PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii (Sept. 28, 2020) Adm. John C. Aquilino, commander of U.S. Pacific Fleet, addresses the crew of the Japan Maritime Self- Defense Force training ship JS Kashima (TV 3508) upon their arrival at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam for a port visit and resupply while on a training cruise. (U.S. Navy photo)

Adm. John C. Aquilino addresses new Japan Maritime Self- Defense Force officers aboard JS Kashima (TV 3508) after the ship's arrival at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam for a routine visit while on a training cruise.

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Admiral John C. Aquilino

Commander

BOHOL SEA (Sept. 27, 2020) Information Systems Technician 1st Class Brandon Baker and Information Systems Technician 2nd Class Luis Contreras lay a commemorative wreath in the water during a Battle of Leyte Gulf Commemoration on the flight deck of the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Paul Hamilton (DDG 60). Paul Hamilton is underway conducting operations in support of security and stability in the Indo-Pacific while assigned to Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 15, the Navy’s largest forward-deployed DESRON and the U.S. 7th Fleet’s principal surface force. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Matthew F. Jackson)

USS Paul Hamilton relfects on Battle of Leyte Gulf

The crew paused during operations in the region to honor those who fought in World War II's largest naval battle.

PHILIPPINE SEA (Sept. 26, 2020) An MV-22 Osprey assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 262 lands on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) during integrated expeditionary strike force operations with the USS America (LHA 6). The Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group and America Expeditionary Strike Group with the embarked 31st MEU are forward-deployed to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations in support of security and stability in the Indo-Pacific. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Erica Bechard/ Released)

Ronald Reagan, America Strike Groups conduct integrated operations

The two strike groups are conducting high-end warfighting exercises as an Expeditionary Strike Force.

PHILIPPINE SEA (Sept. 25, 2020) From left, USNS Charles Drew (T-AKE 10), USS Comstock (LSD 45), USS Shiloh (CG 67), USS New Orleans (LPD 18), USS Chicago (SSN 721), USS America (LHA 6), USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), USNS John Ericsson (T-AO 194), USS Antietam (CG 54), USS Germantown (LSD 42), and USNS Sacagawea (T-AKE 2) steam in formation while E/A-18G Growlers and FA-18E Super Hornets from Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, a P-8 Poseidon from Commander Task Force 72, and U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptors and a B-1B Bomber fly over the formation in support of Valiant Shield 2020. Valiant Shield is a U.S. only, biennial field training exercise (FTX) with a focus on integration of joint training in a blue-water environment among U.S. forces. This training enables real-world proficiency in sustaining joint forces through detecting, locating, tracking and engaging units at sea, in the air, on land and in cyberspace in response to a range of mission areas. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Codie Soule)

Valiant Shield 2020: Joint force training to protect the Indo-Pacific

The exercise focused on integration in a blue-water environment.

PHILIPPINE SEA (Nov. 8, 2018) The aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), left, and the Japanese helicopter destroyer JS Hyuga (DDH 181), right, sail in formation with 16 other ships from the U.S. Navy and Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) as aircraft from the U.S. Air Force and Japan Air Self-Defense Force fly overhead in formation during Keen Sword 2019. Keen Sword 2019 is a joint, bilateral field-training exercise involving U.S. military and JMSDF personnel, designed to increase combat readiness and interoperability of the Japan-U.S. alliance. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kaila V. Peters)

Japan Self-Defense Forces, U.S. military to begin exercise Keen Sword, Oct. 26

Approximately 9,000 U.S. service members will conduct training with their JSDF counterparts.

PHILIPPINE SEA (Sept. 25, 2020) From left, USS Germantown (LSD 42), USNS John Ericsson (T-AO 194), USS Antietam (CG 54), USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), USS America (LHA 6), USS Shiloh (CG 67), USS New Orleans (LPD 18), and USS Comstock (LSD 45) break away from formation in support of Valiant Shield 2020. Valiant Shield is a U.S. only, biennial field training exercise (FTX) with a focus on integration of joint training in a blue-water environment among U.S. forces. This training enables real-world proficiency in sustaining joint forces through detecting, locating, tracking and engaging units at sea, in the air, on land and in cyberspace in response to a range of mission areas. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Oswald Felix Jr.)

Ronald Reagan CSG concludes Valiant Shield

The strike group integrated with more than 11,000 personnel and 100 aircraft during the joint, U.S.-only training exercise in the Western Pacific.

PACIFIC OCEAN (Sept. 23, 2020) An F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the “Flying Eagles” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 122 performs a touch-and-go landing on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71). Theodore Roosevelt is underway in the Eastern Pacific conducting routine operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Alexander B. Williams)

USS Theodore Roosevelt returns to sea for carrier qualifications

While underway the aircraft carrier will test capabilities and complete fleet replacement squadron qualifications.

EVERETT, Wash. (Sept. 21, 2020) Guided-missile destroyer USS Kidd (DDG 100) pulls into its homeport of Naval Station Everett (NSE). USS Kidd is returning following the ship’s deployment to the U.S. 4th Fleet area of operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Ethan Soto/Released)

USS Kidd completes counter-narcotics deployment

The guided-missile destroyer returned home to Everett, Wash., Sept. 21, following a deployment to the U.S. 4th Fleet area of operations.