1. Commissioning ceremony breathes life into USS Charleston

    The U.S. Navy's 16th littoral combat ship joined the fleet in Charleston, South Carolina, March 2.

    USS Charleston (LCS 18) Sailors stand at attention during the littoral combat ship's commissioning ceremony. (U.S. Navy/MC2 Natalia Murillo)
  2. Essex Amphibious Ready Group returns home from deployment

    Sailors and Marines aboard three ships returned to San Diego, March 1, following a deployment to the Indo-Pacific, Middle East, Mediterranean, and Horn of Africa regions.

    File photo of ships of the Essex Amphibious Ready Group. (U.S. Navy/MC2 Christopher B. Janik)
  3. U.S., Australian, Indonesian sailors commemorate WWII Battle of Sunda Strait

    USS Chief (MCM 14) Sailors were among attendees of a ceremony aboard Indonesian Navy corvette KRI Usman Harun (359), March 1.

    A Royal Australian Navy sailor delivers remarks during a memorial service aboard the Indonesian Navy corvette KRI Usman Harun (359) off the coast of Java. (Royal Australian Navy/LSIS Kayla Jackson)
  4. F-35C achieves Initial Operational Capability

    The aircraft carrier variant of the Joint Strike Fighter, the F-35C Lightning II, has met all requirements and achieved Initial Operational Capability (IOC).

    In this file photo, an F-35C Lightning II assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 147 performs a touch-and-go landing on the flight deck of USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) during carrier qualifications in the Pacific in December.  (U.S. Navy/MC3 Ethan J. Soto)
  5. Future USS Charleston set for namesake city commissioning

    The Navy’s newest Independence-variant littoral combat ship will be commissioned in Charleston, South Carolina, March 2.

    In this file photo, the future littoral combat ship USS Charleston (LCS 18) steams through the Guf of Mexico during acceptance trails in July 2018. (U.S. Navy photo courtesy of Austal USA)
  6. USS Chief visits Jakarta during operations in region

    The mine countermeasures ship arrived in Jakarta, Indonesia, Feb. 26, for a port visit and to work with Indonesian Navy counterparts.

    USS Chief (MCM 14) pulls alongside USNS Guadalupe (T-AO 200) during an underway replenishment in the Java Sea, Feb. 24. (U.S. Navy/MC2 Tristin Barth)
  7. USS Santa Fe visits Western Australia following training

    The Los Angeles-class fast-attack submarine arrived at the Royal Australian Navy's HMAS Stirling base for a scheduled port visit this week.

    USS Santa Fe (SSN 763) sails in formation with Royal Australian Navy submarines HMAS Collins, HMAS Farncomb, HMAS Dechaineux and HMAS Sheean, Feb. 18. (Royal Australian Navy/LSA Ian Gollop)
  8. VP-47 to participate in Avalon 2019 airshow, exhibition

    A P-8 Poseidon from Patrol Squadron (VP) 47 will take part in the Australian International Airshow and Aerospace & Defence Exposition, beginning Feb. 26.

    File photo of a P-8A Poseidon from Patrol Squadron (VP) 47. (U.S. Navy/MC1 Bryan Niegel)
  9. 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)
  10. 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)