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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
YOKOSUKA, Japan (Dec. 21, 2011) Sailors aboard the Virginia-class submarine USS North Carolina (SSN 777) arrive at Fleet Activities Yokosuka. North Carolina is visiting Yokosuka as part of its first operational deployment to the western Pacific region. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class David Mercil.
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.
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.
Airman 1st Class Francisco Ortiz repairs chaffed wires from corrosion build up on an HH-60G Pave Hawk Nov. 2, 2011, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. Francisco is a 718th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron electrical environmentalist. U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Justin Veazie.
YOKOSUKA, Japan (Nov. 22, 2011) Sailors man the rails as the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) pulls into her forward operating port at Fleet Activities Yokosuka after a nine week fall patrol in the western Pacific Ocean. U.S. Navy photo by Lt. David Levy
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.
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.
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 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.
OKINAWA, Japan (Sept. 29, 2011) A landing craft air cushion exits the well deck of the forward-deployed amphibious dock landing ship USS Germantown (LSD 42) during an exercise. Germantown is part of the Essex Amphibious Ready Group and is conducting operations in the western Pacific region. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Spencer Mickler.