1. Michael Murphy visits Papua New Guinea ahead of APEC 2018

    The ship is visiting as the nation prepares to host the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders’ Summit for the first time in November.

    Chief Fire Controlman Ryan Patricio stands lookout watch as USS Michael Murphy (DDG 112) arrives in Port Moresby. (U.S. Navy/MC2 Justin Pacheco)
  2. U.S. and Japan advance new amphibious capability

    USS Ashland (LSD 48) is the first 7th Fleet ship to conduct amphibious operations with the newly-established JGSDF Amphibious Rapid Deployment Brigade.

    A Japan Ground Self-Defense Force amphibious vehicle embarks USS Ashland (LSD 48). (U.S. Marine Corps/Lance Cpl. Christine Phelps)
  3. Government agencies train with military during San Francisco Fleet Week

    A Defense Support of Civilian Authorities (DSCA) exercise is held annually during Fleet Week to train government agencies to work together to respond in the event of a natural disaster.

    Sailors from USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) chisel a concrete slab as part the annual Defense Support of Civilian Authorities (DSCA) full-scale exercise during San Francisco Fleet Week. (U.S. Navy/MC2 William Sykes)
  4. USS Shoup visits Fiji to promote maritime security

    The guided-missile destroyer arrived in Suva, Fiji, Oct. 3, as part of an Oceania Maritime Security Initiative (OMSI) deployment.

    USS Shoup (DDG 86) approaches port in Suva, Fiji, Oct. 3. (U.S. Navy)
  5. San Francisco Fleet Week kicks off with ship arrivals

    More than 1,800 Sailors, Marines, and Coast Guardsmen arrived in the Bay Area this week for the 38th annual San Francisco Fleet Week.

    USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) transits under the Golden Gate Bridge, Sept. 30, while arriving to participate in San Francisco Fleet Week. (U.S. Navy/MC1 Travis S. Alston)
  6. USS Wasp, 31st MEU arrive in Singapore during regional operations

    The amphibious assault ship, with the embarked 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, arrived in Singapore for a scheduled port visit, Oct. 2.

    Wasp (LHD 1) approaches the pier at Changi Naval Base, Oct. 2. (U.S. Navy/Lt. Clyde Shavers)
  7. NAVSEA assumes maintenance functions for SRF-JRMC

    Naval Sea Systems Command formally assumed responsibility for ship maintenance availabilities at U.S. Naval Ship Repair Facility and Japan Regional Maintenance Center, Oct. 1.

    In this file photo, water is drained from a dry dock at U.S. Naval Ship Repair Facility and Japan Regional Maintenance Center (SRF JRMC) Yokosuka preparing USS Shiloh (CG 67) for a 2015 maintenance availability. (U.S. Navy/Lt.j.g. William McGough)
  8. Wasp ARG, 31st MEU conduct DATF drill in South China Sea

    The Defense of the Amphibious Task Force drill allowed the ARG-MEU team to improve their proficiency when integrating fires.

    Marines fire 25mm guns from a Light Armored Vehicle atop the flight deck of USS Wasp (LHD 1), Sept. 27. (U.S. Marine Corps/Gunnery Sgt. E. V. Hagewood)
  9. UCT 2 renders assistance following plane crash in Chuuk

    Sailors from Underwater Construction Team (UCT) 2 came to the assistance of passengers and crew of Air Nuigini flight PX56 after it crashed, Sept. 28.

    Passengers are transported ashore by U.S. Navy Sailors following a plane crash near Chuuk International Airport, Sept. 28. (U.S. Navy/Lt. Zach Niezgodski)
  10. Under SECNAV visits Oceania region for partnership building

    Under Secretary of the Navy Thomas Modly's multi-nation visit focused on maritime security issues and efforts.

    Under Secretary of the Navy Thomas Modly conducts a pass in review at the Stanley Brown Naval Base in Fiji, Sept. 26. (U.S. Navy/Cmdr. Scott McIlnay)