1. Pacific Partnership 2016 completes Palau mission

    JS Shimokita (LST 4002) departed Palau Aug. 15 after a multinational team aboard completed two weeks of medical and engineering initiatives designed to promote cooperation and knowledge exchange with local authorities.

    JS Shimokita (LST 4002) sits at anchor off Koror, Palau, during Pacific Partnership 2016. (JMSDF photo)
  2. U.S., Chinese navies practice search and rescue, CUES

    USS Benfold (DDG 65) conducted coordinated maneuvering events, Code for Unplanned Encounters at Sea (CUES), and search and rescue training with the People’s Liberation Army (Navy) frigate Daqing (FFG 576), Aug. 12.

    Sailors aboard USS Benfold (DDG 65) man the rails before the ship breaks away from the Chinese Navy frigate Daqing (FFG 576) during a Code for Unplanned Encounters at Sea (CUES) exercise. (U.S. Navy/MC3 Deven Leigh Ellis)
  3. Cybersecurity internship pilot program promotes innovation

    U.S. Pacific Fleet has launched a pilot program that provides opportunities for junior officers and enlisted Sailors in the ever changing field of cybersecurity technology.

  4. Pacific Partnership 2016 completes Malaysia mission

    USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) and the multinational Pacific Partnership team departed Kuantan, Malaysia, Aug. 14, marking the completion of Pacific Partnership 2016’s fourth mission stop.

    U.S. Navy Lt. Cmdr. Christina Olson examines a young boy’s tonsils during the health festival held at Gumum Village in Chini, Malaysia, as part of Pacific Partnership. (RAAF/CPL David Cotton)
  5. John C. Stennis Sailors return home from deployment

    More than 3,000 Sailors aboard USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) returned to their homeport of Bremerton, Wash., Aug. 14 following a seven-month Indo-Asia-Pacific deployment.

    Sailors aboard USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) man the rails as the aircraft carrier arrives at Naval Base Kitsap–Bremerton, Aug. 14. (U.S. Navy/MC3 Charles D. Gaddis)
  6. USS Stethem visits Sydney to promote green energy initiatives

    The guided-missile destroyer arrived in Sydney, Australia, Aug. 14 for a port visit that includes demonstrating Great Green Fleet energy conservation measures to senior U.S. and Australian officials.

    USS Stethem (DDG 63) arrives in Sydney, Aug. 14. (U.S. Navy/MCC Hendrick Simoes)
  7. Bonhomme Richard ESG sails for 7th Fleet patrol

    All three forward-deployed ships of the Bonhomme Richard Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) are now underway from Sasebo, Japan, for a routine patrol in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations.

    Quartermaster Seaman Rhalina Cubitt takes a bearing aboard USS Green Bay (LPD 20) as the ship departs Fleet Activities Sasebo, Aug. 8. (U.S. Navy/MC3 Patrick Dionne)
  8. John C. Stennis Strike Group returns to San Diego

    More than 7,000 John C. Stennis Strike Group Sailors returned to San Diego Aug. 10 following a seven-month deployment in the Indo-Asia-Pacific.

    Aircraft assigned to Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 9 fly in formation over USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74), USS William P. Lawrence (DDG 110), left, and USS Mobile Bay (CG 53) during an air and sea power demonstration before returning to San Diego. (U.S. Navy/MC1 Bryan Niegel)
  9. 5 nations conduct post-RIMPAC multilateral exercise

    Ships from Australia, Canada, Japan, South Korea and the U.S. participated in a post-Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) multilateral exercise in the Hawaii operating area, Aug. 5-9.

    Ships from five nations steam in formation in the Pacific Ocean Aug. 9 as part of a multilateral exercise. (U.S. Navy photo)
  10. USS Boxer arrives in Malaysia for port call

    The amphibious assault ship, along with the embarked 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit arrived in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia, Aug. 9 for a port visit.

    Sailors hoist the national ensign as USS Boxer (LHD 4) docks in Kota Kinabalu, Aug. 9.  (U.S. Navy/MCSN Eric Burgett)