1. 15th MEU, Peleliu ARG Set Sail for CERTEX

    The Peleliu Amphibious Ready Group and 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit began their final certification exercise (CERTEX) Aug 15 in preparation for an upcoming deployment.

    USS Peleliu (LHA 5) and USS Green Bay (LPD 20) steam together in the Pacifi in July during a composite training unit exercise (COMPUTEX). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication 3rd Class Shawnte Bryan)
  2. USS Decatur Set to Depart for Deployment

    The guided-missile destroyer is scheduled to depart San Diego Aug. 17 for an eight-month independent deployment to 7th and 5th Fleet areas of operation.

    USS Decatur departs San Diego for deployment in this file photo from September 2010. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Travis Mendoza)
  3. Wayne E. Meyer Kicks off Navy Days L.A.

    The 16th annual Navy Days Los Angeles (L.A.) event series commenced with the arrival of the guided-missile destroyer USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG 108) to the Port of Los Angeles, Aug. 14.

    Sailors aboard USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG 108) man the rails as the ship arrives in Los Angeles, Aug. 14 for Navy Days L.A. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Benjamin Crossley/Released)
  4. USS Tortuga Departs for Fall Patrol

    The dock landing ship USS Tortuga (LSD 46) departed Sasebo Aug. 13 to join the USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) amphibious ready group (ARG) on a patrol in the 7th Fleet area of operations.

    Seaman Bryant Fossier serves as starboard watch aboard USS Tortuga (LSD 46) as the ship departs Sasebo, Japan, Aug. 13 for a patrol in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations. (U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Karen Blankenship)
  5. Pacific Partnership Wraps Up Mission in Cambodia

    The Cambodia phase -- the fourth and final mission port of Pacific Partnership 2012 -- concluded Aug. 11, bringing an end to nearly three full months of cooperation in Southeast Asia.

    Hospitalman Stephanie Montenegro plays with a Cambodian patient while her mother looks on in the pediatrics ward aboard the hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) during Pacific Partnership 2012. (Photo by Kristopher Radder)
  6. Bonhomme Richard Departs on Maiden Forward-Deployed Patrol

    USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) departed Aug. 10 to begin its first patrol as the Navy’s only permanently forward deployed amphibious assault ship.

    An MH60S Seahawk helicopter approaches amphibious assualt ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) Aug. 9 as the ship prepares to get underway for its first patrol since being forward-deployed to Sasebo. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Mark R. Alvarez)
  7. USS Bonhomme Richard Tests for Synthetic Drugs

    Forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) conducted its first synthetic compound urinalysis Aug. 11.

  8. Howes Turns Over Command of SUBDEVRON 5 To Jablon

    The commander of U.S. Pacific Fleet, Adm. Cecil Haney, was among the honored guests as Capt. Brian Howes turned over command of Submarine Development Squadron (SUBDEVRON) 5 to Capt. Jeffrey Jablon on Aug. 10 at the Naval Undersea Museum.

    Capt. Brian Howes turns over command of Submarine Development Squadron (SUBDEVRON) 5 to Capt. Jeffrey Jablon during a ceremony at the Naval Undersea Museum in Keyport, Wash., Aug. 10. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Ahron Arendes)
  9. PHIBRON 11 Deploys for Purposeful Forward Presence

    Amphibious Squadron 11, which is permanently embarked aboard USS Bonhomme Richard and forward deployed to Sasebo, Japan, commenced a fall deployment in the 7th Fleet area of operations Aug. 10.

    An MH60S Seahawk helicopter, assigned to Sea Combat Helicopter Squadron Twenty-Five (HSC-25), lands on the flight deck of the forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) Aug. 9. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Mark R. Alvarez)
  10. USS Louisville Completes WESTPAC Deployment

    USS Louisville (SSN 724) returned home to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam Aug. 8 after completing a six-month deployment to the Western Pacific region.

    USS Louisville (SSN 724) returns to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam after completing a deployment to the Western Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Ronald Gutridge)