1. USS Blue Ridge Arrives in Manila, Strengthens Old Ties

    U.S. 7th Fleet flagship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) and the embarked 7th Fleet staff arrived in Manila, Philippines, March 4 for a port visit.

    In this file photo, USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) departs Osaka, Japan, in February following a port visit. (U.S. Navy/MCSN Timothy Hale)
  2. Great Green Fleet Operates in the South China Sea

    The John C. Stennis Strike Group is conducting routine operations in the South China Sea since arriving March 1 in the course of its deployment to U.S. 7th Fleet.

    USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) participates in a replenishment at sea with USNS Rainier (T-AOE 7) and USS Mobile Bay (CG 53) in the South China Sea on Friday. (U.S. Navy/MC2 Andrew P. Holmes)
  3. Barry Enhances Defense, Strength by Joining 7th Fleet

    The guided-missile destroyer USS Barry (DDG 52) entered the 7th Fleet area of operations March 2, bound for Japan as part of the U.S. Navy's Forward Deployed Naval Forces.

    In this file photo, USS Barry (DDG 52) operates in the Mediterranean Sea during a previous deployment to the U.S. 6th Fleet. (U.S. Navy/MC1 Christopher B. Stolz)
  4. Expeditionary Strike Group 7 Arrives in Republic of Korea

    Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) 7, including three ships and more than 4,000 Sailors and Marines, arrived in Republic of Korea ports March 3 for port visits.

    Republic of Korea (ROK) Sailors wave U.S. and Republic of Korea flags as USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) pulls into ROK Fleet base in Busan, March 3. (U.S. Navy/MC3 Jermaine M. Ralliford)
  5. US Forces, JMSDF Complete Fleet Synthetic Training

    Personnel from the Navy, Army and Air Force along with units from the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) participated in a Fleet Synthetic Training-Joint (FST-J) exercise last week in Yokosuka, Japan.

    Capt. Adam Aycock, commanding officer of USS Shiloh (CG 67), explains the ship's ballistic missile defense capabilities during the exercise. (U.S. Navy/MC3 Sara B. Sexton)
  6. Indonesian Admiral Embarks USS Chicago

    Indonesian Eastern Fleet Commander Rear Adm. Darwanto S.H. recently embarked the Los Angeles-class attack submarine to build upon an already strong partnership between two nations.

    Cmdr. Lance Thompson, commanding officer of USS Chicago (SSN 721), discusses his submarine’s capabilities and missions to Indonesian Navy Rear Adm. Darwanto S.H. on the bridge of the Los Angeles-class attack submarine. (U.S. Navy/Lt. j.g. Charles Jamison)
  7. ESG 7 Commander Embarks USS Bonhomme Richard

    The commander of Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) 7 and his staff embarked amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) this week for a patrol in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations.

    In this file photo, Rear Adm. John B. Nowell, commander of Expeditionary Strike Group 7, looks on as a Marine aboard USS Ashland (LSD 48) explains amphibious assault vehicle operations during exercise Cobra Gold earlier this month. (U.S. Navy/MCSN Kelsey L. Adams)
  8. Bonhomme Richard ARG, 31st MEU Complete CERTEX

    USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) and USS Germantown (LSD 42) completed a complex, nine-day certification exercise with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, Feb. 28.

    A landing craft air cushion (LCAC) disembarks from the well deck of USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) to return Marines and their equipment ashore at White Beach Naval Facility. (U.S. Navy/MC3 Jeanette Mullinax)
  9. Boxer ARG, 13th MEU Arrive in 7th Fleet Area of Operations

    The Boxer Amphibious Ready Group (ARG), 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (13th MEU) team arrived in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations, Feb. 27.

    In this file photo, USS Boxer (LHD 4) and USS New Orleans (LPD 18) operate in the Pacific earlier this month. (U.S. Navy/MCSN Craig Z. Rodarte)
  10. USS Ashland Completes South China Sea Patrol

    Amphibious dock landing ship USS Ashland (LSD 48) conducted a routine patrol in international waters of the South China Sea Feb. 26 after participating in exercise Cobra Gold 16 in Thailand.

    Sailors aboard amphibious dock landing ship USS Ashland (LSD 48) raise the ensign while navigating the waters of the South China Sea. (U.S. Navy/MCSN Kelsey L. Adams)