1. USS Blue Ridge Departs for 7th Fleet Patrol

    The U.S. 7th Fleet flagship departed Yokosuka, Japan, Feb. 28 for its first patrol of the year, where it will take part in exercises and other events with allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific.

    USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) departs Yokosuka, Japan, Feb. 28. (U.S. Navy/MC3 Ramon G. Go)
  2. Bonhomme Richard ARG Embarks 31st MEU

    Ships of the Amphibious Ready Group completed embarkation of 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit Marines Feb. 26 in Okinawa for amphibious integration training and a certification exercise at sea.

    A Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC) transfers Marine Corps equipment and personnel aboard USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6), Feb. 24. (U.S. Navy/MC2 Michael Achterling)
  3. U.S. Navy, Timor-Leste Forces Convene 2nd CARAT Exercise

    The U.S. Navy and Timor-Leste Defense Force kicked off exercise Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) in Timor-Leste Feb. 24., with USS Kidd (DDG 100) and Seabees from Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 3 taking part.

    Members of the Timor-Leste Defense Force and U.S. Sailors conduct a firehose handling skills exchange aboard USS Kidd (DDG 100). (U.S Navy/MC1 Jay C. Pugh)
  4. 7th Fleet Tops 80 Exercises, 192 Port Visits for 2013

    Each event of the the U.S. Navy's largest numbered fleet supported security and stability across 124 million square kilometers between Hawaii and India.

    The George Washington Carrier Strike Group and ships of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force participate in tactical maneuver training during Annual Exercise (AnnualEx) 13 in November. (U.S. Navy/MC3 Ricardo R. Guzman)
  5. Famed Nimitz WWII 'Diary' to be Unveiled Online Monday

    Monday, Feb. 24 at 6:30 p.m. Eastern, the Naval War College Library will publicly unveil online the 4,000-page "Gray Book" collection of Fleet Adm. Chester Nimitz communications that started in the wake of the Pearl Harbor attack and ran right up until the closing days of the war.

    Adm. Chester W. Nimitz, second from right, and other senior officers visit Saipan in 1944. Included are (from left to right) Adm. Raymond A. Spruance; Adm. Ernest J. King; and Brig. Gen. Sanderford Jarman, U.S. Army. (U.S. Navy photo)
  6. US, Republic of Korea Navies Strengthen Alliance

    Commander, Task Force (CTF) 70; Commander, Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 15; and Republic of Korea navy (ROKN) Maritime Task Flotilla (MTF) 7 held a Composite Warfare Committee (CWC) to improve combined warfighting skills and strengthen the U.S. and ROKN alliance, Feb. 17-20.

    Republic of Korea Navy Rear Adm. Kim Jongil, right, receives a brief inside an MH-60R Seahawk helicopter during a visit to Naval Air Facility Atsugi, Feb. 20. (U.S. Navy/MC2 Kegan E. Kay)
  7. USS San Diego Underway for NASA Capsule Recovery Test

    The amphibious transport dock ship departed Naval Base San Diego Feb. 18 for an Underway Recovery Test (URT), a multi-agency mission in support of NASA's Orion program.

    A test crew module for the NASA Orion Program sits in the well deck of amphibious transport dock ship USS San Diego (LPD 22), Feb. 18.  (U.S. Navy/MC2 Daniel M. Young)
  8. USS Bonhomme Richard Departs Sasebo for Patrol

    The forward-deployed amphibious assault ship departed Sasebo, Japan, Feb. 17 for a patrol in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility to conduct joint operations and training with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit.

    USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) departs Fleet Activities Sasebo, Feb. 17. (U.S. Navy photo/MCSN Raymond D. Diaz III)
  9. USS Lake Erie to Deploy to Western Pacific

    The Hawaii-based guided-missile cruiser USS Lake Erie (CG 70) will depart Feb. 18 for a Western Pacific deployment, the ship's last while being homeported in Pearl Harbor.

    USS Lake Erie (CG 70) operates off the coast of Hawaii during exercise Koa Kai in January. (U.S. Navy/MC3 Johans Chavarro)
  10. Motorcycle Safety - Staying Alive to Enjoy the Ride

    Motorcycle safety has increased in recent years thanks to improvements to safety gear and training. But there is still room for improvement, says the Pacific Fleet’s safety officer.

    Sailor rides his motorcycle on Joint Base Pearl
        Harbor-Hickam. Safety is an important element of maximizing Sailor
        and Marine personal readiness. (U.S. Navy photo/MC3 Johans