CORAL SEA (July 19, 2019) Gunner’s Mate 3rd Class Zion Robinson, from Mobile, Alabama, runs past the foul line on the flight deck after removing chains from an MV-22B Osprey, attached to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 265 (Reinforced), during flight operations aboard the amphibious dock landing ship USS Ashland (LSD 48). Ashland, part of the Wasp Expeditionary Strike Group, with embarked 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, is currently participating in Talisman Sabre 2019 off the coast of Northern Australia. A bilateral, biennial event, Talisman Sabre is designed to improve U.S. and Australian combat training, readiness and interoperability through realistic, relevant training necessary to maintain regional security, peace and stability. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Markus Castaneda)

Gunner's Mate 3rd Class Zion Robinson removes chains from a U.S. Marine Corps MV-22B Osprey during flight operations aboard USS Ashland (LSD 48) in the Coral Sea during exercise Talisman Sabre 2019.

U.S Navy/MC2 Markus Castaneda

Admiral John C. Aquilino

Commander

SAN DIEGO (July 18, 2019) The guided-missile destroyer USS Stethem (DDG 63) arrives in San Diego, where she will be homeported and undergo her midlife modernization. Stethem arrives in San Diego following 14 years of forward-deployed service in the Indo-Pacific region operating from Japan. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Alex Millar)

USS Stethem arrives at new San Diego homeport

The guided-missile destroyer arrived at Naval Base San Diego, July 18, following 14 years of forward-deployed service in the Indo-Pacific operating from Japan.

CORAL SEA (July 17, 2019) Capt. Patrick Hannifin, commanding officer of the Navy’s forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), greets Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack, deputy prime minister of Australia, on the flight deck during Talisman Sabre 2019. McCormack was among a group of dignitaries including the Honorable Sharon Hudson Dean, U.S. Consul General and Vice Adm. Michael Noonan, Chief of the Australian Navy who were given a tour of the hangar bay and flight deck control before observing flight operations. Talisman Sabre 2019 illustrates the closeness of the Australian and U.S. alliance and the strength of the military-to-military relationship. This is the eighth iteration of this exercise. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Tyra M. Campbell)

Deputy Prime Minister of Australia visits USS Ronald Reagan during Talisman Sabre

The Honorable Michael McCormack visited in the Coral Sea, July 17.

QUEENSLAND, Australia (July 16, 2019) Amphibious assault vehicles approach Langham’s Beach in Stanage Bay during a multinational amphibious landing as part of exercise Talisman Sabre 2019. Talisman Sabre 2019 (TS19) is a bilateral combined Australian and United States (US) training activity. TS19 is designed to practice our respective military services and associated agencies in planning and conducting Combined and Joint Task Force operations, and improve the combat readiness and interoperability between Australian and US forces. TS19 is the eighth iteration of the exercise and consists of a field training exercise incorporating force preparation (logistic) activities, amphibious landings, land force manoeuvre, urban operations, air operations, maritime operations and Special Forces activities. (Australian Army photo)

Multinational force conducts Talisman Sabre amphibious landing

U.S. Marines, Australian soldiers, and JGSDF members conducted a combined exercise assault, July 16.

CORAL SEA (July 12, 2019) Prime Minister Scott Morrison, prime minister of Australia, speaks to Sailors aboard the Navy’s forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) during Talisman Sabre 2019. Morrison was given a tour of the ship before speaking with the crew during an all-hands call. Talisman Sabre 2019 illustrates the closeness of the Australian and U.S. alliance and the strength of the military-to-military relationship. This is the eighth iteration of this exercise. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Tyra M. Campbell)

Australian Prime Minister visits USS Ronald Reagan during Talisman Sabre

Prime Minister Scott Morrison visited the aircraft carrier in the Coral Sea, July 12.

CORAL SEA (July 11, 2019) The amphibious assault ship HMAS Canberra (L 02), top left, the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), top center-left, the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1), bottom center-left, and the Japanese helicopter destroyer JS Ise (DDH 182), bottom left, sail in formation with 13 other ships from the U.S. Navy, U.S. Coast Guard, Royal Australian Navy, Royal Canadian Navy and Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) during Talisman Sabre 2019. Talisman Sabre illustrates the closeness of the Australian and U.S. alliance and the strength of the military-to-military relationship. It is the eighth iteration of this exercise. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kaila V. Peters)

Ships converge off Australia for exercise Talisman Sabre

Seventeen ships from the U.S., Australia, Canada and Japan sailed together July 11 to signify the beginning of Talisman Sabre 2019 naval maneuvers.

APRA HARBOR, Guam (July 10, 2019) Sailors assigned to Navy Cargo Handling Battalion (NCHB) 1, NCHB 5, and NCHB 13 maneuvers the docking module for the Improved Navy Lighterage System (INLS) over the side of the Military Sealift Command maritime prepositioning force ship USNS 2nd Lt. John P. Bobo (T-AK 3008) during lift on lift off (LOLO operations. The integration of active and reserve Navy Cargo Handling Battalions, Naval Beach Group (NBG) 1, and Maritime Prepositioning Ships Squadron (MPSRON) 3 for INLS (LOLO) and lighterage operations increases Maritime Prepositioning Force (MPF) interoperability, proficiency and theater familiarization in support of any contingency in the Indo-Pacific. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class John Philip Wagner, Jr.)

Expeditionary units team up for lighterage training in Guam

The Improved Navy Lighterage System (INLS) is a floating causeway system used to transfer cargo and vehicles from sealift ships to shore areas.

CORAL SEA (July 11, 2019) The guided-missile destroyer USS McCampbell (DDG 85) sails behind the Royal Australian Navy amphibious assault ship HMAS Canberra (L02), left, the U.S. Navy Los Angeles-class submarine attack USS Key West (SSN 722), far left, and the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), during Talisman Sabre 2019. A bilateral, biennial event, Talisman Sabre is designed to improve U.S. and Australian combat training, readiness and interoperability through realistic, relevant training necessary to maintain regional security, peace and stability. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Markus Castaneda)

Coast Guard cutter, Navy destroyer join Expeditionary Strike Group 7

USCGC Stratton (WMSL 752) and USS McCampbell (DDG 85) are part of the Wasp ESG for exercise Talisman Sabre.

SOUTH CHINA SEA (May 5, 2019) The mine countermeasures ship USS Patriot (MCM 7) operates in the South China Sea. Patriot, part of Mine Countermeasures Squadron 7, is operating in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations to enhance interoperability with partners and serve as a ready-response platform for contingency operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Corbin J. Shea)

USS Patriot visits Darwin during regional operations

The mine countermeasures ship arrived in Darwin, Australia, for a port visit, July 11, following recent training exercises and engagements in Southeast Asia.

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