1. Blue Ridge Partners with PLA(N) North Sea Fleet in Search and Rescue Exercise

    The U.S. 7th Fleet flagship and guided-missile frigate CNS Yancheng (FFG 546) trained together Aug. 8 off the coast of China.

    USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19), back, and the Chinese guided-missile frigate Yancheng (FFG 546) operate together in the Yellow Sea Aug. 8 during a search and rescue exercise that followed Blue Ridge's goodwill visit to Qingdao, China. (U.S. Navy/MC3 Kelby Sanders)
  2. USS Blue Ridge Concludes Successful Navy-to-Navy Exchange with PLA(N) North Sea Fleet

    The U.S. 7th Fleet flagship departed Qingdao, China, Aug. 8.

    USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) departs Qingdao, Aug. 8. (U.S. Navy/MC3 Michael Hendricks)
  3. US, Singapore Navies Wrap Up 20th CARAT Singapore

    The two-week Singapore phase of exercise Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training concluded Aug. 8.

    Republic of Singapore Navy sailors tour the guided-missile destroyer USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG 108) during CARAT. (U.S. Navy/MC2 Christian S. Eskelund)
  4. George Washington Strike Group Concludes Regional Patrol

    GWCSG ships and Sailors returned to Yokosuka, Japan, Aug. 8 after a three-month patrol in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations.

    Sailors and civilian guests look on as the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) returns to Fleet Activities Yokosuka. (U.S. Navy/MCSN Matthew Riggs)
  5. Multinational GUAMEX Focuses on Anti-Submarine Warfare

    Military forces from Australia, New Zealand, Japan and the U.S. are partnering in a multinational anti-submarine warfare exercise Aug. 9-15 in waters around Guam.

    Members of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force examine a  U.S. Navy P-3 Orion surveillance aircraft at Andersen Air Force Base ahead of GUAMEX. (U.S. Navy/MC2 Timothy Wilson)
  6. 7th Fleet, China Navy Leaders Hold Constructive Talks

    More than 50 senior officers from U.S. 7th Fleet and the People's Liberation Army Navy North Sea Fleet met Aug. 6 in Quingdao to discuss increasing cooperation, future exercise opportunities and improved communication between the fleets.

    U.S. 7th Fleet Commander Vice Adm. Robert L. Thomas Jr., second from left, speaks with senior members of the People's Liberation Army Navy North Sea Fleet during navy-to-navy discussions in Qingdao. (U.S. Navy/Lt. Andrew Orchard)
  7. Blue Ridge Strengthens Cooperation with PLA(N) North Sea Fleet

    The U.S. 7th Fleet flagship arrived in Qingdao, China, Aug. 5 to promote maritime cooperation and reinforce a positive navy-to-navy relationship with the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLA(N)) North Sea Fleet.

    Capt. Richard McCormack, commanding officer of USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19), receives a gift during a welcoming ceremony in Qingdao. (U.S. Navy/MC3  Kelby Sanders)
  8. First Multinational Proliferation Security Exercise held in Hawaii

    The U.S. and its Asia-Pacific regional partners are hosting exercise Fortune Guard 2014, Aug. 4-7 in Honolulu.

    Brig. Gen. Burt Thompson, U.S. Pacific Command's deputy director of Strategic Planning and Policy, speaks with a Fortune Guard 2014 participant during the opening ceremony at the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies. (U.S. Navy/MC1 Amanda Dunford)
  9. RIMPAC Concludes with Enhanced Cooperation among 22 Nations

    Rim of the Pacifc, the world’s largest international maritime exercise, concludes Aug. 1 after demonstrating the flexibility of maritime forces to meet regional and global challenges.

    Forty-two ships and submarines representing 15 international partner nations manuever into a close formation during RIMPAC 2014. (U.S. Navy/MC1 Shannon Renfroe)
  10. SECNAV Visits Singapore during CARAT 2014

    Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus spoke to Sailors taking part in the annual Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training exercise with the Republic of Singapore Navy, July 30.

    Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus addresses U.S. Navy Sailors at Changi Naval Base in Singapore during CARAT. (U.S. Navy/MC1 Jay C. Pugh)