Commander, U.S. 7th Fleet

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U.S., Sri Lanka Marines and Sailors Take Part in Sri Lanka Health Engagement 17 Closing Ceremony September 25, 2017 — NAVAL BASE WELISARA, Sri Lanka -- U.S. Navy Sailors and Sri Lanka Marines and Sailors came together for two weeks to exchange medical capabilities during Sri Lanka Health Engagement 17 at Naval Base Welisara, Sri Lanka, Sept. 11-22, 2017.Since 2014, the U.S. and Sri Lanka navies have annually worked together through health engagements with the MORE

Eagles of Strike Fighter Squadron-115 Closes Out 31 Years of Operations at Naval Air Facility Atsugi September 22, 2017 — ATSUGI, Japan (NNS) -- The "Eagles" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 115 departed Naval Air Facility Atsugi for the final time on Sunday, September 10.The squadron's F/A-18E Super Hornets launched from Atsugi to begin a regularly scheduled patrol aboard USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) in support of security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. MORE

Sailors Attend 67th Incheon Landing Commemoration September 21, 2017 — INCHEON, Republic of Korea (Sept. 17, 2017) – Sailors assigned to Commander, U.S.Naval Forces, Korea (CNFK), participated in the 67th Annual Incheon AmphibiousLanding Operations Commemoration Ceremony Sept. 15-17.The landing, codenamed Operation Chromite, occurred Sept. 15, 1950, when GeneralDouglas MacArthur, supreme commander of United Nations MORE

USS Rushmore Visits Vanuatu during Oceania Maritime Security Initiative Mission September 20, 2017 — VANUATU - Whidbey Island-class amphibious dock landing ship USS Rushmore (LSD 47), with embarked U.S. Coast Guard maritime law enforcement personnel, anchored off the coast of Vanuatu for a scheduled port visit, Sept. 15.During the visit, the crew provided tours of the ship, allowing visitors the opportunity to see and experience life aboard a U.S. MORE

Bonhomme Richard Arrives in Okinawa, Conducts Final Offload of 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit September 19, 2017 — WHITE BEACH NAVAL FACILITY, OKINAWA, Japan -- The amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) with the embarked 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) arrived in Okinawa to conduct the final offload of 31st MEU equipment, vehicles, and personnel, Sept. 19.Bonhomme Richard departed Sasebo, Japan, for a regularly-scheduled deployment in the MORE

Mattis: North Korea Sanctions Are Working September 19, 2017 — WASHINGTON -- U.N. Security Council sanctions targeting North Korea’s missile and nuclear tests are working, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said yesterday, Sept. 18, 2017, during an informal briefing with members of the press.The secretary said the sanctions, which began in 2006, have shown North Korean leader Kim Jong Un that there’s a penalty to MORE

Bonhomme Richard Expeditionary Strike Group Completes Successful Deployment with 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit September 19, 2017 — OKINAWA, Japan -- The amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) and dock landing ship USS Ashland (LSD 48) arrived in Okinawa, Japan, to offload the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) Japan, Sept. 19, capping a multi-month deployment in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.The Bonhomme Richard Expeditionary Strike Group and 31st Marine MORE

CTF 70 and DESRON 15 commanders relieved due to loss of confidence September 18, 2017 — YOKOSUKA, Japan – Vice Adm. Phil Sawyer, commander of U.S. Seventh Fleet, today relieved the commander of Task Force 70 (CTF 70), Rear Adm. Charles Williams and the commander of Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 15, Capt. Jeffrey Bennett. Both reliefs were due to a loss of confidence in their ability to command.     Rear Adm. Marc Dalton, commander of MORE

US, Malaysia Commence Bilateral Maritime Exercise September 18, 2017 — LUMUT (NNS) – The U.S. and Royal Malaysian Navy kicked off Maritime Training Activity (MTA) Malaysia at Lumut Naval Base, Sept. 18-26.  Nearly 300 U.S. and Malaysian Sailors aboard the littoral combat ship USS Coronado (LCS 4), Kasturi-class corvette KD Lekir (F26) and Lekiu-class frigate KD Lekiu (F30) are participating in the exercise. “The U.S. MORE

USS Coronado makes goodwill visit to Jakarta, Lays Wreath on USS Houston in Sunda Strait September 16, 2017 — JAKARTA (NNS) – The Littoral Combat Ship USS Coronado (LCS 4) made a goodwill visit to Jakarta, Indonesia Sept. 14-16 to engage with civic leaders, the diplomatic community, and Navy counterparts from the Indonesian Navy (TNI-AL).During the visit to Jakarta the crew hosted a shipboard reception attended by U.S. Ambassador Joseph Donovan and senior MORE

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