1. USS Makin Island Arrives in Singapore for Port Visit

    The amphibious assault ship and embarked 11th MEU Marines arrived in Singapore Dec. 21 for a port visit.

    In this file photo, an SH-60H Sea Hawk helicopter assigned to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 23 transport pallets of supplies from USNS Bridge (T-AOE 10) to USS Makin Island (LHD 8) Dec. 3 as the ships operate in the Pacific Ocean. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Dominique Pineiro)
  2. USS Pinckney Disrupts Piracy in Gulf of Aden

    The crew of the San Diego-based destroyer disrupted a group of suspected pirates south of Yemen, Dec. 19.

    GULF OF ADEN (Dec. 19, 2011) A visit, board, search and seizure team from the San Diego-based guided-missile destroyer USS Pinckney (DDG 91) approaches a suspected pirate vessel after the Motor Vessel Nordic Apollo reported being under attack and fired upon by pirates. (U.S. Navy photo)
  3. USS John C. Stennis Launches Navy's Final Air Mission Over Iraq

    The John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group launched the Navy's final air sortie over Iraq Dec. 18.

    ARABIAN GULF (Dec. 18, 2011) An E-2C Hawkeye from the "Golden Hawks" of Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 112 launches from aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74), marking the Navy's last air mission in support of Operation New Dawn. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Benjamin Crossley)
  4. Pearl Harbor, New Orleans Underway Following Cambodian MAREX

    The ships, along with embarked 11th MEU Marines, departed Dec. 19 following Marine Exercise 2012 in Cambodia.

    SIHANOUKVILLE, Cambodia (Dec. 19, 2011) Culinary Specialist 2nd Class Latoya Farrish, assigned to USS New Orleans (LPD 18), greets a Cambodian child during a community outreach project at the School of Public Health and Social Work of St. Elizabeth. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Dominique Pineiro)
  5. Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group arrives in 7th Fleet

    The Carrier Strike Group, to include USS Bunker Hill and USS Halsey, arrived in 7th Fleet Dec. 14.

    PACIFIC OCEAN (Dec. 9, 2011) Sailors conduct flight operations aboard the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). Carl Vinson and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 17 are currently underway on a Western Pacific deployment.  (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman George M. Bell)
  6. USS Makin Island Supports U.S., Malaysia Training

    The amphibious assault ship served as the at-sea launching platform for exercise Kilat Eagle, Dec. 14.

    PACIFIC OCEAN (Dec. 14, 2011) Marines embark a CH-46E Sea Stallion helicopter, assigned to the Red Dragons of Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron (HMM) 268 Reinforced, aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Alan Gragg)
  7. USS Pearl Harbor Sailors, Marines Reach Out to Kids in Cambodia

    Ship's crew and Marines from the 11th MEU visited with kids at an activity center for children Dec. 15.

    SIHANOUKVILLE, Cambodia (Dec. 15, 2011) Personnel Specialist 2nd Class Richel Mila, left, and Religious Program Specialist 1st Class Maila Castillo, both assigned to the amphibious dock landing ship USS Pearl Harbor (LSD 52), dance with children during a community service project at the Help the Cambodian Children Goodwill Center.  (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Dominique Pineiro)
  8. Patrol Squadron 1 Trains with JMSDF Counterparts

    Pilots and crew members shared a day of training in P-3s with JMSDF's Patrol Squadron 2, Dec. 13.

    HACHINOHE NAVAL BASE, Japan (Dec. 13,2011)  Members of Patrol Squadron (VP) 1 and the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force pose for a group photo at the conclusion of a bilateral training exercise here.  (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Darrius Wharton)
  9. USS Tucson departs for Western Pacific Deployment

    The Los Angeles-class submarine departed Hawaii Dec. 14 for a deployment to the Western Pacific region.

    PEARL HARBOR (Dec. 14, 2011) Los Angeles-class submarine USS Tucson (SSN 770) departs Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam for a scheduled six month Western Pacific deployment. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Ronald Gutridge)
  10. Marines, Sailors arrive in Cambodia for professional exchange

    11th MEU Marines and Sailors came ashore from USS New Orleans and USS Pearl Harbor for a professional exchange.

    GULF OF THAILAND (Dec. 11, 2011) A Landing Craft Unit assigned to Assault Craft Unit 5 enters the well deck of the amphibious transport dock ship USS New Orleans (LPD 18) and will ultimately transfer Marines ashore for an exchange with the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Dominique Pineiro)