1. George Washington CSG Kicks Off Talisman Saber 13

    U.S. and Royal Australian Navy (RAN) Sailors from the George Washington Carrier Strike Group (GWCSG) began their portion of Talisman Saber 2013 off the northeast coast of Australia, July 15.

    An F/A-18F Super Hornet from the Diamondbacks of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 102 launches from the flight deck of the U.S. Navy's forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) July 15 in support of Talisman Saber 2013. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Paolo Bayas/Released)
  2. Australia Leads Pacific Partnership Phase in Papua New Guinea

    Marking the first time in the mission's eight years that a phase has been led by a partner nation, the Australian Defense Force brought the Papua New Guinea portion of Pacific Partnership to a close July 6 with assistance from Japan and the U.S.

    Royal Australian Navy Petty Officer Matthew Marson helps train the local fire fighters at the Wewak Fire Station during the Pupua New Guinea phase of Pacific Partnership 2013. (Royal Australian Navy photo)
  3. 27,000 troops prepare for Talisman Saber 2013

    More than 27,000 U.S. and Australian personnel are converging in Australia and the Coral Sea in preparation for the amphibious exercise Talisman Saber 2013, to be held off the coast of Australia July 15 through Aug. 6, 2013.

    CORAL SEA (July 7, 2013) Air Traffic Controlman 2nd Class Timothy Wallace, left, and Air Traffic Controlman 2nd Class Clayton Alexander observe radar signatures in the air traffic control room aboard USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) in the Coral Sea July 7 as the ship proceeds to Australia for exercise Talisman Saber. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Edward Guttierrez III)
  4. Pacific Partnership Preparing for Kiribati

    Preparations are underway for Pacific Partnership's mission in Kiribati, scheduled to begin July 13.

    U.S. Navy Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Michael Nakamura demonstrates on Royal New Zealand Navy Capt. Tony Millar, deputy commander for Pacific Partnership 2013, how to insert an IV needle into a patient's vein during a nursing conference at in the Marshall Islands July 8. The mission will move on to Kiribati following its stop in the Marshall Islands. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Carlos M. Vazquez II)
  5. U.S., Australian Joint Forces to Conduct Talisman Saber Exercise

    More than 27,000 U.S. and Australian personnel will participate in the military training exercise Talisman Saber 2013 in Australia beginning July 15.

    In this file photo from Talisman Saber 2011, an E-2C Hawkeye approaches the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) after participating in a simulated air strike over Australia.  (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Andrew Ryan Smith)
  6. USS Bonhomme Richard Visits Brisbane

    The forward-deployed amphibious assault ship and embarked 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit arrived in Brisbane, Australia, July 9 for a port visit.

    Australian media interview Colonel John E. Merna, commanding officer of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit; Capt. Cathal O'Connor, the commander of Amphibious Squadron (PHIBRON) 11; and Capt. Daniel Dusek, commanding officer of the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) following the ship's arrival in Brisbane for a port visit, July 9. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Matthew Dickinson)
  7. Pacific Partnership Delivers Reverse Osmosis Water System

    The 15,000 residents of Ebeye rely on reverse osmosis for drinking water.

    EBEYE, Marshall Islands (July 7, 2013) U.S. Navy Sailors
        and Marshallese pier workers unload a reverse osmosis water system
        from a landing craft utility (LCU) during Pacific Partnership 2013.
        The filtration unit, provided by the U.S. Agency for International
        Development, will produce potable water for more than 15,000 Ebeye
        Island residents. (U.S.  Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist
        2nd Class Tim D. Godbee/Released)
  8. Pacific Partnership 2013 Arrives in Marshall Islands

    The team is scheduled to take part in a variety of projects and training with the goal of improving the Marshall Islands' overall disaster preparedness.

    MAJURO, Marshall Islands (July 3, 2013) U.S., partner nation service members and non-governmental organization volunteers watch as the amphibious dock landing ship USS Pearl Harbor (LSD 52) anchors off the Republic of the Marshall Islands. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Carlos M. Vazquez II/Released)
  9. 19th CARAT Philippines Closes On Board USS Fitzgerald

    During the six-day exercise, U.S. Sailors and Marines trained with their counterparts in the Philippine navy, coast guard and marine corps.

    Sailors aboard USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) wave at the Philippine Navy frigate Gregorio Del Pilar (PF 15) during CARAT Philippines 2013. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Jay C. Pugh)
  10. Stennis Enters Dry Dock

    The dry dock provides Sailors and shipyard workers access to the ship below the waterline for maintenance, repairs and refurbishments.

    BREMERTON, Wash. (June 27, 2013) The Nimitz-class aircraft
        carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) enters dry dock at Puget Sound
        Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility to begin a
        scheduled docking planned incremental availability. The dry dock
        will provide Sailors and shipyard workers access to the ship below
        the waterline for maintenance, repairs and refurbishments. (U.S.
        Navy photo by Wendy Hallmark)