Having three different titles, Commander, Amphibious Force U.S. SEVENTH Fleet/Expeditionary Strike Group Seven/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 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.
Commander, Amphibious Force U.S. SEVENTH Fleet/Expeditionary Strike Group SEVEN/Task Force 76 - three titles, one mission - has been a premiere forward-staged unit to task U.S. Naval Amphibious assets for crucial amphibious operations in the Southeast Asia. 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.
- 1943 - The Seventh Amphibious Force was established. Rear Adm. Daniel E. Barbey assumed command on Jan. 10, 1943.
- 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.
- 1971 - Amphibious Group ONE homeport change to White Beach Naval Facility, Okinawa, Japan.
- 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.
- 1985 - USS Dubuque (LPD 8) arrived in Sasebo, Japan.
- 1992 - USS Belleau Wood (LHA 3) and USS Germantown (LSD 42) arrived in sasebo, Japan.
- 1994 - USS Patriot (MCM 7) arrived in Sasebo, Japan
- 1995 - USS Fort McHenry (LSD 43) arrived in Sasebo, Japan.
- 1996 - USS Guardian (MCM 5) arrived in Sasebo, Japan.
- 1999 - Belleau Wood Amphibious Ready Group completed no-notice five-month deployment to Arabian Gulf for Operation Desert Fox.
- 1999 - USS Dubuque (LPD 8) and USS Juneau (LPD 10) complete hull-swap.
- 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.
- 2000 - USS Belleau Wood (LHA 3) and USS Essex (LHD 2) complete hull-swap.
- 2002 - USS Germantown (LSD 42) and USS Harpers Ferry (LSD 49) complete hull-swap.
- 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 and embarked Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit 5 Detachment 51 complete Summer Patrol throughout Southeast Asia, participating in Cobra Gold and WP-MCMEX in Malaysia, with port visits to Brunei, Vietnam, Singapore and Hong Kong.
- 2006 - USS Fort McHenry (LSD 43) and USS Tortuga (LSD 46) complete hull-swap.
- 2006 - Commander Amphibious Group ONE was converted to Expeditionary Strike Group SEVEN on Oct. 1.
- 2007 - Forward Deployed ARG participates in joint exercises with the Rebublic of Korea, Kingdom of Thailand, Australia, Japan, Kingdom of Cambodia, Socialist Republic of Vietnam and the Republic of the Philippines. Task Force 76 units also participated in Operation Sea Angel II, a disaster response mission in the People's Republic of Bangladesh.
- 2008 - CTF 76 and subordinate units participated in 8 bi-lateral exercises including Balikatan (Philippines), Cobra Gold (Thailand), Mercury (Singapore), Ulchi Focus Guardian (Korea), Habu Nag (India), Amphibious Landing Exercise (PHIBLEXPhilippines, Korean Interoperability Training Program (Republic of Korea) and Annual Exercise (Japan).
- 2008 - USS Juneau (LPD 10) and USS Denver (LPD 9) complete hull-swap.
- 2009 - Between Aug. 7 and Oct. 18, Task Force 76 assigned forces supported Foreign Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief operations in Taiwan, Indonesia and the Republic of the Philippines.
- 2009 - USS Avenger (MCM 1) and USS Defender (MCM 2) arrived in Sasebo, Japan.
- 2010 - CTF 76 and subordinate units participated in 12 bi-lateral exercises including Balikatan, Amphibious Landing Exercise (PHIBLEX), and Explosive Ordinance Exposal Exercise in the Republic of the Philippines, Habu Nag, Cobra Gold in Thailand, Ulchi Freedom Guardian, Foal Eagle, Clear Horizon and Korean Interoperability Training Program in the Republic of Korea, and Keen Sword in Japan.
- 2011 - Operation TOMODACHI: USS Essex, USS Tortuga, USS Harpers Ferry and USS Germantown were positioned off of north eastern Honshu to assist the disaster recovery efforts in conjunction with the Japan Self Defense Force.
- 2011 - USS Tortuga assisted in flood relief efforts in Thailand along with elements of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit.
- 2011 - USS Harpers Ferry (LSD 49) and USS Germantown (LSD 42) complete hull-swap.
- 2012 - Task Force 76 and assigned units directly participated in 12 bi-lateral exercises including Balikatan, Amphibious Landing Exercise, and Explosive Ordinance Exposal Exercise in the Republic of the Philippines, Cobra Gold in Thailand, Foal Eagle, Clear Horizon and Korean Interoperability Training Program in the Republic of Korea, Valiant Shied, Terminal Fury and Keen Sword in Japan.
- 2012 - USS Essex (LHD 2) and USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) complete hull-swap.
- 2013 - Jan. 17, the mine countermeasures ship USS Guardian (MCM 5) ran aground on Tubbataha Reef, approximately 80 miles east-southeast of Palawan Island. As a result of the grounding, Guardian was subsequently dismantled, decommissioned and stricken from the naval registry. USS Warrior (MCM 10) arrived in Sasebo, Japan in March to replace Guardian.
- 2013 - USS Tortuga (LSD 46) and USS Ashland (LSD 48) complete hull-swap.
- 2013 - USS Germantown (LSD 42) and USS Ashland (LSD 48) with elements from the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit assist the Philippine government in relief efforts in response to the aftermath of Super Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda.