1. Littoral Combat Group 1 returns from South America

    Sailors and Marines recently returned home to San Diego and Pearl Harbor after a series of engagements and exercises in Ecuador, Peru and Chile.

    A U.S. Marine Corps CH-53E Super Stallion flies above USS Somerset (LPD 25) during a humanitarian assistance and disaster relief exercise off the coast of Peru in November. (U.S. Marine Corps/Sgt. Allison Bak)
  2. USNS Wally Schirra, Philippine Navy serve friendship, joy to Philippine kids

    Civilian mariners and Philippine Navy sailors teamed up for a series of holiday community outreach events in Olongapo.

    Civilian mariner James Gage, a boatswain on USNS Wally Schirra (T-AKE 8), gives a gift to a child. (U.S. Navy/Grady T. Fontana)
  3. USS Anchorage visits India, strengthens partnerships

    The amphibious transport dock ship and embarked 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) arrived in Visakhapatnam, India, for a port visit Dec. 22.

    Sailors and Marines man the rails aboard USS Anchorage (LPD 23) while arriving in Visakhapatnam. (U.S. Marine Corps/Sgt. Victoria Decker)
  4. USS Rushmore, 13th MEU strengthen partnerships in Sri Lanka

    The dock landing ship and embarked Marines arrived in Colombo for a port visit, Dec. 21.

    USS Rushmore (LSD 47) file photo. (U.S. Navy/MC2 Chandler Harrell)
  5. Maritime forces from Japan, UK, US practice submarine hunting in Philippine Sea

    The trilateral exercise, held in waters south of Japan, is the first of its kind in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations.

    In this file photo, JS Izumo (DDH 183) transits through Tokyo Bay. (U.S. Navy/MC2 Raymond D. Diaz III)
  6. Unveiled: Lone Sailor statue stands watch in Guam

    The statue, unveiled Dec. 15 during a ceremony at the Ricardo J. Bordallo Governor's Complex in Hagatna, is the 16th in the nation.

    Leadership from Joint Region Marianas and U.S. Naval Base Guam, the government of Guam and the U.S. Navy Memorial gather for a photo after an unveiling ceremony for the Lone Sailor statue. (U.S. Navy/JoAnna Delfin)
  7. VFA-147 completes carrier qualifications, fully certified safe-for-flight in F-35C

    The certification is the final step for the squadron's transition from the F/A-18E Super Hornet to the F-35C Lightning II.

    An F-35C Lightning II assigned to the “Argonauts” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 147 launches from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) in the Pacific, Dec. 8. (U.S. Navy/MC3 Ethan J. Soto)
  8. 7th Fleet expands cooperation with Indian Navy in New Delhi

    U.S. Navy and Indian Navy officials convened the 21st executive steering group on bilateral naval cooperation in New Delhi, India, Dec. 12.

    In this file photo, the Indian Navy frigate INS Tarkash (F50) transits alongside the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) earlier this year in the Indian Ocean. (U.S. Navy/MC3 Morgan K. Nall)
  9. USS Greeneville, Emory S. Land host Philippine Navy officials during port visit

    The crews of the submarine and tender welcomed Philippine officials aboard during a visit in Puerto Princesa.

    Sailors assigned to USS Greeneville (SSN 772) discuss navigational techniques with Philippine Navy Capt. Edwin Nera, commander, Philippine Submarine Group, during a tour, Dec. 10. (U.S. Navy/MC2 Jordyn Diomede)
  10. First integrated air and missile defense trainer opens in San Diego

    A state-of-the-art Combined Integrated Air and Missile Defense Trainer (CIAT) is now open on Naval Base San Diego.

    Leaders cut a ceremonial ribbon during a ceremony marking the opening of the Combined Integrated Air and Missile Trainer (CIAT). (U.S. Navy/MC2 Alex Millar)