U.S. Navy Petty Officer Alfredo Visitacion of Las Vegas serves aboard USS Makin Island (LHD 8)

Navy Petty Officer Alfredo Visitacion of Las Vegas serves aboard USS Makin Island (LHD 8)
Quartermaster 1st Class Alfredo Visitacion
, from Las Vegas, Nevada, plots the position and bearing of amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8) as the ship transits San Diego Bay for a scheduled underway (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Lawrence Davis/Released)

Makin Island is off the coast of Southern California conducting an ammunition offload.

On our planet, more than 70 percent of which is covered by water, being there means having the ability to act from the sea. The Navy is uniquely positioned to be there; the world’s oceans give the Navy the power to protect America’s interests anywhere, and at any time. The Navy protects and defends America on the world’s oceans. Navy ships, submarines, aircraft and, most importantly, tens of thousands of America’s finest young men and women are deployed around the world doing just that.