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USS Essex Completes Dry Docking Availability
SAN DIEGO - Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) undocked from the Pride of California Dry Dock at BAE Systems in San Diego, Sept. 8.
Readout: Pacific Fleet commander's meetings at International Seapower Symposium
U.S. Pacific Fleet Commander Adm. Samuel Paparo met with heads of navies and coast guards during the 25th International Seapower Symposium (ISS) in Newport, Rhode Island, Sept. 19-22.
USS Bunker Hill Decommissions
SAN DIEGO — USS Bunker Hill (CG 52), the 11th ship of the Ticonderoga class guided-missile cruiser, recognized more than 37 years of naval service during a decommissioning ceremony at Naval Base San Diego, Sept. 22.
Unmanned Surface Vessel Division One Makes Its First Port Visit in Yokosuka, Japan
YOKOSUKA, Japan - The unmanned surface vessels (USVs) Ranger and Mariner from Unmanned Surface Vessel Division ONE (USVDIV-1) arrived at Fleet Activities Yokosuka on Sept. 18 as part of a scheduled port visit during Integrated Battle Problem (IBP) 23.2.
2023 Information Warfare Waterfront Conference
YOKOSUKA, Japan - Senior leadership from Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States defense services assembled together aboard the USS Blue Ridge (LCC-19), hosted by U.S. 7th Fleet, for the 2023 Information Warfare (IW) Waterfront Conference, Sept. 11-15.
Australian Chief Minister of Northern Territory Tours USS Canberra (LCS 30)
SAN DIEGO – The Australian Chief Minister of Northern Territory toured the Independence-variant littoral combat USS Canberra (LCS 30) in San Diego, Sept. 11.
READOUT: Malabar Navies’ Leadership Meet in Pearl Harbor
U.S. Pacific Fleet Commander Adm. Samuel Paparo hosted the Chief of Staff of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) Adm. Ryo Sakai, India’s Chief of the Naval Staff Adm. R. Hari Kumar, and Royal Australian Navy’s (RAN) Chief of Navy Vice Adm. Mark Hammond at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, on Sept. 17, 2023.
Surface Force Leaders Gather to discuss the future of Surface Warfare at SNA
SAN DIEGO — Leaders from across the Navy and defense industry gathered to discuss the future of naval surface warfare at the fourth annual Surface Navy Association (SNA) West Coast Waterfront Symposium aboard Naval Base San Diego, Sept. 13-14.
Pacific Partnership 2023 Concludes Third Stop in Malaysia
KUANTAN, Malaysia - Pacific Partnership 2023 has concluded its mission stop in Kuantan during a closing ceremony hosted aboard the Harpers-Ferry class dock landing ship USS Pearl Harbor, Sept. 15.
Unmanned Navy Aircraft Deploys for Initial Operations Testing
GUAM - The Navy’s MQ-4C Triton unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), as part of Unmanned Patrol Squadron (VUP) 19, arrived on Andersen Air Force Base, Guam for its second deployment in the Pacific theater.
VP-16 Concludes 22nd Iteration of Southeast Asia Cooperation and Training with the Philippines
MACTAN, Philippines - The War Eagles of Patrol Squadron (VP) 16 completed exercise Southeast Asia Cooperation and Training 2023 (SEACAT 23) in Mactan, Philippines, Aug. 27, 2023.
Pacific Partnership 2023 Arrives in Samoa
APIA, Samoa - USS Jackson (LCS 6) has arrived in Apia, Samoa in support of Pacific Partnership, the largest annual multinational humanitarian assistance and disaster relief preparedness mission conducted in the Pacific, Sept. 13.
US Navy and Royal Brunei Armed Forces Commence CARAT Brunei 2023
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, Brunei - The United States Navy and Royal Brunei Armed Forces began the annual Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Brunei exercise Sep. 12, which will focus on advancing interoperability to address shared maritime security challenges and maintain peace and stability in the region.
U.S., Canadian naval forces participate in exercise Noble Wolverine
SOUTH CHINA SEA - The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Ralph Johnson (DDG 114) is operating alongside the Royal Canadian Navy’s HMCS Ottawa (FFH 341) as part of the exercise Noble Wolverine in the South China Sea.
Naval Postgraduate School Expands Educational Reach with New Hawaii Campus
PEARL HARBOR - The Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) and U.S. Pacific Fleet (PACFLT) celebrated a significant milestone on Sept. 8 with the establishment of an NPS branch campus at Pearl Harbor.
USS Pioneer Visits Ishigaki
ISHIGAKI, Japan - Avenger-class mine countermeasures ship USS Pioneer (MCM 9) departed Ishigaki, Okinawa, Japan, September 8, following a port call during routine operations and training in the region.
UH Midshipmen Participate in PACFLT Summer Internship Program
PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii - University of Hawaii Naval ROTC midshipmen completed a summer internship program at U.S. Pacific Fleet on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Aug. 31.
7th Fleet Destroyer Transits Taiwan Strait
TAIWAN STRAIT - Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Ralph Johnson (DDG 114) and Royal Canadian Navy Halifax-class frigate HMCS Ottawa (FFH 341) conducted a routine Taiwan Strait transit September 9 (local time) through waters where high-seas freedoms of navigation and overflight apply in accordance with international law.
Naval Special Warfare Interoperates with USS John P. Murtha in Bering Sea
BERING SEA - East Coast based Naval Special Warfare Operators (SEALs) seamlessly integrated with USS John P. Murtha (LPD 26) during Operation Polar Dagger, in the Alaskan Arctic region, demonstrating special operations forces capability to operate in austere locations to defend critical infrastructure and strengthen interoperability in the region.
USS Shiloh departs Yokosuka, Japan after 17 years of forward-deployed service
YOKOSUKA, Japan - The Ticonderoga-class guided missile-cruiser USS Shiloh (CG 67) departed Yokosuka, Japan, on Sept. 5 to transit to its new homeport of Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, as part of a planned rotation of forces in the Pacific.
Pacific Fleet Master Chief Recognized by the State of West Virginia
PEARL HARBOR - The U.S. Pacific Fleet Master Chief, James “Smitty” Tocorzic, was recently recognized with the Distinguished West Virginian Award for outstanding achievement and meritorious service.
Destroyer USS Rafael Peralta completes first live missile on-load in Eden, Australia
EDEN, Australia - The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Rafael Peralta (DDG 115) completed the first-ever live ordnance reload for a U.S. warship in Eden, Australia, when it rearmed its Vertical Launch System (VLS) there, Aug. 22.
Pacific Partnership 2023 Arrives in Malaysia
KUANTAN, Malaysia - Pacific Partnership 2023 has arrived in Kuantan, Malaysia to conduct the largest annual multinational humanitarian assistance and disaster relief preparedness mission conducted in the Indo-Pacific, Sept. 6.
Koa Moana Sailors Provide Dental Assistance in Palau
KOROR, Palau - U.S. Navy Sailors with Task Force Koa Moana 23 provided dental work for Palauan elementary school students through the School Dental Program in the Republic of Palau, July 18 to Sept. 1, 2023.
U.S., Philippine Navies Conduct Bilateral Sail to Enhance Interoperability
SOUTH CHINA SEA - U.S. Navy Arleigh Burke-class guided missile-destroyer USS Ralph Johnson (DDG 114) and Philippine Navy guided-missile frigate BRP Jose Rizal (FF-150) conducted a bilateral sail in the South China Sea Sept. 4, to enhance the interoperability between the two navies.