SEWARD, Alaska (Sept. 16, 2019) The dock landing ship USS Comstock (LSD 45) pulls into Seward during the Arctic Expeditionary Capabilities Exercise (AECE) 2019. Approximately 3,000 U.S. Navy and Marine Corps personnel participate in AECE 2019, a joint training exercise that tests expeditionary logistical capabilities in the Arctic region and prepares joint forces to respond to crises across the Indo-Pacific. (U.S. Navy photo by Senior Chief Mass Communication Specialist Brandon Raile)

The dock landing ship USS Comstock (LSD 45) arrives in Seward, Alaska, during Arctic Expeditionary Capabilities Exercise (AECE) 2019, which is testing expeditionary logistical capabilities in the region.

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Admiral John C. Aquilino

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PHILIPPINE SEA (Sept. 26, 2014) A P-8A Poseidon from Patrol Squadron (VP) 5 flies by the amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu (LHA 5) during a routine exercise. Peleliu is the lead ship in the Peleliu Expeditionary Strike Group, commanded by Rear Adm. Hugh Wetherald, and is conducting joint forces exercises in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Joshua Hammond/Released)

Coast Guard and partners rescue 7 people adrift for 6 days in Western Pacific

A U.S. Navy P-8A Poseidon aircraft from Patrol Squadron (VP) 5 located the vessel Sept. 14 as part of a multi-agency effort.

CORDOVA, Alaska (Sept. 14, 2019) Rear Adm. Scott Gray, commander of Navy Region Northwest, learns about local commercial fishing processes from John Renner, a commercial fisherman in Cordova. Gray was in Alaska along with approximately 3,000 U.S. Navy and Marine Corps personnel supporting the Arctic Expeditionary Capabilities Exercise (AECE) 2019. AECE 2019, is a joint training exercise that tests expeditionary logistical capabilities in the Arctic region and prepares joint forces to respond to crises across the Indo-Pacific. (Photo by Senior Chief Mass Communication Specialist Brandon Raile)

Admiral visits Cordova as part of Navy's Arctic expeditionary exercise

Rear Adm. Scott Gray visited Cordova while in Alaska for Arctic Expeditionary Capabilities Exercise (AECE) 2019.

ADAK, Alaska (Sept. 3, 2019) Sailors from Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit 1 (EODMU1) control the Seabotix Vectored Little Benthic Vehicle (VLBV), an underwater tethered vehicle used to visually identify underwater objects. EODMU 1 is in Alaska conducting expeditionary mine countermeasures in support of Arctic Expeditionary Capabilities Exercise 2019. EODMU 1 provides operational EOD capabilities to include locating, identifying, rendering safe, exploiting, recovering, and disposing of all explosive ordnance. U.S. Navy EOD is the world’s premier combat force for eliminating explosive threats so the Fleet and Nation can fight and win wherever, whenever and however it chooses. AECE 2019 provides realistic, relevant training, enhancing expeditionary logistic captabilities necessary for an effective global U.S. Navy and Marine Corps. (Photo by Senior Chief Petty Officer Brandon Raile)

UUVs, anti-mine systems tested in Arctic waters

Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit One (EODMU) 1 successfully tested the capabilities during Arctic Expeditionary Capabilities Exercise (AECE) 2019.

YOKOSUKA, Japan (Sept. 12, 2019) Vice Adm. Bill Merz delivers remarks during the U.S. 7th Fleet change of command ceremony at the Fleet Theater on board Yokosuka Naval Base. Vice Adm. William R. Merz assumed command of the 7th Fleet from Vice Adm. Phil G. Sawyer during the ceremony. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jimmy Ong)

U.S. 7th Fleet welcomes new commander

Vice Adm. William R. Merz became the 52nd 7th Fleet commander after relieving Vice Adm. Phillip Sawyer in Yokosuka, Japan, Sept. 12.

FREMANTLE, Australia (Sept. 11, 2019) Able Seaman Genaro Cuico, a Military Sealift Command civilian mariner assigned to the submarine tender USS Emory S. Land (AS 39), tosses a line to the pier as the ship prepares to moor at HMAS Stirling in Fremantle, Australia, Sept. 11. Land is in Fremantle for a scheduled port visit to conduct peacetime exercises with the Royal Australian Navy Submarine Service. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Destinyy Reed/RELEASED)

USS Emory S. Land visits Fremantle, Australia

The submarine tender arrived in Fremantle, Sept. 11, for a port visit and training with the Royal Australian Navy submarine force.

GULF OF ALASKA (Sept. 10, 2019) USS Comstock (LSD 45) pulls into Kodiak, Alaska for a port visit during the Arctic Expeditionary Capabilities Exercise (AECE) 2019. Approximately 3,000 U.S. Navy and Marine Corps personnel participate in AECE 2019, a joint training exercise that tests expeditionary logistical capabilities in the Arctic region and prepares joint forces to respond to crises across the Indo-Pacific. (Photo by Senior Chief Petty Officer Brandon Raile)

USS Comstock visits Kodiak during Arctic exercise

The amphibious dock landing ship arrived in Kodiak, Alaska, Sept. 10 for a port visit ahead of Arctic Expeditionary Capabilities Exercise training.

ADAK, Alaska (Sept. 2, 2019) Master Diver James Ohalek of Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit One (MDSU 1) removes pieces of the pilothouse during dismantling of the F/V Heritage, an abandoned vessel that had been blocking access to a boat ramp on Adak Island in Alaska's Aleutian chain. MDSU 1 is on Adak in support of Arctic Expeditionary Capabilities Exercise 2019 and is the U.S. Navy's premier diving and salvage force that is prepared to rapidly deploy combat-ready, expeditionary warfare capable, specialized dive teams to conduct harbor and waterway clearance, emergent underwater repairs and salvage operations in all environments. (U.S. Navy photo by Senior Chief Mass Communication Specialist Brandon Raile)

Navy divers clear fishing vessel from Alaska Harbor in Arctic exercise

Divers removed the abandoned fishing vessel in support of Arctic Expeditionary Capabilities Exercise (AECE) 2019.

PEARL HARBOR (Sept. 8, 2019) The Los Angeles-class fast-attack submarine USS Olympia (SSN 717) returns home following a seven-month deployment. Olympia conducted an around-the-world deployment in support of maritime security operations with allies and partners to ensure high-end war fighting capabilities in this era of great power competition. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Amanda Gray/Released)

USS Olympia returns from around-the-world deployment

The Los Angeles-class fast-attack submarine returned to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Sept. 8, following a seven-month deployment.

ARLINGTON, Va. (Nov. 3, 2017) A photo of the plaques presented to the 2017 Vice Admiral James Bond Stockdale Leadership Award recipients. The 2007 awardees are for the Pacific Fleet, Cmdr. Brian Drechsler, former commanding officer of SEAL Team 5, and for the Atlantic Fleet, Cmdr. Eric Sager, former commanding officer of USS California (SSN 781). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Nathan Laird/Released)

Navy announces 2019 Stockdale Leadership Award recipients

Cmdr. Carl Trask, former commanding officer of USS Connecticut (SSN 22), is the Pacific Fleet recipient of the award.

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