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Amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) and Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force amphibious transport dock ship JS Kunisaki (LST 4003) operate together in the East China Sea.
Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) Rear Adm. Shirane Tsutomu, commander, JMSDF Mine Warfare Force, salutes sideboys during an underway visit to amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6).
Capt. Luke Frost, commanding officer of amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) and Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) Rear Adm. Shirane Tsutomu, commander, JMSDF Mine Warfare Force, watch flight operations in America's primary flight control center.
Amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) and Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force amphibious transport dock ship JS Kunisaki (LST 4003) operate together in the East China Sea.
Amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) and Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force amphibious transport dock ship JS Kunisaki (LST 4003) operate together in the East China Sea.
Amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) and Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force amphibious transport dock ship JS Kunisaki (LST 4003) operate together in the East China Sea.
YOKOSUKA, Japan (Dec. 12, 2019) Outgoing Commanding Officer Capt. Eric J. Anduze, from Manati, Puerto Rico, proceeds through sideboys during the U.S. 7th Fleet flagship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) change of command ceremony. Capt. Craig C. Sicola, of Dallas, relieved Anduze, from Manati, Puerto Rico, as the ship’s commanding officer. Blue Ridge, part of Expeditionary Strike Group 7, is the oldest operational ship in the Navy and, as 7th Fleet command ship, actively works to foster relationships with allies and partners in support of security and stability within the Indo-Pacific Region.
SASEBO, Japan (Dec. 12, 2019) The official party renders hand salutes to the American and Japanese ensigns during the change of command ceremony for Naval Beach Unit (NBU) 7 onboard Commander, Fleet Activities Sasebo. Cmdr. Kirk Sowers relieved Cmdr. Greta Densham as commanding officer of NBU 7, which serves as the training and readiness command for landing craft, air cushions, landing craft utilities, and beach party teams forward-deployed in Japan. NBU 7, part of Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) 7, is operating in the Indo-Pacific region to enhance interoperability with partners and serve as a ready-response force for any type of contingency.
SASEBO, Japan (Dec. 12, 2019) Capt. Ed Thompson, deputy commander of Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) 7, presents the Meritorious Service Medal to Cmdr. Greta Densham during the change of command ceremony for Naval Beach Unit (NBU) 7 onboard Commander, Fleet Activities Sasebo. Cmdr. Kirk Sowers relieved Densham as commanding officer. Under Densham’s leadership, the NBU 7 team completed eight forward-deployed naval forces (FDNF) deployments, 20 multi-lateral exercises, and two disaster relief efforts in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility. In November, the unit participated in Tiger Triumph, the first-ever tri-service exercise involving the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps and Indian Army, Navy and Air Force. NBU 7, part of Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) 7, is operating in the Indo-Pacific region to enhance interoperability with partners and serve as a ready-response force for any type of contingency.
Japan (Dec. 12, 2019) The official party renders a hand salute as colors are paraded during the U.S. 7th Fleet flagship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) change of command ceremony. Capt. Craig C. Sicola, of Dallas, relieved Capt. Eric J. Anduze, from Manati, Puerto Rico, as the ship's commanding officer. Blue Ridge, a part of Expeditionary Strike Group 7, is the oldest operational ship in the Navy and, as 7th Fleet command ship, actively works to foster relationships with allies and partners in support of security and stability within the Indo-Pacific Region.
YOKOSUKA, Japan (Dec 12, 2019) Crew, family, friends and honored guests attend the U.S. 7th Fleet flagship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) change of command ceremony. Capt. Craig C. Sicola, of Dallas, relieve Capt. Eric J. Anduze, from Manati, Puerto Rico, as the ship’s commanding officer. Blue Ridge, part of Expeditionary Strike Group 7, is the oldest operational ship in the Navy and, as 7th Fleet command ship, actively works to foster relationships with allies and partners in support of security and stability within the Indo-Pacific Region.
YOKOSUKA, Japan (Dec. 12, 2019) USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) honored guests receive flowers during the U.S. 7th Fleet flagship change of command ceremony. Capt. Craig C. Sicola, of Dallas, relieved Capt. Eric J. Anduze, from Manati, Puerto Rico, as the ship’s commanding officer. Blue Ridge, part of Expeditionary Strike Group 7, is the oldest operational ship in the Navy and, as 7th Fleet command ship, actively works to foster relationships with allies and partners in support of security and stability within the Indo-Pacific Region.
YOKOSUKA, Japan (Dec. 12, 2019) Outgoing Commanding Officer Capt. Eric J. Anduze, a native of Manati, Puerto Rico, relinquishes command of 7th Fleet flagship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) to Capt. Craig Sicola, from Dallas, during a change of command ceremony aboard. Blue Ridge, part of Expeditionary Strike Group 7, is the oldest operational ship in the Navy and, as 7th Fleet command ship, actively works to foster relationships with allies and partners in support of security and stability within the Indo-Pacific Region.
YOKOSUKA, Japan (Dec. 12, 2019) Commanding Officer Capt. Craig Sicola, from Dallas, proceeds through sideboys during the U.S. 7th Fleet flagship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) change of command ceremony. Sicola, of Dallas, relieved Capt. Eric J. Anduze, from Manati, Puerto Rico, as the ship’s commanding officer. Blue Ridge, part of Expeditionary Strike Group 7, is the oldest operational ship in the Navy and, as 7th Fleet command ship, actively works to foster relationships with allies and partners in support of security and stability within the Indo-Pacific Region.
SASEBO, Japan (Dec. 12, 2019) Cmdr. Kirk Sowers, incoming commanding officer of Naval Beach Unit (NBU) 7, delivers remarks during the change of command ceremony onboard Commander, Fleet Activities Sasebo. Cmdr. Kirk Sowers, a native of Santa Cruz, California, relieved Cmdr. Greta Densham as commanding officer of NBU 7, which serves as the training and readiness command for landing craft, air cushions, landing craft utilities, and beach party teams forward-deployed in Japan. NBU 7, part of Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) 7, is operating in the Indo-Pacific region to enhance interoperability with partners and serve as a ready-response force for any type of contingency.
SASEBO, Japan (Dec. 11, 2019) Lt. Cmdr. Kenneth Zilka introduces the official party during the change of command ceremony for Amphibious Squadron (PHIBRON) 11 in the hangar bay of amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6). Capt. Richard Lebron relieved Capt. Jim McGovern as commodore of the only forward-deployed amphibious squadron in the U.S. Navy. America, part of Commander, PHIBRON 11 and Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) 7, is operating in the Indo-Pacific region to enhance interoperability with partners and serve as a ready-response force for any type of contingency.
SASEBO, Japan (Dec. 11, 2019) Capt. Richard Lebron, commodore of Amphibious Squadron (PHIBRON) 11, speaks during a change of command ceremony in the hangar bay of amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6). Lebron relieved Capt. Jim McGovern as commodore of the only forward-deployed amphibious squadron in the U.S. Navy. America, part of Commander, PHIBRON 11 and Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) 7, is operating in the Indo-Pacific region to enhance interoperability with partners and serve as a ready-response force for any type of contingency.
SASEBO, Japan (Dec. 6, 2019) Sailors man the rails as the amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) arrives at Sasebo, Japan to join the forward-deployed naval forces. America is assigned to Amphibious Squadron Eleven and will serve as the flagship for Expeditionary Strike Group 7 while conducting routine operations in the Western Pacific.
SASEBO, Japan (Dec. 6, 2019) Sailors man the rails as the amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) arrives at Sasebo, Japan to join the forward-deployed naval forces. America is assigned to Amphibious Squadron Eleven and will serve as the flagship for Expeditionary Strike Group 7 while conducting routine operations in the Western Pacific.
USS New Orleans (LPD 18) sits moored in Sasebo, Japan.