Littoral Combat Ship hosts JMSDF admirals

Independence-variant littoral combat ship USS Charleston (LCS 18) hosted Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) admirals, who toured the ship while moored at Commander Fleet Activities Sasebo, Japan, June 1. JMSDF Vice Adm. FUKUDA Tatsuya, commander, Fleet Escort Force, and Rear Adm. SHIMIZU Hitoshi, commander, Escort Flotilla Two, spent time meeting with Charleston’s crew, touring the ship, and discussing the unique…

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USS Spruance Completes Voyage Repairs in Sasebo

Arleigh Burke-class destroyer USS Spruance (DDG 111) departed Fleet Activities Sasebo after completing an eight day voyage repair availability (VRAV). The VRAV comes nearly four months into Spruance’s scheduled deployment to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations. The eight-day repair period included critical maintenance of navigation, combat systems and engineering equipment vital to continuing the mission, conducting cooperative security…

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USS America Completes Integrated Industrial Firefighting Drill

USS America (LHA 6), the Navy’s only forward-deployed amphibious assault ship, successfully completed an integrated firefighting drill with base firefighters onboard U.S. Fleet Activities Sasebo, April 27. Working alongside Commander, Naval Region Japan (CNRJ) Fire & Emergency Services (F&ES), and Joint Regional Maintenance Center Detachment Sasebo’s Ship Repair Facility (SRF), America’s damage control organization devised and executed a complex drill…

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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 Germantown Relocating from Sasebo to San Diego

USS Germantown (LSD 42) detached from Amphibious Squadron (PHIBRON) 11 and departed U.S. Fleet Activities Sasebo, Sept. 15, after a decade of being forward-deployed to Japan. “Germantown and the Sailors who have sailed with her have made an incredible impact across the entire 7th Fleet theater,” said Rear Adm. Chris Engdahl, commander of Expeditionary Strike Group 7. “Whether strengthening alliances…

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US & Japanese Coast Guards Train Together in East China Sea

U.S. Coast Guard members aboard the Alameda-based Coast Guard Cutter Munro (WMSL 755) participated in a cooperative two-day deployment with Japan Coast Guard members aboard the Japan Coast Guard ship Aso in the East China Sea Tuesday and Wednesday. The engagement followed Munro’s port visit in Sasebo, Japan, Aug. 20-24, and included crew exchanges; two-ship communication, formation, maneuvering and navigation…

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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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JS Akizuke Deploys for Somalia Patrol

April 22, 2020 (Google Translation) – On April 18, JS AKIZUKI as the 5th Deployment Surface Force for Information Gathering (DSIG) Activities, commanded by CAPT OSAMURA Hisamitsu, commanding officer of Escort Division 5, departed from SASEBO port for their mission in the Middle East. JS AKIZUKI, taking all possible measures for COVID-19, will head to the North Arabian Sea, replace…

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Japanese CEO and Employees Charged in Scheme to Defraud U.S. Navy and Dump Wastewater in Ocean

February 17, 2021 – Three Japanese nationals, including the president and chief executive officer of Yokohama, Japan-based Kanto Kosan Co. Ltd. (Kanto Kosan) were indicted by a federal grand jury Tuesday in connection with an alleged long-running scheme to defraud the U.S. Navy and pollute Japanese waters by dumping contaminated water removed from U.S. Navy ships into the ocean. Sojiro…

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