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SOUTH CHINA SEA (Feb. 24, 2017) An MH-60S Sea Hawk from the Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 4 âBlack Knightsâ transfers cargo from the Military Sealift Command dry-cargo and ammunition ship USNS Richard E. Byrd (T-AKE 4) to the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) during a vertical replenishment-at-sea. The Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group is on a regularly scheduled Western Pacific deployment 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 Matthew P. Granito/Released)

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Taken on November 20, 2016