1. USS Ashland departs Sasebo for regional patrol

    The amphibious dock landing ship departed its forward-deployed base of Sasebo, Japan, for a routine patrol, May 26.

    USS Ashland (LSD 48) departs Fleet Activities Sasebo, May 26. (U.S. Navy/MC2 Jordan Crouch)
  2. USS John S. McCain passes INSURV assessment

    The forward-deployed guided-missile cruiser passed all readiness requirements for a materiel assessment conducted by the Navy's Board of Inspection and Survey, May 25.

    USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) and USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG 54) sit along the pier at Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan, May 16. (U.S. Navy/MC2 Nathan Burke)
  3. USS Ronald Reagan completes carrier air wing qualifications

    Carrier Air Wing 5 completed carrier qualifications aboard the Navy's forward-deployed aircraft carrier, May 22.

    Sailors aboard USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) prepare to launch an F/A-18E Super Hornet from Strike Fighter Squadron 195, May 17. (U.S. Navy/MC2 Nathan Burke)
  4. USS Ronald Reagan earns Japan's Zenkokai Award

    The Navy’s forward-deployed aircraft carrier and its Sailors have received the Zenkokai Associaton Award for work in the local community.

    In this file photo, children from the Shunko Gakuen Orphanage look over the side of the USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) during a tour of the ship. (U.S. Navy/MC3 Ryan McFarlane)
  5. USS Jackson completes final contract trials

    The U.S. Navy's Independence-variant littoral combat ship completed Final Contract Trials, May 19.

    Fire Controlman 1st Class Niklaus Pegler conducts an inspection of the multi-function racks aboard USS Jackson (LCS 6) during Final Contract Trials, May 15. (U.S. Navy/MC1 Christopher J. Bright)
  6. US, Royal Thai Navy get underway for Guardian Sea

    The U.S. Navy and Royal Thai Navy are executing Guardian Sea, an anti-submarine and maritime domain awareness exercise, in the Andaman Sea, May 22.

    The USS Sterett (DDG 104) moves into position ahead of RSS Intrepid (FFS 69), HTMS Naresuan (FFG 421) and USS Coronado (LCS 4) during a maneuvering exercise as part of a multilateral Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training exercise between the U.S. Navy, Republic of Singapore Navy and Royal Thai Navy, May,11. (U.S. Navy/MCS3 Deven Leigh Ellis)
  7. Pacific Partnership 2017 makes 2nd Vietnam mission stop

    Pacific Partnership kicked off in Khanh Hoa province, Vietnam, May 19, with the arrival of the U.S. expeditionary fast transport ship USNS Fall River (T-EPF 4).

    U.S. Navy Capt. Stanfield Chien receives a welcoming gift during the opening ceremony for Pacific Partnership 2017 Khanh Hoa. (U.S. Embassy Hanoi)
  8. USS Mustin joins annual Black Ship Festival in Japan

    The forward-deployed guided-missile destroyer arrived in Shimoda, May 18, to celebrate the 78th annual Black Ship Festival.

    USS Mustin (DDG 89) sits at anchor off Shimoda, May 18. (U.S. Navy)
  9. America ARG, 15th MEU successfully complete COMPTUEX

    The America Amphibious Ready Group and the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit completed a Composite Training Unit Exercise off the coast of Southern California, May 17.

    USS America (LHA 6) and USS Pearl Harbor (LSD 52) sail behind USS San Diego (LPD 22) during a simulated strait transit, May 4. (U.S. Marine Corps/Cpl. Nathaniel S. McAllister)
  10. USS Alexandria completes Western Pacific deployment

    The Los Angeles-Class fast attack submarine returned to Naval Base Point Loma in San Diego, May 18, after a six-month deployment to the Western Pacific region.

    Family and friends welcome home the crew of USS Alexandria (SSN 757), May 18. (U.S. Navy/MC2 Derek Harkins)