1. Russell Enters 7th Fleet, Supports Maritime Security

    The guided-missile destroyer USS Russell (DDG 59) arrived in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations Sept. 20 after departing its homeport of San Diego, Sept. 9.

    USS Russell (DDG 59) file photo. (U.S. Navy/Lt. j.g. Tommy Rose)
  2. SUBPAC Conducts Clandestine Mine Exercise

    The Pacific Submarine Force successfully tested its operational proficiency in clandestine mine deployment during a Submarine-Launched Mobile Mine Exercise earlier this month off the coast of Kauai at the Pacific Missile Range Facility.

    In this file photo, USS Buffalo (SSN 715), operates off Oahu, Hawaii, earlier this year. (U.S. Navy/MC1 Steven Khor)
  3. Gema Bhakti Exercise Connects Sailors in Indonesia

    Gema Bhakti is a ten-day exercise designed to lead participants through operational-level planning for a simulated earthquake in the Indo-Asia-Pacific.

    U.S. Navy Lt. Cmdr. Sam Wheeler discusses maritime operations with his counterpart Tentara Nasional Indonesia (TNI) Navy Capt. Edy Irawan during exercise Gema Bhakti. (U.S. Navy/Lt. Lenaya Rotklein)
  4. USS Ronald Reagan Enters 7th Fleet Area of Operations

    The U.S. Navy’s only forward-deployed aircraft carrier arrived in the 7th Fleet area of operations, Sept. 17.

    USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) file photo. (U.S. Navy/Ensign Joseph Pfaff)
  5. US, ROK Celebrate Alliance During Incheon Landing Commemoration

    More than 3,000 guests joined both the U.S. and Republic of Korea Navy and Marine Corps forces in commemorating the 65th anniversary of the Incheon Amphibious Landing Operation, Sept. 15.

    Republic of Korea Navy and coalition forces provide a reenactment during the 65th annual Incheon Amphibious Landing Operations Commemoration ceremony. (U.S. Navy/MC1 Abraham Essenmacher)
  6. Mercy Arrives in 3rd Fleet as PP15 Nears Conclusion

    The hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19), which departed San Diego May 17 for Pacific Partnership, returned to the 3rd Fleet area of operations Sept. 13 after mission visits to Fiji, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines and Vietnam.

    In this file photo, USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) transits the Pacific Ocean in late May. (U.S. Navy/MCC Christopher E. Tucker)
  7. PACFLT Senior Leaders Speak to Sailors, Families at NAS Fallon

    Adm. Scott Swift, commander of U.S. Pacific Fleet, and Fleet Master Chief Susan Whitman visited Naval Air Station Fallon Sept. 9-10.

    Adm. Scott Swift speaks to Sailors during an all-hands call at Naval Air Station Fallon. (U.S. Navy/MC1 Joseph R. Vincent)
  8. USS Russell to Depart on Deployment

    The guided-missile destroyer is scheduled to depart Naval Base San Diego Sept. 9 on an independent deployment to the Western Pacific and Middle East.

    In this file photo, USS Russell (DDG 59) operates off the coast of Southern California earlier this year. (U.S. Navy/Lt. j.g. Tommy Rose)
  9. U.S. 7th Fleet Holds Change of Command

    Vice Adm. Joseph P. Aucoin assumed command of the world’s largest forward-deployed naval force from Vice Adm. Robert L. Thomas during a ceremony in Yokosuka, Japan, Sept. 7.

    Vice Adm. Joseph P. Aucoin, right, prospective commander of U.S. 7th Fleet; Adm. Scott H. Swift, commander of U.S. Pacific Fleet; and Vice Adm. Robert L. Thomas, commander of U.S. 7th Fleet, salute the colors during the U.S. 7th Fleet change of command ceremony. (U.S. Navy/MC1 Joshua Karsten)
  10. Pacific Partnership Personnel Return Home to Guam

    Pacific Partnership 2015 personnel stationed in Guam, but recently assigned to USNS Mercy (T-AH 19), returned home Sept. 4 as the hospital ship pulled in to Naval Base Guam for a liberty port call.

    A Sailor greets his friend after departing the hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) in Guam. (U.S. Navy/MC2 Mark El-Rayes)

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