USS Shiloh departs Yokosuka, Japan after 17 years of forward-deployed service
September 7, 2023
Sailors assigned to the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Shiloh (CG 67) man the rails throughout the ship in Yokosuka, Japan, Sept. 5, 2023. Shiloh departed Yokosuka on Sept. 5 to transit to its new homeport of Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, as part of a planned rotation of forces in the Pacific. Shiloh is attached to Commander, Carrier Strike Group 5 forward-deployed to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations in support of a free and open Indo Pacific. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Askia Collins)

Destroyer USS Rafael Peralta completes first live missile on-load in Eden, Australia
September 7, 2023
PORT EDEN (Aug. 22, 2023) Sailors aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Rafael Peralta (DDG 115) guide an SM-2 missile container into a vertical launching system (VLS) tube during an SM-2 missile reload, Aug. 22. Rafael Peralta is assigned to Task Force 71/Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 15, the Navy’s largest forward-deployed DESRON and the U.S. 7th Fleet’s principal surface force. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Colby A. Mothershead)

U.S., Philippine Navies conduct bilateral sail to enhance interoperability
September 4, 2023
230904-N-NF288-016 SOUTH CHINA SEA (Sep. 04, 2023) The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Ralph Johnson (DDG 114) sails alongside the Republic of the Philippines Navy ship BRP Jose Rizal (FF 150) during a bilateral sail in the South China Sea, Sep. 4. Ralph Johnson 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. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Jamaal Liddell)

Multinational defense leaders meet in Manila, talk ‘free, open’ Indo-Pacific
August 29, 2023
Commander U.S. 7th Fleet Vice Admiral Karl Thomas; Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force Commander-in-Chief Self-Defense Fleet Vice Adm. SAITO Akira; Philippine Navy Flag Officer in Command Vice Adm. Toribio Adaci; and Philippine Fleet Commander Rear Adm. Renato David conduct staff talks in Manila, Philippines, Aug. 27. 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.

U.S. and RAN Work Underwater Together During Malabar 23
August 24, 2023
A Royal Australian Navy (RAN) Clearance Diver plunges into the Sydney Harbor to conduct a simulated hull search exercise with U.S. Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit 5 Sailors in Sydney, Australia, during Exercise Malabar 2023, August 15. This iteration of Malabar is the first year with Australia as the host country. Malabar 23 is a surface, air, and subsurface multilateral field training exercise conducted with RAN, Indian Navy, Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force, and U.S. Navy that enhances interoperability and strengthens ties and critical partnerships between the maritime forces and demonstrates the countries commitment to the Indo-Pacific region.

Blue Ridge Returns to Yokosuka, Concludes Summer Patrol
August 17, 2023
YOKOSUKA, Japan (Aug. 17, 2023) – U.S. 7th Fleet flagship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) as the ship returns to Yokosuka following a summer patrol in the Indo-Pacific region, Aug. 17. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Ben Bellamacina)

Seventh Fleet, Blue Ridge conduct port call in Brunei
August 11, 2023
SOUTH CHINA SEA – (Aug. 5, 2023) U.S. 7th Fleet flagship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) conducts a passing exercise with Darussalam-class off shore patrol vessel KDB Darussalam (06), Aug. 5. Blue Ridge is the oldest operational ship in the Navy and as U.S. 7th Fleet command ship, 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 2nd Class Ryan M. Breeden)

Change of Command held aboard USS Benfold (DDG 65)
August 4, 2023
Cmdr. Jonathan Hightower relieved Cmdr. Marcus Seeger as the commanding officer of the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Benfold (DDG 65) after 21 months of command. The change of command ceremony is the product of rich naval tradition and ensures the authority, responsibility, and accountability of command is witnessed by all hands.

Blue Ridge Returns to Jakarta for First Time in Four Years
August 3, 2023
Commander, U.S. 7th Fleet Vice Adm. Karl Thomas is greeted by his Indonesian Navy (TNI-AL) counterparts at the welcoming reception in Jakarta, Indonesia, July 26. U.S. 7th Fleet, embarked aboard USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19), arrived in Jakarta for a port visit July 26 to participate in staff talks with counterparts of the Indonesian Navy (TNI-AL), conduct professional exchanges, and participate in community outreach. The port visit reflects the United States' commitment to the Indo-Pacific region and complements the many bilateral the many bilateral military cooperation activities conducted by the U.S. Navy and Indonesia.

USS Illinois Returns Home from Indo-Pacific Deployment
July 19, 2023
The Virginia-class fast-attack submarine USS Illinois (SSN 786) returns to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam following a scheduled deployment in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations. Illinois performed a full spectrum of operations, including anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare, during the Indo-Pacific deployment.


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