1. George Washington Begins 7th Fleet Patrol

    The U.S. Navy's only forward-deployed aircraft carrier departed Yokosuka, Japan, June 26 for a patrol in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.

    Sailors man the rails as USS George Washington (CVN 73) departs Fleet Activities Yokosuka, June 26. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Everett Allen)
  2. USS Bonhomme Richard Embarks 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit

    The forward-deployed amphibious assault ship completed the embarkation of Marines from the 31st MEU, June 25, in support of joint force operations in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility.

    Marines prepare to embark the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6), June 24. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Andrew B. Church/Released)
  3. USS Blue Ridge Trains with Timor-Leste Military

    Marines and Sailors from U.S. 7th Fleet flagship met with members of the Timor-Leste Defence Force for a military-to-military engagement at Port Hera Navy Base, June 25.

    Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Justin Cayetano demonstrates how to label an injured person who has received a tourniquet on Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Steven Nicholson as members of the Timor-Leste Defence Force look on. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Bobby Northnagle)
  4. USS Paul Hamilton Returns Home to Pearl Harbor

    The guided-missile destroyer returned to its homeport of Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam June 24 following a nine-month deployment to the U.S. 7th Fleet and 5th Fleet areas of operation.

    USS Paul Hamilton (DDG 60) passes by Battleship Missouri Memorial as it returns home, June 24. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Diana Quinlan)
  5. Pacific Partnership Arrives in New Caledonia, Bids Farewell to French Engineers

    USS Pearl Harbor (LSD 52) along with embarked Pacific Partnership 2013 personnel arrived in Noumea, New Caledonia, June 25.

    Partner nation military members watch as U.S. Navy Sailors pull the amphibious dock landing ship USS Pearl Harbor into port in Noumea, New Caledonia, June 25. (U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Samantha J. Webb)
  6. Timor-Leste and Indonesian Sailors Partner with USS Blue Ridge

    U.S. 7th Fleet Flagship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) hosted two sailors from the Republic of Indonesia and five sailors from the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste while on patrol June 18 - 24.

    Republic of Indonesia Navy Maj. Lila Irawati, left, and Maj. Budi Harjanto, right, pose while studying medical procedures in the library of USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Kelby Sanders)
  7. George Washington Concludes Sea Trials

    The U.S. Navy's forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) completed sea trials June 23 in preparation for its upcoming 2013 patrol.

    Sailors scrub the flight deck of USS George Washington (CVN 73) after an aqueous film forming foam (AFFF) system check, June 22. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Michelle N. Rasmusson)
  8. Allied Navies Perform ASW Exercise During Pacific Bond 13

    Australia, Japan and U.S. Naval forces flexed the Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) aspects of exercise Pacific Bond 2013 near the Marianas Island chain, June 23.

    Lt. Cmdr. Shin-Ichi Masaki, weapons officer aboard Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force ship JS Murasame (DD 101), gives a tour of Murasame to Capt. Paul Lyons, commander of Destroyer Squadron 15 and his staff following an anti-submarine warfare exercise as part of Pacific Bond 2013. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Paul Kelly)
  9. USS Blue Ridge Arrives in Dili

    The U.S. 7th Fleet flagship anchored off the coast of Dili June 24 for a port visit.

    Quartermaster 3rd Class Nickolas Gibson discusses bridge operations with East Timor Navy Ensign Zito dos Belo as USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) arrives off the coast of Dili, June 24. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Kelby Sanders)
  10. Australian, U.S. Sailors Trade Places During Pacific Bond 2013

    USS Chung-Hoon (DDG-93) swapped 10 crew members with the Royal Australian Navy's HMAS Sydney (FFG 03) June 23 to enhance operability and foster camaraderie between the two ships during the exercise.

    Royal Australian Navy Leading Seaman Adam Doolan (center) takes the helm aboard USS Chung-Hoon (DDG 93) while Boatswain Mate 2nd Class Terrance Williams, right, and Seaman Arneisha Perea observe. (U.S. Navy Photo)