Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force helicopter carrier JS Izumo (DDH 183) and U.S. Navy Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD-2) sail in formation during Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2022, July 28. US Navy Photo
As Japan’s new defense chief, Yasukazu Hamada plans to improve Japan’s defense posture and capabilities, he said Wednesday. Read More
Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Shiloh (CG 67), U.S. Navy Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Lake Champlain (CG 57), U.S. Navy Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70), U.S. Navy Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Milius (DDG 69), Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) Murasame-class destroyer JS Murasame (DD 101), and JMSDF Izumo-class helicopter destroyer JS Kaga (DDH 184) transit together in the South China Sea on Oct. 30, 2021. US Navy Photo
KUALA LUMPUR – While the United Kingdom’s Carrier Strike Group 21 (CSG21) has departed the Western Pacific, there is still a significant amount of maritime activity from deployed naval groups Read More
From foreground to background USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76), HMS Queen Elizabeth (R08), JS Ise (DDH-182) and USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70). Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Photo
KUALA LUMPUR – Two U.S. carrier strike groups drilled with the United Kingdom’s Carrier Strike Group 21 (CSG21) and a Japanese big-deck warship over the weekend in a major naval exercise in the waters off the southeast of Okinawa, Japan. Read More
U.S. Marine Corps AAV-P7/A1 assault amphibious vehicles assigned to Combat Assault Company, 3rd Marine Regiment, unload service members during an amphibious landing demonstration as part of Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise at Pyramid Rock Beach on Marine Corps Base Hawaii July 29, 2018. US Marine Corps photo.
JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM AND ABOARD HMAS ADELAIDE OFF THE COAST OF HAWAII – The biennial Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise wraps up in Hawaii this week after giving 25 participating nations a chance to work with partners they couldn’t otherwise afford to collaborate with, perform roles they otherwise would struggle to learn and perform naval missions at a scale unseen anywhere else in the world. Read More
Divers jump out of an MH-53E Sea Dragon helicopter, assigned to the “Vanguard” of Helicopter Mine Countermeasures Squadron (HM) 14, during a pouncer operation in support of Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2018. U.S. Navy photo
A pair of Pacific mine countermeasures exercises are increasing the U.S. Navy’s ability to incorporate new laser technology and international naval units into mine hunting avoidance activities.
The following is a Nov. 20, 2016 timelapse video of USS Sampson (DDG-102) entering Wellington Harbour formation with ships from New Zealand, Australia and Canada after participating in earthquake relief efforts in Kaikoura, New Zealand. Read More
Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Sampson (DDG 102), right, conducts a replenishment-at-sea with Her Majesty’s New Zealand Ship Endeavour (A11) on Nov. 13, 2016. Sampson will report to U.S. Third Fleet, headquartered in San Diego, while deployed to the Western Pacific as part of the U.S. Pacific Fleet-led initiative to extend the command and control functions of Third Fleet into the region.The destroyer’s stop at a New Zealand port would be the first for a U.S. warship in more than 30 years. US Navy photo.
The U.S. Navy is responding to a 7.5 magnitude earthquake off the coast of New Zealand, diverting a destroyer from a historic visit to New Zealand and instead evacuating local civilians and tourists and delivering humanitarian aid supplies. Read More
Amphibious assault vehicles depart the well deck of amphibious transport dock ship USS San Diego (LPD 22) while Royal Australian Navy LHD landing craft wait to escort them on July 18, 2016. US Navy Photo
ABOARD USS AMERICA, NEAR HAWAII – As the head of the Rim of the Pacific 2016 amphibious task force progresses through the exercise, the New Zealander works from an office aboard an American ship filled with Australians, Indonesians and other personnel from the across the Pacific.
And for Commodore James Gilmour, that’s just how Pacific operations should be. Read More