OUR MISSION IS TO COMMAND, COORDINATE, PLAN, INTEGRATE, AND EXECUTE THE DEPLOYED AMPHIBIOUS OPERATIONS OF AN EXPEDITIONARY STRIKE GROUP IN CONJUNCTION WITH A MARINE EXPEDITIONARY UNIT (MEU)(SPECIAL OPERATIONS CAPABLE). CPR-7 IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE FULL COMBAT INTEGRATION OF AN LHD, LSD, AND AN LPD IN SUPPORT OF AN EXPEDITIONARY STRIKE GROUP AND NATIONAL OBJECTIVES.
Amphibious Squadron SEVEN was established in August 1986 as a readiness squadron. The Squadron's original mission was to provide maintenance, training and administrative oversight for LST, LSD and LKA class ships homeported in San Diego and Long Beach, CA.
In April 1994, the Squadron's mission changed to conducting expeditionary warfare while maintaining an optimal state of readiness to effectively support national objectives as directed by Fleet Commanders. The oversight functions of the ships shifted to Commander, Amphibious Group THREE, and the size of the staff was significantly reduced.
Amphibious Squadron SEVEN's first deployment was from June to December 1995 with the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit Special Operations Capable (11th MEU SOC) and the NEW ORLEANS Amphibious Ready Group (ARG). During this deployment, the ARG/MEU conducted Exercises INFINITE MOONLIGHT, EAGER MACE, RELIANT RESCUE, NEON FALCON and RELIANT GORILLA, visiting Hong Kong; Singapore; Aqaba, Jordan; Bahrain; Jebel Ali, UAE; Fremantle, Australia and Pearl Harbor.
Amphibious Squadron SEVEN’s second deployment was from March to September 1997 with the 15th MEU(SOC) and the BOXER ARG. The ARG/MEU participated in Exercises INFINITE MOONLIGHT, INFINITE SHADOW, RED REEF and IRON MAGIC, while visiting Hong Kong; Singapore; Phuket, Thailand; Aqaba, Jordan; Misawa, Eritrea; Jebel Ali, UAE; Bali Indonesia; Darwin, Australia and Pearl Harbor. Of note, Amphibious Squadron SEVEN is the "plankowner" squadron staff for USS BOXER (LHD 4).
Amphibious Squadron SEVEN’s third deployment was from December 1998 to June 1999 with the BOXER ARG and the 13th MEU(SOC). During the deployment, the ARG/MEU participated in Exercises EDGED MALLET, NEON FALCON and EAGER MACE. The Squadron made port calls in Hong Kong; Singapore; Phuket, Thailand; Abu Dhabi, UAE; Jebel Ali, UAE; Bali, Indonesia; Townsville, Australia and Pearl Harbor.
Amphibious Squadron SEVEN’s fourth deployment was from March to September 2001 with the BOXER ARG and the 11th MEU(SOC). During the deployment, the ARG/MEU provided Humanitarian Assistance Operations in East Timor and participated in Exercises EAGER MACE and RED REEF. The Squadron made port calls in Singapore; Phuket, Thailand; Jebel Ali, Guam and Pearl Harbor. On the transit from Guam to Pearl Harbor, the Squadron rescued 8 Chinese fishermen.
Amphibious Squadron SEVEN participated in the Exercise Rim of the Pacific 2002 during June and July 2002. This multinational exercise involved ships, submarines and aircraft from seven different countries and included Maritime Interdiction Operations, Sea Control, Strike Warfare, Humanitarian Assistance Operations and culminated in an amphibious landing in direct support of Coalition forces ashore.
Amphibious Squadron SEVEN’S fifth deployment was from January to July 2003, with the TARAWA ARG and 15th MEU(SOC) in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. While deployed, the command operated as the flagstaff for Commander, Task Force FIVE ONE during Operation IRAQI FREEDOM.
Amphibious Squadron SEVEN’s sixth deployment was from December 2004 to June 2005, deploying again with the 15th MEU(SOC), flagship BONHOMME RICHARD and the inaugural deployment for Expeditionary Strike Group FIVE. Responding to the devastating tsunami off the coast of Sumatra, Indonesia, the strike group participated in Operation UNIFIED ASSISTANCE, conducting a massive humanitarian mission which delivered 2.1 million pounds of relief aid to the victims of the disaster. The squadron also participated in Operations ENDURING and IRAQI FREEDOM, conducting Maritime Security Operations Commander duties in the volatile waters off of Iraq.
Amphibious Squadron SEVEN employs three amphibious ships and embarked Marine Expeditionary Unit forces to execute all assigned operational tasks in support of the nation’s littoral warfare strategy.