1. Talisman Saber 2013 Wraps Up Aboard USS Blue Ridge

    The biennial US-Australian exercise concluded with a ceremony hosted by Adm. Samuel J. Locklear III aboard the U.S. 7th Fleet flagship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) in Cairns, Australia, July 29.

    Adm. Samuel Locklear, commander, U.S. Pacific Command, right, speaks during a closing ceremony in Cairns, Australia, for Talisman Saber 2013 aboard the U.S. 7th Fleet's flagship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19), July 29. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Joshua Karsten)
  2. George Washington Completes Talisman Saber, Arrives in Brisbane

    The U.S. Navy's forward-deployed aircraft carrier and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, arrived to Brisbane, Australia, July 29, for its first port visit of its 2013 patrol.

    In this file photo, a U.S. Navy EA-18G Growler leads two Royal Australian Air Force F/A-18F Super Hornets and a U.S. Navy  F/A-18E Super Hornet in a flight formation over the U.S. Navy's forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) during exercise Talisman Saber. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Benjamin K. Kittleson)
  3. US, Republic of Singapore Navies Conclude 19th CARAT Singapore

    The 19th annual Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Singapore exercise concluded with a closing ceremony at Changi Naval Base, July 26.

    Republic of Singapore Navy Lt. Alvin Tan, bottom, points to an area in the South China Sea where a submarine periscope has been sighted by Ens. Matias del Castillo, center, during Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Singapore 2013. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class John Donohue)
  4. U.S. Navy Admiral Returns Flag to Japan

    In a gesture of friendship and goodwill, Rear Adm. James F. Caldwell, commander, Submarine Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet, returned a Japanese good luck flag belonging to a World War II Imperial Japanese soldier, July 26.

    Rear Adm. James F. Caldwell points out inscriptions to Consul General of Japan Toyoei Shigeeda following a brief ceremony at the Consulate-General of Japan in Honolulu July 26 to return the flag Caldwell's great uncle received during WWII. (U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class David Kolmel)
  5. Pacific Partnership Arrives in Solomon Islands

    USS Pearl Harbor (LSD 52) arrived in the Solomon Islands July 29 and will work alongside the Royal New Zealand Navy's HMNZS Canterbury (L421) as New Zealand leads this phase of the Pacific Partnership mission.

    A New Zealand Army engineer looks on as USS Pearl Harbor (LSD 52) departs the Republic of Kiribati, July 26. The ship and embarked international Pacific Partnership team arrived in the Solomon Islands July 29. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Tim D. Godbee)
  6. Pacific Partnership Concludes Work in Kiribati

    Pacific Partnership's work in Kiribati — the fifth of six mission ports — was completed July 26.

    Royal New Zealand Capt. Tony Millar, Pacific Partnership 2013 deputy mission commander, walks alongside engineers on the Friendship Bridge during a ribbon cutting ceremony marking its reopening. The bridge was built during Pacific Partnership 2009 and restored during this year's mission. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Laurie Dexter)
  7. Bonhomme Richard ESG Partners with Australians, Completes Air Defense Exercise

    The Bonhomme Richard Expeditionary Strike Group teamed up with forces from the George Washington Carrier Strike Group and Australian Defence Force to conduct an air defense exercise as part of exercise Talisman Saber, July 22.

    USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6), followed by the amphibious dock landing ship USS Germantown (LSD 42), sails through the Coral Sea during exercise Talisman Saber. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Edward Guttierrez III)
  8. Boxer ARG Completes Composite Training Unit Exercise

    The Boxer Amphibious Ready Group successfully completed COMPTUEX July 19, moving one step closer to being certified and prepared for deployment.

    A Sea Sparrow (RIM-7P) missile is launched from the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4) July 18 during a missile firing exercise as part of COMPTUEX. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communications Specialist 2nd Class Kenan O'Connor)
  9. HMNZS Manawanui Concludes Participation in Pacific Partnership

    The Royal New Zealand Navy diving support vessel HMNZS Manawanui (A09) concluded its mission with Pacific Partnership 2013, July 21.

    U.S. Navy Capt. Wallace Lovely, Pacific Partnership 2013 mission commander, prepares to go aboard HMNZS Manawanui (A09), July 18 in Kiribati. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Carlos M. Vazquez II)
  10. Multilateral Pacific Mission Boosts Disaster Response Capacity

    Two months into the largest disaster response preparedness operation in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region, participants in Pacific Partnership 2013 are taking the mission to the next level in ways the mission commander says will help to ensure its long-term viability despite budgetary constraints.

    Adm. Cecil D. Haney, commander of U.S. Pacific Fleet, greets children during a visit to Kiribati July 17 to meet with local officials and personnel supporting Pacific Partnership 2013. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Carlos M. Vazquez II)