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RIMPAC 2014: From My Maritime Perspective

By Rear-Admiral Gilles Couturier RIMPAC 2014 Combined Forces Maritime Component CommanderOne could ask what it means to be the Combined Forces Maritime Component Commander (CFMCC) for RIMPAC 2014. But first, one needs to understand what I just said.The Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) is the largest maritime exercise in the …

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USNS Mercy: Hospital at Sea

PACIFIC OCEAN (May 18, 2012) The Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19), lead vessel for Pacific Partnership 2012, transits the Pacific Ocean toward Guam. Pacific Partnership is an annual U.S. Pacific Fleet humanitarian and civic assistance mission designed to work by, with and through host and partner nations, non-governmental organizations and international agencies to build partnerships and a collective ability to respond to natural disasters. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Michael Feddersen/Released)

Maritime partnerships are critical to safeguard freedom of the seas to secure the world’s oceans. USNS Mercy (T-AH 19)‘s participation in Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) Exercise 2014 is just one example of the world’s navies coming together to work on common interest. Mercy and her Sailors are helping to train …

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RIMPAC 2014: Inside Look

Ships gather in formation aft of the amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu (LHA 5) during Rim of The Pacific (RIMPAC) Exercise 2014.

The future is maritime partnerships. The world’s navies must be able to come together quickly to work on common interests and things that are important worldwide. Twenty-two nations, more than 40 ships and submarines, more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel have come together for the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) …

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Relationships Are Key to Interoperability

Members of the Royal Air Force, Royal Canadian Air Force and Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) work as partners onboard a RAAF AP-3C Orion aircraft on a range clearance exercise during Exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2014.

By Air Commodore Chris Westwood Royal Australian Air Force Combined Forces Air Component Commander I have long believed that we make interoperability more difficult than it needs to be, whether it be between coalition or combined forces, between our own national services, or indeed internal to our individual service. The main reason …

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Life Aboard USNS Mercy

By Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Courtez Brown, Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Fredelyne Dolores, and Command Senior Chief Dedrick Walker USNS Mercy Two Hospital Corpsman HM1 Courtez Brown: I am a respiratory therapist aboard the hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19). Serving on Mercy has been such a humbling yet inspiring experience. My …

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USS Forrestal – Trial by Fire

By Chief Damage Controlman (SW/AW) Teddy Yates Recruit Training Command On Saturday July 29, 1967, in the Gulf of Tonkin, the USS Forrestal (CVA 59) is preparing for a strike against targets in North Vietnam when a missile is accidently fired across the flight deck, hitting an A-4 Skyhawk that …

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Just Simple Logistics

The crew mans the rails to honor the men that lost their lives during the attack on Pearl Harbor.

By 2LT Marianne Saltnes and Sgt. Marthe Brendefur 10,435 nautical miles to Pearl Harbor. 6 months at sea. “Fox” surely demonstrates Norway’s will to support USA in their areas of interest.   “Is Norway a country?” “Where is it?” The questions were many when we arrived in Pearl Harbor and …

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A Day in the Life of a Sailor

By Damage Controlman 2nd Class Chris Kellogg USS Vella Gulf (CG 72) Damage Controlman 2nd Class Chris Kellogg, of Prescott, Ariz., followed in the footsteps of his father and sister when he joined the Navy in 2010.  He was drawn to the Navy because he wanted serve his country and …

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Why I Serve: USS Constitution Edition

Gunner's Mate 3rd Class Adam LaMantia, from Chicago, Ill., stationed aboard USS Constitution shares the reason why he serves in the U.S. Navy.

On any given day there are more than 380,000 Sailors, active-duty and Reserve, ready to defend America, around the world and around the clock. From diverse backgrounds, they join the Navy to serve their country with honor, courage and commitment. For each Sailor, the drive to serve is different. The …

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