1. 11th Pacific Partnership Mission Prepares to Enhance Cooperation, Strengthen Ties in Southeast Asia

    This year's mission, scheduled to begin May 11, will include activities in Indonesia, Timor Leste, Malaysia, the Philippines, Vietnam, and Palau.

    USNS Mercy sits at anchor off the coast of Rabual, Papua New Guinea, during the 2015 mission. (U.S. Air Force/Senior Airman Peter Reft)
  2. USS Blue Ridge Returns to Hong Kong

    The U.S. 7th Fleet flagship arrived in Hong Kong April 29 for a port visit during its 2016 patrol season.

    Quartermaster Seaman William Reeves, attached to the U.S. 7th Fleet flagship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19), records surface contacts as the ship arrives in Hong Kong. (U.S. Navy/MC3 Jordan KirkJohnson)
  3. U.S., Australian Defence Forces Conduct Fleet Synthetic Training

    Fleet Synthetic Training-Joint (FST-J) is a computer-based synthetic training which allows geographically separated units to integrate in a tactically and operationally demanding virtual environment.

    Operations Specialist 3rd Class Dontre Posey serves as the assistant battle watch captain in the Task Force 70 Tactical Flag Command Center during a joint Fleet Synthetic Training exercise. (U.S. Navy/MC3 Sara B. Sexton)
  4. U.S. Navy Transfers Research Vessel to Philippine Navy

    The U. S. Navy transferred ownership of research vessel (R/V) Melville to the Philippine Navy during a ceremony April 27 at Naval Base San Diego.

    Vice Adm. Nora Tyson, left, commander of U.S. 3rd Fleet, and Leo Herrera-Lim, Philippine Consul General in Los Angeles, sign documents transferring ownership of R/V Melville to the Philippine Navy. (U.S. Navy/MC2 Travis Litke)
  5. Pacific Surface Action Group Departs Pearl Harbor for Western Pacific

    A three-ship Surface Action Group departed Pearl Harbor April 27 following a port visit ahead of proceeding to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations.

    USS Momsen (DDG 92) arrives at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam April 25 as part of a port visit by a Pacific Surface Action Group deploying to U.S. 7th Fleet. (U.S. Navy/MC3 Katarzyna Kobiljak)
  6. Great Green Fleet Continues LED Upgrades

    USS John C. Stennis' (CVN 74) crew is in the process of implementing more energy efficient lighting throughout the ship.

    U.S. Navy file photo. (MC2 Ryan J. Batchelder)
  7. Bonhomme Richard Sailors Assist JS Hyuga Crew in Earthquake Relief Efforts

    Eight air department Sailors assigned to USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) played a critical role as part of Task Force Chenzai, the Japanese earthquake relief effort near Kumamoto, Japan, April 18-23.

    Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force sailors prepare to load supplies onto an MV-22B Osprey aircraft aboard JS Hyuga (DDG 181). (U.S. Navy/MC3 Gabriel B. Kotico)
  8. USS Chung-Hoon Sailors Remember USS Sigsbee

    USS Chung-Hoon (DDG 93) paused during operations recently to remember USS Sigsbee (DD 502) and Sailors lost aboard the ship during the Battle of Okinawa 71 years earlier.

    Sailors aboard USS Chung-Hoon (DDG 93) parade the colors during a ceremony in honor of USS Sigsbee (DD 502). (U.S. Navy/MC2 Marcus L. Stanley)
  9. USS Preble CO Presented Innovation Leadership Award by PACFLT Commander

    Adm. Scott Swift presented Cmdr. Jeffery Heames the 2015 SECNAV Innovation Award for the innovation leadership category during Heames’ change of command ceremony, April 22.

    Adm. Scott Swift presents Cmdr. Jeffery Heames the 2015 SECNAV Innovation Award for the innovation leadership category. (U.S. Navy/MC2 Tamara Vaughn)
  10. PACFLT Staff Establishes New EIDWS Program, Awards First Pins

    Master Chief Cryptologic Technician Collection Tara O'Brien and Chief Intelligence Specialist Jared Jeppson both received the Enlisted Information Dominance Warfare Specialist designation through the new program, April 21.

    Master Chief Intelligence Specialist Jason Martin, U.S. Pacific Fleet staff enlisted information dominance warfare specialty program manager, pins the EIDWS device on Master Chief Cryptologic Technician Collection Tara O'Brien, center, and Chief Intelligence Specialist Jared Jeppson during a pinning ceremony at PACFLT headquarters.  (U.S. Navy/MC2 Tamara Vaughn)