GULF OF THAILAND (June 18, 2018) Fire Controlmen 2nd Class Treveion Thorn, left, and Katherine Swol fire a .50 caliber machine gun from the guided-missile destroyer USS Mustin (DDG 89) during a live-fire gunnery exercise with Royal Thai Navy vessels as part of Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Thailand 2018. The CARAT exercise series, in its 24th iteration, highlights the skill and will of regional partners to cooperatively work together towards the common goal of ensuring a secure and stable maritime environment. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Christopher A. Veloicaza)

Fire Controlmen 2nd Class Treveion Thorn, left, and Katherine Swol fire a .50 caliber machine gun aboard USS Mustin (DDG 89) during a gunnery exercise with Royal Thai Navy ships as part of CARAT Thailand, June 19.

U.S. Navy/MC3 Christopher A. Veloicaza

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SAN DIEGO (June 18, 2018) The aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) departs San Diego in preparation for participation in exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2018. Twenty-six nations, 47 ships, five submarines, approximately 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel are participating in RIMPAC in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California. RIMPAC is the world’s largest international maritime exercise, providing a unique training opportunity while fostering and sustaining cooperative relationships between participants critical to ensuring the safety of sea lanes and security in the world’s oceans. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Z.A. Landers/Released)

USS Carl Vinson departs for exercise RIMPAC 2018

The aircraft carrier departed San Diego, June 18, and will join more than 50 surface ships and submarines in the biennial Rim of the Pacific exercise.

KOTA KINABALU, Malaysia (May 23, 2018) Vice Adm. Phil Sawyer, commander U.S. 7th Fleet, inspects sailors of the Royal Malaysian Navy during an office call with Vice Adm. Dato’ Syed Zahiruddin Putra Bin Osman, commander of the Eastern Fleet, Royal Malaysian Navy at his office as part of bilateral staff talks and round table discussions with the combined staff during the 2018 U.S. 7th Fleet Theater Security Cooperation (TSC) patrol. More than 60 Sailors and Marines from U.S. 7th Fleet staff are currently embarked on USNS Millinocket (T-EPF 3) as part of the TSC patrol and will visit several countries in the Indo-Pacific in the coming weeks. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Chris Krucke/Released)

7th Fleet completes theater security cooperation patrol

More than 40 members of the 7th Fleet staff had been embarked aboard USNS Millinocket (T-EPF 3), visiting ports in Singapore, Malaysia and the Philippines.

PACIFIC OCEAN (June 4, 2018) USS Essex (LHD 2), USS Rushmore (LSD 47) and USS Anchorage (LPD 23), accompanied by  USS Decatur (DDG 73), conduct a simulated strait transit. The Essex ARG and 13th MEU are conducting Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX), the final exercise before the units’ upcoming deployment. This exercise validates the ARG/MEU team’s ability to adapt and execute missions in ever-changing, unknown environments. Upon completion of COMPTUEX, the 13th MEU and Essex ARG will be certified as the nation’s premier forward-deployed, crisis response force, capable of executing missions across the broad spectrum of military operations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Austin Mealy)

Essex ARG, 13th MEU complete COMPTUEX

The Essex Amphibious Ready Group and 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit completed their Composite Training Unit Exercise, June 15.

PATTAYA, Thailand (June 14, 2018) Rear Adm. Joey Tynch, right, commander of Logistics Group Western Pacific, and Vice Adm. Rassadang Teeranet , commander-in-chief of the Royal Thai Navy, render salutes during the opening ceremony of Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Thailand 2018. The CARAT exercise series, in its 24th iteration, highlights the skill and will of regional partners to cooperatively work together towards the common goal of ensuring a secure and stable maritime environment. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Christopher A. Veloicaza)

US, Thailand continues to expand partnership with CARAT exercise

The 24th iteration of exercise Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training kicked off in Pattaya, June 14.

YOKOSUKA, Japan (June 13, 2018) Lt. Kelly Keck speaks to a group of U.S. Navy and Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force sailors during a subject-matter expert exchange aboard the hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19). Mercy is making port visits to Yokosuka and Tokyo to promote relationships between U.S. Navy Sailors and Japanese citizens through cultural exchange and bilateral training. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jeremy Graham/Released)

USNS Mercy arrives in Japan for port calls

The Pacific Partnership team arrived, June 10, for exchanges with counterparts and officials in Yokosuka and Tokyo.

BAY OF BENGAL (July 17, 2017) Ships from the Indian Navy, Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) and the U.S. Navy sail in formation, July 17, 2017, in the Bay of Bengal as part of Exercise Malabar 2017. Malabar 2017 is the latest in a continuing series of exercises between the Indian Navy, JMSDF and U.S. Navy that has grown in scope and complexity over the years to address the variety of shared threats to maritime security in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Cole Schroeder)

Indian, Japanese, U.S. maritime forces begin Malabar

Naval ships, aircraft and personnel from the three nations are participating in exercise Malabar 2018, June 7-16 in and off Guam.

Surface Warfare: A running fix

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Vice Adm. Richard Brown, commander of Naval Surface Forces, U.S. Pacific Fleet, writes about the current status of surface warfare.

PACIFIC OCEAN (July 28, 2016) Ships from the U.S. Navy and international partner nations steam in close formation during 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, in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California. The world's largest international maritime exercise, RIMPAC provides a unique training opportunity that helps participants foster and sustain the cooperative relationships that are critical to ensuring the safety of sea lanes and security on the world's oceans. RIMPAC 2016 is the 25th exercise in the series that began in 1971. (U.S. Navy Combat Camera photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Ace Rheaume/Released)

U.S. Navy announces 26th Rim of the Pacific exercise

Twenty-six nations and 25,000 personnel will participate in the biennial RIMPAC exercise in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California.

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