1. Japan Ground Self-Defense Force Chief of Staff Visits Bonhomme Richard

    Gen. Eiji Kimizuka, chief of staff of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) visited the forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) Sept. 23 to meet with senior leadership and discuss bilateral training.

    PHILIPPINE SEA (Sept. 23, 2012) Gen. Eiji Kimizuka, center, chief of staff of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force and Lt. Gen. Kenneth Glueck Jr., commanding general of the 3rd Marine Expeditionary Force are given a ship tour by Capt. Daniel Dusek, right, commanding officer of the forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Michael Russell)
  2. George Washington Arrives in Guam for Friendship, Goodwill

    The U.S. Navy’s only forward-deployed aircraft carrier pulled into Guam for a routine, four-day port visit Sept. 21.

    The U.S. Navy's forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) pulls into Joint Region Marianas, Guam for a scheduled four-day port visit.
  3. USS Key West Departs for New Homeport

    Friends and families of the crew from USS Key West (SSN 722) gathered at the submarine piers at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam to say goodbye as the Los Angeles-class submarine departed for its new homeport of Naval Base Guam, Sept. 20.

    Spouses of the crew of the Los Angeles-class submarine USS Key West (SSN 722) wave goodbye as the sub sails from Pearl Harbor en route to its new homeport at Naval Base Guam.
  4. USS Paul Hamilton to Deploy

    Adm. Cecil D. Haney, commander of U.S. Pacific Fleet, addresses the crew of USS Paul Hamilton Sept. 20, prior to their planned departure the following day for a 10-month deployment to the 5th and 7th Fleet areas of operation.

    Adm. Cecil D. Haney, commander of U.S. Pacific Fleet, addresses the crew of USS Paul Hamilton Sept. 20, before the ship and crew depart for a ten month deployment.
  5. U.S. and China Team Up for Counter-Piracy Exercise

    It was the first bilateral counter-piracy exercise ever conducted between the two countries.

    GULF OF ADEN (Sept. 17, 2012) Gunner’s Mate 3rd Class Evan T.
          Gainer checks his surroundings aboard the guided-missile destroyer
          USS Winston S. Churchill (DDG 81) during a bilateral
          counter-piracy exercise with the Chinese People’s Liberation Army
          (Navy) frigate Yi Yang (FF 548). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass
          Communication Specialist 2nd Class Aaron Chase)
  6. Valiant Shield 2012 conducts search for simulated survivors

    Two Sailors volunteered to lose themselves in the wilderness so the Navy and Air Force could find them.

    DANDAN, Guam (Sep. 14, 2012) An SH-60 "Seahawk" helicopter
          prepares to land nearby as Petty Officer 1st Class Dave W.
          Bernhardt looks on during a simulated Combined Search and Rescue
          (CSAR) operation.  (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Christopher Okula)
  7. Helicopter Upgrades at NAF Atsugi

    The Navy's newest helicopters will become part of the Forward Deployed Naval Forces.

    In this file photo, an MH-60R Seahawk helicopter assigned to the
          Saberhawks of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 77 flies
          above the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN
          72). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class
          Brian Morales)
  8. Peleliu ARG and 15th MEU Depart for WESTPAC Deployment

    The ships have been trained to conduct a wide range of military and expeditionary operations.

    In this file photo, amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu
          (LHA 5) receives fuel from Military Sealift Command fleet
          replenishment oiler USNS Henry J. Kaiser (T-AO 187) during a
          replenishment at sea. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication 3rd
          Class Shawnte Bryan)
  9. 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)
  10. 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)