1. USS Essex embarks 31st MEU Aviation Combat Element

    After onloading the ground elements of the 31st MEU at White Beach Naval Facility, the USS Essex got underway to embark aircraft June 29.

    PACIFIC OCEAN (June 29, 2011) A U.S. Marine CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter with Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 265 (HMM-265), 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, lands aboard the flight deck of the forward deployed amphibious assualt ship U.S.S. Essex.(U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl Steve Acuff/Released)
  2. Essex ARG Embarks 31st MEU for Talisman Sabre 2011

    Ships of the Essex Amphibious Ready Group embarked 2,000+ Marines of the 31st MEU in Okinawa, Japan, June 27.

    OKINAWA, Japan (June 27, 2011) – Marines of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) walk down the pier at White Beach Naval Facility to embark the forward deployed amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2). (U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Terry Matlock/Released)
  3. USS McClusky Takes Part in PASSEX with JMSDF

    The guided-missile frigate USS McClusky (FFG 41) participated in a joint forces passing exercise (PASSEX) with the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) June 26.

    PACIFIC OCEAN (June 26, 2011) Ensigns Haruhisa Kosuge, left, and Shohei Yamaguchi, assigned to the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force, test the back-up steering of the guided-missile frigate USS McClusky (FFG 41) during a joint forces passing exercise.(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Dominique Pinero/Released)
  4. George Washington Prepares For Worst with Mass Casualty Drill

    Preparing for the worst of all possible scenarios, hundreds of Sailors from the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier were put through a life-like mass casualty drill, June 28.

  5. HSC 25 Provides More Than Search and Rescue

    Members of the “Island Knights” of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 25 Det. 6 are making preparations to assist the Essex Amphibious Ready Group during exercise Talisman Sabre 2011.

    SASEBO, Japan (June 21, 2011) – An MH-60S Seahawk from Helicopter Sea Control Squadron 25 "Island Knights" lands on the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) in preparations for getting underway. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Adam M. Bennett/Released)
  6. George Washington Conducts First CBR drill for Summer Patrol

    Armed with MCU-2/P gas masks, Sailors aboard the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier manned their designated repair lockers to train for combat in a contaminated environment.

    SOUTH CHINA SEA (June 29,2011) Sailors exhibit teamwork in a timed exercise to don advanced chemical protective gear within eight seconds during a mock chemical attack aboard the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73).(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Erin Devenberg/RELEASED)
  7. U.S., Philippine Navies Join for 17th CARAT Exercise

    Three U.S. Navy ships arrived in Puerto Princesa, June 28, to launch CARAT Philippines.

    PUERTO PRINCESA, Philippines (June 28, 2011) Philippine Navy Vice Commander Orwen Cortez listens as Commander, U.S. Seventh Fleet, Vice Adm. Scott Van Buskirk, answers a question during a press conference following the opening ceremonies for CARAT Philippines 2011. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Christopher S. Johnson)
  8. Germantown Embarks 31st MEU, Prepares for Talisman Sabre

    The forward-deployed dock landing ship completed on loading more than 450 Marines and Sailors assigned to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit June 27 in preparation for exercise Talisman Saber 2011.

    WHITE BEACH, Okinawa (June 27, 2011) A Landing Craft Air Cushion departs from the well deck of the forward-deployed dock landing ship USS Germantown (LSD 42).  The ship was in Okinawa embarking Sailors and Marines with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Johnie Hickmon)
  9. Puerto Princesa City Director Tours USS Guardian

    The crew USS Guardian (MCM 5) invited Officials from the Puerto Princesa City Police to tour the ship June 27, as a gesture of thanks for the support and hospitality the City has shown visiting U.S. Sailors.

    PUERTA PRINCESA, Republic of the Philippines (June 27, 2011) - Lt. Cmdr. Kenneth Brown, Commanding Officer USS Guardian (MCM 5), presents a photo of Guardian and a ship’s coin to Police Senior Superintendent Virgilio C. Parrocha, City Director of the Puerto Princesa City Police, after a pier-side tour of the ship. (U.S. Navy Photo by Lt. Colby Drake)
  10. MWR Keeps George Washington’s Spirits Up At Sea

    The USS George Washington's crew is hard at work day and night. But during their brief moments of free time, many are finding opportunities for some fun thanks to the ship’s Morale Welfare and Recreation team.