1. USS Topeka visits Yokosuka during 7th Fleet patrol

    The Los Angeles-class attack submarine arrived at Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan, Jan. 17 for a visit as part of its Indo-Asia-Pacific deployment.

    USS Topeka (SSN 754) arrives at Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Jan. 17. (U.S. Navy/MC2 Brian G. Reynolds)
  2. USS Michael Murphy to begin Western Pacific deployment

    The guided-missile destroyer is scheduled to depart Pearl Harbor, Jan. 13, joining the Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group on an Indo-Asia-Pacific deployment.

    USS Michael Murphy (DDG 112) file photo. (U.S. Navy/MC2 Daniel M. Young)
  3. Navy's E-2D Advanced Hawkeye to deploy to Japan

    The U.S. Navy's newest airborne early warning and control aircraft, the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye, will join the Forward Deployed Naval Forces as part of Carrier Air Wing 5 in Japan in February.

    In this file photo, an E2-D Advanced Hawkeye from VAW-121 preforms a touch and go on USS Nimitz (CVN 68) in October. (U.S. Navy/MC2 Siobhana R. McEwen)
  4. U.S. 7th Fleet looks back at 2016, a year of firsts

    Upgraded ships, new innovations and technologies, and partnerships were abound for U.S. 7th Fleet in 2016.

    USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) and JS Izumo (DDH 183) lead ships breaking formation during exercise Keen Sword in November. (U.S. Navy/MC1 Elijah G. Leinaar)
  5. Carl Vinson Strike Group set for deployment to Western Pacific

    Ships and units from the Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group will depart San Diego for a regularly-scheduled deployment to the Western Pacific, Jan. 5 and Jan. 6.

    In this file photo, ships of the Carl Vinson Strike Group steam in formation during pre-deployment training in August. (U.S. Navy/MCSN Daniel P. Jackson Norgart)
  6. Last US ship transferred to ROK Navy decommissioned

    ROKS Pyeongtaek (ATS 27) was decommissioned Dec. 28, closing the final chapter on the last U.S. ship transferred to the Republic of Korea Navy.

    ROK Navy sailors stand in ranks during the decommissioning ceremony, also attened by Korea-based U.S. Navy Sailors, for ROKS Pyeongtaek (ATS 27). (U.S. Navy/MC3 Wesley J. Breedlove)
  7. USS John S. McCain visits Puerto Princesa on patrol

    The guided-missile destroyer arrived in Puerto Princesa, Philippines, Dec. 24 for a brief, routine port call.

    USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) approaches Puerto Princesa, Dec. 24. (U.S. Navy/MC3 James Vazquez)
  8. USS Buffalo returns from deployment in time for Christmas

    The Los Angeles-class submarine returned to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Dec. 23 after completing a seven-month deployment to the Western Pacific region.

    USS Buffalo (SSN 715) sits along the pier after returning to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Dec. 23. (U.S. Navy/MC1 Daniel Hinton)
  9. Submarines Alexandria, Pasadena visit Japan bases

    The two Los Angeles-class attack submarines arrived in Sasebo and Yokosuka, Dec. 22 for visits as part of their Indo-Asia-Pacific patrol.

    USS Pasadena (SSN 752) arrives at Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Dec. 22. (U.S. Navy/MC2 Brian G. Reynolds)
  10. Coast Guard, Navy complete joint fisheries patrol in Oceania

    The Coast Guard and Navy recently completed a joint mission in the central and South Pacific under the Oceania Maritime Security Initiative to combat transnational crimes, enforce fisheries laws and enhance regional security.

    A U.S. Coast Guard Pacific Law Enforcement Detachment Team boarding officer signals a rigid-hull inflatable boat for pickup from a Chinese fishing vessel during a Oceania Maritime Security Initiative mission with USS Sampson (DDG 102), Nov. 29. (U.S. Navy/PO2 Bryan Jackson)