Commander, U.S. 7th Fleet

Media Opportunities

Greetings from the U.S. 7th Fleet Public Affairs team.

Here are a few opportunities you may be interested in covering about U.S. 7th Fleet in the Indo-Asia Pacific region. These are great events that offer stories, photos and video footage that highlight our routine operations and strong relationships with our allies and partners.

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1. Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training 2016 Brunei (CARAT 2016)

The 22nd annual CARAT series kicked off in Malaysia and will end this month with CARAT Brunei Nov. 14-18. Since its start in June, the U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps have come together with the armed forces of nine partner nations, including Bangladesh, Cambodia, Indonesia, Philippines, and Singapore. The last iteration of this year's exercise series is in Brunei.

There is a press conference scheduled on Nov 14th with the U.S. Ambassador and the Commander of Task Force 73, Rear Admiral Donald Gabrielson, followed by a media tour of a U.S. Navy ship.

Point of contact: LCDR Arlo Abrahamson

2. First U.S. Navy Ship To Visit New Zealand in Over Three Decades

The U.S. Navy will conduct its first ship visit, with the USS Sampson (DDG102), to New Zealand in over three decades as part of the International Fleet Review associated with the Royal New Zealand Navy's 75th anniversary celebration in November 17-22, 2016.

Point of contact: CDR Bill Clinton

3. USS Wasp to Replace BHR in 7th Fleet

USS Wasp (LHD 1), which is capable of operating the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, will become part of the U.S. 7th Fleet Forward Deployed Naval Forces (FDNF) in the fall of 2017.

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Point of contact: CDR Ron Flanders

4. Exercise Keen Sword Continues

KS17 is a joint, bilateral field-training exercise going on now until Nov. 11, involving U.S. military and Japanese Self-Defense Force personnel, designed to increase combat readiness and interoperability of the Japan-U.S. alliance. The Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group and 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit, based out of California, are participating along with assets from CTF 70 and CTF 76.

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Point of contact: LT Adam Cole



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