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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)
Boxer hits a high note while deployed
GULF OF ADEN -- Eighteen Sailors and Marines aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4) competed in the first round of the ship's singing competition, “Boxer Idol” May 28.
BHR Sailors Volunteer at Sasebo Zoo
More than 20 Sailors from the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (BHR)(LHD 6) performed a community service project (COMSERV) at the Sasebo Zoological Park and Botanical Garden, more commonly known as the Sasebo Zoo, May 20.
USS Germantown Holds Change of Command
SASEBO, Japan – With more than 300 guests, Sailors, friends and family in attendance, Cmdr. Severn Stevens relieved Cmdr. Gary Harrington as commanding officer of the amphibious dock landing ship USS Germantown (LSD 42) during a change of command ceremony held May 10 in Sasebo, Japan.
Makin Island Certifies 3M Early
SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- The crew of USS Makin Island (LHD 8) successfully completed the arduous Maintenance and Material Management (3M) certification assessment ten weeks ahead of schedule.
USS Barry Photo Article
YOKOSUKA, Japan (May 16, 2016) Quartermaster Seaman Zachary C. Sellers, from Richlands, N.C., stands watch on the bridge wing of the USS Barry (DDG 52)
Boxer Enjoys Steel Beach Picnic
Amphibious assault ship USS Boxer’s (LHD 4) Morale, Welfare, and Recreation (MWR) hosted a Steel Beach Picnic on the flight deck.
Blue Ridge Invites Friends, Family for Cruise
YOKOHAMA, Japan (NNS) -- After more than 80 days, U.S. 7th Fleet flagship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) welcomed family and friends aboard for the final stretch of it's 2016 patrol cycle May 16.
Brothers Serving Together
SOUTH CHINA SEA – Facebook newsfeeds were flooded with throwback photos of brothers and sisters celebrating National Siblings Day on April 10.
Boxer Celebrates Mothers Day
GULF OF ADEN – Amphibious assault ship USS Boxer’s (LHD 4) Junior Enlisted Association (JEA) hosted a Mother’s Day brunch to honor deployed Sailor and Marine mothers, May 8.
ESG-7 conducts FST-J aboard USS Green Bay
SASEBO, Japan – Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) 7 and Tactical Training Group Pacific (TTGP) successfully completed another annual Fleet Synthetic Training – Joint Exercise (FST-J) 25-29 April.
Blue Ridge Returns to Hong Kong
HONG KONG (NNS) -- U.S. 7th Fleet flagship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) arrived in Hong Kong for a port visit during its 2016 patrol season, April 29.
USS Gladiator Completes IMCMEX
GULF OF OMAN (NNS) -- Mine countermeasures ship USS Gladiator (MCM 11) is scheduled to return to homeport after participating in the International Mine Countermeasures Exercise (IMCMEX) April 4-26.
USS Mobile Bay Sailors Visit Singapore School
SINGAPORE (NNS) -- Thirteen Sailors from guided-missile cruiser USS Mobile Bay (CG 53) participated in a community service project (COMSERV) at the Genesis School for Special Education in Singapore, April 20.
Iraq Veterans Lead the Way on USS Stockdale
WESTERN PACIFIC (NNS) -- The waters in U.S. 7th Fleet bear little resemblance to the sands in the Middle East, but the veterans of Operation Iraqi Freedom bring lessons from the desert to the high seas.
Lassen, Army Pilots Complete DLQs
PACIFIC OCEAN (NNS) -- U.S. Army pilots with the 1st Battalion, 228th (1-228th) Aviation Regiment successfully completed annual deck landing qualifications (DLQs) for two of their UH-60 Blackhawk helicopters aboard Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Lassen (DDG 82), April 14.
3rd Fleet Hosts Final Planning Conference
SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- Commander, U.S. 3rd Fleet hosted the Final Planning Conference (FPC) for Rim of the Pacific Exercise (RIMPAC) 2016 at the Admiral Kidd Conference Center on Naval Base Point Loma in San Diego, April 5-8.
SAPR Advocates Bring Awareness to Boxer Crew
Ten teams wrapped up the first week of competition as part of USS Boxer’s (LHD 4) Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month (SAAPM) Commander’s Cup Fitness Challenge, April 10.
USS Blue Ridge Makes Port Call in Goa
GOA, India - U.S. 7th Fleet flagship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) arrived in Goa, India, April 8 for a regularly scheduled port visit, promoting friendships and engagements with theater partners in the region.
Blue Ridge Departs Mumbai
U.S. 7th Fleet flagship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) departed Mumbai, India after a regularly scheduled port visit promoting friendships and strengthening ties with U.S. allies, April 7.
USS Blue Ridge Arrives in Mumbai
U.S. 7th Fleet flagship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) arrived in Mumbai, India, April 3 for a regularly scheduled port visit to promote friendships and strengthen ties.
Surgical Team brings more than Medicine to Boxer's Fight
The Navy integrated Fleet Surgical Team (FST) 3 with the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4) Medical department to expand the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) medical capabilities.
Junior Sailor Supervises AATCC
Air Traffic Controlman 2nd Class Corey Davis, from Goodland, Kan., concludes his final float aboard forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) as an Amphibious Air Traffic Control Center (AATCC) Supervisor.
USS Mobile Bay Celebrates Women's History Month
WATERS SURROUNDING THE KOREAN PENINSULA (NNS) -- The crew of guided-missile cruiser USS Mobile Bay (CG 53) celebrated Women's History Month with a presentation on the ship's mess decks, March 25.
Mobile Bay Building Relations in ROK
Sailors from the guided-missile cruiser USS Mobile Bay (CG 53) took part in a cultural tour to Myeongnyang Battle Park and Museum and Daehung Temple, March 15.
USS America Returns to Sea
USS America (LHA 6) returned to sea March 21 after completing a 10-month post-shakedown availability maintenance period during which the crew and contractors made improvements to the ship's design.
Boxer Collects 3rd Consecutive Safety Award
For the third consecutive year, amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4) was recognized with the Chief of Naval Operation's Safety Award March 9 for the crew's 2015 safety record.
Great Green Fleet Visits Republic of Korea
Thee John C. Stennis Strike Group (JCSSG), the centerpiece of the U.S. Navy’s Great Green Fleet (GGF) initiative, arrived in the Republic of Korea (ROK) for a scheduled port visit March 13.
Seaman Adam White from Elgin Texas, signals a landing craft air cushion (LCAC), assigned to Assault Craft Unit (ACU) 5, to start engines aboard amphibious transport dock ship New Orleans (LPD 18).
USS Blue Ridge completes RAS in South China Sea
The amphibious 7th Fleet command ship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19), conducted a replenishment at sea (RAS) March 10, while on a routine patrol in the international waters of the South China Sea.
US Navy, JMSDF Complete Annual Multi Sail Exercise
Commander, Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 15; Commander, Task Force (CTF) 72; and the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) completed the annual bilateral training exercise Multi Sail 2016, March 11.
160311-N-MP556-035 Okinawa, JAPAN (Mar. 11, 2016) Mine countermeasure ship USS Chief (MCM 14) departs White Beach Naval Facility to join up with USS Patriot (MCM 7) as they prepare to conduct squadron level mine countermeasure training which includes mine hunting and mine sweeping.
USS Stockdale Conducts South China Sea Patrol
USS Stockdale (DDG 106) is conducting a routine patrol in international waters of the South China Sea as part of the John C. Stennis Strike Group and Great Green Fleet during a regularly scheduled 7th Fleet deployment.
The Great Green Fleet operates in the South China Sea
The John C. Stennis Strike Group (JCSSG) is conducting routine operations in the South China Sea. The ships transited the Luzon Strait March 1 and have maintained a location in the eastern half of these international waters for four days.
Boxer Receives 5th Consecutive Battle E
For the fifth consecutive year, amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4) was selected to receive the Battle Effectiveness (Battle “E”) Award by Commander, Naval Surface Forces Pacific.
US Forces, JMSDF Complete Fleet Synthetic Training
Commander, Task Force 70 along with Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 15, Army and Air Force assets and units from the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) participated in Fleet Synthetic Training-Joint (FST-J) exercise 16-71 at Commander, Fleet Activities Yokosuka (CFAY), Japan and other command centers throughout Japan, Feb. 22-26.
US Amphibious Assault Ship to Visit Busan
Bonhomme Richard Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) 7 commanded by Rear Adm. John B. Nowell, is scheduled to conduct a routine port visit to the Republic of Korea (ROK) beginning March 3.
Stockdale Sailor Trains to Save Shipmates
Seaman Steve Martinez stares at the blue water of the Pacific Ocean as he is lowered into it from the deck of the guided-missile destroyer USS Stockdale (DDG 106). As he hits the water, his training kicks in, and he swims over to ‘Oscar,’ the man overboard training dummy.
ESG 7 Embarks USS Bonhomme Richard
Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) 7 embarked amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6), flagship of the Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group (ARG), for a patrol in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations.
USS Ashland Completes South China Sea Patrol
Amphibious dock landing ship USS Ashland (LSD 48) conducted a routine patrol in international waters of the South China Sea Feb. 26 after participating in exercise Cobra Gold 16.
US 7th Fleet Forges Friendships in Osaka
The U.S. 7th Fleet flagship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19), and its embarked 7th Fleet staff, kicked off its spring patrol with a three-day port visit to Japan's cultural center, that concluded Feb. 27.