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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)
BHR Engineering Team – Fighting the Odds to Achieve Success
It was the first day of a typical underway for Sailors aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6), as the ship departed Sasebo, Japan and headed for the open sea in preparations for unit-level training with Afloat Training Group Western Pacific (ATGWP).
USS Sterett Sailors build relationships in China
ZHANJIANG, China - Sailors from the guided-missile destroyer USS Sterett (DDG 104) spent time in port here building relationships with their People's Liberation Army (Navy) (PLAN) counterparts through both leisure and professional activities.
Two Sailors Rescue Person from Drowning
COMMANDER, FLEET ACTIVITIES SASEBO, Japan – Culinary Specialist 3rd Class Michael Hahnrauch and Culinary Specialist 3rd Class Christopher Tucker were each awarded a Navy Marine Corps Commendation Medal June 7 for their heroic effort.
Bonhomme Richard, 31st MEU Depart Okinawa
OKINAWA, Japan (NNS) -- Amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) departed White Beach Naval Facility, Okinawa, Japan, after embarking 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) personnel, equipment and supplies, June 8.
USS Sterett Arrives in Zhanjiang, China
ZHANJIANG, China – Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Sterett (DDG 104) arrived in Zhanjiang, China, June 12, 2017, for a scheduled port visit.
On Board and Underway, 31st MEU, BHR Set Sail
WHITE BEACH NAVAL FACILITY, OKINAWA – Marines and Sailors of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) embarked aboard the ships of the Bonhomme Richard Expeditionary Strike Group (BHR ESG) at Naval Facility White Beach, Okinawa, Japan, June 7, 2017.
Senator John McCain Visits USS John S. McCain in Vietnam
CAM RANH INTERNATIONAL PORT, Vietnam (NNS) – Senators John McCain III, Christopher Coons, and John Barrasso visited Sailors aboard the USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) during a stop in Cam Ranh International Port, Vietnam, June 2.
Bonhomme Richard Departs Sasebo for Patrol
SASEBO, Japan – The amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) departed its forward-deployed base of Sasebo, Japan for a scheduled patrol in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region on June 1.
Sailors and Soldier Awarded for MEDEVAC Efforts
PACIFIC OCEAN (NNS) – Six Sailors and one Soldier stood proud on the flight deck of the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Lake Erie (CG 70), May 18, as they were presented Army Achievement Medals for their efforts during a medical evacuation (MEDEVAC) at sea.
Shiloh Sailors Celebrate Ramadan
WESTERN PACIFIC (NNS) – Four Muslim crew members aboard USS Shiloh (CG 67), currently deployed to the 7th Fleet Area of Operations (AOO), began a month-long fast during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, May 27th.
USS John S. McCain Passes INSURV
YOKOSUKA, Japan – The Areligh Burke guided-missile cruiser USS John S. McCain (DDG 56), aka ‘Big Bad John,’ passed all readiness requirements for a materiel assessment conducted by the Navy's Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV), May 25, 2017.
USS Mustin Departs Shimoda, Black Ship Festival
SHIMODA, Japan (May 23, 2017) – The forward-deployed Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Mustin (DDG 89) departed Shimoda, Japan after a port visit, May 18-22, during the city’s Black Ship Festival.
USS Mustin Arrives for Black Ship Festival
SHIMODA, Japan (May 18, 2017) The forward-deployed Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Mustin (DDG 89) pulled into the port of Shimoda, Japan, May 18, to celebrate the 78th annual Black Ship Festival.
Blue Ridge Upgrades Network to CANES
YOKOSUKA, Japan – U.S. 7th Fleet flagship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) became the first ship of its class to obtain a large-scale upgrade to its network infrastructure in March. The installation significantly increases internal communication, ship security and an overall standardization for meeting the requirements of modern day operating systems.
USS Benfold Changes Command
YOKOSUKA, Japan – Cmdr. Leroy Mitchell relieved Cmdr. Justin Harts as commanding officer of the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Benfold (DDG 65) on May 5, 2017.
America Conducts Ammunition Transfer with Makin Island
PACIFIC OCEAN (NNS) — The amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) received unexpended ammunition during an ordnance transfer while underway off the coast of Southern California during a Composite Unit Training Exercise (COMPTUEX), May 12.
USS Lake Erie departs San Diego on deployment
SAN DIEGO - The guided-missile cruiser USS Lake Erie (CG 70), with an embarked detachment from Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 49, is scheduled to depart Naval Base San Diego on an independent deployment, May 8.
USS Pearl Harbor Completes VBSS Training Exercise
PACIFIC OCEAN (NNS) – Sailors aboard amphibious dock landing ship USS Pearl Harbor (LSD 52) participated in a Visit, Board, Search and Seizure (VBSS) training exercise, May 3, as part of America Amphibious Ready Group’s Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX).
USS Lake Erie to Depart on Deployment
Media interested in covering USS Lake Erie's departure should contact Naval Surface Forces Public Affairs Office by 4 p.m. on Friday, May 5 at 619-437-2034 or 619-723-5185 and meet at the Naval Base San Diego Pass & Decal no later than 2:30 p.m. on Monday, May 8.
Chancellorsville Leaders Visit Iwo To
YOKOSUKA, Japan (NNS) – Twenty-Three Officers and Chief Petty Officers, assigned to the Ticonderoga class guided-missile cruiser USS Chancellorsville (CG 62), visited the island of Iwo To, formerly Iwo Jima, March 27.
Dewey Partners with HSM 78 to Dual Qualify
SOUTH CHINA SEA (NNS) -- Sailors from the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Dewey (DDG 105) and the “Gremlins” of embarked Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 78 detachment have been working together to earn their Enlisted Aviation Warfare Specialist (EAWS) and Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist (ESWS) pins.
USS Shiloh Sailors Visit Iwo To
YOKOSUKA, Japan (NNS) – Sailors of the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Shiloh (CG 67), had the opportunity to travel to the island of Iwo To, formerly Iwo Jima, April 20.
Shiloh Sailors Mentor Yokosuka Middle Schoolers
YOKOSUKA, Japan (NNS) – Future Leaders Educational and Experiential Training (FLEET), a program designed to teach leadership skills by partnering Sailors with local middle school students, was launched in March 2017.
BHR leaders hone operational stress control skills
Sailors aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) attended Operational Stress Control (OSC) training which detailed policy, guidelines, procedures and responsibilities for stress management, April 24-28.
From BMC To Chief Warrant Officer
SAN DIEGO – Chief Boatswain Mate Brian Randle assigned to dock landing ship USS Harpers Ferry (LSD 49) joined the ranks of the United States Naval Officers April 28 at Naval Base San Diego.
Makin Island ARG 11th MEU makes impact in 7th Fleet
PACIFIC OCEAN - The Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group (ARG), comprised of the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8), the amphibious transport dock ship USS Somerset (LPD 25), and the amphibious dock landing ship USS Comstock (LSD 45)...
Stethem Sailor uses Navy to see the world
SOUTH CHINA SEA (NNS) – He’s seen eight countries in three years; however, he didn’t need a passport, and he didn’t buy a plane ticket. Instead, he rode first class on a United States Navy warship.
USS RUSSELL Shipboard Preservation
Throughout the duration of USS RUSSELL’s 2016-2017 Chief of Naval Operations Selected Restricted Availability, RUSSELL Sailors have diligently completed extensive preservation and repair work normally assigned to contracted tradesmen. .
Shiloh Sailor Becomes U.S. Citizen
YOKOSUKA, Japan (NNS) – USS Shiloh (CG 67) held a flag raising ceremony, Apr. 28, to celebrate Culinary Specialist Seaman Ayaba Amouzou and two Navy spouses on becoming U.S. citizens.
Nimitz Strike Group Successfully Completes COMPTUEX
PACIFIC OCEAN – The USS Nimitz (CVN 68) Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 11 successfully completed its final pre-deployment assessment, Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX), April 21, marking the completion of its condensed Inter-Deployment Training Cycle (IDTC) for an upcoming deployment.
USS Howard Holds Change of Command
PACIFIC OCEAN (NNS) -- The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Howard (DDG 83) held a change of command ceremony while underway off the coast of Southern California, April 3.
USS Barry Holds Change of Command
YOKOSUKA, Japan (NNS) – Cmdr. Dave Huljack relieved Cmdr. Jennifer Eaton as Commanding Officer of the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Barry (DDG 52) during a pierside ceremony held at Commander, Fleet Activities Yokosuka (CFAY), April 20.
McCampbell Earns the Battle “E” for 2016
YOKOSUKA, Japan (NNS) – The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS McCampbell (DDG 85) was awarded the 2016 Battle Effectiveness (Battle “E”) Award and 2016 Unit Tactics Award, March 14.
USS Coronado Exchanges Command in Singapore
CHANGI NAVAL BASE, Singapore (NNS) -- Littoral combat ship USS Coronado (LCS 4) Crew 204 was relieved by Crew 203 during an change of command ceremony at Changi Naval Base in Singapore, April 15.
Vice Admiral Rowden Paints Battle "E" on USS Benfold
YOKOSUKA, Japan (Apr. 14, 2017) Vice Adm. Tom Rowden, Commander Naval Surface Forces, helps the crew of the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile USS Benfold (DDG 65) paint all five Maritime Warfare Excellence Awards on the side of the ship. Rowden visited the ship during Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 15’s Surface Warfare Officer Summit Apr. 10-14. (U.S. Navy photo by Seaman Haley Burgess/ Released)
Nimitz completes Blue Water Certification with CVW 11
PACIFIC OCEAN – The aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) and embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 11 successfully completed their Blue Water Certification, April 13, while underway for Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX).
America and the 15th MEU Complete PMINT
PACIFIC OCEAN – The amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) successfully completed a two-week Amphibious Squadron/Marine Expeditionary Unit (PHIBRON/MEU) Integrated Training (PMINT) exercise off the coast of Southern California April 14.
Bonhomme Richard Completes Patrol Returns to Sasebo
SASEBO, Japan (NNS) -- The amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) arrived in Sasebo, Japan, completing its regularly-scheduled patrol in the 7th Fleet area of responsibility (AOR), April 10.
USS Stethem Operates in South China Sea
SOUTH CHINA SEA (NNS) – The Arleigh Burke-class, guided-missile destroyer USS STETHEM (DDG 63) forward-deployed to Yokosuka, Japan, is conducting routine operations in the South China Sea.
USS Makin Island 11th MEU Arrive in Hong Kong
HONG KONG (April 7, 2017) Amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8), with Marines of the embarked 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit, arrived in Hong Kong for a scheduled port visit, April 7.
Chancellorsville Earns 2016 Battle “E”
YOKOSUKA, Japan (NNS) – The Ticonderoga class guided-missile cruiser USS Chancellorsville was awarded the 2016 Battle Effectiveness (Battle "E") Award, March 14.
Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group arrives in Singapore
SINGAPORE - Aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70), embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2, guided-missile destroyer USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG 108) and guided-missile cruiser USS Lake Champlain (CG 57) arrived in Singapore for a scheduled port visit, April 4.
USS Michael Murphy Arrives in Malaysia
PORT KLANG, Malaysia (NNS) -- The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Michael Murphy (DDG 112) arrived in Port Klang, Malaysia for a routine port visit March 4.
Blue Ridge, 7th Fleet Chiefs’ Mess Honor Fallen Chiefs
Members of the U.S. Command 7th Fleet and the U.S. 7th Fleet flagship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) combined Chiefs’ Mess commemorated chiefs on the 124th birthday of the U.S. Navy chief petty officer by observing evening colors at Commander Fleet Activities Yokosuka April 1, 2017.
Antietam Sailors Support Local COMRELs
YOKOSUKA, Japan (NNS) – Sailors from the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Antietam (CG 54) participated in a number of community relations (COMREL) event during their time in port Yokosuka June 2016 to February 2017.
Smiling All The Way to the Top
PHILIPPINE SEA (NNS) – At 18 he decided to escape home, a decision which eventually brought him to the middle of the Philippine Sea surrounded by an unfamiliar crew: all of whom are more senior to him.
CSG1 and JMSDF Conduct Bilateral Operations
East China Sea (NNS) — Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group and the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) concluded an at-sea bilateral exercise in the East China Sea, March 29.
Green Bay Wins First Battle E
WATERS SOUTH OF JAPAN (NNS) -- Amphibious transport dock USS Green Bay (LPD 20) was named a recipient of the 2016 Battle Efficiency (Battle "E") Award, March 15, marking the first time the ship has received the prestigious award.
USS Lake Erie Assists Distressed Mariners
PACIFIC OCEAN (NNS) -- Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Lake Erie (CG 70) provided assistance to 25 mariners in the early hours of March 19, after receiving a distress call from a civilian ship taking on water.
Green Bay, 31st MEU Conclude AIT
EAST CHINA SEA (NNS) -- Amphibious transport dock USS Green Bay (LPD 20) and Marines from the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) completed amphibious integration training (AIT), March 19.
Boxer Receives Sixth Consecutive Battle 'E'
SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- Commander, Naval Surface Forces (SURFOR) announced, March 14, amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4) is one of 36 surface ships which will receive the Battle Effectiveness Award (Battle "E") for 2016.
Germantown hosts ship tour for JS KURAMA
SASEBO, Japan –USS Germantown (LSD 42) hosted four Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) Sailors from JS Kurama (DDH 144) for a ship tour of the while she was in a drydock availability on Feb. 10.