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Fort Worth Visits Kwajalein as Transit Home Continues September 20, 2016 — KWAJALEIN, Marshall Islands - Littoral combat ship USS Fort Worth (LCS 3) departed Kwajalein Atoll, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Sept. 18, en route to its San Diego homeport.Fort Worth arrived in Kwajalein Sept. 17 for refueling and stores onload prior to continuing the transit to homeport following a successful deployment to U.S. 7th Fleet. MORE

Bonhomme Richard Expeditionary Strike Group begins Valiant Shield Exercise September 16, 2016 — PHILIPPINE SEA -- The Bonhomme Richard Expeditionary Strike Group (BHR ESG), with embarked 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, began operations in support of the joint U.S. military exercise Valiant Shield 2016, Sept 15.Valiant Shield is a biennial exercise held between the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps, and Air Force in an effort to establish seamless joint MORE

Carter, New Japanese Defense Minister Discuss Changing Security Environment September 16, 2016 — WASHINGTON -- Defense Secretary Ash Carter and Japanese Defense Minister Tomomi Inada met at the Pentagon yesterday to discuss the rapidly evolving security environment, Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook said. It was the first meeting between the defense leaders, Cook said in a statement. Inada took office in August.Topics included the MORE

Pacific Partnership 2016 Returns to Hawaii September 16, 2016 — PACIFIC OCEAN (NNS) -- Pacific Partnership 2016, embarked aboard hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) arrived in the U.S. 3rd Fleet area of responsibility Sept. 15, en route to Hawaii for a brief stop as the mission nears conclusion.Mercy departed Naval Base San Diego May 11 and served as the command platform for the Pacific Partnership 2016 mission. MORE

Valiant Shield: U.S. Forces Conclude Sink Exercise September 14, 2016 — PACIFIC OCEAN -- Live fire from ships and aircraft participating in the Valiant Shield 2016 exercise sank the decommissioned USS Rentz (FFG 46) about 3 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 13, in waters 30,000 feet deep, 220 nautical miles northeast of Guam.Units from the U.S. Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps participated in the sinking exercise (SINKEX), which MORE

7th Fleet Promotes Peace, Security in Indo-Asia-Pacific Region September 14, 2016 — YOKOSUKA, Japan -- Forward-deployed to support security and stability in the vast Indo-Asia-Pacific region, the U.S. 7th Fleet is involved in a wide array of activities in this critically important part of the world, a Navy official said.With the U.S. rebalance to the region, the 7th Fleet has a robust maritime posture that includes advanced assets MORE

Destroyer Squadron 7 Embarks on Bonhomme Richard ESG Ahead of Valiant Shield September 13, 2016 — PACIFIC OCEAN (NNS) -- A contingent of Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 7 staff embarked aboard amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6), the flagship of the Bonhomme Richard Expeditionary Strike Group, Sept. 11.DESRON 7 will serve as the sea combat commander (SCC) for the expeditionary strike group for the upcoming joint exercise Valiant MORE

U.S. Navy Joins Multinational Exercise Kakadu September 12, 2016 — DARWIN, Australia - The 13th iteration of the multinational maritime exercise Kakadu 2016 began with an opening ceremony Sept. 12 in Darwin, Australia.Exercise Kakadu is the Royal Australian Navy's premier exercise and provides an opportunity for regional nations to participate in multinational maritime activities from humanitarian assistance and MORE

US Pacific Command Forces to Come Together for Exercise Valiant Shield September 7, 2016 —  -- Forces from the U.S. Pacific Command are scheduled to participate in exercise Valiant Shield (VS) 2016 Sept. 12-23, in Guam and around the Marianas Island Range Complex. Participants include USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), nine surface ships, the Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group--to include three amphibious vessels--an estimated 18,000 MORE

Senate Homeland Security, Governmental Affairs Committee Staff Tour Emory S. Land August 30, 2016 — SANTA RITA, Guam (NNS) -- Members of the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee (HSGAC) toured spaces aboard submarine tender USS Emory S. Land (AS 39) Aug. 29.The members are visiting facilities on the island of Guam to learn about missile defense, as well as the infrastructure and troop movements coming from Okinawa to MORE

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