1. Bonhomme Richard ARG Initiates Certification Exercise

    The event focuses on the capability of the 31st MEU to conduct humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations with the ARG.

    An AV-8B Harrier jet aircraft assigned to Marine Attack
        Squadron (VMA) 542 approaches the flight deck of the
        forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD
        6) during evening flight operations. The Bonhomme Richard Amphibious
        Ready Group (ARG), along with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit
        (MEU), are currently participating in Certification Exercise
        (CERTEX). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd
        Class Michael Russell)
  2. USS Hawaii visits Subic during Western Pacific deployment

    The Virginia Class submarine USS Hawaii (SSN 776) arrived in Subic Bay Sept. 7 for a visit as part of her deployment in the Western Pacific.

    In this file photo, the Virginia-class submarine, USS Hawaii (SSN 776), departs Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam for their scheduled six month Western Pacific deployment, May 21. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Ronald Gutridge / Released)
  3. Joint Forces to Conduct Valiant Shield Exercise

    A U.S. Navy carrier strike group will join a U.S. Air Force expeditionary wing and Marine Corps units for exercise Valiant Shield 2012, Sept. 11- 19, in the vicinity of Guam.

    In this file photo, aircraft from the Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force fly together at the conclusion of excercise Valiant Shield 2007. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Denny Cantrell)
  4. Blue Ridge Returns To Yokosuka

    U.S. 7th Fleet flagship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) returned to Yokosuka, Japan, Sept. 4 after concluding its participation in Ulchi Freedom Guardian 2012 (UFG12).

    7th Fleet flagship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) as the ship returns to Yokosuka, Sept. 4 following exercise Ulchi Freedom Guardian.
  5. Bonhomme Richard Tests Emergency Response Capabilities

    Sailors aboard amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) and Marines from the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit conducted a mass casualty drill to test emergency response capabilities, Sept. 3.

    A CH-46 Sea Knight attached to the Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron (HMM) 262 Flying Tigers lands on the flight deck aboard the forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) during a mass casualty drill.
  6. USNS Mercy Arrives in Hawaii for Port Visit

    Pacific Partnership 2012, embarked aboard hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19), arrived in Pearl Harbor Sept. 2 as it nears completion of a nearly five-month deployment, the largest annual humanitarian and civic assistance mission in the Asia-Pacific.

    PService members and civilians man the rails of USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) as the hospital ship arrives in Pearl Harbor Sept. 2 for a port visit on her final leg of Pacific Partnership 2012. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Michael Feddersen)
  7. USS Mobile Bay to Depart for Deployment

    The guided-missile cruiser is scheduled to depart San Diego Sept. 1 for an eight-month deployment to the Western Pacific Ocean and Arabian Gulf as part of the John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group.

    In this file photo, USS Mobile Bay (CG 53) steams alongside the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) while operating in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsbility in December 2011. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Will Tyndall)
  8. USS Sampson set for San Diego return from deployment

    The guided-missile destroyer returns to San Diego Aug. 31 following a six-month independent deployment to the 7th and 5th Fleet areas of operations.

    In this file photo, USS Sampson (DDG 102) arrives in Guadalcanal Aug. 6 to take part in the island's commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the World War II battle there. (U.S. Navy photo)
  9. PACFLT Sailor Honored for Community Service by American Legion

    Operations Specialist 2nd Class Alvin Balthazar, assigned to the U.S. Pacific Fleet staff, received The American Legion's Spirit of Service Award Aug. 28 in recognition of his extensive volunteer efforts.

    Operations Specialist 2nd Class Alvin Balthazar pauses for a photo after being presented The American Legion's Spirit of Service Award from American Legion National Commander Fang A. Wong, left, in Indianapolis, Aug. 28. Also with Balthazar are Lt. Gen. John F. Kelly, senior military assistant to the Secretary of Defense, and actor J.R. Martinez, a former U.S. Army Soldier. (Photo courtesy of The American Legion)
  10. Army assists Pacific Partnership 2012

    Operations Specialist 2nd Class Alvin Balthazar, assigned to the U.S. Pacific Fleet staff, received The American Legion's Spirit of Service Award Aug. 28 in recognition of his extensive volunteer efforts.

    U.S Army Capt. Shannon McLean and World Vets volunteer veterinarian Helle Hydeskov examine a baby goat's leg as part of a veterinary civic action project in Sangihe, Indonesia, June 11. (Photo by Camelia Montoy)