Attachment: Maritime Operations

PERSIAN GULF (June 3, 2007) – Visit, board, search and seizure (VBSS) team members, assigned to guided-missile destroyer USS Preble (DDG 88), and Iraqi forces wait for authorization before boarding an oil rig. Preble is conducting Interaction Patrols (IPATS), which are an element of maritime operations and are conducted in Iraqi territorial waters so that commercial shipping and fishing can occur safely in the region. Preble, as part of John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group, is conducting maritime operations in the Persian Gulf. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Ron Reeves (RELEASED)

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