Military plane landing on aircraft carrier lit by red and green lights (U.S. Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Dana D. Legg)
(U.S. Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Dana D. Legg)

Welcome to our new regular feature that presents some examples of the incredible photography coming out of the U.S. armed forces and their global missions.

Above, an AV-8B Harrier lands on the flight deck of the USS Kearsarge amphibious assault ship during a June readiness exercise in the Atlantic.

All branches of the U.S. military conduct exercises similar to this across the globe, in cooperation with foreign counterparts and allies, to help improve security, ensure open access to seas and airways, and participate in humanitarian and disaster readiness operations.