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Rapper Gnash, sing-songwriter Marc E. Bassy set to tour US bases in Japan this month

Gnash — whose 2016 song “I Hate U, I Love U” peaked at No. 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 — will join forces with singer-songwriter Marc E. Bassy for a series of free shows at military installations in Japan sponsored by Armed Forces Entertainment, a Defense Department agency.

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Japan takes lead on Malabar exercise with US and India for first time

The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force for the first time will be leading Malabar through a series of on-shore and at-sea training events, according to the U.S. 7th Fleet.

Like AAFES shops, Navy Exchange concessionaires will stop selling vape products Oct. 1

The Navy made the decision Sept. 12, the same day the Army Public Health Center warned servicemembers to avoid vape products after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said vaping may be linked to hundreds of cases of severe lung disease and at least six deaths in dozens of states.

Navy asks Congress for three new Arleigh Burke-class destroyers in 2020 budget

The Navy is asking Congress for more than $5 billion next fiscal year to build three more Arleigh Burke-class destroyers, according to a Congressional Research Service report published Tuesday.

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Creators from 40 different countries showcase their games at Tokyo Game Show 2019

The show has 655 exhibitors in 2,417 booths scattered across 11 halls within the Makuhari Messe convention center.

Global video-gaming, 5G technology among highlights of this year’s Tokyo Game Show in Chiba

When people think Japan, many people immediately think of anime and ramen — but for some, Japan conjures up visions of video games and the annual Tokyo Game Show.

US, Malaysia wrap up five days of training near Strait of Malacca

Maritime Training Activity Malaysia 2019 involved drills to improve maritime security and law enforcement skills, and includes training in counter-piracy, counter-smuggling, port security and maritime interceptions.

China rejects request for two US Navy ships to visit Hong Kong amid civil unrest

The amphibious dock ship USS Green Bay intended to make a visit on Saturday and the guided-missile cruiser USS Lake Erie planned to stop there later in September, Cmdr. Nate Christensen, deputy spokesman for U.S. Pacific Fleet, told Stars and Stripes Wednesday.

Navy concludes its 25th year of CARAT drills with Indonesia in Java Sea

CARAT’s Indonesian leg — which began Aug. 1 and covered seven days of activities at sea and on shore — took place in the Java Sea, just south of the contested South China Sea, where Beijing has built up shallow reefs and islets into militarized outposts.

Navy ships and military aircraft draw tens of thousands to Yokosuka’s ‘friendship’ event

An annual fest at Yokosuka drew thousands to the base pier, where they waited in a massive line to tour the 7th Fleet’s flagship, USS Blue Ridge, and the Japanese destroyer JS Yugiri.

Sengakuji: Tokyo temple serves as final resting place of the 47 Ronin

Nestled away in the bustling capital of Japan, a temple memorializes an avenging story of loyalty by the fabled Loyal Retainers of Lord Ako, better known as the 47 Ronin.

Navy cop convicted of raping child after Super Bowl party

Petty Officer 2nd Class Adam Pyron was sentenced to 39 years in prison after his conviction Friday of seven child sex crimes involving an acquaintance’s 6- and 8-year-old children.

New commander for Naval Forces Japan led inquiry into Fitzgerald collision

U.S. Naval Forces Japan bid farewell to a retiring commander and welcomed a new one Wednesday at a ceremony in Yokosuka’s theater.

Yokosuka, home of 7th Fleet, welcomes new commander

Capt. Rich Jarrett took charge of the installation from Capt. Jeffrey Kim, who held the post for three years, at a change-of-command ceremony on Commander Hill.

USS Stethem returning stateside after concluding 14-year deployment with 7th Fleet

After 14 years with the Indo-Pacific with the 7th Fleet, the USS Stethem is returning to San Diego to operate under 3rd Fleet once more.

Navy’s newest littoral combat ship is second vessel to honor Twin Cities

The Navy plans to christen its newest littoral combat ship, the USS Minneapolis-Saint Paul, during a ceremony Saturday at Fincantieri Marinette Marine in Marinette, Wis.

Navy wraps up its 25th year of CARAT drills with Thailand

The United States recently concluded its 25th year of Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training, or CARAT, drills with the Royal Thai Navy.

Roast Beef Abura Soba Beefst offers an edible adventure in Tokyo

The party’s over, the bars are closed, the lights have gone up, and you have a hangover hunger to satisfy. If you’re in Shinjuku, you’re in luck; that’s the home of Roast Beef Abura Soba Beefst, a “build your own” soba noodle restaurant that unlocks its doors just in time for lunch and stays open deep into the night.

USS Blue Ridge, the 7th Fleet’s flagship, is back home after four months at sea

The Navy’s oldest operational ship left Yokosuka Feb. 4 and since then has covered more than 22,000 nautical miles to make port calls.

Annual disaster-preparedness mission brought Navy to seven nations in three months

This year’s largest annual, multilateral disaster-response and preparedness mission in the Indo-Pacific region featured two expeditionary fast-transport ships for the first time, the Fall River and USNS Brunswick.

Coast Guard visits Philippines for first time in seven years after training in South China Sea

The Coast Guard cutter Bertholf, on loan to the Navy’s 7th Fleet, joined Philippine coast guard vessels to practice search-and-rescue scenarios and other procedures.

Measles case at airport near Tokyo spurs warning from US Forces Japan

Children older than 4 and adults who are up-to-date with their two documented measles, mumps and rubella, or MRR, vaccinations are protected from any potential threat, according to U.S. Forces Japan.

Tens of thousands flock to Navy base in Japan for annual Spring Fest

The main draw for this year’s open-base Spring Festival — held this past weekend at the installation about 25 miles southwest of Tokyo — was a series of static aircraft displays that included the P-8A Poseidon.

Navy to christen final Zumwalt-class destroyer and newest high-speed transport vessel Saturday

The USS Lyndon B. Johnson and the USNS Guam will be christened in two separate ceremonies — in Maine and in Okinawa, respectively — Saturday.

US destroyer joins Australian frigate for training in Philippine Sea

The destroyer USS Preble and frigate HMAS Melbourne conducted 10 separate drills Friday, the second training operation for both ships in several days, according to a Navy statement.

Navy ends exercise with Sri Lanka early in wake of bombings

The USS Spruance and USNS Millinocket arrived Thursday at Sri Lanka’s Hambantota port, about 160 miles southeast of the country’s capital of Colombo, for what was planned as a weeklong exercise.

US, Indian navies practice hunting submarines together in Indian Ocean

The drill, which began April 15, was the first U.S. anti-submarine warfare exercise with India since the countries agreed in September to closer cooperation between their militaries.

Navy helicopter crew rescues two stranded fishermen near Guam

A Navy helicopter rescued two spearfishermen stranded on a cliff on Guam’s east side recently after their boat sank.

US, Thailand navies conduct anti-submarine drills at exercise Guardian Sea 2019

The U.S. Navy commenced Guardian Sea, its annual training exercise with the Royal Thai Navy, with a ceremony Sunday aboard the Thai frigate HTMS Bhumibol Adulyadej.

Navy shows off Poseidon anti-submarine warfare plane at Malaysian airshow

The Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition, held every two years since 1991, brings together government and military leaders from dozens of nations.

Navy exchange stores worldwide recognize Vietnam veterans for their service

Nearly 44 years after the last U.S. action of the Vietnam War, veterans of the era celebrated their service at exchanges around the globe, including at the home of the Navy’s 7th Fleet.

Coast Guard cutter keeps eye on North Korea during patrol of East China Sea

The cutter Bertholf returned to Sasebo Naval Base after completing a patrol of the East China Sea earlier this month.

US, UK and Japan scheduled to conduct submarine hunting exercise

The three maritime forces have trained together in multilateral exercises such as Rim of the Pacific, but this is only the second time for this kind of trilateral exercise in the region.

USNS Brunswick, USNS Fall River depart Guam to help Pacific nations prepare for disasters

Two Navy expeditionary fast-transport ships steamed out of Guam this week to kick off Pacific Partnership, an annual mission focused on disaster preparedness and humanitarian assistance throughout the Pacific.

Navy showcases Poseidon aircraft at Australian airshow

Navy Patrol Squadron 47 and its Boeing P-8A Poseidon aircraft arrived Tuesday at Avalon Airport in Geelong, Victoria, Australia, to participate in one of that country’s largest aviation exhibitions, according to the U.S. Navy.

Navy shows off Super Hornets, Poseidon aircraft during Aero India 2019

The Navy sees the demos and displays at the aircraft extravaganza as an opportunity to strengthen its military ties with India, a regional partner.

US submarine joins naval competition south of Japan

The Navy did not identify the U.S. submarine taking part in the competition, which tests crews across numerous platforms to gauge proficiency in anti-submarine warfare.

Bestselling author Neal Shusterman speaks to Yokosuka middle-schoolers about novels, writing

The southern California native, whose works “Thunderhead” and “Dry” were among Barnes and Nobles’ best books for young adults in 2018, has been traveling internationally to meet the readers who helped him achieve such accolades.

USS Wasp drills with Japan in East China Sea, days after Beijing mobilizes anti-ship missile

The Jan. 12-13 “cooperative deployment” involved vessels of the Sasebo-based Wasp Amphibious Ready Group and the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force amphibious transport dock JS Kunisaki.

Sea Dragon: US, Australia practice anti-submarine warfare on Guam

The U.S. Navy and units from the Royal Australian Air Force gathered in Guam to begin honing anti-submarine warfare skills in multi-national exercise.

Navy to commission its newest littoral combat ship, the USS Wichita

The Navy is slated to commission its newest littoral combat ship, the future USS Wichita, during a ceremony Saturday in Naval Station Mayport, Fla.

Navy testing smartphone app for mobile access to sailor records

Sailors can now view parts of their training records on a mobile device without having to plug electronic ID cards into government computers.

Mark VI patrol boats make longest transit ever in Pacific

Two Navy crews in late December completed the longest trip ever in Mark VI patrol boats over the Pacific Ocean — 500 nautical miles — according to the Navy.

Navy joins Japan and UK for submarine-hunting exercise in Philippine Sea

U.S. sailors have joined forces with Japan’s Maritime Self-Defense Force and the United Kingdom’s Royal Navy for the first time during a submarine-hunting exercise in the Philippine Sea.

Navy christens USS St. Louis, its newest littoral combat ship

The Navy christened and launched its newest littoral combat ship, the USS St. Louis, during a recent ceremony in Marinette, Wisc.

Navy’s newest Lone Sailor statue now stands watch on Guam

The 16th Lone Sailor statue, unveiled this month on Guam, is the farthest west of a series of Lone Sailor statues erected across the country by the U.S. Navy Memorial nonprofit organization.

Bath Iron Works launches Navy’s final Zumwalt-class guided-missile destroyer

The third and final Zumwalt-class guided-missile destroyer was launched from the General Dynamics Bath Iron Works, the Navy announced recently.

US and Japanese soldiers kick off annual Yama Sakura drills in Hokkaido

A joint command-post exercise called Yama Sakura tests the allies’ capability to defend Japanese territory as a unified fighting force.

US destroyer conducts freedom-of-navigation operation near Russia amid heightened tensions

The USS McCampbell sailed near contested waters claimed by Russia during a freedom-of-navigation operation in the Sea of Japan on Wednesday, according to news reports.


Navy commissions destroyer named after Medal of Honor recipient from Korean War

The U.S. Navy has commissioned its newest guided-missile destroyer, named for a Navy pilot from Massachusetts who received the Medal of Honor for his actions during the Korean War.

USS Ashland wraps up recovery work in Northern Marianas hit by historic super typhoon

The USS Ashland’s sailors and Marines were among more than 800 servicemembers across all military branches working on relief efforts in the aftermath of Yutu.

Ronald Reagan, Stennis carrier strike groups train together in Philippine Sea

The two American aircraft carriers have been in the Philippine Sea honing their ability to fight as one massive sea force.

Navy trains with Brunei in South China Sea during latest CARAT drills

Navy ships arrived at Brunei’s Muara Naval Base this week for the next leg of Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training, which will include operations in the hotly contested South China Sea.

Navy trains with Bangladesh in Bay of Bengal during CARAT’s latest leg

The U.S. and Bangladesh navies are training together in a series of bilateral exercises aimed at strengthening professional skills and relationships across South and Southeast Asia.

Two USS Ronald Reagan sailors accused of distributing LSD, other drug charges

A pair of USS Ronald Reagan sailors is facing charges that include the possession and distribution of a controlled substance, according to criminal charge sheets filed Aug. 30 and a Navy official.

New 24-hour food court opens near Yokosuka Naval Base waterfront

Ship crews and waterfront workers at the home of the 7th Fleet can get a fast-food fix 24/7 at a renovated food court that opened this week at the Fleet Recreation Center.

Recruiter hopes ‘Enlisted’ rap video will inspire others to join the Army

Recruiting in the armed forces is all about communication, and an Atlanta-area recruiter is using his musical talents to attract future soldiers.

Camp Fuji remembers Marines killed in 1979 blaze ignited by largest typhoon on record

Marines and Japanese citizens observed a moment of silence Friday for 13 Marines killed in a blaze nearly four decades ago at Combined Arms Training Center Camp Fuji.

New career path for Navy pilots aims to curb retention crisis

The Professional Flight Instructor program will provide well-qualified pilots and naval flight officers a chance to continue as flight instructors later in their careers, according to a naval administrative message issued Sept. 28.

Navy ships rescue 12 fishermen stranded in Indian Ocean, South China Sea

Sailors from two Navy ships — the USNS Wally Schirra and USS Decatur — rescued a dozen fishermen stranded this week in the Indian Ocean and South China Sea.

USS Wasp stops in Singapore after Beijing blocks Hong Kong port visit

The USS Wasp arrived in Singapore on Tuesday, a week after its strike group of 2,200 sailors and Marines were denied a port visit to Hong Kong by Beijing.

Navy commissions fast-attack submarine USS Indiana in Florida

The Navy commissioned its newest nuclear-powered fast-attack submarine in front of a crowd of about 5,000 people Saturday in Port Canaveral, Fla.

Ship-building competitors land multibillion dollar contracts for 10 Arleigh Burke-class destroyers

The Navy has awarded a pair of shipbuilding competitors contracts worth $9 billion for 10 new guided-missile destroyers, according to a statement issued Thursday by the service.

Ronald Reagan sailors give back on Guam after wrapping up Valiant Shield drills

The USS Ronald Reagan strike group arrived in Guam this week after wrapping up “successful” Valiant Shield drills in the Northern Marianas, a Task Force 70 statement said.

Navy to christen littoral combat ship USS Kansas City in Alabama

The Navy’s newest littoral combat ship, the Independence-class Kansas City is 418 feet long and capable of operating in excess of 40 knots. It will have a core crew of 40 sailors and carry a pair of MH-60R Seahawk helicopters and an MQ-8 Fire Scout drone.

US carrier, thousands of troops practice ‘wide range of skills’ in Western Pacific

The USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier and 15,000 troops are taking part in large-scale military drills on Guam and in the Marianas Islands.

USS Michael Murphy joins 27-nation naval exercise Down Under

The USS Michael Murphy is in Australia for 16 days of drills aimed at fostering and strengthening security and humanitarian partnerships throughout the Indo-Pacific region.