Mission

Having three different titles, Commander, Amphibious Force U.S. SEVENTH Fleet/Amphibious Group ONE/Task Force 76 is responsible for conducting expeditionary warfare operations to support a full range of theater contingencies, ranging from humanitarian and disaster relief operations, to full combat operations.

CTF 76 is the Commander, U.S. SEVENTH Fleet’s primary Navy advisor on amphibious matters in the Seventh Fleet Area of Operations (AOR), and conducts a number of bi- and multi-lateral exercises each year in support of Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet’s Cooperative Engagement Strategy.

No matter the size of the conflict, no matter what the escalation of the international situation, the expeditionary warfare capabilities of CTF 76 provides a complete spectrum of a multi-purpose force — a range of options from which the action can be tailored to any situation.

CTF 76 assets operate "forward…from the sea" to deter aggression by its presence, but always remain ready to immediately project a force that can quickly and decisively neutralize any adversary.

CTF 76’s mission is immense, complex, challenging, and occasionally dangerous. The ultimate objective is to help maintain peace and stability and protect our vital interests in the Pacific. In that venture, a flexible and powerful U.S. Navy force serves permanently forward deployed, ready to meet any challenge or tasking from our leaders.


History

The forward deployed naval assets encompassing CTF 76 are credible, shaped to meet any task at hand, and can quickly surge to meet emergent situations.

  • 1944 - Amphibious Group ONE is formed; participated in assault of Saipan, Tinan, Iwo Jima and Okinawa. Also seized Keramo Retto.
  • 1950 - Supported United Nations during Korean Conflict by stationing ships at Inchon and Wonson.
  • 1954 - CTF 76 participated in Passage to Freedom, the largest operation of its kind in history. Operation evacuated 310,000 people from communist-controlled North Vietnam to South Vietnam and carried 58,000 tons of cargo and humanitarian aid.
  • 1965 - Participated in amphibious landings, assaults and demonstrations off the eastern coast of the Republic of Vietnam. Also cleared mines off the Vietnamese coast toward the end of the conflict.
  • 1975 - Rescued more than 100,000 people from Phnom Penh and Saigon. Also assisted in recovery of American Flag Carrier Mayaguez after it was hijacked by Cambodian forces in the Gulf of Thailand.
  • 1983 - Transited to Suez Canal to support multi-national forces in Lebanon.
  • 1999 - Belleau Wood Amphibious Ready Group completed no-notice five-month deployment to Arabian Gulf for Operation Desert Fox.
  • 2000 - USS Belleau Wood and USS Juneau complete humanitarian mission to East Timor supporting Australian-led forces. Continued missions until East Timor became 191st member of United Nations in 2002.
  • 2004 - USS Essex and USS Fort McHenry deploy to Indonesia in support of Operation Unified Assistance to provide support and aid to the victims of the Dec. 26 tsunami in Southeast Asia.
  • 2005 - Forward Deployed Amphibious Ready Group returns to Sasebo, Japan following unscheduled eight-month surge deployment to North Arabian Gulf in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and the Global War on Terrorism.
  • 2005 - Forward Deployed ARG deploys for Fall Patrol. Conduct Amphibious Landing Exercise/Talon Vision (PHIBLEX/TV) 06 in the Republic of Philippines and then make a port visit to Hong Kong.
  • 2006 - Forward Deployed ARG deploys for 5-month Spring Patrol, participating in TRUEX/MUEX in Guam, Balikatan 06 in the Republic of Philippines, Foal Eagle 06 in the Republic of Korea (ROK) and Cobra Gold in the Kingdom of Thailand.
  • 2006 - USS Patriot (MCM 7) and embarked Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit 5 Detachment (Det) 51 complete Summer Patrol throughout Southeast Asia, participating in Cobra Gold and WP-MCMEX in Malaysia, while making port visits to Brunei, Vietnam, Singapore and Hong Kong.
 
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