1. Essex ARG heads to sea for advanced tactical training

    The Essex Amphibious Ready Group began the first ever amphibious Surface Warfare Advanced Tactical Training (SWATT) exercise, March 5.

    USS Essex (LHD 2) transits under the Coronado Bridge, March 5. (U.S. Navy/Lt. Matthew A. Stroup)
  2. U.S Navy, JMSDF to conduct exercise MultiSail 2018

    Units and personnel from the U.S. Navy and Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) are scheduled to participate in the annual exercise beginning March 8.

    In this file photo, USS Mustin (DDG 89) leads U.S. Navy and Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) ships in formation during MultiSail 2017. (U.S. Navy/MC1 Elijah G. Leinaar)
  3. U.S. aircraft carrier arrives in Vietnam for historic visit

    USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) arrived in Da Nang, Vietnam, March 5, marking the first time a U.S. aircraft carrier has visited the country in more than 40 years.

    USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) arrives in Da Nang, March 5. (U.S. Navy/MC3 Devin M. Monroe)
  4. F-35Bs join Wasp for historic Indo-Pacific deployment

    Marine Corps F-35B Lightning II's embarked USS Wasp (LHD 1), March 5, marking the first such deployment of the aircraft in the region.

    An F-35B lands on the flight deck of USS Wasp (LHD 1), March 5. (U.S. Navy/MC3 Michael Molina)
  5. USS Mustin arrives for port visit in Guam

    The guided-missile destroyer arrived in Guam, March 3, for a scheduled port visit as part of an ongoing patrol in the Indo-Pacific.

    USS Mustin (DDG 89) file photo. (U.S. Navy/MC3 Kelsey L. Adams)
  6. USS Bonhomme Richard arrives in Manila for port call

    The amphibious assault ship, with embarked 3d Marine Division Marines, arrived in Manila, Philippines, for a scheduled port visit, March. 4.

    USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) transits into Manila Bay, March 4. (U.S. Navy/MC2 William Sykes)
  7. USNS Mercy stops in Hawaii en route for Pacific Partnership

    The hospital ship arrived at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, March 3, for a port visit while en route to the Indo-Pacific region for the annual mission.

    USNS Mercy approaches the pier at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, March 3. (U.S. Navy/MC2 Katarzyna Kobiljak)
  8. USS Wasp departs Sasebo for readiness assessment, regional patrol

    The forward-deployed amphibious assault ship departed Fleet Activities Sasebo, Japan, March 3.

    Wasp (LHD 1) departs Fleet Activities Sasebo , March 3. (U.S. Navy/MC2 Jordan Crouch)
  9. USS Nimitz enters dry dock for planned maintenance

    The aircraft carrier will undergo a 15-month docking planned incremental availability (DPIA) period at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility.

    USS Nimitz (CVN 68) moves to dry dock at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility, March 1. (U.S. Navy/MC3 Christopher R. Jahnke)
  10. USS Topeka visits Yokosuka during Indo-Pacific patrol

    The Los Angeles-class attack submarine arrived at Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan, March 2, for a visit as part of its Indo-Pacific region deployment.

    USS Topeka (SSN 754) sits along the pier at Fleet Activities Yokosuka, March 2. (U.S. Navy/MC2 Jeremy Graham)