USS America conducts VERTREP
171119-N-YT019-074 ARABIAN GULF (Nov. 19, 2017) An MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter assigned to the “Wildcards” of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 23 prepares for a landing on the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) during a vertical replenishment with the dry cargo and ammunition ship USNS Alan Shepard (T-AKE 3). America is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations in support of maritime security operations designed to reassure allies and partners, and preserve the freedom of navigation and the free flow of commerce in the region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Joshua Samoluk/Released)