1. Forged From The Deckplates: Today's Chief Petty Officer

    Mid-September is arguably the most important time of the year to a U.S. Navy chief petty officer. Newly accepted chiefs are frocked during a time-honored pinning ceremony that marks the culmination of CPO 365 and training to become "the chief."

    Chief Intelligence Specialist Joshua Mathias, assigned to the U.S. Pacific Command Joint Intelligence Operation Center, receives his chief petty officer anchors from his family, Sept. 13.  (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Brennan D. Knaresboro)
  2. USS Cowpens to Depart San Diego for Deployment

    The guided-missile cruiser is scheduled to depart San Diego Sept. 17 for a seven-month deployment to the Western Pacific.

    In this file photo, USS Cowpens (CG 63) arrives in San Diego in April following more than a decade forward-deployed to 7th Fleet. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Rosalie Garcia)
  3. Boxer, New Orleans Arrive in Philippines for Visit, Exercise

    The two ships arrived in Subic Bay Sept. 16 for a port visit and to take part in Amphibious Landing Exercise (PHIBLEX) with the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit and alongside the Philippine Marine Corps.

    USS Boxer (LHD 4) arrives in Subic Bay, Sept. 16. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st  Class Brian P. Biller)
  4. U.S., Bangladesh Navies Begin 3rd CARAT Exercise

    The third annual exercise Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Bangladesh is underway following an opening ceremony at Naval Base Issa Khan, Sept. 16.

    Rear Adm. Cindy Thebaud, commander of Logistics Group Western Pacific, speaks to Bangladesh Navy sailors attached to Special Warfare Diving and Salvage Command on the opening day of CARAT Bangladesh. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Jay C. Pugh)
  5. Anniversary of Amphibious Landing Commemorated at Inchon

    U.S. Navy leaders and Korean War veterans joined the Republic of Korea Navy and Marine Corps in commemorating the 63rd anniversary of the Inchon landing, Sept. 15.

    U.S. Marine Corps Colonel (ret) Warren Wiedhahn describes his personal recollections of the Inchon landing operation during a ceremony marking the 63rd anniversary. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Joshua Bryce Bruns)
  6. NAF Atsugi Pins 48 New Chief Petty Officers

    Commands at Naval Air Facility Atsugi, Japan, welcomed 48 new chief petty officers during a pinning ceremony attended by visiting Pacific Fleet Master Chief Marco Ramirez, Sept. 13.

    Chief Aviation Machinist's Mate Franklin Martis, from Electron Attack Squadron (VAQ) 141, has his new chief petty officer anchors pinned on Sept. 13 (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kegan E. Kay)
  7. USS Germantown Completes Patrol, Offloads 31st MEU

    The dock landing ship arrived in Okinawa, Japan, Sept. 11 to offload the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, wrapping up a three-month patrol with the Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group.

    Marine vehicles attached to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit are offloaded from USS Germantown (LSD 42) in Okinawa, Sept. 11. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Andrew B. Church)
  8. Navy Hosts Singapore Staff College Students in Hawaii

    More than 50 Singapore Armed Forces officers visited the U.S. Pacific Fleet headquarters compound and historic Pearl Harbor sites Sept. 11 as part of a wider program with U.S. military counterparts in Hawaii.

    William J. Wesley, U.S. Pacific Fleet's executive director for plans and policy, speaks to students and faculty of Singapore's Goh Keng Swee Command and Staff College during a briefing on the Fleet's mission, Sept. 11. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Johans Chavarro)
  9. Wetherald Assumes Command of 7th Fleet Amphibious Force

    Rear Adm. Hugh D. Wetherald relieved Rear Adm. Jeffrey A. Harley as Commander, Amphibious Force, U.S. Seventh Fleet, Sept. 11 in Okinawa.

    Rear Adm. Hugh D. Wetherald, right, addresses his staff for the first time after relieving Rear Adm. Jeffrey A. Harley, center, as commander of Amphibious Force Seventh Fleet. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Todd Macdonald)
  10. Lake Erie, Chinese Ships Conduct Search and Rescue Training

    As part of a broader advancement in cooperation between the US and China, USS Lake Erie (CG 70) and the People's Liberation Army-Navy participated in training scenarios off the coast of Oahu, Hawaii, Sept. 9.

    The Chinese People's Liberation Army-Navy destroyer Qingdao (DDG 113), foreground, frigate Linyi (FFG 547), and the U.S. Navy guided-missile cruiser USS Lake Erie (CG 70) operate together off Oahu, Hawaii, Sept. 9. (U.S. Navy photo by Naval Air Crewman 3rd Class Greg Kahofer)