7th Fleet Flagship Strengthens Partnerships Throughout Indo-Pacific

May 30, 2019 – U.S. 7th Fleet flagship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) and embarked U.S. 7th Fleet staff returned to Yokosuka May 29, after visiting 11 ports and strengthening partnerships in nine Indo-Pacific nations. Blue Ridge departed Yokosuka Feb. 4, and covered more than 22,000 nautical miles as it made port calls in Otaru and Sasebo, Japan; Busan, South Korea; Manila, Philippines, Langkawi and Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia; Laem Chabang, Thailand, Hong Kong; Jakarta, Indonesia; Singapore; and the U.S. territory, Guam. While away from Yokosuka, the 7th Fleet Staff coordinated…

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Hometown Post Office Dedicated to USS Fitzgerald Sailor

March 24, 2019 – A dedication ceremony was held at the post office in the small town of Palmyra, Virginia, March 23, to honor one of the seven U.S. Navy Sailors who lost their lives aboard USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) in the waters of Sagami Bay near the approaches to Tokyo Bay. Families, friends and citizens of Palmyra gathered outside of the city’s post office as it was renamed in tribute to Gunner’s Mate Seaman Dakota Kyle Rigsby, a Palmyra native. Born Sept. 12, 1997, in Fort Polk, Louisiana, Rigsby…

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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. During the welcoming ceremony 7th Fleet Commander, Vice Adm. Phil Sawyer expressed his deep appreciation for the opportunity to visit Otaru. ”This is a special port visit for USS Blue…

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About the implementation of the Japan-US expert meeting on flight safety

November 8, 2018 (Google Translation) – Today Japanese and US experts held a meeting on flight safety at the New Sanno Hotel (Tokyo) as the first step to further improve the flight safety of both Japan and the United States. Self-defense officers with specialized knowledge and experience participated in the maintenance procedure of the SDF units from the SDF, and from the US military, similar experts on US military aircraft participated, and on the maintenance of the SDF and the US military aircraft, We exchanged opinions on measures for rice…

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Regional Ties Strengthened As Exercise Kakadu Wraps Up In the Top End

September 13, 2018 – Exercise KAKADU 2018, Australia’s largest multilateral maritime and air exercise, drew to a close in Darwin today, after a fortnight of activities aimed at enhancing regional maritime security. Minister for Defence, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, said KAKADU was a military highpoint for Australia as well as a significant diplomatic achievement, with this year’s exercise involving 23 ships, 21 aircraft, a submarine and 3000 personnel from 27 visiting nations. “The size and success of KAKADU is evidence of Australia’s growing reputation as a trusted and capable…

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Japan – E-2D Advanced Hawkeye Airborne Early Warning and Control Aircraft

August 10, 2018 – The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Japan of up to nine (9) E-2D Advanced Hawkeye (AHE) Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW&C) aircraft for an estimated cost of $3.135 billion. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on Sept. 7, 2018. The Government of Japan has requested to buy up to nine (9) E-2D Advanced Hawkeye (AHE) Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW&C) aircraft, twenty eight (28) T56-A-427A engines (18…

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Japan Intercepts Russian Aircraft

September 3, 2018 (Google Translation) – Integrated staff coordinator About the flight of Russian aircraft in the Japan Sea and the Pacific Ocean I will inform you about the subject as follows. Record 1st date September 1, Heisei 30 (Sat) 2 Nationality Two Russian TU-142 patrol aircraft Russia SU-24 tactical reconnaissance aircraft 1 machine 3 Outline of action As shown in the attached sheet. 4 Response of the SDF We responded by making emergency fighter aircraft. Attachment Behavior summary : SU-24 × 1 : TU-142 × 2 Target machine (TU –…

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Exercise Rim of the Pacific 2018 concludes

The world’s largest international maritime exercise concluded Aug. 2 following more than a month of training events conducted in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California. Twenty-five nations, 46 surface ships, five submarines, 17 land forces, and more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel participated in Rim of the Pacific exercise 2018. This year’s RIMPAC iteration marked the 26th in the series that began in 1971 and is now held every two years. Hosted by U.S. Pacific Fleet, RIMPAC 2018 was led by U.S. Vice Adm. John D. Alexander,…

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USS Chief Pulls into Hakodate

USS Chief (MCM 14) pulled into Hakodate, Japan, July 14, for a goodwill port visit and training. Chief, an Avenger-class mine countermeasure ship, is crewed by roughly 90 Sailors. Port visits like this one gives the Sailors aboard an opportunity to interact with the people of Hakodate, who have not received a port visit from the U.S. Navy since 2016. “I have not been to Hakodate in ten years,” said Lt. Cdr. Frederick Crayton, Chief’s commanding officer. “I look forward to seeing how much the city has changed, and letting…

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Detachment of Pacific Fleet ships completes visit to Japan

Pacific Fleet detachment composed of the major ASW ships Admiral Tributs, Admiral Vinogradov and the middle sea tanker Pechenga completed the routine entry to the Japanese naval base of Maizuru June 10th after a five day visit. During the visit, the detachment commander Captain 1 Rank Oleg Korolyov held meetings with the naval base commandant, destroyer’s division commander, commanding officers of Japanese ships and mayor of the city of Maizuru. The Russian sailors took part in an extensive cultural program, sports competitions between the servicemen of the two countries. Also,…

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USS Chief to Visit Niigata

USS Chief (MCM 14), forward deployed to Sasebo, Japan, as part of the U.S. 7th Fleet, will make a brief port visit to Niigata, Japan on July 9, 2018. Chief is visiting Niigata for training and goodwill. Conducting port calls provides the crew with experience and improves mission readiness. Chief, commanded by Lt. Cmdr. William A. Russell, is an Avenger-class mine countermeasure ship and is 68.3 meters in length. The ship displaces approximately 1,300 tons with approximately crew size of 90. While in Niigata, the crew is looking forward to…

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US Navy Kicks Off 26th RIMPAC Exercise

Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet Adm. John C. Aquilino and Commander, U.S. 3rd Fleet Vice Adm. John D. Alexander announced June 29th the start of the world’s largest international maritime exercise, the biennial Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC), scheduled through Aug. 2 in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California. Twenty-five nations, more than 45 surface ships and submarines, 17 national land forces, and more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel are taking part in a unique training opportunity designed to foster and sustain cooperative relationships that are critical to…

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Suspected transshipment of offshore materials by small ships with North Korean tanker “JI SONG 6”

Google Translation 1. In the early May 1980 (Saturday), a North Korean flagship tanker “JI SONG 6” (IMO number: 8898740) and a small boat of unknown flagged flags flagged as the flag of China are offshore of the East China Sea (Shanghai “P-3C” (Kanoya) belonging to the Maritime Self-Defense Force 1st Air Group confirmed that the Maritime Self Defense Force belongs to the offshore area of ​​about 350 km southeast of the city. 2. Both vessels lit the lights after turning on at night and possibly being engaged in some kind of…

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US Navy Announces 26th RIMPAC Exercise

Twenty-six nations, 47 surface ships, five submarines, 18 national land forces, and more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel will participate in the biennial Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise scheduled June 27 to Aug. 2, in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California. As the world’s largest international maritime exercise, RIMPAC provides a unique training opportunity designed to foster and sustain cooperative relationships that are critical to ensuring the safety of sea lanes and security on the world’s interconnected oceans. RIMPAC 2018 is the 26th exercise in the…

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Allies agree Japan’s Mission to NATO

The North Atlantic Council agreed on Thursday (24 May 2018) to accept Japan’s request to designate its Embassy to Belgium as its Mission to NATO. The Ambassador of Japan to Belgium will be the Head of the Mission of Japan to NATO. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg shakes hands with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at a joint press conference in Tokyo, 31 October 2017. In 2011, Allies decided to invite all partner nations to establish Missions to NATO. Since then more than two dozen partners have done so, in…

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