Tag Archives: Forward Deployed Naval Forces

USS Bonhomme Richard Returns To U.S. After 6 Years in Forward Deployed Naval Forces Japan

USS Bonhomme Richard Returns To U.S. After 6 Years in Forward Deployed Naval Forces Japan

The Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) departs Fleet Activities Sasebo on April 18, 2018. Bonhomme Richard has been the flagship of the Amphibious Force 7th Fleet since April 2012 and will now transit to its new homeport in San Diego for follow-on operations and eventual upgrades to become F-35B Lightning II capable. US Navy photo.

After six years serving as the forward-deployed flagship of Amphibious Force 7th Fleet, amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD-6) is heading back to the U.S. and its new homeport of San Diego.

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Navy: Criminal Charges for COs, Crewmembers Likely Final Accountability Action for McCain, Fitzgerald Collisions; Initial Hearings Will be in D.C.

Navy: Criminal Charges for COs, Crewmembers Likely Final Accountability Action for McCain, Fitzgerald Collisions; Initial Hearings Will be in D.C.

USS Fitzgerald (DDG-62) is loading onto the heavy lift transport vessel MV Transshelf. US Navy Photo

This post has been corrected to reflect early accountability actions taken on USS John S. McCain (DDG-56) after the collision on Aug. 21 with a merchant tanker. The commander and executive officer were removed from their positions, not the Command Master Chief. The post has also been amended to clarify the definition of negligent homicide under military law.

Criminal charges against crew members involved in the two fatal 2017 surface navy collisions that cost the lives of 17 sailors are likely the last accountability actions to be taken by the service, as the admiral overseeing the process has completed his review, Navy officials told USNI News on Wednesday. Read More

Former Fitzgerald, McCain COs Face Negligent Homicide, Dereliction of Duty Charges Over Fatal Collisions

Former Fitzgerald, McCain COs Face Negligent Homicide, Dereliction of Duty Charges Over Fatal Collisions

Former USS Fitzgerald commander Cmdr. Bryce Benson (left), Former USS John S. McCain commander Cmdr. Alfredo J. Sanchez (right). USNI News Image

This post has been updated to correct the name of the former commander of USS John S. McCain (DDG-56). The correct name is Cmdr. Alfredo J. Sanchez. This post has also been updated with a statement from the service. 

The commanders of the two guided-missile destroyers that were involved in fatal collisions with merchant ships in 2017 will face military criminal charges that include dereliction of duty, hazarding a vessel and negligent homicide, USNI News has learned. Read More

SWO Boss Rowden Out Early As Part of Additional Disciplinary Actions for Fatal McCain, Fitzgerald Collisions

SWO Boss Rowden Out Early As Part of Additional Disciplinary Actions for Fatal McCain, Fitzgerald Collisions

Outoging commander of Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet Vice Adm. Tom Rowden speaks with the crew of the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Higgins (DDG-76) on Sept. 17, 2017. US Navy Photo

The head of U.S. naval surface forces will be replaced this week following the results of an independent investigation into the two fatal collisions in the Western Pacific that claimed the lives of 17 sailors, several defense officials confirmed to USNI News this week. Read More

USNI News Video: USS Wasp Arrives in Japan

USNI News Video: USS Wasp Arrives in Japan

The amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD-1) arrived in its new homeport of Sasebo, Japan on Jan. 14. The ship replaced USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD-6) as the forward-deployed amphibious assault ship in U.S. 7th Fleet. Wasp is the first ship in the region that will regularly operate with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit’s F-35B Lighting II Joint Strike Fighters. Read More

Fleet Forces: Maintenance Load In Yokosuka Increasing; Effect on Fleet is Clear, Solution is Not

Fleet Forces: Maintenance Load In Yokosuka Increasing; Effect on Fleet is Clear, Solution is Not

USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) sits in Dry Dock 5 onboard Fleet Activities (FLEACT) Yokosuka for an Extended Drydock Selected Restricted Availability in June 2016. FLEACT Yokosuka provides, maintains, and operates base facilities and services in support of 7th Fleet’s forward-deployed naval forces, 83 tenant commands, and 24,000 military and civilian personnel. US Navy photo.

ARLINGTON, Va . – An increasingly large workload for the maintainers of the Forward Deployed Naval Force ships in Japan has led to longer availabilities and less time for training, the head of U.S. Fleet Forces Command said, with the Navy still unsure how to go about reducing that burden. Read More

USS Wasp Stops in Pearl Harbor; Nearing New Homeport of Sasebo, Japan

USS Wasp Stops in Pearl Harbor; Nearing New Homeport of Sasebo, Japan

USS Wasp (LHD 1) arrives at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam for a schedule port visit on Dec. 28, 2017. Wasp is transiting to Sasebo, Japan to conduct a turnover with the USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) as the forward-deployed flagship of the amphibious forces in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations. US Navy photo.

Amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD-1) arrived at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam for a final port visit on Dec. 28, ahead of making the final leg of the voyage to the ship’s new home in Japan. Read More

Strategic Review: Navy Hasn't Learned From Its Mistakes, Needs to Be Clear About Ship, Aircraft Readiness

Strategic Review: Navy Hasn’t Learned From Its Mistakes, Needs to Be Clear About Ship, Aircraft Readiness

Petty Officer 3rd Class Ross Massey, from Dunlap, Ill., stands an intelligence watch during a transit of the Strait of Hormuz aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis. US Navy Photo

THE PENTAGON – The Navy historically doesn’t learn from its mistakes, needs better command and control structures to operate the fleet, and needs to be more honest with Congress and the White House about the capabilities it can provide the nation, were key findings contained in a strategic review of the service released on Thursday. Read More

Destroyer USS Benfold Back in Yokosuka with ‘Slight Dent’ After Tug Collision

Destroyer USS Benfold Back in Yokosuka with ‘Slight Dent’ After Tug Collision

USS Benfold (DDG-65), left, and the Henry J. Kaiser-class fleet replenishment oiler USNS Pecos (T-AO-197) participate in a photo exercise during Pacific Griffin 2017 off the coast of Guam. US Navy Photo

The guided-missile destroyer that collided with a tugboat off the coast of Japan is back at its homeport on Monday, a U.S. 7th Fleet spokesperson told USNI News. Read More