1. Essex ARG Embarks 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit

    Amphibious ready group ships embarked 2,000+ Marines and departed Okinawa March 4 for training.

    WHITE BEACH NAVAL FACILITY, Okinawa (March 3, 2012) Landing Craft Utility (LCU) 1631 is guided to the forward-deployed amphibious dock landing ship USS Tortuga (LSD 46) by Boatswain's Mate 3rd Class Jonathan Miller as Boatswain's Mate 3rd Class Christian Riddle stands ready to cast a heaving line to begin stern gate marriage operations to unload U.S. Marine 7-ton trucks as LCU 1627 passes behind. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Eric Crosby)
  2. Germantown Returns to Sasebo Following Exercise Cobra Gold

    The amphibious dock landing ship returned to Japan March 5 after taking part in exercise Cobra Gold.

    OKINAWA, Japan (March 2, 2012) Boatswain’s Mate Seaman Ulyses Morero directs a vehicle onto Landing Craft Utility (LCU) 1627 in the well deck of the forward-deployed amphibious dock landing ship USS Germantown (LSD 42) during offload of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit began after participating in Cobra Gold 2012, an annual Thai-U.S. co-sponsored joint and multinational exercise. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Johnie Hickmon)
  3. USS Patriot Arrives in Sakaiminato, Japan

    The mine countermeasures ship arrived March 5 for a goodwill port visit, tha Navy's first since 2006.

    SAKAIMINATO, Japan (March 5, 2012) Mineman Seaman Bryan Surber, assigned to USS Patriot (MCM 7), mine neutralization vehicle operations to local media during a ship tour following the ship's arrival for a port visit. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Devon Dow)
  4. Stennis Returns Home from Deployment

    The aircraft carrier returned to Naval Base Kitsap March 2 following a 7-month deployment.

    BREMERTON, Wash. (March 2, 2012) Sailors man the rails aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) as the ship returns to homeport at Naval Base Kitsap-Bremerton after completing a seven-month deployment. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Ian Cotter)
  5. Indonesian Navy Tall Ship to visit Pearl Harbor

    KRI Dewaruci arrives Feb. 29 for a brief port visit while transiting to the U.S. mainland from Surabaya.

    In the file photo, Indonesian naval training ship KRI Dewaruci passes the Battleship Missouri Memorial as she makes her way pier side to Naval Station Pearl Harbor in September 2007. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Michael A. Lantron)
  6. USS Defender trains with JMSDF, French Navy

    USS Defender joined JS Amigiri and FNS Vendemiaire for a passing exercise Feb. 27, off the coast of Kyushu, Japan.

    PACIFIC OCEAN (Feb. 27, 2012) JS Amagiri (DD 154), FNS Vendemiaire (F 734), and USS Defender (MCM 2) maneuver  in formation during a passing exercise off the coast of Kyushu, Japan. Training during the event included basic communications and navigation drills that helped participants to develop relationships and improve their tactical capabilities. (Photo courtesy of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force)
  7. USS Germantown Builds Relationship with Thai School

    Sailors took part in a community service project at a local school Feb. 23 during a port visit in Thailand.

    LAEM CHABANG, (Feb 23, 2012) Quartermaster Seaman Aldannuvia Dominguez, assigned to USS Germantown (LSD 42), reads a fairytale book to Thai children. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Raul Moreno Jr.)
  8. USS Germantown Builds Relationship with Thai School

    Sailors took part in a community service project at a local school Feb. 23 during a port visit in Thailand.

    LAEM CHABANG, (Feb 23, 2012) Quartermaster Seaman Aldannuvia Dominguez, assigned to USS Germantown (LSD 42), reads a fairytale book to Thai children. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Raul Moreno Jr.)
  9. US, ROK Sailors Find Common Ground in Community Service

    USS Blue Ridge, 7th Fleet staff, and Republic of Korea navy Sailors came together as a team for a visit to a children’s home Feb. 25.

    BUSAN, Republic of Korea (Feb. 25, 2012) Yeoman 3rd Class Jesse Welsh, left, and Interior Communications Electrician 2nd Class Sidney Hendrickson of 7th Fleet command ship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) play basketball with a Korean child during a community service project. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Timmy Wakefield/)
  10. Hawaii Honors Individual Augmentees at Luncheon

    140+ Hawaii-based Sailors and Marines with their families were recognized for their IA service Feb 24.