USS Stethem departs 7th Fleet after more than decade forward deployed

June 30, 2019 – USS Stethem (DDG 63) returned to the U.S. 3rd Fleet area of operations, June 30, following 14 years of forward-deployed service in the Indo-Pacific region operating from Japan. The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer is en route to San Diego, where she will be homeported and undergo her midlife modernization. As part of the U.S. 7th Fleet’s Forward Deployed Naval Forces in Japan, Stethem worked alongside allies and partners to provide security and stability throughout a free and open Indo-Pacific. “It has been an honor and privilege…

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Stethem Attends Shimoda Black Ship Festival

May 17, 2019 – USS Stethem (DDG 63) pulled into the port of Shimoda, Japan, May 17, to celebrate the 80th annual Black Ship Festival. The festival commemorates the 165th anniversary of the arrival of Commodore Matthew Perry and the signing of the Japan-American Treaty of Trade and Amity June 17, 1854, which opened trade opportunities with Japan. “The opportunity for our crew to celebrate the 80th Black Ship Festival symbolizes the friendship between our two nations,” said Cmdr. Jeff W. Benson, commanding officer of Stethem. “The events planned strengthen…

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US Navy Concludes Support to JSDF-led Search and Recovery Efforts for F-35A

May 8, 2019 – A U.S. Navy salvage team aboard a contracted vessel completed its mission supporting search and recovery operations with the Japan Self-Defense Forces after locating debris from the downed JASDF F-35A off the coast of Japan, May 8. Working closely with JSDF forces, the salvage team deployed a U.S. Navy remotely operated vehicle, CURV 21, to survey the area where debris was located. Prior to the salvage team mission, guided-missile destroyer USS Stethem (DDG 63) and multiple P-8A Poseidon aircraft joined JSDF-led search efforts from Apr. 9-17,…

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USS Stethem completes fall patrol in Western Pacific

USS Stethem (DDG 63) returned to Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Nov. 30, after completing a scheduled two-month patrol. While deployed, the ship visited Busan, Republic of Korea, operated with navies from the Republic of Korea and Japan, and supported Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 5 while patrolling the Western Pacific. As part of CSG 5, Stethem supported USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) during a three-carrier strike force exercise in the Western Pacific, Nov. 11-14, with the USS Nimitz (CVN 68) and USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) strike groups. During the exercise, the…

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Carrier Strike Group 5 returns to Yokosuka

Units from Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 5 and its flagship, USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), returned to Yokosuka, Dec. 4, following a three-month patrol of the Indo-Asia Pacific region. While on patrol, CSG 5 was comprised of USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, the Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 15 staff, and the guided- missile destroyers USS Stethem (DDG 63), USS Mustin (DDG 89) and USS Chafee (DDG 90). “The team executed an impressive range of operations, including bringing three strike groups together, and I’m proud of the…

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U.S. Navy, Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force to conduct Annual Exercise

The 2017 edition of Annual Exercise, a bilateral maritime field training exercise involving the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) and U.S. Navy (USN), will be conducted Nov. 16-26. Approximately 14,000 U.S. personnel will participate, from units including the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) with embarked Carrier Air Wing CVW) 5, Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 15, the guided-missile destroyers USS Stethem (DDG 63), USS Chafee (DDG 90), USS Mustin (DDG 89), and a maritime patrol and reconnaissance squadron. Annual Exercise, the premier training event between USN and JMSDF, is designed…

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US, Japan, Korea Conduct BMD Exercise

The maritime forces of the United States, Japan, and Republic of Korea are conducting a trilateral link exercise (LINKEX) Oct. 24 – 25 in seas east of the Korean peninsula and waters near Japan to promote communications, interoperability and partnership in the 7th Fleet area of operations. The exercise will employ tactical data link systems to exchange track data among all the participating ships. It will allow participants to enhance tactical capabilities, increase self-defense, and strengthen partnerships and situational awareness. U.S. participants include USS Stethem (DDG 63) and USS Milius…

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Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group Visits South Korea

Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group arrived in Busan for a port visit, Oct. 21. The aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) with embarked staff of Commander, Task Force (CTF) 70, Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 15 staff and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, and the guided-missile destroyers USS Stethem (DDG 63) and USS Chafee (DDG 90) pulled into Busan after participating in Maritime Counter Special Operations Force Exercise (MCSOFEX) 2017. The focus of the bilateral training exercise was to increase the readiness of U.S. and Republic of Korea (ROK) forces and…

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U.S. and Korea navies to conduct joint maritime counter special operations exercise

Vessels from the United States Navy and the Republic of Korea (ROK) Navy are scheduled to participate in the Maritime Counter Special Operations exercise (MCSOFEX) Oct. 17-20, in the waters east or west of the Korean Peninsula to promote communications, interoperability, and partnership in the 7th Fleet area of operations. The exercise will provide a visible and coordinated engagement for the U.S. – ROK alliance. It will also conduct combined joint operations and exercises with ROK Navy, U.S. Seventh Fleet, ROK Air Force, U.S. Pacific Air Forces’ 7th Air Force and U.S. Eighth…

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US Navy to visit Republic of Korea island for first time

March 23, 2017 – The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Stethem (DDG 63) is scheduled to arrive in Jeju-do, Republic of Korea (ROK), March 25. This will mark the first visit by any U.S. Navy ship since the ROK Joint Civil-Military Complex opened, Feb. 26. Rear Adm. Brad Cooper, commander of U.S. Naval Forces Korea, will greet the ship along with Rear Adm. Kim, Jeongsu, commander of Maritime Task Force Flotilla 7, as more than 100 ROK sailors welcome Stethem to the southern island. “This may the first time we…

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Carl Vinson, Republic of Korea Navy Complete PHOTOEX

SEA OF JAPAN (March 22, 2017) United States and the Republic of Korea Navy vessels participate in a photo exercise during Exercise Foal Eagle. The Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group is on a western Pacific deployment as part of the U.S. Pacific Fleet-led initiative to extend the command and control functions of U.S. 3rd Fleet. Sad to see such a poor example of station keeping by ships on right side of picture.  (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Z.A. Landers/Released) March 24, 2017 – Aircraft carrier USS…

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USS Stethem, JDS Ikazuchi Conduct Groundbreaking Parts Transfer

March 16, 2017 – Ships’ maintenance parts exchanged by two officers expanded the capabilities of two navies, March 11, in Guam. USS Stethem (DDG 63) and JDS Ikazuchi (DD 107) conducted a parts transfer using the Acquisition and Cross-Servicing Agreements (ACSA) process. ACSA transfers are intended to provide acquisition options for logistics in support of exercises or contingencies. Lt. Nicolas Segovia, supply officer aboard Stethem, conducted the transfer with Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) counterpart Lt. Takaaki Maeda, representative aboard Ikazuchi, said the process represents new possibilities for partnership between…

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US Navy, JMSDF Complete Annual Bilateral Training Exercise MultiSail 17

March 15, 2017 – Commander, Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 15 and the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) completed the annual bilateral training exercise MultiSail 17, March 10. The six-day exercise consisted of surface action group maneuvers, anti-submarine training, and various other events which tested warfighting capabilities of each participant. The MultiSail 17 participants included forward-deployed Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers USS Barry (DDG 52), USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62), USS Stethem (DDG 63), USS McCampbell (DDG 85), and USS Mustin (DDG 89); JMSDF surface units JS Ikazuchi (DD 107) and JS Hatakaze (DD…

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