Sailors man the rails of USS George Washington (CVN  73) while departing Yokosuka, Japan. 
120526-N-WW409-250 Yokosuka, Japan (May 26, 2012) - Sailors man the rails of the Japan-based, Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) while departing Yokosuka, Japan. George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing 5, will provide a combat-ready force that will protect and defend the collective maritime interests of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Jeniffer A. Villalovos/Released)
George Washington on Patrol Promoting Maritime Security, Freedom of the Seas 
YOKOSUKA, Japan – The U.S. Navy’s forward-deployed aircraft carrier departed its homeport of Fleet Activities Yokosuka on May 26 for its 2012 patrol.
This patrol marks USS George Washington’s (CVN 73) fourth in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operation since relieving the now decommissioned carrier, USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63), in 2008.
George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, will provide a combat-ready force that will protect and defend the collective maritime interests of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Asia-Pacific region.
“By being here, forward deployed and engaged in mutually beneficial relationships with our regional partners, we will promote frameworks that enhance stability and promotes maritime security and freedom of the seas,” said Capt. David A. Lausman, George Washington's commanding officer.
During this patrol, George Washington will participate in joint, military-training exercises with international partners, which will strengthen its alliances and partnerships to promote a collective security.
“Trust and cooperation are fundamental to our ability to promote peace and respond to taskings,” added Lausman. “We seek to build true partnerships based on mutual understanding and respect.”
George Washington was commissioned on July 4, 1992 and is the fifth of the Nimitz-class aircraft carriers. Aircraft carriers exercise the Navy core capabilities of power projection, forward presence, humanitarian assistance, deterrence, sea control and maritime security.
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