1. Essex ARG Operates in South China Sea Ahead of Exercises

    After transiting the Strait of Malacca, the Essex Amphibious Ready Group conducted routine operations in the South China Sea Nov. 7-10 as part of its deployment to the Western Pacific.

    In this file photo, USS Essex (LHD 2) operates in the Arabian Gulf in September. (U.S. Navy/MC2 Sean P. Gallagher)
  2. U.S., Royal Canadian Navies Conclude Task Group Exercise

    The Boxer Amphibious Ready Group and the Royal Canadian Navy participated in a task group exercise off the coast of Southern California from Oct. 19 to Nov. 6.

    The Boxer Amphibious Ready Group, comprised of USS Boxer (LHD 4), USS New Orleans (LPD 18) and USS Harpers Ferry (LSD 49), along with HMCS Vancouver (FF 331) and HMCS Calgary (FF 335), steam in formation Nov. 5.  (U.S. Navy/MC3 Jesse D. Monford)
  3. U.S., ROK Navies to Conduct Mine Countermeasures Exercise

    The U.S. and Republic of Korea navies will participate in exercise Clear Horizon, Nov. 9-13, in waters south of the Korean Peninsula.

    Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Technician 3rd Class Aaron Ainley, left, assigned to EOD Mobile Unit (EODMU) 5, explains the functions of the DNS-300 underwater sonar system to Republic of Korea Navy counterparts Nov. 5, in preparation for  exercise Clear Horizon 2015. (U.S. Navy/MC2 Daniel Rolston)
  4. Meritorious Advancement Program Huge Success for PACFLT Sailors

    U.S. Pacific Fleet played a major role in the implementation of the Meritorious Advancement Program (MAP), helping to catapult the number of on-the-spot advancement quotas used Navywide to 99.5 percent this year.

    Capt. Dan Greico, commanding officer of USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71), congratulates Sailors advanced by the Meritorious Advancement Program (MAP) aboard the aircraft carrier in July. (U.S. Navy/MC3 D'Artanyan Ratley)
  5. Carter Visits USS Theodore Roosevelt in South China Sea

    Defense Secretary Ash Carter today toured the USS Theodore Roosevelt in the South China Sea and expressed concern about China's activities in those waters.

    Secretary of Defense Ash Carter flies in a V-22 Osprey after visiting the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) in the South China Sea. (U.S. Air Force/Senior Master Sgt. Adrian Cadiz)
  6. Fleet Leaders Speak with Hawaii Sailors at Pearl Harbor

    Adm. Scott Swift, commander of U.S. Pacific Fleet, and Pacific Fleet Master Chief Suz Whitman co-hosted an all-hands call for more than 350 Sailors stationed around Hawaii at Pearl Harbor Nov. 4.

    Adm. Scott Swift and Pacific Fleet Master Chief Suz Whitman speak to more than 350 Sailors at an all-hands call held at Pearl Harbor on Wednesday. (U.S. Air Force/Staff Sgt. Christopher Hubenthal)
  7. Anchorage Assists Stranded Sri Lankan-flagged Fishing Vessel

    The crew of USS Anchorage (LPD 23) rendered assistance and provided aid to the crew of a stranded Sri Lankan-flagged fishing vessel in the Indian Ocean Nov. 4.

    Sailors aboard a rigid hull inflatable boat (RHIB) from USS Anchorage (LPD 23) approach a stranded Sri Lankan fishing vessel in the Indian Ocean. (U.S. Navy/MC2 Matthew Dickinson)
  8. USS Germantown Returns to Sasebo from 7th Fleet Patrol

    The forward-deployed amphibious dock landing ship returned to Fleet Activities Sasebo, Japan, Nov. 4 after completing a four-month patrol in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations.

    USS Germantown (LSD 42) returns to Fleet Activities Sasebo on Wednesday. (U.S. Navy/MC1 Joshua Hammond)
  9. Exercise Koa Moana Gets Underway in Vanuatu

    A day after the arrival of USNS Lewis and Clark (T-AKE 1), U.S. Ambassador to Vanuatu Walter E. North helped kick off Koa Moana 15-3 with remarks at the exercise's opening ceremony at the Vanuatu Police Force base on Nov. 4.

    U.S. Ambassador to Vanuatu Walter E. North delivers remarks during the exercise Koa Moana 15-3 Vanuatu opening ceremony. (U.S. Navy/Grady Fontana)
  10. Pacific Fleet Commander, Fleet Master Chief visit Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard

    Adm. Scott Swift, commander of U.S. Pacific Fleet, and Pacific Fleet Master Chief Suz Whitman visited Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility Nov. 2 to learn details of the command's mission, workload and innovation initiatives.

    Adm. Scott Swift and Fleet Master Chief Suz Whitman listen as Project Superintendent Mike Carreira talks about shipyard innovation and personnel training during a tour of Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility. (U.S. Navy photo)