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Commander U.S. 7th FleetThe 7th Fleet’s Area of Responsibility encompasses more than 48 million square miles (more than 124 million square kilometers)-- from the Kuril Islands in the north to the Antarctic in the south, and from the International Date Line to the 68th meridian east, which runs down from the India-Pakistan border. The area includes 36 maritime countries and the world’s five largest foreign armed forces -- People’s Republic of China, Russia, India, North Korea and Republic of Korea. Five of the seven U.S. Mutual Defense Treaties are with countries in the area -- Republic of the Philippines, Australia and New Zealand, Republic of Korea, Japan, and Thailand.
USS Comstock Arrives in Malaysia
SEPANGGAR, Malaysia (NNS) -- The amphibious dock landing ship USS Comstock (LSD 45) and the embarked 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit arrived in Sepanggar, Malaysia, for a port visit.
Makin Island and 11th MEU Crewmembers Volunteer at Singapore Soup Kitchen
SINGAPORE – Intelligence Specialist 1st Class Kayla Faust (left), from Madison, Wisconsin, and assigned to the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8) helps prepare food packages for delivery while participating in a community relations project (COMREL) volunteering at the Willing Hearts Soup Kitchen during a scheduled port visit to Singapore.
Bonhomme Richard conducts replenishment at sea
USS BONHOMME RICHARD, At Sea – The forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) conducted a replenishment at sea (RAS) with Military Sealift Command Dry Cargo/Ammunition Ship USNS Richard E. Byrd (T-AKE 4).
HSC-25 arrives on USS Bonhomme Richard
AT SEA – Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron’s (HSC) 25 “Island Knights” embarked with the forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) as part of its underway mission.
Blue Ridge Welcomes 27th Commanding Officer
YOKOSUKA, Japan - Capt. Richard McCormack, left, is officially relieved as commanding officer U.S. 7th Fleet flagship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) by Capt. Kyle Higgins at the Blue Ridge change of command ceremony.
SECDEF Visits America
PACIFIC OCEAN (NNS) -- Secretary of Defense (SECDEF) Chuck Hagel arrived aboard the amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) by MV-22 Osprey.
USS Sampson and USS Fort Worth Detach from AirAsia Search
USS Fort Worth (LCS 3), USS Sampson (DDG 102), and an MH-60R Seahawk from Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 35 operate together in the Java Sea, while supporting the Indonesian-led search effort for AirAsia flight QZ8501.
USS Sampson Conducts Search Operations
Java Sea - Guided missile destroyer USS Sampson (DDG 102), front, operates with multinational ships near where the AirAsia Flight QZ8501 black box was recovered.
USS Bonhomme Richard Weapons Familiarization
Gunners Mate 1st Class David Jacinto, from Compton, Calif., instructs Sailors on the proper operation of a .50-caliber machine gun aboard the forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6).
Amphibious Squadron Five/11th MEU Transits from U.S. 5th Fleet to U.S. 7th Fleet
INDIAN OCEAN – After an extensive operational period involving a variety of operations and exercises, two of the three ships of the Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group (ARG), along with their embarked 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) components, transited out of the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations (AOO) to the 7th Fleet.
USS Bonhomme Richard Departs on Deployment
SASEBO, Japan - Gunner’s Mate Seaman Thomas Amason mans the .50 caliber machine gun and Culinary Specialist 2nd Class Bennett Evans stands lookout aboard USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) as the ship gets underway.
Part of the Search
Naval Aircrewman 1st Class Joseph Jiardina, assigned to Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 35, describes how he is supporting Air Asia Flight #QZ8501 search efforts and helping to bring closure to families affected by the tragedy.
USS Fort Worth CO Discusses Ship's AirAsia Search Efforts
From aboard USS Fort Worth (LCS 3) in the Java Sea, Cmdr. Kendall Bridgewater, the ship's commanding officer, provides an update on Fort Worth's role supporting Indonesian-led search operations for the downed AirAsia flight QZ8501.
USS Sampson Aides in Search Efforts
Java Sea - The recovery team from the Arleigh Burke-class destroyer USS Sampson (DDG 102) signals the boat deck crew while conducting search and recovery operations in support of the Indonesian-led Air Asia flight QZ8501 search efforts.
USS Sampson Contributes to AirAsia Search Efforts
JAVA SEA - An MH-60R Sea Hawk helicopter attached to the guided-missile destroyer USS Sampson (DDG 102) approaches an Indonesian navy patrol vessel while searching for debris during the Indonesian-led search and recovery operations for AirAsia flight QZ8501.
USS Sampson to Assist in Air Asia Search
YOKOSUKA, Japan (NNS) -- At the request of the Government of Indonesia and as directed by U.S. Pacific Command, U.S. Pacific Fleet has authorized U.S. 7th Fleet to position USS Sampson (DDG 102) in the general search area for missing Air Asia Flight QZ8501 to support search operations.
USS Fort Worth (LCS 3) Arrives in Singapore
CHANGI NAVAL BASE, Singapore – USS Fort Worth (LCS 3) arrived in Singapore as part of a 16-month rotational deployment to 7th Fleet in support of the Indo-Asia-Pacific rebalance.
USS Michael Murphy Lends a Hand in Malaysia
KOTA KINABALU, Malaysia - Sailors from the Arleigh-burke class guided-missile destroyer USS Michael Murphy (DDG 112) pose with children from the Sakinah Orphanage after cleaning up a local beach during the ship's port visit to Kota Kinabalu.
Stethem Enhances ASW Skills during SHAREM
PHILIPPINE SEA – Sailors aboard the Arleigh-burke class guided-missile destroyer USS Stethem (DDG 63) participated in the Ship Anti-submarine Warfare (ASW) Readiness and Evaluation Measurement (SHAREM) exercise.
USS McCampbell Changes Command
YOKOSUKA, Japan – Cmdr. Edward Sundberg, commanding officer of the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS McCampbell (DDG 85), renders a salute while passing through side boys during a change of command ceremony aboard the ship.
"Old Tar" Retires
SASEBO, Japan - Capt. Joey Tynch, commanding officer of the forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6), presents a certificate of appreciation to Master Chief Fire Controlman "Old Tar" Thomas E. Ward at his retirement ceremony.
USS John S. McCain replenishment-at-sea
EAST CHINA SEA - Lt. Benjamin Pearlswig and Ens. Kathleen McDowell, conning officers aboard the USS John S. McCain communicate with the Military Sealift Command dry cargo and ammunition ship USNS Washington Chambers during a replenishment-at-sea.
USS Dewey replenishment-at-sea
RED SEA - Gunner's Mate 2nd Class Adriana M. Short fires a shot line from the deck of the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Dewey (DDG 105) during a replenishment-at-sea with the Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS Walter S. Diehl (T-AO 193).
USS Fort Worth Arrives in US 7th Fleet
YOKOSUKA, Japan (NNS) -- Littoral combat ship (LCS) USS Fort Worth (LCS 3) arrived in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations, marking a key initial milestone in its 16-month rotational deployment in support of the Indo-Asia-Pacific rebalance.
USS O’Kane Holds Change of Command at Sea
PACIFIC OCEAN – Cmdr. Gina McCaine relieved Cmdr. James Juster as commanding officer of the guided missile destroyer USS O’Kane (DDG 77) during a change of command ceremony at sea.