1. Allied Navies to Participate in Pacific Bond 2013

    Naval personnel and units from Australia, Japan, and the United States will participate in the tri-lateral Pacific Bond 2013 exercise from June 22-26, 2013.

    Cmdr. Jeff Heames, executive officer of USS Preble (DDG 88) speaks with Lt. Masaaki Mizunuma, navigator aboard JS Murasame (DD 101), as Preble departs Yokosuka, Japan, June 18. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Paul Kelly)
  2. USS Paul Hamilton Raises Homeward Bound Pennant

    Sailors aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Paul Hamilton (DDG 60) hoisted a 242-foot Homeward Bound Pennant, June 18.

    USS Paul Hamilton (DDG 60) flies the 242-foot Homeward Bound Pennant, which is authorized after a ship has spent 270 or more uninterrupted days at sea. (U.S. Navy by Intelligence Specialist 1st Class Jarrod A. Fowler)
  3. USS Freedom Brings Littoral Combat Ship Capabilities Forward at CARAT Malaysia

    USS Freedom (LCS 1) accomplished several firsts since arriving in Kuantan, Malaysia, June 15 to participate in exercise Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training with the Royal Malaysian Navy.

    Boatswain's Mate 1st Class James Small directs a Royal Malaysian Navy Super Lynx as it does touch and go training on the flight deck of USS Freedom (LCS 1), June 18 in the South China Sea. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Cassandra Thompson)
  4. USS Jacksonville Returns to Pearl Harbor

    The Los Angeles-class submarine returned to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam June 18 after completing a deployment to the 7th Fleet and 5th Fleet areas of operation.

    USS Jacksonville (SSN 699) returns to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam June 18. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Steven Khor)
  5. Pacific Partnership Engineers Work With Tongan Marines to Rebuild School

    Royal Tongan Marine engineers are rebuilding the Atele Primary School with the assistance of French Army engineers, New Zealand Army engineers, U.S. Navy Seabees and U.S. Marine Corps engineers, during Pacific Partnership 2013.

    A combined team of engineers and Royal Tongan Marines cut pillars at the Atele Primary School during a Pacific Partnership engineering project. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Tim D. Godbee)
  6. 19th CARAT Malaysia Begins, Brings New Capabilities to Build Maritime Partnerships

    The arrival of a U.S. Navy task group to Kuantan Naval Base June 15, to include USS Freedom (LCS 1), marked the beginning of Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training with the Malaysian Armed Forces.

    Members of the Royal Malaysian Navy observe the littoral combat ship USS Freedom's (LCS 1) arrival in Kuantan June 15 for exercise Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Jay C. Pugh)
  7. USS Blue Ridge Visits Jakarta

    The 7th Fleet flagship arrived in Indonesia's capital June 14 for a goodwill port visit.

    USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) Commanding Officer Capt. Will Pennington is greeted by Indonesia Marine Brig. Gen. Ikin Sodikin following Blue Ridge's arrival in Jakarta, June 14. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class James Norman)
  8. MV-22 Ospreys Begin Maiden FDNF Deployment on Bonhomme Richard

    The amphibious assault ship embarked four MV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft from Marine Corps squadron VMM-265, June 14, for their maiden Forward Deployed Naval Forces (FDNF) deployment.

    The first MV-22 Osprey to be embarked with a ship in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations lands on the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) in the East China Sea, June 14. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Edward Guttierrez III)
  9. 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)
  10. 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)