170331-N-PP996-107 by U.S. Pacific Fleet

SOUTH CHINA SEA (March 31, 2017) Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Michael Murphy (DDG 112) transits the South China Sea. Michael Murphy is on a regularly scheduled Western Pacific deployment with the Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group as part of the U.S. Pacific Fleet-led initiative to extend the command and control functions of U.S. 3rd Fleet. U.S. Navy aircraft carrier strike groups have patrolled the Indo-Asia-Pacific regularly and routinely for more than 70 years. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Danny Kelley/Released)

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