1. Bonhomme Richard Departs on Maiden Forward-Deployed Patrol

    USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) departed Aug. 10 to begin its first patrol as the Navy’s only permanently forward deployed amphibious assault ship.

    An MH60S Seahawk helicopter approaches amphibious assualt ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) Aug. 9 as the ship prepares to get underway for its first patrol since being forward-deployed to Sasebo. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Mark R. Alvarez)
  2. USS Bonhomme Richard Tests for Synthetic Drugs

    Forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) conducted its first synthetic compound urinalysis Aug. 11.

  3. Howes Turns Over Command of SUBDEVRON 5 To Jablon

    The commander of U.S. Pacific Fleet, Adm. Cecil Haney, was among the honored guests as Capt. Brian Howes turned over command of Submarine Development Squadron (SUBDEVRON) 5 to Capt. Jeffrey Jablon on Aug. 10 at the Naval Undersea Museum.

    Capt. Brian Howes turns over command of Submarine Development Squadron (SUBDEVRON) 5 to Capt. Jeffrey Jablon during a ceremony at the Naval Undersea Museum in Keyport, Wash., Aug. 10. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Ahron Arendes)
  4. PHIBRON 11 Deploys for Purposeful Forward Presence

    Amphibious Squadron 11, which is permanently embarked aboard USS Bonhomme Richard and forward deployed to Sasebo, Japan, commenced a fall deployment in the 7th Fleet area of operations Aug. 10.

    An MH60S Seahawk helicopter, assigned to Sea Combat Helicopter Squadron Twenty-Five (HSC-25), lands on the flight deck of the forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) Aug. 9. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Mark R. Alvarez)
  5. USS Louisville Completes WESTPAC Deployment

    USS Louisville (SSN 724) returned home to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam Aug. 8 after completing a six-month deployment to the Western Pacific region.

    USS Louisville (SSN 724) returns to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam after completing a deployment to the Western Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Ronald Gutridge)
  6. USS Olympia Begins Western Pacific Deployment

    The Los Angeles-class submarine USS Olympia (SSN 717) departed Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam Aug. 8 for a deployment to the Western Pacific.

    USS Olympia (SSN 717) departs Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam Aug. 8 for a six-month Western Pacific deployment. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Ronald Gutridge)
  7. USS Sampson Arrives in Guadalcanal for 70th Anniversary Commemoration

    USS Sampson (DDG 102) arrived in Guadalcanal Aug. 6, to take part in the island's commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the World War II Battle of Guadalcanal.

    Guided-missile destroyer USS Sampson (DDG 102) arrives in Guadalcanal, Aug. 6. (U.S. Navy photo)
  8. Trilateral exercise to be conducted off coast of Hawaii

    Ships from the U.S., Japan, and the Republic of Korea will conduct a trilateral naval exercise off the coast of Hawaii Aug. 7-8 following exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC).

    In this file photo, USS McCampbell (DDG 85), left, JS Kurama (DDH 144), center, and ROKS Munmu the Great (DDH 976) steam in formation June 21 during a trilateral exercise in the East China Sea. A trilateral exercise between the U.S., Japan and the Republic of Korea is scheduled Aug. 7-8 off the coast of Hawaii. (U.S. Navy photo by Lt. Cmdr. Denver Applehans)
  9. Cambodian Students Learn Casting Techniques aboard Mercy

    Cambodian students gained valuable medical knowledge in casting techniques while aboard the hospital ship USNS Mercy Aug. 4, as part of Pacific Partnership 2012.

    A Cambodian medical student records Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Jason Smith showing a group of Cambodian medical students how to make a cast aboard USNS Mercy, Aug. 4. (Photo by Kristopher Radder)
  10. RIMPAC 2012 Concludes

    The world's largest international maritime exercise, Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC), came to an end Aug 3.

    Ships and submarines participating in exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2012 sail in formation, July 27, in the waters around the Hawaiian islands. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Keith Devinney)