SASEBO, Japan – Rear Adm. Richard Landolt, Commander, Task Force 76 (CTF 76), arrived in Sasebo August 3, to asses the condition of task force ships in preparation for their upcoming fall patrol.
During his visit, Landolt met with the commanding officers from USS Denver (LPD 9), USS Tortuga (LSD 46), USS Harpers Ferry (LSD 49), USS Patriot (MCM 7) and USS Defender (MCM 2) to talk about upcoming commitments and to become more in-tune with ship-level operations in the task force.
“It is important for group and task force commanders to visit their ships and feel the pulse of operations at a deck-plate level,” said Landolt, “Meeting the commanding officers and command master chiefs is only the first step.”
Landolt’s last stop before heading back to CTF 76 headquarters in White Beach, Okinawa, was the barber shop to get a haircut before presenting awards to Sailors on the flight deck of Denver.
“There are a lot of outstanding Sailors in CTF 76 and by recognizing the Sailors of USS Denver for their accomplishments, they can see the tremendous amount of pride I have for all of them,” Landolt said. He also mentioned that recognizing Denver for their second consecutive Ship-Helicopter Safety Award was especially meaningful.
CTF 76 comprises Expeditionary Strike Group Seven, which includes USS Essex (LHD 2), USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19), Denver, Tortuga and Harpers Ferry; Amphibious Squadron Eleven; Mine Counter Measure Squadron Seven, which includes USS Guardian (MCM 5), USS Avenger (MCM 1), Defender, Patriot, and Helicopter Mine Countermeasure Squadron Fourteen; Fleet Surgical Team Seven; Tactical Air Squadron Eleven; Naval Beach Group One, Detachment Western Pacific, which includes Beach Master Unit One, Assault Craft Unit One, and Assault Craft Unit Five, Western Pacific Detachment; Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron Two Five; and Explosive Ordinance Disposal Mobile Unit Five. The task force’s upcoming patrol includes several multinational exercises and ports-of-call in the 7th Fleet area of responsibility.