The U.S. 7th Fleet was established March 15, 1943, when the Southwest Pacific Force was renamed. Today it is the largest forward-deployed U.S. fleet, with an area of responsibility of 48 million sq. miles, home to 38 maritime nations.
U.S. 7th fleet consists of 60-70 ships, 200-300 aircraft and 40,000 Navy and Marine Corps personnel.
Forward-deployed assets in Japan, Guam, the Republic of Korea and Singapore provide an enduring presence along with rotationally deployed units from the U.S.
Operating up to 11,000 miles from the west coast of the United States, 7th fleet and its Task Force Commanders directly support the core capabilities of the U.S. maritimes strategy: forward presence, deterrence, sea control, power projection, maritime security, and humanitarian assistance and disaster response.
The 7th Fleet builds maritime partnerships by conducting exercises, combined training events, professional exchanges and other engagements with navies around the region.
In addition to serving as the operational commander of all U.S. naval forces in the region, the 7th Fleet commander can serve as a Joint Task Force commander reporting directly to the Commander, U.S. Pacific Command, during a natural disaster or joint military operation. The 7th Fleet commander also leads the Combined Naval Component Command during operations in defense of the Republic of Korea.
Commander, U.S. 7th Fleet, is embarked in the Flagship USS Blue Ridge (LCC-19), forward deployed to Yokosuka, Japan. The commander and flagship spend more than half of each year taking part in operations, exercises and port visits to allied and friendly nations.