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USS Key West Returns to Guam December 15, 2017 — The Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Key West (SSN 722) returned to its homeport of Apra Harbor, Guam, on Dec. 15 following a four-month forward-operating period to the Western Pacific. Key West, under the command of Cmdr. J. Grady Hill, is returning from the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility, where the crew participated in theater MORE

USS Wasp Holds Change of Command December 14, 2017 — The amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1) received a new commanding officer during a change of command ceremony Dec. 13.Capt. John Howard relieved Capt. Andrew Smith, who served as Wasp's commanding officer since April 2016. Because of the schedule involving Wasp's current transit to Sasebo, Japan, the ceremony took place while steaming in the MORE

Guam Welcomes USS Asheville December 14, 2017 — The Guam submarine force welcomed the crew and families of Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Asheville (SSN 758) during a homecoming celebration at Naval Base Guam following the submarine's homeport shift from Pearl Harbor, Dec. 14.Asheville replaced USS Chicago (SSN 721) as Guam's fourth forward-deployed Los Angeles-class attack submarine. MORE

Regional Naval Leaders Gather in Singapore to Enhance Security Partnerships December 7, 2017 — SINGAPORE -- Flag and general officers from eight navies across South and Southeast Asia gathered in Singapore Dec 6-7 for a leadership summit aimed at deepening their security partnerships with the U.S. Navy.The summit was hosted by Rear Adm. Don Gabrielson, Commander, Logistics Group Western Pacific, Task Force 73, and included senior officers MORE

U.S. Marines and Sailors Having Each Other's Backs Since 1775 November 30, 2017 — CAMP FOSTER, OKINAWA, Japan -- From the time when the U.S. Navy began, groups of specifically trained, maritime infantry have accompanied them.Since November 10, 1775, when Congress approved the establishment of two Marine battalions, as America's expeditionary force in readiness, the U.S. Marine Corps has teamed with the Navy to form an MORE

U.S.-Japan Complete 3JA Exercise November 29, 2017 — HYUGA-NADA SEA, Japan -- USS Chief (MCM 14), Mine Countermeasures Squadron (MCMRON) 7 staff, Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit (EODMU) 5, Helicopter Mine Countermeasures Squadron 14 (HM-14) Detachment 2A, and Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) units successfully completed exercise 3JA Nov. 28.The exercise, which lasted three days, was MORE

Initial Japan-Based Carrier Air Wing-5 Jet Squadrons Fly-in to Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni November 28, 2017 — YOKOSUKA, Japan -- The first jet squadrons from Carrier Air Wing FIVE (CVW-5) relocated from Naval Air Facility Atsugi (NAFA) to Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni (MCASI) Nov. 28 after the conclusion of the Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group (CSG 5) patrol.The squadrons relocating to MCASI include; Strike Fighter Squadrons (VFA) 115 and 195, along MORE

USS Chief Departs Sasebo for 3JA MCM Exercise with Japanese November 22, 2017 — SASEBO, Japan -- The avenger-class mine countermeasures ship USS Chief (MCM 14) departed Sasebo Nov. 21 to join Japan Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) MCM ships and aircraft in MCM exercise 3JA.MCMEX 3JA is part of an annual series of bilateral exercises held between the U.S. and Japan to increase proficiency and interoperability in mine MORE

Naval Base Guam NGIS Receives Admiral Zumwalt Accreditation Award November 15, 2017 — SANTA RITA, Guam -- The Navy Gateway Inns and Suites (NGIS) on U.S. Naval Base Guam (NBG) was presented the Admiral Elmo R. Zumwalt Accreditation Award for Excellence during a presentation at Gab Gab Beach Nov. 15.The Zumwalt Accreditation Award recognizes installations that provide exceptional facilities, amenities, and service to their guests. MORE

USS Halsey visits Guam during 7th Fleet operations November 15, 2017 — ASAN, Guam -- The guided-missile destroyer USS Halsey (DDG 97) completed a scheduled port visit to Guam, Nov. 13.During the port visit, Halsey Sailors participated in a community relations event to beautify a veterans cemetery. Sailors were able to experience the culture of the region, go shopping and sightseeing through scheduled Morale, Welfare MORE

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