UDOT, Federated States of Micronesia (April 18, 2019) U.S. Navy Sailors dance with Chuukese children while the Pacific Partnership 2019 “Black Sands” Brass Band perform at a band concert during Pacific Partnership 2019.  Pacific Partnership, now in its 14th iteration, is the largest annual multinational humanitarian assistance and disaster relief preparedness mission conducted in the Indo-Pacific. Each year, the mission team works collectively with host and partner nations to enhance regional interoperability and disaster response capabilities, increase stability and security in the region, and foster new and enduring friendships in the Indo-Pacific. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Chanel Turner)

U.S. Navy Sailors dance with Chuukese children while the 'Black Sands' brass band performs a concert as part of a Pacific Partnership 2019 community outreach event in the Federated States of Micronesia.

U.S. Navy/MC3 Chanel Turner

Admiral John C. Aquilino

Commander

HONG KONG (April 20, 2019) U.S. 7th Fleet flagship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) arrives for a port visit in Hong Kong. Blue Ridge is the oldest operational ship in the Navy and, as U.S. 7th Fleet command ship, is operating in support of security and stability in the Indo-Pacific Region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Mar’Queon A. D. Tramble)

7th Fleet flagship USS Blue Ridge visits Hong Kong

USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) and the embarked 7th Fleet staff arrived in Hong Kong, April 20, for their first vist there in more than three years.

SAN DIEGO (April 19, 2019) The Independence-variant littoral combat ship USS Charleston (LCS 18) sails through San Diego Bay in transit to the ship's Naval Base San Diego homeport, successfully completing the ship's maiden voyage from the Austal USA shipyard in Mobile, Alabama. Charleston is the ninth ship in the littoral combat ship Independence-variant class and is the eleventh LCS to be homeported in San Diego. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Woody S. Paschall)

Navy’s newest littoral combat ship USS Charleston arrives in San Diego

The Independence-variant LCS arrived at its San Diego homeport, April 19, after completing its maiden voyage.

SINGAPORE (April 19, 2019) A logo commemorating 25 years of exercise Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training. (U.S. Navy graphic by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Christopher Veloicaza)

25th anniversary of CARAT exercise series kicks off with Sri Lanka in Indian Ocean

CARAT is the U.S. Navy's oldest and longest continually-running regional exercise in South and Southeast Asia.

PHILIPPINE SEA (April 18, 2019) The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Preble (DDG 88) and the Royal Australian Navy Adelaide-class guided-missile frigate HMAS Melbourne (FFG 05) transit in formation during a cooperative deployment. Preble and Melbourne are participating in a cooperative deployment in order to improve on maritime capabilities between partners.  Preble is 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 1st Class Bryan Niegel/Released)

USS Preble completes cooperative deployment with HMAS Melbourne

The two ships rendezvoused in the Philippine Sea for divisional tactics and other drills to strengthen interoperability.

PITI, Guam (April 19, 2019) Retired Vice Adm. Albert Konetzni laughs at jokes from his former colleagues describing his historic moments as Pacific Fleet Submarine Force commander during the Konetzni Hall building dedication ceremony held at Commander, Submarine Squadron 15 headquarters. As the Pacific Fleet Submarine Force commander, Konetzni spearheaded the squadron's reactivation in 2002, forward-deploying three Los Angeles-class fast attack out of Guam. 
(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication 1st Class Timmy Wakefield/Released)

Konetzni Hall: Submarine Squadron 15 dedicates building to historic submariner

The squadron's headquarters in Guam was named in honor of Vice Adm. (ret.) Albert Konetzni, April 19.

DARWIN, Australia (April 17, 2019)  Fire Controlman (Aegis) 3rd Class Benjamin Hitt, from Decatur, Alabama, mans the rails aboard USS Stockdale (DDG 106) as the guided-missile destroyer arrives in Darwin for a port visit. Stockdale is 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 Abigayle Lutz)

USS Stockdale visits Darwin during 7th Fleet operations

The guided-missile destroyer arrived in Darwin, Australia, April 17, for a scheduled port visit.

PHILIPPINE SEA (April 16, 2019) An MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter assigned to the "Island Knights" of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 25 prepares to land aboard Royal Australian Navy guided-missile frigate HMAS Melbourne (FFG 05) to conduct deck landing qualifications. HSC-25 provides a multi-mission rotary wing capability for units in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations and maintains a Guam-based 24-hour search-and-rescue and medical evacuation capability, directly supporting U.S. Coast Guard and Joint Region Marianas. HSC-25 is the Navy’s only forward-deployed MH-60S expeditionary squadron. (U.S. Navy photo by Naval Aircrewmen 2nd Class James Clemens)

U.S., Australian navies conduct helicopter deck landings in Philippine Sea

MH-60S Sea Hawks from HSC-25 conducted deck landing qualifications with HMAS Melbourne (FFG 05), April 16.

INDIAN OCEAN (March 12, 2019) An MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter comes in for a landing on the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Spruance (DDG 111) prior to a replenishment-at-sea with the USNS Tippecanoe (T-AO 199). The ship is part of the John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group and is 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 1st Class Bryan Niegel/Released)

U.S., Indian navies practice submarine hunting in Indian Ocean

P-8 aircraft, along with USS Spruance (DDG 111), conducted cooperative activities in the Indian Ocean, April 15.

CHUUK, Federated States of Micronesia (April 13, 2019) The Honorable Robert Riley, U.S. Ambassador to the Federated States of Micronesia, speaks during the opening ceremony aboard the Military Sealift Command expeditionary fast transport ship USNS Brunswick (T-EPF 6) during Pacific Partnership 2019. Pacific Partnership, now in its 14th iteration, is the largest annual multinational humanitarian assistance and disaster relief preparedness mission conducted in the Indo-Pacific. Each year, the mission team works collectively with host and partner nations to enhance regional interoperability and disaster response capabilities, increase stability and security in the region, and foster new and enduring friendships in the Indo-Pacific. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Tyrell K. Morris/Released)

Pacific Partnership continues mission in Micronesia

After having arrived in the islands earlier, the multinational team officially kicked off the mission's fourth stop with an opening ceremony in Chuuk, April 13.

PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii (April 12, 2019) Adm. John C. Aquilino, commander of U.S. Pacific Fleet (PACFLT), holds an all-hands call with Navy leadership triads from Hawaii-based units to discuss three objectives - winning a high-end fight, winning without fighting, and building and sustaining readiness throughout the fleet. (U.S. Navy photo by MC1 Nate Laird/Released)

PACFLT commander talks winning the high-end fight with Hawaii-based Navy leadership

Adm. John Aquilino met with leaders for a conversation about readiness and winning a high-end fight if called to do so.

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