1. Two carrier strike groups double down in Western Pacific

    The USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) and USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) strike groups commenced dual carrier flight operations in the Philippine Sea June 18.

    USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) and USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) conduct dual aircraft carrier strike group operations, June 18. (U.S. Navy/MC3
      Jake Greenberg)
  2. Makin Island ARG completes group sail

    The three ships of the Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group completed a group sail off the coast of Southern California, June 17.

    USS Makin Island (LHD 8) operates in the Eastern Pacific, June 16. (U.S. Navy/MC3 Eric Zeak)
  3. VAQ-138 detachment arrives at Clark Air Base

    The first temporary detachment of U.S. Navy EA-18G Growler airborne electronic attack aircraft arrived at Clark Air Base, June 15, for training with Armed Forces of the Philippines FA-50 aircraft pilots.

    In this file photo, an EA-18G Growler assigned to the Yellow Jackets of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 138 lands on the runway of Kunsan Air Base, South Korea. (U.S. Navy/MC1 Frank L. Andrews)
  4. U.S, Thailand set to begin CARAT maritime exercise

    The 22nd annual Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) exercise between the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, and the Royal Thai Armed Forces will kick off June 16.

    In this file photo, landing craft air cushions (LCAC) approach the beach during an amphibious assault with the Royal Thai Navy and U.S. Marines during exercise Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Thailand 2015. (U.S. Navy/MC1 Jay C. Pugh)
  5. Three nations set sail for exercise Malabar 2016

    Ships from the Indian Navy, Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force and U.S. Navy departed U.S. Fleet Activities Sasebo, Japan, June 14 to conduct the at-sea phase of exercise Malabar 2016.

    Senior naval commanders from the Indian Navy, Japan Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) and U.S. Navy pose for a photo before getting underway for Exercise Malabar 2016's at-sea phase. (U.S. Navy/Ensign Davis Anderson)
  6. Mississippi visits Busan during Western Pacific deployment

    The Virginia-class attack submarine USS Mississippi (SSN 782) arrived in Busan, Republic of Korea, June 13 for a routine visit as part of its maiden deployment.

    USS Mississippi (SSN 782) arrives at the Republic of Korea Fleet base in Busan for a port visit.  (U.S. Navy/MC3 Jermaine M. Ralliford)
  7. USS Carl Vinson conducts MV-22 Osprey flight operations

    In preparation for the planned replacement of the C-2 Greyhound, USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) received a V-22 Osprey from Marine Operational Test and Evaluation Squadron (VMX) 1 for landings and takeoffs, June 12.

    An MV-22B Osprey from Marine Operational Test and Evaluation Squadron 1 lifts off from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). (U.S. Navy/MC3 Sean Castellano)
  8. Coast Guard, Navy complete joint fisheries patrol in Oceania

    The recently completed a 40-day joint mission in the Central and South Pacific was part of the Oceania Maritime Security Initiative, which helps combat transnational crimes, enforce fisheries laws and enhance regional security.

    A U.S. Coastguardsman assigned to Pacific Tactical Law Enforcement Team Detachment 108, a Palauan law enforcement official and a Sailor assigned to USS Spruance (DDG 111) inspect a foreign fishing vessel June 3 as part of the Oceania Maritime Security Initiative. (U.S. Navy/MC2 Will Gaskill)
  9. Three navies converge on Sasebo for Malabar 2016

    Exercise Malabar kicked off June 10 with a welcoming ceremony in Sasebo, Japan, for participating American, Indian and Japanese sailors.

    Indian Navy Vice Adm. Harish Bisht, commanding-in-chief, Eastern Naval Command;  Rear Adm. Koji Manabe,  Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force Escort Flotilla 3 commander; and Rear Adm. Brian Hurley, U.S. 7th Fleet deputy commander, shake hands after a Malabar 2016 press conference at U.S. Fleet Activities Sasebo. (U.S. Navy/MC1 David R. Krigbaum)
  10. Timor-Leste defense chief welcomes Pacific Partnership

    Chief of Defense Force Major General Lere Anan Timur hosted a Pacific Partnership 2016 opening ceremony June 8 in Dili.

    Rear Adm. Charles Williams, commander of Task Force 73, salutes during the Pacific Partnership 2016 opening ceremony at the Timor-Leste Ministry of Defense. (U.S. Navy/MC2 Hank Gettys)