1. First-rate food service Ney Award winners announced

    Several Pacific-based commands topped the list of recently-announced 2019 Navy Captain Edward F. Ney Memorial Awards for outstanding food service.

    In this file photo, Culinary Specialist 3rd Class Ashley Bailey cuts green bell peppers in the galley aboard USS Boxer (LHD 4) in January 2018. (U.S. Navy/MC2 Jose Jean)
  2. Rewarding a culture of excellence, ships' crews can now earn certification early

    The Surface Force Training and Readiness Manual now allows early certification when demonstrating full proficiency.

    USS Harpers Ferry (LSD 49) approaches USNS Yukon (T-AO 202) for a replenishment-at sea during training in the Pacific in January. (U.S. Navy/MC2 Kyle Carlstrom)
  3. 14th Pacific Partnership mission to enhance disaster response cooperation, ties

    Pacific Partnership is the Indo-Pacific's largest annual, multilateral disaster response preparedness mission.

    USNS Brunswick (T-EPF 6) departs Naval Base Guam, March 4, passing USNS Fall River (T-EPF 4) and marking the start of Pacific Partnership 2019. (U.S. Navy/MC1 Nathan Carpenter)
  4. HSC-25 aids cruise ship passenger in Pacific

    Sailors from Guam-based Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 25 provided emergency assistance to a cruise passenger in distress, March 4.

    Naval Air Crewman (Helicopter) 2nd Class Ty Nichols is lowered to the deck of the MV Arcadia to provide emergency assistance to a cruise passenger in distress during a medical evacuation, March 4. (U.S. Navy)
  5. Commissioning ceremony breathes life into USS Charleston

    The U.S. Navy's 16th littoral combat ship joined the fleet in Charleston, South Carolina, March 2.

    USS Charleston (LCS 18) Sailors stand at attention during the littoral combat ship's commissioning ceremony. (U.S. Navy/MC2 Natalia Murillo)
  6. Essex Amphibious Ready Group returns home from deployment

    Sailors and Marines aboard three ships returned to San Diego, March 1, following a deployment to the Indo-Pacific, Middle East, Mediterranean, and Horn of Africa regions.

    File photo of ships of the Essex Amphibious Ready Group. (U.S. Navy/MC2 Christopher B. Janik)
  7. U.S., Australian, Indonesian sailors commemorate WWII Battle of Sunda Strait

    USS Chief (MCM 14) Sailors were among attendees of a ceremony aboard Indonesian Navy corvette KRI Usman Harun (359), March 1.

    A Royal Australian Navy sailor delivers remarks during a memorial service aboard the Indonesian Navy corvette KRI Usman Harun (359) off the coast of Java. (Royal Australian Navy/LSIS Kayla Jackson)
  8. F-35C achieves Initial Operational Capability

    The aircraft carrier variant of the Joint Strike Fighter, the F-35C Lightning II, has met all requirements and achieved Initial Operational Capability (IOC).

    In this file photo, an F-35C Lightning II assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 147 performs a touch-and-go landing on the flight deck of USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) during carrier qualifications in the Pacific in December.  (U.S. Navy/MC3 Ethan J. Soto)
  9. Future USS Charleston set for namesake city commissioning

    The Navy’s newest Independence-variant littoral combat ship will be commissioned in Charleston, South Carolina, March 2.

    In this file photo, the future littoral combat ship USS Charleston (LCS 18) steams through the Guf of Mexico during acceptance trails in July 2018. (U.S. Navy photo courtesy of Austal USA)
  10. USS Chief visits Jakarta during operations in region

    The mine countermeasures ship arrived in Jakarta, Indonesia, Feb. 26, for a port visit and to work with Indonesian Navy counterparts.

    USS Chief (MCM 14) pulls alongside USNS Guadalupe (T-AO 200) during an underway replenishment in the Java Sea, Feb. 24. (U.S. Navy/MC2 Tristin Barth)