MV-22 Family Day On Okinawa

MV-22 Family Day On Okinawa.

III Expeditionary Force and Marine Corps Installations Pacific hosted an MV-22 Osprey Family Day March 3 at MCAS Futenma for Okinawa citizens. More than 300 parents with their children attended the event. The families received information about the MV-22 Osprey’s capabilities, toured the aircraft, took photos, and asked questions about the Osprey to pilots and other air crew personnel. Photo by Lance Cpl. Nicholas Ranum.

Firehose Practicing During General Quarters Drill Aboard USS George Washington

YOKOSUKA, Japan (Feb. 6, 2013) Electrician's Mate Fireman Jacob Fooy, from Kalamazoo, Mich., practices handling a firehose during a general quarters drill aboard the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interest of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Asia-Pacific region. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jacob I. Allison.

Firehose Practicing During General Quarters Drill Aboard USS George Washington

Bonhomme Richard Preparing To Receive Visitors Via Stern Gate

PACIFIC OCEAN (March 21, 2012) Sailors prepare the well deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme RIchard (LHD 6) to receive visitors via the stern gate. The ship is engaged in operations in preparation to relieve USS Essex (LHD 2) in Sasebo, Japan. U.S. Navy photo by Senior Chief Mass Communication Specialist Joe Kane.

USS North Carolina Arives At Fleet Activities Sasebo

The Virginia-class attack submarine USS North Carolina (SSN 777) arrives at Fleet Activities Sasebo for a brief port visit to accommodate crew rest and replenishment. North Carolina is the first Virginia-class submarine to visit Sasebo. U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Dustin Kelling.

Landing Craft Utility Guided To USS Tortuga

OKINAWA, Japan (March 3, 2012) Landing Craft Utility (LCU) 1631 is guided to the forward-deployed amphibious dock landing ship USS Tortuga (LSD 46) by Boatswain's Mate 3rd Class Jonathan Miller as Boatswain's Mate 3rd Class Christian Riddle stands ready to cast a heaving line to begin stern gate marriage operations to unload U.S. Marine 7-ton trucks as LCU-1627 passes behind. The Essex amphibious ready group is underway during a spring patrol in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Eric Crosby.

Entry Way

A landing craft vehicle enters the well deck of the forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Essex in Sasebo, Japan, Feb. 27, 2012. The Essex is the lead ship of the only forward-deployed amphibious ready group. U.S. Navy photo by Seaman Mackenzie P. Adams.

Bonhomme Richard On The Way To Sasebo

PACIFIC OCEAN (Feb. 18, 2012) Marines spend time on the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) as the ship makes its way to Sasebo, Japan. Bonhomme Richard will replace the amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) as the forward deployed amphibious assault ship. U.S. Navy photo by Senior Chief Mass Communication Specialist Joe Kane.

Patriot Arrives For Goodwill Port Visit

HAKODATE, Japan (Feb. 14, 2012) Lt. Cmdr. Suzanne Schang, commanding officer of the mine countermeasures ship USS Patriot (MCM 7), prepares to address members of the local media and the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) as Patriot arrives for a goodwill port visit. While in port, Patriot Sailors will engage with the JMSDF and experience the sights of Hakodate. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Devon Dow.

VAQ-136 Flyout

Two EA-6B Prowlers attached to the Gauntlets of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 136 take off from Naval Air Facility (NAF) Atsugi for the last time. The “Gauntlets” are flying a trans-Pacific flight of more than 4,200 nautical miles (6,700 km) to arrive at Whidbey Island, Wa. The aircraft are being replaced by the EA-18G Growler of squadron VAQ-141 “Shadow Hawks,” which will occur in early spring 2012. The “Gauntlets” have been part of Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5 for nearly 32 years. Photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Charles Panter.

Scout Swimmers Push Onto The Beach

KIN BLUE, OKINAWA, Japan -Scout swimmers with Company A, Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 4th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, push onto the beach, Jan. 29. The Marines were conducting a small boat raid during the MEU’s Amphibious Integration Training in preparation for Exercise Cobra Gold 2012. The 31st MEU is the only continually forward-deployed MEU, and remains the nation's force-in-readiness in the Asia-Pacific region. Photo by Cpl. Garry J. Welch.

Taking The Navy-Wide Chief Petty Officer Advancement Exam

YOKOSUKA, Japan (Jan. 19, 2011) Master-at-Arms 1st Class Christopher P. Clanor, left, and Culinary Specialist 1st Class Kevon D. Henry, both assigned to Afloat Training Group Western Pacific at Commander Fleet Activities Yokosuka, take the Navy-wide chief petty officer advancement exam. Sailors are given three hours to answer 200 questions that test their knowledge of their rating and basic military requirements. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Matthew Cole.

Tug Boat Pushes From Pier As Lassen Gets Underway

YOKOSUKA, Japan (Jan. 19, 2012) A tug boat from Commander Fleet Activities Yokosuka pushes the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Lassen (DDG 82) from the pier as the ship gets underway. Lassen is assigned to Destroyer Squadron 15 (DESRON 15) and forward deployed to Yokosuka, Japan. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Charlotte C. Oliver.

Supporting The ‘Samurai Surge’

Capt. Dereck Monnier (right) and 1st Lt. Tory Lodmell observe as Army paratroopers descend onto the airfield during a “Samurai Surge” formation flight Jan. 10, 2012, at Yokota Air Base, Japan. The Airmen supported the mission as drop zone control officers, ensuring safe airdrop training operations at Yokota AB’s airfield. Monnier and Lodmell are both C-130 Hercules co-pilots with the 36th Airlift Squadron. U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Raymond Geoffroy.

Reads With Child In Community Service Project

YOKOSUKA, Japan (Jan. 18, 2012) Information Systems Technician 2nd Class Jenna Welsh, assigned to the U.S. 7th Fleet flagship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19), reads with a child during a community service project at Sullivans Elementary School. Blue Ridge and embarked U.S. 7th Fleet staff Sailors visited a pet shelter, residential tower and local schools as part of a base-wide community service event. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Steven Khor.

Japan Rear Adm Tours USS Denver Main Machinery Rooms

SASEBO, Japan (Dec. 22, 2011) Capt. Mike Wettlaufer, commanding officer of the amphibious transport dock ship USS Denver (LPD 9), gives Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force Rear Adm. Hideaki Yuasa and Capt. Tsutomu Okawa a tour of the ship's main machinery rooms. Denver is part of the Essex Amphibious Ready Group and is participating in Amphibious Landing Exercise (PHIBLEX) with the Armed Forces of the Philippines. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Paul Kelly.

Stop On Red

Maj. Matthew McGuinness pops a flare to signal an HH-60G Pave Hawk where to land during Exercise Cope Angel 12 Dec. 5, 2011, in Okinawa, Japan. The 33rd and 31st Rescue Squadrons paired up with partners from the Japan Air Self-Defense Force during Cope Angel to train on water and land rescue and triage tactics. McGuiness is the 31st Rescue Squadron director of operations. U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Maeson L. Elleman.

No Mountain’s Too High

A formation of C-130 Hercules cargo aircraft fly in formation as they return to Yokota Air Base, Japan, from a training mission near Mt. Fuji, Japan, Nov. 2, 2011. Aircrew from the 36th Airlift Squadron participated in Samurai Surge, an all-day training exercise testing mission capability of many agencies throughout the Yokota AB. U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Raymond Geoffroy.

Integrated Maritime Exercise Koa Kai

PACIFIC OCEAN (Nov. 14, 2011) The Military Sealift Command dry cargo and ammunition ship USNS Washington Chambers (T-AKE 11), left, The guided-missile frigate USS Crommelin (FFG 37) and the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force helicopter destroyer JS Kurama (DDH 144) conduct maneuvers off the coast of Hawaii during the integrated maritime exercise Koa Kai. Koa Kai prepares independent deployers in multiple warfare areas and provides training in a multi-ship environment. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Daniel Barker.

Post Visit

Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force Oyashio class submarine JS Mochishio arrives on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, Oct. 31, 2011. Mochishio will be conducting both in-port and at-sea training on undersea tactics, anti-submarine warfare and war time strategies. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Ronald Gut.

Samurai Drop

A heavy payload deploys from the rear ramp of a C-130 Hercules aircraft during Samurai Surge near Mount Fuji, Japan, Nov. 2, 2011. Aircrew members assigned to the 36th Airlift Squadron participated in Samurai Surge, an all-day training exercise testing mission capability of many agencies throughout the base. U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Raymond Geoffroy

Texas And Japan Partner For Orient Shield 2011

Texas National Guard Soldiers with 3rd Battalion, 141st Infantry Regiment, board a UH-1J helicopter, a variant of the UH-1J Iroquois, provided by the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force Eastern Army, 1st Division, 1st Aviation, at the heliborne tactical training exercise during Orient Shield 2011 at Kita-Fuji Training Area, Japan Oct. 13, 2011.