1. Milestones reached for enlisted women on submarines

    One of the first enlisted women to serve aboard a Navy submarine earned her submarine qualification, or "dolphins," Aug. 2 and is preparing to deploy aboard USS Michigan (SSGN 727).

    Chief Culinary Specialist Dominique Saavedra, assigned to USS Michigan (SSGN 727)(Blue), is pinned with her enlisted submarine qualification. (U.S. Navy/MCC Kenneth G. Takada)
  2. U.S., Timor-Leste begin 4th CARAT exercise

    U.S. Navy units from Task Force 75, U.S. Marines, and Timor-Leste defense force personnel kicked off the 4th annual Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Timor-Leste exercise there, Aug. 1.

    U.S. Navy Engineering Aide 3rd Class Quinton Schnarrs, assists members of the Forsa Defesa Timor-Leste (F-FDTL) in putting together a course of action for a simulated mission plan during CARAT Timor-Leste.  (U.S. Navy/MC1 Rosalie Chang)
  3. U.S., Indonesian navies set for CARAT maritime exercise

    The U.S. and Indonesian navies will come together for the 22nd Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Indonesia exercise and exchange, Aug 2-8.

    In this file photo, USS Preble (DDG 88) and KRI John Lie conduct a maneuvering exercise during CARAT Indonesia 2015. (U.S. Navy/MC3 Alonzo M. Archer)
  4. USS Patriot returns to Sasebo after 2JA MCM exercise

    The mine countermeasures (MCM) ship returned to Sasebo, Japan, Aug. 1, after a routine patrol in U.S. 7th Fleet that included MCM training with the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force.

    USS Patriot (MCM 7) returns to Fleet Activities Sasebo, Aug. 1. (U.S. Navy/MC3 Kristopher S. Haley/)
  5. RIMPAC finale demonstrates capable, adaptive, partners

    Rim of the Pacific 2016 participants from eight nations showcased their amphibious landing and beach assault capabilities, July 30, as the exercise winds down.

    A Royal Australian Navy landing craft transports Australian, New Zealand, Tongan, and U.S. troops ashore during a RIMPAC amphibious assault, July 30.  (U.S. Marine Corps/SGT William L. Holdaway)
  6. Pacific Partnership brings mission to Malaysia for 1st time

    USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) and the multinational Pacific Partnership team arrived in Kuantan, Malaysia, Aug. 1 for the fourth stop of this year's disaster preparedness mission.

    USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) sits anchored off the coast of Da Nang, Vietnam, during the mission's previous stop. (RAAF/CPL David Cotton)
  7. USS Boxer visits Singapore after 7th Fleet return

    The amphibious assault ship arrived at Changi Naval Base in Singapore, July 30 for a port visit.

    USS Boxer (LHD 4) transits the Indian Ocean July 23 en route to Singapore. (U.S. Navy/MC3 Craig Z. Rodarte)
  8. U.S., Japan complete mine countermeasures exercise

    U.S. Navy and Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force mine countermeasures units completed an annual mine countermeasures exercise (MCMEX) 2JA 2016, July 28.

    An  MH-60S helicopter assigned to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 25 lands aboard JS Bungo (MST 464) during MCMEX 2JA. (U.S. Navy/MC3 Alfred A. Coffield)
  9. Pacific Partnership mission in Vietnam wraps up

    Pacific Partnership 2016 departed Da Nang, Vietnam, July 28 after completing two weeks of disaster response training, subject matter expert exchanges, cooperative health engagements and community service events.

    JS Shimokita (LST 4002) steams alongside USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) while en route to Da Nang, Vietnam, for the just-completed third mission stop of Pacific Partnership 2016. (U.S. Marine Corps/Sgt. Brittney Vella)
  10. 22nd CARAT Singapore exercise comes to close

    The 22nd annual Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) exercise between the U.S. Navy and Republic of Singapore Armed Forces concluded with a ceremony at Changi Naval Base July 28.

    U.S. and Republic of Singapore Navy ships steam in formation at the conclusion of the at-sea phase of exercise CARAT. (U.S. Navy/MC2 Will Gaskill)