1. Boxer Amphibious Ready Group Visits Hong Kong

    USS Boxer, USS Comstock, and embarked 13th MEU Marines arrived in Hong Kong Aug. 31 for a port visit.

    In this file photo, amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4), front, amphibious dock landing ship USS Comstock (LSD 45), left, and amphibious transport dock ship USS Green Bay (LPD 20) steam in formation through the Indian Ocean Aug. 18. All three ships, as part of the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group, recently completed maritime security operations in the U.S. 5th Fleet region and are currently operating in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Trevor Welsh)
  2. Seventh Fleet Ships Sortie for Tropical Storm Talas

    Six ships forward deployed to Yokosuka were ordered to sortie Aug. 30 to avoid Tropical Storm Talas.

    In this file photo, guided-missile cruiser USS Cowpens (CG 63) returns to Commander, Fleet Activities Yokosuka Aug. 22, after its summer patrol. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Charles Oki)
  3. Korean Midshipmen Sail Aboard USS Blue Ridge

    Four South Korean midshipmen embarked USS Blue Ridge in Cairns, Australia, Aug. 2, spending several weeks aboard.

    In this file photo, USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) navigator, Lt. Joshua Virgadamo, shows Republic of Korea sailors different methods to plot the ship's course during a tour of the ship Aug. 19. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Josh Curtis)
  4. USS Blue Ridge concludes summer patrol

    The 7th Fleet command ship returned to Yokosuka, Japan, Aug. 29 after operations throughout Asia-Pacific.

    YOKOSUKA, Japan (Aug. 29, 2011) U.S. 7th Fleet command ship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) returns to the ship's forward-deployed port of Yokosuka, Japan after completing a two-month patrol throughout the Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Melvin F. Orr III)
  5. U.S., Singapore Navies Complete Sea Phase of CARAT

    The six-day at-sea portion of exercise CARAT Singapore wrapped up Aug. 26.

    SOUTH CHINA SEA (Aug. 22, 2011) The guided-missile destroyer USS Chung-Hoon (DDG 93), center, steams in formation with the Republic of Singapore navy Formidable-class frigates RSS Supreme (FFG 73) and RSS Stalwart (FFG 72) during the underway phase of exercise Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Singapore. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Andrew Ryan Smith)
  6. Comstock, Green Bay Lend Hand at Thailand Home

    Sailors, 13th MEU Marines team with Royal Thai Navy to spruce up orphanage grounds, facilities Aug. 23-24.

    PHANG NGA, Thailand (Aug. 23, 2011) Yeoman Seaman Justin Powell, left, assigned to Beach Master Unit (BMU) 1, Beach Landing Team E, and Chief Electrician's Mate Hilario Gudez assigned to amphibious dock landing ship USS Comstock (LSD 45), build a gabion cage to hold rocks for a retaining wall during a community service project at the Home and Life Orphanage in Phang Nga, Thailand. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Joseph M. Buliavac/Released)
  7. Boxer Crew Supports Community, Thailand school

    Boxer Sailors, 13th MEU Marine assisted helped a local elementary school in Phuket, Thailand Aug. 23-24.

    PHUKET, Thailand (Aug. 23,  2011) Machinery Repairman 1st Class Leo Delarosa, assigned to the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4), paints the gate of Maung Phuket Elementary School during a community service project. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Maebel Tinoko)
  8. USS George Washington Returns to Yokosuka

    After 74 days, and more than 25,000 nautical miles in 7th Fleet, the carrier returned to Yokosuka, Japan, Aug. 25.

    YOKOSUKA, Japan (Aug. 25, 2011) The aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) moors at Commander Fleet Activities Yokosuka after her summer patrol. George Washington is the U.S. Navy's only forward-deployed aircraft carrier and is the flagship of Commander Task Force 70. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Charles Oki)
  9. ROK Honors 7th Fleet Commander For Strengthening U.S., ROK Partnership

    Order of National Security Merit Gugseon Medal presented for strengthening the partnership between the U.S. and ROK.

    BUSAN, Republic of Korea (Aug. 25, 2011) Republic of Korea navy’s Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Kim Sung-chan, right, presents the Republic of Korea Order of National Security Merit Gugseon Medal to Commander, U.S. 7th Fleet Vice Adm. Scott Van Buskirk, center, at an award’s ceremony on board the Republic of Korea navy amphibious ship ROKS Dokdo (LPH 6111). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kenneth R. Hendrix)
  10. Germantown Returns to Sasebo Following Talisman Sabre

    The forward-deployed amphibious dock landing ship USS Germantown (LSD 42) returned to Sasebo after completing Summer Patrol Aug. 25.

    SASEBO, Japan (August 25, 2011) Sailors aboard the forward-deployed amphibious dock landing ship USS Germantown (LSD 42) man the rails as the ship returns from its summer patrol. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Johnie Hickmon)