ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Aug. 15, 2018) The guided-missile destroyer USS Momsen (DDG 92) arrives at the Port of Alaska. Momsen is visiting Anchorage in conjunction with the Arctic Maritime Symposium. The event, hosted by Alaskan Command, will provide a framework for experienced senior military leaders, intelligence analysts, interagency operators, and Arctic maritime subject matter experts to discuss the strategic challenges associated with Arctic maritime operations.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. James Richardson)

USS Momsen (DDG 92) arrives at the Port of Alaska in Anchorage, Aug. 15, for a visit in conjunction with the Arctic Maritime Symposium, which is addressing strategic challenges of operations in the region.

U.S. Air Force/SSgt. James Richardson

Admiral John C. Aquilino

Commander

JAKARTA, Indonesia (Aug. 13, 2018) Petty Officer 2nd Class Herman Syah, left, and Petty Officer 1st Class Sudarsano of the Indonesian Navy, and Electronics Technician 2nd Class Andrew Slabaugh, right, assigned to Commander, Task Force (CTF) 73, work together as part of Combined Enterprise Regional Exchange (CENTRIX), at 1st Fleet Training Command during Cooperation Afloat Readiness (CARAT), Indonesia. CARAT Indonesia, in its 24th iteration, is designed to enhance information sharing and coordination, build mutual warfighting capability and support long-term regional cooperation enabling both partner armed forces to operate effectively together as a unified maritime force. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Tristin Barth)

U.S., Indonesia reach new levels in information sharing

The navies used the Combined Enterprise Regional Information Exchange System (CENTRIXS) during exercise CARAT.

PHILIPPINE SEA (Aug. 15, 2018) Gunner’s Mate 2nd Class Matthew Spano, left, instructs Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force Ensign Taisei Sakai, assigned to JS Kirishima (DDG 174), during a live-fire exercise with a M2HB .50 caliber machine gun aboard USS Antietam (CG 54). Antietam is on patrol in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operation supporting security and stability in the Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class William McCann/Released)

Ronald Reagan Strike Group and JMSDF conduct bilateral training

The training includes air defense, communication and other tactical exercises to enhance interoperability.

Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) Richard V. Spencer speaks with Commandant of the Coast Guard Adm. Karl Schultz during a visit to Alaska, Aug. 13, which included meetings with officials in Anchorage, Adak and Nome to reinforce the strategic importance of Alaska and the Arctic to the U.S. Navy. (U.S. Navy photo)

An Icy Reminder in an Arctic Thaw

As Arctic sea lanes grow more open and navigable, so, too do America's interests in the waters there.

Wreckage of USS Abner Read (DD 526) captured by the Alaska's Underwater Battlefield expedition's remotely operated vehicle. (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration photo).

Stern of World War II U.S. destroyer discovered off remote Alaskan island

The stern of USS Abner Read was discovered by a NOAA-supported team.

SULU SEA (Aug. 9, 2018) An MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter, attached to the “Blackjacks” of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 21, launches from the flight deck of Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) while conducting search and rescue operations for a missing Marine attached to the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU). The Essex ARG/13th MEU is currently deployed to the 7th Fleet area of operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jenna Dobson)

Essex ARG, 13th MEU conclude at-sea search for missing Marine

A five-day search and rescue operation for a Marine missing from USS Essex (LHD 2) concluded, Aug. 13.

KOTA KINABALU, Malaysia (Aug. 10, 2018) Brig. Gen. William Jurney, commanding general of 3rd Marine Infantry Division, and Maj. Gen. Dato’ Zulkapri bin Rahamat, commander of Task Force 450, render salutes during the opening ceremony of Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Malaysia on Kota Belud Marine Base. CARAT Malaysia in its 24th iteration, is designed to enhance information sharing and coordination, build mutual warfighting capability and support long-term regional cooperation enabling both partner armed forces to operate effectively together as a unified maritime force. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Christopher A. Veloicaza)

U.S., Malaysia commence 24th CARAT exercise

Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training focuses on the full spectrum of naval capabilities to strengthen the close partnership between both navies.

JAKARTA, Indonesia (Aug. 10, 2018) Sailors from the dock landing ship USS Rushmore (LSD 47) and members of the Indonesian Navy attend the opening ceremony for Cooperation And Readiness Afloat Training (CARAT) 2018.  CARAT Indonesia, in its 24th iteration, is designed to enhance information sharing and coordination, build mutual warfighting capability and support long-term regional cooperation enabling both partner armed forces to operate effectively together as a unified maritime force. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Reymundo A. Villegas III)

USS Rushmore arrives in Jakarta, kicks off 24th CARAT Indonesia exercise

U.S. Sailors and Marines will engage with Indonesian counterparts in complex and cooperative at-sea and ashore exercises.

RIMPAC 2018: Capable · Adaptive · Partners

Twenty-five nations and 25,000 personnel participated in the world’s largest international maritime exercise, which concluded Aug. 2.

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