1. Wreckage of WWII destroyer USS Strong discovered in Solomon Sea

    The expedition crew of research vessel (R/V) Petrel found the USS Strong (DD 467) wreckage resting nearly 1,000 feet below the surface of Kula Gulf, in early February.

    USS Strong (DD 467) highlines mail to USS Honolulu (CL 48) during operations in the Solomon Islands area, circa early July 1943. (U.S. Navy)
  2. USS Ashland visits Malaysia during 7th Fleet operations

    The amphibious dock landing ship arrived in Kota Kinabalu for a port visit, Feb. 23, as the crew continues working to strengthen regional partnerships.

    USS Ashland (LSD 48) sits at anchor off the coast of Kota Kinabalu after arriving for a port visit. (U.S. Navy/MC2 Markus Castaneda)
  3. U.S. Navy returns to flying the union jack

    U.S. Navy ships and craft will return to flying the union jack instead of the first Navy jack effective June 4, 2019, the Battle of Midway anniversary.

    In this file photo, USS Port Royal (CG 73) sits along the pier at Pearl Harbor with the union jack flying from its bow on July 3, 1998, for public tours during exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC). (U.S. Navy/PH2 August Sigur)
  4. Pacific Submarine Force welcomes new commander

    Rear Adm. Blake L. Converse relieved Rear Adm. Daryl L. Caudle as the commander of Submarine Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet, during a waterfront ceremony, Feb. 21.

    Adm. John Aquilino, commander of U.S. Pacific Fleet, looks on as Rear Adm. Blake Converse, right, relieves Rear Adm. Daryl L. Caudle as the Pacific Submarine Force commander during ceremony aboard USS Mississippi (SSN 782). (U.S. Navy/MC2  Shaun Griffin)
  5. Essex Amphibious Ready Group visits Pearl Harbor

    USS Essex (LHD 2), other ships of the Essex ARG, and embarked 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit visited Pearl Harbor, Feb. 18-20.

    Sailors and Marines man the rails as USS Essex (LHD 2) pulls into Pearl Harbor for a port visit, Feb. 18. (U.S. Navy/MC1 Roland Franklin)
  6. U.S., British navies conduct maritime security drills

    USNS Guadalupe (T-AO 200) and HMS Montrose (F236) conducted maritime security and logistics training in the South China Sea, Feb. 18.

    Civilian mariner Kevin Sauls, USNS Guadalupe (T-AO 200) ship’s master, observes HMS Montrose (F236) during a replenishment-at-sea drill, Feb. 18. (U.S. Navy/MC2 Tristin Barth)
  7. U.S. Navy aircraft join Aero India 2019

    F/A-18E Super Hornets and P-8A Poseidon aircraft joined Aero India 2019 at Yelahanka Air Force Station in Bengaluru, Feb. 20.

    In this file photo, an F/A-18E Super Hornet from Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 27 takes off from Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, during exercise Valiant Shield 2018. (U.S. Air National Guard/Senior Master Sgt. Roger Parsons)
  8. USS Tulsa commissioned as Navy's newest surface combatant

    The littoral combat ship joined the fleet in San Francisco, Feb. 16.

    Guests listen during a welcoming speech for the commissioning ceremony of USS Tulsa (LCS 16). (U.S. Navy/MC1 Jacob I. Allison)
  9. USS Chief visits Brunei during regional operations

    The mine countermeasures ship arrived in Muara, Feb. 15, for a port visit in the midst of operations in U.S. 7th Fleet.

    USS Chief (MCM 14) ties up to the pier in Muara, Feb. 15. (U.S. Navy/MC2 Jordan Crouch)
  10. Multinational Cobra Gold exercise kicks off in Thailand

    The annual exercise focuses on planning and conducting combined and joint operations, building relationships and improving interoperability.

    USS Green Bay (LPD 20) and the Royal Thai Navy landing platform dock ship HTMS Angthong (LPD 791) steam together in the Gulf of Thailand, Feb. 14. (U.S. Navy/Cpl. William Carr)