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NAHA, JAPAN (Nov. 11, 2021) -- Military Sealift Command’s expeditionary fast transport ship USNS Puerto Rico (T-EPF 11) is supporting the U.S. Marine Corps during Resolute Dragon 21 in Japan, Dec 4-16. Resolute Dragon helps strengthen the defensive capabilities of the U.S.-Japan Alliance by refining procedures for bilateral command, control and coordination in a geographically distributed environment. Fast, agile and flexible, Puerto Rico can support a wide range of missions, including humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, theater security cooperation, maritime domain awareness and noncombatant evacuations. (Photo by Gene Palabrica)

Personnel from dry cargo ship USNS Charles Drew (T-AKE 10) transport an Iranian mariner Nov. 27 in the Gulf of Oman. Two Iranian mariners requested assistance after their fishing vessel was adrift at sea for eight days.

211109-N-FA490-3070 JAVA SEA (Nov. 9, 2021) The Spearhead-class expeditionary fast transport USNS Millinocket (T-EPF-3) transits the Java Sea, during Cooperation Afloat and Readiness and Training (CARAT) Indonesia 2021. In its 27th year, the CARAT series is comprised of multinational exercises, designed to enhance U.S. and partner navies’ abilities to operate together in response to traditional and non-traditional maritime security challenges in the Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Andrew Langholf)

The Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) during Mercy Exercise (MERCEX) 22-1 in the Pacific Ocean.

U.S. Military Sealift command’s Spearhead-class expeditionary fast transport ship, City of Bismarck, floats while docked at the Commercial Seaport of Palau in Koror, Republic of Palau, Nov. 5, 2021. Military Sealift Command Far East ensures approximately 50 ships in the Indo-Pacific region, including City of Bismarck, are manned, trained and equipped to deliver essential supplies, fuel, cargo, and equipment to warfighters, both at sea and on shore. The ship is currently supporting Task Force Koa Moana 21, I Marine Expeditionary Force by transporting gear and personnel from California to the Republic of Palau. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Atticus Martinez)

Military Sealift Command's newest ship, fleet replenishment oiler USNS Harvey Milk (T-AO 206), slides into the water during the christening ceremony at General Dynamic NASSCO, San Diego.

SAIPAN (Oct. 22, 2021) Sailors assigned to the Los Angeles-class fast attack submarine USS Hampton (SSN 767) load a MK-48 inert training shape alongside the submarine tender USS Frank Cable (AS 40) during a weapons handling exercise at the island of Saipan, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Oct. 22. Frank Cable is on patrol conducting expeditionary maintenance and logistics in support of national security in the 7th Fleet area of operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Charlotte C. Oliver)

171229-N-DA434-211 PACIFIC OCEAN (Dec. 29, 2017) The submarine tender USS Frank Cable (AS 40) sails the Pacific Ocean, during a man-overboard drill. Frank Cable, forward-deployed to Guam, repairs, rearms and reprovisions deployed U.S. Naval Forces in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Alana Langdon)

Sailors assigned to the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Porter (DDG 78) conduct replenishment-at-sea operations with the Henry J. Kaiser-class fleet replenishment oiler USNS Kanawha (T-AO-196), Oct. 17, 2021. Porter, forward-deployed to Rota, Spain, is on its 10th Patrol in the U.S. Sixth Fleet area of operations in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe and Africa.

Ship in the Spotlight

Ship In the Spotlight This week help us recognize the crew of our high-speed transport vessel USNS Guam (HST 1) for supporting exercise Active Shield at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan in late October.

During the exercise, USNS Guam was loaded with various military vehicles to support multiple scenarios designed to hone U.S.-Japanese interoperability for the protection and defense of MCAS Iwakuni and other assets in the region in order to sustain military operations.

Active Shield is an annual bilateral exercise partnering U.S. and Japanese forces, which exercises various elements of the air station's base defense plan to ensure the station remains able to support the Naval Expeditionary Force-In Readiness and regional commitments to the U.S.-Japan Alliance.

"This year marks the 60th anniversary of our (U.S., Japanese) alliance and, when I look around, I see the strength of that alliance," said Marine Col. Lance Lewis, commanding officer MCAS Iwakuni. "Our partnership makes us stronger, and I look forward to this training next year."
 
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