1. USS Stethem visits Sydney to promote green energy initiatives

    The guided-missile destroyer arrived in Sydney, Australia, Aug. 14 for a port visit that includes demonstrating Great Green Fleet energy conservation measures to senior U.S. and Australian officials.

    USS Stethem (DDG 63) arrives in Sydney, Aug. 14. (U.S. Navy/MCC Hendrick Simoes)
  2. Bonhomme Richard ESG sails for 7th Fleet patrol

    All three forward-deployed ships of the Bonhomme Richard Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) are now underway from Sasebo, Japan, for a routine patrol in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations.

    Quartermaster Seaman Rhalina Cubitt takes a bearing aboard USS Green Bay (LPD 20) as the ship departs Fleet Activities Sasebo, Aug. 8. (U.S. Navy/MC3 Patrick Dionne)
  3. John C. Stennis Strike Group returns to San Diego

    More than 7,000 John C. Stennis Strike Group Sailors returned to San Diego Aug. 10 following a seven-month deployment in the Indo-Asia-Pacific.

    Aircraft assigned to Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 9 fly in formation over USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74), USS William P. Lawrence (DDG 110), left, and USS Mobile Bay (CG 53) during an air and sea power demonstration before returning to San Diego. (U.S. Navy/MC1 Bryan Niegel)
  4. 5 nations conduct post-RIMPAC multilateral exercise

    Ships from Australia, Canada, Japan, South Korea and the U.S. participated in a post-Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) multilateral exercise in the Hawaii operating area, Aug. 5-9.

    Ships from five nations steam in formation in the Pacific Ocean Aug. 9 as part of a multilateral exercise. (U.S. Navy photo)
  5. 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)
  6. 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)
  7. 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)
  8. 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)
  9. 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)
  10. 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)