1. Philippine Air Contingent wraps up activity, cooperation

    A detachment of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 138 recently completed training alongside the Armed Forces of the Philippines for routine operational missions that enhance regional maritime domain awareness.

    Lt. Cmdr. Jeff Pinkerton, an EA-18G Grolwer pilot assigned to Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 138, speaks with a group of Philippine Air Force pilots assigned to Clark Air Base, Philippines. (U.S. Air Force/Capt. Elias Zani)
  2. USS Ashland returns to Sasebo after CARAT exercises

    The dock landing ship returned to Sasebo, Japan, July 8, after completing several phases of the Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) exercise series.

    USS Ashland (LSD 48) departs White Beach Naval Facility in Okinawa, Japan, after offloading Marines from Easy Company, 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, July 6. (U.S. Navy/MC2 Sarah Villegas)
  3. Symposium addresses disaster topics in Philippines

    A joint disaster symposium at a hospital in Legazpi, Philippines, gave the Pacific Partnership mission team and local medical personnel the chance to have an open dialogue about disaster management relief, in a medical context.

    Philippine Armed Forces, Australian Army and U.S. Navy medical professionals talk during a joint disaster management symposium, June 30. (U.S. Navy/MC1 Elizabeth Merriam)
  4. Exercise leadership talks RIMPAC at press conference

    Adm. Scott Swift and Vice Adm. Nora Tyson emphasized the the importance of exercise Rim of the Pacific during an opening press conference at Pearl Harbor, July 5.

    Vice Adm. Nora Tyson, commander of U.S. 3rd Fleet and the exercise Rim of the Pacific Combined Task Force commander, talks about RIMPAC 2016 during a press conference at Pearl Harbor.  (U.S. Air Force/Staff Sgt. Christopher Hubenthal)
  5. USS Patriot visits Osaka

    The mine countermeasures ship arrived in Osaka, Japan, July 6 for a port visit as part of a summer patrol in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations.

    Mineman 3rd Class Matthew Chase takes a bearing as USS Patriot (MCM 7) approaches Osaka.  (U.S. Navy/Lt. Cmdr. Joe Hamilton)
  6. Pacific Surface Action Group visits Singapore

    The guided-missile destroyers USS Decatur (DDG 73), USS Momsen (DDG 92) and USS Spruance (DDG 111) arrived in Singapore July 2 for a port visit.

    USS Spruance (DDG 111), part of of U.S. 3rd Fleet's Pacific Surface Action Group, arrives at Changi Naval Base for a port visit. (U.S. Navy/MC2 Joshua Fulton)
  7. Mine countermeasures ship USS Patriot begins patrol

    USS Patriot (MCM 7) departed Sasebo, Japan, July 2 for a routine patrol in U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations.

    In this file photo, USS Patriot (MCM 7) departs White Beach Naval Facility in Okinawa earlier this year. (U.S. Navy/Lt. David Levy)
  8. USS Ashland transits South China Sea

    The amphibious dock landing ship completed a multi-day transit of the South China Sea July 1 as the ship continues to operate in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations.

    A watchstander aboard USS Ashland (LSD 48) looks for other vessels as the ship transits the South China Sea. (U.S. Marine Corps/Lance Cpl. Carl King)
  9. Carrier Strike Group 5 conducts South China Sea patrol

    Carrier Strike Group 5, which includes USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) and several guided-missile cruisers and destroyers, along with aircraft from Carrier Air Wing 5, is conducting routine operations in the South China Sea.

    In this file photo, an MH-60S Sea Hawk assigned to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 12 flies over USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) during dual aircraft carrier strike group operations earlier this month in the Philippine Sea with the John C. Stennis Strike Group. (U.S. Navy/MC3 Jake Greenberg)
  10. US, ROK navies coordinate on anti-submarine warfare

    Senior leaders met at the Republic of Korea Fleet base in Busan to discuss continued cooperation efforts regarding anti-submarine warfare (ASW).

    Vice Adm. Joseph P. Aucoin, the commander of U.S. 7th Fleet, and Vice Adm. Lee, Ki-sik, the commander of the Republic of Korea Fleet, pose for a photo with their respective warfare commanders after an Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) Cooperation Committee discussion.  (U.S. Navy/MC3 Jermaine M. Ralliford)