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

US-Japan Complete 3JA Exercise  (29 November 2017)
USS Chief (MCM 14), Mine Countermeasures Squadron (MCMRON) 7 staff, Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit (EODMU) 5, Helicopter Mine Countermeasures Squadron 14 (HM-14) Detachment 2A, and Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) units successfully completed exercise 3JA Nov. 28.
CTF 76 Mourns Loss of Shipmate, Mentor, and Friend  (21 December 2017)
Capt. Kedric Webster, the Group Surgeon for Commander, Task Force 76, passed away of natural causes Dec. 13 in Pensacola, Florida.
Forward-Deployed USS Germantown Holds Change of Command in Sasebo, Japan  (8 January 2018)
In front of more than 300 special guests, Sailors, friends and family, Cmdr. Jimmie J. Jensen relieved Cmdr. Severn B. Stevens as commanding officer of the amphibious dock landing ship USS Germantown (LSD 42) during a change of command ceremony in Sasebo, Japan Dec. 21.
Bonhomme Richard Arrives in Okinawa, Embarks 3d MARDIV Marines  (2 February 2018)
The Amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) arrived at White Beach, Okinawa to embark Marines assigned to 3d Marine Division (3d MARDIV), Jan. 31, in preparation for Exercise Cobra Gold 2018.
Wasp Departs Sasebo for Readiness Assessment, Regional Patrol  (5 March 2018)
The amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1) departed Commander, Fleet Activities Sasebo to complete a pre-deployment readiness assessment before transitioning to conduct operations as part of a routine patrol in the Indo-Pacific region, March 3.
USS Ashland Departs Sasebo for Final Readiness Drills, Regional Patrol   (12 March 2018)
The forward-deployed amphibious dock landing ship USS Ashland (LSD 48) departed Sasebo, Japan for an amphibious certification assessment and follow-on patrol in the Indo-Pacific, March 8.
USS Wasp Arrives in Okinawa After Completing Series of Flight Operations with F-35B II Lightning  (15 March 2018)
The amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1) arrived in White Beach Naval Facility, Okinawa, March 15, after completing a dedicated period of flight operations with F-35B Lighting II from Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121 (VMFA-121).
USS Ashland Arrives in Okinawa to Embark 31st MEU Marines  (15 March 2018)
The amphibious dock landing ship USS Ashland (LSD 48) arrived at White Beach, Okinawa, March 15 to embark the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) as part of a regularly scheduled patrol in the Indo-Pacific.
Green Bay Joins Rest of Wasp ESG in Okinawa to Bring on 31st MEU  (19 March 2018)
The forward-deployed amphibious transport dock ship USS Green Bay (LPD 20) arrived at White Beach Naval Facility, Okinawa, March 16, to onload elements of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU).
Wasp ESG, Embarked 31st MEU Sails from Okinawa for Indo-Pacific Patrol  (20 March 2018)
Ships of the Wasp Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) departed Okinawa, Japan, March 19, after embarking more than 2,300 Marines and equipment of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU).
U.S.-Japan Maritime Forces Conduct Navigational Maneuvers in East China Sea  (11 April 2018)
Ships of the Wasp Expeditionary Strike Group, with embarked 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, sailed together with the amphibious transport dock JS Shimokita (LST 4002) in a bilateral formation, April 9.
Bonhomme Richard Departs Sasebo, Concludes Forward-Deployed Service  (19 April 2018)
Amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) departed Sasebo, Japan, April 18, capping six years of forward-deployed service in the Indo-Pacific.
Wasp Expeditionary Strike Group Arrives in Okinawa to Offload 31st MEU  (24 April 2018)
The ships of the Wasp Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) arrived in Okinawa, Japan on April 21, capping nearly two months of operations in the Indo-Pacific with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit.
McGovern takes over as PHIBRON 11 Commodore   (4 June 2018)
Capt. Jim McGovern relieved Capt. Ed Thompson as commodore of Amphibious Squadron (PHIBRON) 11 at a change of command ceremony aboard the amphibious dock landing ship USS Germantown (LSD 42), June 1.

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