Navy Airman Christopher J. Newsome, son of Miriam C. and Grover L. Newsome of Melbourne, and his fellow shipmates completed Maritime Security Operations (MSO) while on a scheduled deployment in support of the Global War on Terrorism while assigned to the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge homeported in Norfolk, Va.
Newsome is a 2000 graduate of Melbourne High School and joined the Navy in August 2002.
Marines and sailors of the USS Kearsarge Expeditionary Strike Group conducted MSO in the Persian Gulf, Red Sea, Gulf of Aden, Gulf of Oman and Indian Ocean.
MSO sets the conditions for security and stability in the maritime environment, as well as complements the counter-terrorism and security efforts of regional nations.
MSO denies international terrorists use of the maritime environment as a venue for attack or to transport personnel, weapons or other materials.
USS Kearsarge supports amphibious assault operations using landing craft air cushions, which are specially-designed hovercraft that travel above land and sea surfaces to deliver vehicles and equipment.
The ship also has conventional landing craft and helicopters embarked, and is equipped with medical facilities staffed by Navy doctors, dentists, nurses and corpsmen.
For more information on the deployment and high resolution photographs, visit the USS Kearsarge Web site at http://www.navy.mil.