Commander, U.S. 7th Fleet

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USS Ashland Completes South China Sea Patrol February 26, 2016 — SOUTH CHINA SEA (NNS) – Amphibious dock landing ship USS Ashland (LSD 48) conducted a routine patrol in international waters of the South China Sea Feb. 26 after participating in exercise Cobra Gold 16.   In recent months, other U.S. Navy ships have conducted similar operations in the 7th Fleet area of operations including the Arleigh Burke-class MORE

JMSDF, US Navy Grow Green Partnership February 26, 2016 — PHILIPPINE SEA – Japan Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) Naval Liaison Officers (LNOs) visited USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74), Feb. 22. The LNOs helped coordinate and communicate with the Murasame-class destroyer JDS Samidare (DD-106) as it received an advanced biofuel mixture from the Great Green Fleet. “The primary purpose [of our visit] is to MORE

US Forces, Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force Complete Fleet Synthetic Training February 26, 2016 — YOKOSUKA, Japan – Commander, Task Force 70 along with Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 15, Army and Air Force assets and units from the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) participated in Fleet Synthetic Training-Joint (FST-J) exercise 16-71 at Commander, Fleet Activities Yokosuka (CFAY), Japan and other command centers throughout Japan, Feb. MORE

USS William P. Lawrence Supports Pacific Island Region Economic, Environmental Stability February 24, 2016 — WESTERN PACIFIC OCEAN –The guided-missile destroyer USS William P. Lawrence (DDG 110) supported two commercial fishing vessel boardings off the coast of the Republic of Nauru this week as part of the Oceania Maritime Security Initiative (OMSI).   OMSI is a Secretary of Defense program leveraging Department of Defense assets transiting the region to MORE

Gain Over Pain February 22, 2016 — PHILIPPINE SEA – Hands grip the bar, and a spotter gives the nod. Metal scrapes against the bar as it’s lifted off the rack. It’s more weight than last time, but with the right technique and good breathing, it’s just another couple pounds. The bar drops to the lifter’s chest while air is drawn into the lungs slowly and deliberately. The bar presses MORE

Keeping the Mobile Bay Alive February 21, 2016 — PHILIPPINE SEA –The Second Class Petty Officer Association (SCPOA) aboard the guided-missile cruiser USS Mobile Bay (CG 53) hosted the Mobile Bay Commissioning Celebration onFeb. 21. Celebrating 29 years of service, Mobile Baycontinues to uphold the war-fighting legacy of the Civil War battle forwhich she is named.The ship is currently deployed to MORE

USNS Lummus crew conducts zero-visibility drill, shows importance February 19, 2016 — GULF OF THAILAND (NNS) -- Civilian mariners aboard Military Sealift Command (MSC) Maritime Prepositioning Force ship USNS 1st LT Jack Lummus (T-AK 3011) participated in a zero-visibility drill in the Gulf of Thailand, Feb. 17.The drill instructed the crewmembers on the proper methods for using teamwork and communication to conduct a search in a MORE

Ashland Completes Multinational Exercise Cobra Gold 16 February 19, 2016 — SATTAHIP. Thailand- Amphibious dock landing ship USS Ashland (LSD 48) completed the multinational exercise Cobra Gold (CG) 16 Feb. 19.  A Thai-U.S. co-sponsored multinational joint exercise, CG is designed to advance regional security by exercising a robust multinational force from nations sharing common goals and security commitments in the MORE

Changing Lives February 18, 2016 — DEDEDO VILLAGE, Guam – Sailors from USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) participated in a community relations (COMREL) event at Wettengel Elementary School in Dededo Village, during a port call.   Throughout the day, Sailors were greeted with “Welcome to Guam!” and “Hafa Adai!,” the Chamorro phrase for “hello,” whenever they entered a classroom. Sailors MORE

USS Shiloh Holds Fast Cruise to Prepare to Go Back to Sea February 18, 2016 — YOKOSUKA, Japan (Feb. 12, 2016) – Sailors assigned to the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Shiloh (CG 67) participated in a “fast cruise” exercise Feb. 12, held at Commander, Fleet Activities Yokosuka (CFAY), Yokosuka, Japan.A “fast cruise” is a simulation of an underway period, including multiple drills and evolutions all conducted MORE

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