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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)
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), from Wadesboro, North Carolina, and Chief Yeoman George W. Clark III, from Montgomery, Alabama, pose for a picture in the hangar bay of USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6).
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.
Drone Detachment Brings the Fireworks to CARAT 2015
JAVA SEA, Indonesia - Sailors assigned to the Pacific Missile Range Facility-Far East Detachment prepare to launch a BQM-74E target drone on the flight deck of USS Germantown (LSD 42) during a bilateral missile exercise with the Indonesian Tentara Nasional Indonesia-Angkatan Laut (TNI-AL), as part of Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Indonesia 2015.
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, July 28.
USCG aids in Saipan disaster relief
SAIPAN HARBOR, Saipan - Members from the U.S. Coast Guard’s Marine Safety Detachment Saipan, speak with the safety officer for Saipan pier, during disaster relief efforts.
Ashland departs Saipan before heavy weather
SAIPAN HARBOR, Saipan – USS Ashland (LSD 48) is making preparations to get underway from Saipan Harbor as the potential builds for a tropical cyclone within the next 24 hours.
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).
Preble Protects the Skies over Talisman Sabre
INDIAN OCEAN - Sailors assigned to the USS Preble (DDG 88) salute Rear Adm. Hugh D. Wetherald, commander, Amphibious Force Seventh Fleet, as he prepares to depart the ship in a helicopter.
USS Mustin Sustains Maritime Security in the South China Sea
TIMOR SEA - The USS Mustin (DDG 89) prepares to come alongside the Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS Rappahannock (T-AO 204) as the ship conducts a replenishment-at-sea with the USS George Washington (CVN 73) during exercise Talisman Sabre 2015.
Combined weather team key to CJLOTS ‘15 success
Anmyeon Beach, Republic of Korea - Air Force Staff Sgt. Anthony Chavis, battlefield weather forecaster for 18th Weather Squadron, conducts preventative maintenance on a Tactical Meteorological Observing System during the Combined Joint Logistics Over-the-Shore exercise.
ESG 7 Begins Talisman Sabre 2015
INDIAN OCEAN – The USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) [center], USS Ashland (LSD 48) [right], USS Green Bay (LPD 20) [left], and USS Preble (DDG 88 ) [front] move in formation off the western coast of Australian.
Ashland Celebrates 4th of July
INDIAN OCEAN - Sailors from the Chief and Officer's Mess prepare kebabs in celebration of 4th of July on board the USS Ashland (LSD 48).
CJLOTS Team connects Trident Pier at Anmyeon Beach, Republic of Korea
Anmyeon Beach, Republic of Korea - United States and Republic of Korea forces successfully inserted a temporary 560 meter (1,840 foot) Trident Pier into Anmyeon Beach on the west coast of the Republic of Korea June 29 as part of the Combined Joint Logistics Over-the-Shore 2015 exercise.
CJLOTS15 Team keeps Trident Pier mission going
Anmyeon Beach, Republic of Korea - Sgt. 1st Class Nathan Almaas gives commands to a dozer operator to backfill the Trident Pier after a high tide washed away the sand holding it in place during the Combined Joint Logistics Over-the-Shore exercise.
Lassen, ONI Train Together
SOUTH CHINA SEA – Two Acoustic Intelligence (ACINT) specialists from the Office of Naval Intelligence, based out of Washington, DC, embarked aboard USS Lassen (DDG 82) to provide training on acoustic and Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) areas.
HSM-77 Welcomes New Commanding Officer
MOLUCCA SEA - Sailors assigned to the "Saberhawks" of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 77 stand at attention on the flight deck of the USS George Washington (CVN) 73 during a change of command ceremony.
Bonhomme Richard’s New Capability
SASEBO, Japan – Tracy Harasti, an environmental protection specialist with Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC), teaches Sailors assigned to USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) how to the operate the Mobile Cleaning, Recover and Recycle System (MCCRS).
Sailors Renovate Wildlife Reserve
Freemantle, AUSTRALIA - Yeoman 2nd Class Thomas Beasley, assigned to the USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6), cares for an orphaned baby kangaroo at the Native Arc Wildlife Rehabilitation Center.
USS Germantown Wins 2014 VADM Bulkeley Safety Award
YOKOSUKA, Japan - Damage Controlman 2nd Class David Holcomb, manager of the hazardous material program on board USS Germantown (LSD 42), assists Operations Specialist 3rd Class Jacob Owen in checking out hazardous material needed to conduct equipment maintenance.
USS Fort Worth Completes 2015 CARAT Philippines
SOUTH CHINA SEA - Chief Logistics Specialist Maryann Nunez, from Subic Bay, Philippines, speaks to the Philippine media in the Airborne Mission Zone the USS Fort Worth (LCS 3) during Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Philippines 2015.
Combined Joint Logistics Over-the-Shore Exercise Begins
ANMYEON BEACH, Republic of Korea - Spc. Spencer Grimes, Seaman, 311th Transportation Company, 11th Transportation Battalion, 7th Sustainment Brigade, Fort Eustis, Virginia, backfills a floating Trident Pier to secure it in place during Combined Joint Logistics Over-the Shore 2015 exercise.
Ashland Sailors Embrace LGBT Month
INDIAN OCEAN - Sailors celebrate Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual Transgender (LGBT) month with poetry, stories and a cake cutting ceremony in the mess decks on board the USS Ashland (LSD-48).
ASHLAND SAILS INTO BUNBURY
BUNBURY, Australia - Sailors man the rails as they pull into their first port call of their Summer deployment on board the USS Ashland (LSD 48).
Mustin, HSM-51 Named 2014 Ship-Helicopter Safety Award Winners
CORAL SEA - The forward-deployed USS Mustin (DDG 89) and its embarked helicopter detachment from the ‘Warlords’ of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM ) 51, were selected for the annual Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Ship-Helicopter Safety Award.
Preble Arrives in Freemantle
FREMANTLE, Australia (NNS) – The guided-missile destroyer USS Preble (DDG 88), arrived in Freemantle, Australia, for a scheduled port visit.
Bonhomme Richard ESG Visits Western Australia
FREMANTLE, Australia - More than 4,000 Sailors and Marines of the four-ship Bonhomme Richard Expeditionary Strike Group arrived in Fremantle and Bunbury for port visits ahead of the biennial military training exercise Talisman Sabre 2015.
USS Essex Celebrates LGBT Pride Month
INDIAN OCEAN (NNS) -- Sailors and Marines aboard the USS Essex (LHD 2) held a command-wide observance ceremony in honor and support of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month.
CARAT 2015 Exercise Series Begins in the Philippines
PUERTO PRINCESA, Philippines (NNS) -- Members of the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps along with their Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) counterparts kicked off the 2015 Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) exercise series during an opening ceremony in Puerto Princesa, Philippines.
ESG 7 Trains to Counter Threats from Air and Surface
CELEBES SEA – Ensign Robert Prine, Capt. Brian Finman, and Chief Operations Specialist Kevin O. Griffith, watch for incoming threats on a radar repeater during a FAC/FIAC exercise onboard the USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6).
Fort Worth Completes PMAV
CHANGI NAVAL BASE, Singapore - The littoral combat ship USS Fort Worth (LCS 3) departed from Singapore to conduct routine operations at-sea following completion of a scheduled preventive maintenance availability (PMAV).
USS Shiloh Sailors Explore Guam
APRA HARBOR, Guam - The Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Shiloh (CG 67) transits into Apra Harbor, for a port visit.
Rushmore Departs Indonesia
MANADO, Indonesia - Sailors and Marines from the Whidbey Island-class amphibious dock landing ship USS Rushmore (LSD 47) and the embarked 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) play duck, duck, goose with children and staff from the Panti Bakti Mulia orphanage.