First USMC F-35C Squadron Deploys
From 1stLt. Charles Allen, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing
MCAS MIRAMAR, Calif. -- Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 314 of 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing has marked a key milestone for Marine Corps history as they departed San Diego Bay with Carrier Air Wing Nine aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln as the first Marine squadron to deploy the F-35C on an aircraft carrier.
DATE: January 5, 2022
Navy League Honolulu Welcomes the USS DANIEL INOUYE to Pearl Harbor and Honors the Memory of the Late Senator
Guests and crew members gathered pierside to celebrate the ship's arrival and honor the legacy of Senator Daniel K. Inouye as Navy League Honolulu awards the late Senator with their American Patriot Award. The award was accepted by his son, James.
DATE: November 20, 2021
USS America, JS Ise Lead Integrated Training with Sasebo-Based JMSDF Ships
04 November 2021
From Lt. John Stevens, USS America
USS America (LHA 6), the Navy’s only forward-deployed amphibious assault ship, trained alongside Hyūga-class helicopter destroyer JS Ise (DDH 182) and other Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) ships off the coast of Kyushu, Nov. 3.
America, Ise, and six other JMSDF ships conducted precision maneuvering and integrated surface warfare training, which enhanced operability and partnership between the two navies.
DATE: November 4, 2021
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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