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YOKOSUKA, Japan (Oct. 24, 2023) Naval Hospital Yokosuka provide an ambulance and other medical equipment to showcase lifesaving and triage procedures during the First Responders Tuesday Night Lights event , Oct. 24, 2023, in the commissary parking lot at Commander, Fleet Activities Yokosuka (CFAY). First Responders Night is an event that unites our community and serves as a catalyst for building trust and strong relationship between our dedicated first responders (on and off base), including firefighters, police officers, paramedics, emergency medical technicians and the people they serve. For more than 75 years, CFAY has provided, maintained, and operated base facilities and services in support of the U.S. 7th Fleet's forward-deployed naval forces, tenant commands, and thousands of military and civilian personnel and their families. (U.S. Navy photo by Tetsuya Morita)

Yokosuka, Japan (Oct. 24, 2023): Since World War II, Japan has hosted thousands of American servicemembers and they have done their best to be good guests. In this photo by Tetsuya Morita, members from Naval Hospital Yokosuka take part in First Responders Tuesday Night Lights, an event to unite the Japanese/American community and to build stronger relationships between local emergency services.

Hosted by Fleet Activities Yokosuka, the Hospital provided an ambulance and other medical equipment to showcase the lifesaving and triage procedures they use to save lives. Under a mutual aid agreement, U.S. military firefighters, police officers, paramedics, and emergency medical technicians collaborate with local authorities to respond to emergencies. For seventy-five years, the U.S. Navy has coordinated these civilian outreach programs to build cooperation and trust with their Japanese hosts.

SOUTH CHINA SEA (Oct. 21, 2023) Chief Boatswain’s Mate Dustin Lewis, from Chattanooga, Tennessee, assigned to the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Dewey (DDG 105), pilots a rigid-hull inflatable boat after departing the Philippine navy offshore patrol vessel BRP Gregorio del Pilar (PS 15) during a bilateral sail while operating in the South China Sea, Oct. 21, 2023. Dewey is forward-deployed and assigned to Commander, Task Force 71/Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 15, the Navy’s largest DESRON and the U.S. 7th Fleet’s principal surface force. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Greg Johnson)

South China Sea. (October 21, 2023): In this photo by MC1 Greg Johnson, Chief Boatswain's Mate Dustin Lewis, from Chattanooga, Tennessee, pilots a rigid-hull inflatable boat after departing the Philippine Navy offshore patrol vessel BRP Gregorio del Pilar. Chief Lewis is assigned to the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Dewey which was conducting a joint sailing event in the South China Sea.

The Philippines has become a world hot spot due to increasingly aggressive Chinese naval activity off its coast. Beijing claims sovereignty over nearly the entire South China Sea, an assertion that has been rejected by international courts. The stakes are high for the Philippines as the region is a vital commercial fishing ground while the U.S. sees the waters off its coast as strategically important to projecting military power. China and the Philippines have had several confrontations in the South China Sea recently including a disputed collision between a Chinese coastguard vessel and a boat from the Philippines.


Pacific Ocean. (October 29, 2023): Ask any veteran and they will say the friends they made while serving in the military have lasted a lifetime. In this photo by MC1 Steven Khor, a U.S. Navy helicopter pilot, left, assigned to the "Scorpions" of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 49 exchanges patches with a Chilean navy helicopter pilot after landing on the flight deck of the Chilean navy ship CNS Almirante Williams.

These veteran pilots are participating in the at-sea phase of Teamwork South 2023, a biennial U.S. and Chilean naval exercise that conducts training scenarios in anti-surface and submarine warfare. Established in 1995, the Teamwork South exercises are designed to strengthen the bonds of friendship and cooperation between both Navies.

The Chilean Navy is 25,000 strong including over 5,000 Marines and a fleet of hundreds of transport and combatant ships. The Chilean’s also operate four submarines with tender ships to support them. In addition to its military prowess, Chile’s armed forces provides social assistance and health care to the civilian population, especially in times of natural catastrophe. This year, U.S. and Chilean pilots got the chance to practice realistic scenarios of surface and anti-submarine warfare while establishing closer coordination in tempo and tactics.

U.S. Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Dana Beesley, center, a communication strategy and operations chief, with I Marine Expeditionary Force Information Group, I Marine Expeditionary Force, photographs a Marine with Combat Logistics Battalion 15, 1st Marine Logistics Group, I Marine Expeditionary Force, and a Singapore Guardsman from 7th Singapore Infantry Brigade, taking cover from a controlled explosion during Exercise Valiant Mark 2023 at Camp Pendleton, CA, Oct. 13, 2023. Valiant Mark 23 is an annual, bilateral training exercise conducted between the Singapore Armed Forces and I Marine Expeditionary Force, designed to enhance interoperability, improve combined arms and amphibious warfighting skills, and strengthen military-to-military relationships. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Nicolas Atehortua)

Camp Pendleton, California. (October 26, 2023): They came from the other side of the world to train with America’s best. The 1st Guards Battalion, 7th Singapore Infantry Brigade, Singapore Armed Forces joined the I Marine Expeditionary Force during Valiant Mark 2023 exercises held here. In this photo by Sergeant Nicolas Atehortua, U.S. Marine Corps Staff Sergeant Dana Beesley, center, a communication operations chief, takes cover with members of the Singapore armed forces after a controlled explosion. The Singapore troops worked alongside the 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines and the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit during the weeklong event.

The exercise gave members of the Singapore military the chance to get to know their Marine counterparts and to take part in realistic combat training and subject matter exchanges. The two militaries compared notes on snipers, mortars, indirect fires, and fire support coordination. Other topics included the use of combat engineers, anti-tank strategy, unmanned aerial systems, and field medicine. Singapore Guardsmen and Marines fought their way through obstacles during live fire exercises that improved their small-arms tactics. These exchanges included how to integrate mortars, artillery, and naval gunfire to provide close air support.

The highlight of the training was an amphibious assault exercise where U.S. Marines and Singapore Guardsmen seized two inland objectives with two reinforced companies from 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines and one company from 1st Guards Battalion. After much planning, the militaries demonstrated their combined arms and amphibious warfighting skills.


Atlantic Ocean. (October 29, 2023): In this photo Kyra Helwick, Sailors from Air Test and Evaluation Squadron 23 and British Navy sailors load ordnance onto a F-35B Lightning II during flight training aboard the Royal Navy aircraft carrier HMS Prince of Wales.

The squadron is collaborating with British sailors conducting flight trials of the F-35B Stealth, a short take-off, vertical landing version of the multirole fighter. The test squadron consists of forty officers and ninety enlisted drawn from the Navy and Marines along with 340 civilian contractors. Their mission is to evaluate fixed wing tactical aircraft and all manner of new Unmanned Aerial Vehicles. The Squadron provides aircraft, pilots, and maintenance services to do these evaluations anywhere in the world.

The Prince of Wales, unlike most carriers, is not fitted with catapults to launch its aircraft and is instead designed to field the fifth-generation short take-off/runway version of the stealthy F35B. This single-seat, single-engine, all-weather fighter is used for both air superiority and strike missions. The Prince of Wales also deploys Merlin helicopters for airborne early warning and anti-submarine warfare. Currently there are fourteen aircraft carriers that operate these vertical take-off aircraft including the United States, the United Kingdom, Italy, and Spain.

231021-N-IQ389-1138 CUMMING, GA (Oct. 21, 2023) Musician 1st Class David Kapral performs on the Bass Trumpet at West Forsyth High School during the Commodores 2023 National Tour (U.S. Navy photo by Musician 1st Class Matthew Gagliardo / Released)

Cumming, Georgia. (October 29, 2023): Since the founding of the Republic, music has played a vital role in both training troops and inspiring fellow Americans to join the fight. In this photo by Musician 1st Class Matthew Gagliardo, Navy Musician 1st Class David Kapral performs on the bass trumpet at West Forsyth High School during the Commodores 2023 National Tour.

The Commodores is a collection of tours held each year by various units of the Navy Band. For musicians like these, this means weeks on the road doing performances for audiences as small as local high schools. They also perform at major municipal halls, community centers, and countless universities and outdoor venues such as football stadiums and on the Capitol Mall.

The history of martial tunes begins with the Medieval Turks who are credited with developing the first truly military bands. These “Mehtaran,” or "pre-eminences",  played during the military campaigns of the Ottoman Turks who ruled Europe and Asia for over six hundred years. The Ottomans were the first to use band instruments, such as fife, drum, and bugle, to communicate orders to soldiers in battle. 

The Americans continued this tradition during the Civil War where each regiment was required to organize a field band to help command and control tactical units by dictating movements through specific tunes. Much later, General George Armstrong Custer required the Seventh Cavalry Band to play during actual combat operations to inspire his troopers, although to an unfortunate outcome.