1. Pacific Partnership Mission in Samoa Opens With Ceremony

    Samoan citizens, service members from U.S. and partner nations, and non-governmental organization volunteers kicked off Pacific Partnership 2013 with an opening ceremony, June 1.

    Prime Minister of Samoa TuiLaepa Aiono Sailele MaLielegaoi addresses participants and guests during the Pacific Partnership opening ceremony in Apia, June 1. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Carlos M. Vazquez II)
  2. USS Blue Ridge on Patrol in 7th Fleet

    The U.S. 7th Fleet flagship is in the midst of a patrol of the south Indo-Asia-Pacific region where the ship and embarked staff will conduct port visits and engage allies to strengthen partnerships.

    USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) transits in the Philippine Sea May 28 as it makes its way south on patrol in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Joshua Karsten)
  3. JMSDF Ships Arrive in San Diego to Participate in Amphibious Exercise

    Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force ships JS Shimokita (LST 4002), JS Atago (DDG 177), and JS Hyuga (DDH 181) arrived in San Diego May 31 and will take part in exercise Dawn Blitz in June.

    In this file photo, JS Shimokita (LST 4002) departs from Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam along with JS Atago (DDG 177) and JS Hyuga (DDH 181), May 20, en route to San Diego. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Johans Chavarro)
  4. USS Pearl Harbor Arrives in Samoa for First Mission Port of Pacific Partnership

    The ship and its embarked multinational and multiagency team arrived in Apia June 1 for the first mission port of Pacific Partnership 2013.

    New Zealand Army Lt. Matt Marinovich mans the rails as USS Pearl Harbor (LSD 52) arrives in Apia, June 1. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Carlos M. Vazquez II)
  5. Antonio Promoted to Rear Admiral

    Capt. Brian Antonio, U.S. Pacific Fleet's fleet maintenance officer, was promoted to Rear Admiral on May 31 in a ceremony aboard the USS Missouri Memorial.

    Rear Adm. Brian Antonio has his new shoulder boards placed on by his morhter Gloria Antonio, left, and his wife Kathy Sue during his promotion aboard the USS Missouri Memorial. (U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class David Kolmel)
  6. USS Paul Hamilton Arrives in Manila for Visit

    The guided-missile destroyer arrived in Manila, Republic of the Philippines, May 31 for a port visit.

    Sailors man the rails aboard USS Paul Hamilton (DDG 60) as the ship arrives in Mania, May 31. (U.S. Navy photo)
  7. USS Bremerton Returns to Pearl Harbor

    The submarine and crew returned to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam May 30 following a seven-month deployment to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations.

    USS Bremerton (SSN 698) returns to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam May 30. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Steven Khor/Released)
  8. USS Shiloh Visits Zhanjiang, China

    The guided-missile cruiser and its crew of about 400 arrived at the Chinese People's Liberation Army Navy (PLA(N)) South Sea Fleet base in Zhanjiang May 30 for a port visit.

    Capt. James T. Jones, commanding officer of USS Shiloh (CG 67), greets Rear Adm. Zhang Wendan, deputy chief of staff South Sea Fleet of the Chinese People's Liberation Army Navy during a ceremony welcoming the ship to Zhanjiang. (U.S. Navy photo by Fire Controlman 2nd Class Kristopher Horton)
  9. Navy Releases 10 Global Drifter Buoys in Pacific Ocean

    Sailors from the office of Naval Meteorology and Oceanography released ten global drifter buoys belonging to the University of California, San Diego Scripps Institution of Oceanography from USS Pearl Harbor (LSD 52), May 28, during Pacific Partnership 2013.

    Lt.j.g. Jeffrey Grabon launches a global drifter buoy in the Pacific Ocean from USS Pearl Harbor (LSD 52), May 28. (U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Lowell Whitman)
  10. USS Pearl Harbor arrives in 7th Fleet for Pacific Partnership

    The amphibious dock landing ship entered the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility May 28 as it makes its way to Samoa, the first Pacific Partnership 2013 mission visit.

    Pacific Partnership participants from the U.S. Navy, partner nations and non-governmental organizations review the upcoming schedule of events at sea aboard USS Pearl Harbor (LSD 52), May 26, as the ship transits toward Samoa, the first stop of the annual mission. (U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Laurie Dexter)