• PEARL HARBOR (June 29, 2016) USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) passes the USS Arizona Memorial as the Nimitz class aircraft carrier arrives at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam for Rim of the Pacific 2016. Twenty-six nations, more than 40 ships and submarines, more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel are participating in RIMPAC from June 30 to Aug. 4,…

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  • LIGAO CITY, Philippines (June 28, 2016) Lt. Noelle Cadette, left, a U.S. Navy nurse assigned to hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) and 2nd Lt. Irish F. Banaybanay, Philippine Nurse Corps, listen to a child's lungs at Ligao West Central Elementary School during Pacific Partnership 2016. Cadette was at the school as part of a cooperative health…

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  • YELLOW SEA (June 29, 2016) Machinist’s Mate 3rd Class Roderick J. Kelsey takes aim with an M240 machine gun during small arms qualification training aboard the forward-deployed guided-missile destroyer USS Barry (DDG 52). Barry is on patrol in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations in support of security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific. (U.S.…

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  • CORONADO, Calif. (June 29, 2016) The guided-missile destroyer USS Gridley (DDG 101) departs San Diego for its new homeport of Everett, Washington. The crew of approximately 250 is trained to execute multi-mission tasking to include air, surface, undersea, space, and cyber warfare. (U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Phil…

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  • OSAN, Republic of Korea (June 28, 2016) Vice Adm. Joseph P. Aucoin, commander of U.S. 7th Fleet, and his 7th Fleet task force commanders observe a moment of silence prior to receiving a tour of the Republic of Korea (ROK) ship Cheonan. Cheonan was sunk by a North Korean torpedo on March 26, 2010, killing 46 ROK sailors. The purpose of the symposium…

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  • SOUTH CHINA SEA (June 28, 2016) An MH-60R helicopter assigned to Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 49 flies near the guided-missile destroyer USS Momsen (DDG 92) while Cmdr. Manuel Hernandez, commanding officer ofthe guided-missile destroyer USS Spruance (DDG 111) observes from Spruance’s bridge wing. Spruance and Momsen, along with the…

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  • PACIFIC OCEAN (June 28, 2016) Royal New Zealand Navy Commodore James Gilmour, commander, Amphibious Task Force 176, arrives aboard the amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) as the ship transits to Rim of the Pacific 2016. Twenty-six nations, more than 40 ships and submarines, more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel are participating in…

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  • PEARL HARBOR (June 28, 2016) Family members greet the guided-missile destroyer USS Chung-Hoon (DDG 93) as it returns to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam after a five-month deployment to the Western Pacific, conducting various theater security operations and goodwill activities with partner nations. Chung-Hoon is assigned to Carrier Strike Group 3 and…

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  • LEGAZPI, Philippines (June 27, 2016) Hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) arrives in the Philippines for the second mission stop of Pacific Partnership 2016. Pacific Partnership is visiting the Philippines for the seventh time since its first mission in 2006. Partner nations will work side-by-side with local military and non-government organizations…

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Admiral

Scott H. Swift

Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet