1. U.S., Japan complete mine countermeasures exercise

    U.S. Navy and Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force mine countermeasures units completed an annual mine countermeasures exercise (MCMEX) 2JA 2016, July 28.

    An  MH-60S helicopter assigned to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 25 lands aboard JS Bungo (MST 464) during MCMEX 2JA. (U.S. Navy/MC3 Alfred A. Coffield)
  2. Pacific Partnership mission in Vietnam wraps up

    Pacific Partnership 2016 departed Da Nang, Vietnam, July 28 after completing two weeks of disaster response training, subject matter expert exchanges, cooperative health engagements and community service events.

    JS Shimokita (LST 4002) steams alongside USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) while en route to Da Nang, Vietnam, for the just-completed third mission stop of Pacific Partnership 2016. (U.S. Marine Corps/Sgt. Brittney Vella)
  3. 22nd CARAT Singapore exercise comes to close

    The 22nd annual Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) exercise between the U.S. Navy and Republic of Singapore Armed Forces concluded with a ceremony at Changi Naval Base July 28.

    U.S. and Republic of Singapore Navy ships steam in formation at the conclusion of the at-sea phase of exercise CARAT. (U.S. Navy/MC2 Will Gaskill)
  4. US ships exercise tactical complexity, interoperability during CARAT Singapore

    The U.S. and Republic of Singapore navies have exercised multiple tactical engagements during their ongoing annual bilateral maritime exercise.

    USS Stethem (DDG 63) fires its 5-inch gun at a surface target during the exercise Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Singapore. (U.S. Navy/MC1 John Pearl)
  5. Makin Island ARG, 11th MEU complete PMINT

    The Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group (ARG), Amphibious Squadron (PHIBRON) 5 and the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) recently completed a 12-day integrated training event.

    USS Makin Island (LHD 8), USS Comstock (LSD 45) and USS Somerset (LPD 25) steam in formation off the coast of San Clemente Island, Calif., July 14 during strait transit training. (U.S. Marine Corps/Lance Cpl. Devan Gowans)
  6. New details surface on loss of WWII USS Indianapolis

    A Naval History and Heritage Command historian recently uncovered information that sheds new light on a dark episode in U.S. Navy history: the loss of the WWII cruiser USS Indianapolis (CA 35), NHHC announced July 25.

    USS Indianapolis (CA-35) is shown off the Mare Island Navy Yard, in Northern California, July 10, 1945, after her final overhaul and repair of combat damage and just 20 days before she was sunk. (U.S. Navy photo)
  7. U.S., ROK navies co-host senior enlisted symposium

    Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Korea and the Republic of Korea (ROK) Fleet co-hosted a combined and joint senior enlisted leader symposium in Busan, July 22-23.

    U.S. and Republic of Korea (ROK) senior enlisted leaders have a photo taken together during a Combined Joint Senior Enlisted Leaders Symposium on the ROK Fleet Base in Busan. (U.S. Navy/MC3 Wesley J. Breedlove)
  8. USS Carl Vinson conducts TSTA/FEP evaluation

    The aircraft carrier recently departed its homeport of San Diego to begin the Tailored Ship's Training Availability/Final Evaluation Problem (TSTA/FEP) certification period.

    USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) transits the Pacific Ocean July 17 while underway with embarked Carrier Air Wing 2 and Destroyer Squadron 1 conducting the Tailored Ship's Training Availability (TSTA) and Final Evaluation Problem (FEP). (U.S. Navy/MC2 D’Andre L. Roden )
  9. USS New Orleans, 13th MEU visit Sri Lanka

    The amphibious transport dock ship and embarked Marines from the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit arrived in Colombo, Sri Lanka, July 24 for a port visit.

    USS New Orleans (LPD 18) file photo. (U.S. Navy/MC2 Brian Caracci)
  10. Boxer ARG returns to U.S. 7th Fleet

    The Boxer Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit entered the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations July 23 after nearly four months in U.S. 5th Fleet.

    In this file photo, ships of the Boxer ARG steam in formation during exercise Ssang Yong off the coast of South Korea in March. (U.S. Navy/MCSN Craig Z. Rodarte)