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Lafayette Returns!

SUEZ CANAL (Dec. 7, 2015) The French navy nuclear aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle (R91) transits the Suez Canal as it enters the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations. Commander, French Maritime Force, Rear Adm. René-Jean Crignola, embarked aboard Charles de Gaulle, took command of U.S. Naval Forces Central Command’s Task Force 50 Dec. 7. CTF 50 plans and conducts strike operations in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations. (Official French navy photo/Released)

By Vice Adm. Kevin Donegan Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command; Commander, U.S. Fifth Fleet and Commander, Combined Maritime Forces On December 7th, travelers near the Suez Canal witnessed an incredible sight as the French nuclear-powered aircraft carrier FS Charles de Gaulle (R 91) led a flotilla of warships from France, …

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SEACAT: A Southeast Asian Multilateral Powerhouse

By Cmdr. Greg Adams N7 Theater Security Cooperation, U.S. 7th Fleet, Task Force 73 Amidst recent calls for more multilateralism in our traditionally bilateral exercises, Southeast Asia Cooperation And Training (SEACAT) stands tall as the only multilateral information sharing exercise of its kind in Southeast Asia. A relatively small exercise …

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5 Things You Need to Know: Enlisted Personnel Policy Update for Sailors with PFA Failures

From Chief of Naval Personnel Public Affairs Sailors who are being processed out of the Navy for three PFA failures in four years now have updated guidance on how to stay in uniform. The details are contained in NAVADMIN 233/15, released Oct. 7. This message follows-up on the PFA NAVADMIN …

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6 Things You Might Not Know About Talisman Sabre

FOG BAY, Australia (July 8, 2015) U.S. Marines assigned to 2nd Battalion, 5th Regiment practice an amphibious assault using amphibious assault vehicles during Talisman Sabre 2015 at Fog Bay, Australia. Talisman Sabre is a biennial exercise that provides an invaluable opportunity for nearly 30,000 U.S. and Australian defense forces to conduct operations in a combined, joint and interagency environment that will increase both countries' ability to plan and execute a full range of operations from combat missions to humanitarian assistance efforts. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Louis Rojas/Released)

Talisman Sabre is a realistic and challenging exercise that brings service members closer and improves U.S. and Australia’s ability to work together, and prepares them to be poised to provide security regionally and globally. This exercise is a major undertaking and illustrates the closeness of the Australian and U.S. alliance …

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Mission Kiribati: The Bar is Ours to Set

By Lt. j.g. William Lindahl Pacific Partnership 2015 Advanced Party Engineer We’ve been in Kiribati 10 days now, and have made serious progress preparing for the arrival of our Joint High Speed Vessel, the USNS Millinocket. Cruising in with tons of equipment and manpower, I’m confident Pacific Partnership 2015 will make …

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A Mission Unlike Any Other in the World

PEARL HARBOR (May 25, 2015) Onlookers wave to the Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) as it arrives at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam to support Pacific Partnership 2015. Now in its tenth iteration, Pacific Partnership is the largest annual multilateral humanitarian assistance and disaster relief preparedness mission conducted in the Indio-Asia-Pacific region. While training for crisis conditions, Pacific Partnership missions have provided medical care to approximately 270,000 patients and veterinary services to more than 38,000 animals. Additionally, Pacific Partnership has provided critical infrastructure development to host nations through the completion of more than 180 engineering projects.(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Gabrielle Joyner/Released)

By Capt. Christopher Engdahl Mission Commander Pacific Partnership 2015 What is Pacific Partnership? I freely admit that nearly a year ago I was asking myself that same question. I had no idea there was even an opportunity for a destroyer squadron commodore to lead such a dynamic and complex mission.   But …

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National Maritime Day 2015 – An Interview With Navy Capt. John Rinko, Commodore of the U.S. Navy’s Military Sealift Command Europe and Africa

Navy Capt. John Rinko, commodore of the U.S. Navy's Military Sealift Command Europe and Africa

Every year on May 22, the United States celebrates National Maritime Day. This lesser-known but very important holiday recognizes an outstanding group of civilians – our country’s merchant mariners – who work patriotically at-sea alongside our military every single day to promote our nation’s commerce and protect our nation’s freedom. …

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