1. Interoperability, Combat Readiness Achieved in Keen Sword

    U.S. and Japan Self-Defense Forces wrapped up exercise Keen Sword with a display of naval and air power of 19 ships and seven aircraft operating in formation a few hundred miles off the coast of southern Japan, Nov. 19.

    U.S. Navy and Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force ships steam in formation at the conclusion of exercise Keen Sword. (U.S. Navy/MC3 Chris Cavagnaro)
  2. 7th Fleet, JMSDF Leaders Discuss Tactics During Keen Sword

    Navy leaders from the U.S. and Japan embarked the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) Nov. 18 as part of an assessment of exercise Keen Sword.

    Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force Vice Adm. Eiichi Funada, left, shakes hands with Capt. Greg Fenton, commanding officer of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73), during a visit aboard the ship during exercise Keen Sword. (U.S. Navy/MCSN Everett Allen)
  3. Michael Murphy Enhances Maritime Security Patrols with USCG

    The guided-missile destroyer recently completed the first mission of its maiden deployment by aiding the U.S. Coast Guard in patrolling Pacific waters for illegal fishing and other crimes.

    A small boat team of Sailors and Coast Guardsmen embarked aboard USS Michael Murphy (DDG 112) prepare to board a fishing vessel to conduct an inspection as part of the Oceania Maritime Security Initiative (OMSI). (U.S. Navy photo)
  4. VAQ-138 Participates in Max Thunder Exercise in Korea

    The Yellow Jackets of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 138 are taking part in the bilateral aerial training exercise Nov. 14-21, from Kunsan Air Base.

    An EA-18G Growler from VAQ-138 taxis the runway of Kunsan Air Base, Nov. 17. (U.S. Navy/MC1 Frank L. Andrews)
  5. F-35C Completes Initial Sea Trials aboard Aircraft Carrier

    The F-35C Lightning II carrier variant Joint Strike Fighter completed its first phase of developmental test aboard an aircraft carrier Nov. 14, three days ahead of schedule on USS Nimitz (CVN 68).

    An F-35C Lightning II carrier variant joint strike fighter launches from the flight deck of USS Nimitz (CVN 68). (U.S. Navy/MC3 Timothy M. Ahearn)
  6. 7th Fleet Commander Outlines Fleet Priorities

    Vice Adm. Robert L. Thomas outlined his priorities during an all hands call with his staff Nov. 14, to discuss his goals and objectives for the Fleet.

    In this file photo, Vice Adm. Robert Thomas, commander of U.S. 7th Fleet, speaks with news media aboard the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). (U.S. Navy/MCSN Liam Kennedy)
  7. USS Fort Worth Set for Rotational Western Pacific Deployment

    The littoral combat ship is scheduled to depart its homeport of San Diego Nov. 17 for a 16-month rotational deployment to Singapore in support of the Navy's strategic rebalance to the Pacific.

    USS Fort Worth (LCS 3) operates off Southern California during a task group exercise in October. (U.S. Navy/MCSN Shauna C. Sowersby)
  8. Cooks from the Valley Sizzle Up Veterans Day Celebration

    “Cooks from the Valley,” a Bakersfield, Calif.-based service organization, prepared nearly 7,000 steaks Nov. 11 at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam to show their appreciation and support for service members and their families.

    Cooks from the Valley volunteers prepare steaks for service members and their families at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Nov. 11. (U.S. Navy/MC3 Brennan D. Knaresboro)
  9. George Washington Strike Group Joins Exercise Keen Sword

    The George Washington Carrier Strike Group is operating alongside Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force counterparts during the bilateral field training exercise that began Nov. 11.

    U.S. Navy and Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force ships steam together after the conclusion of the previous Keen Sword exercise in 2012. (U.S. Navy/Lt. Cmdr. Denver Applehans)
  10. Final Phase of 20th CARAT Exercise Series Kicks Off in Brunei

    The 20th annual Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Brunei commenced at Maura Naval Base in Brunei, Nov. 10.

    Rear Adm. Charlie Williams, commander of Task Force 73, strikes a ceremonial gong during the opening ceremony of CARAT Brunei, Nov. 10. (U.S. Navy/MC1 Jay C. Pugh)