Aviation Structural Mechanic 3rd Class David Smerdon

210710-N-WU807-1034 SOUTH CHINA SEA (July 10, 2021) Aviation Structural Mechanic 3rd Class David Smerdon, from Brawley, California, installs a lock pin into the main rotor of an MQ-8B Fire Scout unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) attached to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 21, assigned to Independence-variant littoral combat ship USS Charleston (LCS 18), July 10. Charleston, part of Destroyer Squadron Seven, is on a rotational deployment, operating in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations to enhance interoperability with partners and serve as a ready-response force in support of a free and open Indo-Pacific region.

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