North Smithfield Native doing medical training evolution on USS Charleston.

 Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Erica Reiter, from North Smithfield, R.I.

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Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Erica Reiter, right, from North Smithfield, R.I., applies grease paint to Mineman 3rd Class Steven Dye, from McLoud, Okla., during a medical training evolution aboard Independence-variant littoral combat ship USS Charleston (LCS 18). Charleston is currently operating in U.S. 3rd Fleet.

With more than 90 percent of all trade traveling by sea, and 95 percent of the world’s international phone and internet traffic carried through fiber optic cables lying on the ocean floor, Navy officials continue to emphasize that the prosperity and security of the United States is directly linked to a strong and ready Navy.

(U.S.Navyphoto by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Adam Butler)