Ronald Reagan Strike Group Conducts Cooperative Deployment alongside JMSDF in Philippine Sea

December 4, 2018 – The Ronald Reagan Strike Group and the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force helicopter destroyer JS Hyuga (DDH 181) conducted a cooperative deployment while operating in the Philippine Sea from Nov. 28, to Dec. 5. Hyuga is a helicopter destroyer assigned to Commander, Escort Division 3. During the cooperative deployment, the strike group along with Hyuga participated in communication exercises, cyber exercises and Naval Liaison Officers from the JMSDF embarked aboard strike group units. While onboard the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) Naval Liaison officers…

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USS Mustin Visits Busan

USS Mustin (DDG 89) arrived in Busan for a port visit 12 Aug. Mustin is visiting Busan to avoid a moving storm track in waters surrounding the Korea peninsula and expects to resume scheduled operations following the visit. This visit is an opportunity for the crew to conduct mutual exchanges with the ROK Navy to enhance the ROK-U.S. alliance in addition to experiencing the culture that Busan has to offer.

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CTF 70 and DESRON 15 Commanders Relieved Due to Loss of Confidence

Vice Adm. Phil Sawyer, commander of U.S. 7th Fleet, Sept. 18, relieved the commander of Task Force 70 (CTF 70), Rear Adm. Charles Williams and the commander of Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 15, Capt. Jeffrey Bennett. Both reliefs were due to a loss of confidence in their ability to command.  Rear Adm. Marc Dalton, commander of Task Force 76 (CTF 76), assumed duties as commander, CTF 70. Capt. Jonathan Duffy, deputy commander, DESRON-15, assumed duties as commander.

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