1. Pacific Partnership Concludes Successful Mission in FSM

    The citizens of the Federated States of Micronesia and the members of Pacific Partnership 2015 celebrated a successful visit to the country with a closing ceremony and Fourth of July celebration in Kolonia, Pohnpei.

    Capt. James Meyer, right, commodore of Task Force Forager, and Capt. Erich Diehl shake hands with local children during an Independence Day celebration in Kolonia, July 4. (U.S. Marine Corps/Sgt. James Gulliver)
  2. U.S., Australian Forces ‘On Board’ for Talisman Sabre

    More than 260 military and civilian augmentees from Australia and the U.S. arrived aboard USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) July 6, bringing additional manpower and capabilities to the 7th Fleet staff prior to the start of exercise Talisman Sabre 2015.

    Australian Army Capt. Kevin Jolley is one of 260 augmentees who recently checked in aboard the U.S. 7th Fleet flagship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) prior to exercise Talisman Sabre. (U.S. Navy/MC2 Indra Bosko)
  3. George Washington CSG Kicks Off Exercise Talisman Sabre

    Sailors with the George Washington Carrier Strike Group began their participation in exercise Talisman Sabre 2015 off the north coast of Australia, July 7.

    Ships of the George Washington Carrier Strike Group, including USS Mustin (DDG 89), USS Antietam (CG 54) and USS George Washington (CVN 73) transit in formation in the Banda Sea, July 5. (U.S. Navy/MC3 David Flewellyn)
  4. Seabees Renovate Schools in the Federated States of Micronesia

    Pacific Partnership celebrated the completion of two school renovations during ribbon cutting ceremonies July 3 in Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia.

    Pacific Partnership leadership and local Federated States of Micronesia government officials cut a ribbon officially reopening up Lukop Elementary School after completing a renovation project July 3.
  5. Expeditionary Strike Group 7 Begins Talisman Sabre

    Expeditionary Strike Group 7 is underway off Australia's coast with Sailors, Marines and embarked Australian personnel preparing for high-level amphibious training over the next two weeks.

    The Bonhomme Richard Expeditionary Strike Group moves in formation off the coast of western Australia, July 3. (U.S. Navy/Capt. George Doyon)
  6. USS Higgins Departs on Deployment

    The guided-missile destroyer departed Naval Base San Diego July 6 on an independent deployment to the Western Pacific and Middle East.

    USS Higgins (DDG 76) departs San Diego, July 6. (U.S. Navy/Melissa K. Russell)
  7. Nurse Midwife Saves Baby’s Life After Attending PP15 Course

    A Pohnpei nurse midwife credits the “Helping Babies Breathe” course taught during Pacific Partnership with helping her save a baby’s life June 29, just hours after attending the two-day event.

    Royal Australian Navy Lt. Cmdr. Alison Zilko instructs local students at the College of Micronesia-Federated States of Micronesia, June 29. (U.S. Marine Corps/Sgt. James Gulliver)
  8. USNS Mercy Transitions to Rabaul in Papua New Guinea Mission

    The hospital ship arrived in Rabaul, Papua New Guinea, July 5 for the second half of its mission stop in the host nation for Pacific Partnership 2015.

    USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) sits at anchorage in Simpson Harbor off the coast of Rabual during Pacific Partnership. (U.S. AIr Force/Senior Airman Peter Reft)
  9. Micronesia Veterans Honored in Wreath Laying Ceremony

    Pacific Partnership and the government of the Federated States of Micronesia hosted a wreath laying ceremony July 1 at the Fallen Hero’s Memorial at Pohnpei State Airport.

    Capt. James Meyer, left, deputy commander of Pacific Partnership 2015; Acting Secretary of Foreign Affairs for the Federated States of Micronesia Samson Pretrick; U.S. Ambassador to the Federated States of Micronesia Doria Rosen; and and Capt. Erich Diehl, commander of Navy Expeditionary Force Command Pacific, 7th Fleet, observe a moment of silence during a wreath laying ceremony July 1. (U.S. Marine Corps/Sgt. James Gulliver)
  10. MCPON Engages Sailors and Families in Hawaii

    Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy Mike Stevens visited Oahu, Hawaii, June 30-July 1, meeting Sailors, their families and leadership around the island.

    Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) Mike Stevens speak with Sailors during an all hands call at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. (U.S. Navy/MC1 Martin L. Carey)