1. U.S., Japan set for mine countermeasures exercise

    U.S. Navy and Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force units are scheduled to begin MCMEX 2JA, an annual mine countermeasures exercise, July 17.

    In this file photo, USS Patriot (MCM 7) departs White Beach Naval Facility in Okinawa, Japan, earlier this year. (U.S. Navy/LT David Levy)
  2. Third P-8 rotational deployment begins in Singapore

    The U.S. 7th Fleet will rotationally deploy two P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft to Singapore from July 15 through Aug. 12 in support of shared maritime security initiatives.

    In this file photo, a P-8A Poseidon from Patrol Squadron (VP) 5 flies over the Philippine Sea. (U.S. Navy/MC1 Joshua Hammond)
  3. USS Patriot arrives in Hakodate

    The mine countermeasures ship arrived in Hakodate, Japan, July 14 for a port visit before the crew makes its way to an annual mine countermeasures exercise with the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force.

    Sailors aboard USS Patriot (MCM 7) navigate the ship toward Hakodate, Japan, for a port visit. (U.S. Navy/LCDR Joseph Hamilton)
  4. Key West visits Yokosuka during 7th Fleet operations

    The Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Key West (SSN 722) arrived at Fleet Activities Yokosuka, July 12, for a routine visit during ongoing operations in the Western Pacific.

    A crane lowers the brow to USS Key West (SSN 722) after arriving at Fleet Activities Yokosuka. (U.S. Navy/MC2 Brian G. Reynolds)
  5. Pacific Partnership 2016 departs the Philippines

    After two weeks of activities building disaster response capabilities and strengthening relationships, the multinational Pacific Partnership team departed the Philippines, July 11.

    USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) sits anchored off the coast of Legazpi, Philippines, with Mount Mayon in the distance during the second mission stop of Pacific Partnership 2016. (U.S. Navy/MC1 Elizabeth Merriam)
  6. USS Gridley arrives at new Everett homeport

    The guided-missile destroyer arrived at Naval Station Everett, Wash., July 9, completing a homeport shift from San Diego.

    USS Gridley (DDG 101) arrives at its new home of Naval Station Everett, July 9. (U.S. Navy/MC3 Joseph Montemarano)
  7. Legendary ace flies his 100th aircraft above the "birthplace of naval aviation"

    A 95-year-old, 29 1/2-year veteran famous for being the single-known ace to achieve victories against both German and Japanese aircraft during WWII, flew his 100th aircraft July 9.

    Retired Cmdr. Dean "Diz" Laird, center, stands in the rear seat of a T-34C Turbomentor with the Flying Eagles of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 122, July 9. (U.S. Navy/MC2 Paolo Bayas)
  8. Philippine Air Contingent wraps up activity, cooperation

    A detachment of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 138 recently completed training alongside the Armed Forces of the Philippines for routine operational missions that enhance regional maritime domain awareness.

    Lt. Cmdr. Jeff Pinkerton, an EA-18G Grolwer pilot assigned to Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 138, speaks with a group of Philippine Air Force pilots assigned to Clark Air Base, Philippines. (U.S. Air Force/Capt. Elias Zani)
  9. USS Ashland returns to Sasebo after CARAT exercises

    The dock landing ship returned to Sasebo, Japan, July 8, after completing several phases of the Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) exercise series.

    USS Ashland (LSD 48) departs White Beach Naval Facility in Okinawa, Japan, after offloading Marines from Easy Company, 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, July 6. (U.S. Navy/MC2 Sarah Villegas)
  10. Symposium addresses disaster topics in Philippines

    A joint disaster symposium at a hospital in Legazpi, Philippines, gave the Pacific Partnership mission team and local medical personnel the chance to have an open dialogue about disaster management relief, in a medical context.

    Philippine Armed Forces, Australian Army and U.S. Navy medical professionals talk during a joint disaster management symposium, June 30. (U.S. Navy/MC1 Elizabeth Merriam)