PHOTEX: USNS Guadalupe (T-AO 200), USS Lake Erie (CG 70), HMS Daring (D32)

PACIFIC OCEAN (July 18, 2013) Fleet replenishment oiler guilded missile cruiser USS Lake Erie (CG 70) and the Royal Navy’s type 45 guided missile destroyer HMS Daring (D32) sail behind guided missile destroyer USS Hopper (DDG 70) during a straights transit exercise while participating in an Independent Deployer Certification (IDCERT) exercise. The IDCERT exercise is designed to certify select U.S. ships as independent deployers as tasked by Commander, U.S. 3rd Fleet. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jon Dasbach/Released)

PHOTEX: “Somewhere in the Pacific” HMS Daring (D32) pulls alongside USS Chafee (DDG 90)

130721-N-WX059-017 PACIFIC OCEAN (July 21, 2013) The British Royal Navy Daring-class air-defense destroyer HMS Daring (D32) pulls alongside the guided-missile destroyer USS Chafee (DDG 90) during independent deployer certification (IDCERT). The IDCERT exercise is designed to certify select U.S. ships as independent deployers as tasked by Commander, U.S. 3rd Fleet. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Sean Furey/Released)