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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)
JMSDF Members Visits Blue Ridge for Holiday Exchange
Members from the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) ship JS Uraga (MST 463) visited USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19), U.S. 7th Fleet command ship, for an annual holiday gift exchange with Blue Ridge crew members Dec. 14.
USS Fitzgerald departs Yokosuka for Mississippi
YOKOSUKA, Japan - The guided-missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) sits aboard heavy lift transport vessel MV Transshelf after departing Fleet Activities Yokosuka and proceeding to anchorage in Yokosuka Harbor to make underway preparations.
Bonhomme Richard Advances 101 Sailors
SASEBO, Japan –Sailors, assigned to the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6), were frocked to the next paygrade during a ceremony held in the ship’s hangar bay, Dec. 5.
U.S.-Japan Complete 3JA Exercise
Mine Countermeasures Squadron (MCMRON) 7 staff, Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit (EODMU) 5, Helicopter Mine Countermeasures Squadron 14 (HM-14) Detachment 2A, and Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) units successfully completed exercise 3JA Nov. 28.
U.S. Japan Complete 3JA Exercise
USS Chief (MCM 14), Mine Countermeasures Squadron (MCMRON) 7 staff, Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit (EODMU) 5, Helicopter Mine Countermeasures Squadron 14 (HM-14) Detachment 2A...
USS Fitzgerald departs Fleet Activities Yokosuka
YOKOSUKA, Japan - The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) is towed away from the pier at Fleet Activities (FLEACT) Yokosuka, Nov. 24, to meet heavy lift transport vessel MV Transshelf.
Eyes in the Sky
Safety is of the utmost importance while working on any Navy warship. Sailors are trained to work in safe conditions, with proper safety equipment.
Nimitz Navy Counselors Help Guide Careers
Navigating a career in the Navy can seem overwhelming at times. With all of the different options and programs available, it can be difficult for Sailors to know the best choices to make.
Flattened pieces of chicken are prepared on the counter, ready to be transformed. All of the prep work is about to be done.
Damage Control Drills
Damage Controlman 3rd Class Joshua Myers, from Detroit, performs a maintenance check on a fog machine aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Howard (DDG 83).
USS Ashland Conducts INSURV Rehearsal Underway
The amphibious dock landing ship USS Ashland (LSD 48) conducted a rehearsal for Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV) Nov. 7 as part of preparations for the ship’s official assessment scheduled for May 2018.
USS Chafee participates in multilateral MIO exercise
USS Chafee (DDG 90) will join ships from the Republic of Korea Navy and the Royal Australian Navy during a multilateral maritime interdiction operations (MIO) exercise in waters off the coast of the Republic of Korea, Nov. 6-7.
USS Ashland completes exercise Blue Chromite
PACIFIC OCEAN - The amphibious dock landing ship USS Ashland (LSD 48) departed Okinawa Nov. 4 after completing of a series of amphibious operations as part of exercise Blue Chromite 18.
The evolution of wartime surgery
The Navy’s first Role 2 Light Maneuver (R2LM) team, Navy Adaptive Trauma Team (NATT) ONE, put their crew to the test in their first exercise with the fleet.
COMMANDER AMPHIBIOUS FORCE 7TH FLEET
BUSAN, Republic of Korea – Maritime forces from the U.S. and Republic of Korea successfully completed the Multinational Mine Warfare Exercise (MN MIWEX), Oct. 22.
USS Rushmore Visits Vanuatu
Whidbey Island-class amphibious dock landing ship USS Rushmore (LSD 47), with embarked U.S. Coast Guard maritime law enforcement personnel, anchored off the coast of Vanuatu for a scheduled port visit, Sept. 15.
USS Benfold Celebrates National Hispanic Heritage Month
WATERS NEAR GUAM (NNS) -- Sailors aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Benfold (DDG 65) celebrated National Hispanic Heritage Month with an event hosted by the ship’s multicultural committee, Oct. 4.
VADM Rowden Visits Sasebo
Vice Adm. Tom Rowden, commander, Naval Surface Forces, addresses Sailors during an all-hands call in the ship’s hangar bay of the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6).
USS Chief Arrives in Busan ahead of MN MIWEX
BUSAN, Republic of Korea – The mine countermeasures ship USS Chief (MCM 14) arrived in Busan Oct. 10 for a routine port call as they make final preparations for the Multinational Mine Countermeasures Exercise (MN MIWEX).
USS Momsen Holds Change of Command Ceremony
EVERETT, Wash. (NNS) – Sailors stood in formation on the flight deck of USS Momsen (DDG 92) as part of a change of command ceremony while pier side at Naval Station Everett, Sep. 29th.
USS McCampbell Holds Change of Command
YOKOSUKA, Japan (NNS) – The guided-missile destroyer USS McCampbell (DDG 85) received a new commanding officer during a change of command ceremony, Oct. 6.
Fleet Activities Yokosuka Honors USS John S McCain
More than 2,000 service members, civilians and families lined the streets of Fleet Activities (FLEACT) Yokosuka, Oct. 4, rendering salutes and showing support for the families and crew of USS John S. McCain (DDG 56)
Ronald Reagan Arrives in Hong Kong
HONG KONG (NNS) – The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) and the guided-missile destroyer USS Chafee (DDG 90) anchored in Hong Kong Harbor Oct. 2.
USS Fitzgerald Receives Commanding Officer
YOKOSUKA, Japan (NNS) -- The Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) during a change of command ceremony at Commander, Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Aug. 25.
San Diego, 15th MEU Participate in Alligator Dagger 2017
170908-N-UK248-616 U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF OPERATIONS (Sept. 8, 2017) A Maine with the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit’s Maritime Raid Force stands security during a visit, board, search, and seizure mission aboard USS Lewis B. Puller (T-ESB 3) part of combat rehearsal Alligator Dagger 2017.
Ashland Sailors and Marines Volunteer in Guam
NAVAL BASE GUAM – Thirteen Marines and ten Sailors assigned to the amphibious; dock landing ship USS Ashland (LSD 48) participated in two community services projects on Sept. 9 during a port visit in Guam.
MCPON Visits Sasebo Meets with CTF 76 CFAS personnel
SASEBO, Japan – Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) Steven Giordano met with Sailors and Marines assigned to Commander, Task Force 76 and Commander, Fleet Activities Sasebo (CFAS) as part of the regional tour to hear feedback from the Fleet, Sept. 12.
USS Rushmore Visits American Samoa
Whidbey Island-class amphibious dock landing ship USS Rushmore (LSD 47), with embarked U.S. Coast Guard maritime law enforcement personnel, departed American Samoa after a scheduled two-day port visit, Sept. 5.
Rushmore visits American Samoa during OMSI mission
PACIFIC OCEAN - Whidbey Island-class amphibious dock landing ship USS Rushmore (LSD 47), with embarked U.S. Coast Guard maritime law enforcement personnel, departed American Samoa after a scheduled two-day port visit, Sept. 5.
USS Green Bay completes patrol in Indo-Asia-Pacific
SASEBO, Japan - The amphibious transport dock USS Green Bay (LPD 20) returned to its forward-deployed base in Sasebo, Japan, Sept. 7, culminating three-plus months of operations in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.
Alligator dagger tests warfighting capabilities
In the early morning hours, two miles off the coast of Djibouti, sits an Amphibious Readiness Group/Marine Expeditionary Unit (ARG/MEU) preparing to come ashore in what will prove to be a visually breathtaking experience.
Pearl Harbor Departs Goa India
GOA, India – The Whidbey Island-class (cargo variant) amphibious dock landing ship USS Pearl Harbor (LSD 52), with embarked 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), departed Goa, India, after a scheduled port visit and subject matter expert exchange, Aug. 27.
Nimitz Departs Bahrain
MANAMA, Bahrain -The aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) departed Manama, Bahrain, Aug. 30, after port visit to the gulf island nation.
USS Shiloh Holds Change of Command Ceremony
YOKOSUKA, Japan (NNS) – Capt. Robert “Bo” Johns relieved Capt. Adam Aycock as the commanding officer of the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Shiloh (CG 67) during a change of command ceremony, Aug. 30.
USS America Concludes Support to USS John S. McCain
The amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) and 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit departed Singapore after supporting the guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) Aug. 27. America will continue on its maiden deployment.
Change of Command Ceremony
Lt. Cmdr. Michael G. Tyree salutes the sideboys at the conclusion of a change of command ceremony for the Avenger-class mine countermeasures ship USS Chief (MCM 14) .
Halsey Reaches Midpoint of COMPTUEX
The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Halsey (DDG 97) reached the midpoint of its composite training unit exercise (COMPTUEX)...
Shiloh Midshipmen Navigate an UNREP
CORAL SEA (NNS) – Midshipmen, visiting the forward-deployed Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Shiloh (CG 67), were given the opportunity to serve as conning officers during a replenishment-at-sea, Aug. 5.
San Diego Departs Phuket
PHUKET, Thailand (NNS) -- The amphibious transport dock ship USS San Diego (LPD 22) departed Phuket, Thailand after a routine port visit, Aug. 22.
USS San Diego Arrives In Phuket Thailand
PHUKET, THAILAND (NNS) -- The amphibious transport dock ship USS San Diego (LPD 22) arrived in Phuket, Thailand as part of a routine visit during San Diego's deployment and for the crew to have an opportunity to experience Phuket, Aug. 17.
Nimitz Sailors Perform Rare X-Ray at Sea
Sailors assigned to the IM-2 division of the Aircraft Intermediate Maintenance Department (AIMD) are trained for most situations they may encounter when repairing aircraft parts...
BHR 31st MEU Team Up for AIT
The amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) and the embarked 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) strengthened their Navy-Marine Corps solidarity through a series of exercises conducted during amphibious integration training (AIT), August 2-9.
Beat the Heat
A nuclear-powered aircraft carrier is arguably one of the most dangerous work places in the world. Aircraft loaded with ordnance are launched day and night in some of the most hostile areas of the world; but the enemy and workplace hazards aren’t the only danger.
Shiloh Sailors Visit with Murri School Students
BRISBANE, Australia – Sailors, assigned to the forward-deployed Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Shiloh (CG 67), participated in a community relations project at the Aboriginal and Islander Independent Community School (Murri School), July 25.
America Arrives In Malaysia
MALAYSIA – The amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) arrived in Sepanger, Malaysia for a port visit to Kota Kinabalu, the capital of Malaysia’s Sabah state, Aug. 14.
Midshipmen Experience COMPTUEX Aboard USS Sampson
PACIFIC OCEAN (NNS) -- Thirteen Canadian and American midshipmen are spending their month-long summer training aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Sampson (DDG 102) while the ship is underway.
USS Barry Commemorates 75th Anniversary of Guadalcanal Campaign
HONIARA, Guadalcanal – The forward-deployed Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Barry (DDG 52) visited the port of Honiara, Guadalcanal of the Solomon Islands to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Guadalcanal Campaign, Aug. 4 - 9, 2017.