1. USS Ashland, USS Germantown Replace USS George Washington

    The dock landing ships with their embarked Marines from the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit have replaced aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73), which had been supporting Operation Damayan since Nov. 14.

    Sailors from USS George Washington (CVN 73) and Marines from the 3d Marine Expeditionary Brigade load boxes of supplies into a U.S. Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey, Nov. 20 in Tacloban. George Washington has been replaced by USS Ashland (LSD 48) and USS Germantown (LSD 42) in support of Operation Damayan. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Trevor Welsh)
  2. USS Chosin to Return From Deployment

    The guided-missile cruiser will return home to Pearl Harbor Nov. 22 following a deployment to the Western Pacific.

    In this file photo, USS Chosin (CG 65) departs Sydney, Australia in October following the Royal Australian Navy's International Fleet Review. (U.S. Navy photo by Fire Controlman Third Class Andrew Albin)
  3. Ashland, Germantown Arrive in Philippines for Operation Damayan

    The two dock landing ships, with elements of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit embarked, arrived in the Philippines' Leyte Gulf Nov. 20.

    In this Nov. 17 photo, USS Germantown (LSD 42) departs White Beach Naval Facility in Okinawa with supplies and equipment for the humanitarian relief effort in the Philippines. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Robert Clowney)
  4. Operation Damayan 7th Fleet Update

    USS Ashland and USS Germantown arrived in the vicinity of Tacloban Nov. 20, as encouraging signs are continuing to be seen that ground routes are opening significantly for delivery by trucks instead of helicopters.

    USS Mustin (DDG 89) Sailors work with members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines to transport relief supplies in Ormoc City during Operation Damayan. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Mackenzie P. Adams)
  5. Pacific Fleet Master Chief Visits NMCB 3 in Okinawa

    U.S. Pacific Fleet Master Chief Marco Ramirez met with Seabees assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 3, Nov. 20, during a visit to Camp Shields, Okinawa, Japan.

    Pacific Fleet Master Chief Marco Ramirez answers questions while addressing Seabees from Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 3, Nov. 20. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Chris Fahey)
  6. USNS Charles Drew Helps Quench Philippines' Thirst

    In addition to keeing other ships mission ready with fresh food and fuel, the USNS Charles Drew crew is finding innovative ways to assist during Operation Damayan.

    USNS Charles Drew (T-AKE 10) used an innovative way to provide water by freezing it and using tri-walls to deliver to those in need in support of Operation Damayan. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Brian H. Abel)
  7. Pacific Fleet Commander Holds All Hands Call in Yokosuka

    Adm. Harry B. Harris Jr. visited Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Nov. 19 as part of a four-day trip to Japan with stops in Tokyo, Naval Air Station Atsugi and Fleet Activities Sasebo.

    Adm. Harry B. Harris Jr. answers interview questions after an all hands call at Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Nov. 19. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Raymond D. Diaz III)
  8. Operation Damayan 7th Fleet Update

    Leaders had a very productive meeting aboard USS George Washington yesterday, where they discussed the ongoing transition from the U.S. Navy’s initial emergency response to the role for USS Ashland and USS Germantown to assist the long-term relief efforts.

    Rear Adm. Mark Montgomery, left, commander of the George Washington Strike Group; Rear Adm. Jaime Bernadino, center, vice commander of the Philippine Navy; and Commodore Reynaldo Yoma, commander of Naval Forces Command Central, discuss how to improve relief efforts aboard USS George Washington (CVN 73). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Shannon Heavin)
  9. Crisis Response: U.S. Navy Aircrewman Aids Philippines

    Naval Aircrewman 2nd Class Justin Peach has dreamt of being the one to rappel down from a floating platform less than five feet under whirring blades to help strangers in need of assistance.

    Naval Aircrewman 2nd Class Justin Peach prepares to drop supplies at Tacloban Air Base from an MH-60S Seahawk during Operation Damayan, Nov. 14.  (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Ricardo R. Guzman)
  10. USS Freedom Visits Brunei, Prepares for Operation Damayan

    The ship arrived at Brunei's port of Muara Nov. 18 to take on fuel and supplies in preparation to support humanitarian assistance and disaster relief efforts in the Philippines.

    Sailors aboard USS Freedom (LCS 1) participate in a line handling detail as the ship arrives in Brunei, Nov. 18. (U. S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Karolina A. Oseguera)