1. PP15 Team, Experts Discuss Disaster Response in Rabual

    The U.S. Navy, Royal Australian Navy, and disaster response experts from Papua New Guinea came together July 9 aboard the hospital ship USNS Mercy to conduct training and hold a discussion to better prepare Rabaul for future natural disasters.

    The hospital ship USNS Mercy sits at anchorage in Simpson Harbor off the coast of Rabual during Pacific Partnership 2015.
  2. Control Group Keeps Talisman Sabre Training on Target

    As tens of thousands conduct military training in Australia during exercise Talisman Sabre, a combined American-Australian team of nearly 2,500 is working behind the scenes in Hawaii to ensure the exercise is as realistic as possible.

    Warrant Officer Class 2 Steve Davies and Corporal Andrew Hume of the Australian Regular Army and Lt. Col. Paul Sellars of the U.S. Army work together at the combined exercise control group (CECG) on Ford Island at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam during exercise Talisman Sabre. (U.S. Navy/MC2 Brian Wilbur)
  3. Pacific Partnership Hosts Opening Ceremony in Solomon Islands

    Building and sustaining relationships was the underlying theme of the opening ceremony of the Pacific Partnership 2015 mission in Solomon Islands, July 13.

    Capt. James Meyer delivers remarks during the opening ceremony for Pacific Partnership 2015 in the Solomon Islands. (U.S. Marine Corps/Sgt. James Gulliver)
  4. USS Fort Worth, USS Lassen Complete First Combined South China Sea Presence Operations

    The littoral combat ship and guided-missile destroyer completed combined South China Sea presence operations July 9.

    USS Fort Worth (LCS 3) operates in the South China Sea July 7. (U.S. Navy/MC2 Joe Biship)
  5. Sailors, Marines Enhance Partnership With Singapore Armed Forces During 21st CARAT Exercise

    The 21st annual Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Singapore exercise began July 13.

    Rear Adm. Charlie Williams, commander, Task Force 73, addresses U.S. and Singapore Armed Forces personnel during the exercise CARAT opening ceremony. (U.S. Navy/MC1 Jay Pugh)
  6. Millinocket Crew, Pacific Partnership Personnel Save Life in Honiara

    The quick reactions of personnel from Pacific Partnership and USNS Millinocket (JHSV 3) saved the life of a man who was drowning in the waters near the ship July 10.

    Royal Australian Navy Lt. Cmdr. Alison Zilko, left, civilian mariners Shannon Alves, Fred Beck, Daniel Claycomb and Australian Army Lt. Col. Rod Petersen all participated in saving a local man’s life after he had fallen off a boat at Honiara July 10.  (U.S. Marine Corps/Sgt. James Gulliver)
  7. USNS Mercy Completes Mission in Papua New Guinea

    The hospital ship completed its 14-day mission to Papua New Guinea July 10 for Pacific Partnership 2015, after working with local officials to improve disaster relief response capabilities there.

    USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) sits at anchorage in Simpson Harbor off the coast of Rabaul, Papua New Guinea, July 8. (U.S. Marine Corps/Sgt. Valerie Eppler)
  8. USNS Millinocket, Pacific Partnership Arrives in Solomon Islands

    The joint high speed vessel arrived in Honiara, Solomon Islands, July 10 for the ship’s third stop of Pacific Partnership 2015.

    USNS Millinocket (JHSV 3) pulls into port in Honiara, July 10. (U.S. Marine Corps/Sgt. James Gulliver)
  9. USNS Mercy Sailors Visit Kokopo Secondary School During PP15

    Sailors attached to the hospital ship USNS Mercy volunteered their time July 6 to help students and teachers refurbish the Kopopo Secondary School in Papua New Guinea.

    Members of the U.S. Pacific Fleet Band perform for students at the Kokopo Secondary School.
  10. Lassen Promotes Maritime Security in South China Sea

    The guided-missile destroyer USS Lassen's (DDG 82) patrol in the South China Sea over the past month is part of a continuing presence there by Destroyer Squadron 15 DDGs.

    USS Lassen (DDG 82) conducts an underway replenishment with USNS Walter S. Diehl (T-AO 193) in the South China Sea in June. (U.S. Navy/Lt. j.g. Lauren Chatmas)