USNS Bridge (T-AOE 10) during a replenishment-at-sea (RAS).

An SH-60B Seahawk assigned to the Wolfpack of Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Light (HSL) 45, takes off from the flight deck of the guided-missile destroyer USS Preble (DDG 88) during exercise Valiant Shield 2007.

Lt. Charlie Limon, force protection officer aboard guided-missile destroyer USS Preble (DDG 88), meets his son for the first time after returning from a 7.5-month deployment as part of John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group.

Sailors man the rails of guided-missile destroyer USS Preble (DDG 88) as they return from a 7.5-month deployment as part of John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group.

Service members assigned to the guided-missile destroyer USS Preble (DDG 88) go on liberty in Seattle during a two-day port visit.

Service members assigned to the guided-missile destroyer USS Preble (DDG 88) march in the Grand Floral Parade as part of the 101st Annual Rose Festival during Fleet Week in Portland.

Boatswain's Mate 3rd Class Lance Reynolds watches from the fantail aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) while the guided-missile destroyer USS Preble (DDG 88) follows astern.

Boatswain's Mate 2nd Class Chris Fox, from Toledo, Ohio, hoses down the bow during a fresh-water wash down aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Preble (DDG 88).

Quartermaster 3rd Class Terra Maine, right, from Canon, Colo., takes navigation plot fixes on the bridge aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Preble (DDG 88).

Cmdr. John Wade conducts a press conference aboard USS Preble (DDG 88),

Lt. Frances Durham, right, from Annapolis, M.D. embarked aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Preble (DDG 88), creates an Ikebana flower arrangement.

The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Preble (DDG 88) approaches the Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS John Ericsson (T-AO 194).

Gunner's Mate 2nd Class Andy Knowles, from Dallas, Texas, prepares an M240 machine gun for firing, during a small craft attack team training exercise aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Preble (DDG 88).

Sailors aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Preble (DDG 88) prepare to come alongside the Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS Rappahannock (T-AO 204).

Sailors assigned to the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Kidd (DDG 100) heave mooring lines attached to the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Preble (DDG 88).

Damage Control Training Team member Senior Chief Damage Controlman Raul Sanchez supervises a hose team during a flight deck fire drill aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Preble (DDG 88).

Sonar Technician Chris Gaut, from Phoenix, cuts a wedge as part of a pipe patching exercise during a timed Captain's Cup event on the flight deck of the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Preble (DDG 88).

Fire Controlman 2nd Class Kate Vohs, from Spencer W. Va., links 20mm dummy rounds for use in a Close-in Weapon System aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Preble (DDG 88).

Cmdr. John Wade, commanding officer of the guided-missile destroyer USS Preble (DDG 88), left, exchanges gifts with Rear Adm. Jean Louis Vichot.

The guided-missile destroyer USS Preble (DDG 88) is moored pier side in Papeete, Tahiti.

Sailors aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Preble (DDG 88) man the rails as the ship transits San Diego Bay after returning from a scheduled five-month deployment.

Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) Rick D. West high-fives a Sailor assigned to the guided-missile destroyer USS Preble (DDG 88) during a visit to the San Diego region.

Sailors aboard USS Preble (DDG 88) conduct an operational tomahawk missile launch while underway in a training area off the coast of California.

Sailors aboard USS Preble (DDG 88) conduct an operational tomahawk missile launch while underway in a training area off the coast of California.

The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Preble (DDG 88) provides protection for the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) during a simulated straits transit exercise.

The aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) is underway with the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Preble (DDG 88) during a straits training exercise

The aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) is underway with the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Preble (DDG 88) during a straits training exercise.

The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Preble (DDG 88) fights strong winds passing Shelter Island.

The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Preble (DDG 88) fights strong winds passing Shelter Island.

The aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) is underway in the Pacific Ocean with the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Preble (DDG 88).

Ensign Joseph Mancini performs as the guided-missile destroyer USS Preble (DDG 88) breaks away from the fast combat support ship USNS Bridge (T-AOE 10).

An HH-60H Sea Hawk helicopter lifts off from the guided-missile destroyer USS Preble (DDG 88) after refueling.

Sailors assigned to Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Light (HSL) 43 load cases of bottled water on an SH-60 Sea Hawk helicopter aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Preble (DDG 88).

Sailors donate their clothing, blankets and food to help support earthquake and tsunami survivors in Japan aboard USS Preble (DDG 88).

An SA-330J Puma helicopter lands aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS PREBLE (DDG-88) during a vertical replenishment with the Military Sealift Command dry cargo and ammunition ship USNS Richard E. Byrd (T-AKE 4).

USS Preble (DDG 88) and USNS Richard E. Byrd (T-AKE 4) break away from USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) after an underway replenishment.

Personnel Specialist 2nd Class Edwin Barrientos signals for an SH-60B Sea Hawk helicopter to land aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Preble (DDG 88).

USS Preble (DDG 88) transits the Indian Ocean before conducting a refueling at sea operation with USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76).

USS Preble (DDG 88) transits the Indian Ocean before conducting a refueling at sea operation with USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76).

Sailors watch as USS Preble (DDG 88) comes alongside USNS Alan Shepard (T-AKE 3) to conduct an underway replenishment.

Sailors aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Preble (DDG 88) unload mail pallets during a vertical replenishment.

Sailors aboard USS Preble (DDG 88) muster at their appointed abandon ship stations during an abandon ship drill.

An 330EV Puma helicopter lowers a pallet of supplies onto the bow of the guided-missile destroyer USS Preble (DDG 88) during a vertical replenishment at sea.

Boatswain's Mate 2nd Class Asmara Andom unwraps a pallet of supplies on the bow of the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Preble (DDG 88).

The Military Sealift Command dry cargo and ammunition ship USNS Charles Drew (T-AKE 10) gets into position for a replenishment-at-sea.

Sailors move supplies from the bow of the guided-missile destroyer USS Preble (DDG 88) during a vertical replenishment with the Military Sealift Command dry cargo and ammunition ship USNS Charles Drew (T-AKE 10).

The guided-missile destroyer USS Preble (DDG 88) passes under the Bay Bridge following the parade of ships during San Francisco Fleet Week 2012 (SFFW 12).

Sailors aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Preble (DDG-88) look at the San Francisco skyline as the ship transits San Francisco Bay.

Sailors assigned to the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8) and the guided-missile destroyer USS Preble (DDG 88) march in the Italian Heritage parade during San Francisco Fleet Week 2012 (SFFW 12).

The guided-missile destroyer USS Preble (DDG 88) displays holiday lights at its homeport of San Diego.

Boatswain's Mate 2nd Class Joseph Tranmer uses a naval firefighter's thermal imager during a firefighting drill aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Preble (DDG 88).

Cryptologic Technician 3rd Class Josh Grohoski mans a fire hose during a firefighting drill aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Preble (DDG 88).

Seaman Danielle Wallace listens for instructions during her duties as a phone-talker during a firefighting drill aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Preble (DDG 88).

Hull Maintenance Technician 3rd Class Zach Cantrell dons the helmet of his firefighting ensemble during a firefighting drill aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Preble (DDG 88).

Sailors heave a mooring line aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Preble (DDG 88) as it departs Naval Base San Diego for a scheduled underway.

A Sailor lowers the Navy jack aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Preble (DDG 88).

The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Preble (DDG 88) departs Naval Base San Diego for a scheduled underway.

The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Preble (DDG 88), right, passes USS Dewey (DDG 105) as it departs homeport in San Diego for a six-month deployment.

The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Preble (DDG 88) departs homeport in San Diego for a six-month deployment.

The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Preble (DDG 88) departs homeport San Diego

The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Preble (DDG 88) transits the Pacific Ocean.

USS Preble (DDG 88) and USNS Guadalupe (T-AO 200) conduct a replenishment-at-sea.

An Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician (EOD) conducts a fast-rope exercise aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Preble (DDG 88).

Fireman Ashley Jett, left, relays information to the conning officer aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Preble (DDG 88) from the lee helm as the ship gets underway.

The tugboat Seminole (YT-805) assists the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Preble (DDG 88) as the ship gets underway.

Cmdr. Jeff Heames talks with Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force Lt. Masaaki Mizunum.

Gunner's Mate 2nd Class Raymond Oliveros fires an M240 machine gun aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Preble (DDG 88).

Gunner's Mate 2nd Class Ashley Cordray fires a Mk. 38 25 mm machine gun aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Preble (DDG 88).

The Arleigh Burke-Class guided-missile destroyer USS Preble (DDG 88) fires its MK 45 5-inch gun.

Officers coordinate during a maneuvering exercise.

The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force destroyer JS Murasame (DD 101), right, and the Royal Australian Navy guided-missile frigate HMAS Sydney (FFG 03)

Quartermaster 3rd Class Dustin Donner changes signal flags aboard the Arleigh Burke-Class guided-missile destroyer USS Preble (DDG 88).

The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force destroyer JS Murasame (DD 101) transits behind the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Preble (DDG 88), not shown,

The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force destroyer JS Murasame (DD 101) passes alongside the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Preble (DDG 88)

Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force Lt. Masaaki Mizunuma uses binoculars on the bridge-wing of the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Preble (DDG 88) to spot submarines.

Ensign Amy Holdcroft takes a compass bearing on the bridge wing aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Preble (DDG 88).