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 Ronald Reagan Returns to Yokosuka

The U.S. Navy’s only forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) returned to Yokosuka, Japan October 16, following a five-month deployment across 5th and 7th Fleet. During Ronald Reagan’s deployment, the embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5 flew more than 14,820 flight hours, and the ship transited nearly 43,000 nautical miles. The strike group departed Yokosuka, May 19 and…

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Japan Property Disposal Saves US Navy $$

Good working relations between the U.S. Navy and Defense Logistics Agency property disposal specialists in Japan recently saved the service at least $75,000 earmarked for equipment disposition. In 2020, the security office for Commander, Fleet Activities Yokosuka, needed to rid itself of deteriorating sky watch towers and a mobile small arms firing range that had been unusable for over a…

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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 Curtis Wilbur Arrives in Homeport San Diego

USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG 54) arrived in its new homeport of Naval Base San Diego after 25 years as a forward-deployed ship in Yokosuka Japan, September 16th. Commander, Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet (CNSP) directed Curtis Wilbur to return to San Diego for scheduled maintenance. Following routine repairs and upgrades, the ship will join U.S. 3rd Fleet, which leads…

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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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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 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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USS Mustin returns to San Diego after 15 years in Japan

USS Mustin (DDG 89) returned to San Diego, July 22, after 15 years serving in the Forward Deployed Naval Forces (FDNF) in Japan. Mustin executed a change of station to the United States to conduct a planned depot modernization period and will be replaced by USS Ralph Johnson (DDG 114), who will depart their homeport of Everett, Washington. “Planned maintenance…

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