1. USS John S. McCain certified for return to operations

    The crew of the guided-missile destroyer recently completed basic phase certification, returning the ship to operational status.

    In this file photo, USS John S. McCain departs Yokosuka in October to conduct comprehensive at-sea testing. (U.S. Navy/MC1 Torrey W. Lee)
  2. Coastal Riverine Group 1 holds change of command

    Capt. Allen Adkins relieved Capt. Michael Ray as commodore during a ceremony at the CGR 1 headquarters in Imperial Beach, California.

    Capt. Allen Adkins walks through ceremonial side boys during the CRG 1 change of command ceremony. (U.S. Navy/BMC Nelson Doromal)
  3. Command of USS Makin Island changes hands

    Capt. Tom Ulmer relieved Capt. Chris “Woody” Westphal as commanding officer of the San Diego-based amphibious assault ship.

    USS Makin Island (LHD 8) operates in the eastern Pacific in April. (U.S. Navy/MC3 Jacob D. Bergh)
  4. USS Fitzgerald en route to San Diego homeport

    The guided-missile destroyer departed Pascagoula, Mississippi, after more than two years of restoration and modernization.

    USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) prepares to depart Pascagoula, June 13. (U.S. Navy photo courtesy of Huntington Ingalls Industries)
  5. USS Milius named Navy's top Pacific Fleet sub hunter

    The Bloodhound Award is presented to one ship in both the Atlantic and Pacific for exceptional performance in anti-submarine warfare (ASW).

    Sonar Technician (Surface) 2nd Class Justin Spahn stands watch as an acoustic sensor operator aboard USS Milius (DDG 69) during Annual Exercise (ANNUALEX) with the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force in November. (U.S. Navy/MC2 Taylor DiMartino)
  6. USS Preble interdicts 2,000 kilograms of cocaine

    The guided-missile destroyer and embarked U.S. Coast Guard team seized 100 bales of suspected cocaine worth over $40 million, in the Eastern Pacific.

    A U.S. Coast Guard Law Enforcement Detachment team member, embarked aboard USS Preble (DDG 88), boards a low profile go fast vessel (LPGFV) during an interdiction operation in the Eastern Pacific. (U.S. Coast Guard)
  7. USS Montgomery returns home from Indo-Pacific deployment

    The littoral combat ship returned to San Diego following a 12-month rotational deployment to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations.

    USS Montgomery (LCS 8) transits San Diego Bay, June 10. (U.S Navy/MC3 Alex Corona)
  8. USS Kidd departs San Diego as deployment continues

    The guided-missile destroyer returns to sea after more than a month in San Diego aggressively responding to an earlier COVID-19 outbreak at sea.

    Boatswain’s Mate Seaman Lucas Hood handles a mooring line as USS Kidd (DDG 100) departs San Diego, June 10. (U.S. Navy/MC2 Alex Corona)
  9. SMWDC celebrates 5th anniversary, rapidly increasing surface force lethality

    The Naval Surface and Mine Warfighting Development Center increases the lethality and tactical proficiency of the surface force across all domains.

    Naval Surface and Mine Warfighting Development Center headquarters staff pose for a group photo while celebrating SMWDC's fifth anniversary. (U.S. Navy)
  10. USS Nebraska Gold earns the Arleigh Burke Fleet Trophy

    The trophy is awarded annually to one ship or aircraft squadron from both the Pacific and Atlantic for achieving the greatest improvement in battle efficiency.

    USS Nebraska (SSBN 739) file photo. (U.S. Navy/MC1 Amanda R. Gray)