1. Trilateral Pacific Bond Exercise Kicks Off

    The U.S. Navy has joined forces with the Royal Australian Navy and Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force in the western Pacific Ocean for exercise Pacific Bond 2013, June 22-26.

    Sailors from the U.S. Navy, Royal Australian Navy (RAN)and Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force salute as HMAS Sydney (FFG 03) passes alongside USS Preble (DDG 88) following a maneuvering exercise, June 20. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Paul Kelly)
  2. Pacific Partnership Hosts Nursing Conference in Tonga

    Pacific Partnership 2013 non-governmental organization volunteers, U.S. and partner nation service members held a nursing conference at the Vailoa Hospital, June 20.

    New Zealand Army Sgt. Richard Gill trains nursing students on proper CPR techniques at the Viola Hospital during a Pacific Partnership 2013 nursing conference, June 20. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Tim D. Godbee)
  3. USS Guardian Grounding Investigation Results Released

    The U.S. Navy has released the results of an investigation that assessed circumstances surrounding the ex-USS Guardian grounding that occurred in Philippine waters on January 17.

  4. Allied Navies to Participate in Pacific Bond 2013

    Naval personnel and units from Australia, Japan, and the United States will participate in the tri-lateral Pacific Bond 2013 exercise from June 22-26, 2013.

    Cmdr. Jeff Heames, executive officer of USS Preble (DDG 88) speaks with Lt. Masaaki Mizunuma, navigator aboard JS Murasame (DD 101), as Preble departs Yokosuka, Japan, June 18. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Paul Kelly)
  5. USS Paul Hamilton Raises Homeward Bound Pennant

    Sailors aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Paul Hamilton (DDG 60) hoisted a 242-foot Homeward Bound Pennant, June 18.

    USS Paul Hamilton (DDG 60) flies the 242-foot Homeward Bound Pennant, which is authorized after a ship has spent 270 or more uninterrupted days at sea. (U.S. Navy by Intelligence Specialist 1st Class Jarrod A. Fowler)
  6. USS Freedom Brings Littoral Combat Ship Capabilities Forward at CARAT Malaysia

    USS Freedom (LCS 1) accomplished several firsts since arriving in Kuantan, Malaysia, June 15 to participate in exercise Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training with the Royal Malaysian Navy.

    Boatswain's Mate 1st Class James Small directs a Royal Malaysian Navy Super Lynx as it does touch and go training on the flight deck of USS Freedom (LCS 1), June 18 in the South China Sea. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Cassandra Thompson)
  7. USS Jacksonville Returns to Pearl Harbor

    The Los Angeles-class submarine returned to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam June 18 after completing a deployment to the 7th Fleet and 5th Fleet areas of operation.

    USS Jacksonville (SSN 699) returns to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam June 18. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Steven Khor)
  8. Pacific Partnership Engineers Work With Tongan Marines to Rebuild School

    Royal Tongan Marine engineers are rebuilding the Atele Primary School with the assistance of French Army engineers, New Zealand Army engineers, U.S. Navy Seabees and U.S. Marine Corps engineers, during Pacific Partnership 2013.

    A combined team of engineers and Royal Tongan Marines cut pillars at the Atele Primary School during a Pacific Partnership engineering project. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Tim D. Godbee)
  9. 19th CARAT Malaysia Begins, Brings New Capabilities to Build Maritime Partnerships

    The arrival of a U.S. Navy task group to Kuantan Naval Base June 15, to include USS Freedom (LCS 1), marked the beginning of Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training with the Malaysian Armed Forces.

    Members of the Royal Malaysian Navy observe the littoral combat ship USS Freedom's (LCS 1) arrival in Kuantan June 15 for exercise Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Jay C. Pugh)
  10. USS Blue Ridge Visits Jakarta

    The 7th Fleet flagship arrived in Indonesia's capital June 14 for a goodwill port visit.

    USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) Commanding Officer Capt. Will Pennington is greeted by Indonesia Marine Brig. Gen. Ikin Sodikin following Blue Ridge's arrival in Jakarta, June 14. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class James Norman)