CFAY Port Ops Team Braves Typhoon to Keep Waterfront Safe

September 25, 2019 – Typhoon Faxai made landfall east of Tokyo bringing heavy rain and winds of 99 miles per hour to Commander, Fleet Activities Yokosuka (CFAY) Sept. 9. The typhoon’s path passed directly over the base damaging cars, buildings, portions of a seawall, and uprooting multiple trees. Despite the damage to infrastructure, CFAY and the tenant commands sustained no…

Read More

USS Blue Ridge Makes First Port Call in Nearly Five Years

February 7, 2019 – USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) and embarked 7th Fleet staff arrived for their first port visit to Otaru, Japan, in nearly five years, Feb 8. The port visit is also Blue Ridge’s first since completing a two-year maintenance period. It reflects the enduring strength of the U.S.-Japan alliance and 7th Fleet’s commitment to the Japanese people.…

Read More

USS Milius joins Forward Deployed Naval Forces in Japan

USS Milius (DDG 69) arrived at U.S. Fleet Activities Yokosuka, to become part of the Forward Deployed Naval Forces (FDNF) in Japan, May 22. The arrival of Milius to the 7th Fleet adds another upgraded Aegis Baseline 9 destroyer to the waterfront in Yokosuka. “The crew has trained extremely hard to get the ship fully certified and ready for tasking,”…

Read More

Ronald Reagan Returns to Yokosuka After Successful Sea Trials

USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) returned to Commander, Fleet Activities Yokosuka, May 17, after completing sea trials. The seven-day evolution measured the crew’s ability to operate critical systems and perform underway operational evolutions following an extensive selected restricted availability (SRA). “The ship performed remarkably well as we put her through the required steps,” said Capt. Buzz Donnelly, Ronald Reagan’s commanding…

Read More

USS Green Bay returns to Sasebo after patrol with 31st MEU

USS Green Bay (LPD 20) returned to Sasebo, Japan, after a successful patrol with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit in the Indo-Pacific region, April 28. Green Bay, serving as the amphibious transport dock in the Wasp Expeditionary Strike Group, completed all major events that were part of a pre-set Navy-Marine Corps interoperability and proficiency continuum, first a basic integration phase…

Read More

Bonhomme Richard Departs Sasebo for Modernization

USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) departed Sasebo, Japan, April 18, capping six years of forward-deployed service in the Indo-Pacific. Bonhomme Richard has been the flagship of Amphibious Force 7th Fleet since April 2012, and will now transit to its new homeport in San Diego for follow-on operations and eventual upgrades to accommodate the F-35B Lightning II. During her time as…

Read More

How new Naval Surface Group Western Pacific will differ from Afloat Training Group

Following the string of at-sea accidents this year that involved U.S. Navy ships, criticism arose over the strenuous operational tempo of forward deployed ships in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility. Questions arose regarding training pitfalls, sleep cycles for watchstanders, and the general effectiveness to prepare ships for operations. Work has been diligently underway to devise strategies and programs, and…

Read More