1. USS Fort Worth, USS Lassen Complete First Combined South China Sea Presence Operations

    The littoral combat ship and guided-missile destroyer completed combined South China Sea presence operations July 9.

    USS Fort Worth (LCS 3) operates in the South China Sea July 7. (U.S. Navy/MC2 Joe Biship)
  2. Sailors, Marines Enhance Partnership With Singapore Armed Forces During 21st CARAT Exercise

    The 21st annual Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Singapore exercise began July 13.

    Rear Adm. Charlie Williams, commander, Task Force 73, addresses U.S. and Singapore Armed Forces personnel during the exercise CARAT opening ceremony. (U.S. Navy/MC1 Jay Pugh)
  3. Millinocket Crew, Pacific Partnership Personnel Save Life in Honiara

    The quick reactions of personnel from Pacific Partnership and USNS Millinocket (JHSV 3) saved the life of a man who was drowning in the waters near the ship July 10.

    Royal Australian Navy Lt. Cmdr. Alison Zilko, left, civilian mariners Shannon Alves, Fred Beck, Daniel Claycomb and Australian Army Lt. Col. Rod Petersen all participated in saving a local man’s life after he had fallen off a boat at Honiara July 10.  (U.S. Marine Corps/Sgt. James Gulliver)
  4. USNS Mercy Completes Mission in Papua New Guinea

    The hospital ship completed its 14-day mission to Papua New Guinea July 10 for Pacific Partnership 2015, after working with local officials to improve disaster relief response capabilities there.

    USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) sits at anchorage in Simpson Harbor off the coast of Rabaul, Papua New Guinea, July 8. (U.S. Marine Corps/Sgt. Valerie Eppler)
  5. USNS Millinocket, Pacific Partnership Arrives in Solomon Islands

    The joint high speed vessel arrived in Honiara, Solomon Islands, July 10 for the ship’s third stop of Pacific Partnership 2015.

    USNS Millinocket (JHSV 3) pulls into port in Honiara, July 10. (U.S. Marine Corps/Sgt. James Gulliver)
  6. USNS Mercy Sailors Visit Kokopo Secondary School During PP15

    Sailors attached to the hospital ship USNS Mercy volunteered their time July 6 to help students and teachers refurbish the Kopopo Secondary School in Papua New Guinea.

    Members of the U.S. Pacific Fleet Band perform for students at the Kokopo Secondary School.
  7. Lassen Promotes Maritime Security in South China Sea

    The guided-missile destroyer USS Lassen's (DDG 82) patrol in the South China Sea over the past month is part of a continuing presence there by Destroyer Squadron 15 DDGs.

    USS Lassen (DDG 82) conducts an underway replenishment with USNS Walter S. Diehl (T-AO 193) in the South China Sea in June. (U.S. Navy/Lt. j.g. Lauren Chatmas)
  8. USNS Millinocket to visit Solomon Islands for Pacific Partnership

    The Military Sealift Command joint high speed vessel will arrive in Honiara, Solomon Islands, July 10, for the ship’s third stop of Pacific Partnership 2015.

    USNS Millinocket (JHSV 3) transits the Pacific Ocean. (U.S. Navy file photo/MCC Christopher E. Tucker)
  9. Pacific Partnership Concludes Successful Mission in FSM

    The citizens of the Federated States of Micronesia and the members of Pacific Partnership 2015 celebrated a successful visit to the country with a closing ceremony and Fourth of July celebration in Kolonia, Pohnpei.

    Capt. James Meyer, right, commodore of Task Force Forager, and Capt. Erich Diehl shake hands with local children during an Independence Day celebration in Kolonia, July 4. (U.S. Marine Corps/Sgt. James Gulliver)
  10. U.S., Australian Forces ‘On Board’ for Talisman Sabre

    More than 260 military and civilian augmentees from Australia and the U.S. arrived aboard USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) July 6, bringing additional manpower and capabilities to the 7th Fleet staff prior to the start of exercise Talisman Sabre 2015.

    Australian Army Capt. Kevin Jolley is one of 260 augmentees who recently checked in aboard the U.S. 7th Fleet flagship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) prior to exercise Talisman Sabre. (U.S. Navy/MC2 Indra Bosko)