Commander, Amphibious Force, U.S. 7th Fleet Story Archive

USS Green Bay Visits Brisbane  (27 July 2017)
Sailors and Marines assigned to the amphibious transport dock USS Green Bay (LPD 20) pulled into Brisbane, Australia for a routine port visit, July 27.
'Up-Gunned ESG' Concept Moves Forward in Talisman Saber 17  (27 July 2017)
Flanked by a U.S. destroyer and four Australian frigates, the Bonhomme Richard Expeditionary Strike Group successfully executed elements of the 'Up-Gunned ESG' concept while participating in more than two weeks of live action training as part of Talisman Saber 2017.
NBU 7 Celebrates 5th Anniversary  (3 August 2017)
Naval Beach Unit (NBU) 7 celebrated their five year anniversary, Aug. 1, at its maintenance facility in Yokose, Japan.
USS Pioneer Returns from 2JA Exercise  (7 August 2017)
The forward-deployed mine sweeper USS Pioneer (MCM 9) returned to Sasebo Aug. 1 after completing the U.S.-Japan mine countermeasures exercise (MCMEX) 2JA near Ominato, Japan.
BHR ESG Ships, 31st MEU Begin Amphibious Integration Training  (7 August 2017)
The forward-deployed Bonhomme Richard Expeditionary Strike Group (BHR ESG), with embarked 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), began Amphibious Integration Training (AIT) Aug. 2.
USS Ashland Arrives in Guam for VRAV During Indo-Asia-Pacific Deployment   (30 August 2017)
The amphibious dock landing ship USS Ashland (LSD 48), with embarked 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), arrived in Guam, Aug. 29, as part of a scheduled voyage repair availability (VRAV).
Passing Along the Motivation  (25 September 2017)
A story being repeated by Sailors aboard the amphibious dock landing ship USS Ashland (LSD 48) is that Boatswain's Mate 3rd Class Chad Williams, from Norfolk, is a motivated and inspiring junior Sailor who takes on responsibility and effectively leads by working alongside his shipmates.
Naval Surface Forces Commander Visits Sasebo-Based Ships  (2 October 2017)
Vice Adm. Tom Rowden, commander, Naval Surface Forces, completed a two-day stop in Sasebo filled with all-hands calls and meetings with Sasebo-based units and area shore commands from Sept. 25-26.
USS Chief Arrives in Busan Ahead of MN MIWEX   (10 October 2017)
Mine countermeasures ship USS Chief (MCM 14) arrived in Busan, Republic of Korea, Oct. 10 for a routine port call as the ship makes final preparations for the Multinational Mine Countermeasures Exercise (MN MIWEX).
Multinational Mine Warfare Exercise Begins Off Coast of South Korea  (16 October 2017)
Maritime forces from the United States and Republic of Korea (ROK), together with personnel from United Nations Command (UNC) Sending State nations, commenced Multinational Mine Warfare Exercise (MN MIWEX) in waters off of the eastern coast of the Republic of Korea, Oct. 15.
US and ROK Forces Complete MIWEX  (24 October 2017)
Maritime forces from the U.S. and Republic of Korea successfully completed the Multinational Mine Warfare Exercise (MN MIWEX), Oct. 22.
USS Ashland Assists Distressed Mariners in the Pacific Ocean  (26 October 2017)
The Sasebo-based amphibious dock landing ship USS Ashland (LSD 48) rendered assistance to two distressed mariners Oct. 25, whose sailboat had strayed well off its original course.
USS Ashland Departs Okinawa, Geared Up to Begin Blue Chromite 2018  (31 October 2017)
The amphibious dock landing ship USS Ashland (LSD 48) departed Okinawa Oct. 31, with embarked 1st Battalion, 3rd Marines, 3rd Marine Division to conduct Blue Chromite 2018.
Birds of a Feather: CTF 76 Celebrates Thanksgiving  (22 November 2017)
Thanksgiving weekend is one of the busiest travel periods in the United States. An estimated 50.3 million Americans will flock to airport terminals and busy stretches of highways to head home to their families.
USS Chief Departs Sasebo for 3JA MCM Exercise with Japanese   (22 November 2017)
The avenger-class mine countermeasures ship USS Chief (MCM 14) departed Sasebo Nov. 21 to join Japan Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) MCM ships and aircraft in MCM exercise 3JA.

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