Lightning II Strikes Iwakuni, F-35B Arrives
January 18, 2017
An F-35B Lightning II with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121, lands at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Jan. 18, 2017.  VMFA-121 conducted a permanent change of station to MCAS Iwakuni, from MCAS Yuma, Ariz., and now belongs to Marine Aircraft Group 12, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, III Marine Expeditionary Force. The F-35B Lightning II is a fifth-generation fighter, which is the world's first operational supersonic short takeoff and vertical landing aircraft. The F-35B brings strategic agility, operational flexibility and tactical supremacy to III MEF with a mission radius greater than that of the F/A-18 Hornet and AV-8B Harrier II in support of the U.S. - Japan alliance.

Topeka Visits Yokosuka during Indo-Asia-Pacific Deployment
January 18, 2017
The Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Topeka (SSN 754) prepares to moor onboard Fleet Activities Yokosuka. Topeka is visiting Yokosuka for a port visit to promote stability and security in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region, demonstrate commitment to regional partners, and foster relationships in the area.

USNS Able Visits Yokosuka during Indo-Asia-Pacific Deployment
January 17, 2017
In this file photo, sailors assigned to the visit, board, search and seizure (VBSS) team of the guided-missile destroyer USS Mustin (DDG 89) depart the Military Sealift Command ocean surveillance ship USNS Able (T-AGOS 20) after completing a VBSS drill aboard the vessel, May, 31, 2009. Mustin is one of seven Arleigh Burke-class destroyers assigned to Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 15 and operates from Yokosuka, Japan.

MV-22 Osprey Depot-Level Repair Facility Opens in Japan
January 13, 2017
Capt. Matthew Edwards, commander, Fleet Readiness Center Western Pacific, joins Japanese city officials, business executives, and Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) leaders in a ribbon cutting ceremony for the newly opened MV-22 Osprey, depot-level repair facility in JGSDF airfield, Camp. Kisarazu, Jan. 12, 2017. The facility is the first depot level facility for the MV-22 to open in Japan and will serve a critical role in keeping forward-deployed aircraft operational.

Navy, Marine Corps ‘Significantly Stronger’ Today, Navy Secretary Says
January 13, 2017

USS Michael Murphy to Begin Western Pacific deployment
January 12, 2017
In this file photo, the guided-missile destroyer USS Michael Murphy (DDG 112) maneuvers toward the USNS Amelia Earhart (T-AKE 6) to conduct a vertical replenishment. Murphy is on patrol in the 7th Fleet area of operations supporting security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific.

Marine Corps F-35Bs Relocate to Japan
January 12, 2017
An F-35B lightning II with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 121 prepares to take off aboard Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz., Jan. 9, 2017, as it transits the Pacific en route to Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan. VMFA-121 is the first operational F-35B squadron assigned to the Fleet Marine Force, with its relocation to 1st Marine Aircraft Wing at Iwakuni.  The F-35B was developed to replace the Marine Corps’ F/A-18 Hornet, AV-8B Harrier and EA- 6B Prowler. The Short Take-off Vertical Landing (STOVL) aircraft is a true force multiplier. The unique combination of stealth, cutting-edge radar and sensor technology, and electronic warfare systems bring all of the access and lethality capabilities of a fifth-generation fighter, a modern bomber, and an adverse-weather, all-threat environment air support platform.

Ronald Reagan Completes Search and Rescue Limited Training Team
January 12, 2017
The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) steams in formation during a photo exercise (PHOTOEX) to conclude Keen Sword 17 (KS17), Nov. 11, 2016.  KS17 is a biennial, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff-directed, U.S. Pacific Command-sponsored Field Training Exercise (FTX). KS17 is designed to meet mutual defense objectives by increasing combat readiness and interoperability between Japan Self-Defense Forces (JSDF) and U.S. Forces. Ronald Reagan is leading the Carrier Strike Group Five (CSG 5) patrol in the Philippine Sea supporting security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.

Helm of Amphibious Squadron 11 Changes Hands
January 11, 2017
Capt. George B. Doyon, left, relieves Capt. Marvin E. Thompson as commander, Amphibious Squadron (PHIBRON) 11 during a change of command ceremony aboard amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6), Jan. 9, 2017. The ship is forward-deployed to Sasebo, Japan, providing rapid-response capability in the event of a regional contingency or natural disaster.

Marines Rescue Japanese Children during Tokyo Tragedy
January 10, 2017
Four U.S. Marines receive Navy Achievement Medals during a battalion formation Jan. 9, 2017, aboard Combined Arms Training Center Camp Fuji, Japan, for their instinctive response when a vehicle with five passengers fell from the fifth story of a parking garage in Yokosuka, a city in the Greater Tokyo Area, Dec. 31, 2016. Once the Marines arrived on scene, the group flipped the car in order to remove the passengers prior to Japanese Emergency Medical Services arriving. The Marines are riflemen assigned to 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment and forward-deployed to 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, based in Okinawa, Japan. U.S. Marines pictured left to right: Lance Cpl. Manaure Arellano, Lance Cpl. James Flores, Lance Cpl. Raheem Gilliam and Pfc. Jacob Boerner.


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