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Exercise KAMANDAG begins in the Philippines October 2, 2017 — MANILA, PHILLIPINES -- In collaboration with the Armed Forces of the Philippines, 3D Marine Expeditionary Brigade will participate in the inaugural Exercise KAMANDAG from Oct. 2-11, 2017, at multiple locations on the island of Luzon, Philippines.The purpose of this Philippines-led military exercise is to conduct bilateral exchanges between MORE

USS Ashland Arrives in Yokosuka for Training-Focused Stop in Indo-Asia-Pacific Deployment October 2, 2017 — YOKOSUKA, Japan -- The amphibious dock landing ship, USS Ashland (LSD 48), pulled into Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Oct. 2, for a training availability and to complete shipboard assessments and certifications.More than 150 Ashland Sailors-a significant portion of the crew-will take part in over five different schools including General Shipboard MORE

U.S. Naval Forces Korea Awarded ROK Presidential Unit Citation September 29, 2017 — PYEONGTAEK, Republic of Korea -- Republic of Korea (ROK) President Moon, Jae-in presented Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Korea (CNFK) Rear Adm. Brad Cooper with the ROK Presidential Unit Citation (PUC) during the 69th Annual ROK Armed Forces Day Ceremony in Pyeongtaek, Sept. 28.The ROK PUC is the highest unit-level award given by the ROK government MORE

Mattis: Meeting With Indian Defense Minister Comes at Time of Strategic Convergence September 26, 2017 — WASHINGTON -- The United States places great importance on building a vibrant defense partnership with India, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said in a press conference with India’s Defense Minister Nirmala Sitharaman following their bilateral discussions in New Delhi, Sept. 26, 2017.“This is a historic opportunity for our two democracies, a time of MORE

Mattis Travels to India to Emphasize 'Enduring U.S. Commitment' September 26, 2017 — WASHINGTON -- Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is traveling to India to underscore the enduring U.S. commitment to its strategic partner, Defense Department officials said, Sept. 25, 2017.The four-day trip marks the first time a cabinet member from the current administration has visited India, where Mattis will meet with Prime Minister Narendra Modi MORE

Bonhomme Richard Arrives in Sasebo, Concludes Four Month Deployment September 25, 2017 — SASEBO, Japan (NNS) -- The amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) returned to Sasebo, Japan, after completing a four-month deployment in the 7th Fleet area of responsibility (AOR), Sept. 25.While deployed to the South Pacific, Bonhomme Richard, with the embarked 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), participated in the bilateral, MORE

U.S., Sri Lanka Marines and Sailors Take Part in Sri Lanka Health Engagement 17 Closing Ceremony September 25, 2017 — NAVAL BASE WELISARA, Sri Lanka -- U.S. Navy Sailors and Sri Lanka Marines and Sailors came together for two weeks to exchange medical capabilities during Sri Lanka Health Engagement 17 at Naval Base Welisara, Sri Lanka, Sept. 11-22, 2017.Since 2014, the U.S. and Sri Lanka navies have annually worked together through health engagements with the MORE

Eagles of Strike Fighter Squadron-115 Closes Out 31 Years of Operations at Naval Air Facility Atsugi September 22, 2017 — ATSUGI, Japan (NNS) -- The "Eagles" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 115 departed Naval Air Facility Atsugi for the final time on Sunday, September 10.The squadron's F/A-18E Super Hornets launched from Atsugi to begin a regularly scheduled patrol aboard USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) in support of security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. MORE

USS Rushmore Visits Vanuatu during Oceania Maritime Security Initiative Mission September 20, 2017 — VANUATU - Whidbey Island-class amphibious dock landing ship USS Rushmore (LSD 47), with embarked U.S. Coast Guard maritime law enforcement personnel, anchored off the coast of Vanuatu for a scheduled port visit, Sept. 15.During the visit, the crew provided tours of the ship, allowing visitors the opportunity to see and experience life aboard a U.S. MORE

Bonhomme Richard Arrives in Okinawa, Conducts Final Offload of 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit September 19, 2017 — WHITE BEACH NAVAL FACILITY, OKINAWA, Japan -- The amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) with the embarked 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) arrived in Okinawa to conduct the final offload of 31st MEU equipment, vehicles, and personnel, Sept. 19.Bonhomme Richard departed Sasebo, Japan, for a regularly-scheduled deployment in the MORE

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