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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JS Makinami to Join US Exercise off Guam

June 24, 2021 – On June 23, JS Makinami, departed from Yokosuka port to participate in multi-lateral exercises, conducted joint training with U.S. Navy patrol boats in the waters around Guam, to enhance tactical skills and cooperation between JMSDF and U.S. Navy. Despite COVID-19, the Self-Defense Fleet remains responsive and strong partnership between Japan and U.S., safeguard the peace and…

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USS Mustin Changing Homeport to San Diego

June 22, 2021 – USS Mustin (DDG 89) departed Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan, June 22, following 15 years of service forward-deployed to U.S. 7th Fleet. The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer is en route to San Diego, where she will undergo routine maintenance. Mustin operated in the Indo-Pacific while assigned to Task Force 71/Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 15, the Navy’s largest forward…

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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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