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 annual multilateral mission of its kind in the Indo-Pacific region.

Admiral Scott H. Swift

Commander

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.

OKINAWA, Japan (Nov. 29, 2017) A P-8A Poseidon assigned to the Fighting Tigers of Patrol Squadron (VP) 8 takes off from a runway at Kadena Air Base, Japan. VP-8 is currently deployed to the 7th Fleet area of operations conducting missions and providing Maritime Domain Awareness to supported units throughout the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Jerome Johnson)

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.

PEARL HARBOR (Feb. 9, 2018) Adm. Scott Swift, commander of U.S. Pacific Fleet, briefs flag officers during the Naval War College's 12th annual Combined Force Maritime Component Commander (CFMCC) Flag Officer Course in Pearl Harbor. Participants from 13 Pacific nations came to discuss regional maritime security issues and strengthen relationships. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Phillip Pavlovich/Released)

Pacific Fleet hosts annual senior leaders course amid complex regional challenges

Senior military leaders from 14 partner nations attended the Naval War College CFMCC Flag Officer Course, Feb. 7-14.

SATTAHIP, Thailand (Feb. 15, 2018) Construction Mechanic 1st Class Matt Ramirez, assigned to Underwater Construction Team (UCT) 2, checks the bottle pressures for Equipment Operator Seaman Recruit Adam Porras and a member of a Royal Thai Navy (RTN) UCT during a dive at the Thung Prong Pier in Sattahip, Thailand for Exercise Cobra Gold 2018. This 37th iteration of Cobra Gold is the first multilateral UCT exercise between U.S., RTN, and Republic of Korea UCT, and is an important element of the United States and participating nations seeking to maintain readiness, develop capabilities, and enhance security and stability. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Alfred A. Coffield/Released)

Underwater construction teams build bonds during Cobra Gold

U.S. Navy, Royal Thai Navy and Republic of Korea Navy teams are working together during the exercise in Thailand.

GULF OF THAILAND (Feb. 16, 2018) The amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) operates in the Gulf of Thailand to support 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 tactical expertise of participants and flex 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 Seaman Gavin Shields/Released)

USS Bonhomme Richard kicks off Cobra Gold exercise

The amphibious assault ship departed Laem Chabang, Thailand, Feb. 14, following a port visit and the opening ceremony for exercise Cobra Gold 2018.

PACIFIC OCEAN (Aug. 22, 2017) A C-2A Greyhound assigned to the Providers of Fleet Logistics Support Squadron (VRC) 30 prepares to land on the flight deck aboard the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71). Theodore Roosevelt is underway conducting a composite training unit exercise (COMPTUEX) with the Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group (TRCSG) in preparation for an upcoming deployment. COMPTUEX tests a carrier strike group’s mission-readiness and ability to perform as an integrated unit through simulated real-world scenarios. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Alex Corona/Released)

U.S. Navy maps downed C-2A Greyhound

A Navy-led mission aboard research vessel RV Petrel has mapped the wreckage of the aircraft that crashed into the Philippine Sea in November.

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