1. VFA-115 opens new chapter at MCAS Iwakuni

    The “Eagles” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 115 touched down at their new home of Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Iwakuni, Japan, Nov. 28.

    An F/A-18E Super Hornet with Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 115 prepares to land at Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Iwakuni, Japan, Nov. 28. (U.S. Marine Corps/Cpl. Donato Maffin)
  2. Navy posthumously awards Silver Star Medal for valor at Pearl Harbor

    The Navy recently authorized the posthumous award of the combat medal to Lt.j.g. Aloysious H. Schmitt for his actions on Dec. 7, 1941.

    An undated file photo of Lt.j.g. Aloysius H. Schmitt. (U.S. Navy/courtesy of Loras College)
  3. Carrier Strike Group 5 returns to Yokosuka after patrol

    Units from Carrier Strike Group 5 and its flagship, USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), returned to Yokosuka, Japan, Dec. 4, following a three-month patrol in the Indo-Asia Pacific.

    Sailors man the rails as USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) returns to Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Dec. 4. (U.S. Navy/MC1 Peter Burghart)
  4. Navy posthumously awards Bronze Star Medal for valor at Pearl Harbor

    The Navy recently authorized the award of the combat medal to Joseph L. George, then a Boatswain's Mate 2nd Class, for his actions on Dec. 7, 1941.

    An undated file photo of Chief Boatswain's Mate Joseph L. George. (U.S. Navy/courtesy of the George Family)
  5. USS Stethem completes fall patrol in Western Pacific

    The forward-deployed guided-missile destroyer returned to Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan, Nov. 30, after completing a regional patrol.

    In this file photo, USS Stethem (DDG 63) steams during a three-carrier strike force exercise in the Western Pacific, Nov. 12. (U.S. Navy/MC3 Kelsey J. Hockenberger)
  6. USS Lake Erie visits Hawaii as deployment draws down

    The guided-missile cruiser arrived at Pearl Harbor, Nov. 30, following a seven-month deployment in the Indo-Asia-Pacific and Arabian Gulf.

    In this file photo, USS Lake Erie (CG 70) arrives in Colombo, Sri Lanka, in June to support humanitarian assistance operations in the wake of severe flooding. (U.S. Navy/MC2 Joshua Fulton)
  7. Tucson visits Yokosuka during Indo-Asia-Pacific patrol

    The Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Tucson (SSN 770) arrived at Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan, Dec. 1, for a port visit.

    USS Tucson (SSN 770) approaches the pier at Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Dec. 1. (U.S. Navy/MC1 Brian G. Reynolds)
  8. U.S., Japan complete mine countermeasures exercise

    The three-day exercise, which wrapped up Nov. 28, was part of a series designed to increase proficiency and interoperability in mine countermeasures operations.

    Mineman 1st Class Justin Crabtree lowers a mine neutralization vehicle aboard USS Chief (MCM 14), Nov. 27. (U.S. Navy/MC2 Jordan Crouch)
  9. Initial Japan-based CVW-5 jet squadrons fly-in to MCAS Iwakuni

    The first jet squadrons from Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5 arrived in Iwakuni, Nov. 28, as part of a phased relocation from Naval Air Facility Atsugi.

    An F/A-18E Super Hornet from Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 115 prepares to land at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Nov. 28. (U.S. Marine Corps/Cpl. Donato Maffin)
  10. USS John S. McCain departs Subic Bay en route to Yokosuka

    The guided-missile destroyer, being transported aboard heavy lift vessel MV Treasure, will be repaired in Yokosuka after arriving in Japan.

    USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) departs Subic Bay aboard heavy lift transport vessel MV Treasure, Nov. 28. (U.S. Navy/Lt. Aaron Van Driessche)