1. Pacific Partnership Arrives in New Caledonia, Bids Farewell to French Engineers

    USS Pearl Harbor (LSD 52) along with embarked Pacific Partnership 2013 personnel arrived in Noumea, New Caledonia, June 25.

    Partner nation military members watch as U.S. Navy Sailors pull the amphibious dock landing ship USS Pearl Harbor into port in Noumea, New Caledonia, June 25. (U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Samantha J. Webb)
  2. Timor-Leste and Indonesian Sailors Partner with USS Blue Ridge

    U.S. 7th Fleet Flagship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) hosted two sailors from the Republic of Indonesia and five sailors from the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste while on patrol June 18 - 24.

    Republic of Indonesia Navy Maj. Lila Irawati, left, and Maj. Budi Harjanto, right, pose while studying medical procedures in the library of USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Kelby Sanders)
  3. George Washington Concludes Sea Trials

    The U.S. Navy's forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) completed sea trials June 23 in preparation for its upcoming 2013 patrol.

    Sailors scrub the flight deck of USS George Washington (CVN 73) after an aqueous film forming foam (AFFF) system check, June 22. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Michelle N. Rasmusson)
  4. Allied Navies Perform ASW Exercise During Pacific Bond 13

    Australia, Japan and U.S. Naval forces flexed the Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) aspects of exercise Pacific Bond 2013 near the Marianas Island chain, June 23.

    Lt. Cmdr. Shin-Ichi Masaki, weapons officer aboard Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force ship JS Murasame (DD 101), gives a tour of Murasame to Capt. Paul Lyons, commander of Destroyer Squadron 15 and his staff following an anti-submarine warfare exercise as part of Pacific Bond 2013. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Paul Kelly)
  5. USS Blue Ridge Arrives in Dili

    The U.S. 7th Fleet flagship anchored off the coast of Dili June 24 for a port visit.

    Quartermaster 3rd Class Nickolas Gibson discusses bridge operations with East Timor Navy Ensign Zito dos Belo as USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) arrives off the coast of Dili, June 24. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Kelby Sanders)
  6. Australian, U.S. Sailors Trade Places During Pacific Bond 2013

    USS Chung-Hoon (DDG-93) swapped 10 crew members with the Royal Australian Navy's HMAS Sydney (FFG 03) June 23 to enhance operability and foster camaraderie between the two ships during the exercise.

    Royal Australian Navy Leading Seaman Adam Doolan (center) takes the helm aboard USS Chung-Hoon (DDG 93) while Boatswain Mate 2nd Class Terrance Williams, right, and Seaman Arneisha Perea observe. (U.S. Navy Photo)
  7. CARAT Malaysia Wraps Up After Nine Days of Exercises

    The 19th annual Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training exercise between the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, and Malaysian Armed Forces drew to a close during a ceremony on Kuantan Naval Base, June 23.

    Representatives from U.S. and Malaysia stand together during the closing ceremony for exercise Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Malaysia 2013. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Amanda S. Kitchner)
  8. Pacific Partnership Mission in Tonga Comes To a Close

    Pacific Partnership 2013 concluded its 10-day mission in the Kingdom of Tonga, June 22.

    Tongan dentist Afa Taulangovaka, left, Royal Australian Air Force Leading Aircraft Woman Kymberley Monck, center, and Cmdr. E.B. Dembinski work together to examine a local Tongan woman during a Pacific Partnership medical civic action project. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Laurie Dexter)
  9. At-Sea Phase of CARAT Malaysia 2013 Concludes

    The littoral combat ship USS Freedom (LCS 1) and other Task Group 73.1 assets successfully completed four full days of combined, at-sea training events with the Royal Malaysian Navy, June 22, as part of Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Malaysia 2013.

    Cmdr. Joe Femino, commanding officer of USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG 54), watches USS Freedom (LCS 1) as the ships pass June 20 during a divisional tactics drill as part of Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Malaysia 2013. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Matthew Olay)
  10. USS Freedom Supports Marine Amphibious Assault Force in CARAT Malaysia

    Sailors aboard USS Freedom (LCS 1) had a unique opportunity to support amphibious assault exercise when Marines from the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit aboard USS Tortuga (LSD 46) conducted an amphibious raid with Malaysian Army paratroopers, June 22.

    Sailors aboard USS Freedom (LCS 1) clear the flight deck of debris prior to launching an MH-60R helicopter off the coast of Malaysia for an amphibious assault exercise rehearsal, June 21. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Cassandra Thompson)