1. USNS Mercy Departs for RIMPAC Exercise

    The hospital ship departed San Diego June 16 for the biennial Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise in Hawaii.

    The Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) transits San Diego Bay June 16. (U.S. Navy/MC3 Huey D. Younger Jr.)
  2. USS Peleliu Departs San Diego for Western Pacific Deployment

    The amphibious assault ship got underway June 17 for a deployment that will include participation in exercise Rim of the Pacific followed by operations in U.S. 7th Fleet.

    USS Peleliu (LHA 5) departs San Diego June 17. (U.S. Navy/MC2 Kenan O'Connor)
  3. U.S., Malaysian Navy Kick Off 20th Annual CARAT Malaysia

    The 20th edition of exercise Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training in Malaysia formally kicked off June 16 with an opening ceremony at Lumut Naval Base.

    Lt. Cmdr. Wrighton of the Royal Malaysian Navy discusses action items during a Command Post Exercise brief as part of exercise Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT). (U.S. Navy/MC1 Tim Miller)
  4. George Washington Carrier Strike Group Visits Hong Kong

    The George Washington (CVN 73) Carrier Strike Group (GWCSG) anchored in Victoria Harbor, Hong Kong, June 16 for a port visit.

    USS George Washington (CVN 73) approaches Hong Kong June 16. (U.S. Navy/MC3 Beverly J. Lesonik)
  5. Pacific Partnership Enhances Relations and Environment with Beach Clean Up

    In an effort to build community relations and improve the local environment in Dili, Timor-Leste, participants from Pacific Partnership 2014 conducted a beach clean up with local environmental youth groups June 14.

    Service members from Australia, New Zealand, Timor-Leste and the U.S. participate in a cleaning event on the beaches of Dili. (U.S. Navy/MC1 Stephen Oleksiak)
  6. Pennsylvania Gold Sets New Record for Longest Ohio-class SSBN Patrol

    USS Pennsylvania (SSBN 735), with its Gold Crew aboard, returned home to Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor June 14 following a 140-day strategic deterrent patrol, setting a new record for the longest patrol completed by an Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine.

    USS Pennsylvania (SSBN 735) cycles its missile hatches as the boat's Gold crew returns home to Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor June 14 following a 140-day strategic deterrent patrol. (U.S. Navy/MCC Ahron Arendes)
  7. USS Lake Erie to Return from Last Hawaii-based Deployment

    The guided-missile cruiser will return June 16 from a four-month deployment to the Western Pacific, its last from Pearl Harbor before a homeport shift to San Diego.

    In this file photo, USS Lake Erie (CG 70) arrives in Mokpo, Republic of Korea (ROK), for a port visit in March ahead of exercises with the ROK navy. (U.S. Navy/MC1 Joshua Bryce Bruns)
  8. U.S., Indonesian Navy Divers Lay Wreath on Wreck of USS Houston during CARAT

    Deputy Chief of Mission Kristen Bauer, U.S. Embassy Jakarta, joined U.S. and Indonesian navy divers aboard USNS Safeguard (T-ARS 50) to lay a wreath at the site of the USS Houston (CA 30), June 11.

    U.S. Embassy Jakarta Deputy Chief of Mission Kristen Bauer; U.S. Naval Attaché Capt. R. Mark Stacpoole; and Marine Lt. Col. Miguel Avila pass a wreath to Mobile Diving Salvage Unit (MDSU) 1 Sailors during the ceremony. (U.S. Navy/MC3 Christian Senyk)
  9. Pacific Partnership Underway in Timor-Leste

    The Timor-Leste phase, which kicked off during a ceremony June 12, will include include medical and dental information exchanges, civil engineering programs and and other activities with the local community.

    Capt. Rodney Moore, commodore of the 30th Naval Construction Regiment, and Fernando La Sama de Araújo, Vice Prime Minister and Coordinator of Social Affairs in Timor-Leste, visit a dental project at the Comoro Health Clinic June 12. (U.S. Navy/MC1 Stephen Oleksiak)
  10. Pacific Partnership Leads Joint Medical Demonstration

    Medical staff from the U.S Navy and Japan Maritime Self Force led a medical evacuation demonstration for the Vietnamese military as part of Pacific Partnership 2014, June 11.

    Japanese medical professionals attached to the Japan Maritime-Self Defense Force ship JS Kunisaki (LST 4003) check the condition of Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Marvin Galapin during a simulated medical evacuation June 11. (U.S. Navy/MC2 Karolina A. Oseguera)