Chief Personnel Specialist Kevin Sun, assigned to the Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) reunites with his dog and other loved ones in Pearl Harbor after completing Pacific Partnership 2012. Mercy is in Pearl Harbor to drop off several partner nations and other crew on its way back to San Diego after the completion of Pacific Partnership 2012.
Now in its seventh year, Pacific Partnership is an annual U.S. Pacific Fleet humanitarian and civic assistance mission U.S. military, host and partner nations, non-governmental organizations and international agencies designed to build stronger relationships and disaster response capabilities in the Asia-Pacific region.
U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Michael Feddersen / Released
Flight deck personnel watch as a CH-53E Sea Stallion helicopter assigned to the Flying Tigers of Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron (HMM) 262 takes off from the flight deck aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6). Bonhomme Richard, commanded by is the lead ship of the only forward-deployed amphibious assault group.
U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Michael Russell / Released
Secretary of Defense (SECDEF) the Honorable Leon Panetta speaks to the crew of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) about their upcoming deployment. The John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group is scheduled to get underway at the end of the month for a deployment to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.
U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kenneth Abbate / Released
The world’s oldest commissioned warship, USS Constitution, sails under her own power. This is only the second time in 131 years traveling without help. The last time Constitution sailed was 1997. This exercise commemorates the 200th anniversary of the Constitution’s victory over the British frigate Guerriere during the War of 1812.
U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Andrew Meyers / Released
U.S. Navy Lts. C.J. Simonsen, top, and Dave Tickle, center, both solo pilots assigned to the Blue Angels, the U.S. Navy’s flight demonstration squadron, fly in formation with Sean Tucker, a Team Oracle airshow performer, Aug. 2, 2012, over Seattle. The Blue Angels were in Seattle to perform during Seafair.
DoD photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Rachel McMarr, U.S. Navy / Released
Aviation Electronics Technician 2nd Class Eric Brown greets his mother during the homecoming event for the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72). Abraham Lincoln deployed as part of Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 9 to support maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th, 6th and 7th Fleet areas of responsibility.
U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Joshua T. Rodriguez / Released
U.S. Army soldiers and U.S. Navy sailors assigned to a provincial reconstruction team fire a .50-caliber machine gun during night weapons qualifications at Camp Atterbury as a part of pre-deployment training. Ten PRTs are preparing for an upcoming deployment to Afghanistan to support security, governance and socioeconomic development.
Navy Lt. Jisun Hahn, medical officer, Combat Logistics Battalion 5, examines an Afghan child’s ears after complaining of an earache during a women’s medical enhancement clinic held outside Combat Outpost Coutu, Helmand province, Afghanistan, July 7, 2010.
Hahn, from Enid, Okla., traveled to Marjah with the female engagement team with 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment. Although few Afghan women showed up for medical treatment, several children were brought in to be seen.
F/A-18 Hornets and Super Hornets assigned to Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2 conduct an air power demonstration over the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72), right, and the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser Cape St. George (CG 71), left. Lincoln is en route to the United States to complete an eight-month change-of-homeport deployment during which it operated in the U.S. 5th, 6th and 7th Fleet areas of responsibility.
U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Colby K. Neal / Released
Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus observes flight operations of aircraft operating on biofuel blends aboard the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) during the Great Green Fleet demonstration portion of Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2012.
Mabus, Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert and other senior Navy leaders were on hand to witness the large-scale demonstration of the Navy’s use of alternative energy and energy efficiencies during RIMPAC, the world’s largest international maritime exercise.
U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Sam Shavers / Released