1. USNS Mercy Transitions to Rabaul in Papua New Guinea Mission

    The hospital ship arrived in Rabaul, Papua New Guinea, July 5 for the second half of its mission stop in the host nation for Pacific Partnership 2015.

    USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) sits at anchorage in Simpson Harbor off the coast of Rabual during Pacific Partnership. (U.S. AIr Force/Senior Airman Peter Reft)
  2. Micronesia Veterans Honored in Wreath Laying Ceremony

    Pacific Partnership and the government of the Federated States of Micronesia hosted a wreath laying ceremony July 1 at the Fallen Hero’s Memorial at Pohnpei State Airport.

    Capt. James Meyer, left, deputy commander of Pacific Partnership 2015; Acting Secretary of Foreign Affairs for the Federated States of Micronesia Samson Pretrick; U.S. Ambassador to the Federated States of Micronesia Doria Rosen; and and Capt. Erich Diehl, commander of Navy Expeditionary Force Command Pacific, 7th Fleet, observe a moment of silence during a wreath laying ceremony July 1. (U.S. Marine Corps/Sgt. James Gulliver)
  3. MCPON Engages Sailors and Families in Hawaii

    Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy Mike Stevens visited Oahu, Hawaii, June 30-July 1, meeting Sailors, their families and leadership around the island.

    Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) Mike Stevens speak with Sailors during an all hands call at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. (U.S. Navy/MC1 Martin L. Carey)
  4. Patients Returned After Receiving Critical Care on USNS Mercy

    The hospital ship returned six patients ashore in Papual New Guniea July 1, after a ship’s helicopter rescue team retrieved them the previous day from a small land mass off the coast of Carteret Island.

    Medical personnel calm an infant, among six people recovered by helicopter June 30, in the casualty reception area of USNS Mercy (T-AH 19). (U.S. Marine Corps/Sgt. Valerie Eppler)
  5. USS Lassen to Experience Philippine Culture

    The guided-missile destroyer arrived in Subic Bay for a port visit, July 1.

    USS Lassen (DDG 82) file photo. (U.S. Navy/MC3 Declan Barnes)
  6. Mercy Transports Six Injured to Ship for Critical Care

    USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) sent a helicopter on a critical care patient transport mission June 30 to retrieve six injured people, including an 18-month old infant, from a small island off the coast of Papua New Guinea.

    Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Matthew Hawkins, assigned to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 21, assists an infant aboard USNS Mercy (T-AH 19). (U.S. Marine Corps/Sgt. Valerie Eppler)
  7. USNS Mercy Arrives in Arawa for Pacific Partnership

    The hospital ship arrived in Arawa, the Autonomous Region of Bougainville, Papua New Guinea, June 27 for its second mission stop of Pacific Partnership 2015.

    USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) sits at anchorage off the coast of Arawa after arriving June 27. (U.S. Navy/MCC Christopher Tucker)
  8. 21st Annual CARAT Philippines Exercise Concludes

    The Philippines phase of exercise Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training wrapped up June 26 in Puerto Princesa after training at sea and ashore.

    A Philippine Navy helicopter lands aboard the littoral combat ship USS Fort Worth (LCS 3) in the Sulu Sea during the at-sea phase of CARAT Philippines. (U.S. Navy/MC2 Joe Bishop)
  9. USS Milius Returns Home from Deployment

    The guided-missile destroyer returned home to San Diego June 25 from a 250-day independent deployment to the Western Pacific and Middle East.

    USS Milius (DDG 69) returns home to San Diego, June 25. (U.S. Navy/MC2 Ryan J. Batchelder)
  10. Pacific Partnership Celebrates Arrival In Micronesia

    The Micronesia phase of Pacific Partnership kicked off June 22 with an opening ceremony and reception aboard USNS Millinocket (JHSV 3).

    U.S. Ambassador to the Federated States of Micronesia (left), Doria Rosen, U.S. Defense Representative to the Federated States of Micronesia, Rear Adm. Bette Bolivar, Commodore, Task Force Forager, Capt. James Meyer, and New Zealand Air Force Chaplain Ken Diekema, stand for the playing of the U.S. national anthem during an opening ceremony June 22.