Chancellorsville, Benfold Arrive at Busan

October 12, 2018 – USS Chancellorsville and USS Benfold (DDG 65) arrived to Busan, South Korea, Oct. 12. Chancellorsville and Benfold pulled into Busan, South Korea, for a regularly scheduled port visit. Chancellorsville and Benfold are underway with the Ronald Reagan Strike Group, and are forward-deployed to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations in support of security and stability in the Indo-Pacific region.

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Ronald Reagan Strike Group, JMSDF Participate in Cooperative Deployment

October 10, 2018 – The Ronald Reagan Strike Group and the helicopter destroyer JS Izumo (DDH 183) conducted maritime operations during a cooperative deployment in the Philippine Sea, Oct. 9-10. During the cooperative deployment the Ronald Reagan Strike Group units and Izumo conducted maneuvering exercises, communications exercises and divisional training to promote interoperability among the two maritime forces. Chiefs from Izumo and Escort Division 11 embarked the aircraft carrier Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) and were given tours of the ship’s mess decks, medical facilities and watched fixed-wing flight operations. “It…

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More than 38,000 Guests Visit Fleet Activities Yokosuka for Friendship Day

More than 38,000 people braved Japan’s summer heat to visit U.S. Fleet Activities (FLEACT) Yokosuka for the installation’s annual Friendship Day festival, Aug. 4. This year marked the 42nd time this base, just 36 miles south of Tokyo, opened its gates for the summer event. Visitors enjoyed sampling American food and watching a variety of entertainment at Yokosuka venues, but this year’s big draws rested at FLEACT Yokosuka’s waterfront where visitors got a chance to tour ships of both the 7th Fleet’s Forward Deployed Naval Forces and a ship from…

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Chinese military ‘closely monitored’ US warships sailing through Taiwan Straits

A US Navy official confirmed that two US warships passed through the Taiwan Straits between Saturday and Sunday. Chinese experts told the Global Times that the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) had most likely monitored their movements closely. “Two US Navy ships conducted a routine transit through the international waters of the Taiwan Straits on July 7-8 (local time),” Captain Charlie Brown, a spokesman for the US Pacific Fleet, was quoted by Reuters as saying in a statement on Sunday. “US Navy Ships transit between the South China Sea and East…

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Indian Navy Ships Arrive Guam to Participate in Exercise Malabar 2018

Indian Naval Ships Sahyadri, Shakti and Kamorta of the Eastern Fleet under the command of Rear Admiral Dinesh K Tripathi, NM, Flag Officer Commanding, Eastern Fleet currently on an overseas deployment to South East Asia and the Western Pacific, arrived at Guam on 07 June 18 to participate in the 22nd edition of Exercise Malabar, off Guam, USA from 07 to 16 June 2018. Exercise Malabar, which started as a bilateral exercise between the US Navy and the Indian Navy in 1992, has evolved over the years with the participation…

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Benfold Arrives in Guam

USS Benfold (DDG 65) arrived in Santa Rita, Guam, for a regularly scheduled port visit, June 5. “It’s always a pleasure to pull into Guam,” said Cmdr. Leroy Mitchell, Benfold’s commanding officer. “This is a chance for our Sailors to have the opportunity to experience the hospitality and culture in Guam and get some well-deserved rest and relaxation.” While in Guam, Sailors will be able to volunteer for community service projects and participate in Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) tours. “For some Sailors, it’ll be their first time [visiting Guam],”…

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Indian, Japanese, U.S. maritime forces to participate in Exercise Malabar

Naval ships, aircraft and personnel from India, Japan and the United States will participate in Exercise Malabar 2018, in mid-summer 2018 off the coast of Guam. Malabar 2018 is the first time the exercise has been conducted off the coast of Guam, and the latest in a continuing series of exercises that has grown in scope and complexity over the years to address the variety of shared threats to maritime security. The exercise will feature both ashore and at-sea training off the coast of Guam in the Philippine Sea. Training…

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USS Antietam Leads SAMEX During MultiSail

USS Antietam (CG 54) led a surface-to-air missile exercise (SAMEX) during MultiSail 18 with U.S. forward-deployed naval forces and Japan Maritime Self-Defense Forces (JMSDF) March 10. This SAMEX builds interoperability between the U.S. Navy and the JMSDF, which strengthens the U.S.-Japan alliance. This year’s participants include five warships, destroyers USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG 54), USS Benfold (DDG 65), USS Mustin (DDG 89), along with JS Fuyuzuki (DD-118) and Antietam. “Antietam plays an integral role in this year’s exercises, while leading the SAMEX and adding the cruiser point of view to…

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US Navy, JMSDF Participate in MultiSail 2018

Units and personnel from the U.S. Navy and the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) are scheduled to participate in the annual bilateral training exercise MultiSail 2018, Mar. 8-14. MultiSail is an annual bilateral training exercise that improves interoperability between U.S. and Japanese forces. In 2018 the focus of the exercise will be on improving fundamental skills such as tracking and defeating submarines, combatting other surface forces, live fire training, and interoperability with U.S. and JMSDF units. “MultiSail is an opportunity for our ships to increase our combat proficiency at sea,”…

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Japanese Tug Loses Propulsion, Drifts into USS Benfold

USS Benfold (DDG 65) was participating in a scheduled towing exercise in Sagami Wan Nov. 18, when the tug boat lost propulsion and drifted into the ship. No one was injured on either vessel and Benfold sustained minimal damage, including scrapes on its side, pending a full damage assessment. Benfold remains at sea under her own power. The Japanese commercial tug is being towed by another vessel to a port in Yokosuka. The incident will be investigated. Benfold is forward deployed to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations in…

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U.S., Singaporean Navies Enhance Maritime Partnership in Guam

The U.S. and Singaporean navies concluded Exercise Pacific Griffin 2017 in Guam September 2. Pacific Griffin 17, which began Aug. 19, served as this year’s U.S.-Singapore annual maritime exercise. It was coordinated months in advance by planners from both navies, officials said. Pacific Griffin highlights the longstanding maritime partnership between the U.S. and the Republic of Singapore navies through 23 years of annual-bilateral exercises. “The U.S. Navy deeply values our close partnership with the Republic of Singapore Navy,” said Navy Capt. Lex Walker, commodore of Destroyer Squadron 7. “Pacific Griffin…

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