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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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