1. CVW-5, Japanese squadron continue milestone exercise

    The second Benkyoukai training event between the Japan Air Self-Defense Force and Carrier Air Wing Five (CVW) 5 was conducted Aug. 1-4, led by the Dambusters of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 195.

    An E-2C Hawkeye from VAW-115, an F/A-18E Super Hornet from VFA-195, and an F-4EJ Phantom II fighter from the JASDF's 302nd Tactical Fighter Squadron fly in formation as part of the second Benkyoukai training exercise. (U.S. Navy/Cmdr. Guy Snodgrass)
  2. USS Benfold arrives in Qingdao, China, for port visit

    The guided-missile destroyer arrived in Qingdao, China, Aug. 8, for a port visit to advance maritime cooperation and build relationships with the People's Liberation Army (Navy) North Sea Fleet.

    Cmdr. Justin Harts, commanding officer of USS Benfold (DDG 65), greets members of the People's Liberation Army (Navy) after the ship's arrival for a port visit. (U.S. Navy/MC3 Deven Leigh Ellis)
  3. USS Bonhomme Richard begins regional patrol

    The Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) 7 flagship departed Fleet Activities Sasebo, Japan, Aug. 6 for a scheduled patrol.

    In this file photo, an MV-22 Osprey approaches the flight deck of USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) during operations in the Indian Ocean last year. (U.S. Navy/MC3 Derek A. Harkins)
  4. JMSDF leads Pacific Partnership mission in Palau

    A multinational Pacific Partnership team arrived in Palau aboard the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force's JS Shimokita (LST 4002), Aug. 4, as the mission continues simultaneously in Malaysia aboard USNS Mercy (T-AH 19).

    The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force's JS Shimokita (LST 4002) sits at anchor off Koror during Pacific Partnership 2016.
  5. USS Harpers Ferry completes South China Sea patrol

    The dock landing ship conducted a transit through the South China Sea, Aug. 4.

    Operations Specialist 3rd Class Bryanna Artellano stands watch in the combat information center aboard USS Harpers Ferry (LSD 49) as the ship transits the South China Sea. (U.S. Navy/MC3 Zachary Eshleman Bryan)
  6. Exercise Rim of the Pacific 2016 concludes

    The world’s largest international maritime exercise concluded Aug. 4, after more than a month of training events conducted in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California.

    Ships steam in formation during a group sail as the sea phase of RIMPAC wound down off the Hawaiian Islands, July 28. (U.S. Navy/MC1 Ace Rheaume)
  7. Navy's most complex mine warfare exercise wraps up

    The U.S. Navy conducted multifaceted mine countermeasures training with six nations for over four weeks as part of the Southern California portion of exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC), June 30 through Aug. 4.

    A U.S. Navy explosive ordnance disposal technician jumps from an MH-53E Sea Dragon helicopter during mine countermeasures training as part of RIMPAC 2016. (U.S. Navy/MC2 Bryan Jackson)
  8. South Korea's CNO visits San Diego military leadership

    Adm. Jung Ho-Sub met with senior military leaders in San Diego Aug. 2 to discuss maritime security issues and strengthen the relationship between both navies.

    Adm. Jung Ho-Sub receives an explanation of USS Freedom (LCS 1) bridge operations from Cmdr. Michael R. Wohnhaas, the ship's commanding officer, as Vice Adm. Tom Rowden, commander of Naval Surface Forces, U.S. Pacific Fleet looks on. (U.S. Navy/MC2 Phil Ladouceur)
  9. 3rd Fleet kicks off 67th Seattle Seafair Fleet Week

    A parade of ships featuring USS Somerset (LPD 25) and USS Gridley (DDG 101) kicked off the 67th annual Seattle Seafair Fleet Week, which runs from Aug. 2-7.

    USS Gridley (DDG 101) circles the Port of Seattle during Seafair Fleet Week's parade of ships. (U.S. Navy/MC2 Jacob G. Sisco)
  10. Command of Amphibious Force 7th Fleet changes hands

    Rear Adm. Marc H. Dalton assumed command of Amphibious Force 7th Fleet from Rear Adm. John B. Nowell Jr. during a change of command ceremony aboard USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) Aug. 3, in Sasebo, Japan.

    Rear Adm. John B. Nowell turns over command of Amphibious Force 7th Fleet to Rear Adm. Marc H. Dalton. (U.S. Navy/MC3 William Sykes)