1. Command of amphibious assault ship USS Wasp changes hands

    Capt. Christopher Herr relieved Capt. Colby Howard as commanding officer during a ceremony in Subic Bay, Philippines, following exercise Balikatan.

    Sailors stand at parade rest during the USS Wasp change of command ceremony. (U.S. Navy/MC3 Benjamin F. Davella III)
  2. Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf visits Hong Kong

    USCGC Bertholf (WMSL 750) arrived in Hong Kong, April 15, for the first visit by a Coast Guard cutter in 17 years.

    In this file photo, USCGC Berthholf (WMSL 750) operates in the Pacific in January. (U.S. Coast Guard/CPO John Masson)
  3. PACFLT commander talks winning the high-end fight with Hawaii-based Navy leadership

    Adm. John Aquilino met with leaders for a conversation about readiness and winning a high-end fight, if called to do so.

    Adm. John C. Aquilino speaks with Navy leadership triads from Hawaii-based units, April 12. (U.S. Navy/MC1 Nate Laird)
  4. Armed Forces of the Philippines, U.S. forces conclude annual Balikatan exercise

    This 35th iteration of Balikatan was the first to incorporate USS Wasp (LHD 1) paired with the U.S. Marine Corps’ F-35B Lightning II aircraft.

    USS Wasp (LHD 1) maneuvers alongside the Philippine Navy's landing platform dock BRP Tarlac (LD 601) and offshore patrol vessel BRP Ramon Alcaraz (PS 16), April 5. (U.S. Navy/MC1 Daniel Barker)
  5. U.S. Navy submarine hosts Royal Thai Navy leaders during Guardian Sea exercise

    The visit to USS Louisville (SSN 724) off Phuket was in conjunction with the bilateral anti-submarine warfare exercise.

    Vice Adm. Chareonpol Koomrasi, center, chief of staff of the Royal Thai Navy (RTN) Fleet, poses for a photo with U.S. Capt. Matt Jerbi, commodore of Destroyer Squadron 7 and other visiting RTN leaders during a tour of USS Louisville (SSN 724). (U.S. Navy/Lt. Matthew Ziesmer)
  6. HSC-25 rescues two Guam fishermen after watercraft sinks

    The men were able to battle the surf and traversed the jagged reef to shore, but were stranded on a cliff line with no avenue of rescue from shore or sea.

    Naval Aircrewman (Helicopter) 2nd Class Robert Washington is lowered from an MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter to rescue two local spear fishermen, April 11. (U.S. Navy/HM2 Class Kyle Bowen)
  7. Pacific Partnership 2019 concludes mission stop in Malaysia

    During the two-week mission in Kuching, the Pacific Partnership team helped build relationships and improve disaster response capabilities.

    A Malaysian Army soldier and members of the multinational Pacific Partnership team celebrate the end of an enclosure project during a ribbon cutting ceremony at Sambir Elementary School in Kuching. (U.S. Navy/MC2 William Berksteiner)
  8. 7th Fleet flagship USS Blue Ridge returns to Malaysia

    USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) arrived in Kota Kinabalu for a port visit April 11, its second visit to Malaysia since joining the LIMA exhibition in Langkawi last month.

    USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) approaches Kota Kinabalu, April 11. (U.S. Navy/MC3 Dylan McKay)
  9. U.S. Navy P-8A, destroyer join JSDF search for Japanese F-35A pilot

    P-8A Poseidon aircraft from Patrol Squadron (VP) 8 and VP-5, along with USS Stethem (DDG 63) are assisting with the Japanese-led search effort.

    File photo of a P8-A Poseidon from Patrol Squadron (VP) 5. (U.S. Navy/MC1 Joshua Hammond)
  10. Malaysia emergency response team conducts Pacific Partnership rescue exercise

    The Malaysian-led evolution simulated a natural disaster relevant to the local Kuching, Malaysia, area.

    Malaysian first responders and Royal Air Force Reserves Flight Lieutenant John Carolan-Cullion lift a civilian with simulated injuries from a boat during a field training exercise as part of Pacific Partnership 2019. (U.S. Navy/MC2 William Berksteiner)