Hometown Post Office Dedicated to USS Fitzgerald Sailor

March 24, 2019 – A dedication ceremony was held at the post office in the small town of Palmyra, Virginia, March 23, to honor one of the seven U.S. Navy Sailors who lost their lives aboard USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) in the waters of Sagami Bay near the approaches to Tokyo Bay. Families, friends and citizens of Palmyra gathered outside of the city’s post office as it was renamed in tribute to Gunner’s Mate Seaman Dakota Kyle Rigsby, a Palmyra native. Born Sept. 12, 1997, in Fort Polk, Louisiana, Rigsby…

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JMSDF Headquarters’ Safety Prayer and ‘Dharma Eye-catching’

January 19, 2019 (Google Translation) – On January 4, (Friday), the commander of the SDF fleet and the main executives wished for safety this year at the running shrine (Yokosuka city). After the safety prayers, we carried out the “eyewear ceremony” of Safety Prayer Dharma in Heisei Fleet Headquarters in 1991. After announcing the resolution of 31 years from each of the chief staffs, we made an eye-catching and finally the commander completed.

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USS Barry completes dry dock period in Japan

December 3, 2018 – USS Barry (DDG 52) left the dry dock at Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan, and concluded a routine Docking Selected Restricted Availability (DSRA), Dec. 3. Barry began its DSRA period November 2017 at the Navy’s Ship Repair Facility and Japan Regional Maintenance Center (SRF-JRMC) Yokosuka, where a SRF-JRMC team and Barry’s crew worked to repair and modernize the ship. “I am extremely proud of the entire Barry and SRF-JRMC team and the dedication, hard work and perseverance it took to get the ship to this point,” said…

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USS John S. McCain Leaves Dry Dock, Continues Repairs in Yokosuka

November 27, 2018 – USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) achieved a major milestone this week as it successfully launched from dry dock and moored pierside at Commander, Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Nov. 27. This milestone is an important step in the ongoing effort to repair and restore one of the U.S. Navy’s most capable platforms, and reflects nearly a year’s worth of wide-reaching and successful coordination across multiple organizations. The ship entered dry dock at the Navy’s Ship Repair Facility and Japan Regional Maintenance Center (SRF-JRMC) Yokosuka in February. “After…

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USS John S. McCain Reopens Maverick Cafe

November 20, 2018 – USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) re-opened her mess decks Nov. 19. This is the first day that normal food service operations have been running aboard John S. McCain since the deadly collision on Aug. 21, 2017. “Regaining the ability to serve the crew food aboard the ship is yet another step towards returning to normal operations, and is a huge boost to the morale of the crew,” said Lt. (j.g.) Kathryn Hussy, the supply officer onboard John S. McCain. The re-opened mess aboard John S.…

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NAVSEA Assumes Maintenance Functions for SRF-JRMC

October 1, 2018 – Commander, Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) formally assumed responsibility for ship maintenance availabilities at U.S. Naval Ship Repair Facility and Japan Regional Maintenance Center (SRF-JRMC) from Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet (USPACFLT) Oct. 1. NAVSEA’s responsibilities includes the oversight of all ship maintenance and repair operations, industrial processes and procedures, and repair-related programs. USPACFLT will retain administrative control and budget authority for SRF-JRMC. “This is a tremendous opportunity for the Navy to implement best practices across all ship maintenance facilities. The added synergy will allow us to…

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Senator McCain Joins USS John S. McCain Namesake

Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer inducted U.S. Sen. John S. McCain III into the official namesake of the guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) in a ceremony on board, July 12. Commissioned in 1994, the destroyer already bears the names of Sen. McCain’s father, Admiral John S. McCain, Jr., a former U.S. Pacific Command commander, and his grandfather, Admiral John S. McCain, a distinguished World War II carrier task force commander. Sen. John S. McCain, III, continued this proud legacy as a naval aviator during the…

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USNS Mercy Departs Japan

Service members participating in Pacific Partnership 2018 (PP18) departed Yokosuka, Japan, aboard Military Sealift Command (MSC) hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19), June 21. Mercy made two stops in Yokosuka and one in Tokyo, where service members participated in medical symposiums and humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HA/DR) drills, and conducted ship tours for members of the Japanese government, military personnel and local citizens. “Port calls like this are a great opportunity to share knowledge, experiences and cultures with each other,” said Capt. David Bretz, PP18 mission commander. “The crew…

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USNS Mercy arrives in Japan for port calls

Servicemembers participating in Pacific Partnership 2018 (PP18) aboard Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) arrived Yokosuka for a port call on June 10. The purpose of the visit is to enhance relationships and promote goodwill between members of the U.S. Armed Forces and Japanese citizens while demonstrating the capabilities of the ship. The crew of the Mercy has already begun building these relationships while working with the crew of the JDS Osumi during their mission stop in Nha Trang, Vietnam prior to their arrival in Japan. The…

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Ronald Reagan Strike Group begins regional patrol

The forward-deployed Ronald Reagan Strike Group departed Yokosuka, Japan, May 29, for a regularly scheduled patrol to operate in the Western Pacific. Ronald Reagan Strike Group will be conducting training in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations supporting security and stability in the Indo-Pacific region. “[Ronald Reagan Strike Group] is very excited to get underway and begin to train and operate together, as well as with our allies and partners,” said Rear Adm. Marc Dalton, commander of Task Force 70. “As we get underway for these operations we will…

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USS Milius joins Forward Deployed Naval Forces in Japan

USS Milius (DDG 69) arrived at U.S. Fleet Activities Yokosuka, to become part of the Forward Deployed Naval Forces (FDNF) in Japan, May 22. The arrival of Milius to the 7th Fleet adds another upgraded Aegis Baseline 9 destroyer to the waterfront in Yokosuka. “The crew has trained extremely hard to get the ship fully certified and ready for tasking,” said Milius commanding officer, Cmdr. Jennifer Pontius. “There is a lot of planning and preparation that goes into getting a ship ready to forward deploy and to transition a crew…

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Ronald Reagan Returns to Yokosuka After Successful Sea Trials

USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) returned to Commander, Fleet Activities Yokosuka, May 17, after completing sea trials. The seven-day evolution measured the crew’s ability to operate critical systems and perform underway operational evolutions following an extensive selected restricted availability (SRA). “The ship performed remarkably well as we put her through the required steps,” said Capt. Buzz Donnelly, Ronald Reagan’s commanding officer. “The crew’s training and preparation was a primary factor during all of the evolutions, and they should feel very good about the fact that they came in well-prepared and…

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USS Ronald Reagan Departs Yokosuka for Sea Trials

The forward-deployed aircraft carrier, USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), departed for sea trials, May 11, after successfully completing a two-day fast cruise. The week-long sea trials are designed to test the ship’s systems and equipment after a four-month selected restricted availability involving combined maintenance teams from the ship, Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, and U.S. Naval Ship Repair Facility and Japan Regional Maintenance Center. “This is what we have been working towards for these last few months,” said Capt. Buzz Donnelly, Ronald Reagan’s commanding officer. “Everyone involved has made it possible…

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USS Milius visits Pearl Harbor en route to Japan

USS Milius (DDG 69) arrived in Pearl Harbor, May 4, for a port visit. The crew manned the rails as Milius passed the USS Arizona Memorial, while friends and spectators were waiting for them on the pier, giving the ship a warm welcome to Hawaii. “We are grateful and excited to have the opportunity to stop in Hawaii,” Cmdr. Jennifer Pontius, Milius’ commanding officer said. “This not only provides the crew some much-earned liberty, but allows us to wrap up final deployment preparations prior to our arrival to Japan.” Milius…

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