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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)
Ayan takes Command of Milius
San Diego -- Cmdr. Gilbert Ayan relieved Cmdr. Michael J. Rak as commanding officer USS Milius (DDG 69), during a change of command ceremony at Naval Base Coronado.
Stethem Joins with PLA(N) to Conduct Exercise
EAST CHINA SEA - Quartermaster 1st Class Trinidad reads messages from the People’s Liberation Army Navy Jiangkai II class guided-missile frigate Xuzhou (FFG 530) during a Code for Unplanned Encounters at Sea (CUES) and a search-and-rescue (SAR) exercise aboard USS Stethem (DDG 63).
Stethem Sailors Reach Out in Shanghai
SHANGHAI - Cryptologic Technician (Collection) 2nd Class Wesley P. Dunlap distributes cookies to students of the Shanghai School for the Blind during a community service event (COMSERV) with members of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (Navy).
Rushmore Returns to Indonesia
BALI, Indonesia (NNS) -- USS Rushmore (LSD 47), along with the embarked 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), arrived in Bali for a scheduled port visit.
USS Anchorage Conducts Transit of South China Sea
SOUTH CHINA SEA (NNS) -- USS Anchorage (LPD 23) conducted routine operations in international waters during a northbound transit of the South China Sea as part of a deployment to the Western Pacific.
Fitzgerald Patrols South China Sea
SOUTH CHINA SEA - Seaman James uses binoculars to observe the Peoples Liberation Army (Navy) II-class frigate (FFG 571) from the USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) as it conducts a routine transit through the South China Sea.
Essex ARG Operates in South China Sea Ahead of Exercises
Sailors and Marines launch amphibious assault vehicles (AAV) from the well deck of the dock landing ship USS Rushmore (LSD 47) Nov. 10 off the coast of Malaysia in preparation for amphibious training with the Malaysian Armed Forces.
Antietam Builds Relationship with JASDF
OKINAWA, JAPAN - Capt. Michael McCarthy, Commanding Officer of the USS Antietam (CG-54) gives a tour of the flight deck to members of the Japan Air Self Defense Force (JASDF).
LCS Crew 102 Turns over Fort Worth
SINGAPORE (NNS) -- LCS CREW 102, successfully completed a crew swap with LCS Crew 101, aboard USS Fort Worth (LCS 3) during a rotational deployment to the Asia-Pacific.
Germantown Returns to Sasebo
SASEBO, Japan – USS Germantown (LSD 42) returned to its forward-deployed home port after completing a four-month patrol.
Essex ARG, 15th MEU Arrive in 7th Fleet Area of Operations
INDIAN OCEAN (NNS) -- More than 4,500 Sailors and Marines with the Essex Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and the embarked 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) arrived in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility (AOR), after departing the 5th Fleet AOR.
Reagan CSG Arrives in Busan
BUSAN, Republic of Korea - Sailors man the rails aboard the USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) as the ship arrives in Busan.
U.S., Chile Strengthen Partnership
PACIFIC OCEAN (NNS) -- Nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73), Carrier Strike Group (CSG) NINE, and embarked Carrier Air Wing TWO hosted several Chilean officers, as part of UNITAS Pacific (PAC).
Rear Adm. Nowell visits Guam, Frank Cable
POLARIS POINT, Guam - Capt. Drew St. John, left, commanding officer of the submarine tender USS Frank Cable (AS 40), greets Rear Adm. John Nowell, commander of Expeditionary Strike Group 7, on the pier prior to a ship tour.
Germantown Completes PHIBLEX
WATERS OFF PALAWAN, Philippines - Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) service members board a landing craft air cushion (LCAC), assigned to Naval Beach Unit (NBU) 7, as part of Amphibious Landing Exercise 2016 (PHIBLEX 16).
BHR Celebrates the US Navy's 240th Birthday
SASEBO, Japan - Operations Specialist 3rd Class Carter cuts the cake with Cmdr. Chaplain Curtis Price during the celebration of the U.S. Navy’s birthday onboard USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6).
Approximately 1,700 personnel worked together to defeat the challenges of significant tidal fluctuations and changes in water levels, of up to eight vertical meters (29 feet), to safely accomplish the first successful connection of the floating pier on Korea’s west coast.
Rising Sun on the Navy's Newest Chiefs
SASEBO, Japan - Chief Selectees sing Anchors Aweigh during a rehearsal for the chief pinning ceremony in the hangar bay of USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6).
USS Germantown Wraps Up CARAT 2015
GULF OF THAILAND – A BQM-74E target drone launches from the flight deck of USS Germantown (LSD 42) during a MISSILEX targeting exercise with the Royal Thai Navy as part of Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Thailand.
USS GERMANTOWN and HTMS NARESUAN Conduct Successful Missile Exercise
GULF OF THAILAND – The Royal Thai Navy ship HTMS Naresuan fires a missile at a BQM-74E target drone launched from the flight deck of USS Germantown (LSD 42), during a MISSILEX targeting exercise with the Royal Thai Navy as part of Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Thailand.
“This is a Drill, This is a Drill”
INDIAN OCEAN - Sailors from a repair locker enter a space to combat a simulated fire during a general quarters exercise onboard USS Ashland (LSD 48).
Amphibious Force 7th Fleet Holds Change of Command Ceremony
WHITE BEACH, Japan - Vice Admiral Robert L. Thomas Jr. (left), Commander U.S 7th Fleet, Rear Adm. John Nowell (middle), Commander Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) 7, and Rear Adm. Hugh D. Wetherald cut the cake at the ESG 7 change of command ceremony.
Ashland Arrives in Okinawa and Offloads 31st MEU
WHITE BEACH, Okinawa - Hospitalman 2nd Class Justin Brown gives the stop hand signal to an amphibious assault vehicle (AAV) from the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) that was loaded onto landing craft utility (LCU) 1666 in the well deck of USS Ashland (LSD 48).
Good Man George
PHILIPINE SEA - Cdr. George W. Clark III (left) and Chief Yeoman George W. Clark III pose for a picture in the hangar bay of USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6).
Saipan Disaster hits close to home for Marine
APRA HARBOR, Guam - Marine Cpl. Pateh Tine, from Sierra Leone, Africa and attached to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), stands in front of a 7-Ton Truck during disaster relief efforts in Saipan after Typhoon Soudelor.
CARAT Malaysia 2015 Comes to a Close in Sandakan
SULU SEA - USS Fort Worth (LCS 3) fires at a target during a gun exercise with the Lekiu-class guided missile frigate KD Hang Jebat (FFG 29) and KD Kedah (FSGHM 171), both serving under the Royal Malaysian Navy, as part of Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Malaysia 2015.
SMWDC visits BUSAN, Republic of Korea (ROK)
Vice Adm. Hyun Seong Um, (left), commander, ROK fleet, meets with Rear Adm. James 'Jim' Kilby, commander, Naval Surface and Mine Warfighting Development Center (SMWDC), during the 2015 Ulchi Freedom Guardian (UFG 15) bi-lateral exercise.
USS Patriot Wraps Up 2JA
OMINATO, Japan - The crew of USS Patriot (MCM 7) concluded operations in the bi-lateral mine warfare exercise MINEX 2JA.
USCG aids in Saipan disaster relief
SAIPAN HARBOR, Saipan - Members from the U.S. Coast Guard’s Marine Safety Detachment Saipan, speak with Willard Brungel, the safety officer for Saipan pier [right], during disaster relief efforts.
Ashland departs Saipan before heavy weather
SAIPAN HARBOR, Saipan - Seaman Kevin Mbaka from Dallas assists Sailors from the Navy Beach Party Team, attached to Naval Beach Unit (NBU) 7 and embarked on USS Ashland (LSD 48), to launch their Lighter Amphibious Resupply Cargo Vehicle (LARC-V) out of the well deck during disaster relief efforts after Typhoon Soudelor.
31st MEU and Ashland transport water into Saipan
SAIPAN HARBOR, Saipan - Marines from the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) aboard USS Ashland (LSD 48) look at the damage caused by Typhoon Soudelor in Saipan after the typhoon made landfall.
Bonhomme Richard hosts Indonesian Leaders
INDIAN OCEAN (NNS) – The USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) with embarked Amphibious Squadron (PHIBRON) 11 and 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) hosted members of Indonesian government and military onboard while underway in the Indian Ocean.
Bonhomme Richard arrives in Darwin, Australia
DARWIN, Australia – USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) arrived in Darwin, Australia, for the embarkation of more than 600 Marines, attached to 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, after recently completing Talisman Sabre 2015.
Blue Ridge Engages with Aboriginal Nonprofit
BRISBANE, Australia - Sailors attached to the U.S. 7th Fleet and USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) participate in a traditional dance with students from the Aboriginal and Islander Independent Community School during a community service event at Burringilly Aboriginal Corporation.
Landing Craft Utilities Transporting Easy During Talisman Sabre
INDIAN OCEAN (NNS) - - Landing Craft Utilities (LCUs) have a history of providing an effective means of transport for the Marines and their amphibious units. Onboard the amphibious docking ship USS Ashland (LSD 48) one LCU is ensuring the job gets done during exercise Talisman Sabre 2015.
The Beasts Within Bonhomme Richard
INDIAN OCEAN - Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC) 9, attached to Naval Beach Unit (NBU) 7, prepares to embark forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6).