060604-N-8547M-003–Mediterranean Sea (04 JUN 06)

Spanish corvette SPS Infanta Elena (P76) crashes through the waves while coming along side the Amphibious Assault ship USS Saipan during a Photographic Excercise (PHOTOEX). USS Saipan (LHA 2) is participating in a multi-national combined exercise with North African and European forces this summer during exercise PHOENIX EXPRESS. The exercise provides U.S. and allied forces an opportunity to participate in diverse maritime training scenarios helping to increase maritime domain awareness and strengthen emerging and enduring partnerships. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer’s mate Airman Patrick W. Mullen III.