EAST CHINA SEA (Oct. 14, 2018) A landing craft, air cushion assigned to Naval Beach Unit (NBU) 7 prepares to enter the well deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1) during integrated unit level training. Wasp, flagship of Wasp Amphibious Ready Group, with embarked 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, is operating in the Indo-Pacific region 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 3rd Class Taylor King)

A landing craft, air cushion assigned to Naval Beach Unit (NBU) 7 prepares to enter the well deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1) during integrated training with Marines in the East China Sea.

U.S. Navy/MC3 Taylor King

Admiral John C. Aquilino

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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.

KWAJALEIN ATOLL, Marshall Islands (Sept. 4, 2018) The Military Sealift Command salvage ship USNS Salvor (T-ARS 52) and products tanker Humber sit moored over the capsized World War II German heavy cruiser Prinz Eugen during an oil recovery project. The U.S. Army, in partnership with the U.S. Navy and the Republic of the Marshall Islands are conducting the recovery effort to ensure mission capability of the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command’s Ronald Reagan Ballistic Missile Defense Test Site on Kwajalein while protecting the sensitive ecosystem within the atoll. The Prinz Eugen was transferred to the U.S. Navy as a war prize from the British Royal Navy after the war, and in 1946, it was loaded with oil and cargo and used to test survivability of warships during the Operation Crossroads atomic bomb tests at Bikini Atoll. The operation is being performed by Naval Sea Systems Command, Office of the Supervisor of Salvage engineers and is expected to last until the end of October. (U.S. Navy photo by LeighAhn Ferrari)

Navy divers recover oil from wrecked WWII Prinz Eugen

The safe extraction of an estimated 250,000 gallons of fuel from the capsized ship in Kwajalein Atoll, Marshall Islands, was completed Oct. 15.

PORT OF SUVA, Fiji (Oct. 15, 2018) Cmdr. Andy Strickland, commanding officer of the guided-missile destroyer USS Shoup (DDG 86), Ambassador Yogesh Karan; Osea Naitura Cawaru, Minister of Defense, National Security and Immigration; and Charge d' Affaires Michael Goldman cut a cake commemorating American-Fiji relations on the flight deck during a reception. Shoup is currently 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 hosts dignitaries during Fiji shipboard reception

The crew hosted more than 150 military and civilian officials and guests from the U.S., Fiji, Australia, United Kingdom, Spain, New Zealand and Japan, Oct. 15.

PHILIPPINE SEA (Nov. 11, 2016) A B-1 bomber from the 34th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron leads a formation with fighters in front of U.S. Navy and Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force ships during exercise Keen Sword 17, which took place Oct. 30 to Nov. 11, 2016, in the Pacific Ocean. Keen Sword is a bilateral exercise between the Japanese Self-Defense Force and the United States designed to strengthen the Japan-U.S. alliance and increase combined combat readiness within the framework of the alliance. (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 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.

WATERS OFF THE KOREAN PENINSULA (Oct. 11, 2018) Sailors aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Benfold (DDG 65) render honors during a pass-in-review as part of the Republic of Korea (ROK) International Fleet Review (IFR) 2018. IFR 2018 is hosted by the Republic of Korea Navy to help enhance mutual trust and confidence with navies from around the world. Benfold is forward-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 Elesia Patten)

Ronald Reagan Strike Group joins International Fleet Review

Three U.S. Navy ships joined others from 12 nations for the Republic of Korea Navy-hosted fleet review near Jeju Island.

PHILIPPINE SEA (Oct. 9, 2018) The aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) and helicopter destroyer JS Izumo (DDH 183) sail alongside each other during a cooperative deployment. Ronald Reagan is forward-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 Kaila V. Peters)

Ronald Reagan Strike Group, JMSDF participate in cooperative deployment

The training in the Philippine Sea promoted interoperability between the two maritime forces.

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