1. U.S., ROK Navies to Hone Mine Countermeasures Skills

    The two navies will participate in exercise Clear Horizon, Oct. 20-24, in waters south of the Korean peninsula.

    Mine countermeasures ships USS Chief (MCM 14) and USS Warrior (MCM 10), background, sit along piers in Chinhae, Oct. 19. (U.S. Navy/MC1 Frank L. Andrews)
  2. U.S. Navy's Overseas Force Structure Changes Underscore Commitment to the Asia-Pacific

    The U.S. Navy announced Oct. 16 that the ballistic missile defense (BMD)-capable guided-missile destroyers USS Benfold (DDG 65) and USS Milius (DDG 69) will become part of the Forward Deployed Naval Forces (FDNF) based at Commander, Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan.

    USS Benfold (DDG 65) file photo. (MC2 Daniel Barker)
  3. USS Wayne E. Meyer to Return from Western Pacific Deployment

    The guided-missile destroyer and embarked Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 78 detachment will return home to San Diego, Oct. 20, following a deployment to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations.

    In this file photo, Sailors man the rails aboard USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG 108) as the ship arrives in Busan, Republic of Korea, in April. (U.S. Navy/MCC Wendy Wyman)
  4. USS La Jolla Bids Farewell to Pearl Harbor

    The submarine community bid farewell during a ceremony Oct. 14 at Pearl Harbor ahead of La Jolla's departure for decommissioning and conversion into a moored training ship.

    Rear Adm. Phil Sawyer, commander of Submarine Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet, thanks Sailors of USS La Jolla (SSN 701) for their service during a farewell ceremony. (U.S. Navy/MC1 Steven Khor)
  5. San Francisco Fleet Week Concludes

    Fleet Week wrapped up Oct. 13 after thousands of people came out to visit with America's sea services.

    USS Chosin (CG 65) transits past the Golden Gate Bridge during the parade of ships at San Francisco Fleet Week. (U.S. Navy/MC2 Jesse L. Gonzalez)
  6. USS America Joins the Fleet in San Francisco Ceremony

    The Navy's newest and most technologically advanced amphibious assault ship was commissioned Oct. 11 in a formal ceremony during San Francisco Fleet Week.

    More than 8,000 friends, family members and guests watch Sailors and Marines man the rails as they “bring the ship to life” during the USS America (LHA 6) commissioning ceremony. (U.S. Navy/MC2 Jonathan A. Colon)
  7. Peleliu Expeditionary Strike Group concludes PHIBLEX

    Sailors and Marines from the Peleliu ESG, including USS Peleliu and USS Germantown, completed the annual amphibious exercise in the Philippines, Oct. 10.

    Marines prepare to embark the well deck of USS Germantown (LSD 42) in combat rubber raiding crafts during PHIBLEX training in the Sulu Sea. (U.S. Navy/MC2 Amanda R. Gray)
  8. Harris Highlights U.S-Canada Cooperation During Victoria Visit

    Adm. Harry Harris Jr., commander of U.S. Pacific Fleet, spent time interacting with Royal Canadian Navy leadership and sailors during a visit to Victoria, British Columbia, Oct. 7, emphasizing the significance of the relationship between the two navies as the U.S. rebalances to the Pacific.

    Adm. Harry Harris Jr., commander of U.S. Pacific Fleet, discusses America's rebalance to the Pacific with Royal Canadian officers. (U.S. Navy/MCCS Michael Lewis)
  9. Peleliu ESG Trains with Philippines Counterparts during PHIBLEX

    Sailors and Marines from the Armed Forces of the Philippines and Peleliu Expeditionary Strike Group have been conducting a variety of training together during Amphibious Landing Exercise (PHIBLEX).

    Officers from the Philippine Navy look on as Sailors aboard USS Peleliu (LHA 5) participate in a fire fighting drill. (U.S. Navy/MC1 Joshua Hammond)
  10. America Arrives in San Francisco for Fleet Week, Commissioning

    The Navy's newest amphibious assault ship arrived in San Francisco, Oct. 6, in preparation for its commissioning ceremony on Oct. 11 during San Francisco Fleet Week.

    Sailors aboard the future USS America (LHA 6) hold the American flag for an aerial photo as they pass under the Golden Gate Bridge. (U.S. Navy/MC1 Vladimir Ramos)