1. Pacific Partnership Tests Water Quality on Tarawa

    Pacific Partnership 2013 environmental health specialists from the New Zealand Army are testing the quality of water from a number of rainwater catchment systems throughout Tarawa atoll in the Republic of Kiribati.

    New Zealand Army Staff Sgt. Nick Bunker collects a water sample during a Pacific Partnership 2013 water quality assessment on Tarawa, July 16. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Tim D. Godbee/Released)
  2. Pacific Partnership Nurses Host Educational Workshops in Kiribati

    Pacific Partnership 2013 nurses are providing education and refresher training for nurses in the Republic of Kiribati, July 16, the first day of a five-day series of workshops.

    Nurses from non-governmental organizations, the Royal Australian Navy, and the New Zealand Army introduce themselves to nurses participating in a nursing education engagement during Pacific Partnership 2013. (U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Samantha J. Webb/)
  3. Pearl Harbor Based Independent Deployers Participate in Training Exercises

    Hawaii-based ships from Commander, Destroyer Squadron 31, as well as a ship from the Royal Navy, started a training and certification exercise off the coast of Hawaii, July 15.

    Guided-missile destroyer USS Hopper (DDG 70) departs Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam July 15 to participate in an Independent Deployer Certification (IDCERT) exercise. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Tiarra Fulgham)
  4. New Zealand Takes Phase Lead as Pacific Partnership Arrives in Kiribati

    The amphibious dock landing ship USS Pearl Harbor (LSD 52) arrived in the Republic of Kiribati July 15 for Pacific Partnership.

    A landing craft utility from USS Pearl Harbor (LSD 52) with non-governmental organization (NGO) volunteers, partner nation military and U.S. service members aboard transits towards Tarawa, July 15 to begin work ashore during Pacific Partnership. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Tim D. Godbee)
  5. U.S., Republic of Singapore Navies Begin CARAT Exercise

    The 19th annual Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training Singapore, which will include 12 days of shore-based and at-sea training events, began July 15.

    The guided-missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62), right, meets up with the littoral combat ship USS Freedom (LCS 1) in Singapore July 15 to take part in exercise Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Jay C. Pugh)
  6. George Washington CSG Kicks Off Talisman Saber 13

    U.S. and Royal Australian Navy (RAN) Sailors from the George Washington Carrier Strike Group (GWCSG) began their portion of Talisman Saber 2013 off the northeast coast of Australia, July 15.

    An F/A-18F Super Hornet from the Diamondbacks of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 102 launches from the flight deck of the U.S. Navy's forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) July 15 in support of Talisman Saber 2013. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Paolo Bayas/Released)
  7. Australia Leads Pacific Partnership Phase in Papua New Guinea

    Marking the first time in the mission's eight years that a phase has been led by a partner nation, the Australian Defense Force brought the Papua New Guinea portion of Pacific Partnership to a close July 6 with assistance from Japan and the U.S.

    Royal Australian Navy Petty Officer Matthew Marson helps train the local fire fighters at the Wewak Fire Station during the Pupua New Guinea phase of Pacific Partnership 2013. (Royal Australian Navy photo)
  8. 27,000 troops prepare for Talisman Saber 2013

    More than 27,000 U.S. and Australian personnel are converging in Australia and the Coral Sea in preparation for the amphibious exercise Talisman Saber 2013, to be held off the coast of Australia July 15 through Aug. 6, 2013.

    CORAL SEA (July 7, 2013) Air Traffic Controlman 2nd Class Timothy Wallace, left, and Air Traffic Controlman 2nd Class Clayton Alexander observe radar signatures in the air traffic control room aboard USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) in the Coral Sea July 7 as the ship proceeds to Australia for exercise Talisman Saber. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Edward Guttierrez III)
  9. Pacific Partnership Preparing for Kiribati

    Preparations are underway for Pacific Partnership's mission in Kiribati, scheduled to begin July 13.

    U.S. Navy Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Michael Nakamura demonstrates on Royal New Zealand Navy Capt. Tony Millar, deputy commander for Pacific Partnership 2013, how to insert an IV needle into a patient's vein during a nursing conference at in the Marshall Islands July 8. The mission will move on to Kiribati following its stop in the Marshall Islands. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Carlos M. Vazquez II)
  10. U.S., Australian Joint Forces to Conduct Talisman Saber Exercise

    More than 27,000 U.S. and Australian personnel will participate in the military training exercise Talisman Saber 2013 in Australia beginning July 15.

    In this file photo from Talisman Saber 2011, an E-2C Hawkeye approaches the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) after participating in a simulated air strike over Australia.  (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Andrew Ryan Smith)