1. VFA-195 Trains with Japan Air Self-Defense Force

    Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 195 recently completed a weeklong interoperability training exercise with the Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) 302nd and 305th Tactical Fighter Squadrons.

    An F/A-18E Super Hornet from Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 195 operates with Japan Air Self-Defense Force Phantom II's during a weeklong Benkyoukai exercise. (U.S. Navy/Cmdr. Ryan Jackson)
  2. Great Green Fleet Arrives in Singapore for Port Visit

    The John C. Stennis Strike Group, the centerpiece of the Great Green Fleet, and the 8,500 Sailors attached arrived in Singapore for a port visit April 19.

    USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) arrives at Changi Naval Base, April 19. (U.S. Navy/MC3 Joshua Fulton)
  3. USS Stockdale Conducts Trilateral PASSEX with Allied Navies

    The guided-missile destroyer and ships from the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force and Royal Australian Navy took part in a trilateral passing exercise in the Java Sea April 17-19.

    A Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force helicopter assigned to helicopter destroyer JS Ise (DDH 182) lands on USS Stockdale, April 17. (U.S. Navy/MC2 Andrew P. Holmes)
  4. VFA-115 Hones Close Air Support Skills with Australian Defence Force

    The Eagles of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 115 participated in three weeks of close air support exercises with the Australian Defence Force, March 26 - April 15.

    An F/A-18E Super Hornet from Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 115 flies over Townsville Field Training Area during exercise Black Dagger. (RAAF photo by SGT Guy Young)
  5. Surface Action Group to Demonstrate 3rd Fleet Forward Concept

    U.S. 3rd Fleet's commander will maintain operation control of three guided-missile destroyers deploying to the Western Pacific as part of a new initiative called Third Fleet Forward.

    U.S. Navy file photo. (MC3 Gregory A. Harden II)
  6. Face-to-Face Talks Strengthen USN, RAN Maritime Cooperation

    U.S. Navy and Royal Australian Navy (RAN) leaders gathered at U.S. Pacific Fleet headquarters to conduct an Operations Steering Group, April 14.

    Rear Adm. Patrick Piercey, U.S. Pacific Fleet’s director of maritime operations and Commodore Mark Hammond, Royal Australian Navy director of general maritime operations pose for a picture with participants of the Operation Steering Group. (U.S. Navy/MC2 Brian Wilbur)
  7. PACFLT Enhances Bilateral Cooperation with Vietnam

    U.S. Pacific Fleet senior military leaders hosted bilateral staff talks in Hawaii with officials from Vietnam to exchange ideas on a variety of technical and operational topics, April 12-14.

    Rear Adm. Patrick A. Piercey, U.S. Pacific Fleet (PACFLT) director of maritime operations, right, and Rear Adm. Do Minh Thai, deputy chief of staff of the Vietnam People's Navy, attend bilateral staff talks at PACFLT headquarters. (U.S. Navy/MC2 Tamara Vaughn)
  8. USS Fort Worth Slated for Gas Turbine Transit, Repair Period in San Diego

    The littoral combat ship will make preparations to get underway from Singapore on its own power and transit to San Diego this summer.

    USS Fort Worth (LCS 3) file photo. (U.S. Navy/MC2 Joe Bishop)
  9. Multilateral Naval Exercise Komodo Kicks Off in Indonesia

    Komodo 2016 kicked off in Padang, Indonesia, April 12, with an opening ceremony and arrival of navy ships from 35 nations in the city's harbor for an international fleet review.

    Sailors aboard USS Stockdale (DDG 106) man the rails for an international fleet review during Multilateral Naval Exercise Komodo. (U.S. Navy/MC2 Andrew P. Holmes)
  10. USS Port Royal, Coronado Complete IDCERTEX

    USS Port Royal (CG 73) and USS Coronado (LCS 4) Crew 204 successfully completed an independent deployer certification exercise (IDCERTEX) along the coast of Southern California, April 10.

    Sailors conduct live fire exercises aboard USS Port Royal (CG 73) as USS Coronado (LCS 4) transits behind during IDCERTEX. (U.S. Navy/MC3 Christopher A. Veloicaza)