1. U.S. military, Japan Self-Defense Force prepare for exercise Keen Sword

    The biennial exercise, set to begin Oct. 29, is the latest in a series of joint/bilateral field training exercises to increase readiness.

    In this file photo, 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 in 2016. (U.S. Navy/MC3 Nathan Burke)
  2. USS Shoup to make return visit to Fiji during OMSI deployment

    The ship is set to make a second visit to Suva in recent weeks as part of an Oceania Maritime Security Initiative (OMSI) deployment.

    In this file photo, USS Shoup (DDG 86) approaches port in Suva, Fiji, Oct. 3. (U.S. Navy)
  3. 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.

    Sailors aboard USS Benfold (DDG 65) render honors during a pass-in-review as part of the Republic of Korea (ROK) International Fleet Review, Oct. 11. (U.S. Navy/MC2 Elesia Patten)
  4. Ronald Reagan Strike Group, JMSDF participate in cooperative deployment

    The training in the Philippine Sea promoted interoperability between the U.S. Navy and Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force.

    USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) and JS Izumo (DDH 183) sail alongside each other during a cooperative deployment, Oct. 9. (U.S. Navy/MC2 Kaila V. Peters)
  5. Nimitz Sailors celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

    Sailors aboard the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) joins the Navy, and the rest of the nation, in celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month.

    Seaman Tiara Pineda, left, and Seaman Garrett Whipple handle line aboard USS Nimitz (CVN 68) as the aircraft carrier returns to its homeport in December 2017. (U.S. Navy/MC2 Holly L. Herline)
  6. USS Antietam joins Royal Thai Navy ships for cooperative deployment

    The event in the East China Sea focused on navigation, communication and ship handling skills, improving interoperability between the navies.

    USS Antietam (CG 54), and the Royal Thai Navy offshore patrol vessel HTMS Krabi (OPV 551) and frigate HTMS Taksin (FFG 422) conduct a tactical maneuvering drills , Oct. 9. (U.S. Navy/MC2 William McCann)
  7. USNS Wally Schirra rescues Filipino fishermen at sea

    The crew of the Military Sealift Command ship rescued five fishermen off an adrift and distressed boat in the South China Sea.

    A rigid-hulled inflatable boat deployed off USNS Wally Schirra (T-AKE 8) circles a makeshift boat after rescuing five fishermen, Oct. 8. (U.S. Navy)
  8. USS Decatur renders assistance to Sri Lankan fishermen

    The guided-missile destroyer crew assisted seven mariners whose fishing boat was inoperable in the Indian Ocean after an engine malfunction.

    A Sri Lankan fisherman jumps and swims to a rigid-hull inflatable boat (RHIB) from USS Decatur (DDG 73), Oct. 7. (U.S. Navy)
  9. U.S., Philippines and Japan conduct amphibious landing in the Philippines

    The training was part of KAMANDAG 2, a counterterrorism and humanitarian response exercise in the Philippines.

    U.S. and Philippine Marines conduct an amphibious landing at Naval Station Leovigildo Gantioqui, Oct. 6. (U.S. Marine Corps/Lance Cpl. Christine Phelps)
  10. U.S., Malaysia reinforce new level of partnership with maritime exercise

    Sailors from both partner navies kicked off Maritime Training Activity (MTA) Malaysia 2018 in Lumut, Oct. 8.

    In this file photo, U.S. Navy and Royal Malaysian Navy sailors work together during a previous exercise. (U.S. Navy/MC3 Daniel J. Lewis)

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