MH-60R Seahawk off the flight deck of USS Freedom

MH-60R Seahawk off the flight deck of USS Freedom (LCS 1)

STRAITS OF SINGAPORE (June 12, 2013) Boatswains Mate 1st Class Tony Rodriguez assigned to USS Freedom (LCS 1) waves a MH-60R Seahawk from embarked Maritime Strike Squadron 73 off the flight deck. Freedom is underway conducting sea trials in preparation for Cooperation Afloat Training Malaysia, an annual naval exercise series between the United States and nine partner nations in the Southeast Asia region. Fast, agile and mission-focused, littoral combat ships are designed to operate in near-shore environments and employ modular mission packages that can be configured for surface warfare, mine countermeasures, or anti-submarine warfare. Freedom is homeported in San Diego. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Cassandra Thompson/Released)