1. Bonhomme Richard Sailors Assist JS Hyuga Crew in Earthquake Relief Efforts

    Eight air department Sailors assigned to USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) played a critical role as part of Task Force Chenzai, the Japanese earthquake relief effort near Kumamoto, Japan, April 18-23.

    Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force sailors prepare to load supplies onto an MV-22B Osprey aircraft aboard JS Hyuga (DDG 181). (U.S. Navy/MC3 Gabriel B. Kotico)
  2. USS Chung-Hoon Sailors Remember USS Sigsbee

    USS Chung-Hoon (DDG 93) paused during operations recently to remember USS Sigsbee (DD 502) and Sailors lost aboard the ship during the Battle of Okinawa 71 years earlier.

    Sailors aboard USS Chung-Hoon (DDG 93) parade the colors during a ceremony in honor of USS Sigsbee (DD 502). (U.S. Navy/MC2 Marcus L. Stanley)
  3. USS Preble CO Presented Innovation Leadership Award by PACFLT Commander

    Adm. Scott Swift presented Cmdr. Jeffery Heames the 2015 SECNAV Innovation Award for the innovation leadership category during Heames’ change of command ceremony, April 22.

    Adm. Scott Swift presents Cmdr. Jeffery Heames the 2015 SECNAV Innovation Award for the innovation leadership category. (U.S. Navy/MC2 Tamara Vaughn)
  4. PACFLT Staff Establishes New EIDWS Program, Awards First Pins

    Master Chief Cryptologic Technician Collection Tara O'Brien and Chief Intelligence Specialist Jared Jeppson both received the Enlisted Information Dominance Warfare Specialist designation through the new program, April 21.

    Master Chief Intelligence Specialist Jason Martin, U.S. Pacific Fleet staff enlisted information dominance warfare specialty program manager, pins the EIDWS device on Master Chief Cryptologic Technician Collection Tara O'Brien, center, and Chief Intelligence Specialist Jared Jeppson during a pinning ceremony at PACFLT headquarters.  (U.S. Navy/MC2 Tamara Vaughn)
  5. U.S., Korean Navies Complete 32nd Salvage Exercise

    U.S. Navy and Republic of Korea Navy diving and salvage experts wrapped up two weeks of advanced training during Salvage Exercise (SALVEX) Korea 2016, April 21.

    Lt. Mark Snyder, Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit (MDSU) 1-5 company officer in charge, displays an MK55 Mod 0 firing device to a Republic of Korea  Navy diver during SALVEX 2016. (U.S. Navy/MC3 Jermaine M. Ralliford)
  6. VFA-195 Trains with Japan Air Self-Defense Force

    Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 195 recently completed a weeklong interoperability training exercise with the Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) 302nd and 305th Tactical Fighter Squadrons.

    An F/A-18E Super Hornet from Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 195 operates with Japan Air Self-Defense Force Phantom II's during a weeklong Benkyoukai exercise. (U.S. Navy/Cmdr. Ryan Jackson)
  7. Great Green Fleet Arrives in Singapore for Port Visit

    The John C. Stennis Strike Group, the centerpiece of the Great Green Fleet, and the 8,500 Sailors attached arrived in Singapore for a port visit April 19.

    USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) arrives at Changi Naval Base, April 19. (U.S. Navy/MC3 Joshua Fulton)
  8. USS Stockdale Conducts Trilateral PASSEX with Allied Navies

    The guided-missile destroyer and ships from the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force and Royal Australian Navy took part in a trilateral passing exercise in the Java Sea April 17-19.

    A Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force helicopter assigned to helicopter destroyer JS Ise (DDH 182) lands on USS Stockdale, April 17. (U.S. Navy/MC2 Andrew P. Holmes)
  9. VFA-115 Hones Close Air Support Skills with Australian Defence Force

    The Eagles of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 115 participated in three weeks of close air support exercises with the Australian Defence Force, March 26 - April 15.

    An F/A-18E Super Hornet from Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 115 flies over Townsville Field Training Area during exercise Black Dagger. (RAAF photo by SGT Guy Young)
  10. Surface Action Group to Demonstrate 3rd Fleet Forward Concept

    U.S. 3rd Fleet's commander will maintain operation control of three guided-missile destroyers deploying to the Western Pacific as part of a new initiative called Third Fleet Forward.

    U.S. Navy file photo. (MC3 Gregory A. Harden II)