SASEBO, Japan (NNS) – Forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD6) hosted an all hands call by Vice Admiral Joseph P. Aucoin, Commander, U.S. Seventh Fleet (C7F), 18 November, 2015.
Sailors and Marines from Bonhomme Richard (LHD6), Commander, Fleet Activities, Sasebo (CFAS) and all tenant commands in the Sasebo area attended the event.
Aucoin assumed command of 7th Fleet in September 2015 and this was his first opportunity to introduce himself to his forces in the Sasebo Area.
“I wanted to say thank you for the work you have done this year,” said Aucoin. “The Western Pacific is a maritime area of responsibility (AOR) and our amphibious capability is needed by so many countries here. What you did in Talisman Sabre and in the humanitarian response for Saipan and Tinian, showed our allies and partners the capability we have to support stability and security in this region. Job well done.”
The Admiral also spoke about the importance our partnership with Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF).
“Working with the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force is so important,” said Aucoin. “I personally believe that the security and stability that we have in this region right now, is primarily due to the great relationship shared by the United States Navy and the JMSDF.”
The Admiral also took questions from Sailors and Marines and discussed topics like Sailors looking out for one another, current affairs, future naval fleet development, and the 7th Fleet liberty policy.
“It is really a pleasure to be on board this magnificent ship,” said Aucoin. “I really appreciate what you are doing out here.”
Bonhomme Richard is the lead ship of the Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group and is forward-deployed out of Sasebo, Japan in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of Operations.