SOUTH CHINA SEA (Feb. 23, 2018) An F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to the "Bounty Hunters” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 2 takes off from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). Carl Vinson Strike Group is currently operating in the Western Pacific as part of a regularly scheduled deployment. (U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Matthew Granito/Released)

An F/A-18F Super Hornet from Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 2 takes off from the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) while operating in the South China Sea, Feb. 23.

U.S. Navy/MC3 Mattew Granito

Admiral Scott H. Swift

Commander

DA NANG, Vietnam (July 28, 2016) Hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) sits anchored off the coast of Da Nang, during its third mission stop of Pacific Partnership 2016. Mercy is joined in Da Nang by JS Shimokita (LST-4002) and Vietnam People's Navy ship Khánh Hóa for Pacific Partnership. Partner nations are working side-by-side with local organizations to conduct cooperative health engagements, community relation events and subject matter expert exchanges to better prepare for natural disaster or crisis. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Elizabeth Merriam/Released)

Pacific Partnership mission to enhance disaster response cooperation, ties

Kicking off Feb. 23, it's the largest multilateral disaster response preparedness mission in the Indo-Pacific.

KOTA KINABALU, Malaysia (Feb. 21, 2018) With the assistance of Royal Malaysian Navy sailors, the guided-missile destroyer USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG 108) comes alongside the pier at Kota Kinabalu Naval Base. Wayne E. Meyer is visiting as part of a deployment to the region with the Carl Vinson Strike Group. (Royal Malaysian Navy photo)

USS Wayne E. Meyer arrives in Malaysia for port visit

The guided-missile destroyer, part of the Carl Vinson Strike Group, arrived in Kota Kinabalu for a scheduled port visit, Feb. 21.

CHUUK ATOLL, Federated States of Micronesia (Feb. 20, 2018) Three fishermen wait to be rescued after being  located by a P8-A Poseidon belonging to the "Fighting Tigers" of Patrol Squadron (VP) 8. The mariners 19-foot skiff was first reported missing Feb. 12 after it failed to return from a fishing expedition near Chuuk Lagoon in the Federated States of
Micronesia. (U.S. Navy photo/Released)

VP-8 crew rescues fishermen lost at sea in South Pacific

Crew members from Patrol Squadron (VP) 8 helped rescue three fishermen Feb. 20 whose vessel was adrift for eight days.

YOKOSUKA, Japan (Dec. 4, 2017) Sailors man the rails aboard the U.S. Navy’s forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) as it returns to Fleet Activities (FLEACT) Yokosuka following its 2017 patrol. FLEACT Yokosuka provides, maintains, and operates base facilities and services in support of 7th Fleet’s forward-deployed naval forces, 71 tenant commands, and 24,000 military and civilian personnel. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Peter Burghart/Released)

Navy announces increased incentives for some first-term forward-deployed Sailors

NAVADMIN 042/18 spells out the incentives for Sailors on sea duty in locations such as Japan and Guam.

MANILA, Philippines (Feb. 19, 2018) The aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) sits anchored off the coast of Manila. Carl Vinson Strike Group is currently in the Western Pacific as part of a regularly scheduled deployment. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Dylan M. Kinee/Released)

Carl Vinson Strike Group completes Manila visit

USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) and USS Michael Murphy (DDG 112) departed the Philippines, Feb. 20, after a four-day visit.

GULF OF THAILAND (Feb. 17, 2018) Amphibious assault vehicles, assigned to the 3d Marine Division, transport Marines from the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) to shore as part of Exercise Cobra Gold 2018. Bonhomme Richard is participating in CG18 alongside Royal Thai Navy ships and personnel, conducting a range of amphibious operations that will enhance the tactical expertise of participants and rehearse combined capabilities to respond to contingencies. Cobra Gold is an annual exercise conducted in the Kingdom of Thailand held this year from Feb. 13-23 with seven full participating nations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class William Sykes/Released)

Thai-ROK-US amphibious force conducts beach assault

The combined amphibious operations training, Feb. 17, was part of exercise Cobra Gold in Thailand.

Commander discusses fleet readiness, lethality

Government Matters

Adm. Scott Swift sat down on the sidelines of the recent WEST 2018 conference to share his perspective.

SASEBO, Japan (Jan. 18, 2018) Chief petty officers of Afloat Training Group (ATG) Fleet Activities Sasebo, assess Operations Specialist 3rd Class Cody Wood during a combat systems drill in the combat information center aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6). The drill was the final assessment in a series of evaluations conducted to certify the combat systems readiness of Bonhomme Richard as the ship prepares for an upcoming scheduled deployment. Bonhomme Richard, forward-deployed to Sasebo, Japan, is serving forward to provide a rapid-response capability in the event of a regional contingency or natural disaster. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Cosmo Walrath/Released)

USS Bonhomme Richard completes combat systems certification

The certification involved multiple exercises that tested combat systems capabilities while in port and at sea.

The Bridge

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