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U.S. 7th Fleet
Headquarters: Yokosuka, Japan
Mission: The U.S. 7th Fleet (C7F) operates in the largest of the U.S. Navy’s numbered fleets. At any given time there are 70-80 ships and submarines, 140 aircraft and approximately 40,000 Sailors and Marines in region.
C7F has maintained a continuous forward presence in the Indo-Asia Pacific since being founded in Australia in 1943, providing security and stability to the region, upholding key alliances and building upon maritime partnerships.
C7F uses both forward-deployed ships from Japan, Singapore, Guam and other locations as well as rotationally-deployed ships from the West Coast to execute military operations across the spectrum, from major combat operations to humanitarian assistance and disaster relief.
C7F forces operate in the region every day of the year and work closely to build partnerships with our allies, partners and friends while allowing for rapid response to any crisis, natural or man-made.
Building partnerships and familiarity helps improve stability through cooperation, avoid misunderstandings and prevents unnecessary military escalation. C7F units typically take part in 100 bilateral & multilateral exercises and 200 port visits each year, comprising 1,800 total days of engagement every year.
AO: Covers 48 million square miles of the Pacific and Indian Oceans, from the International Date Line to the India/Pakistan border and from the Kuril Islands in the north to the Antarctic in the south. The region Includes 36 maritime countries, more than 50 percent of the world’s population, 3,000 languages and seven of the world’s 10 largest militaries. The U.S. maintains mutual defense treaties with five allies in the region to include the Philippines, Australia, the Republic of Korea, Japan and Thailand.
Flagship: USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19)
CHANCELLORSVILLE SAILOR SELECTED FOR 2016 COPERNICUS AWARD
YOKOSUKA, Japan (NNS) – A Sailor assigned to the Ticonderoga class guided-missile cruiser, USS Chancellorsville (CG 62), was recognized as a winner of the 2016 Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association Copernicus Award, Dec. 27.
Sailor of the Month Stands Out in the Dark
SOUTH CHINA SEA (NNS) – The sun shines off the water as the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Mustin (DDG 89) glides across the South China Sea. Sailors are strewn across the ship, working in their various spaces. Some Sailors enjoy the moderate temperatures outside, while others are hard at work in the dark rooms within the skin of the ship.
USS Shiloh Hosts Tiger Day Cruise
YOKOSUKA, Japan (Nov. 22, 2016) – Students from Yokosuka Middle School and other Japanese and American civilian guests spent a day at sea while aboard the Ticonderoga class guided-missile cruiser USS Shiloh (CG-67) Nov. 22.
Makin Island ARG 11th MEU Enters US 5th Fleet
INDIAN OCEAN - The Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and embarked 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) arrived in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations after concluding operations in U.S.
PHIBRON 11 Completes Patrol
SASEBO, Japan – The ships of Amphibious Squadron (PHIBRON) 11 completed their three-month Indo-Asia Pacific region patrol as part of the USS Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Readiness Group (ARG), Nov. 3, 2016.
Farewell for Shilohs Command Master Chief
WATERS OFF THE COAST OF JAPAN – (Oct. 6, 2016) Sailors assigned to the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Shiloh (CG 67) participated in a farewell ceremony for departing Command Master Chief (CMC) Thaddeus T. Wright, Oct. 6.
Dambusters Excel During Aviation Maintenance Inspection
PHILIPPINE SEA (NNS) – The “Dambusters” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 195 were evaluated by Commander, Naval Air Forces Aviation Maintenance Management Team Five for the 2016 Aviation Maintenance Inspection (AMI), Oct. 9-11.
USS Shiloh Earns 27000 Dollars Toward MWR
The Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Shiloh (CG 67) celebrated the ship’s store earning nearly 27,000 dollars to fund Moral, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) events for the crew, Oct. 8.
Sri Lanka Navy Assists USS Hopper with Medevac
WATERS OFF THE COAST OF SRI LANKA (Sept. 30, 2016) – The guided-missile destroyer USS Hopper (DDG 70) was assisted by the Sri Lanka Navy in an emergency medical evacuation (MEDEVAC) Sept. 30
Bonhomme Richard's New Mental Health Team
PHILIPPINE SEA (NNS) -- Amphibious assault ships, such as USS Bonhomme Richard's (LHD 6) medical department support a secondary mission and can provide the capabilities of a small hospital.
Shiloh Holds Chief Pinning Ceremony Underway
WATERS OFF THE COAST OF JAPAN (Sept. 16, 2016) – Two newly selected Chief Petty Officers (CPO) were pinned in a ceremony held on the flight deck of the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Shiloh (CG 67) Sept. 16.
Momsen Arrives in Saipan
SAIPAN (NNS) -- Guided-missile destroyer USS Momsen (DDG 92) arrived in Saipan for a regularly scheduled port call, Sept. 24.
Amphibious Squadron 11 completes Valiant Shield 2016
PACIFIC OCEAN – The ships of Amphibious Squadron (PHIBRON) 11, part of the USS Bonhomme Richard Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG), completed their participation in the joint U.S. forces training exercise, Valiant Shield 2016 (VS16).
Bonhomme Richard Launches NATO Missile
PACIFIC OCEAN (NNS) -- Amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) successfully engaged a target drone with a NATO Sea Sparrow surface-to-air missile during a fleet firing exercise off the coast of the U.S.
USS Somerset Holds Pinning Ceremony
PACIFIC OCEAN (NNS) -- After weeks of being mentored, tested and challenged, four Sailors aboard amphibious transport dock USS Somerset (LPD 25)...
SINKEX Conducted During Valiant Shield 2016
PHILIPPINE SEA (NNS) – Live fire from ships and aircraft participating in Valiant Shield 2016 sank the decommissioned USS Rentz (FFG 46) in waters 30,000 feet deep and 117 nautical miles northeast of Guam Sept. 13.
USS Curtis Wilbur Remembers 9 11
PHILIPPINE SEA (Sept. 11, 2016) – The crew of the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG 54) held a Sept. 11 memorial observance on the mess decks.
NIOC Sailors Reenlist Atop Mount Fuji
MOUNT FUJI, Japan – Sailors assigned to Navy Information Operations Command (NIOC) Hawaii reenlisted atop the tallest mountain in Japan, Mount Fuji, Aug. 25.
Boxer Departs Singapore
SINGAPORE (NNS) -- Continuing their ongoing mission in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations, amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4) and the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit departed Singapore, Aug. 4, after a six day port visit.
USS Fort Worth departs Singapore for San Diego
SINGAPORE - The littoral combat ship USS Fort Worth (LCS 3) departed Changi Naval Base in Singapore Aug. 22, beginning a transit across the Pacific Ocean to her homeport in San Diego.
Mobile Bay Returns to San Diego
SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Mobile Bay (CG 53), the air and missile defense commander of the John C. Stennis Strike Group (JCSSG), returned to its homeport of San Diego following a regularly scheduled seven-month deployment to the Indo-Asia-Pacific, Aug. 11.
New Orleans Anchors in Bali
BALI, Indonesia (NNS) -- Sailors and Marines from amphibious transport dock USS New Orleans (LPD 18) and the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) anchored off the coast of Bali, Indonesia, Aug. 7-12.
Boxer Bids Farewell to Kota Kinabalu
While in 7th Fleet, the Boxer ARG and 13th MEU and assigned to Commander, Amphibious Force U.S. 7th Fleet, the Navy's only forward-deployed amphibious force, headquartered at White Beach Naval Facility, Okinawa.
USS Boxer arrives in Malaysia for port call
KOTA KINABALU, Malaysia - The amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4), along with the embarked 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit arrived in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia, Aug. 9 for a scheduled port visit.
USS Benfold Arrives in Qingdao, China
QINGDAO, China (NNS) -- Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Benfold (DDG 65) arrived in Qingdao, China, Aug. 8, for a scheduled port visit.