1. VAW-115 bids farewell to 44 years of service in Japan

    The last E-2C Hawkeyes from Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 115 departed Naval Air Facility Atsugi, Japan, June 1.

    In this file photo, E-2C Hawkeyes assigned to VAW-115 fly in formation by Mt. Fuji in 2007. (U.S. Navy/MC1 Jarod Hodge)
  2. Bonhomme Richard departs Sasebo for regional patrol

    The amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) departed its forward-deployed base of Sasebo, Japan, June 1 for a scheduled patrol in the Indo-Asia-Pacific.

    USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) pulls away from the pier at Fleet Activities Sasebo, June 1. (U.S. Navy/MC2 Jordan Crouch)
  3. Olympia visits Yokosuka during Indo-Asia-Pacific deployment

    The Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Olympia (SSN 717) arrived at Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan, May 31, for a port visit.

    USS Olympia (SSN 717) prepares to moor at Fleet Activities Yokosuka, May 31. (U.S. Navy/MC2 Brian G. Reynolds)
  4. U.S.-Japan forces set milestones for enhancing amphibious, mine warfare

    Personnel from both nations and 34 different commands across ground, maritime, and air services recently met for bilateral amphibious and mine warfare discussions in Kure, Japan.

    Participants of the U.S.-Japan bilateral amphibious and mine warfare staff talks pose for a group photo in front of JS Bungo (MST 464). (U.S. Navy/LT Adam Cole)
  5. Pacific Partnership 2017 mission draws to a close

    Pacific Partnership 2017, embarked aboard USNS Fall River (T-EPF 4) arrived in Singapore May 31, marking the conclusion of this year’s disaster response preparedness mission.

    USNS Fall River (T-EPF 4) arrives in Da Nang, Vietnam, May 8 for Pacific Partnership. (U.S. Navy/MC2 Joshua Fulton)
  6. USS Stethem completes patrol in Western Pacific

    The forward-deployed guided-missile destroyer returned to Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan, May 28 following a four-month regional patrol.

    USS Stethem (DDG 63) steams alongside USS Barry (DDG 52) during a formation exercise as part of MultiSail 2017 in March. (U.S. Navy/MC2 William McCann)
  7. Pacific Partnership concludes in Nha Trang, Vietnam

    The second Vietnam mission stop of this year's Pacific Partnership mission wrapped up May 29 after 10 days of activities focused on disaster response and relationship building.

    Lt. Cmdr. Justin Dye of Navy Medical Center San Diego examines neurological injury patients with local doctors at Khahn Hoa General Hospital, May 22. (U.S. Navy/MC2 Joshua Fulton)
  8. CARAT 2017 series begins, strengthening maritime partnerships, cooperation

    The 23rd annual Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) exercise series commenced in Sattahip, Thailand, May 29.

    In this file photo, USS Stethem (DDG 63) and ships from the Royal Thai Navy break formation following a maneuvering exercise during CARAT Thailand 2016. (U.S. Marine Corps/Lance Cpl. Carl King Jr.)
  9. USS Ashland departs Sasebo for regional patrol

    The amphibious dock landing ship departed its forward-deployed base of Sasebo, Japan, for a routine patrol, May 26.

    USS Ashland (LSD 48) departs Fleet Activities Sasebo, May 26. (U.S. Navy/MC2 Jordan Crouch)
  10. USS John S. McCain passes INSURV assessment

    The forward-deployed guided-missile cruiser passed all readiness requirements for a materiel assessment conducted by the Navy's Board of Inspection and Survey, May 25.

    USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) and USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG 54) sit along the pier at Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan, May 16. (U.S. Navy/MC2 Nathan Burke)