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YOKOSUKA, Japan (Sept. 28, 2022) Vice President Kamala Harris addresses service members aboard Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Howard (DDG 83) during her visit to Commander, Fleet Activities Yokosuka (CFAY), Sept. 28. The Vice President’s tour of the ship and her remarks to U.S. service members highlight the administration’s continued commitment to its alliances in the region. Howard is assigned to Commander, Task Force 71/Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 15, the Navy’s largest forward-deployed DESRON and the U.S. 7th Fleet’s principal surface force. (U.S. Navy photos by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Deanna C. Gonzales)
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YOKOSUKA, Japan (Sept. 1, 2022) — Capt. Walter Mainor, commander, Task Force 71, presents Lt. Cmdr. Andrew Pagliarulo, Lt. Chima Uwazie and Senior Chief Operations Specialist Michael Ojeda Navy commendation medals in recognition for their outstanding meritorious service while assigned to CTF71/DESRON15. Bravo Zulu, Shipmates!
Allied, U.S. Forces conduct Exercise Pacific Vanguard 2022
PHILIPPINE SEA – Maritime forces from the Royal Australian Navy (RAN), Royal Canadian Navy (RCN), Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF), Republic of Korea (ROK) Navy, and the United States Navy sailed together to conduct cooperative maritime exercise Pacific Vanguard (PV) 2022 that concluded, Aug. 29.
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Commander, Task Force (CTF) 71/ Commander, Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 15 held a change of command ceremony Aug. 18, 2022, aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Benfold (DDG 65) pierside at Commander, Fleet Activities Yokosuka.
Capt. Walt Mainor relieved Capt. Chase Sargeant as CTF 71/DESRON 15 Commodore.
CTF 71/DESRON 15 is the Navy’s largest forward-deployed DESRON and the U.S. 7th Fleet’s principal Surface Force.
Under Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet, 7th Fleet is the U.S. Navy's largest forward-deployed numbered fleet, and routinely interacts and operates with 35 maritime nations in preserving a free and open Indo-Pacific region.
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Join us in welcoming Capt. Justin Harts to the CTF 71/DESRON 15 team and huge shout out to our entire underway staff for their continued hard work and dedication to enhancing interoperability with alliances and partnerships while serving as a ready-response force in support of a free and open Indo-Pacific region.
Commander Destroyer Squadron Fifteen / Commander Task Force Seven One held a ceremony on 16MAY22 to formally promote QMCS(SW) Elvis Gomez and ISCS(SW/IW) Issac Tolliver. Please join us in congratulating our newest Senior Chief Petty Officers.
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On February 25 2022 members of Commander Destroyer Squadron Fifteen's multicultural Heritage Committee conducted a Black History Month Special observance in the CC39 Historic Map Room.
Special observances are conducted to recognize the continuous achievements of all Americans to American culture and to increase awareness, mutual respect, and understanding. They are designed to enhance cross-cultural and cross-gender awareness and promote harmony among all military members, their families, and the DOD civilian workforce.
YOKOSUKA, Japan (December 03, 2021) — Congratulations to Commander, Task Force Seven Ones newest Lieutenant, Asa Calloway, on his promotion. Lieutenant Calloway was promoted in a ceremony held in the Historic CC39 Map Room. Well Deserved Shipmate!
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YOKOSUKA, Japan (December 3, 2021) — Members of Commander, Task Force Seven One receive awards of recognition during a ceremony held in the Historic CC39 Map Room.
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YOKOSUKA, Japan (Nov. 19, 2021) - The FY22 Chief Petty Officer Pinning Ceremony was held at Commander, Destroyer Squadron Fifteen (CDS-15) Historic Map Room. Ten Chief Petty Officer Selects from CDS-15 and USS RAFAEL PERALTA (DDG 115) were promoted to the rank of Chief Petty Officer during the ceremony. Each Sailor had their anchors pinned and donned their CPO covers for the first time in front of their fellow CPOs, command leadership, family and friends.
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Champions of Freedom Return from 5th and 7th Fleet Deployment
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Champions of Freedom Return from 5th and 7th Fleet Deployment The “Champions of Freedom” of Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 15 and members of Detachment 701 of the Naval Oceanographic Antisubmarine Warfare Center (NOAC) returned from deployment, Oct. 16.
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Please join us in welcoming USS Ralph Johnson as part of the team! Full story and photos below.
After 24 years of being forward-deployed to , join us in wishing fair winds and following seas to USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) as she heads to Everett, Washington.
The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, USS Dewey (DDG 105) arrived Sept. 8, to their new forward-deployed location in Yokosuka, Japan.
The forward presence of Dewey in 7th Fleet directly supports defense strategic initiatives in support of peace, security and stability in the Indo-Pacific Region.
"Dewey is an excellent addition to our forward-deployed team," said Capt. Chase Sargeant, Commander, Task Force 71/Destroyer Squadron 15. "Dewey brings capability and lethality that enables U.S. 7th Fleet to defend U.S. and like minded nations interests and support a rules-based free and open Indo-Pacific."
The United States values Japan’s contributions to the Indo-Pacific and its long-term commitment and hospitality in hosting U.S. forces forward-deployed there. These forces, along with their counterparts in the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force, frequently operate together allowing a rapid response with maritime and joint forces to uphold a rules-based international order that promotes security and well-being.
Dewey is a Flight IIA multi-mission destroyer capable of embarking two MH-60 variant helicopters with air warfare, submarine warfare, and surface warfare capabilities, designed to operate independently or with carrier strike groups, surface action groups or amphibious ready groups.
"Our forward-deployed forces send a clear signal to our allies and partners of our continuing commitment to the region," said Sargeant. "As Dewey's motto states, she will demonstrate 'the will to fight from the heart' assuring our mutual commitment to maintaining stable regional maritime security."
Sailors and their family members received relocation briefings and support, to include the current Commander Naval Forces Japan COVID-19 mitigation measures all service members and their families are expected to adhere to. These measures ensure the United States Navy is doing its part to stop the spread of the corona virus and protect Sailors, their families and the local community.
As the U.S. Navy's largest forward-deployed fleet, 7th Fleet employs 50 to 70 ships and submarines across the Western Pacific and Indian Oceans. U.S. 7th Fleet routinely operates and inter-acts with 35 maritime nations while conducting missions to preserve and protect a free and open Indo-Pacific region.
After 25 outstanding years in 7th Fleet, join us in wishing USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG 54) Fair Winds and Following Seas!
Join us in welcoming the USS Howard (DDG 83) and USS Higgins (DDG 76) to !
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Check out these photos of USS Benfold (DDG 65) conducting a routine Taiwan Strait transit through international waters in accordance with international law.
Check out the below story and photos of USS Kidd (DDG 100) integrating with LCS and Naval Expeditionary Forces, increasing our integrated warfighting capabilities.
Check out these photos of our CTF 71/DESRON 15 family onboard USS Ronald Reagan as UK, Dutch and U.S. naval forces conduct an integrated at-sea exercise designed to enhance maritime interoperability and demonstrate naval integration through a series of training scenarios. (U.S. Navy photos by Senior Chief Operations Specialist Michael Ojeda)
The. U.S. and Republic of Singapore navies concluded Exercise Pacific Griffin 2021 in the Philippine Sea.
Pacific Griffin is considered the most complex and warfare-centric bilateral engagement between both navies and represents a continued investment in the strengthening of the solid partnership between the U.S. and Republic of Singapore.
Cmdr. Jeremy Carlson, commanding officer, USS Benfold (DDG 65), said it was an honor for the Benfold to participate in this year’s exercise and a great opportunity for both navies.
This year was the third iteration of the exercise and ran from June 22 through July 7 and featured events including an air-defense exercise (ADEX), surface-to-air missile exercise (SAMEX), division tactics/fleet maneuvers (DIVTACS), anti-submarine warfare tracking exercise (ASW), and advanced maneuvering scenarios.
Participating U.S. Navy assets included Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Benfold (DDG 65), Los Angeles-class fast-attack submarine USS Springfield (SSN 761), Lewis and Clark class dry cargo and ammunition ship USNS Amelia Earhart (T-AKE 6), A P-8A Poseidon aircraft from Patrol Squadron (VP) 10, EA-18G Growlers from Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 132, Coastal Riverine Group, and Explosive Ordnance Disposal Detachments.
Participating Republic of Singapore Navy assets included Formidable-class frigates RSS Tenacious (FFC 71), RSS Stalwart (FFC 72), Independence-class littoral mission vessel RSS Fearless (LMV 22), training ship and general cargo vessel MV Avatar, and Naval divers. F-15E Strike Eagles from the Republic of Singapore Air Force also participated.
Commander, Task Force 71/Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 15 is the Navy’s largest forward-deployed DESRON and the U.S. 7th Fleet’s principal surface force, interacting with 35 other maritime nations to build partnerships that foster maritime security, promote stability, and prevent conflict.
Maritime forces from Australia, Japan, Republic of Korea, and the United States met in the waters off the eastern coast of Australia to conduct cooperative maritime exercise Pacific Vanguard (PACVAN) 2021.
"Pacific Vanguard gives the U.S. and its allies a venue for high-end training that will contribute to our ability to effectively work together to face current and future threats,” said Cmdr. J. J. Murawski, commanding officer, USS Rafael Peralta. “Continuing to develop the bonds between each of our navies and our ability to operate together will help to ensure the stability of the Indo-Pacific region."
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Check out these photos from our Champions currently deployed with the USS Ronald Reagan Strike Group.
Check out these photos of USS Benfold (DDG 65) conducting an air defense exercise (ADEX) and live-fire gunnery exercise as part of Exercise Pacific Griffin 2021.
Check out these photos of USS Rafael Peralta (DDG 115) and Japan Maritime Self Defense Force destroyer JS Makinami (DD 112) rendering honors to those lost during the Solomon Island Campaign of WWII.
Check out these photos of USS Rafael Peralta (DDG 115) sailing with Japan Maritime Self Defense Force destroyer JS Makinami (DD 112) in the Coral Sea.
Sonar Technicians aboard Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Benfold (DDG 65) monitor frequencies during an anti-submarine warfare exercise during Pacific Griffin 2021. Pacific Griffin is considered the most complex and warfare-centric bilateral engagement between both navies and represents a continued investment in the strengthening of the solid partnership between the U.S. and Republic of Singapore. (U.S. Navy photos by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Deanna C. Gonzales)
Check out this video of Capt. Chase Sargeant, Commander, Task Force (CTF) 71/Commodore, Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 15, bidding fair winds and following seas to the "Mighty Warship" USS Mustin (DDG 89) and remember all the hard work and accomplishments of the ship and it's Sailors.
Check out these photos of USS Benfold (DDG 65) sailing with the Republic of Singapore navy during Exercise Pacific Griffin 2021!
U.S., Republic of Singapore Navies Strengthen Partnership during Pacific Griffin 2021
Check out this article about U.S. and Republic of Singapore navies joining together in Guam for Exercise Pacific Griffin 2021, June 21 through July 7, to conduct advanced maritime training.
U.S., Republic of Singapore Navies Strengthen Partnership during Pacific Griffin 2021 U.S. and Republic of Singapore navies join together in Guam for exercise Pacific Griffin 2021, June 21 through July 7, to conduct advanced maritime training.A two-week maritime exercise scheduled in
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Check out these photos of USS Rafael Peralta (DDG 115) conducting routine operations in the Sea of Japan.
“The U.S. Navy’s presence in the Sea of Japan allows us to uphold the law of the sea, as part of the rules-based international order,” said Cmdr. Jeffery Murawski, commanding officer of USS Rafael Peralta. "Our ability to operate efficiently as joint and combined forces is a fundamental strategic interest and a defining factor for the future stability of the Indo-Pacific region.”
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USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG 54) and HMAS Ballarat (FFH 155) Conduct Joint Maritime Operations
“I am extremely excited to work with our Australian allies and HMAS Ballarat who share our common values and interests, “said Cmdr. Anthony Massey, Curtis Wilbur’s Commanding Officer. “Our close coordination and support for each other demonstrates our continued resolve and commitment to uphold a free and open Indo-Pacific, promoting security and prosperity in the region.”
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Sailors aboard Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Rafael Peralta (DDG 115) receive supplies from a MH-60R Seahawk assigned to the “Warlords” of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM-51) during a vertical replenishment with Military Sealift Command Henry J. Kaiser-class fleet replenishment oiler USNS Pecos (T-AO-197). Rafael Peralta is assigned to Commander, Task Force 71/Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 15, the Navy's largest forward-deployed DESRON and U.S. 7th Fleet's principal surface force. (U.S. Navy photos by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Daniel Serianni)
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CTF 71 establishment enhances readiness in 7th Fleet
Check out this article on the establishment of Commander, Task Force 71! CTF 71 formalizes command and control of assigned naval surface forces within the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations to fulfill the mission of theater surface warfare commander.
CTF 71 establishment enhances readiness in 7th Fleet The move formalizes command and control of assigned naval surface forces within U.S. 7th Fleet.
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