USS Higgins & Howard Arrive at New Homeport Yokosuka

August 16, 2021 – Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyers, USS Higgins (DDG 76) and USS Howard (DDG 83) arrived Aug. 16, to their new forward-deployed location in Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan. The forward presence of Higgins and Howard directly supports enduring national security strategic guidance initiatives to posture the most capable units forward in the Indo-Pacific Region. Their addition to…

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CTF 71 Establishment Enhances Readiness in 7th Fleet

June 2, 2021 – Nearing 50 years as the Navy’s largest forward-deployed destroyer squadron (DESRON) and U.S. 7th Fleet’s principal surface force, commander, DESRON 15 was established as Commander, Task Force (CTF) 71, Jan. 1, 2021. Military task forces are organizations composed of particular ships, aircraft, submarines, military land forces, or shore service units organized to fulfill specific missions. The…

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