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First of its Kind Submarine Visit Forges Relationship
May 4, 2023
Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force Vice Adm. Tateki Tawara, commander, Fleet Submarine Force, third from the left; speaks with U.S. Navy Rear Adm. Rick Seif, commander, Submarine Group 7, right,; Republic of Korea (ROK) Navy Rear Adm. Su Youl Lee, commander, Submarine Force, second from left; and ROK Navy Lt. Cmdr. Dongkeon Oh, executive officer of ROK Navy submarine ROKS SON WON IL (SS-072), left; during an underway embark aboard the Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine USS Maine (SSBN 741), in vicinity of Guam, April 18. During their time at sea aboard the submarine, the senior leaders were provided tours and demonstrations of the unit’s capabilities, which operates globally under U.S. Strategic Command.

USS Milius (DDG 69) Holds Change of Command Ceremony
May 1, 2023
Cmdr. Matthew Hays walks through side boys following a change-of-command ceremony aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS Milius (DDG 69). During the ceremony, Hays was relieved as Milius’ commanding officer by Cmdr. Leif Gunderson. Milius is assigned to Commander, Task Force 71/Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 15, the Navy’s largest forward-deployed DESRON and the U.S. 7th Fleet’s principal surface force.

USS Milius Named Spokane Trophy Winner for 2022
May 1, 2023
The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Milius (DDG 69) launches a Standard Missile (SM) 2 during Surface Warfare Advanced Tactical Training while operating in the Philippine Sea, March 24, 2022. Milius is assigned to Commander, Task Force 71/Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 15, the Navy’s largest forward-deployed DESRON and the U.S. 7th Fleet’s principal surface force.

Makin Island ARG Conducts Balikatan with the Armed Forces of the Philippines
April 30, 2023
Amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8), amphibious transport docks USS Anchorage (LPD 23) and USS John P. Murtha (LPD 26), expeditionary mobile base USS Miguel Keith (ESB 5), and Philippine navy ships BRP Jose Rizal (FF-150), BRP Gregorio Del Pilar (PS 15), and BRP Tarlac (FF 601) transit the South China Sea for Balikatan 23, April 19, 2023. Balikatan is an annual exercise between the Armed Forces of the Philippines and U.S. military designed to strengthen bilateral interoperability, capabilities, trust, and cooperation built over decades of shared experiences. The Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group, comprised of Makin Island, Anchorage, and John P. Murtha, is operating in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations with the embarked 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit to enhance interoperability with Allies and partners and serve as a ready-response force to defend peace and maintain stability in the Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Joshua Martinez)

USS Makin Island Changes Command
April 30, 2023
Sailors, and Marines assigned to the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) parade colors during a change of command ceremony on the flight deck of amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8), April 28, 2023 in the Philippines. The change of command ceremony is a time-honored naval tradition which formally proclaims the continuity and authority of command to the officers, men and women of the command. The Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group, comprised of Makin Island and amphibious transport dock USS Anchorage (LPD 23) and USS John P. Murtha (LPD 26), is operating in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations with the embarked 13th MEU to enhance interoperability with Allies and partners and serve as a ready-response force to defend peace and maintain stability in the Indo-Pacific region.

7th Fleet Aircraft Transits Taiwan Strait
April 27, 2023

Australia, Japan, Republic of Korea, and United States Fleet Commanders Conduct Roundtable Discussion
April 25, 2023
Commander, U.S. 7th Fleet Vice Adm. Karl Thomas; Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force Commander In Chief, Self-Defense Fleet Vice Adm. SAITO Akira; Royal Australian Navy Commander, Australian Fleet Rear Adm. Chris Smith; and Republic of Korea Navy, Commander, Republic of Korea Fleet Vice Adm. Kim Myung-soo are greeted for a shipboard tour at the 2023 Fleet Commanders’ Roundtable Discussion hosted aboard ROKS Hansando (ATH-81) in Busan, Republic of Korea, April 21. The meeting provided a forum to engage in professional dialogues on regional security challenges and maritime operations. U.S. 7th Fleet is the U.S. Navy’s largest forward-deployed numbered fleet, and routinely interacts and operates with Allies and partners to preserve a free and open Indo-Pacific.

USS Nimitz Records 350,000th Arrested Landing
April 23, 2023
U.S. Navy Capt. Craig Sicola, commanding officer of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68), front seat, and Cmdr. Luke Edwards, commanding officer of the “Fighting Redcocks” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 22, make an arrested landing in an F/A-18F Super Hornet from VFA-22 marking the 350,000th time the carrier has landed a fixed-wing aircraft on its flight deck. Nimitz is in U.S. 7th Fleet conducting routine operations. 7th Fleet is the U.S. Navy's largest forward-deployed numbered fleet, and routinely interacts and operates with allies and partners in preserving a free and open Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Hannah Kantner)

U.S. Navy, JMSDF Conduct Training Torpedo Exercise in Japanese Waters
April 23, 2023
An MH-60R Seahawk attached to the “Saberhawks” of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 77 drops a torpedo during a torpedo exercise in Sagami Bay, Japan, April 13, 2023. The Saberhawks are forward-deployed to the 7th Fleet area of operation in support of a free and open Indo-pacific. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Askia Collins)

CSG 7 Holds 123rd Submarine Birthday Ball in Yokosuka
April 21, 2023
Command Master Chief (retired) Andy Arena, the guest of honor, is awarded a plaque by Commander, Submarine Group (CSG) 7 Command Master Chief Brett Jackson and Rear Adm. Rick Seif, commander, Submarine Group 7, for 50 years of combined military and civilian service in the submarine community during the 123rd Submarine Birthday Ball at Commander, Fleet Activities Yokosuka, April 21. The ball was coordinated by CSG 7, which directs forward-deployed, combat capable forces across the full spectrum of undersea warfare throughout the Western Pacific, Indian Ocean, and Arabian Sea.

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