1. 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)
  2. Readout of Pacific Fleet commander's meeting with PLA Navy North Sea Fleet commander

    Adm. Scott Swift met with Vice Adm. Yuan Yubai in Qingdao, China, Aug. 8 and 9.

    Adm. Scott Swift is welcomed aboard the PLA(N) frigate Daqing (FFG 576) by Vice Adm. Yuan Yubai, commander of the North Sea Fleet, Aug. 9. (U.S. Navy/LCDR Matt Knight)
  3. USS Boxer conducts South China Sea patrol

    The amphibious assault ship completed a routine patrol in international waters of the South China Sea, Aug. 6.

    Quartermaster 3rd Class Michael Yale scans for surface contacts aboard USS Boxer (LHD 4) while operating in the South China Sea, Aug. 6. (U.S. Navy/MC3 Brett Anderson)
  4. USS Momsen makes mid-deployment visit to Subic Bay

    The guided-missile destroyer, part of a U.S. 3rd Fleet Pacific Surface Action Group, arrived in Subic Bay, Philippines, Aug. 8 for a port visit.

    USS Momsen (DDG 92) operates in the South China Sea in late July. (U.S. Navy/MC1 Jay C. Pugh)
  5. CVW-5, Japanese squadron continue milestone exercise

    The second Benkyoukai training event between the Japan Air Self-Defense Force and Carrier Air Wing Five (CVW) 5 was conducted Aug. 1-4, led by the Dambusters of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 195.

    An E-2C Hawkeye from VAW-115, an F/A-18E Super Hornet from VFA-195, and an F-4EJ Phantom II fighter from the JASDF's 302nd Tactical Fighter Squadron fly in formation as part of the second Benkyoukai training exercise. (U.S. Navy/Cmdr. Guy Snodgrass)
  6. USS Benfold arrives in Qingdao, China, for port visit

    The guided-missile destroyer arrived in Qingdao, China, Aug. 8, for a port visit to advance maritime cooperation and build relationships with the People's Liberation Army (Navy) North Sea Fleet.

    Cmdr. Justin Harts, commanding officer of USS Benfold (DDG 65), greets members of the People's Liberation Army (Navy) after the ship's arrival for a port visit. (U.S. Navy/MC3 Deven Leigh Ellis)
  7. USS Bonhomme Richard begins regional patrol

    The Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) 7 flagship departed Fleet Activities Sasebo, Japan, Aug. 6 for a scheduled patrol.

    In this file photo, an MV-22 Osprey approaches the flight deck of USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) during operations in the Indian Ocean last year. (U.S. Navy/MC3 Derek A. Harkins)
  8. JMSDF leads Pacific Partnership mission in Palau

    A multinational Pacific Partnership team arrived in Palau aboard the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force's JS Shimokita (LST 4002), Aug. 4, as the mission continues simultaneously in Malaysia aboard USNS Mercy (T-AH 19).

    The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force's JS Shimokita (LST 4002) sits at anchor off Koror during Pacific Partnership 2016.
  9. USS Harpers Ferry completes South China Sea patrol

    The dock landing ship conducted a transit through the South China Sea, Aug. 4.

    Operations Specialist 3rd Class Bryanna Artellano stands watch in the combat information center aboard USS Harpers Ferry (LSD 49) as the ship transits the South China Sea. (U.S. Navy/MC3 Zachary Eshleman Bryan)
  10. Exercise Rim of the Pacific 2016 concludes

    The world’s largest international maritime exercise concluded Aug. 4, after more than a month of training events conducted in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California.

    Ships steam in formation during a group sail as the sea phase of RIMPAC wound down off the Hawaiian Islands, July 28. (U.S. Navy/MC1 Ace Rheaume)