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Commander, Task Force 74 visits Republic of Korea for 56th Submarine Warfare Committee Meeting
May 30, 2023
Rear Adm. Rick Seif, commander, Submarine Group 7/Task Force 74, speaks to members of the Republic of Korea Navy submarine force during the 56th Submarine Warfare Committee Meeting (SWCM) roundtable discussion, May 23. CSG 7 directs forward-deployed combat-capable forces across the full spectrum of undersea warfare throughout the Western Pacific, Indian Ocean and Arabian Sea.

USS Milius Departs Shimoda After Participating in 84th Annual Black Ship Festival
May 22, 2023
Cmdr. Leif Gunderson, commanding officer of the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Milius (DDG 69), places a wreath during the official ceremony for the 84th Black Ship Festival, May 20. The Black Ship Festival is held annually in Shimoda to commemorate the arrival of Commodore Matthew Perry to Japan in 1853, a historical event that marked the beginning of diplomacy and trade agreements between the U.S. and Japan. 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.

U.S. 7th Fleet SOY Week Concludes, Winners announced
May 19, 2023
Commander, U.S. 7th Fleet, Vice Adm. Karl Thomas and U.S. 7th Fleet Command Master Chief Daniel K. Field pose for a photo with the 2023 U.S. 7th Fleet SOY winners, May 18. 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.

CARAT Thailand 2023 Concludes
May 16, 2023
U.S. and Royal Thai Navy Sailors pose for a photo during the closing ceremony of Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT)/Marine Exercise (MAREX) Thailand 2023 at Royal Thai Fleet Headquarters, May 15. CARAT/MAREX Thailand is a bilateral exercise between the Kingdom of Thailand and United States to promote regional security cooperation, practice humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, and strengthen maritime understanding, partnerships and interoperability. Thailand has been part of the CARAT exercise series since 1995. In its 29th year, the CARAT series is comprised of multinational exercises, designed to enhance U.S. and partner forces’ abilities to operate together in response to traditional and non-traditional maritime security challenges in the Indo-Pacific region.

Makin Island ARG Departs Guam
May 15, 2023
Amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8) enters port in Guam, May 14, 2023. The Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group, comprised of Makin Island and amphibious transport docks 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 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.

USS Milius Conducts Port Visit in Saipan
May 12, 2023
Cmdr. Leif Gunderson (right), commanding officer of the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Milius (DDG 69), presents a plaque to Arnold Palacios (center), governor of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and David Apatang (left), lieutenant governor of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, during a scheduled port visit. 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.

U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Stratton visits Yokosuka
May 11, 2023
Lt. Gen. Ricky N. Rupp, commander, U.S. Forces Japan, speaks with Capt. Brian Krautler, commanding officer, Coast Guard Cutter Stratton (752), during a tour of the ship at U.S. Fleet Activities Yokosuka, April 30, 2023. Stratton arrived in Japan after beginning a monthslong deployment to the Western Pacific to conduct engagements with regional allies and partners for the promotion of a free and open Indo-Pacific.

Royal Thai Navy and U.S. Navy commence CARAT Thailand 2023
May 10, 2023
U.S. and Royal Thai Navy officers rehearse for the opening ceremony of Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT)/Marine Exercise (MAREX) Thailand 2023 at Royal Thai Fleet Headquarters, May 8. CARAT/MAREX Thailand is a bilateral exercise between the Kingdom of Thailand and United States to promote regional security cooperation, practice humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, and strengthen maritime understanding, partnerships and interoperability. Thailand has been part of the CARAT exercise series since 1995. In its 29th year, the CARAT series is comprised of multinational exercises, designed to enhance U.S. and partner forces’ abilities to operate together in response to traditional and non-traditional maritime security challenges in the Indo-Pacific region.

USS Oakland Participates in Exercise Croix Du Sud 2023
May 8, 2023
Participants of the Croix Du Sud 2023, including Sailors assigned to Independence-class littoral combat ship USS Oakland (LCS 24), pose for a photo together during the component commanders’ brief at Noumea, New Caledonia, Apr. 23, 2023. Oakland, 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 Sang Kim)

USS Anchorage Celebrates 10 Year Anniversary
May 7, 2023
Capt. Daniel Keeler, commanding officer of amphibious transport dock USS Anchorage (LPD 23), left, and Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Fuel) Airman Joel Kim, from Anchorage, Alaska, participate in a cake-cutting ceremony for the 10th anniversary of Anchorage’s commissioning, May 7, 2023.

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