1. 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)
  2. 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)
  3. 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)
  4. 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)
  5. 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)
  6. MV-22 Ospreys Begin Maiden FDNF Deployment on Bonhomme Richard

    The amphibious assault ship embarked four MV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft from Marine Corps squadron VMM-265, June 14, for their maiden Forward Deployed Naval Forces (FDNF) deployment.

    The first MV-22 Osprey to be embarked with a ship in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations lands on the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) in the East China Sea, June 14. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Edward Guttierrez III)
  7. Pacific Partnership 2013 Opens Mission in Tonga

    Tonga leaders and citizens participated in a ceremony alongside of U.S., partner nation service members and non-governmental organization volunteers to mark the commencement of Pacific Partnership 2013, June 12.

    U.S. Navy Capt. Wallace Lovely, Pacific Partnership 2013 mission commander, and Royal New Zealand Air Force Group Capt. Darryn Webb, the mission's deputy commander, speak with the Commander of the Tonga Defense Services Brig. Gen. Tau’aika ‘Uta’atu during the Pacific Partnership 2013 opening ceremony for Tonga. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Carlos M. Vazquez II)
  8. Pacific Partnership 2013 Arrives in Tonga

    The amphibious dock landing ship USS Pearl Harbor (LSD 52) arrived in Tonga June 12 for the second mission stop of Pacific Partnership 2013.

    A U.S. Navy landing craft utility (LCU) prepares to move people and equipment ashore in Tonga from USS Pearl Harbor (LSD 52), June 12. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Tim D. Godbee)
  9. USS Chosin Arrives in Subic Bay

    The guided-missile cruiser arrived in Subic Bay, Republic of the Philippines for a port visit, June 12.

    In this file photo, USS Chosin (CG 65) departs Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in April for its current deployment. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Dustin W. Sisco)
  10. CARAT Maritime Exercise Closes in Thailand

    The Thailand phase of CARAT ended with a closing ceremony at Sattahip Naval Base, June 12, following nearly two weeks of training ashore and at sea.

    U.S. Navy and Royal Thai Navy sailors stand at parade rest during the closing ceremony for the Thailand portion of Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) exercise 2013. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Amanda S. Kitchner)