1. Talisman Sabre 2019, largest ever bilateral defense exercise in Australia opens

    The opening ceremony was held aboard aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) in the Port of Brisbane, July 7.

    Rear Adm. Karl Thomas, commander of the U.S. Navy's Task Force 70, speaks in the hangar bay aboard USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) during a reception celebrating the opening of exercise Talisman Saber, July 7. (U.S. Navy/MCSN Reina J. Delgado)
  2. USS Montgomery arrives in Singapore on rotational deployment

    The Independence-variant littoral combat ship arrived at Changi Naval Base, July 6, as part of a rotational deployment to the region.

    USS Montgomery (LCS 8) sits along the pier after arriving at Changi Naval Base, Singapore, July 6. (U.S. Navy/MC2 Tristin Barth)
  3. Ronald Reagan Strike Group arrives in Australia for port visit

    USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) and USS Chancellorsville (CG 62) arrived in Brisbane, July 5, following the arrival of USS McCampbell (DDG 85) in Townsville the previous day.

    USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) approaches Brisbane, July 5. (U.S. Navy/MC3 Codie L. Soule)
  4. Navy Mark VI, Coast Guard patrol boats visit Yap, Micronesia

    Two Mark VI patrol boats from Coastal Riverine Squadron (CRS) 2, along with Coast Guard patrol boat Kiska arrived in Yap, July 3, for a port visit.

    U.S. Navy Mark VI patrol boats approach the pier in Colonia, July 3. (U.S. Navy/MC2 Jasen Moreno-Garcia)
  5. Pacific Fleet commander visits Indonesia, strengthens partnership

    Adm. John Aquilino wrapped up a multi-day visit to Indonesia July 3, reaffirming the U.S. Navy’s commitment to the bilateral strategic partnership between the two nations.

    Adm. John Aquilino, commander of U.S. Pacific Fleet, presents a memento to the Indonesian Navy's Chief of the Naval Staff (Kasal) ADM Siwi Sukma Adji during a meeting between the two in Jakarta. (U.S. Embassy Indonesia photo)
  6. USS John S. McCain celebrates 25th anniversary during change of command

    Cmdr. Ryan Easterday relieved Cmdr. Micah Murphy during a July 2 ceremony that highlighted the ship's past while also looking to the future.

    Cindy McCain, the ship’s sponsor of USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) and wife of late Sen. John S. McCain III, is presented with a painting of her husband during the 25th anniversary of the ship’s commissioning, July 2. (U.S. Navy/MC1 Torrey W. Lee)
  7. U.S. Navy, JMSDF EOD technicians strengthen ties during mine exercise

    U.S. Navy explosive ordnance disposal technicians participated in exercise IWOTO for the first time this year.

    U.S. Navy and JMSDF explosive ordnance disposal technicians pose for a photo on Mount Suribachi during a tour, June 22, at the close of exercise IWOTO 2019. (JMSDF photo)
  8. USS Stethem departs 7th Fleet after more than decade forward deployed

    The guided-missile destroyer returned to the U.S. 3rd Fleet area of operations, June 30, following 14 years forward-deployed to Japan.

    In this file photo, USS Stethem (DDG 63), steams in waters of the Western Pacific during a three-carrier strike force exercise in 2017. (U.S. Navy/MC3 Kelsey J. Hockenberger)
  9. U.S. Coast Guard national security cutter visits Fiji

    USCGC Stratton (WMSL 752) arrived in Lautoka, June 27, marking the cutter’s first international port call of their Western Pacific patrol.

    Josaia Maiwai, left, a Fijian fisheries officer, meets with Capt. Bob Little, center, commanding officer of USCGC Stratton (WMSL 752), and Lt. Cmdr. Eric Quigley, the ship's operations officer, while underway in the Western Pacific, June 25.  (U.S. Coast Guard/PO2 Jasmine Mieszala)
  10. USS Montgomery arrives in Davao City for port visit

    The Independence-class littoral combat ship arrived in Davao City, June 29, for the ship’s first port visit to the Philippines during her first deployment.

    USS Montgomery (LCS 8) file photo. (U.S. Navy/Muclkey Photography)

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