Vice President Dick Cheney speaks to nearly 4,000 Sailors and Marines aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74). During his visit, Cheney thanked Sailors and Marines 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 1st Class Denny C. Cantrell)
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