1. PACFLT Enhances Bilateral Cooperation with Vietnam

    U.S. Pacific Fleet senior military leaders hosted bilateral staff talks in Hawaii with officials from Vietnam to exchange ideas on a variety of technical and operational topics, April 12-14.

    Rear Adm. Patrick A. Piercey, U.S. Pacific Fleet (PACFLT) director of maritime operations, right, and Rear Adm. Do Minh Thai, deputy chief of staff of the Vietnam People's Navy, attend bilateral staff talks at PACFLT headquarters. (U.S. Navy/MC2 Tamara Vaughn)
  2. USS Fort Worth Slated for Gas Turbine Transit, Repair Period in San Diego

    The littoral combat ship will make preparations to get underway from Singapore on its own power and transit to San Diego this summer.

    USS Fort Worth (LCS 3) file photo. (U.S. Navy/MC2 Joe Bishop)
  3. Multilateral Naval Exercise Komodo Kicks Off in Indonesia

    Komodo 2016 kicked off in Padang, Indonesia, April 12, with an opening ceremony and arrival of navy ships from 35 nations in the city's harbor for an international fleet review.

    Sailors aboard USS Stockdale (DDG 106) man the rails for an international fleet review during Multilateral Naval Exercise Komodo. (U.S. Navy/MC2 Andrew P. Holmes)
  4. USS Port Royal, Coronado Complete IDCERTEX

    USS Port Royal (CG 73) and USS Coronado (LCS 4) Crew 204 successfully completed an independent deployer certification exercise (IDCERTEX) along the coast of Southern California, April 10.

    Sailors conduct live fire exercises aboard USS Port Royal (CG 73) as USS Coronado (LCS 4) transits behind during IDCERTEX. (U.S. Navy/MC3 Christopher A. Veloicaza)
  5. USS Emory S. Land Returns to Guam, New Homeport

    Wrapping up a five-month deployment, the submarine tender arrived in Guam, April, ll, its first time back since officially shifting homeports from Diego Garcia in December.

    USS Emory S. Land (AS 39) file photo. (U.S. Navy/MC1 David R. Krigbaum)
  6. USS Blue Ridge Makes Port Call in Goa

    The U.S. 7th Fleet flagship arrived in Goa, India, for a port visit April 8 after completing a similar goodwill visit to Mumbai the previous day.

    Commander, U.S. 7th Fleet Vice Adm. Joseph Aucoin thanks Indian Flag Officer of Naval Aviation and Flag Officer Goa Area, Rear Adm. Puneet Kumar Bahl, for his hospitality during an office call in Goa. (U.S. Navy/MC2 Indra Bosko)
  7. USS Somerset Hosts National Emergency Preparedness Liaison Officer Conference

    The amphibious transport dock ship hosted more than 550 military and civilian officials on board, April 5-6.

    USS Somerset (LPD 25) sits pierside at Naval Base Coronado during the 2016 National Emergency Preparedness Liaison Officer (NEPLO) conference as EPLOs from various military services depart the ship following a tour. (U.S. Navy/MC1 Anibal Ramos)
  8. USS Russell to Return from Deployment

    The guided missile destroyer is scheduled to return to San Diego April 10 from a 214-day independent deployment to the Arabian Gulf, Indian Ocean, and Western Pacific.

    In this file photo, USS Russell (DDG 59) operates in the Arabian Gulf in February during a monthly exercise with Iraq. (U.S. Navy/MC2 Torrey W. Lee)
  9. MSC Ships Deliver Marines, Cargo to Philippines for Balikatan

    Three Military Sealift Command (MSC) ships delivered Marines and their equipment to Subic Bay ahead of exercise Balikatan, which kicked off April 4.

    An AAV-7 Amphibious Assault Vehicle rolls off the ramp of maritime prepositioning force ship USNS 1ST LT Jack Lummus (T-AK 3011) in preparation for exercise Balikatan 16. (U.S. Navy/Grady T. Fontana)
  10. Communication Suite Proves Energy Efficient in Foal Eagle

    A new communication suite used by the staff of Commander, Task Force 75 during exercise Foal Eagle 2016 reduced fuel consumption by 30 percent from its predecessor.

    Cmdr. Jetter Riggs, assigned to Commander Task Force (CTF) 75, briefs Vice Adm. Joseph Aucoin, commander of U.S. 7th Fleet, during a tour of CTF 75's command tent during exercise Foal Eagle in March. (U.S. Navy/MCC Lowell Whitman)