1. Pacific Partnership 2012 Welcomes New Participants

    Nearly halfway through the mission, another wave of participants from various countries and non-governmental organizations joined the team aboard USNS Mercy in Subic Bay, Philippines, July 7.

    PACIFIC OCEAN (July 8, 2012) Canadian Army Pvt. Jill Macdonald fills out arrival paperwork upon joining Pacific Partnership 2012 aboard USNS Mercy. (Photo by Kristopher Radder)
  2. USS Sterett Returns to San Diego Thursday

    Sterett is set to return to San Diego July 5 after a deployment to the 7th and 5th Fleet areas of operation.

    In this file photo, the guided-missile destroyer USS Sterett (DDG 104) transits the Arabian Sea, April 22. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Tim D. Godbee)
  3. World's Largest International Maritime Exercise Gets Underway

    Military leaders from 22 nations formally launched Rim of the Pacific Exercise (RIMPAC) 2012, July 2.

    PEARL HARBOR (July 2, 2012) Adm. Cecil Haney, commander of U.S. Pacific Fleet, accompanied by senior officers of nations participating in exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC), addresses the media during a press conference announcing the start of RIMPAC. (Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force photo by PO1 Takahiro Ito)
  4. George Washington Celebrates 20 Years of Service

    While at sea in the Pacific July 2, USS George Washington celebrated a Fourth of July birthday -- its own.

    In this file photo, USS George Washington (CVN-73) steams in the East China Sea June 21. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Paul Kelly)
  5. 18th Annual CARAT Exercise Underway in Philippines

    The 2012 edition of exercise Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training between the U.S. Navy and Philippine Navy began July 2 following the arrival of a U.S. Navy Task Group in General Santos City, Philippines.

    GENERAL SANTOS CITY, Philippines (July 1, 2012) Philippine navy sailors stand at attention to welcome the U.S. Navy as the USS Vandegrift (FFG 48) arrives for Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Stephen Hickok)
  6. Pacific Partnership 2012 Bids Farewell to Samar

    The international Pacific Partnership team, operating from hospital ship USNS Mercy, concluded two weeks of outreach in Samar, Philippines, July 1.

    Lt. Cmdr. David Allen, center, examines a seven-year-old patient at Paaralang Elementary School in Samar, Philippines, during a medical civic action project (MEDCAP) as part of Pacific Partnership. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Roadell Hickman)
  7. USS Chicago visits Yokosuka

    The fast attack submarine USS Chicago arrived at Fleet Activitites Yokosuka, Japan, June 29 for its first port visit as part of its Western Pacific deployment.

    YOKOSUKA, Japan (June 29, 2012) The Los Angeles-class fast attack submarine USS Chicago (SSN 721) is moored at Fleet Activities Yokosuka. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communications Specialist 1st Class David Mercil)
  8. George Washington CSG Visits Busan

    Four ships of the George Washington Carrier Strike Group arrived in Busan, Republic of Korea, June 27 for a port visit.

    BUSAN, Korea (June 27, 2012) Capt. David Lausman, USS George Washington's commanding officer, presents coins to children dressed in traditional Korean costume during a welcoming ceremony. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Jennifer A. Villalovos)
  9. Synthetic drug testing catching Sailors

    The Navy’s urinalysis testing program for synthetic compounds has been underway for several months, and those who choose to violate the Navy’s policy against substance abuse are being held accountable.

  10. Band Aid Boats: A Vital Link For Mercy

    Crew members aboard Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy transport more than 200 host country patients to and from shore daily in support of Pacific Partnership 2012.