1. Essex ARG Embarks 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit

    2,000+ Marines embarked the ships of the Essex ARG in Okinawa Sept. 26 for certification, training.

    OKINAWA, Japan (Sept. 26, 2011) Marines with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit walk down the pier at White Beach Naval Facility to board the forward deployed amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Matthew R. Cole)
  2. PACFLT Band Entertains Guam Community

    Guam communities were treated to the musical style of the Pacific Fleet Rock Band Sept. 21-26.

    HAGATNA, Guam (Sept. 21, 2011) Musician 3rd Class Jason Gay, of the U.S. Navy Pacific Fleet Rock Band interacts with George Washington High School students at the Mangilao campus. (U.S. Navy photo by JoAnna Delfin)
  3. U.S., Bangladesh Navies Complete At-Sea Portion of CARAT

    USS Kidd (DDG 100), USS Ford (FFG 54), and USS Defender (MCM 2) took part with ships from the Bangladesh Navy.

    BAY OF BENGAL (Sept. 22, 2011) Bangladesh Navy ships are joined by ships from the U.S. Navy during a surface gunnery exercise as part of Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Bangladesh 2011. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Daniel Barker)
  4. Essex ARG Departs for Western Pacific Patrol

    Ships of the forward-deployed Amphibious Ready Group got underway from Sasebo, Japan, Sept. 21.

    In this file photo, Quartermaster 3rd Class Scott McCutcheon plots the ship's current position in the pilothouse of the amphibious transport dock USS Denver (LPD 9), Aug. 13, 2011.  (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Bryan Blair)
  5. Boxer Amphibious Ready Group Visits Pearl Harbor

    The three ships of the Boxer ARG arrived at Pearl Harbor, Sept. 20, for a port visit.

    PEARL HARBOR (Sept. 20, 2011) The amphibious assault ship USS Boxer arrives at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam for a port visit. The Boxer Amphibious Ready Group is currently en route to their homeport of San Diego after completing a deployment to western Pacific and U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Robert Stirrup)
  6. USS George Washington Returns to Sea

    The carrier's 2011 patrol continued Sept. 19 following a three-week pause in Yokosuka, Japan.

    In this file photo, Boatswain's Mate 3rd Class Samuel Mott watches a fuel line during a fueling at sea in the Pacific Ocean aboard the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) Aug. 20, 2011. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Alysia R. Hernandez)
  7. U.S., Bangladesh Launch First CARAT Naval Exercise

    The eight-day maritime safety and security exercise that kicked off Sept. 18 marks a first in the CARAT series.

    CHITTAGONG, Bangladesh (Sept. 18, 2011) The Bangladesh Navy Band performs on the pier as USS Defender (MCM 2) maneuvers to arrive in Chittagong for exercise Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Bangladesh 2011. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class (SW) Lowell Whitman)
  8. U.S. 3rd Fleet Participating in San Francisco Fleet Week

    Six 3rd Fleet ships are scheduled to visit San Francisco to participate in Fleet Week Oct. 7-12.

    In this file photo, Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) arrives at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam for a port visit, June 7, 2011. Vinson is one of six U.S. Navy ships secheduled to take part in San Francisco Fleet Week this year.(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communications Specialist 2nd Class Jon Dasbach)
  9. Message in a Bottle Found During Beach Cleanup

    A PRMF Sailor in Kauai, Hawaii, finds unexpected treasure today during a beach cleanup.

    BARKING SANDS, Hawaii (Sept. 15, 2011) Electrician’s Mate 2nd Class Jon Moore removes a message from a bottle sent from Kagoshima, Japan more than five years ago. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Jay C. Pugh)
  10. USS Thach Returns to San Diego from Deployment

    The ship returns to San Diego Friday following a seven-month deployment to 4th Fleet in the eastern Pacific Ocean.

    PACIFIC OCEAN (June 6, 2011) The MK-75 76mm mounted gun aboard the guided-missile frigate USS Thach (FFG 43) is fired during a live-fire exercise off the coast of Chile. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Stuart Phillips)