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Coast Guard Cutter Munro Participates in a Maritime Engagement with the Indonesian Coast Guard

ALAMEDA, Calif. — The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Munro (WMSL 755) conducted operations and exercises with the Indonesian Maritime Security Agency and coast guard, the Badan Keamanan Laut (known as BAKAMLA), September 20, in the Singapore Strait.

DATE: September 20, 2021

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DPAA hosts National POW/MIA Recognition Day

Story by Staff Sgt. Jonathan McElderry 

HONOLULU -- The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) hosted a National POW/MIA Recognition Day ceremony at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, on Sept. 17, 2021.

Date: September 17, 2021

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MQ-25 conducts first air-to-air refueling with F-35C

From NAVAIR Public Affairs

NAVAL AIR SYSTEMS COMMAND, Patuxent River, Md. - The Navy’s Unmanned Carrier Aviation (PMA-268) program completed its first aerial refueling of an F-35C Lightning II aircraft by the Boeing-owned MQ-25 test asset, known as T1, as part of the Navy’s broader initiative to field unmanned systems that transform and enhance the fleet’s capability, capacity and lethality.

DATE: September 14, 2021

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Tailhook Day 2 Features Aviation Flag Panel

From Navy News

SPARKS, Nev. - Naval Aviation flag and general officers from around the fleet joined together on September 10, 2021, for the Flag Panel at the annual Tailhook symposium—Hook ’21—to discuss current and future issues in Naval Aviation with naval aviators, industry partners and veterans.

DATE: September 12, 2021

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China to Require Foreign Vessels to Report in ‘Territorial Waters’

The HINDU - by Ananth Krishnan

The newspaper quoted observers as saying “such a rollout of maritime regulations are a sign of stepped-up efforts to safeguard China’s national security at sea by implementing strict rules to boost maritime identification capability.”

The notice said in addition to those vessels, any vessel deemed to “endanger the maritime traffic safety of China” will also be required to report its information, which would include their name, call sign, current position next port of call, and estimated time of arrival.

DATE:  August 29, 2021

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Coast Guard Rescues Mariners Aboard Disabled Vessel off Hawaii

USCG NEWS RELEAS

HONOLULU — Coast Guard crews rescued 15 mariners aboard the disabled 72-foot sailing vessel Lucky, 26-miles east of Makapu’u Point, Oahu, Saturday.

The Lucky was adrift due to a disabled rudder and crews aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Oliver Berry (WPC 1124) and a Station Honolulu 45-foot Response Boat-Medium successfully towed the vessel to Honolulu Harbor.

DATE: July 25, 2021

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DoD to Launch AI Competition to Detect, Defeat Illegal Fishing

The Defense Department, U.S. Coast Guard, allies, partners and nonprofit organizations are all interested in rapid detection of illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing activity to mitigate these damages, said Vice Adm. Scott Buschman, U.S. Coast Guard deputy commandant for operations.


DATE: July 22, 2021

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7th Fleet conducts Freedom of Navigation Operation

Navy News - 12 July 2021

This freedom of navigation operation (“FONOP”) upheld the rights, freedoms, and lawful uses of the sea recognized in international law by challenging the unlawful restrictions on innocent passage imposed by China, Taiwan, and Vietnam and also by challenging China’s claim to strait baselines enclosing the Paracel Islands.

DATE: July 12, 2021

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U.S., Australian, Japanese militaries Complete Exercise Southern Jackaroo

By Capt. Thomas deVries

MOUNT BUNDEY TRAINING AREA, NT, Australia --

In the heart of the Australian Outback, U.S. Marines, Australian Army soldiers, and Japan Ground Self-Defense Force soldiers assembled and successfully conducted Exercise Southern Jackaroo.

DATE: June 25, 2021

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U.S., India Elevate Combined Joint Maritime Training with Multi-Axis Integration

Navy News - 24 June 2021

The Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group (CSG 5) participated in joint multi-domain engagements with the Indian Navy and Air Force. These engagements are designed to build on the high-caliber integration achieved during the Theodore Roosevelt Strike Group engagement in March 2021.

DATE: June 24, 2021

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Carrier Strike Group One arrives in Hawaiian Islands Operating Area

18 June 2021 by MC1 Felicito Rustique, CSG-1

PACIFIC OCEAN - U.S. Navy units assigned to Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 1 are operating in the Hawaiian Islands Operating Area and continue to integrate operations with the U.S. Army, Marine Corps, Air Force, and Coast Guard.

DATE: June 18, 2021

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Navy Region Hawaii, MIDPAC Hold Change of Command Ceremony

By MC2 Greg Hall

Navy Region Hawaii Public Affairs

Rear Adm. Timothy Kott relieved Rear Adm. Robert Chadwick II as commander of Navy Region Hawaii (CNRH) and Naval Surface Group Middle Pacific (MIDPAC) during a change of command ceremony at Kilo Pier on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam (JBPHH) June 18.

DATE: June 18, 2021

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The U.S. Coast Guard Pacific Area Command Hosts Change of Command Ceremony

Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Karl L. Schultz presided over the ceremony, where Rear Adm. Peter W. Gautier relieved Vice Adm. Linda L. Fagan as the acting Pacific Area commander.

DATE:  June 17, 2021

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Fast Response Cutter Conducts International Patrol to Increase Maritime Security in the Pacific

U.S. Coast Guard 14th District Public Affairs

SANTA RITA, Guam — The crew Coast Guard Cutter Oliver Henry  (WPC 1140) returned home to Guam following a successful 37-day, expeditionary patrol supporting Operation Blue Pacific and Operation 365 to prevent, detect, and suppress illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing in Oceania and strengthen bonds with partners throughout Micronesia.

DATE:  June 15, 2021

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Coast Guard Rescues Overboard Mariners Off Oahu

HONOLULU — The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Kimball rescued four mariners off Portlock after they had fallen overboard from their vessel Sunday.

The cutter's small boat crew rescued the four mariners, one of whom sustained minor injuries from the vessel’s propeller, and brought them safely back to awaiting medical services. 

DATE:  June 1, 2021

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From Vietnam to the Flag Mess – An Asian American Story

From MC1 Mark D. Faram

Chief of Naval Personnel Public Affairs


Rear Adm. Huan Nguyen's road to an admiral's star was not a journey for the faint of heart. Arriving in this country as a teenage orphan from Vietnam, he faced an uphill climb. He credits his Asian heritage and community with helping him get to the top.

DATE: May 21, 2021

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7th Fleet Conducts Freedom of Navigation Operation

By U.S. 7th Fleet Public Affairs U.S. 7th Fleet  

On May 20 (local time), Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG 54) asserted navigational rights and freedoms in the vicinity of the Paracel Islands, consistent with international law.

DATE: May 20, 2021

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Coast Guard, Navy Continue High Seas Oceania Maritime Security Initiative Patrol

HONOLULU — USCG News Release

The U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Navy continue their joint mission in the Western and Central Pacific under the Oceania Maritime Security Initiative (OMSI) to reduce and eliminate illegal, unregulated, unreported (IUU) fishing, combat transnational crimes, and enhance regional security.

DATE:  May 9, 2021

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Photo By Petty Officer 3rd Class Adam Butler USCG

Paparo Takes Helm as U.S. Pacific Fleet Commander

Paparo, a native of Morton, Pennsylvania, comes to the historic Pearl Harbor headquarters from Manama, Bahrain, as Aquilino did in May 2018. Both commanded U.S. Naval Forces Central Command, U.S. Fifth Fleet and Combined Maritime Forces immediately before arriving in Hawaii.

DATE: May 6, 2021

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USS John Paul Jones Returns from 5th and 7th Fleet Deployment

By U.S. 3rd Fleet Public Affairs

Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS John Paul Jones (DDG 53) returned to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam following a deployment to 5th and 7th Fleets April 30.

DATE: April 30, 2021

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Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS John Paul Jones (DDG 53) returned to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam April 30. (Photo by MC1 Devin Langer)

USS Port Royal Returns from 5th and 7th Fleet Deployment

By U.S. 3rd Fleet Public Affairs

A Pearl Harbor-based guided missile cruiser returned to its homeport following a deployment to 5th and 7th Fleets April 27.

DATE: April 29, 2021

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Ticonderoga-class guided missile cruiser USS Port Royal (CG 73) return to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam from deployment April 27. (Photo by MCSN Molly Crawford)

15th Marine Expeditionary Unit and Makin Island ARG enhance bilateral partnership in Indo-Pacific

SOUTH CHINA SEA -- 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit

Marines with the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit embarked aboard the Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group conducted flight-training operations near Singapore within international waters, April 8.

DATE: April 12, 2021

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Photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Jacob Bergh  -  Courtesy of DVIDS

Coast Guard Cutter Kimball Returns Home from Expeditionary Patrol in the Pacific

HONOLULU — 14th District Public Affairs

The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Kimball (WMSL 756) returned to Honolulu Friday after completing an expeditionary patrol supporting Operation Blue Pacific, Op Rai Balang, and Op Aloha Shield in the Pacific.

DATE: April 9, 2021

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Coast Guard, Navy Begin High Seas Oceania Maritime Security Initiative Patrol

Independence-variant littoral combat ship USS Tulsa (LCS 16), with an embarked Coast Guard law enforcement detachment from the Pacific Tactical Law Enforcement Team are conducting maritime law enforcement operations through the enforcement of international law and the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Convention in order to protect United States and Pacific Island Nations’ resource security and sovereignty.

DATE: April 6, 2021

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Cutter Deplyments Point to Bigger Role in Western Pacific

Honolulu Star Advertiser - William Cole

The Coast Guard’s five newest cutters in Honolulu — including two of the service’s most capable 418-foot vessels — continue to reach farther across the Pacific to combat illegal fishing and counter the growing influence of China.

DATE: April 4, 2021

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Coast Guard and Partners Rescue Boater off Oahu

HONOLULU- Coast Guard and Navy crews rescued the “Size No Matter” overdue boater Friday 26-miles west of Ka'ena Point. 

A Navy MH-60R Sea Hawk helicopter aircrew located the boater at 1:30 a.m. holding a bundle of life jackets. The aircrew hoisted the boater and transported him to Queens Medical Center due to having symptoms of hypothermia. 

DATE: January 27, 2021

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Philippines Sends Navy On ‘Sovereignty Patrols’ To South China Sea Amid Fears Whitsun Reef Is ‘Scarborough Shoal 2.0’

ASSOCIATED PRESS & SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST - Raissa Robles

The Philippine military has ordered more navy ships to be deployed for “sovereignty patrols” in the South China Sea, where a Chinese flotilla has surrounded a disputed reef and ignored Manila’s demand to leave the area.

DATE: March 26, 2021

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Philippine Coast Guard/National Task Force-West Philippine Sea via AP

Military Takeover of Taiwan Is Top Concern for INDOPACOM Nominee Aquilino

USNI News - Mallory Shelbourne

A military takeover of Taiwan is the top concern in the Indo-Pacific, according to the admiral nominated to lead the region’s combatant command.

DATE: March 23, 2021

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Destroyer Daniel Inouye Delivers to Navy as Bath Iron Works Picks at Backlog

USNI News - Sam LaGrone

This post has been updated with a statement from Bath Iron Works.

After years of schedule slips, the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer Daniel Inouye (DDG-118) delivered to the Navy on Monday, the service announced.

DATE: March 9, 2021

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Pentagon Announces Nominees to Lead INDO-PACOM, Pacific Fleet

From USNI News - Sam LaGrone

U.S. Pacific Fleet commander Adm. John Aquilino is the Biden administration pick to be the next head of all U.S. forces in the Indo-Pacific, the Pentagon announced on Saturday.

DATE: March 6, 2021

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Admiral Offers Vision for Indo-Pacific


HONOLULU - David Vergun, DOD News

Key to military success and supporting free and open societies in the Indo-Pacific region are: fostering innovation, thinking critically, developing expertise, challenging assumptions and working collectively to realize the full potential of the joint force, the commander of the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command said.

DATE: March 3, 2021

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