1. Freedom's Maiden Deployment Nears End, Changes Hands at Pearl Harbor

    Cmdr. Roger D. Heinken assumed command of USS Freedom (LCS 1) from Cmdr. Patrick C. Thien Dec. 15 as the Navy's first littoral combat ship nears completion of its nine-month assignment forward-operating from Singapore.

    USS Freedom (LCS 1) prepares to enter the channel of Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Dec. 13. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Johans Chavarro)
  2. Carrier Air Wing 11, DESRON 23 Return from Nimitz Deployment

    CVW-11 and DESRON 23 disembarked the aircraft carrier following its arrival at Naval Air Station North Island on Dec. 12.

    An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the “Blue Diamonds” of Strike
        Fighter Squadron (VFA) 146 launches from the aircraft carrier USS
        Nimitz (CVN 68) during the departure of Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 11.
        CVW-11 fixed wing aircraft flew off Nimitz to return home after more
        than eight months deployed to the U.S. 5th, 6th and 7th Fleet areas
        of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist
        3rd Class Derek A. Harkins)
  3. Commander, Pacific Fleet Tours Guam, Meets With Sailors

    Adm. Harry B. Harris, Jr. visited Guam to familiarize himself with his new area of responsibility. He toured installations and interacted with Sailors on a more personal level.

  4. Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet Visits Frank Cable

    Once aboard, Harris toured the ship’s repair, health services, operations divisions and pilot house, allowing him the opportunity to meet and talk with Sailors and civilian mariners.

    Machinery Repairman Joshua Carr, left, briefs the machine
        shop’s capabilities of the submarine tender USS Frank Cable (AS 40)
        to Adm. Harry B. Harris Jr., commander of U.S. Pacific Fleet, during
        a tour of the ship. While aboard, Harris toured the ship’s repair,
        health services, and operations divisions along with the pilot
        house, allowing him the opportunity to meet and talk with Sailors
        and civilian mariners.  (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication
        Specialist 2nd Class Greg House)
  5. USS Freedom Departs U.S. 7th Fleet on Asia-Pacific Deployment

    The littoral combat ship crossed the international date line while transiting the Pacific Ocean, Dec. 10, marking her departure from the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility.

    In this file photo, members of USS Freedom's visit, board, search and seizure team prepare to board a Royal Brunei Navy ship in the South China Sea in September during a compliant boarding exercise as part of exercise Southeast Asia Cooperation and Training (SEACAT). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Karolina A. Oseguera)
  6. 'Sound the Alarm': Hawaii Remembers Pearl Harbor Attack

    More than 2,500 guests, including Pearl Harbor survivors and World War II veterans gathered at the Pacific National Monument's Pearl Harbor Visitor Center Dec. 7 to commemorate the 72nd anniversary of the attack.

    The guided-missile destroyer USS Halsey (DDG 97) conducts a pass-in-review by the USS Arizona Memorial during the 72nd Anniversary Pearl Harbor Day Commemoration ceremony. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Diana Quinlan)
  7. SAPR Survey Essential to Preventing Incidents

    An online survey running through Jan. 6 gives Sailors an opportunity to provide vital feedback on programs, policies, and what needs to be changed in order to deter and prevent sexual harassment and sexual assault incidents.

    The voluntary survey, which began Oct. 15 and runs through Jan. 6, is being used to gather information in order to deter and help prevent sexual harassment and sexual assault incidents. (U.S. Navy photo illustration by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Daniel Barker)
  8. Shiloh to Participate in Trilateral Naval Exercise with UK, ROK

    The guided-missile cruiser USS Shiloh (CG 67) will join ships from the United Kingdom and the Republic of Korea Navy Dec. 8-9 in waters to the south of the Korean Peninsula.

    In this file photo, USS Shiloh (CG 67) operates in the Pacific Ocean. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Declan Barnes)
  9. EODMU-5 Partners with Singapore Navy for Joint Training

    Sailors from Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit 5 are working with Republic of Singapore Navy counterparts during the biannual Miata exercise that kicked off at U.S. Naval Base Guam Dec. 3.

    Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit (EODMU) 5’s Explosive Ordnance Disposal 3rd Class Kevin Posten, right, gives directions to a Republic of Singapore Navy sailor as they practice driving one of EODMU-5’s high mobility multipurpose wheeled vehicles during exercise Miata. (U.S. Navy photo by Jesse Leon Guerrero)
  10. First P-8A Poseidons Report for Duty in Pacific

    The Navy's newest, most advanced maritime patrol and reconnaissance aircraft, the P-8A Poseidon, arrived at Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, Japan for its inaugural deployment Dec. 1.

    A P-8A Poseidon from Patrol Squadron (VP) 16, background, taxis around the Naval Air Facility Atsugi flight line during a stop for refueling Dec. 1 before proceeding to Okinawa. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kegan E. Kay)