1. Multinational exercise Rim of the Pacific 2020 concludes

    Forces from 10 nations participated in RIMPAC, an at-sea only exercise this year to maximize training and minimize risk.

    Ships and a submarine from 10 nations steam in formation during the RIMPAC group sail. (U.S. Navy/MC1 Rawad Madanat)
  2. RIMPAC 2020 participants conduct sinking exercise

    Live fire from ships and aircraft sank the ex-USS Durham (LKA 114), providing realistic training that could not be duplicated in simulators.

    Live fire sinks the ex-USS Durham (LKA 114), Aug. 30. (U.S. Navy)
  3. USS Mustin conducts freedom of navigation operation in South China Sea

    The forward-deployed guided-missile destroyer conducted the FONOP in the vicinity of the Paracel Islands.

    USS Mustin (DDG 89) conducts routine operations in the South China Sea, Aug. 27.  (U.S. Navy/MC3 Cody Beam)
  4. SECDEF meets Sailors, observes operations during RIMPAC visit

    Defense Secretary Dr. Mark T. Esper visited USS Essex (LHD 2) in the Pacific.

    Defense Secretary Dr. Mark T. Esper, right, and Adm. John C. Aquilino watch live-fire demonstrations aboard USS Essex (LHD 2). (U.S. Navy/MC1 John Luke McGovern)
  5. USS Carl Vinson departs Washington for sea trials, homeport shift

    After sea trials and underway training, the aircraft carrier will shift its homeport from Bremerton to San Diego.

    USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) transits past Waterman Point after departing Bremerton, Aug. 23. (U.S. Navy/MC3 Victoria Foley)
  6. USS Ronald Reagan visits Naval Base Guam for safe haven liberty

    The visits is the fifth of its kind, enhancing liberty options for U.S. 7th Fleet ships conducting COVID-19 mitigations.

    USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) arrives at Naval Base Guam, Aug. 22. (U.S. Navy)
  7. Champion, Scout, Ardent decommission after distinguished service

    The mine countermeasures ships recognized nearly 30 years of service during decommissioning ceremonies in San Diego, Aug. 18-20.

    Lt. Cmdr. Sam Moffett, commanding officer of USS Ardent (MCM 12), delivers remarks during the the mine countermeasures ship's decommissioning ceremony, Aug. 20. (U.S. Navy/MC3 Kevin C. Leitner)
  8. Female commander of Australian Maritime Task Force at RIMPAC makes history

    Capt. Phillipa Hay will lead more than 2,500 Sailors and officers across 11 warships from multiple nations during RIMPAC.

    Capt. Phillipa Hay on the bridge of HMAS Hobart (DDG 39). (RAN photo)
  9. Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group, JMSDF destroyer conduct integrated operations

    The ships conducted flight operations, tactical events, and maritime defense exercises in the Philippine Sea.

    JS Ikazuchi (DD 107) steams alongside USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), Aug. 18. (U.S. Navy/MC3 Jason Tarleton)
  10. USS Mustin transits the Taiwan Strait

    The guided-misisle destroyer conducted a routine transit of the Taiwan Strait from the East China Sea to the South China Sea, Aug. 18.

    USS Mustin (DDG 89) transits the Taiwan Strait, Aug. 18. (U.S. Navy/MC3 Cody Beam)