1. Hull Swap Begins: USS George Washington Arrives in San Diego

    The aircraft carrier arrived in San Diego Aug. 10 to conduct a 10-day hull swap with USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) as part of a force structure change.

    Sailors man the rails on the flight deck of USS George Washington (CVN 73) as the aircraft carrier arrives in San Diego to conduct a hull-swap with USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76).  (U.S. Navy/MC3 Bryan Mai)
  2. 31st MEU, Ashland Transport Water into Saipan

    The 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit aboard USS Ashland (LSD 48) arrived in Saipan Aug. 8, and Sailors and Marines are supporting disaster relief efforts in the wake of Typhoon Soudelor.

    Vehicles from the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit are unloaded from the well deck of USS Ashland (LSD 48) Aug. 8 in support of Typhoon Soudelor relief efforts in Saipan. (U.S. Navy/MC3 David A. Cox)
  3. George Washington to Arrive in San Diego for Carrier Swap

    USS George Washington (CVN 73) is scheduled to arrive in San Diego Aug. 10 to initiate a crew and equipment swap with USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), part of a three carrier swap involving USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71).

    This infographic shows a development timeline for a three carrier crew swap between USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), USS George Washington (CVN 73) and USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71). (U.S. Navy/MC2 Stephanie Smith)
  4. FEMA sends USS Ashland, Marines to Provide Typhoon Soudelor Relief to Saipan

    The dock landing ship and embarked Marines from the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit will depart Guam, where they were visiting, and arrive in Saipan Aug. 8 to support relief efforts in the aftermath of Typhoon Soudelor.

    Sailors and Marines load cases of water onto USS Ashland (LSD 48) in preparation to transit to Saipan and support relief efforts there in the aftermath of Typhoon Soudelor. (U.S. Navy/Leah Eclavea)
  5. Pacific Partnership Team Arrives in San Fernando City

    The Military Sealift Command joint high speed vessel USNS Millinocket (JHSV 3) arrived in San Fernando City, Philippines, Aug. 4 for its fourth stop of Pacific Partnership 2015.

    Traditional Filipino dancers perform as USNS Millinocket (JHSV 3) arrives in San Fernando City, Aug. 4.  (U.S. Navy/Lt. j.g. Jacqui Maxwell)
  6. USNS Mercy Arrives in Subic Bay for Pacific Partnership

    The hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) arrived in Subic Bay, Philippines, Aug. 4 for the second half of its mission stop in the host nation for Pacific Partnership 2015.

    USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) sits along the pier at Subic Bay, Aug. 4. (U.S. Air Force/Senior Airman Peter Reft)
  7. USNS Mercy Completes First PP15 Mission in Philippines

    The hospital ship departed Roxas City, Philippines, Aug. 2 after completing a 16-day mission stop for Pacific Partnership 2015.

    USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) sits at anchor off the coast of Roxas City, July 21. (U.S. Navy/MC1 Trevor Andersen)
  8. Coast Guard Conducts Rescue Swimmer Training in Philippines

    Four U.S. Coast Guardsmen held a three-day water search and rescue seminar for Filipino emergency responders July 26-29 as part of Pacific Partnership 2015.

    U.S. Coast Guard Lt. Cmdr. John Mackinnon (left) simulates
        a victim needing rescuing while at a water search and rescue
        training event. (U.S. Marine Corps/Sgt. Valerie Eppler)
  9. U.S., Indonesia to Strengthen Maritime Partnerships with CARAT

    A U.S. Navy task group comprised of ships, aircraft, Sailors and Marines arrived in Indonesia Aug. 3 for exercise Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training.

    Electronics Technician 1st Class Anthony Nekervis shakes hands with an Indonesian counterpart during a previous CARAT exercise. (U.S. Navy/MC3 Amanda S. Kitchner)
  10. USS Michigan Returns to the Pacific Northwest

    The Ohio-class guided-missile submarine returned home to the Pacific Northwest Aug. 1, following a 20-month deployment in the Western Pacific.

    Fire Control Technician 1st Class Anthony Melger meets his baby girl for the first time moments after USS Michigan (SSGN 727) returns home following a 20-month deployment. (U.S. Navy/MC2 Amanda R. Gray)