Pacific Ocean (Nov. 9, 2006) - Explosive Ordnance Disposalman 1st Class Ray Kassow, left, and Explosive Ordnance Disposalman 3rd Class Chris Eichas test a satellite communication system aboard the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74). Stennis is currently participating in Joint Task Force Exercise (JTFEX) off the coast of southern California. JTFEX is the third at-sea phase of John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group's pre-deployment training cycle. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Heidi Giacalone (RELEASED)
U.S. Pacific Fleet Commander Visits China
PEARL HARBOR (NNS) -- Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet Adm. Gary Roughead arrived in China Nov. 11, making his first visit to the country as commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet.
During the week-long trip, Roughead is scheduled to call on the U.S. ambassador in Beijing and visit with China’s civilian and military leaders. He will also visit USS Juneau (LPD 10), which will be participating in a search and rescue exercise with the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Navy and making a port visit to the southern city of Zhanjiang.
U.S., Japanese Train Together In ANNUALEX
USS KITTY HAWK, At Sea (NNS) -- The U.S. Navy and Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force kicked off their largest bilateral exercise, ANNUALEX, Nov. 9.
About 8,500 U.S. Sailors are taking part aboard 13 ships and submarines and various shore-based aircraft.
About 90 JMSDF ships and 130 aircraft are participating, and are “an absolutely critical partner with whom we train throughout the year,” said Battle Force 7th Fleet Commander, Rear Adm. Douglas McClain. McClain is commanding participating U.S. forces from his flagship, USS Kitty
USS Anzio Provides Assistance to Iranian Dhow
USS ANZIO, At Sea (NNS) -- USS Anzio (CG 68) provided assistance to a vessel in distress in the Arabian Sea, approximately 140 miles off the coast of Pakistan, Nov. 10, while conducting maritime security operations (MSO) in the area.
The 24 person crew of motor vessel Sinaa, a 35 meter Iranian-flagged dhow from Kubala, Iran, contacted Anzio on bridge-to-bridge radio asking for assistance. The motor vessel’s crew said they needed water and fuel.
Anzio received the call during an underway replenishment (UNREP) and then proceeded t
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