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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 Barry Leaves Dry Dock Period
The Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS Barry (DDG 52) is pulled towards a pier after departing from a dry dock at Commander, Fleet Activities Yokosuka.
USS Blue Ridge Changes Command
YOKOSUKA, Japan (NNS) -- U.S. 7th Fleet flagship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) held a change of command ceremony on the ship’s main deck Nov. 16.
NBU 7 JMSDF conduct integrated training
SASEBO, Japan (NNS) -- Naval Beach Unit (NBU) 7 conducted a landing craft, air cushion (LCAC) interoperability exchange with the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force in Sasebo, Japan on November 8.
The Spark of Ignition
The sound of wind passes by him with his cranial helmet on as he opens a compartment on the helicopter. His hands work quickly and skillfully to fix the small electrical problem.
USS SHOUP HOLDS CHANGE OF COMMAND CEREMONY
The crew of the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Shoup (DDG 86) held a change of command ceremony on the flight deck while moored at Naval Base Guam Sept. 23, 2018.
N95 Holds All-Hands Call on USS Devastator
Maj. Gen. David Coffman, director, Expeditionary Warfare Division (N95), hosted an all-hands call aboard the Avenger-class mine countermeasures ship USS Devastator (MCM 6) during a trip to Naval Support Activity Bahrain, Aug. 5.
Warrior Sailor Awarded Mineman of the Year
SASEBO, Japan (NNS) -- A Sailor assigned to USS Warrior (MCM 10) in Sasebo, Japan, was recently named the Association of Minemen's (AOM) 2018-2019 Mineman of the Year (Sea).
MCM Photo page
Electronics Technician 2nd Class Zachary Brown, from Tucson, Arizona, briefs Republic of Korea navy sailors on the anchor on the forecastle of the Avenger-class mine countermeasures ship USS Chief (MCM 14) during a tour of the ship.
USS Shoup Departs Suva Fiji
SUVA, Fiji - Guided-missile destroyer USS Shoup (DDG 86) departed from Suva, Fiji, October 17 following a port visit that celebrated decades of Fiji-American naval partnership.
2018 CARAT Builds Cooperation
Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) is an annual, nine-country bilateral naval exercise series between the United States and Bangladesh, Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, the Philippines, Thailand, and Timor Leste.
USS Shoup Holds Flight Deck Reception in Suva Fiji
Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Shoup (DDG 86) hosted more than 150 military and civilian dignitaries from the United States, Fiji, Australia, United Kingdom, Spain, New Zealand and Japan during a reception on the flight deck October 15.
Chancellorsville Benfold Arrive to Busan
The Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Chancellorsville and the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Benfold (DDG 65) arrived to Busan, South Korea, Oct. 12.
Ronald Reagan Strike Group Participates in International Fleet Review
The Ronald Reagan Strike Group, to include the Nimitzclass aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) and the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruisers USS Chancellorsville (CG 62) and USS Benfold (DDG 65) participated in the Republic of Korea 2018 International Fleet Review near Jeju Island, Republic of Korea (ROK) Oct. 11.
USS Pioneer Holds Change of Command Ceremony
SASEBO, Japan - Lt. Cmdr. Bobby Wayland (left) and Lt. Cmdr. Brett Jasionowski (center right) salute the ensign during the national anthem for a change of command ceremony. Wayland relieved Jasionowski as commanding officer of the Avenger-class mine countermeasures ship USS Pioneer (MCM 9) during the ceremony.
USS Michael Murphy Completes Kakadu Exercise
Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Michael Murphy (DDG 112), along with a P-8 Poseidon maritime-surveillance aircraft assigned to the "Pelicans" of Patrol Squadron (VP)
Allied Maritime Warfighters Strengthen Partnerships and Capabilities in San Diego
Maritime leaders from the “Five Eyes” alliance – the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and New Zealand – discuss interoperability and combat effectiveness during the 2018 Maritime Warfare Working Group (MWWG) at Naval Surface and Mine Warfighting Development Center’s (SMWDC) Headquarters. The MWWG is an annual event of the Five Eyes alliance, which will be hosted by Australia in 2019. SMWDC is one of the Navy's five Warfighting Development Centers and its mission is to increase the lethality and tactical proficiency of the Surface Force across all domains.
WASP ARG Conducts PASSEX with JMSDF
Ships assigned to the Wasp Amphibious Ready Group (ARG), with attached 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, partnered with Japan Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) amphibious transport dock ship JS Osumi (LST 4001) to conduct a passing exercise (PASSEX), Aug. 26.
USS Anchorage Conducts Exercise at Sea with Sri Lankan Navy
San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock USS Anchorage (LPD 23) assigned to the Essex Amphibious Ready Group, with attached 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit, partnered with the Sri Lankan naval ship Suranimila to conduct an exercise at sea, Aug. 28.
U.S., Malaysia commence 24th CARAT exercise
The U.S. Navy and Marine Corps, and Malaysian Armed Forces counterparts kicked off the 24th iteration of Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Malaysia in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia, August 10.
CNSP Visits Sasebo Discusses Command Philosophy
Vice Adm. Rich Brown, commander, Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet (CNSP), met with waterfront Sailors in Sasebo, Japan, in the hangar bay of the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1) Aug. 1 to discuss his command philosophy and vision for the Surface Force.
VADM Brown Visits USS Patriot
180801-N-VK310-0101 SASEBO, Japan (Aug.1, 2018) Mineman 3rd Class Nowell Kenner, a Sailor stationed aboard the Avenger-class mine countermeasures ship USS Patriot (MCM 7), speaks with Vice Adm. Rich Brown, Commander, Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet (CNSP) aboard Patriot. Brown's first visit to Sasebo as CNSP provided him the opportunity to engage the waterfront and discuss the future of the surface warfare community, the importance of command, and achieving success in the Surface Force by focusing on the following guiding principles of good stewardship, professional development and safety. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Michael Molina/Released)
Curtis Wilbur Holds Change of Command Ceremony
Cmdr. Zachary King relieved Cmdr. Simon McKeon as commanding officer of the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG 54) on Naval Base Guam, Apra Harbor, July 26, 2018.
Commander Task Force 70 Holds Change of Command
Commander, Task Force (CTF) 70 held a change of command ceremony aboard the Carrier Strike Group 5 (CSG 5) flagship, the forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), while the ship was underway, July 18.
Secretary of the Navy Tours USS Blue Ridge
Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer met with leadership and spoke to service-members aboard U.S. 7th Fleet flagship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) during a ship visit as part of a tour July 12.
DGSIT Embarks Ronald Reagan Strike Group Units
More than 35 members of the Naval Information Forces Deploying Group System Integration Testing (DGSIT) team embarks aboard USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) and additional units of the Ronald Reagan Strike Group July 5-13.
Senator McCain Joins USS John S. McCain Namesake
FLEET ACTIVITIES YOKOSUKA, Japan (NNS) -- Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer inducted U.S. Sen. John S. McCain III into the official namesake of the guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) in a ceremony on board, July 12.
Pioneer tied up
Sailors assigned to the Avenger-class mine countermeasures ship USS Pioneer (MCM 9) toss messenger lines to the pier as they return to Fleet Activities Sasebo after performing calibrations and training.
Chancellorsville Celebrates 120 Years of Care
The U.S. Navy has hospital corpsmen on all of its vessels to treat the crew if any medical emergency, injury or illness occurs. The Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Chancellorsville (CG 62) is no different.
U.S., Thailand Conclude CARAT Thailand 2018
PATTAYA, Thailand (NNS) -- The 24th annual Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) exercise between the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps, and Royal Thai Navy concluded in Pattaya, Thailand, June 21.
Cooking For His Shipmates, Bettering Himself
PHILIPPINE SEA — The Navy has culinary specialists on its vessels to feed the crew a healthy diet. On the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Chancellorsville (CG 62), Culinary Specialist Seaman Apprentice Marcus Wallace is a cook for the ship.
McGovern takes over as PHIBRON 11 Commodore
SASEBO, Japan -- Capt. Jim McGovern relieved Capt. Ed Thompson as commodore of Amphibious Squadron (PHIBRON) 11 at a change of command ceremony aboard the amphibious dock landing ship USS Germantown (LSD 42), June 1.
Sailors of Benfold: Fireman Jonathan Pipes
PHILIPPINE SEA (June 5, 2018) Fireman Jonathan Pipes, speaks during an interview aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Benfold (DDG 65). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Anna Van Nuys/Released)
Benfold Arrives in Guam
SANTA RITA, Guam — The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Benfold (DDG 65) arrived in Santa Rita, Guam, for a regularly scheduled port visit, June 5.
Change of Command 2018
Capt. Jim McGovern salutes the sideboys after assuming command of Amphibious Squadron (PHIBRON) 11 during the conclusion of a change of command ceremony aboard the amphibious dock landing ship USS Germantown (LSD 42). McGovern relieved Capt. Ed Thompson as commodore PHIBRON 11 and will now lead the U.S. Navy’s only forward-deployed amphibious squadron consisting of USS Wasp (LHD 1), USS Green Bay (LPD 20), USS Ashland (LSD 48), and Germantown.
Benfold Celebrates Memorial Day with Promotion Ceremony
PHILIPPINE SEA – The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Benfold frocked 38 first, second and third class petty officers and promoted six ensigns to lieutenant junior grade on the ship’s flight deck, during a Memorial Day celebration May 28.
Pacific Partnership kicks off in Thailand for first time
PATTAYA, Thailand - Pacific Partnership 2018, the largest annual multilateral humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HA/DR) preparedness mission, kicked off aboard the expeditionary fast transport ship USNS Brunswick (T-EPF 6) in Sattahip, May 20.
Wasp Completes Historic Patrol in Indo-Pacific
SASEBO, Japan — The amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1) returned to Sasebo, Japan on April 26 after nearly two months of operations in the Indo-Pacific with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit.
2018 SWO Summit Concludes in Yokosuka
YOKOSUKA, Japan (NNS) — The 2018 Surface Warfare Officer (SWO) Summit concluded in Yokosuka, Japan, April 20 after a week of discussions, lessons and career advancement initiatives.
Curtis Wilbur Slideshow
The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG 54) fires the 50 caliber Machine in support of their recent highly successful Surface Warfare 2.4 certification event.
Junior Officers Gain Valuable Experiences on MSC Bridge
YOKOSUKA (NNS) – Junior officers from U.S. 7th Fleet flagship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) recently gained valuable experience aboard USNS Walter S. Diehl (TA-O 193) as part of an effort to qualify watchstanders while Blue Ridge continues a vital maintenance and upkeep period pier-side in Yokosuka.
Antietam Leads Surface To Air Missile Exercise in MultiSail 18
PHILIPPINE SEA – The Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Antietam (CG 54) led Surface to Air Missile Exercise (SAMEX) during MultiSail 18 with U.S. Naval Forces and Japan Maritime Self-Defense Forces (JMSDF) March 10, 2018 in the Philippine Sea.
USS Antietam Sailors Visits Guam High School
AGANA HEIGHTS, Guam - Sailors assigned to the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Antietam (CG 54) visited Guam High School to speak to the Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (NJROTC) Panther Company students during class March 5.
F-35Bs join Wasp for historic Indo-Pacific deployment
EAST CHINA SEA — F-35B Lightning II's with Fighter Attack Squadron 121 (VMFA-121) aboard amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1), the first time the aircraft has deployed aboard a U.S. Navy ship and with a Marine Expeditionary Unit in the Indo-Pacific.
Sterett Crosses into 7th Fleet
PACIFIC OCEAN – San Diego-based Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Sterett (DDG 104) entered the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations on March 3.
Honolulu Native Serves Aboard USS Antietam
PHILIPPINE SEA (NNS) -- A Honolulu native and 2005 Wallace Ryder Farrington High School graduate is serving in the U.S. Navy aboard the guided-missile cruiser USS Antietam.
USS Mustin Arrives in Otaru Japan
OTARU, Japan (NNS) – The forward-deployed Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Mustin (DDG 89) arrived for its third port visit to Otaru, Japan, Feb. 2.
USS Wasp Receives Retention Excellence Award
SASEBO, Japan - The amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1) was selected Jan. 25 to receive the FY17 Navy Retention Excellence Award (REA) less than two weeks after pulling into their new home port of Sasebo, Japan.
USS Germantown Conducts Stern Gate Marriage
SASEBO, Japan - USS Germantown (LSD 42) conducted a stern gate marriage with a Landing Craft Utility (LCU) vehicle from Navy Beach Unit 7 (NBU-7) as part of her certifying events on Jan. 18.
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