PHIBRON 11, JMSDF Discuss Future Integration in Kure

Amphibious Squadron (PHIBRON) 11 leadership and staff conducted bilateral talks with Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) counterparts from Kure Naval Base, Dec. 8-9 at U.S. Fleet Activities Sasebo. The December visit followed initial November talks in Kure with JMSDF Commander, Landing Division 1, during which the staffs discussed ways to integrate, interchange, and innovate, furthering U.S.-Japan alliance and partnership. “My…

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USS Shiloh Returns from Deployment

USS Shiloh (CG 67) returned to Yokosuka, Japan, Nov. 19, following a six-month deployment across the 5th and 7th Fleet areas of operations. Shiloh, along with the embarked “Saberhawks” of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 77, departed Yokosuka in May. They conducted passing exercises with the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) and the Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) in May…

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USS Rushmore Arrives in Sasebo for FDNF Duties

USS Rushmore (LSD 47) arrived in Sasebo, Japan, November 17th as the latest addition to forward-deployed naval forces (FDNF). Rushmore relieves another Whidbey Island-class ship, USS Germantown (LSD 42), which departed Sasebo in September after more than a decade of FDNF service. Like Germantown, Rushmore is capable of embarking, launching, and recovering up to 500 Marines and their landing craft…

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USS Ralph Johnson Arrives at New Homeport Yokosuka

Arleigh Burke-class destroyer, USS Ralph Johnson (DDG 114) arrived October 4 to their new forward-deployed location in Yokosuka, Japan. Ralph Johnson is a Flight IIA multi-mission destroyer, capable of embarking two MH-60 variant helicopters with air warfare, submarine warfare, and surface warfare capabilities; designed to operate independently or with carrier strike groups, surface action groups, or amphibious ready groups. “Ralph…

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USS Dewey Arrives in New Homeport of Yokosuka

USS Dewey (DDG 105) arrived September 8, to its new forward-deployed location in Yokosuka. The forward presence of Dewey in 7th Fleet directly supports defense strategic initiatives in support of peace, security and stability in the Indo-Pacific region. “Dewey is an excellent addition to our forward-deployed team,” said Capt. Chase Sargeant, Commander, Task Force 71/Destroyer Squadron 15. “Dewey brings capability…

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After 25 Years in Japan, USS Curtis Wilbur Returning Home

USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG 54) departed Commander Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan, August 18, following 25 years of service as a forward-deployed ship to U.S. 7th Fleet. Curtis Wilbur arrived in Yokosuka, Japan in September 1996 and operated in the Indo-Pacific while assigned to Task Force 71/Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 15, the Navy’s largest forward-deployed DESRON and U.S. 7th Fleet’s principal surface…

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USS Pioneer Completes Refit in Sasebo

Ship Repair Facility and Japan Regional Maintenance Center (SRF-JRMC) Detachment Sasebo recently completed Avenger-class mine countermeasures ship, USS Pioneer’s (MCM 9) seven-month-long docking selected restricted availability (DSRA) three days early, July 13, 2021. This marks the completion of the third consecutive mine countermeasure DSRA to be completed on time or early for the detachment. As a part of the Expeditionary…

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