1. USS John S. McCain visits Puerto Princesa on patrol

    The guided-missile destroyer arrived in Puerto Princesa, Philippines, Dec. 24 for a brief, routine port call.

    USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) approaches Puerto Princesa, Dec. 24. (U.S. Navy/MC3 James Vazquez)
  2. USS Buffalo returns from deployment in time for Christmas

    The Los Angeles-class submarine returned to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Dec. 23 after completing a seven-month deployment to the Western Pacific region.

    USS Buffalo (SSN 715) sits along the pier after returning to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Dec. 23. (U.S. Navy/MC1 Daniel Hinton)
  3. Submarines Alexandria, Pasadena visit Japan bases

    The two Los Angeles-class attack submarines arrived in Sasebo and Yokosuka, Dec. 22 for visits as part of their Indo-Asia-Pacific patrol.

    USS Pasadena (SSN 752) arrives at Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Dec. 22. (U.S. Navy/MC2 Brian G. Reynolds)
  4. Coast Guard, Navy complete joint fisheries patrol in Oceania

    The Coast Guard and Navy recently completed a joint mission in the central and South Pacific under the Oceania Maritime Security Initiative to combat transnational crimes, enforce fisheries laws and enhance regional security.

    A U.S. Coast Guard Pacific Law Enforcement Detachment Team boarding officer signals a rigid-hull inflatable boat for pickup from a Chinese fishing vessel during a Oceania Maritime Security Initiative mission with USS Sampson (DDG 102), Nov. 29. (U.S. Navy/PO2 Bryan Jackson)
  5. Road to recovery leads to second chance

    Two and a half years after being shot five times in Afghanistan, Senior Chief Petty Officer Raina Hockenberry reflects on her road to recovery.

    Senior Chief Petty Officer Raina Hockenberry, a native of
      Oahu, Hawaii, poses for a photo in front of the U.S. Pacific Fleet
      headquarters. (U.S. Navy/PO2 Brian M. Wilbur)
  6. USS Mustin arrives in Cam Ranh International Port

    The guided-missile destroyer arrived in Nha Trang, Vietnam, Dec. 15 for a stop that highlights the strong historic, community and military connections between the two nations.

    USS Mustin (DDG 89) file photo. (U.S. Navy/PO2 Declan Barnes)
  7. Advanced U.S. maritime patrol aircraft visits Sri Lanka

    A P-8A Poseidon from Patrol Squadron (VP) 10 departed Sri Lanka, Dec. 11 following an exchange with the Sri Lanka Armed Forces on maritime patrol operations.

    A P-8A Poseidon from Patrol Squadron (VP) 10 taxis down the runway, Dec. 11. (U.S. Embassy Sri Lanka photo)
  8. USS Bunker Hill, Chinese navy ships conduct maneuvering exercise

    The guided-missile cruiser joined several People’s Liberation Army (Navy) ships for the exercise off Southern California, Dec. 9.

    USS Bunker Hill (CG 52) exercises with the PLA(N) frigates Daqing (FFG 576) and Yancheng (FFG 546) off the coast of Southern California, Dec. 9. (U.S. Navy/PO3 Craig Z. Rodarte)
  9. Advanced destroyer USS Zumwalt arrives in San Diego

    The Navy's most technologically advanced surface combatant, USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000), completed her journey to San Diego, Dec. 8.

    USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000) steams through San Diego Bay, Dec. 8. (U.S. Navy/PO2 Zachary Bell)
  10. USS Nimitz successfully completes compressed training phase

    Finishing the Tailored Ship's Training Availability and Final Evaluation Problem (TSTA/FEP), Dec. 8, Sailors completed the ship's 180-day, Inter-deployment Training Cycle Basic Phase in only 54 days.

    Sailors aboard USS Nimitz (CVN 68) prepare an F/A-18E Super Hornet from the Blue Diamonds of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 146 for launch, Dec. 8. (U.S. Navy/Seaman David Claypool)

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