SB Local Navy Seaman Makayla Johnson Native Serving aboard USS Arleigh Burke
5/15/2014, 12:19 p.m.
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates -- Logistics Specialist Seaman Makayla Johnson, from San Bernardino, Calif., heaves a mooring line aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Arleigh Burke (DDG 51) as the ship departs from Abu Dhabi following a scheduled port visit. Arleigh Burke is deployed in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Carlos M. Vazquez II/Released).
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