USS John S McCain Shifting Homeport to Everett

USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) departed Yokosuka September 17th as part of a scheduled homeport shift to Naval Station Everett. While forward-deployed to Fleet Activities Yokosuka, John S. McCain has operated independently and with carrier strike groups in the region since arriving to U.S. 7th Fleet in the summer of 1997. “John S. McCain and her Sailors have proven…

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John S. McCain Makes Another Taiwan Strait Passage

February 4, 2021 – USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) conducted a routine Taiwan Strait transit Feb. 4 (local time) in accordance with international law. The ship’s transit through the Taiwan Strait demonstrates the U.S. commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific. The United States military will continue to fly, sail and operate anywhere international law allows.

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USS John S. McCain conducts Freedom of Navigation Operation

November 24, 2020 – USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) asserted navigational rights and freedoms in the vicinity of Peter the Great Bay in the Sea of Japan. This freedom of navigation operation (“FONOP”) upheld the rights, freedoms, and lawful uses of the sea recognized in international law by challenging Russia’s excessive maritime claims. In 1984, the U.S.S.R declared a…

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USS John S. McCain sails alongside JS Ōnami, HMAS Ballarat

November 7, 2020 – USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) joined the Royal Australian Navy Anzac-class frigate HMAS Ballarat (FFH 155) and Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) Takanami-class destroyer JS Ōnami (DD 111) during integrated operations in the Indian Ocean, Nov. 6. The trilateral group sail commenced following the first phase of exercise Malabar, hosted by the Indian Navy in…

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Australia Joins Exercise MALABAR 2020

November 3, 2020 – Australia has joined key regional defence partners India, Japan and the United States for Exercise MALABAR 2020. HMAS Ballarat will be involved in activities this month to enhance maritime interoperability in support of regional peace and security. HMAS Ballarat will join Indian Navy Ships Shakti, Ranvijay, Sukanya, Shivalik; Indian submarine Sindhuraj; Indian Navy aircraft; United States…

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USS John S. McCain sails alongside HMAS Ballarat

October 30, 2020 – USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) HMAS Ballarat (FFH 155) during integrated operations in the South China Sea, Oct 27, 2020. Both ships conducted maneuvering drills, integrated tactical training, and warfighting scenarios while transiting together. McCain and Ballarat also conducted a combined transit to the Andaman Sea through the Strait of Malacca. “We find tremendous value…

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U.S., Japan, Australia Conduct Trilateral Naval Exercises in South China Sea

October 19, 2020 – USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) joined the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) and Japan Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) in the South China Sea for multinational exercises, Oct. 19. Participants included John S. McCain, JS Kirisame (DD 104) of the JMSDF, and HMAS Arunta (FFH 151) of the RAN. These exercises marked the fifth time in…

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USS John S McCain joins Ronald Reagan CSG

October 15, 2020 – USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) has teamed up with the Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group in support of a free and open Indo-Pacific. McCain brings a range of multi-domain capabilities to U.S. 7th Fleet, including anti-submarine warfare, air defense, ballistic missile defense, long-range strike and gunnery capabilities. The flexibility and responsiveness of McCain, and other…

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Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group Returns to South China Sea

October 15, 2020 – The Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group has returned to the South China Sea for the third time of its 2020 deployment. The carrier strike group includes the Navy’s only forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) and the embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, USS Antietam (CG 54), andtUSS Halsey (DDG 97) and USS John…

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USS John S McCain Trains With JMSDF Escort Flotilla Two

October 13, 2020 – USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) joined Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) Escort Flotilla 2 during integrated operations in the South China Sea beginning Oct. 12. U.S. Naval forces routinely operate alongside regional allies and partners to strengthen our shared commitments to regional stability and a free and open Indo-Pacific. This integration coincides with the 245th…

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