1. USS Carl Vinson Completes TSTA/FEP

    The 26-day Tailored Ship's Training Availability (TSTA) and Final Evaluation Problem (FEP) brought the ship's crew and air wing together and qualified them for further training and integration with Carrier Strike Group 1.

    Aviation Machinist's Mate 3rd Class Andre Payne signals all clear for the launch of an F/A-18E Super Hornet aboard aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70), Feb. 8. (U.S. Navy/MC2 John Philip Wagner)
  2. Curtis Wilbur Sailor Named Independent Duty Corpsman of Year

    Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Andres Santamaria has been recognized with the Surface Force Independent Duty Corpsman (IDC) of the Year Award.

    Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Andres Santamaria conducts a safety inspection of the mailroom aboard USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG 54). (U.S. Navy photo/MCSN Alonzo M. Archer)
  3. Navy to Replace Forward-Deployed Mine Countermeasures Ships in Japan

    The Navy announced today that mine countermeasures ships USS Pioneer (MCM 9) and USS Chief (MCM 14) will report to Sasebo, Japan, in May 2014 to replace USS Avenger (MCM 1) and USS Defender (MCM 2) as part of the Forward Deployed Naval Forces (FDNF) in 7th Fleet.

    USS Pioneer (MCM 9). (U.S. Navy file photo)
  4. USS Green Bay to Replace USS Denver in Japan

    The Navy announced today that the amphibious transport dock ship, one of its newest, will forward-deploy to Sasebo, Japan, in February 2015, demonstrating the United States' commitment to the defense of Japan and the security and stability of the vital Asia-Pacific.

    USS Green Bay (LPD 20). (U.S. Navy file photo)
  5. USS Denver Loads Up in Okinawa for Cobra Gold

    The amphibious transport dock ship completed an onload of Marines and equipment at White Beach Naval Facility Feb. 5 ahead of exercise Cobra Gold in Thailand.

    A landing craft utility (LCU) with U.S. Marine Corps equipment aboard enters the well deck of USS Denver (LPD 9), Feb. 5.
  6. Curtis Wilbur, John S. McCain Visit Tomakomai for Snow Festival

    The guided-missile destroyers arrived in Tomakomai, Japan, Feb. 4, for a goodwill port visit during the annual Sapporo Snow Festival.

    Sailors aboard USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG 54) man the rails as the ship prepares to moor alongside USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) in Tomakomai.
  7. USS Kidd Completes OMSI Mission with U.S. Coast Guard

    The guided-missile destroyer's crew supported the Oceania Maritime Security Initiative (OMSI) with the U.S. Coast Guard's 14th District, Jan. 7 to Feb. 2 in the Western Pacific.

    A Republic of Nauru police officer climbs down USS Kidd's accommodation ladder to embark its rigid-hull inflatable boat and conduct a boarding of a fishing vessel within Nauru's economic exclusive zone, Jan. 26. (U.S. Navy photo by LS2 Karolina Brooks)
  8. Curtis Wilbur, John S. McCain Depart Yokosuka for Training

    The guided-missile destroyers are conducting joint-ship training exercises off the coast of Japan aimed to test their tactical surface warfare capabilities and improve interoperability.

    Sailors aboard USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) prepare to stow mooring lines as the ship gets underway, Feb. 1. (U.S. Navy photo by MC3 Ricardo R Guzman)
  9. USS Santa Fe Returns Home Following 7th Fleet Deployment

    The Los Angeles-class fast attack submarine returned to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam Jan. 28 following a deployment to the Western Pacific region.

    USS Santa Fe (SSN 763) returns  to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam Jan. 28. (U.S Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Jason Swink)
  10. Pacific Fleet Commander Gets Close Look at P-8 Advanced Capabilities

    Adm. Harry Harris, commander of U.S. Pacific Fleet, saw firsthand the advanced capabilities of the P-8A Poseidon on a flight with the War Eagles of Patrol Squadron (VP) 16, Jan 24.

    Adm. Harry B. Harris Jr., commander of U.S. Pacific Fleet, center, observes operations aboard a P-8A Poseidon aircraft above the East China Sea, Jan. 24. (U.S. Navy photo)