YOKOSUKA, Japan - Command Master Chief Jason Haka , U.S. 7th Fleet receives the vaccine for COVID-19 Jan. 5, 2021 at U.S. Naval Hospital Yokosuka. Haka volunteered for the shot during the DoD’s phased rollout of the vaccine for the 7th Fleet’s Forward Deployed Naval Forces. Medical personnel and strategic forces were the first to receive the COVID-19 vaccine over the past week at Naval Hospital Yokosuka. As the U.S. Navy's largest forward deployed fleet, with its approximate 50-70 ships and submarines, 140 aircraft, and 20,000 Sailors in the area of operations at any given time, 7th Fleet conducts forward-deployed naval operations in support of U.S. national interests throughout a free and open Indo-Pacific area of operations to foster maritime security, promote stability, and prevent conflict alongside 35 other maritime nations and partners.