1. 7th Fleet flagship strengthens partnerships in Indo-Pacific

    USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) returned to Yokosuka, Japan, May 29, after visiting 11 ports and strengthening partnerships in nine Indo-Pacific nations.

    USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) approaches the pier at Fleet Activities, Yokosuka, May 29. (U.S. Navy/MC1 Aaron Chase)
  2. USS Stethem welcomes new commanding officer

    Cmdr. John Rummel relieved Cmdr. Jeff Benson as commanding officer of the guided-missile destroyer during a recent ceremony in Yokosuka, Japan.

    Cmdr. John Rummel salutes Capt. Jon Duffy, commander of Destroyer Squadron 15, as he relieves Cmdr. Jeff Benson as commanding officer of USS Stethem (DDG 63). (U.S. Navy/MC2 Sarah Myers)
  3. U.S., Thailand kick off 25th CARAT exercise

    The Thailand phase of the annual Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training exercise series began at Sattahip Naval Base, May 29.

    U.S. and Royal Thai Navy Sailors stand in formation together during the opening ceremony of CARAT Thailand 2019, May 29. (U.S. Navy/MC1 Greg Johnson)
  4. USS Mobile Bay returns home from deployment

    The guided-missile cruiser returned to San Diego, May 28, following an around-the-world deployment as part of the John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group.

    USS Mobile Bay (CG 53) approaches the pier at Naval Base San Diego, May 28. (U.S. Navy/MC3 Chanel Turner)
  5. Pacific Partnership 2019 concludes after 7-nation mission

    The mission team embarked aboard USNS Fall River (T-EPF 4) arrived in Singapore May 28, marking the conclusion of the 14th iteration.

    USNS Fall River (T-EPF 4) pulls into the Sembawang Wharves in Singapore following its last Pacific Partnership mission stop in Thailand.  (U.S. Navy/MC2 Christopher Veloicaza)
  6. Carrier Strike Group 9 completes exercise Northern Edge

    The training exercise, which ran from May 13–24, was designed to prepare joint forces to respond to crises in the Indo-Pacific.

    USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) transits the Gulf of Alaska, May 25, after participating in exercise Northern Edge 2019. (U.S. Navy/MC3 Erick A. Parsons)
  7. Chief of Naval Operations honors service members in Hawaii Memorial Day ceremony

    Adm. John Richardson honored America’s fallen service members at the 70th Mayor’s Memorial Day Ceremony in Honolulu, May 27.

    Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson delivers remarks during the Mayor's Memorial Day Ceremony at the National Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl. (U.S. Navy/MC1 Nathan Laird)
  8. Pacific Fleet deputy commander honors fallen service members at Waikiki ceremony

    Rear Adm. Matther Cater delivered remarks during the 31st annual Memorial Day observance at the Waikiki War Memorial Natatorium, May 26.

    Rear Adm. Matthew Carter, deputy commander of U.S. Pacific Fleet, speaks during the 31st Annual Memorial Day Observance at the Waikiki War Memorial Natatorium. (U.S. Navy/MC2 Kenneth Rodriguez Santiago)
  9. Pacific Partnership 2019 completes final mission stop in Thailand

    Senior mission leadership, host nation and partner nation participants attended the closing ceremony in Sattahip, May 25.

    Distinguished guests pose for a group photo following the Pacific Partnership 2019 (PP19) closing ceremony in Thailand. (U.S. Navy/MC2 Nicholas Burgains)
  10. Mutinational Pacific Vanguard exercise launched on Guam

    Maritime forces from Australia, Japan, South Korea and the U.S. arrived in Guam, May 22, to conduct cooperative maritime training in exercise Pacific Vanguard.

    U.S. Navy, Royal Australian Navy, Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force and Republic of Korea Navy ships sit moored in Apra Harbor, Guam, at the beginning of exercise Pacific Vanguard. (U.S. Navy/MC2 Jasen Moreno-Garcia)