1. USS Freedom Holds Exchange of Command Ceremony in Singapore

    Aboard the littoral combat ship USS Freedom (LCS 1) the outgoing "Gold" crew and incoming "Blue" crew completed the first crew swap on a deployed LCS during a brief turnover ceremony Aug. 6.

    USS Freedom (LCS 1) Executive Officer Cmdr. Rich Jarrett and Command Master Chief Kenneth Jablecki stand in formation in front of Freedom Crew 102 during the ship's official turnover ceremony in Singapore, Aug. 6. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Karolina A. Oseguera)
  2. Pacific Partnership Flag Crosses Decks to HMNZS Canterbury

    The role of flagship transitioned from USS Pearl Harbor to the Royal New Zealand Navy ship HMNZS Canterbury for the Solomon Islands phase of the region's largest disaster-response preparedness mission.

    Solomon Island citizens and children tour a landing craft medium (LCM) assigned to the Royal New Zealand ship HMNZS Canterbury (LSL-421) after it came ashore in Vella Aug. 3 to drop off personnel and supplies during Pacific Partnership 2013. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Carlos M. Vazquez II)
  3. Pacific Fleet Master Chief Visits Pacific Northwest

    Pacific Fleet Master Chief Marco Ramirez toured naval installations and tenant commands within Navy Region Northwest July 29 - Aug. 2.

    Pacific Fleet Master Chief Marco Ramirez receives a tour of the waterfront at Naval Station Everett from Master at Arms 1st Class Antonio Neblett, July 29. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jeffry Willadsen)
  4. Boxer Becomes First West Coast Ship to Deploy with Osprey

    Amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4) will become the first West Coast ship to deploy with the MV-22 Osprey this fall, with a complement of 13 aboard.

    An Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) directs MV–22 Ospreys assigned to the Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron VMM 166 (Reinforced) aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4) in the Pacific Ocean, July 31. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Brian Jeffries)
  5. USS Fitzgerald Arrives in Northern Japan

    USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) moored in Aomori, Japan, Aug. 5, for a port visit to the northern Japan city that is in the midst of hosting its annual Nebuta Festival.

    Dancers from the Japan Self-Defense Force Parental Association of Aomori perform a traditional Nebuta dance in honor of USS Fitzgerald's (DDG 62) arrival for a port visit. (U.S. Navy photo by Senior Chief Mass Communication Specialist Daniel Sanford)
  6. USS Preble Sailors Visit Sydney Children's Hospital

    Sailors from the guided-missile destroyer USS Preble took some of their time off during their Australia port call to visit the Royal Alexandra Hospital for Children, July 31.

    Personnel Specialist 1st Class Jay Jay Robles visits a patient at the Royal Alexandra Hospital for Children in Sydney, July 31. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Paul Kelly)
  7. Vice Adm. Robert Thomas Jr. Assumes Command of 7th Fleet

    Vice Adm. Robert L. Thomas Jr. relieved Vice Adm. Scott H. Swift as commander, U. S. 7th Fleet in a change of command ceremony aboard the flagship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19), July 31 in Cairns, Australia.

    An honor guard presents the colors during the U.S. 7th Fleet change of command ceremony, July 31 aboard USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Joshua Karsten)
  8. USS Freedom Underway to Support First Overseas Crew Swap

    As the deployment to Southeast Asia draws to a close for USS Freedom's (LCS 1) "Gold" crew, an advance team of "Blue" crew Sailors is in Singapore to participate in a brief sea trial that began July 30, as part of the upcoming crew swap.

    Chief Gas Turbine Systems Mechanic Todd Furst, right, assigned to USS Freedom's (LCS 1) "Gold" crew monitors propulsion plant readings from the bridge with incoming "Blue" crew readiness control officer Chief Engineman Shannon Thomas., July 30. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Cassandra Thompson)
  9. 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)
  10. 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)