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U.S., Japan, Republic of Korea Conduct Trilateral Ballistic Missile Defense Exercise
July 16, 2023
Se Jong Daewang class destroyer ROKS Yul Gog Yi I (DDG 992) (right) of the Republic of Korea Navy and Atago class destroyer JS Maya (DDG 179) (left) of the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force sail alongside Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS John Finn (DDG 113) (center) while conducting a trilateral ballistic missile defense exercise, July 16. John Finn is assigned to Commander, Task Force 71/Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 15, the Navy’s largest forward-deployed DESRON and U.S. 7th Fleet’s principal surface force.

7th Fleet Aircraft Transits Taiwan Strait
July 13, 2023

Destroyer Squadron 7 Holds Change of Command Ceremony
July 11, 2023
SINGAPORE (July 7, 2023) Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 7 Sailors pose for a group photograph following a change of command ceremony at Changi Naval Base in Singapore, July 7. As the U.S. Navy’s destroyer squadron forward-deployed in Southeast Asia, DESRON 7 serves as the primary tactical and operational commander of littoral combat ships rotationally deployed to Singapore, Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) 7’s Sea Combat Commander and builds partnerships through training exercises and military-to-military engagements. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communications Specialist 1st Class Brandon Parker)

VP-16 Hosts Brunei Distinguished Visitors
July 11, 2023
230623-N-IS471-0004 BERAKAS, Brunei (June 23, 2023) Members of the Royal Brunei Air Force and Patrol Squadron (VP) 16 compete during a cultural exchange sporting event, June 23. During the visit, the squadron hosted distinguished visitors from Brunei aboard their P-8A Poseidon, demonstrating the wide-ranging capabilities of the aircraft, as well as flying through Brunei Darussalam’s exclusive economic zone. VP-16 conducts maritime patrol and reconnaissance as part of a rotational deployment to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations. (Photo Courtesy of Brunei Ministry of Defense)

Michigan Arrives in Yokosuka
July 2, 2023
The Ohio-class guided-missile submarine USS Michigan (SSGN 727) arrives in Fleet Activities Yokosuka, July 2, 2023. Homeported in Naval Base Kitsap, Bangor, Washington, Michigan provides strike and special operation mission capabilities from a stealthy, clandestine platform.

Carrier Strike Group 5 Welcomes Philippine Navy Sailors for Maritime Logistics Integration
June 30, 2023
PHILIPPINE SEA (June 15, 2023) Lt. Karl Marvil, from Miami, discusses underway replenishment maneuvers with a Philippine Navy sailor aboard Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Robert Smalls in the Philippine Sea, June 15. The Philippines Navy sent Liaison Officers to U.S. warships to exchange maritime logistics operations knowledge in order to strengthen the U.S.–Philippines naval alliance. Robert Smalls is forward-deployed to the U.S. 7th fleet area of operations in support of a free and open Indo-Pacific. Commander, Task Force 73 (CTF-73) in coordination with Military Sealift Command Far East (MSC FE) refuels and resupplies deployed naval forces, along with regional allies and partners in the Indo-Pacific (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class RuKiyah Mack).

U.S. and Republic of Singapore Navies Conduct Exercise Pacific Griffin 2023
June 26, 2023
PHILIPPINE SEA (June 22, 2023) – The Independence-variant littoral combat ship USS Manchester (LCS 14) and Formidable-class stealth frigate RSS Tenacious (71) (right) transit the Philippine Sea during Exercise Pacific Griffin, June 22. Pacific Griffin 2023 is the fourth iteration of the biennial maritime exercise between the U.S. and Republic of Singapore. Pacific Griffin 2023 is the fourth iteration of the biennial maritime exercise between the U.S. and Republic of Singapore. Conducted in the waters near Guam, the two navies enhance combined maritime proficiency while strengthening relationships during two weeks of dynamic training evolutions ashore and at sea. Littoral Combat Ships are fast, optimally manned, mission-tailored surface combatants that operate in near-shore and open-ocean environments, winning against 21st-century coastal threats. Manchester, part of Destroyer Squadron 7, is on a rotational deployment operating in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations to enhance interoperability with Allies and partners and serve as a ready-response force in support of a free and open Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Christopher Thomas)

USS Antietam holds Change of Command Ceremony in Vietnam
June 26, 2023
230625-N-KW492-0428 DA NANG, VIETNAM (June 25, 2023) Sailors salute Commanding Officer Capt. Victor Garza, from Gilroy, California, as he departs during a change of command ceremony aboard the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Antietam (CG 54) in Da Nang, Vietnam, June 25, 2023. Antietam is assigned to Commander, Task Force (CTF) 70, and is forward-deployed to Yokosuka, Japan to support the security of the U.S. and its Allies in the Indo-Pacific. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Ryre Arciaga)

USS Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group visits Vietnam
June 25, 2023
DA NANG, Vietnam (June 25, 2023) – Rear Adm. Pat Hannifin, center, commander, Task Force 70/Carrier Strike Group 5, poses for a photo with strike group leadership and Vietnamese military officers during an arrival ceremony for the U.S. Navy’s only forward-deployed carrier, USS Ronald Regan (CVN 76), carrier strike group (CSG) in Da Nang, Vietnam June 25, 2023. This marks Ronald Reagan’s first visit to the country since diplomatic relations were re-established. Ronald Reagan CSG is 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)

Task Force 70 Conducts Change of Command aboard USS Ronald Reagan in the South China Sea
June 23, 2023
SOUTH CHINA SEA (June 23, 2023) Rear Adm. Pat Hannifin addresses the crowd after relieving Rear Adm. Buzz Donnelly of command during a change of command ceremony in the forecastle of the U.S. Navy’s only forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) in the South China Sea, June 23. Rear Adm. Pat Hannifin relieved Rear Adm. Buzz Donnelly as Commander, Task Force (CTF) 70/Commander, Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 5. CTF 70/CSG 5 is forward-deployed to the U.S. 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)

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