EAST CHINA SEA (Oct. 23, 2018) An MV-22 Osprey assigned to the "Flying Tigers" of Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 262 reinforced lands on the flight deck of amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1). An Air Force variant CV-22 Osprey, assigned to the 353rd Special Operations Group, detachment 1,  and Marine Corps MV-22 Ospreys are conducting joint training aboard Wasp to enhance joint interoperability at sea. Wasp, Flagship of the Wasp Amphibious Ready Group, is operating in the Indo-Pacific to enhance interoperability with partners and serve as a ready-response force for any type of contingency. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Daniel Barker)

An MV-22 Osprey assigned to the 'Flying Tigers' of Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 262 lands on the flight deck of amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1) during operations in the East China Sea.

U.S. Navy/MC1 Daniel Barker

Admiral John C. Aquilino


SAN DIEGO (Oct. 23, 2018) Capt. Rich LeBron, commanding officer of the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6), describes flight deck capabilities to Republic of Korea Army Gen. Park Han-ki, chairman of the ROK Joint Chief of Staff, during a ship’s tour in conjunction with a visit to the area hosted by Vice Adm. John Alexander, commander of U.S. 3rd Fleet. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Gavin Shields)

3rd Fleet hosts Republic of Korea Joint Chiefs chairman

Vice Adm. John D. Alexander hosted Republic of Korea Army Gen. Park Han-ki during a visit to San Diego, Oct. 22-23.

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (Oct. 22, 2018) Rear Adm. Jimmy Pitts, commander of Submarine Group 7, presents a memento to Vice Adm. Sirimevan Ranasinghe, commander of the Sri Lanka Navy, during the 9th Annual International Maritime Conference "Galle Dialogue." Hosted by the Sri Lanka Navy, the two-day conference is one of the region’s premier venues to discuss maritime security issues amongst senior military and defense officials. More than 140 delegates representing 52 countries and 22 international organizations and defense industries attended this year’s conference. (U.S. Navy photo by Lt. Joshua Engle)

Submarine Group 7 commander attends Sri Lanka Navy’s Galle Dialogue

Rear Adm. Jimmy Pitts represented the U.S. Navy at the annual international maritime conference, Oct. 22-23.

OKINAWA, Japan (Oct. 22, 2018) Seabees assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 3 stand at parade rest during a Relief in Place/Transfer of Authority ceremony at Camp Shields, in which NMCB-3 received authority of the camp from NMCB-5. NMCB-3 is forward deployed throughout the Indo-Pacific region and United States ready to support major combat operations, theater security, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations. Seabees provide general engineering and civil support to Navy, Marine Corps and joint operational forces globally. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Michael Lopez/Released)

NMCB-3 assumes authority for Naval Construction Force operations in Indo-Pacific

Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 3 relieved NMCB-5 during a ceremony in Okinawa, Japan, Oct. 22.

YOKOSUKA, Japan (Oct. 19, 2018) Rear Adm. Jimmy Pitts, commander of Submarine Group 7, is welcomed aboard JS Seiryu's (SS 509) commanding officer, Cmdr. Takehiko Hirama, prior to going underway aboard the Japanese submarine. The familiarity cruise is to reinforce the submarine group's commitment to the U.S.-Japan alliance. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Ryan Litzenberger)

Submarine Group 7 embarks JMSDF submarine

Rear Adm. Jimmy Pitts got underway with JS Seiryū (SS-509) for a familiarity cruise and to reinforce the submarine group’s commitment to the U.S.-Japan alliance.

18SAN DIEGO (Oct 19, 2018) Ivan Urnovitz, president of the Spokane Navy League, presents a plaque to commanding officer Capt. Justin A. Kubu and the crew USS Princeton (CG 59) in recognition of their selection as the 2017 Spokane Trophy Award winner during a ceremony aboard the ship. Princeton ship was selected for being the most combat proficient ship in the Fleet for excellence in ship combat system readiness and demonstrated effectiveness during warfare operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Woody S. Paschall)

USS Princeton excels, earns distinguished Spokane Trophy

The crew of the guided-missile cruiser received the 2017 Spokane Trophy during a recent ceremony aboard the ship in San Diego.

PHILIPPINE SEA (Sept. 20, 2018) A Sailor assigned to Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 77 directs an MH-60R Sea Hawk as it launches from the flight deck of the Navy’s forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) during Valiant Shield 2018. The biennial, U.S. only, field-training exercise focuses on integration of joint training among the U.S. Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps. This is the seventh exercise in the Valiant Shield series that began in 2006. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kenneth Abbate)

USS Ronald Reagan resumes flight operations following helicopter crash

All injured personnel are in stable condition following an MH-60R Sea Hawk crash on the flight deck, Oct. 19.

SUVA, Fiji (Oct. 15, 2018) Cmdr. Andy Strickland, commanding officer of the guided-missile destroyer USS Shoup (DDG 86), exchanges gifts with Capt. Humphrey Tawake, commander of the Fiji Navy, during an office call. Shoup is participating in the Oceania Maritime Security Initiative (OMSI) program, a Secretary of Defense program leveraging Department of Defense assets transiting the region to increase the Coast Guard’s maritime domain awareness, ultimately supporting its maritime law enforcement operations in Oceania. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class William Collins III/Released)

USS Shoup departs Fiji following port visit

The guided-missile destroyer departed Suva, Oct. 17, following a visit that celebrated decades of Fiji-American naval partnership.

PACIFIC OCEAN (July 24, 2018) An MH-53E Sea Dragon from Helicopter Mine Countermeasures Squadron (HM) 14 hovers to recover training sea mines as USS Harpers Ferry (LSD 49) operates in the distance during Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise. Twenty-five nations, 46 ships, five submarines, about 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel are participating in RIMPAC from June 27 to Aug. 2 in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California. The world’s largest international maritime exercise, RIMPAC provides a unique training opportunity while fostering and sustaining cooperative relationships among participants critical to ensuring the safety of sea lanes and security of the world’s oceans. RIMPAC 2018 is the 26th exercise in the series that began in 1971. (U.S. Navy photo by Naval Air Crewman Helicopter 3rd Class Hower/Released)

SMWDC Mine Warfare Division certified as Theater Mine Warfare Commander

The deployable Mine Warfare Battle Staff is now certified to lead complex mine warfare missions.

WATERS SOUTH OF JAPAN (Nov. 23, 2015) The Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group (RRNCSG) steams in formation with Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force ships during Annual Exercise (AE) 16. RRNCSG is participating in AE16 to increase interoperability between Japanese and American forces through training in air and sea operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 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.

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