1. ‘Up-Gunned ESG’ concept moves forward in Talisman Saber exercise

    The Bonhomme Richard Expeditionary Strike Group successfully executed elements of the concept during more than two weeks of live action training.

    Ships of the Bonhomme Richard ESG form up with Royal Australian Navy and Royal New Zealand Navy ships during Talisman Saber, July 22. (Royal Australian Navy/LSIS Helen Frank)
  2. U.S.-Australia team up for TS17 command and control from Bonhomme Richard

    The amphibious assault ship embarked a team of Royal Australian Navy Sailors to training, testing and demonstrating the interoperable capabilities of the U.S.-Australia Expeditionary Strike Group during Talisman Saber 17.

    Royal Australian Navy Sailor Able Seaman Combat Systems Operator Samuel Perkins communicates with ships of the U.S.-Australia expeditionary strike group from the combat information center aboard the USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) during Talisman Saber 17, July 7. (U.S. Navy/MC2 Cameron McCulloch)
  3. USS John C. Stennis completes combat systems assessment

    Combat systems Sailors completed a major readiness inspection in Combat Systems, Command, Control, Communications and Computer Readiness, July 21.

    In this file photo, Operations Specialist 2nd Class Alejandro Valdez identifies contacts within USS John C. Stennis’ (CVN 74) combat direction center. (U.S. Navy/MC3 Kenneth Rodriguez Santiago)
  4. Talisman Saber a success, 31st MEU re-embarks Bonhomme Richard ESG

    Several weeks of amphibious operations and logistics concluded July 25.

    A landing craft air cushion from Naval Beach Unit 7 approaches USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6), July 23, as Marines return from training during Talisman Saber. (U.S. Navy/MC3 William Sykes)
  5. USNS Montford Point concludes skin-to-skin operations in Saipan

    The expeditionary transfer dock completed 17 days of the complex operations, maneuvering and positioning drills with ships from Maritime Prepositioning Squadron 3, July 22.

    USNS Red Cloud (T-AKR 313), left, and USNS Montford Point (ESD 1) conduct “skin-to-skin” operations, July 11. (U.S. Navy photo)
  6. Dewey visits Pearl Harbor as deployment winds down

    The guided-missile destroyer USS Dewey (DDG 105) arrived at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, July 21, for the final port visit of a Western Pacific deployment.

    In this file photo, USS Dewey (DDG 105) transits the South China Sea in May. (U.S. Navy/MC1 Byron C. Linder)
  7. America ARG, 15th MEU arrive in U.S. 7th Fleet

    The America Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and embarked 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) entered the 7th Fleet area of operations, July 23.

    In this file photo, USS America (LHA 6) and USS San Diego (LPD 22) move into position behind USS Pearl Harbor (LSD 52), not pictured, during training in May. (U.S. Marine Corps/Cpl. F. Cordoba)
  8. US, Japan begin annual mine countermeasures exercise

    The exercise brings together Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force and U.S. Navy surface and air mine countermeasures assets, teamed with explosive ordnance disposal personnel.

    Aviation Structural Mechanic Airman Destiny Peaker signals an MH-53 Sea Dragon attached to Helicopter Mine Countermeasures Squadron 14, during operations at Misawa Air Base, Japan, July 20. (U.S. Navy/MC3 Samuel Bacon)
  9. Combined amphibious force launches Marines ashore for Talisman Saber

    The effort was made possible by the collaboration of the U.S. Blue-Green team and Australian Army and Royal Australian Navy counterparts.

    Marines offload gear from a landing craft air cushion (LCAC) during a Talisman Saber combined amphibious assault, July 19.(U.S. Navy/MC2 Sarah Villegas)
  10. Naval Forces Korea celebrates 60th anniversary with partner ROK Fleet's 65th

    Established July 1, 1957 in Seoul, CNFK is the U.S. Navy’s representative in the Republic of Korea.

    Sailors from Combined Republic of Korea (ROK)-U.S. Navy Band performs the national anthem during a combined anniversary celebration in Busan. (U.S. Navy/MC2 Jermaine M. Ralliford)