1. U.S., Korean Navies Embrace Training Opportunities During Bilateral Exchange

    The guided-missile destroyers USS Mustin (DDG 89) and USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) are participating in a bilateral training exercise Jan. 13-15 with Republic of Korea Navy counterparts.

    Republic of Korea (ROK) Navy sailors assigned to ROK 1st Fleet welcome USS Mustin (DDG 89) as the ship arrives in Donghae, Jan. 11. (Photo courtesy of Republic of Korea Navy)
  2. USNS Mercy Trains, Integrates Core Crew During MERCEX

    The Military Sealift Command hospital ship completed its quarterly Mercy Exercise (MERCEX) Jan. 12 at sea in the Pacific.

    Navy medical personnel evaluate a simulated patient during during MERCEX.  (U.S. Navy/MCC Christopher E. Tucker)
  3. Amphibious Squadron 5, 11th MEU Return to U.S. 7th Fleet

    Two of the three ships of the Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group, along with the embarked 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit, returned to U.S. 7th Fleet Jan. 9 after operations in 5th Fleet.

    USS Makin Island (LHD 8) and USS Comstock (LSD 45) transit the Arabian Sea Jan. 6 during operations in U.S. 5th Fleet. (U.S. Navy/MC3 Robin W. Peak)
  4. Army cuts in Hawaii seen as 'devastating'

    The military rebalance to the Pacific is "real," and Hawaii is at the crossroads of it, but a potential Army downsizing in Hawaii that would seem to run contrary to that effort is very much a concern, military, business and elected officials said Friday.

    Adm. Harry B. Harris, Jr., commander of U.S. Pacific Fleet, addresses attendees of the Hawaii Military Affairs Council (MAC) annual meeting and partnership conference at Washington Place. (Photo by Dave Miyamoto)
  5. USS Bonhomme Richard Departs on Deployment

    The forward-deployed amphibious assault ship departed Sasebo, Japan, Jan. 10, for training and operations in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility.

    Gunner’s Mate Seaman Thomas Amason mans the .50 caliber machine gun and Culinary Specialist 2nd Class Bennett Evans stands lookout aboard USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) as the ship gets underway, Jan. 10. (U.S. Navy/MC3 Christian M. Caldwell)
  6. CTF-75 Establishment Ceremony Celebrates Mission Ahead

    A ceremony formalizing Commander, Task Force (CTF) 75 with command and control of Navy expeditionary forces in U.S. 7th Fleet took place Jan. 9 at Naval Base Guam's Camp Covington.

    Vice Adm. Robert Thomas, commander ofU.S. 7th Fleet, addresses the audience during the establishment ceremony for Commander, Task Force (CTF) 75. (U.S. Navy/MC1 Timothy Wilson)
  7. U.S. Navy Divers Use Advanced Equipment in Search for AirAsia Flight QZ8501

    An eight-member team from Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit (MDSU) 1 aboard USS Fort Worth (LCS 3) is supporting the ongoing Indonesian-led search effort for AirAsia flight QZ8501 with advanced Tow Fish side scan sonar systems capable of providing high-resolution images of the ocean floor.

    Navy Diver 2nd Class Daniel Soulliard monitors the readings from a Tow Fish side scan sonar system during operations in the Java Sea. (U.S. Navy/MC2 Antonio P. Turretto Ramos)
  8. USS Louisville Visits Okinawa During Deployment

    The Los Angeles class attack submarine arrived at White Beach Naval Facility Jan. 6 for a port visit as part its ongoing deployment to the Western Pacific.

    USS Louisville (SSN 724) file photo.
  9. Fort Worth, Sampson Continue AirAsia Search Support

    U.S. Navy support of Indonesian-led search operations for AirAsia Flight QZ8501 continued Jan. 5, with USS Fort Worth (LCS 3) and USS Sampson (DDG 102) operating in the Java Sea.

    USS Fort Worth (LCS 3) and Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit 1 Sailors prepare to launch a Tow Fish side scan sonar system from the ship's 11-meter rigid hull inflatable boat, Jan. 4 in the Java Sea. (U.S. Navy/MC2 Antonio P. Turretto Ramos)
  10. USS Fort Worth CO Discusses Ship's AirAsia Search Efforts

    From aboard USS Fort Worth (LCS 3) in the Java Sea, Cmdr. Kendall Bridgewater, the ship's commanding officer, provides an update on Fort Worth's role supporting Indonesian-led search operations for the downed AirAsia flight QZ8501.