1. F-35 Lightning II testing begins aboard USS America

    The first of seven F-35B Lightning II aircraft slated for operational and developmental testing aboard USS America (LHA 6) embarked the amphibious assault ship Oct. 28.

    An F-35B Lightning II aircraft launches for the first time off the flight deck of USS America (LHA 6), Oct. 28. (U.S. Navy/P02 Benjamin Wooddy)
  2. USS Carl Vinson crew tests skills during COMPTUEX

    The aircraft carrier is in the midst of an at-sea period that includes a Composite Training Unit Exercise to certify the crew and strike group as deployment ready.

    Lt. Daniel Didier directs an F/A-18C Hornet from Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 34 during flight operations aboard USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70), Oct. 31. (U.S. Navy/PO3 Matthew Brown)
  3. Makin Island ARG, 11th MEU enter 7th Fleet

    The Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group and embarked 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit arrived in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations Oct. 29.

    USS Makin Island (LHD 8), center, USS Comstock (LSD 45), left, and USS Somerset (LPD 25) operate in the Pacific Ocean, Oct. 25.(U.S. Navy/PO2 Dennis Grube)
  4. Bonhomme Richard ESG returns to Okinawa for Marines offload

    The last two ships of the Bonhomme Richard Expeditionary Strike Group arrived in Okinawa, Japan, to offload the the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, Oct. 28.

    An MV-22B Osprey assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 262 departs USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) as part of an offload of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit. (U.S. Navy/P02 William Sykes)
  5. Joint women's symposium puts focus on leadership

    Service members from the various services gathered at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam Oct. 24 and 25 for this year's Women's Leadership Symposium.

    Rear Adm. Bette Bolivar, commander of Joint Region Marianas, interacts with Sailors and Coast Guardsmen during the 2016 Women's Leadership Symposium. (U.S. Navy/P02 Somers Steelman)
  6. USS Key West returns to Guam from national tasking

    The Los Angeles-class attack submarine returned to its homeport of Guam, Oct. 25, following a 4 1/2-month, forward-operating period in the Western Pacific.

    USS Key West Engineer Officer Lt. Cmdr. Judson Thomas is surprised with a gender reveal by his wife and son during the submarine's homecoming. (U.S. Navy/Lt. Lauren Spaziano)
  7. USS Wasp to relieve USS Bonhomme Richard in Japan

    The amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1) will become part of the U.S. 7th Fleet Forward Deployed Naval Forces in the fall of 2017.

    In this file photo, USS Wasp (LHD 1) steams through the Mediterranean Sea in August. (USMC/Cpl. Ryan G. Coleman)
  8. USS Nimitz welcomes VAW-121's Advanced Hawkeye

    Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 121 completed the first west coast aircraft carrier underway period with the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye, Oct. 21.

    An E2-D Hawkeye from VAW-121 preforms a touch and go on USS Nimitz (CVN 68), Oct. 19. (U.S. Navy/PO2 Siobhana R. McEwen)
  9. USS Nimitz completes flight deck certification

    Following a 20-month planned maintenance period, the aircraft carrier earned its flight deck certification while underway in the Pacific, Oct. 20.

    An EA-18G Growler assigned to Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 142 lands aboard USS Nimitz (CVN 68), Oct. 15. (U.S. Navy/PO2 Eli K. Buguey)
  10. USS Essex receives upgrades for Joint Strike Fighter

    The amphibious assault ship is currently undergoing upgrades that will allow it to field the F-35B Joint Strike Fighter.

    U.S. Marines with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, conduct the first ever hot load of ordnance on the F-35B Lightning II, Sept. 22 in Yuma, Arizona. (USMC/Staff Sgt. Artur Shvartsberg)