1. Submarine Group 7 commander attends Sri Lanka Navy’s Galle Dialogue

    Rear Adm. Jimmy Pitts represented the U.S. Navy at the ninth annual “Galle Dialogue” international maritime conference in Sri Lanka Oct. 22-23.

    Rear Adm. Jimmy Pitts presents a memento to Vice Adm. Sirimevan Ranasinghe, commander of the Sri Lanka Navy, during the "Galle Dialogue" conference, Oct. 22. (U.S. Navy/Lt. Joshua Engle)
  2. NMCB-3 assumes authority for Indo-Pacific Naval Construction Force operations

    Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 3 relieved NMCB-5 during a ceremony in Okinawa, Japan, Oct. 22.

    Seabees from Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 3 stand at parade rest during a Relief in Place/Transfer of Authority ceremony at Camp Shields, Oct. 22. (U.S. Navy/MC2 Michael Lopez)
  3. USS Princeton excels, earns distinguished Spokane Trophy

    The crew of the guided-missile cruiser received the 2017 Spokane Trophy during a recent ceremony aboard the ship in San Diego.

    Ivan Urnovitz, president of the Spokane Navy League, presents a plaque to commanding officer Capt. Justin A. Kubu and the crew USS Princeton (CG 59). (U.S. Navy/MC1 Woody S. Paschall)
  4. Submarine Group 7 commander embarks JMSDF submarine

    Rear Adm. Jimmy Pitts got underway with JS Seiryū (SS-509) for a familiarity cruise and to reinforce the submarine group’s commitment to the U.S.-Japan alliance.

    Rear Adm. Jimmy Pitts, commander of Submarine Group 7, is welcomed aboard JS Seiryu's (SS 509) commanding officer, Cmdr. Takehiko Hirama, Oct. 19. (U.S. Navy/MC2 Ryan Litzenberger)
  5. USS Ronald Reagan resumes flight operations following helicopter crash

    A U.S. Navy MH-60R Seahawk crashed on the flight deck shortly after takeoff the morning of Oct. 19, and all injured personnel are in stable condition.

    In this file photo, an MH-60R Sea Hawk from Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 77 launches from USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) in September. (U.S. Navy/MC2 Kenneth Abbate)
  6. SMWDC Mine Warfare Division certified as Theater Mine Warfare Commander

    The deployable Mine Warfare Battle Staff is now certified to lead complex mine warfare missions.

    In this file photo, an MH-53E Sea Dragon from Helicopter Mine Countermeasures Squadron (HM) 14 hovers to recover training sea mines as USS Harpers Ferry (LSD 49) operates in the distance during exercise RIMPAC in July. (U.S. Navy)
  7. USS Shoup departs Fiji following port visit

    The guided-missile destroyer departed Suva, Oct. 17, following a visit that celebrated decades of Fiji-American naval partnership.

    Cmdr. Andy Strickland, commanding officer USS Shoup (DDG 86), exchanges gifts with Capt. Humphrey Tawake, commander of the Fiji Navy, Oct. 15. (U.S. Navy/MC2 William Collins III)
  8. Navy, Gerard Butler collaborate to tell 21st century submarine yarn

    Hollywood came to the Pentagon, Oct. 15, as actor Gerard Butler spoke about his collaboration with the U.S. Navy in making “Hunter-Killer,” a submarine movie due out this week.

    Actor Gerard Butler poses next to the movie poster for his upcoming film in the halls of the Pentagon, Oct. 15. (U.S. Navy/MC2 Paul L. Archer)
  9. USS Warrior Sailor awarded Mineman of the Year

    Mineman 1st Class Yves Dessources was recently named the Association of Minemen's 2018-2019 Mineman of the Year (Sea).

    USS Warrior (MCM 10) file photo. (U.S. Navy/MC1 Frank L. Andrews)
  10. USS Shoup hosts dignitaries during Fiji shipboard reception

    The crew hosted more than 150 military and civilian officials and guests from the U.S., Fiji, Australia, United Kingdom, Spain, New Zealand and Japan, Oct. 15.

    Cmdr. Andy Strickland, commanding officer of USS Shoup (DDG 86); Ambassador Yogesh Karan; Osea Naitura Cawaru, Minister of Defense, National Security and Immigration; and Charge d' Affaires Michael Goldman cut a cake commemorating American-Fiji relations. (U.S. Navy/MC2 William Collins III)