1. Complex mine warfare training complete in RIMPAC SOCAL

    The tactical free play phase of RIMPAC mine warfare operations in the Southern California area of operations wrapped up July 27.

    An MH-53E Sea Dragon from Helicopter Mine Countermeasures Squadron (HM) 14 hovers to recover training sea mines as USS Harpers Ferry (LSD 49) operates in the distance during RIMPAC, July 24. (U.S. Navy)
  2. Coast Guard, Navy respond to vessel grounding off Niihau Island, Hawaii

    The U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Navy responded to a vessel in distress, July 27.

    Naval Aircrewman (Helicopter) 1st Class Justin Greene, a search and rescue swimmer from Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 4, assesses the situation at the site of a vessel grounding, July 27. (U.S. Navy/AW2 Sebastian Mendieta)
  3. HSC-25 aircrew rescues three divers off Guam

    Guam-based Sailors from Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 25 rescued three divers separated from their boat more than 15 miles from the Guam shore, July 26.

    Sailors from Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 25 brings a rescued diver aboard their MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter, July 26. (U.S. Navy/HM1 Alexander Nguyen)
  4. Ronald Reagan Strike Group returns from regional patrol

    The Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group returned to Yokosuka, Japan, July 24, following a patrol in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations.

    USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) approaches Fleet Activities Yokosuka, July 24. (U.S. Navy/MC1 Peter Burghart)
  5. USNS Mercy returns home following Pacific Partnership mission

    The Military Sealift Command hospital ship returned to San Diego, July 21, after supporting Pacific Partnership 2018.

    USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) arrives at Naval Base San Diego, July 21. (U.S. Navy/Sarah Burford)
  6. Mustin Sailors pause to remember WWII-era USS Johnston

    On patrol in the Philippine Sea, the USS Mustin (DDG 89) crew conducted a ceremony to reflect on the sacrifice of USS Johnston (DD 557) Sailors.

    Cmdr. Todd Penrod, executive officer of USS Mustin (DDG 89), and Cryptologic Technician (Collection) 2nd Class Jared Ammon carry a wreath during a remembrance ceremony for USS Johnston (DD 557), July 19. (U.S. Navy/MC2 Sonja Wickard)
  7. RIMPAC participants conduct 2nd sinking exercise

    Live fire from a ship and an aircraft participating in exercise RIMPAC exercise sank the decommissioned frigate USS McClusky (FFG 41), July 19.

    The decommissioned frigate USS McClusky (FG 41) sinks after being struck with live fire during exercise RIMPAC. (U.S. Navy)
  8. Thomas takes command of forward-deployed Task Force 70

    Rear Adm. Karl Thomas assumed command of CTF 70, the U.S. Navy's largest battle force, from Rear Adm. Marc Dalton during a ceremony aboard USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), July 18.

    Rear Adm. Marc Dalton, left, and Rear Adm. Karl O. Thomas salute the colors during the Commander, Task Force (CTF) 70 change of command ceremony in the hangar bay aboard USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76). (U.S. Navy/MCSN Codie L. Soule)
  9. US, Japanese, Indian forces begin annual mine countermeasures exercise

    During the exercise, participants will practice unit-level mine countermeasures tactics to detect and neutralize sea mines.

    USS Chief (MCM 14) arrives in Hakodate, Japan, July 14 for a goodwill visit ahead of Mine Countermeasures Exercise 2JA. (U.S. Navy/MC2 Andrew P. Holmes)
  10. HSC-25 aircrew rescues commercial mariner off Guam

    The Guam-based squadron medically evacuated a Chinese crew member with life threatening symptoms from a Netherlands-flagged cargo ship.

    Aircrewmen from HSC-25 descend to the deck of a commercial vessel to bring a medical evacuee aboard their SH-60S Sea Hawk for transfer ashore to Guam. (U.S. Navy/Lt. Erik Kumetz)