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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’


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