Commander, U.S. 7th Fleet

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Pacific Partnership 2016 Arrives in Philippines June 27, 2016 — LEGAZPI, Philippines (NNS) -- Pacific Partnership 2016 arrived in Legazpi, Philippines June 27 aboard USNS Mercy (T-AH 19), marking the seventh year Pacific Partnership has visited the Philippines since 2006.While in Legazpi, Pacific Partnership will work with civilian and military leadership to conduct a five-day humanitarian and disaster relief MORE

Rim of the Pacific Exercise to Bring 26 Nations Together in Pacific June 24, 2016 — SAN DIEGO - Twenty-six nations, 45 ships, five submarines, more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel will participate in the biennial Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise scheduled June 30 to Aug. 4, in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California.The world's largest international maritime exercise, RIMPAC provides a unique training MORE

U.S. Navy; JMSDF kick off new course to plan for large-scale disasters June 23, 2016 — TOKYO (NNS) - A new course to educate and train staff level naval officersfrom various countries to formulate a plan to conduct HumanitarianAssistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) operations kicked off June 20 at theJapan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) Command and Staff College.25 students from eight navies showed up for the first day of the MORE

USS Ashland Arrives in Singapore June 23, 2016 — SINGAPORE -- The Whidbey Island-class dock landing ship USS Ashland (LSD 48) arrived in Singapore after completing several phases in the Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) series, June 24.The port visit to Singapore is a chance for Sailors and Marines to enjoy the culture and history of Singapore and strengthen relations with the MORE

U.S. Navy, Marines Increase Complexity, Enhance Cooperation during CARAT Thailand June 22, 2016 — SATTAHIP, Thailand -- 22nd annual Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) exercise between the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, and the Royal Thai Armed Forces concluded today with closing ceremonies held at the Royal Thai Navy Base in Sattahip.CARAT Thailand 2016 consisted of eight days of shore-based and at-sea training events in multiple MORE

USS Spruance Patrols South China Sea June 22, 2016 — SOUTH CHINA SEA - The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Spruance (DDG 111) is on a routine patrol in the South China Sea as part of a Pacific Surface Action Group (PAC SAG) deployment to the Indo-Asia-Pacific.“Spruance is currently operating in the South China Sea in support of maritime security and stability of all nations, MORE

Pacific Partnership 2016 Concludes Mission Stop to Timor Leste June 21, 2016 — DILI, Timor-Leste -- Pacific Partnership 2016 departed Timor Leste June 21, after completing two weeks of subject matter expert exchanges (SMEE) in civil-military disaster response preparedness, cooperative health engagements (CHE) and engineering projects. "At every level we've continued to build upon the partnerships we began 10 years ago when MORE

U.S. personnel clean-up 50 gallons of trash from river in Japan June 20, 2016 — ZUSHI, Japan (NNS) -- Sailors, civilian employees, and family members frommore than 16 commands in the Kanagawa Prefecture joined forces with localJapanese residents to spruce up the Tagoe River here, June 18.The river has an abundance of tall grass filled with natural wildlife.Helping clean up the Tagoe River is an annual tradition every spring MORE

HSC-25 assists in recovery of distressed personnel off Tinian June 19, 2016 — ANDERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Guam - An MH-60S, an armed helicopter with a secondary mission of search and rescue, with the Island Knights of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 25 assisted in the recovery of two persons in distress 13 miles northwest of the Northern Mariana island of Tinian, June 18.The MH-60S Sea Hawk was able to locate and relay the MORE

Two Carrier Strike Groups Double Down in Western Pacific June 17, 2016 — PHILIPPINE SEA (June 18, 2016) – The USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) and USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) strike groups commenced dual carrier flight operations in the Philippine Sea June 18.   The ships and aircraft assigned to both strike groups began coordinated operations in international waters demonstrating the United States unique capability to MORE

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