US 7th Fleet's Newest Task Force Highlights Expeditionary Forces

Story Number: NNS140716-08Release Date: 7/16/2014 11:54:00 AM
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By Chief Mass Communication Specialist Bleu Moore, Commander, U.S. 7th Fleet Public Affairs

YOKOSUKA, Japan (NNS) -- Forces from Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD), Coastal Riverine and Seabee units joined together as 7th Fleet's newest task force, CTF 75, July 1.

Commander, Task Force 75/Navy Expeditionary Forces Command Pacific (NEFCPAC) was established to streamline the command and control of Navy Expeditionary Forces within the 7th Fleet area of operations to better support missions in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. Task Force Commander Capt. Chris Merwin is the principle advisor to the 7th Fleet commander for Navy expeditionary operations.

"I'm honored to lead forces that play such a vital role in crisis response, disaster relief and expeditionary operations throughout the entire 7th Fleet region," said Merwin. "This task force provides tremendous capabilities to the U.S. Navy's busiest area of operations."

CTF 75 is composed of 25 members from the expeditionary warfare community and will be responsible for the planning and execution of coastal riverine operations, explosive ordnance disposal, diving, engineering and construction, and underwater construction in near-shore and littoral regions. Additionally, it will provide direct support to diving and salvage operations and expeditionary intelligence throughout the region as directed by 7th Fleet.

CTF 75 will have the ability to create adaptive force packages (AFP) with Navy Expeditionary Forces that can be used alone or in support of other CTFs to meet 7th Fleet goals and objectives. The AFP concept is important to bringing the right tailored capability to respond to irregular challenges and contingency operations, creating synergy and the ability to effectively and efficiently command and control forces for non-standard missions.

"Seventh Fleet is the largest numbered fleet, with 36 maritime nations covering 48 million square miles, CTF 75 can be anywhere in that region within a couple days," said Merwin. "CTF 75 missions promote security, stability and partnership. We have deployed our most advanced capabilities here to 7th Fleet. I'm proud to be here at the beginning of such an important establishment."

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