1. USS Pioneer returns from 2JA exercise

    The forward-deployed mine sweeper returned to Sasebo Aug. 1 after completing the U.S.-Japan mine countermeasures exercise (MCMEX) 2JA near Ominato, Japan.

    USS Pioneer (MCM 9) departs Sasebo, Japan to participate in the Mine Countermeasure exercise 2JA, July 14. (U.S. Navy/MC2 Jordan Crouch)
  2. USS Barry to visit Guadalcanal for 75th anniversary of battle

    The guided-missile destroyer will arrive at the port of Honiara in the Solomon Islands, Aug. 4, to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Guadalcanal.

    USS Barry (DDG 52) file photo (U.S. Navy/MC1 Elijah G. Leinaar)
  3. Parade of ships kicks off Seattle Seafair Fleet Week

    Seattle Seafair Fleet Week is underway after a parade of U.S. Navy, U.S. Coast Guard and Royal Canadian Navy ships in the Port of Seattle, Aug. 2.

    USS Michael Murphy (DDG 112) sails in Seafair Fleet Week's Parade of Ships, Aug. 2. (U.S. Navy/MC2 Jacob G. Sisco)
  4. USS Carl Vinson conducts carrier qualifications

    The aircraft carrier departed its homeport of Naval Air Station North Island to complete fleet replacement squadron (FRS) carrier qualifications, July 31.

    An F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 122 launches from USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70), July 31. (U.S. Navy/MC3 Matt Brown)
  5. Search underway for missing USS Stethem Sailor

    U.S. Navy and Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force ships and aircraft are searching for a Sailor reported missing during operations in the South China Sea, Aug. 1.

    In this file photo, USS Stethem (DDG 63) returns to Yokosuka, Japan, in November. (U.S. Navy/MC1 Peter Burghart)
  6. Theodore Roosevelt Strike Group begins COMPTUEX

    The ships of the strike headed to sea, Aug. 1, for Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX), the final work-up phase prior to deployment scheduled later this year.

    Ships and aircraft from the Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group operate in the Pacific during a group sail exercise in May. (U.S. Navy/MC2 Paul L. Archer)
  7. GUAMEX kicks off for regional maritime patrol and reconnaissance partners

    Aircraft from New Zealand, Japan and the U.S. are participating in a multinational anti-submarine warfare (ASW) exercise off the coast of Guam, July 31 - Aug. 12.

    In this file photo, a P-8A Poseidon from Patrol Squadron (VP) 5 flies over the Philippine Sea. (U.S. Navy/MC3 Dustin Knight)
  8. US, Japan conclude mine countermeasures exercise

    U.S. naval forces and the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force completed 2JA MCMEX, July 28, after 10 days of unit-level and combined mine countermeausres-related drills.

    Mineman 1st Class Zachary Abel deploys a mine neutralization vehicle aboard USS Pioneer (MCM 9), July 26. (U.S. Navy/MC2 William McCann)
  9. USS Bonhomme Richard makes Brisbane port call

    The amphibious assault ship arrived in Brisbane, Australia, for a scheduled port visit, July 29.

    USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) operates in the Coral Sea, July 12, during exercise during Talisman Saber. (U.S. Navy/MC2 Cameron McCulloch)
  10. USS Ronald Reagan wraps up Brisbane port visit

    The Navy’s forward-deployed aircraft carrier departed Brisbane, July 28, after a five-day port visit following exercise Talisman Saber.

    USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) sits along the pier at Port of Brisbane, July 26. (U.S. Navy/MC2 Kenneth Abbate)