1. Pacific Partnership 2013 Opens Mission in Tonga

    Tonga leaders and citizens participated in a ceremony alongside of U.S., partner nation service members and non-governmental organization volunteers to mark the commencement of Pacific Partnership 2013, June 12.

    U.S. Navy Capt. Wallace Lovely, Pacific Partnership 2013 mission commander, and Royal New Zealand Air Force Group Capt. Darryn Webb, the mission's deputy commander, speak with the Commander of the Tonga Defense Services Brig. Gen. Tau’aika ‘Uta’atu during the Pacific Partnership 2013 opening ceremony for Tonga. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Carlos M. Vazquez II)
  2. Pacific Partnership 2013 Arrives in Tonga

    The amphibious dock landing ship USS Pearl Harbor (LSD 52) arrived in Tonga June 12 for the second mission stop of Pacific Partnership 2013.

    A U.S. Navy landing craft utility (LCU) prepares to move people and equipment ashore in Tonga from USS Pearl Harbor (LSD 52), June 12. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Tim D. Godbee)
  3. USS Chosin Arrives in Subic Bay

    The guided-missile cruiser arrived in Subic Bay, Republic of the Philippines for a port visit, June 12.

    In this file photo, USS Chosin (CG 65) departs Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in April for its current deployment. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Dustin W. Sisco)
  4. CARAT Maritime Exercise Closes in Thailand

    The Thailand phase of CARAT ended with a closing ceremony at Sattahip Naval Base, June 12, following nearly two weeks of training ashore and at sea.

    U.S. Navy and Royal Thai Navy sailors stand at parade rest during the closing ceremony for the Thailand portion of Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) exercise 2013. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Amanda S. Kitchner)
  5. Freedom Sets Sail for CARAT Malaysia 2013

    The Navy's first littoral combat ship, USS Freedom (LCS 1), departed Singapore June 11 to participate in exercise Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training Malaysia 2013.

    USS Freedom (LCS 1) departs Changi Naval Base in Singapore June 11. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Toni Burton)
  6. 7th Fleet Commander Visits USS Freedom

    Vice Adm. Scott Swift visited USS Freedom (LCS 1) in Singapore June 10 to hold an all hands call, tour the ship and meet with the crew.

    Vice Adm. Scott H. Swift arrives aboard USS Freedom (LCS 1), June 10. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Karolina A. Oseguera)
  7. Pacific Partnership Departs Samoa for Tonga

    The amphibious dock landing ship USS Pearl Harbor (LSD 52) departed Samoa, the first mission port of Pacific Partnership 2013, June 10, destined for Tonga.

    Pacific Partnership 2013 non-governmental organization volunteers, U.S. and partner nation service members man the rails as USS Pearl Harbor (LSD 52) departs Samoa, June 10. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Tim D. Godbee)
  8. Pacific Partnership 2013 Concludes First Mission Port of Samoa

    The Samoa phase of Pacific Partnership came to a close June 8 during a ceremony to celebrate the mission, its accomplishments and the relationships developed over the past week.

    During a visit coordinated through Pacific Parnership, U.S. Navy Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Jeffrey Garcia and a Samoan firefighter check the condition of medical equipment belonging to the Samoan Fire and Emergency Services Authority to ensure its readiness to respond in case of emergency. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Carlos M. Vazquez II)
  9. Pacific Partnership Races Against Samoa Longboat Rowing Team

    Pacific Partnership 2013 participated in a friendly Samoan longboat race against the Don Bosco Longboat Rowing Team as part of a cultural exchange, June 8.

    Pacific Partnership 2013 Sailors, partner nation service members, non-governmental organization volunteers and the Samoan Don Bosco Long Boat Rowing Team race past USS Pearl Harbor (LSD 52) in long boats in Apia, June 8. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Carlos M. Vazquez II)
  10. USS Frank Cable Visits Subic Bay

    More than 700 Sailors and civilian mariners aboard the submarine tender USS Frank Cable (AS 40) arrived in the Republic of Philippines, June 7, for a port visit.

    A civilian mariner throws a messenger line as the submarine tender USS Frank Cable (AS 40) arrives in Subic Bay, June 7. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Greg House)