1. 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)
  2. 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)
  3. 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)
  4. 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)
  5. Partner Nations Gather to Plan Pacific Partnership 2016 Mission

    Representatives of partner nations for this year's Pacific Partnership mission gathered in Singapore Feb. 22-26 for a planning conference to hone details for the 2016 edition.

    Representatives from various nations work together during a Pacific Partnership 2016 panning conference.  (U.S. Navy/MC3 Madailein Abbott)
  6. JMSDF, US Navy Grow Green Partnership

    The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force destroyer JS Samidare (DD 106) received more than 62,000 gallons of an advanced biofuel mixture from USNS Rainier (T-AOE 7) while operating with the John C. Stennis Strike Group Feb. 22.

    JS Samidare (DD 106) receives an advanced biofuel mixture from the fast combat support ship USNS Rainier (T-AOE 7) during a replenishment at sea with the John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group. (U.S. Navy/MCSN Cole C. Pielop)
  7. William P. Lawrence Supports Oceania Maritime Security Initiative

    The guided-missile destroyer supported two commercial fishing vessel boardings by a U.S. Coast Guard law enforcement team off the coast of the Republic of Nauru this week as part of OMSI.

    USS William P. Lawrence (DDG 110) sits in the vicnicty of a fishing vessel while support a boarding and inspection as part of the Oceania Maritime Security Initiative. (U.S. Navy/MC3 Emiline L. M. Senn)
  8. Navy in Hawaii Earns Two Top Environmental Awards

    The Pacific Missile Range Facility on Kauai and USS Chafee (DDG 90), homeported at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, were winners of Chief of Naval Operations Environmental Awards, it was announced Feb. 22 in Washington.

    In this file photo, USS Chafee (DDG 90) maneuvers along the coast of Kauai during a certification exercise. (U.S. Navy/MC2 Jon Dasbach)
  9. USS Blue Ridge Departs for Indo-Asia-Pacific Patrol

    The U.S. 7th Fleet flagship departed Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Feb. 22, for a patrol strengthening and supporting strong relationships and partnerships throughout the Indo-Asia Pacific.

    USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) departs Yokosuka, Japan, on Monday. (U.S. Navy/MC2 Peter Burghart)
  10. USS Ashland Completes Exercise Cobra Gold

    The amphibious dock landing ship wrapped up its participation in the multinational exercise Cobra Gold, Feb. 19.

    Ensign Beatrice Cayaban discusses equipment on the bridge of USS Ashland (LSD 48) with members of the Royal Thai Navy Armed Forces during a tour of ship. (U.S. Navy/MCSN Kelsey L. Adams)