1. USS Freedom VBSS Team trains with Singapore Coast Guard during CARAT

    USS Freedom's (LCS 1) visit, board, search and seizure team staged a compliant boarding exercise with a team from the Singaporean Police Coast Guard, July 17 as part of exercise Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training.

    Gunner's Mate 1st Class Michael Davis receives instruction from a Singaporean Coast Guard inspector during a visit, board, search and seizure training brief July 17 as part of a compliant boarding exercise for CARAT Singapore. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Karolina A. Oseguera)
  2. Hawaii's last frigate USS Reuben James to be decommissioned

    USS Reuben James (FFG 57) will be decommissioned July 18 after nearly thirty years of distinguished naval service.

    USS Reuben James (FFG 57) returns to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in May after completing its final deployment. (U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Tiarra Fulgham)
  3. Chaplains to be Operationally Tested in Talisman Saber

    Capt. Francis D. Bonadonna, deputy fleet chaplain for U.S. Pacific Fleet, had a rare opportunity to create scenarios for the chaplain corps during the amphibious portion of exercise Talisman Saber 2013, being held off the coast of Australia July 15 through Aug. 6.

    Capt. (Chaplain) Francis D. Bonadonna, deputy fleet chaplain for U.S. Pacific Fleet, was the first chaplain to help plan exercise Talisman Saber operational scenarios for the chaplain corps. (U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Shawn Gentile)
  4. Charlotte Visits Singapore during Western Pacific Deployment

    The Los Angeles-class fast attack submarine USS Charlotte (SSN 766) arrived in Singapore on July 16 for a visit as part of its deployment to the Western Pacific.

    USS Charlotte (SSN 766) arrives in Singapore for a port visit and as part of exercise Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training. (U.S. Navy photo by  Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Jay C. Pugh)
  5. Sailors Share Best Practices During CARAT Medical Exchange

    Sailors from the guided-missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) and the littoral combat ship USS Freedom (LCS 1) participated in an Independent Duty Corpsman (IDC) subject matter expert exchange (SMEE) June 16 with their Singaporean counterparts.

    Chief Hospital Corpsman Edmond Reyes, left, assigned to USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) and Hospital Corpman 1st Class Eric Casasflores, right, assigned to USS Freedom (LCS 1) pose on Fitzgerald's focscle with their Singaporean counterparts during a subject matter expert exchange as part of Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Cassandra Thompson)
  6. Pacific Partnership Tests Water Quality on Tarawa

    Pacific Partnership 2013 environmental health specialists from the New Zealand Army are testing the quality of water from a number of rainwater catchment systems throughout Tarawa atoll in the Republic of Kiribati.

    New Zealand Army Staff Sgt. Nick Bunker collects a water sample during a Pacific Partnership 2013 water quality assessment on Tarawa, July 16. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Tim D. Godbee/Released)
  7. Pacific Partnership Nurses Host Educational Workshops in Kiribati

    Pacific Partnership 2013 nurses are providing education and refresher training for nurses in the Republic of Kiribati, July 16, the first day of a five-day series of workshops.

    Nurses from non-governmental organizations, the Royal Australian Navy, and the New Zealand Army introduce themselves to nurses participating in a nursing education engagement during Pacific Partnership 2013. (U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Samantha J. Webb/)
  8. Pearl Harbor Based Independent Deployers Participate in Training Exercises

    Hawaii-based ships from Commander, Destroyer Squadron 31, as well as a ship from the Royal Navy, started a training and certification exercise off the coast of Hawaii, July 15.

    Guided-missile destroyer USS Hopper (DDG 70) departs Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam July 15 to participate in an Independent Deployer Certification (IDCERT) exercise. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Tiarra Fulgham)
  9. New Zealand Takes Phase Lead as Pacific Partnership Arrives in Kiribati

    The amphibious dock landing ship USS Pearl Harbor (LSD 52) arrived in the Republic of Kiribati July 15 for Pacific Partnership.

    A landing craft utility from USS Pearl Harbor (LSD 52) with non-governmental organization (NGO) volunteers, partner nation military and U.S. service members aboard transits towards Tarawa, July 15 to begin work ashore during Pacific Partnership. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Tim D. Godbee)
  10. U.S., Republic of Singapore Navies Begin CARAT Exercise

    The 19th annual Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training Singapore, which will include 12 days of shore-based and at-sea training events, began July 15.

    The guided-missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62), right, meets up with the littoral combat ship USS Freedom (LCS 1) in Singapore July 15 to take part in exercise Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Jay C. Pugh)