1. Japan’s defense minister visits USS Ronald Reagan

    Minister of Defense Tomomi Inada visited the forward-deployed aircraft carrier at U.S. Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan, Aug. 23.

    Japanese Minister of Defense Tomomi Inada receive a brief about the mission of forward-deployed naval forces aboard USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76). (U.S. Navy/MC2 Adrienne Powers)
  2. SEACAT enhances cooperation between Southeast Asia navies

    The 15th annual Southeast Asia Cooperation and Training (SEACAT) exercise got underway in Singapore, Aug 22.

    In this file photo, Indonesian Navy sailors conduct a simulated inspection of USNS Rappahannock (T-AO-204) during a previous SEACAT exercise. (U.S. Navy/Lt. Kenny Zilka)
  3. Bonhomme Richard Expeditionary Strike Group departs Okinawa

    Ships of the Bonhomme Richard Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) departed Okinawa, Japan, Aug. 21, beginning their fall 2016 patrol.

    A landing craft air cushion (LCAC) transits to USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) during the onload of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit in Okinawa, Aug. 18. (U.S. Navy/MC2 Benjamin Stevens)
  4. USS Fort Worth departs Singapore for San Diego

    The littoral combat ship departed Changi Naval Base in Singapore Aug. 22, beginning a transit across the Pacific Ocean to her homeport in San Diego.

    USS Fort Worth (LCS 3) departs Changi Naval Base, Aug. 22. (U.S. Navy/MC3 Madailein Abbott)
  5. Secretary of the Navy visits US, ROK leaders in Korea

    Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus visited the Republic of Korea Aug. 18-20 to support and highlight the longstanding partnership between both navies and Marine Corps.

    Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus meets with U.S. Marine Maj. Gen. Robert Hedelund, the commander of Marine Forces Korea, and Rear Adm. Bill Byrne, the commander of U.S. Naval Forces Korea, Aug. 19. (U.S. Navy/MC1 Ty Connors)
  6. Pacific Partnership mission underway in Indonesia

    USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) and the multinational Pacific Partnership team arrived in Padang, Indonesia, Aug. 19 for the fifth and final mission stop of 2016.

    In this file photo, USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) sits off the coast of Manado, Indonesia, during a previous Pacific Partnership mission. (Photo by Camelia Montoy)
  7. Pacific Fleet commander refreshes guidance to the fleet

    Adm. Scott H. Swift, recently issued updated guidance to the fleet that all Pacific Fleet Sailors, uniformed and civilian, should read and understand.

    Adm. Scott Swift speaks to Sailors from a Pacific Surface Action Group aboard USS Momsen (DDG 92) in April. (U.S. Navy/MC2 Brian M. Wilbur)
  8. Pacific Partnership, Malaysian Armed Forces team for search and rescue exercise

    The SAREX, part of Pacific Partnership 2016, ended with a casualty response drill aboard USNS Mercy (T-AH 19), Aug. 14.

    Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency and U.S. Navy personnel transport a simulated patient aboard USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) during a Pacific Partnership search and rescue exercise. (U.S. Navy/MC3 Trevor Kohlrus)
  9. Pacific Partnership 2016 completes Palau mission

    JS Shimokita (LST 4002) departed Palau Aug. 15 after a multinational team aboard completed two weeks of medical and engineering initiatives designed to promote cooperation and knowledge exchange with local authorities.

    JS Shimokita (LST 4002) sits at anchor off Koror, Palau, during Pacific Partnership 2016. (JMSDF photo)
  10. U.S., Chinese navies practice search and rescue, CUES

    USS Benfold (DDG 65) conducted coordinated maneuvering events, Code for Unplanned Encounters at Sea (CUES), and search and rescue training with the People’s Liberation Army (Navy) frigate Daqing (FFG 576), Aug. 12.

    Sailors aboard USS Benfold (DDG 65) man the rails before the ship breaks away from the Chinese Navy frigate Daqing (FFG 576) during a Code for Unplanned Encounters at Sea (CUES) exercise. (U.S. Navy/MC3 Deven Leigh Ellis)