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Amphibious Force 7th Fleet holds Change of Command
190517-N-GC129-0133.JPG Photo By: Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kirsten King

SASEBO, Japan - 190517-N-GC129-0133 SASEBO, Japan (May 17, 2019) Vice Adm. Phil Sawyer, commander of U.S. 7th Fleet, passes through side boys during a change of command ceremony aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1). Rear Adm. Fred Kacher relieved Rear Adm. Brad Cooper as commander of Amphibious Force 7th Fleet during the ceremony. Commander, Amphibious Force 7th Fleet is the Navy's only forward-deployed amphibious force, headquartered at White Beach Naval Facility in Okinawa, Japan, and is responsible for the full range of expeditionary operations from disaster relief to crisis response in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations.


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