1. Pacific Partnership Arrives in Solomon Islands

    USS Pearl Harbor (LSD 52) arrived in the Solomon Islands July 29 and will work alongside the Royal New Zealand Navy's HMNZS Canterbury (L421) as New Zealand leads this phase of the Pacific Partnership mission.

    A New Zealand Army engineer looks on as USS Pearl Harbor (LSD 52) departs the Republic of Kiribati, July 26. The ship and embarked international Pacific Partnership team arrived in the Solomon Islands July 29. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Tim D. Godbee)
  2. Pacific Partnership Concludes Work in Kiribati

    Pacific Partnership's work in Kiribati — the fifth of six mission ports — was completed July 26.

    Royal New Zealand Capt. Tony Millar, Pacific Partnership 2013 deputy mission commander, walks alongside engineers on the Friendship Bridge during a ribbon cutting ceremony marking its reopening. The bridge was built during Pacific Partnership 2009 and restored during this year's mission. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Laurie Dexter)
  3. Bonhomme Richard ESG Partners with Australians, Completes Air Defense Exercise

    The Bonhomme Richard Expeditionary Strike Group teamed up with forces from the George Washington Carrier Strike Group and Australian Defence Force to conduct an air defense exercise as part of exercise Talisman Saber, July 22.

    USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6), followed by the amphibious dock landing ship USS Germantown (LSD 42), sails through the Coral Sea during exercise Talisman Saber. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Edward Guttierrez III)
  4. Boxer ARG Completes Composite Training Unit Exercise

    The Boxer Amphibious Ready Group successfully completed COMPTUEX July 19, moving one step closer to being certified and prepared for deployment.

    A Sea Sparrow (RIM-7P) missile is launched from the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4) July 18 during a missile firing exercise as part of COMPTUEX. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communications Specialist 2nd Class Kenan O'Connor)
  5. HMNZS Manawanui Concludes Participation in Pacific Partnership

    The Royal New Zealand Navy diving support vessel HMNZS Manawanui (A09) concluded its mission with Pacific Partnership 2013, July 21.

    U.S. Navy Capt. Wallace Lovely, Pacific Partnership 2013 mission commander, prepares to go aboard HMNZS Manawanui (A09), July 18 in Kiribati. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Carlos M. Vazquez II)
  6. Multilateral Pacific Mission Boosts Disaster Response Capacity

    Two months into the largest disaster response preparedness operation in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region, participants in Pacific Partnership 2013 are taking the mission to the next level in ways the mission commander says will help to ensure its long-term viability despite budgetary constraints.

    Adm. Cecil D. Haney, commander of U.S. Pacific Fleet, greets children during a visit to Kiribati July 17 to meet with local officials and personnel supporting Pacific Partnership 2013. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Carlos M. Vazquez II)
  7. USS Freedom VBSS Team trains with Singapore Coast Guard during CARAT

    USS Freedom's (LCS 1) visit, board, search and seizure team staged a compliant boarding exercise with a team from the Singaporean Police Coast Guard, July 17 as part of exercise Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training.

    Gunner's Mate 1st Class Michael Davis receives instruction from a Singaporean Coast Guard inspector during a visit, board, search and seizure training brief July 17 as part of a compliant boarding exercise for CARAT Singapore. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Karolina A. Oseguera)
  8. Hawaii's last frigate USS Reuben James to be decommissioned

    USS Reuben James (FFG 57) will be decommissioned July 18 after nearly thirty years of distinguished naval service.

    USS Reuben James (FFG 57) returns to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in May after completing its final deployment. (U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Tiarra Fulgham)
  9. Chaplains to be Operationally Tested in Talisman Saber

    Capt. Francis D. Bonadonna, deputy fleet chaplain for U.S. Pacific Fleet, had a rare opportunity to create scenarios for the chaplain corps during the amphibious portion of exercise Talisman Saber 2013, being held off the coast of Australia July 15 through Aug. 6.

    Capt. (Chaplain) Francis D. Bonadonna, deputy fleet chaplain for U.S. Pacific Fleet, was the first chaplain to help plan exercise Talisman Saber operational scenarios for the chaplain corps. (U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Shawn Gentile)
  10. Charlotte Visits Singapore during Western Pacific Deployment

    The Los Angeles-class fast attack submarine USS Charlotte (SSN 766) arrived in Singapore on July 16 for a visit as part of its deployment to the Western Pacific.

    USS Charlotte (SSN 766) arrives in Singapore for a port visit and as part of exercise Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training. (U.S. Navy photo by  Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Jay C. Pugh)