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USS Ronald Reagan Begins Exercise Keen Sword 2017 November 2, 2016 — PHILIPPINE SEA - The Navy’s only forward-deployed aircraft carrier, USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), began participation in exercise Keen Sword 2017 (KS17) Oct. 30.KS17 is a joint, bilateral field training exercise involving the U.S. military and Japan Self-Defense Force (JSDF) and is designed to increase combat readiness and interoperability of the MORE

USS John S. McCain Conducts Routine South China Sea Patrol November 2, 2016 — SOUTH CHINA SEA (NNS) -- Forward-deployed, Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) conducted routine operations while transiting through the South China Sea, Oct. 30.The crew of John S. McCain used this patrol to maintain themselves as a ready maritime force in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility by improving MORE

Commander of United States Pacific Command Admiral Harry Harris Visits Hanoi October 28, 2016 — HANOI, Vietnam -- Admiral Harry B. Harris, Jr., commander of U.S. Pacific Command, met with Vietnam People’s Army Chief of General Staff, Lt. Gen. Phan Van Giang, Vice Chairman of the Communist Party External Relations Commission, Tran Dac Loi, and Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs, Le Hoai Trung while in Hanoi on October 26.During his meetings, MORE

US, Republic of Korea Sailors Volunteer Together to Support Busan Community October 28, 2016 — BUSAN, GOJEDO, PYEONGTAEK, JINHAE, SOUTH KOREA -- U.S. and Republic of Korea Sailors joined forces to help the local Busan community during the recent USS Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group port visit, Oct. 16-21.Throughout the port visit, 609 U.S. and ROK Sailors volunteered at 14 locations in need throughout the greater Busan and Chinhae area. MORE

Work, Japanese Defense Leader Discuss Evolving Security Environment October 27, 2016 — WASHINGTON -- The rapidly evolving security environment, including the persistent North Korean threat and maritime issues in the East and South China Seas, highlighted a meeting at the Pentagon today between Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work and Tetsuro Kuroe, Japan’s administrative vice defense minister, Deputy Pentagon Press Secretary Gordon MORE

U.S. Navy Ship Pililaau Arrives in Vanuatu for KOA MOANA 16-4 October 27, 2016 — PORT VILA, VANUATU -- Maritime preposition force ship USNS Pililaau (T-AKR 304) arrived in Port Vila, Vanuatu, in support of KOA MOANA 16-4 (Ocean Warrior), Oct. 21.The KOA MOANA (Ocean Warrior) exercise series seeks to enhance senior military leader engagements between allied and partner nations with a collective interest in military-to-military MORE

Columbia Visits Yokosuka during Indo-Asia-Pacific Deployment October 25, 2016 — YOKOSUKA, Japan (NNS) -- Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Columbia (SSN 771) arrived at Fleet Activities Yokosuka for a routine port visit as part of its deployment to the Indo-Asia-Pacific region, Oct. 25.This visit strengthens the already positive alliance between the U.S. and Japan through the crew's interaction with the Japan Maritime MORE

USS Key West Returns from National Tasking October 25, 2016 — SANTA RITA, Guam (NNS) -- Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Key West (SSN 722) returned to its homeport of Apra Harbor, Guam, Oct. 25, following a 4 1/2-month, forward-operating period to the Western Pacific.Key West, under the command of Cmdr. David Coe, is returning from the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility where the crew executed the MORE

Carter, Association of Southeast Asian Nations Ministers Reaffirm Commitment to Regional October 3, 2016 — WASHINGTON, Oct. 1, 2016 — The United States and its Asian-Pacific allies reaffirmed their commitment to strengthen defense cooperation in areas including maritime security and counterterrorism, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said yesterday in Hawaii.Defense ministers of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations met Friday in Kapolei, Hawaii, where 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

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