1. Grounded USS Guardian To Be Dismantled

    After running aground on Tubbataha Reef near the Philippines, the Navy has determined that the 23-year old USS Guardian (MCM 5) will be dismantled and safely removed from the reef in sections.

    SULU SEA (Jan. 29, 2013) Heavy waves crash against the grounded mine countermeasure ship USS Guardian (MCM 5), which ran aground on the Tubbataha Reef on Jan. 17. (U.S. Navy photo)
  2. USS Albuquerque Departs for Six-Month Deployment

    USS Albuquerque (SSN 706) departed from Naval Base Point Loma Jan. 29 for a six-month Western Pacific deployment.

    Cmdr. Christopher J. Cavanaugh, commanding officer of USS Albuquerque (SSN 706), stands on the conning tower as the submarine departs San Diego, Jan. 29. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Anthony Walker)
  3. NMCB 5's CCAD Philippines renovates Palawan elementary school building

    The Seabees are renovating a building for the Aplaya Elementary School as part of a Construction Civic Activity Detail (CCAD) in Puerto Princesa City.

    Equipment Operator Constructionman Mark Teri Bascon of Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 5 operates a skid-steer Jan. 25 to move earth and fill around a construction site the Aplaya Elementary School. (U.S. Navy photo by Construction Electrician Constructionman Quennie May Bumatay)
  4. USS Tortuga Sailors, 31st MEU Marines Complete AIT

    Sailors aboard amphibious dock landing ship USS Tortuga (LSD 46), along with Marines from the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), completed amphibious integration training (AIT), Jan. 30, while on patrol in the 7th Fleet area of operations.

    Marines from 31st MEU approach the well deck of USS Tortuga (LSD 46) after conducting open ocean operations using combat rubber raiding crafts, Jan. 24. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Gregory A. Harden II)
  5. Navy Removes Harmful Material from Grounded USS Guardian

    A team of U.S. Navy salvage experts have been meticulously scouring the damaged USS Guardian (MCM 5), safely transferring anything deemed potentially harmful to prepare the grounded ship to be removed from Tubbataha Reef.

  6. NMCB 5 Builds School, Relationships in Exercise Cobra Gold 2013

    Seabees assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 5 arrived in Chiang Mai, Thailand to begin construction of a schoolhouse at the Ban Piang Rat School Jan. 19. The Seabees are working alongside the Royal Thai Air Force to complete the project as part of Exercise Cobra Gold 2013.

    Builder 2nd Class John Llwellyn, left, and Builder 3rd Class Travis Klawonn, both assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 5, work with the Royal Thai Air Force placing concrete for the building foundation of a new school building for the Ban Piang Rat School in Chiang Mai, Thailand, Jan. 19.  (U.S. Navy photo by Lieutenant Junior Grade Jonathan Kim)
  7. U.S., Timor-Leste Build Maritime Partnerships with CARAT

    The U.S. Navy and Timorese Navy commenced the first Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Timor-Leste exercise Jan. 25, with an opening ceremony held at Port Hera Navy Base.

    U.S. Ambassador Judith Fergin addresses members of the U.S. and Timorese Navies during the opening ceremony, Jan. 25, of the first Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Timor-Leste exercise. (U.S. Navy photo by Prudencio Cabral)
  8. Salvage Team Removes Fuel From Grounded USS Guardian

    To prevent potential environmental damage, a U.S. Navy-led salvage team on Jan. 25 completed removing all diesel fuel from the tanks of the mine countermeasures ship USS Guardian (MCM 5), which ran aground on the Tubbataha Reef one week earlier.

    Malaysian tug Vos Apollo, foreground, prepares for defueling operations Jan. 24 near the grounded USS Guardian (MCM 5) while a U.S. Navy small boat approaches with a salvage team. (U.S. Navy photo by Aircrewman 3rd Class Geoffrey Trudell)
  9. USS Curts to Decommission after 29 Years of Service

    The guided-missile frigate is set to be decommissioned during a Jan. 25 ceremony in San Diego.

    In this file photo, USS Curts (FFG 38) returns to San Diego in December 2012 at the close of its final deployment. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class (SW/AW) Rosalie Garcia)
  10. Bonhomme Richard Departs for 7th Fleet Operations, Cobra Gold

    USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) departed Sasebo, Japan, Jan. 24, for training and operations in 7th Fleet.

    Sailors heave a line on the fantail as amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) departs Sasebo, Japan, Jan. 24. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Betsy Knapper)