1. Navy to Replace Forward-Deployed Mine Countermeasures Ships in Japan

    The Navy announced today that mine countermeasures ships USS Pioneer (MCM 9) and USS Chief (MCM 14) will report to Sasebo, Japan, in May 2014 to replace USS Avenger (MCM 1) and USS Defender (MCM 2) as part of the Forward Deployed Naval Forces (FDNF) in 7th Fleet.

    USS Pioneer (MCM 9). (U.S. Navy file photo)
  2. USS Green Bay to Replace USS Denver in Japan

    The Navy announced today that the amphibious transport dock ship, one of its newest, will forward-deploy to Sasebo, Japan, in February 2015, demonstrating the United States' commitment to the defense of Japan and the security and stability of the vital Asia-Pacific.

    USS Green Bay (LPD 20). (U.S. Navy file photo)
  3. USS Denver Loads Up in Okinawa for Cobra Gold

    The amphibious transport dock ship completed an onload of Marines and equipment at White Beach Naval Facility Feb. 5 ahead of exercise Cobra Gold in Thailand.

    A landing craft utility (LCU) with U.S. Marine Corps equipment aboard enters the well deck of USS Denver (LPD 9), Feb. 5.
  4. Curtis Wilbur, John S. McCain Visit Tomakomai for Snow Festival

    The guided-missile destroyers arrived in Tomakomai, Japan, Feb. 4, for a goodwill port visit during the annual Sapporo Snow Festival.

    Sailors aboard USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG 54) man the rails as the ship prepares to moor alongside USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) in Tomakomai.
  5. USS Kidd Completes OMSI Mission with U.S. Coast Guard

    The guided-missile destroyer's crew supported the Oceania Maritime Security Initiative (OMSI) with the U.S. Coast Guard's 14th District, Jan. 7 to Feb. 2 in the Western Pacific.

    A Republic of Nauru police officer climbs down USS Kidd's accommodation ladder to embark its rigid-hull inflatable boat and conduct a boarding of a fishing vessel within Nauru's economic exclusive zone, Jan. 26. (U.S. Navy photo by LS2 Karolina Brooks)
  6. Curtis Wilbur, John S. McCain Depart Yokosuka for Training

    The guided-missile destroyers are conducting joint-ship training exercises off the coast of Japan aimed to test their tactical surface warfare capabilities and improve interoperability.

    Sailors aboard USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) prepare to stow mooring lines as the ship gets underway, Feb. 1. (U.S. Navy photo by MC3 Ricardo R Guzman)
  7. USS Santa Fe Returns Home Following 7th Fleet Deployment

    The Los Angeles-class fast attack submarine returned to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam Jan. 28 following a deployment to the Western Pacific region.

    USS Santa Fe (SSN 763) returns  to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam Jan. 28. (U.S Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Jason Swink)
  8. Pacific Fleet Commander Gets Close Look at P-8 Advanced Capabilities

    Adm. Harry Harris, commander of U.S. Pacific Fleet, saw firsthand the advanced capabilities of the P-8A Poseidon on a flight with the War Eagles of Patrol Squadron (VP) 16, Jan 24.

    Adm. Harry B. Harris Jr., commander of U.S. Pacific Fleet, center, observes operations aboard a P-8A Poseidon aircraft above the East China Sea, Jan. 24. (U.S. Navy photo)
  9. USS Denver Departs For 7th Fleet Patrol, Cobra Gold

    The amphibious transport dock ship got underway from Sasebo, Japan, Jan. 27, for operations in 7th Fleet, including exercise Cobra Gold in Thailand.

    USS Denver (LPD 9) pulls away from the pier at Fleet Activities Sasebo, Japan, Jan. 27. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Adam D. Wainwright)
  10. USS Shiloh to Sharpen Proficiency, Skills on Independent Patrol

    The guided-missile cruiser departed Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan, Jan. 24 on an independent patrol in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations.

    Fire Controlman 2nd Class Lauren Belt, foreground, and Fire Controlman 1st Class Edwin Falcis, both assigned to the guided-missile cruiser USS Shiloh (CG 67), monitor their consoles during a Fleet Synthetic Trainer-Joint (FST-J) Ballistic Missile Defense exercise aboard the ship. (U.S. Navy photo by Fire Controlman 2nd Class Kristopher G. Horton)

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