1. USS Fort Worth Conducts CUES with Chinese Navy

    The littoral combat ship practiced the Code for Unplanned Encounters at Sea (CUES) with the Chinese frigate Hengshui (FFG 572), Feb. 23, enhancing the professional maritime relationship between the two navies.

    USS Fort Worth (LCS 3) file photo. (U.S. Navy/MC2 Antonio P. Turretto Ramos)
  2. IDCERTEX Advances Readiness in Pacific

    Five U.S. Navy ships recently concluded a two-week independent deployer certification exercise (IDCERTEX) off the coast of Southern California and Hawaii.

    Sailors assigned to Surface Warfare Detachment Four of littoral combat ship Crew 102 prepare to board a naval training vessel as part of visit, board, search and seizure event during IDCERTEX.  (U.S. Navy/MC3 Katarzyna Kobiljak)
  3. NMCB 5 Seabees Relieve NMCB 4 in 7th Fleet

    Seabees from Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 4 and NMCB 5 held a turnover ceremony at Camp Shields, Okinawa, Feb. 14.

    In this file photo, Builder Constructionman Brittany McGrath from Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 5 leads U.S. and Philippine Seabees and a group of local residents in pulling a suspension cable for a footbridge project in Zambales, Philippines, in 2013. (U.S. Navy/MC1 Chris Fahey)
  4. Makin Island ARG to Return from Deployment

    The nearly 4,500 Sailors and Marines are set to return to San Diego Feb. 25, following a seven-month deployment to the U.S. 5th and 7th Fleet areas of operation.

    In this file photo, USS Makin Island (LHD 8), center, USS Comstock (LSD 45), right, and USS San Diego (LPD 22) take part in a group sail off Southern California during the deployment workup cycle. (U.S. Navy/MC2 Lawrence Davis)
  5. USS Bonhomme Richard Arrives in Malaysia

    The forward-deployed amphibious assault ship arrived in Sepanggar, Kota Kinabalu, Feb. 23 for a port visit.

    USS Bonhomme Richard approaches Sepanggar, Malaysia, Feb. 23. (U.S. Navy/MC3 Kevin V. Cunningham)
  6. Green Bay Arrives in Sasebo, Joins Bonhomme Richard ARG

    The amphibious transport dock ship arrived in Sasebo Feb. 19, bringing the Navy’s latest technology to its largest numbered fleet.

    USS Green Bay (LPD 20) approaches Fleet Activities, Sasebo. (U.S. Navy/MC3 Scott Barnes)
  7. USS George Washington Wins Consecutive Battle 'E'

    The Battle Efficiency Award is presented annually to ships that display the highest conditions of preparedness and capabilities for wartime readiness.

    In this file photo, USS George Washington (CVN 73) operates in the Philippine Sea in October while on patrol in U.S. 7th Fleet. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman David Flewellyn)
  8. USS Fort Worth Crew 104, Air, Surface Dets to Return Home

    LCS Crew 104, Det. 1 from Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 35, and Surface Warfare (SUW) Mission Package Det. 3 return home to San Diego Feb. 18.

    In this file photo, Boatswain’s Mate 1st Class Tyler Horn prepares an 11-meter rigid hull inflatable boat to enter the waterborne mission zone of USS Fort Worth (LCS 3) during operations in the Java Sea in January. (U.S. Navy/MC2 Antonio P. Turretto Ramos)
  9. USS Fort Worth Wraps Up First of Three Crew Swaps in 7th Fleet

    LCS Crew 104 completed the first quarter of USS Fort Worth's (LCS 3) maiden 16-month deployment to the Asia-Pacific following a crew swap with LCS Crew 103, Feb. 17.

    Capt. Fred Kacher, Destroyer Squadron 7 commodore, speaks with LCS Crew 103 and LCS Crew 104 during a change of command ceremony aboard Fort Worth (LCS 3), Feb. 17. (U.S. Navy/MC2 Conor Minto)
  10. USS Lassen Enhances Cooperation with JMSDF

    The guided-missile destroyer conducted bilateral operations with two Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force destroyers Feb. 11 and 13 in the East China Sea.

    USS Lassen (DDG 82), right, conducts surfarce warfare operations with the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force's JS Kurama (DDH 144). (U.S. Navy/Lt. j.g. Lauren Chatmas)