Bertholf Returns to Alameda from WESTPAC

U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf (WMSL 750) returned Tuesday to their homeport of Alameda following a 164-day deployment to the Western Pacific. The crew steamed nearly 32,000 nautical miles since they departed Alameda Jan. 20 amidst the partial-government shutdown. Under the tactical control of commander, U.S. 7th Fleet, the crew patrolled and conducted operations as directed including enforcing United Nations Security Council Resolution Sanctions against North Korea by monitoring and gathering intelligence on vessels conducting ship-to-ship transfers in the East China, South China and Yellow Seas. Bertholf’s crew made history…

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U.S. Coast Guard National Security Cutter Visits Fiji

June 28, 2019 – U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Stratton (WMSL 752) moored Thursday in Lautoka, marking the cutter’s first international port call in U.S. 7th Fleet. Stratton, a 418-foot National Security Cutter, departed its homeport of Alameda, California, June 5 to forward-deploy to the Western Pacific. Operating under the tactical control of commander, U.S. 7th Fleet, the cutter and crew are engaging in professional exchanges and capacity building exercises with partner nations and patrolling and conducting operations as directed. While underway, Stratton’s crew exercised the recently signed Fiji-U.S. bilateral shiprider…

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US Submarine Participates in JMSDF SUBCOMP

February 12, 2019 – A U.S. Navy Los Angeles-class attack submarine will participate in the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) Submarine Competition (SUBCOMP) in waters south of Japan, Feb. 13. SUBCOMP is designed to evaluate and test Japanese crews across multiple platforms on their ability to conduct various aspects of anti-submarine warfare. The inclusion of U.S. Navy assets in the exercise also provides an excellent opportunity for bilateral integration and coordination in an anti-submarine warfare environment for both the U.S. Navy and the JMSDF. In addition to the U.S. submarine,…

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USCGC Bertholf Deploys on WESTPAC

January 20, 2019 – On a gray and foggy morning, tears intermingled with rain as family members braved the elements to say goodbye to the 170 crewmembers of Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf (WMSL-750), a 418-foot national security cutter, which departed Alameda, California, Sunday for a patrol in the Western Pacific Ocean. The U.S. Coast Guard has an enduring role in the Indo-Pacific going back over 150 years. The service’s ongoing deployment of resources to the region directly supports U.S. foreign policy and national security objectives in the Indo-Pacific Strategy and…

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Mississippi returns from Western Pacific deployment

Friends and families of the crew gathered pierside to welcome back the Virginia-class fast attack submarine USS Mississippi (SSN 782) as she returned from a six-month Western Pacific deployment to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, March 30. The successful completion of her Western Pacific deployment was attributed to the performance of her crew, said Cmdr. Eric Rozek, a native of St. Paul, Minnesota, and Mississippi’s commanding officer. “The men and women of Mississippi worked exceptionally hard to prepare and deploy to the Western Pacific,” said Rozek. “Additionally, the crew was outstanding…

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Carl Vinson Strike Group to deploy to Western Pacific

The Carl Vinson Strike Group is scheduled to depart San Diego for a regularly scheduled deployment to the Western Pacific, Jan. 5. The strike group’s 6,000 Sailors will deploy aboard four ships, including aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) and the guided-missile destroyers USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG 108). The guided-missile cruiser USS Lake Champlain (CG 57) departed San Diego, Jan. 4. USS Michael Murphy (DDG 112), based in Hawaii, will later join the strike group as it transits toward the Western Pacific. The Carl Vinson Strike Group previously…

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USS Tucson visits Chinhae during Western Pacific Deployment

USS Tucson (SSN 770) arrived at U.S. Fleet Activities Chinhae, Oct. 7, for a visit as part of its deployment to the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.  With a crew of approximately 150, Tucson can conduct a multitude of missions and maintain proficiencies of the latest capabilities of the submarine fleet.  “The Korean-American relationship is very important and our visit to Chinhae gives us the opportunity to strengthen the outstanding relationship that exists between the U.S. and the Republic of Korea,” said Cmdr. Chad Hardt, commanding officer. “My crew and I are looking…

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Sterett-Dewey Surface Action Group to deploy to Western Pacific

US Navy photo. March 29, 2017 – Ships and units from the Sterett-Dewey Surface Action Group (Sterett-Dewey SAG) will depart San Diego for a regularly-scheduled deployment to the Western Pacific, March 31. The command staff of Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 31 and the guided-missile destroyers USS Sterett (DDG 104) and USS Dewey (DDG 105) will deploy with the embarked helicopter detachments from Helicopter Maritime Squadron (HSM) 49 and HSM 78. The Sterett-Dewey SAG will operate with regional navies to conduct routine patrols, maritime security operations and theater security cooperation activities to…

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