1. Boxer Amphibious Ready Group Departs for Deployment

    The Boxer ARG, comprised of USS Boxer (LHD 4), USS New Orleans (LPD 18) and USS Harpers Ferry (LSD 49), along with the embarked 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit, deployed from San Diego, Aug. 23.

    Family members gather to watch the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4) depart San Diego, Aug. 23 . (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Carlos M. Vazquez II)
  2. Naval Forces/Navy Region Japan Changes Command

    Rear Adm. Terry Kraft relieved Rear Adm. Dan Cloyd during a ceremony in Yokosuka, Japan, Aug. 23

    Commander, U.S. Forces Japan Lt. Gen Salvatore A. “Sam” Angelella; Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Japan, Navy Region Japan, Rear Adm. Dan Cloyd, center; and his relief Rear Adm. Terry B. Kraft sit during a change of a command ceremony where Cloyd relinquished his command to Kraft. (U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Adam K. Thomas)
  3. USS Tortuga, USS Ashland Mark Hull Swap With Ceremony

    The hull swap, part of the Navy's long-range strategy to routinely forward deploy newer or more efficient ships, became official Aug. 23 in Sasebo, Japan.

    Sailors in a color guard stand at parade rest before the start of a hull-swap ceremony between USS Ashland (LSD 48) and USS Tortuga (LSD 46), Aug. 23 in Sasebo. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Scott Youngblood)
  4. George Washington Strike Group Strengthens US-Australia Alliance During First Half of 2013 Patrol

    USS George Washington (CVN 73) returned to its forward-operating location of Yokosuka, Japan, Aug. 23, after completing the first half of its 2013 patrol.

    Sailors man the rails as USS George Washington (CVN 73) returns to Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Aug. 23. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Amanda S. Kitchner)
  5. USS Pearl Harbor to Return Home Following Pacific Partnership

    USS Pearl Harbor (LSD 52) is scheduled to return to its homeport of San Diego Aug. 26 following the completion of Pacific Partnership, U.S. Pacific Fleet's annual annual humanitarian and civic assistance mission, which this year visited the Oceania region.

    Pacific Partnership personnel spell out "PP-13" on the flight deck of the amphibious dock landing ship USS Pearl Harbor (LSD 52) off the Solomon Islands in early August during Pacific Partnership 2013. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief (select) Mass Communication Specialist Lowell Whitman)
  6. Carrier Air Wing 5 Departs George Washington

    The U.S. Navy's forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS George Washington's (CVN 73) embarked air wing flew off the ship Aug. 22 after two months at sea and flight operations across U.S. 7th Fleet.

    Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) 1st Class Katrina directs an F/A-18E Super Hornet from the Dambusters of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 195 on the flight deck of USS George Washington (CVN 73) as the squadron flies off to return to Atsugi, Japan. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Paolo Bayas)
  7. Boxer Amphibious Ready Group to Depart for Deployment

    The ARG, consisting of USS Boxer (LHD 4), USS New Orleans (LPD 18) and USS Harpers Ferry (LSD 49), is scheduled to depart San Diego Aug. 23 for a deployment to the 7th Fleet and 5th Fleet areas of operation.

    An Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) directs an MV–22 Osprey during flight operations aboard USS Boxer (LHD 4) during certification training in July in preparation for deployment. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Brian Jeffries)
  8. LCS Crew 101 Completes First At-Sea Period of Deployment

    USS Freedom's (LCS 1) LCS Crew 101 completed its first underway period since the mid-deployment crew swap in Singapore, Aug. 19.

    Chief Culinary Specialist Morio Hall and Gunner's Mate 1st Class Clarence Hall take part in a gunnery exercise in the South China Sea, Aug. 11 aboard USS Freedom (LCS 1). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Karolina A. Oseguera)
  9. Submarine USS Albuquerque Returns from Deployment

    The Los Angeles-class fast attack submarine returned home to San Diego Aug. 21 following a seven-month deployment to the Western Pacific.

    USS Albuquerque (SSN 706) approaches the pier, Aug. 21, as the submarine returns home from a seven-month deployment. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kyle Carlstrom)
  10. NMCB 5 completes Pacific deployment, turns over to NMCB 3

    Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 5 completed turning over the Seabee's Pacific Naval Construction Force missions to NMCB 3 during a ceremony on Camp Shields, the Seabee camp in Okinawa, Aug. 18.

    Seabees from Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 3 and NMCB 5's engineering office discuss the construction plans for one of four ongoing construction projects across Okinawa, Japan, during their turnover. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Chris Fahey)