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PHILIPPINE SEA (Oct. 6, 2023) The Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Robert Smalls (CG 62) approaches the dry cargo and ammunition ship USNS Charles Drew (T-AKE 10) for a replenishment-at-sea in the Philippine Sea, Oct. 6, 2023. Robert Smalls is forward-deployed to the U.S. 7th Fleet, the U.S. Navy's largest forward-deployed numbered fleet, and routinely interacts and operates with allies and partners in preserving a free and open Indo-Pacific region. Commander, Task Force 73 (CTF) in coordination with Military Sealift Command Far East (MSC FE) refuels and resupplies deployed naval forces, along with regional allies and partners in the Indo-Pacific. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class RuKiyah Mack).

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