Vice President Dick Cheney is greeted by Rear Adm. Kevin Quinn, commander, John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group as he exits an MH-53E Sea Dragon from the "Blackhawks" of Helicopter Mine Countermeasure Squadron (HM) 15 on the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74). Cheney visited Stennis to thank troops for their support of coalition operations in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations. Cheney is aboard Stennis as part of his six-day tour to meet with key Middle Eastern leaders and speak with U.S. troops in the Persian Gulf region. Coalition forces conduct Maritime Security Operations under international maritime conventions to ensure security and safety in international waters so that all commercial shipping can operate freely while transiting the region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Paul Perkins)
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USS JOHN C. STENNIS, AT SEA
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