JEJU ISLAND, Republic of Korea (Oct. 12, 2018) Minister Jeong, Kyeong-doo, Republic of Korea (ROK) Minister of National Defense (right center), ROK Navy Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Sim, Seung-seob (left), Adm. Yutaka Murakawa, chief of maritime staff for Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (left center), and Adm. John Aquilino, commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet (right), pose for a group photo during an office call in Jeju. Aquilino is visiting the ROK to observe the 2018 ROK International Fleet review as well as attend the 2018 Western Pacific Naval Symposium being hosted by the ROK Navy. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class William Carlisle)

Adm. John Aquilino, right, poses for a photo with Republic of Korea Minister of National Defense Jeong Kyeong-doo and the chiefs of the ROK Navy and Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force during the Western Pacific Naval Symposium.

U.S. Navy/MC3 William Carlisle

Admiral John C. Aquilino

Commander

SUVA, Fiji (Oct. 3, 2018) The guided-missile destroyer USS Shoup (DDG 86) approaches port in Suva for a visit as part of an Oceania Maritime Security Initiative (OMSI) deployment. While in Suva, the crew will host distinguished visitors, conduct professional exchanges with Fijian sailors, and participate in community events. (U.S. Navy photo)

USS Shoup to make return visit to Fiji

The ship is set to make a second visit to Suva in recent weeks as part of an Oceania Maritime Security Initiative (OMSI) deployment.

PHILIPPINE SEA (Nov. 11, 2016) A B-1 bomber from the 34th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron leads a formation with fighters in front of U.S. Navy and Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force ships during exercise Keen Sword 17, which took place Oct. 30 to Nov. 11, 2016, in the Pacific Ocean. Keen Sword is a bilateral exercise between the Japanese Self-Defense Force and the United States designed to strengthen the Japan-U.S. alliance and increase combined combat readiness within the framework of the alliance. (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Nathan Burke/Released)

U.S. military, Japan Self-Defense Force prepare for exercise Keen Sword

Set to begin Oct. 29, it's the latest in a series of exercises to increase readiness.

WATERS OFF THE KOREAN PENINSULA (Oct. 11, 2018) Sailors aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Benfold (DDG 65) render honors during a pass-in-review as part of the Republic of Korea (ROK) International Fleet Review (IFR) 2018. IFR 2018 is hosted by the Republic of Korea Navy to help enhance mutual trust and confidence with navies from around the world. Benfold is forward-deployed to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations in support of security and stability in the Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Elesia Patten)

Ronald Reagan Strike Group joins International Fleet Review

Three U.S. Navy ships joined others from 12 nations for the Republic of Korea Navy-hosted fleet review near Jeju Island.

PHILIPPINE SEA (Oct. 9, 2018) The aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) and helicopter destroyer JS Izumo (DDH 183) sail alongside each other during a cooperative deployment. Ronald Reagan is forward-deployed to the U.S. 7th fleet area of operations in support of security and stability in the Indo-Pacific region.  (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kaila V. Peters)

Ronald Reagan Strike Group, JMSDF participate in cooperative deployment

The training in the Philippine Sea promoted interoperability between the two maritime forces.

EAST CHINA SEA (Oct. 9, 2018) The guided-missile cruiser USS Antietam (CG 54), and the Royal Thai Navy offshore patrol vessel HTMS Krabi (OPV 551) and frigate HTMS Taksin (FFG 422) conduct a tactical maneuvering drills during a cooperative deployment. Antietam is forward deployed to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations in support of security and stability in the Indo-Pacific region.  (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class William McCann/Released)

Antietam joins Royal Thai Navy for cooperative deployment

The event in the East China Sea focused on navigation, communication and ship handling skills, improving interoperability between the navies.

BREMERTON, Wash. (Dec. 10, 2017) Seaman Tiara Pineda, left, and Seaman Garrett Whipple handle line aboard USS Nimitz (CVN 68) as the aircraft carrier returns to its homeport. The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group is returning from a regularly scheduled deployment from the Indo-Asia-Pacific region and Arabian Gulf. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Holly L. Herline)

Nimitz Sailors celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

Sailors aboard the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) joins the Navy, and the rest of the nation, in celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month.

SOUTH CHINA SEA (Oct. 8, 2018) A rigid-hulled inflatable boat deployed off the USNS Wally Schirra (T-AKE 8) circles a distressed and adrift boat. Five Filipino fishermen survived for five days aboard the makeshift boat after their fishing boat sank at sea and they were rescued by the crew of USNS Wally Schirra. (U.S. Navy photo/Released)

USNS Wally Schirra rescues Filipino fishermen at sea

The crew of the Military Sealift Command ship rescued five fishermen off an adrift and distressed boat in the South China Sea.

INDIAN OCEAN (Oct. 7, 2018) A Sri Lankan fisherman jumps and swims to a rigid-hull inflatable boat (RHIB) from the guided-missile destroyer USS Decatur (DDG 73) after the ship stopped to render assistance to a stranded fishing vessel. After providing food and water, Decatur contacted Sri Lankan authorities who came and towed the stranded vessel back to port. Decatur is forward deployed to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations in support of security and stability in the Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo/Released)

Decatur renders assistance to Sri Lankan fishermen

The guided-missile destroyer crew assisted seven mariners whose fishing boat was inoperable in the Indian Ocean after an engine malfunction.

LUMUT, Malaysia (Jun. 20, 2014) U.S. and Royal Malaysian Navy personnel participate in the Command Post Exercise (CPX) during Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) 2014. In its 20th year, CARAT is an annual, bilateral exercise series with the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps and the armed forces of nine partner nations including Bangladesh, Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Timor-Leste. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Third Class Daniel J. Lewis/Released)

U.S., Malaysia reinforce new level of partnership with maritime exercise

Sailors from the partner navies have kicked off Maritime Training Activity (MTA) Malaysia 2018 in Lumut.

SAN ANTONIO, Philippines (Oct. 6, 2018) U.S. Marines and Philippine Marines conduct an amphibious landing at the Philippines’ Naval Education Training Command after launching from USS Ashland (LSD 48) during exercise KAMANDAG 2. KAMANDAG helps maintain a high level of readiness and enhances bilateral military-to-military relations and capabilities. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Christine Phelps)

U.S., Philippines and Japan conduct amphibious landing

The training was part of KAMANDAG 2, a counterterrorism and humanitarian response exercise in the Philippines.

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (Oct. 6, 2018) Chief Fire Controlman Ryan Patricio stands lookout watch as the guided-missile destroyer USS Michael Murphy (DDG 112) arrives in Papua New Guinea. As the first U.S. Navy ship to visit Port Moresby since USS Comstock (LSD 45) in 2017, Michael Murphy arrives as the nation prepares to host the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders’ Summit for the first time in November 2018. Michael Murphy is forward-deployed to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations in support of security and stability in the Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Justin R. Pacheco/Released)

USS Michael Murphy visits Papua New Guinea

The ship is visiting as the nation prepares to host the APEC Leaders' Summit for the first time in November.

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