• SEA OF JAPAN (April 25, 2017) The forward-deployed guided-missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) conducts a bilateral training exercise with the guided-missile destroyer JS Chokai (DDG 176) of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force. Exercises like this enhance information sharing and combined maritime defense capabilities to ensure the U.S. and…

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  • BUSAN, Republic of Korea (April 25, 2017) The Ohio-class guided-missile submarine USS Michigan (SSGN 727) arrives in Busan for a regularly scheduled port visit while conducting routine patrols throughout the Western Pacific. Michigan is the second submarine of the Ohio-class of ballistic missile submarines and guided missile submarines, and the…

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  • PHILIPPINE SEA (April 24, 2017) An MH-60R Sea Hawk from Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 78 flies near the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). U.S. Navy aircraft carrier strike groups have patrolled the Indo-Asia Pacific routinely for more than 70 years. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Sean M.…

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  • PACIFIC OCEAN (April 24, 2017) Aviation Structural Mechanic (Safety Equipment) Airman Eric Stephens, assigned to the Redcocks of Strike Fighter Attack Squadron (VFA) 22, conducts maintenance on an F/A-18F Super Hornet in the hangar bay of the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71). Theodore Roosevelt is underway conducting a tailored…

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  • PACIFIC OCEAN (April 24, 2017) The amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8) steams through the Pacific Ocean. Makin Island, the flagship for the Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group, with the embarked 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit, is operating in the Pacific Ocean to enhance amphibious capability with regional partners and to serve as a…

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  • PHILIPPINE SEA (April 23, 2017) The aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) transits the Philippine Sea while conducting a bilateral exercise with the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force. Carl Vinson Strike Group is currently operating as part of U.S. 7th Fleet, but remains deployed under the U.S. 3rd Fleet Forward operating concept, which provides…

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  • PACIFIC OCEAN (April 22, 2017) Sailors conduct routine maintenance on an F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to the Mighty Shrikes of Strike Fighter Attack Squadron (VFA) 94 on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71). Theodore Roosevelt is underway conducting a tailored ship’s training availability off the coast of…

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  • PACIFIC OCEAN (April 21, 2017) Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Handling) Benjamin Odea shows off his Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month (SAAPM) ribbon during a SAAPM 5K run on the flight deck. SAAPM is observed each April to identify and strengthen the roles that Sailors and Marines play in combating sexual assault. Makin Island, the flagship…

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  • PACIFIC OCEAN (April 21, 2017) Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Handling) 2nd Class Morgan Jackson signals for an AV-8B Harrier, assigned to the Ridge Runners of Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 163 (Reinforced), to take off from the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8). Makin Island, the flagship for the Makin Island…

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Admiral

Scott H. Swift

Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet