1. U.S. Navy conducts SINKEX as part of Valiant Shield 2012

    A live-fire exercise, part of Valiant Shield 2012, sank the ex-USS Coronado (AGF-11) 102 nautical miles South of Guam, Sept. 12.

    The forward deployed Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS
          Cowpens (CG 63) launches a Harpoon Missile from the aft missile
          deck, Sept. 12 as part of a live fire exercise during Valiant
          Shield 2012. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd
          Class Paul Kelly)
  2. Chief of Naval Personnel Visits Pacific Northwest Sailors

    The visit is part of Vice Adm. Van Buskirk's fleet-wide tour to inform Sailors of key personnel policies.

    Chief of Naval Personnel Vice Adm. Scott R. Van Buskirk addresses
          Pacific Northwest Sailors at Naval Base Kitsap Bangor. During the
          visit he covered multiple topics including the Navy's force
          management initiatives, efforts to improve sea duty manning, and
          21st Century Sailor and Marine programs.  (U.S. Navy photo by Mass
          Communication Specialist 2nd Class Lawrence Davis)
  3. Navy Secretary Announces Energy And Water Management Awards

    Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced the winners of the 2012 Secretary of the Navy Energy and Water Management Awards Aug. 29.

    SAN DIEGO (Nov. 14, 2011) In this file photo, Sailors and
        Marines man the rails aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Makin
        Island (LHD 8) as the ship departs San Diego on a regularly
        scheduled deployment in support of the Navy's Maritime Strategy.
        Makin Island is the only U.S. Navy ship with a hybrid electric
        propulsion system. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication
        Specialist John Lill)
  4. Pacific Partnership 2012 Returns To San Diego

    Pacific Partnership 2012 (PP12), embarked aboard Military Sealift Command's hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19), will return to its home port of San Diego Sept. 14, after completing a nearly five-month deployment.

    NORTH SULAWESI, Indonesia (June 1, 2012) In this file
        photo, the Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH
        19) sits in Manado Bay at sunset following the opening ceremony
        for Pacific Partnership 2012 in Indonesia. (Photo by Camelia
  5. USS Milius Returns From Deployment

    The guided-missile destroyer is returning after an eight-month deployment to the Western Pacific and U.S. Central Command areas of responsibility.

    The guided-missile destroyer USS Milius (DDG 69) transits the Arabian Gulf, July 18.
  6. Bonhomme Richard ARG Initiates Certification Exercise

    The event focuses on the capability of the 31st MEU to conduct humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations with the ARG.

    An AV-8B Harrier jet aircraft assigned to Marine Attack
        Squadron (VMA) 542 approaches the flight deck of the
        forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD
        6) during evening flight operations. The Bonhomme Richard Amphibious
        Ready Group (ARG), along with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit
        (MEU), are currently participating in Certification Exercise
        (CERTEX). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd
        Class Michael Russell)
  7. USS Hawaii visits Subic during Western Pacific deployment

    The Virginia Class submarine USS Hawaii (SSN 776) arrived in Subic Bay Sept. 7 for a visit as part of her deployment in the Western Pacific.

    In this file photo, the Virginia-class submarine, USS Hawaii (SSN 776), departs Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam for their scheduled six month Western Pacific deployment, May 21. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Ronald Gutridge / Released)
  8. Joint Forces to Conduct Valiant Shield Exercise

    A U.S. Navy carrier strike group will join a U.S. Air Force expeditionary wing and Marine Corps units for exercise Valiant Shield 2012, Sept. 11- 19, in the vicinity of Guam.

    In this file photo, aircraft from the Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force fly together at the conclusion of excercise Valiant Shield 2007. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Denny Cantrell)
  9. Blue Ridge Returns To Yokosuka

    U.S. 7th Fleet flagship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) returned to Yokosuka, Japan, Sept. 4 after concluding its participation in Ulchi Freedom Guardian 2012 (UFG12).

    7th Fleet flagship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) as the ship returns to Yokosuka, Sept. 4 following exercise Ulchi Freedom Guardian.
  10. Bonhomme Richard Tests Emergency Response Capabilities

    Sailors aboard amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) and Marines from the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit conducted a mass casualty drill to test emergency response capabilities, Sept. 3.

    A CH-46 Sea Knight attached to the Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron (HMM) 262 Flying Tigers lands on the flight deck aboard the forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) during a mass casualty drill.