Tag Archives: U.S. 7th Fleet

New U.S. 7th Fleet Commander Takes Charge

New U.S. 7th Fleet Commander Takes Charge

Vice Adm. Bill Merz delivers remarks to the audience during the change of command ceremony for Commander, U.S. 7th Fleet at the Fleet Theater on board Yokosuka Naval Base on Sept. 12, 2019. US Navy Photo


Vice Adm. Bill Merz formally took command of U.S. 7th Fleet on Thursday in a ceremony in Yokosuka, Japan. Read More

NTSB: Lack of Navy Oversight, Training Were Primary Causes of Fatal McCain Collision

NTSB: Lack of Navy Oversight, Training Were Primary Causes of Fatal McCain Collision

Sailors assigned to the navigation department aboard the amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA-6) look on as the ship arrives in Singapore to provide support to the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG-56). US Navy Photo

Almost two years after the collision between a U.S. destroyer and a merchant ship off Singapore, the first in-depth independent investigation has determined the most probable cause for the incident that killed 10 sailors was lack of adequate Navy oversight and training. Read More

50 Sailors from USS John S. McCain Honored for Actions During 2017 Collision

50 Sailors from USS John S. McCain Honored for Actions During 2017 Collision

Admiral John Aquilino, left, Commander of U.S. Pacific Fleet, and Vice Admiral Phillip Sawyer, right, Commander of U.S. 7th Fleet, pose for a photo with award recipients on of the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) during an awards ceremony, July 10, 2019, at Commander, Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan. US Navy photo.

The Navy honored 50 sailors today for their efforts to save lives and save the ship after USS John S. McCain (DDG-56) collided with a merchant ship two years ago. Read More

USS Stethem Heads to San Diego After 14 Years in Japan

USS Stethem Heads to San Diego After 14 Years in Japan

Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Stethem (DDG-63) is anchored off the coast of Shimoda, Japan, during the 80th Shimoda Black Ship Festival. US Navy Photo

USS Stethem (DDG-63) returned to U.S. 3rd Fleet over the weekend, as the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer steamed to its new homeport in San Diego, Calif. Read More

Littoral Combat Ship Deploys for First Time in 19 Months; USS Montgomery Left Unannounced in Early June

Littoral Combat Ship Deploys for First Time in 19 Months; USS Montgomery Left Unannounced in Early June

The littoral combat ship USS Montgomery (LCS-8) departs Naval Base San Diego to conduct routine operations and training in the Pacific Ocean. US Navy photo.

This post has been updated to include a comment from a Navy official regarding the timeline of the USS Montgomery deployment.

There is a Littoral Combat Ship operating forward on deployment for the first time in 19 months, with USS Montgomery (LCS-8) arriving in the Philippines over the weekend on its maiden deployment. Read More

U.S. Destroyers Active in 2 Separate South China Sea Operations

U.S. Destroyers Active in 2 Separate South China Sea Operations

U.S. Navy guided-missile destroyer USS William P. Lawrence (DDG-110), transits through international waters with the Indian Navy destroyer INS Kolkata (D 63) and tanker INS Shakti (A-57), Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force helicopter-carrier JS Izumo (DDH-183) and destroyer JS Murasame (DD-101), and Republic of Philippine Navy patrol ship BRP Andres Bonifacio (PS-17) through the South China Sea. Photo courtesy of Japan Maritime Self Defense Force

During the past week, three U.S. Navy guided-missile destroyers were active in the South China Sea in two separate operations intended to support unfettered access to the region’s shipping lanes. Read More

Navy Adding Fifth Amphib to Japan-Based Fleet for Operational Flexibility; 1 DDG Leaving Japan

Navy Adding Fifth Amphib to Japan-Based Fleet for Operational Flexibility; 1 DDG Leaving Japan

Amphibious assault vehicles depart the well deck aboard the amphibious transport dock ship USS New Orleans (LPD 18) during Exercise Dawn Blitz 2015 (DB-15).
US Navy photo.

This post has been updated to note that USS New Orleans would be the fifth amphibious ship forward-deployed to Japan. USS Germantown (LSD-42) is also homeported in Japan and was not included in the original version of this story. The future amphibious force in Japan will include two LSDs, two LPDs and an America-class LHA.

The Navy is adding a fifth amphibious ship to its forward-deployed fleet in Japan and is bringing home one of the destroyers that has been forward-deployed the longest, the service announced. Read More

7th Fleet Ships Conduct First High-End Advanced Training Event with SMWDC

7th Fleet Ships Conduct First High-End Advanced Training Event with SMWDC

The amphibious dock landing ship USS Ashland (LSD 48) launches a Rolling Airframe Missile (RAM) during a missile exercise (MSLEX) in the Pacific Ocean, March 16, 2019. MSLEXs are designed to increase the tactical proficiency, lethality, and interoperability of participating warships in an era of great power competition. US Navy photo.

Naval forces forward-deployed in the Pacific took a big step in raising their warfighting proficiency, completing their first advanced training event hosted by the Naval Surface and Mine Warfighting Development Center (SMWDC). Read More