CFAY Port Ops Team Braves Typhoon to Keep Waterfront Safe

September 25, 2019 – Typhoon Faxai made landfall east of Tokyo bringing heavy rain and winds of 99 miles per hour to Commander, Fleet Activities Yokosuka (CFAY) Sept. 9. The typhoon’s path passed directly over the base damaging cars, buildings, portions of a seawall, and uprooting multiple trees. Despite the damage to infrastructure, CFAY and the tenant commands sustained no injuries to personnel. As the typhoon made landfall, a team of Sailors from CFAY’s Port Operations were tasked with making routine rounds of the piers, ensuring piers were clear of…

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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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US Navy Yokosuka Assists in Drydocking of JS Ensyu

July 3, 2019 – Sailors and civilian members of U.S. Fleet Activities Yokosuka (CFAY) Port Operations and Ship Repair Facility and Japan Regional Maintenance Center (SRF-JRMC) assist Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) auxiliary, multi-purpose support ship Ensyu (AMS 4305) during a dry dock evolution for scheduled maintenance, July 2. The 1960 Treaty of Mutual Cooperation and Security between the United States and Japan states that when CFAY facilities and areas are temporarily not being used, the interim use of the facilities – such as Dry Docks 1, 2 and 3…

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7th Fleet Flagship Strengthens Partnerships Throughout Indo-Pacific

May 30, 2019 – U.S. 7th Fleet flagship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) and embarked U.S. 7th Fleet staff returned to Yokosuka May 29, after visiting 11 ports and strengthening partnerships in nine Indo-Pacific nations. Blue Ridge departed Yokosuka Feb. 4, and covered more than 22,000 nautical miles as it made port calls in Otaru and Sasebo, Japan; Busan, South Korea; Manila, Philippines, Langkawi and Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia; Laem Chabang, Thailand, Hong Kong; Jakarta, Indonesia; Singapore; and the U.S. territory, Guam. While away from Yokosuka, the 7th Fleet Staff coordinated…

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USS Ronald Reagan Begins Underway Operations in the Indo-Pacific

May 21, 2019 – The forward-deployed aircraft-carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), along with supporting Commander Task Force 70 units began underway operations in the Indo-Pacific May 22. Ronald Reagan and CTF 70 units routinely operate in the Indo-Pacific to promote a free and open Indo-Pacific region. For over 70 years, U.S. Pacific Fleet forces have been present and ready to respond in the Western Pacific to any contingency on behalf of friends, partners and allies. “Forward presence truly matters. For more than seventy years, our forces have been present…

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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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