1. Carl Vinson begins bilateral exercise with JMSDF

    The Carl Vinson Strike Group began an exercise with the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force in the South China Sea, March 11.

    Sailors perform flight operations on the flight deck of USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) in the South China Sea, March 10. (U.S. Navy/MC3 Matthew Granito)
  2. Expeditionary fast transport ship to be replaced for Pacific Partnership mission

    USNS Fall River (T-EPF 4) will be replaced by USNS Brunswick (T-EPF 6) as the secondary mission platform for Pacific Partnership 2018.

    USNS Brunswick (T-EPF 6) file photo. (U.S. Navy/Bill Mesta)
  3. USS Ashland departs Sasebo for final readiness drills, regional patrol

    The forward-deployed amphibious dock landing ship departed Fleet Activities Sasebo, Japan, March 8.

    Quartermaster 3rd Class Victoria Rosario stands watch as USS Ashland (LSD 48) prepares to anchor off Sasebo for a weapons onload. (U.S. Navy/MC3 Joshua Mortensen)
  4. USS Antietam leads SAMEX during MultiSail drills

    The guided-missile cruiser led a surface-to-air missile exercise (SAMEX) during MultiSail 18 with U.S. Navy and Japan Maritime Self-Defense Forces (JMSDF), March 10.

    A Standard Missile (SM-2) is launched from the aft missile deck of USS Mustin (DDG 89) during the SAMEX, March 10. (U.S. Navy/MC2 William McCann)
  5. USNS Mercy arrives in 7th Fleet for Pacific Partnership

    The hospital ship arrived in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations, March 10, in support of the Pacific Partnership 2018 mission.

    USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) transits through the Pacific after departing San Diego in February. (U.S. Navy/MC2 Kelsey L. Adams)
  6. Carl Vinson Strike Group departs Vietnam after historic port visit

    The Carl Vinson Strike Group departed Da Nang, Vietnam, March 9, completing the first visit to the country by a U.S. aircraft carrier in more than 40 years.

    USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) arrives in Da Nang, March 5. (U.S. Navy/MC3 Dylan M. Kinee)
  7. Bonhomme Richard departs Manila, continues patrol

    The amphibious assault ship, with embarked 3d Marine Division, departed Manila to continue a patrol in the Indo-Pacific region following a scheduled port visit, March 8.

    USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) transits Manila Bay, March 8. (U.S. Navy/MC2 William Sykes)
  8. USS Tucson returns from Western Pacific deployment

    The Los Angeles-class fast-attack submarine returned home to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, March 7, following a six-month deployment.

    USS Tucson (SSN 770) ties up to the pier at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, March 7. (U.S. Navy/MC2 Shaun Griffin)
  9. Navy kicks off Ice Exercise in Arctic Circle

    ICEX 2018 officially began with the construction of temporary Ice Camp Skate and the arrival of two U.S. Navy fast-attack submarines and one U.K. Royal Navy submarine, March 7.

    In this file photo, USS Connecticut (SSN 22) surfaces above the ice during a previous ICEX. (U.S. Navy/MC2 Kevin S. O'Brien)
  10. U.S. Pacific Fleet commander concludes visit to Japan

    Adm. Scott Swift concluded a two-day trip to Japan to meet with Japanese military counterparts, March 7.

    Adm. Scott Swift and Adm. Yutaka Murakawa, Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force chief of staff, salute during an honors ceremony at the Japan Ministry of Defense, March 6. (Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force)