1. Carrier Strike Group 5 returns to Yokosuka after patrol

    Carrier Strike Group Five and its flagship USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) returned to Yokosuka, Japan, Nov. 21 following a three-month patrol in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.

    Ships of Carrier Strike Group 5 and the Republic of Korea Navy steam in formation during exercise Invincible Spirit in October. (U.S. Navy/PO2 Nathan Burke)
  2. USS Sampson concludes relief effort support to New Zealand

    USS Sampson (DDG 102) and two embarked MH-60R helicopters from Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 73 concluded relief effort support to the residents of Kaikoura, New Zealand, Nov. 19.

    Kaikoura Mayor Winston Gray, left, and Cmdr. Timothy LaBenz,  commanding officer of USS Sampson (DDG 102), survey damage to local infrastructure, Nov. 18. (U.S. Navy/PO2 Bryan Jackson)
  3. Pearl Harbor welcomes home USS Columbia

    The Los Angeles-class fast-attack submarine returned home to Joint Base Pearl-Harbor Hickam from a six-month Western Pacific deployment, Nov. 18.

    USS Columbia (SSN 771) returns to the submarine piers of Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Nov. 18. (U.S. Navy/PO2 Michael H. Lee)
  4. USS Sampson Sailors assist New Zealand residents affected by earthquake

    Sailors flew ashore from USS Sampson (DDG 102) Nov. 18 to support New Zealand forces in rendering assistance to residents affected by the recent earthquake in the rural areas of Kaikoura.

    Chief Petty Officer Phillip Pickle assists a Kaikoura resident with filling her water containers. (U.S. Embassy/Ola Thorsen)
  5. USS Stethem returns to Japan after 7-month patrol

    The guided-missile destroyer returned to Fleet Activities Yokosuka (CFAY), Japan, Nov. 17, following a seven-month patrol in the Indo-Asia-Pacific.

    USS Stethem (DDG 63) returns to Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Nov. 17. (U.S. Navy/PO1 Peter Burghart)
  6. USS John P. Murtha arrives in San Diego homeport

    The amphibious transport dock ship arrived at her homeport of San Diego Nov. 18, completing the ship's maiden voyage.

    In this file photo, the Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) USS John P. Murtha (LPD 26) conducts builder's trials in March. (Huntington Ingalls photo)
  7. US Navy divers conduct inaugural dive, preserve legacy of USS Salute

    U.S. and Royal Brunei Navy divers are conducting diving operations on the former USS Salute (AM 294), a World War II-era minesweeper sunk by a Japanese mine during preparations for amphibious landings in the Battle of Borneo.

    U.S. and Royal Brunei Navy divers display flags above the wreckage site of USS Salute (AM 294) in Brunei Bay. (U.S. Navy/Lt. Chris Price)
  8. Philippine Navy frigate visits Pearl Harbor on transit to new home

    BRP Andres Bonifacio (FF 17), the former U.S. Coast Guard cutter Boutwell, arrived at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam Nov. 15 for a port visit en route to the Philippines.

    BRP Andres Bonifacio (FF 17) arrives at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Nov. 15. (U.S. Navy/PO1 Corwin Colbert)
  9. Patrol Squadron 47 provides assistance to New Zealand after earthquake

    Members with the Golden Swordsmen of Patrol Squadron (VP) 47 assisted with field survey operations, Nov. 15, following the recent earthquake on the South Island of New Zealand.

    Lt.j.g. Shane Lewis examines a chart of New Zealand with an airman from the Royal New Zealand Air Force, Nov. 15.  (U.S. Navy/LTJG Kyle Burdick)
  10. USS Sampson to support New Zealand-led forces responding to earthquake

    In addition to a P-3C Orion aircraft, USS Sampson (DDG 102) and its two embarked helicopters will support recovery efforts in response to the recent earthquake in New Zealand.

    USS Sampson (DDG 102) file photo. (U.S. Navy/PO2 Antonio P. Turretto Ramos)