Naval Air Facility Misawa sailors in a base-wide foreign object damage walk down, May 6, 2013, on board Misawa Air Base. This annual walk down ensures that Misawa Air Base’s mission-essential flight line stays clean and free of hazardous debris. Misawa Air Base is a U.S. military installation located in northern Japan. U.S. Navy photo by Senior Chief Mass Communication Specialist Daniel Sanford.
Hercules’ Strength Multiplied
Five C-130 Hercules cargo aircraft line up before flying Feb. 21, 2013, during a readiness week at Yokota Air Base, Japan. Members of the 374th Airlift Wing use C-130s to support combatant commanders in the Pacific region. U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Cody H. Ramirez.
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
SASEBO, Japan (March 19, 2012) 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.