1. USNS Mercy set to depart for Pacific Partnership

    The hospital ship is scheduled to depart San Diego May 11 for a deployment in support of the Navy's annual Pacific Partnership mission.

    In this file photo, USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) sits anchored off the coast of Savusavu, Fiji, during Pacific Partnership 2015. (U.S. Navy/MC2 Mark El-Rayes)
  2. USS Ronald Reagan returns to sea for trials, training

    The U.S. Navy’s only forward-deployed aircraft carrier departed Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan, May 9 to conduct sea trials.

    Operations Specialist 3rd Class Meagan Turner scans the horizon while standing lookout watch as Quartermaster 3rd Class Chris Rexrode stands by to relay the ship's position to the navigation bridge aboard the USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76). (U.S. Navy/MCSN Jamaal Liddell)
  3. U.S. 7th Fleet flagship visits Shanghai

    USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) arrived in Shanghai, China, May 6 for a port visit as part of its 2016 patrol season.

    Vice Adm. Joseph Aucoin, commander of U.S. 7th Fleet, and Capt. Matt Paradise, commanding officer of the U.S. 7th Fleet flagship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19), are greeted on the pier by the People's Liberation Army (Navy) during a welcoming ceremony in Shanghai. (U.S. Navy/MC3 Don Patton)
  4. Chung-Hoon begins temperature control initiative

    USS Chung-Hoon's (DDG 93) temperature control plan is part of the Navy’s yearlong initiative called the Great Green Fleet, highlighting efforts to transform energy use in order to increase operational capability.

    Sailors read instructions while conducting routine maintenance aboard USS Chung-Hoon (DDG 93). (U.S. Navy/MC2 Marcus L. Stanley)
  5. USS William P. Lawrence conducts South China Sea patrol

    The guided-missile destroyer conducted a routine patrol May 2 in international waters of the South China Sea during a regularly scheduled 7th Fleet deployment.

    USS William P. Lawrence (DDG 110) operates in the South China Sea, May 2. (U.S. Navy/MC3 Emiline L. M. Senn)
  6. Regional maritime security, counterterrorism exercise underway in Brunei

    The ASEAN Defense Ministers' Meeting Plus (ADMM-Plus) Maritime Security and Counter Terrorism Exercise kicked off May 3.

    Cmdr. Greg Adams presents Letkol Laut (P) Ashari Alamsyah, commanding officer of KRI Sultan Iskandar Muda (SIM-367), with a command coin during the opening ceremony of the ASEAN Defense Minister’s Meeting (ADMM) Plus Maritime Security and Counterterrorism Field Training Exercise. (U.S. Navy/MC3 Joshua Fulton)
  7. USS Carl Vinson Completes Sea Trials

    The aircraft carrier completed three days of sea trials April 30, allowing the crew to assess the ship's state of readiness and ensure maintenance was properly accomplished.

    Gunner’s Mate 3rd Class Achaad Abernathy fires a MK 38 25mm MOD 2 machine gun during a live-fire exercise aboard USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) while underway for sea trials. (U.S. Navy/MCSN Daniel P. Jackson Norgart)
  8. 11th Pacific Partnership Mission Prepares to Enhance Cooperation, Strengthen Ties in Southeast Asia

    This year's mission, scheduled to begin May 11, will include activities in Indonesia, Timor Leste, Malaysia, the Philippines, Vietnam, and Palau.

    USNS Mercy sits at anchor off the coast of Rabual, Papua New Guinea, during the 2015 mission. (U.S. Air Force/Senior Airman Peter Reft)
  9. USS Blue Ridge Returns to Hong Kong

    The U.S. 7th Fleet flagship arrived in Hong Kong April 29 for a port visit during its 2016 patrol season.

    Quartermaster Seaman William Reeves, attached to the U.S. 7th Fleet flagship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19), records surface contacts as the ship arrives in Hong Kong. (U.S. Navy/MC3 Jordan KirkJohnson)
  10. U.S., Australian Defence Forces Conduct Fleet Synthetic Training

    Fleet Synthetic Training-Joint (FST-J) is a computer-based synthetic training which allows geographically separated units to integrate in a tactically and operationally demanding virtual environment.

    Operations Specialist 3rd Class Dontre Posey serves as the assistant battle watch captain in the Task Force 70 Tactical Flag Command Center during a joint Fleet Synthetic Training exercise. (U.S. Navy/MC3 Sara B. Sexton)