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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)
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.
Bonhomme Richard ARG, 31st MEU Complete CERTEX
Amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6), flag ship of the Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group (BHRARG), and amphibious dock landing ship USS Germantown (LSD 42), arrived in White Beach, Okinawa after completing a 9-day certification exercise (CERTEX) with the embarked 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) in the East China Sea, Feb. 28.
NBU-7 SHIPS MARINES TO SHORE FOR NEO REHEARSAL
Naval Beach Unit (NBU) Seven launched three landing craft air cushions (LCAC) from the well deck of amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) in preparation for a Non-Combatant Evacuation Operations (NEO) rehearsal Feb. 22.
USS Preble CO Wins SECNAV Innovation Leadership Award
Cmdr. Jeffery Heames, commanding officer of Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Preble (DDG 88), homeported in Pearl Harbor, was recognized as the winner of 2015's SECNAV Innovation Awards Program's innovation leadership category, Feb. 8.
Boxer Crew Gets Big Picture on Culture, Security
Regional Security Education Program (RSEP) instructors from the Naval Postgraduate School raised the collective cultural and security awareness of Boxer service members during an RSEP engagement Feb. 12-19 aboard amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4).
Ashland Completes Multinational Exercise Cobra Gold 16
SATTAHIP, Thailand (Feb. 18, 2016)- Cmdr. Daniel P. Duhan, commanding officer of amphibious dock landing ship USS Ashland (LSD 48), show pictures to the commanding officers and commodore from the Royal Thai Navy (RTN) and the Republic of Korea Navy (ROK) during a ship tour.
USS Stockdale and USS Mobile Bay encourage local youths
Twenty volunteers from the guided-missile destroyer USS Stockdale (DDG 106) and the guided missile cruiser USS Mobile Bay (CG 53) took time in port Guam to engage in a community relations (COMREL) event with local school children on Feb. 16.
Antietam, McCampbell Complete IFR 2016 in India
The forward-deployed Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Antietam (CG 54) and Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS McCampbell (DDG 85) concluded the International Fleet Review (IFR).
John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group Stops in Guam
NAVAL AIR STATION, North Island (Jan 20, 2016) - Sailors onboard the USS Stockdale (DDG 106) lower lines into the focsle during Sea and Anchor detail as the ship pulls out for its West Pacific (WESTPAC) deployment.
USS Mustin Visits Hong Kong
The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Mustin (DDG 89) arrived in Hong Kong Feb. 13 for a port visit during a routine patrol in the 7th Fleet area of operations.
USS Shiloh Holds Fast Cruise to Prepare to Go Back to Sea
YOKOSUKA, Japan (Feb. 12, 2016) – Sailors assigned to Ticonderoga-class cruiser USS Shiloh (CG 67) sit in a life raft during an abandon ship simulation. Shiloh is forward-deployed to the 7th Fleet area of operations in support of security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific. (U.S. Navy Photo by Ensign Christopher K. Dawson)
CNO Visits McCampbell in India
Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. John Richardson visited Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS McCampbell (DDG 85) during the India's International Fleet Review (IFR) 2016.
Germantown Celebrates 30th Birthday
160212-N-KB426-040 EASTERN COAST OKINAWA (Feb. 8, 2016) – Cmdr. Gary A. Harrington II, commanding officer of amphibious dock landing ship USS Germantown (LSD 42), center, cuts a cake during a celebration in honor of the ship's 30th birthday.
Benfold Visits Otaru, Japan
OTARU, Japan (Feb. 7, 2016) - Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Benfold (DDG 65) departs from Ishikari Bay, Otaru, Japan.
MCROTC Tours USS Germantown
OKINAWA, Japan (Feb. 2, 2016) –Capt. Thomas Kait, chief of staff for Commander, Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) Seven, right, gives Marine Corps Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (MCJROTC) Cadets from a local high school a tour of a berthing onboard amphibious dock landing ship USS Germantown (LSD 42).
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U.S. Navy Builds International Relationships in India Fleet Review
SATTAHIP, Thailand (Feb. 05, 2016)- Cmdr. Daniel P. Duhan, left, commanding officer of amphibious dock landing ship USS Ashland (LSD 48), greets Capt. Poonlarp Tadtatongkham, 3rd division commander of amphibious and combat service support squadron of the Royal Thailand Navy, after arriving in Thailand to commence exercise Cobra Gold 16. Ashland is assigned to the Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group, and is participating in exercise Cobra Gold 16, a Thai-U.S. co-sponsored multinational joint exercise designed to advance regional security by exercising a robust multinational force from nations sharing common goals and security commitments in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Kelsey L. Adams/Released)
USS John C. Stennis Strike Group Enters 7th Fleet
The John C. Stennis Strike Group (JCSSG) crossed the International Date Line into the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations Feb. 4. Approximately 7,000 Sailors make up the strike group, which is on a regularly scheduled Western Pacific deployment.
USS Ashland Embarks Marines for Patrol
OKINAWA, Japan - Sailors aboard amphibious dock landing ship USS Ashland (LSD 48) load amphibious assault vehicle (AAV) attached to 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit onto the well deck.