1. USS Blue Ridge concludes summer patrol

    The 7th Fleet command ship returned to Yokosuka, Japan, Aug. 29 after operations throughout Asia-Pacific.

    YOKOSUKA, Japan (Aug. 29, 2011) U.S. 7th Fleet command ship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) returns to the ship's forward-deployed port of Yokosuka, Japan after completing a two-month patrol throughout the Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Melvin F. Orr III)
  2. U.S., Singapore Navies Complete Sea Phase of CARAT

    The six-day at-sea portion of exercise CARAT Singapore wrapped up Aug. 26.

    SOUTH CHINA SEA (Aug. 22, 2011) The guided-missile destroyer USS Chung-Hoon (DDG 93), center, steams in formation with the Republic of Singapore navy Formidable-class frigates RSS Supreme (FFG 73) and RSS Stalwart (FFG 72) during the underway phase of exercise Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Singapore. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Andrew Ryan Smith)
  3. Comstock, Green Bay Lend Hand at Thailand Home

    Sailors, 13th MEU Marines team with Royal Thai Navy to spruce up orphanage grounds, facilities Aug. 23-24.

    PHANG NGA, Thailand (Aug. 23, 2011) Yeoman Seaman Justin Powell, left, assigned to Beach Master Unit (BMU) 1, Beach Landing Team E, and Chief Electrician's Mate Hilario Gudez assigned to amphibious dock landing ship USS Comstock (LSD 45), build a gabion cage to hold rocks for a retaining wall during a community service project at the Home and Life Orphanage in Phang Nga, Thailand. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Joseph M. Buliavac/Released)
  4. Boxer Crew Supports Community, Thailand school

    Boxer Sailors, 13th MEU Marine assisted helped a local elementary school in Phuket, Thailand Aug. 23-24.

    PHUKET, Thailand (Aug. 23,  2011) Machinery Repairman 1st Class Leo Delarosa, assigned to the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4), paints the gate of Maung Phuket Elementary School during a community service project. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Maebel Tinoko)
  5. USS George Washington Returns to Yokosuka

    After 74 days, and more than 25,000 nautical miles in 7th Fleet, the carrier returned to Yokosuka, Japan, Aug. 25.

    YOKOSUKA, Japan (Aug. 25, 2011) The aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) moors at Commander Fleet Activities Yokosuka after her summer patrol. George Washington is the U.S. Navy's only forward-deployed aircraft carrier and is the flagship of Commander Task Force 70. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Charles Oki)
  6. ROK Honors 7th Fleet Commander For Strengthening U.S., ROK Partnership

    Order of National Security Merit Gugseon Medal presented for strengthening the partnership between the U.S. and ROK.

    BUSAN, Republic of Korea (Aug. 25, 2011) Republic of Korea navy’s Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Kim Sung-chan, right, presents the Republic of Korea Order of National Security Merit Gugseon Medal to Commander, U.S. 7th Fleet Vice Adm. Scott Van Buskirk, center, at an award’s ceremony on board the Republic of Korea navy amphibious ship ROKS Dokdo (LPH 6111). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kenneth R. Hendrix)
  7. Germantown Returns to Sasebo Following Talisman Sabre

    The forward-deployed amphibious dock landing ship USS Germantown (LSD 42) returned to Sasebo after completing Summer Patrol Aug. 25.

    SASEBO, Japan (August 25, 2011) Sailors aboard the forward-deployed amphibious dock landing ship USS Germantown (LSD 42) man the rails as the ship returns from its summer patrol. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Johnie Hickmon)
  8. USS Santa Fe Completes Western Pacific Deployment

    The submarine returned to Pearl Harbor Aug. 24 following a six-month deployment to the Western Pacific.

    PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii (Aug. 24, 2011) Los Angeles-class fast attack submarine USS Santa Fe (SSN 763) returns to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam Aug. 24 after completing a six-month deployment to the Western Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Ronald Gutridge)
  9. USS Germantown Offloads 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit

    Germantown offloaded Marines from the 31st MEU Aug. 21 at White Beach Naval Facility in Okinawa, Japan.

    OKINAWA, Japan (Aug. 21, 2011) A landing craft air cushion returns  argo and equipment back to White Beach after offloading Marines and vehicles from the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit and the forward-deployed amphibious dock landing ship USS Germantown (LSD 42). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class(SW) Eva-Marie Ramsaran)
  10. MSC ship completes first U.S. Navy ship visit to Vietnam port in 38 years

    USNS Richard E. Byrd departed Cam Ranh Bay Aug. 23 following a seven-day maintenance visit.

    CAM RANH BAY, Vietnam (Aug. 18, 2011) Military Sealift Command dry cargo/ammunition ship USNS Richard E. Byrd at anchor while undergoing a routine seven-day maintenance availability. (U.S. Navy photo by Anh Ho)