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Rear Adm. Carol M. Pottenger, commander of Amphibious Force 7th Fleet, tours the USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) with Commanding Officer David A. Lausman.

Builder 3rd Class Merlyna Crank, assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 3 Det. 4, gets ready to set up targets for weapons training.

Rear Adm. Richard Landolt, left, commander, Amphibious Force 7th Fleet, talks with Lt. Jonathan J. Haase after presenting him the Bronze Star medal for his service in Iraq.

Rear Adm. Kevin Donegan, commander of Battle Force 7th Fleet, speaks with Republic of the Philippines government officials during a visit aboard the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73).

Rear Adm. Kevin Donegan, center right, commander of Battle Force 7th Fleet, speaks with Vice Adm. Golez, Vice Adm. Marayag and Adm. Tamayo on the navigation bridge during a visit aboard the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73)

Rear Adm. Kevin Donegan, right, commander of Battle Force 7th Fleet, greets Adm. Wilfredo D. Tamayo, commandant of the Republic of the Philippines Coast Guard,

Rear Adm. Kevin Donegan, commander of Battle Force 7th Fleet, renders a salute during a wreath laying ceremony at the Manila American Cemetery and Memorial.

Rear Adm. Kevin Donegan, commander of Battle Force 7th Fleet, signs the guest book during a wreath laying ceremony at the Manila American Cemetery and Memorial.

U.S. service members unload ShelterBoxes during a humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operation in the village of Hula Banda, Indonesia.

Machinist's Mate 1st Class Nicholas Gerloff uses a Radiac meter on Rear Adm. Jeffery

Boatswain's Mate 1st Class Kencey Welly guides two logistical amphibious recovery craft (LARC)

Boatswain's Mate 1st Class Kencey Welly guides a logistical amphibious recovery craft (LARC)

Electronics Technician 3rd Class Eli Cashman, from Sanford, Fla., releases chains from their stowed position above the well deck

First responders use a fire hose to extinguish a simulated fire represented by two flags held by Damage Controlman 1st Class Kevin Clark d

Seaman Brooke Haney, left, Seaman Recruit Travis Abankwah, and Seaman Recruit Dustin Davidson pull a line aboard the amphibious dock landing ship USS Germantown (LSD 42)

A landing craft air cushion prepares to embark the amphibious transport dock ship USS Denver (LPD 9) moored at West Army Pier

Sailors aboard the amphibious dock landing ship USS Germantown (LSD 42) prepare to dock at West Army Pier in Okinawa, Japan

Rear Adm. Sean Buck and Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force Vice Adm. Hiroo Hatanaka conduct a press conference about Annual Exercise 2011.

Rear Adm. Sean Buck and Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force Vice Adm. Hiroo Hatanaka conduct a press conference about Annual Exercise 2011.

Rear Adm. Sean Buck speaks to the media about Annual Exercise (ANNUALEX) 2011.

Sailors render honors to Rear Adm. Shinichi Tokumaru, Chief of Staff of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force.

U.S Navy Sailors and the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force stand at parade rest while listening to a speech.

Rear Adm. Jeffery Harley, commander of Amphibious Force 7th Fleet, meets with Marines from the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit.

U.S. and Japanese distinguished visitors, cut a ribbon to mark the opening of the Yokose Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC) Facility

Commander, Battle Force 7th Fleet, Rear Adm. Mark Montgomery, speaks at the 74th annual Black Ship Festival commencement ceremony.

Rear Adm. Jeffery Harley, commander of Amphibious Force 7th Fleet, shakes hands with Malaysian Rear Adm. Dato'mohamad Roslan Bin Mohamad Ramli, commander of Naval Region 1

Rear Admiral Mark Montgomery, commander, Battle Force 7th Fleet, conducts an all-hands call aboard the Arleigh Burke-class missile-guided destroyer USS Lassen (DDG 82) during Talisman Saber 2013.

From left, Capt. Greg Fenton, commanding officer of the aircraft carrier USS George Washinton (CVN 73), Honorable Jeff Seeney, deputy premier, Ambassador Jeffrey Bleich, U.S. ambassador to Australia, and Rear Adm. Mark Montogomery.

Rear Adm. Mark Montgomery, left, commander of Battle Force 7th Fleet, speaks with Capt. Tom Disy, commanding officer of the guided-missile cruiser USS Antietam (CG 54).

Rear Adm. Mark Montgomery, commander of Battle Force 7th Fleet, right, speaks with Lt. Gen. Wang Xiaojun, commander of People's Liberation Army Hong Kong Garrison, during a welcome reception.

Rear Adm. Mark Montgomery, commander of Battle Force 7th Fleet, speaks to Hong Kong media during a press conference in the hangar bay of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73).

Hon. Jejomar Binay, vice president of the Republic of Philippines, left, shakes hands with Rear Adm. Mark Montgomery during a shore visit in support of Operation Damayan

The guided-missile cruiser USS Shiloh (CG 67) departs Fleet Activities Yokosuka, as the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force destroyer JDS Murasame (DD 101) returns to Yokosuka.

Rear Adm. Mark Montgomery, commander of Battle Force 7th Fleet, answers questions from the Japanese media during a press conference on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73).

U.S. Ambassador to Japan, Caroline Kennedy speaks with Rear Adm. Rear Admiral Mark C. Montgomery, commander of Battle Force 7th Fleet and Carrier Strike Group Five, left, and Rear Adm. Terry B. Kraft.

Rear Adm. Mark Montgomery, left, commander of Battle Force 7th Fleet, talks with Vice Adm. Ikeda Tokuhiro.

Rear Adm. Mark Montgomery, left, commander of Battle Force 7th Fleet, speaks with Rear Adm. John King, commander of Navy Weapon Systems Support.

Capt. Carlos Sardiello, left, executive officer of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73).

Rear Adm. Mark Montgomery, commander of Battle Force 7th Fleet, teaches Japan Minister of Defense Itsunori Onodera, about U.S. flight deck operations.

Japan Minister of Defense Itsunori Onodera receives a gift from Rear Adm. Mark Montgomery, commander of Battle Force 7th Fleet, during a visit aboard the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73).

Rear Adm. Mark Montgomery, commander, Battle Force 7th Fleet, speaks to the crew of the guided-missile cruiser USS Shiloh (CG 67).

Rear Adm. John Alexander, of commander Battle Force 7th Fleet, salutes side boys aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73).

Rear Adm. John Alexander, center, commander of Battle Force 7th Fleet, speaks with Sailors in the combat information center of the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Stethem (DDG 63) during a visit to the ship.

Rear Adm. John Alexander, commander of Battle Force 7th Fleet, speaks over the main announcing system in the pilot house of the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Cape St. George (CG 71) during a visit to the ship.

Rear Adm. John Alexander, right, commander of Battle Force 7th Fleet, serves food with volunteers from Cooks from the Valley for Sailors aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73).

Rear Adm. Hugh Wetherald, commander of Amphibious Force 7th Fleet, delivers remarks during the U.S. 7th Fleet flagship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) change of command ceremony.

american and Japanese dignitaries tour the Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Olympia (SSN 717),

Rear Adm. Hugh Wetherald, commander of Amphibious Force 7th Fleet, addresses the crew of the San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship USS Green Bay (LPD 20) via the 1MC after the ship's arrival in Sasebo.

Rear Adm. Hugh Wetherald, commander of Amphibious Force 7th Fleet, is piped aboard the forward deployed San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship USS Green Bay (LPD 20) after the ship's arrival in Sasebo.

Rear Adm. John Alexander, center, commander of Battle Force 7th Fleet, speaks with the media prior to the departure of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) for its 2015 patrol.

Rear Adm. John Alexander, center, commander of Battle Force 7th Fleet, speaks with the media prior to the departure of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) for its 2015 patrol.

Vice Adm. Mike Shoemaker speaks with Sailors aboard the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73).

Rear Adm. John Alexander, commander of Battle Force 7th Fleet, delivers remarks to Sailors aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington(CVN 73) during a Battle of Midway Remembrance Ceremony.

Sailors assigned to the guided-missile destroyer USS Preble (DDG 88) salute Rear Adm. Hugh D. Wetherald, commander of Amphibious Force 7th Fleet, as he prepares to depart the ship.

Lt. j.g. Ridge Alkonis, right, from Claremont, Calif., gives Rear Adm. John Alexander, commander of Battle Force 7th Fleet, a tour of the combat information center aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62).

Rear Adm. John D. Alexander, commander of Battle Force 7th Fleet, arrives at the Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 15 change of command.

Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) Ray Mabus speaks with Rear Adm. John Alexander, commander, Battle Force 7th Fleet aboard the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) as she arrives to Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, center, listens as Capt. Christopher Bolt, left, commanding officer of the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), and Rear Adm. John Alexander, commander, Battle Force 7th Fleet, explain shipboard operations.

Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe arrives aboard the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76).

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe walks through rainbow sideboys on the flight deck as he prepares to depart the U.S. Navy's only forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76).

Rear Adm. John Alexander, the commander of Battle Force 7th Fleet, greets senior military leaders from the Republic of Korea (ROK), after the Nimitz class aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), pulled into Busan for a scheduled port visit

Vice Adm. Joseph Aucoin, Vice Adm. Yasuhiro Shigeoka, and Rear Adm. John Alexander observe flight operations from the navigation bridge of the U.S. Navy's only forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76).

Vice Adm. Joseph Aucoin, Vice Adm. Yasuhiro Shigeoka, and Rear Adm. John Alexander observe flight operations from the navigation bridge of the U.S. Navy's only forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76).

Vice Adm. Joseph Aucoin, Vice Adm. Yasuhiro Shigeoka, and Rear Adm. John Alexander observe flight operations from the navigation bridge of the U.S. Navy's only forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76).

Rear Adm. John Alexander Rt Honorable Philip Hammond MP, Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, walk toward a media press conference on the flight deck of the USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76).

U.S. Navy Rear Admiral John B. Nowell, Jr., Commander Expeditionary Strike Group 7, Amphibious Force 7th Fleet shakes hands with a member of the Royal Thai military during an amphibious capabilities demonstration.

Rear Adm. John Alexander, Commander, Battle Force 7th Fleet, addresses the Sailors of Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 5, during an all hands call in the ship's hangar bay

Rear Adm. John Nowell salutes exercise participants during the opening ceremony of Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Thailand 2016.

Rear Adm. John Nowell, commander, Amphibious Force 7th Fleet, and Royal Thai Navy Rear Adm. Sittiporn, commander, Frigate Squadron 2 deliver opening remarks during the opening ceremony of Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT).

Sailors assigned to the amphibious dock landing ship USS Ashland (LSD 48) pull on a securing line during sea and anchor.

A watch stander aboard the amphibious transport dock USS Ashland (LSD 48) looks out the

Sailors assigned to the amphibious transport dock ship USS Ashland (LSD 48) stand watch as the ship transits the South China Sea.

A landing craft air cushion vehicle departs White Beach Naval Facility in Okinawa, Japan.

The Whidbey Island-class dock landing ship USS Ashland (LSD 48) departs White Beach Naval Facility in Okinawa, Japan after offloading Marines from Easy Company, 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment.

The Avenger-class mine countermeasures ship USS Patriot (MCM 7) conducts small boat operations off the coast of Japan.

Rear Adm. John Alexander, Commander, Battle Force 7th Fleet, is on approach for his final arrested landing on the flight deck of the USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), in an E/A-18 Growler.

Rear Adm. John Alexander, Commander, Battle Force 7th Fleet, is soaked with water after being doused with a fire hose in celebration of his final arrested landing aboard the USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76).

Rear Adm. John Alexander, Commander, Battle Force 7th Fleet, has a bucket of water poured on him in celebration of his final arrested landing aboard the USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76).

The Whidbey Island-class dock landing ship USS Ashland (LSD 48) is anchored near the harbor of Fleet Activities Sasebo during an amphibious certification for Naval Beach Unit 7.

Rear Adm. John B. Nowell, Jr., Commander, Amphibious Force 7th Fleet salutes Capt. Kristy McCallum, the outgoing commanding officer of USS Green Bay (LPD 20), during a change of command ceremony.

Rear Adm. John B. Nowell, Jr., commander of Amphibious Force 7th Fleet, presents Capt. Kristy McCallum her end of tour award during a change of command ceremony aboard the amphibious transport dock ship USS Green Bay (LPD 20).

Rear Adm. Marc Dalton, commander, U.S. Amphibious Force 7th Fleet, tours the medical department of the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6).

Rear Adm. Marc Dalton, commander, U.S. Amphibious Force 7th Fleet, arrives aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6).

Capt. Jeffrey Ward, commanding officer of amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6), salutes Rear Adm. Marc Dalton, commander, U.S. Amphibious Force 7th Fleet, as he arrives aboard.

The Avenger-class mine countermeasures ship USS Pioneer (MCM 9) arrives in Busan during a routine port visit.

Lt. Cmdr. Scott A. Jones, commanding officer of the Avenger-class mine countermeasures ship USS Pioneer (MCM 9), receives a wreath from Republic of Korea Sailors during a welcoming ceremony in Busan.

Capt. Erich W. Diehl, Commander, Task Force (CTF) 75, and Rear Adm. Marc H. Dalton, Commander, Expeditionary Strike Group 7, Amphibious Force 7th Fleet, Task Force 76, tour a Mark VI Patrol Boat during Valiant Shield 2016 in Santa Rita, Guam.

Rear Adm. Marc H. Dalton, Commander, Expeditionary Strike Group 7, Amphibious Force 7th Fleet, Task Force 76, and Lt. Joshua Taylor, assigned to Coastal Riverine Squadron 2, tours a Mark VI Patrol Boat.

Petty Officer 2nd Class Alvin Ochieng discusses shipboard medical capabilities with Ambassador of Japan to Singapore Kenji Shinoda during a ship tour aboard amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6).

Lt. Hunter Scott discusses flight deck operations with Ambassador of Japan to Singapore Kenji Shinoda during a ship tour aboard amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6).

Capt. Marvin E. Thompson, left, deputy commander of Amphibious Force 7th Fleet, and Capt. George B. Doyon, commander of Amphibious Squadron (PHIBRON) 11, render honors during a change of command ceremony.

Rear Adm. Marc H. Dalton, commander, Amphibious Force 7th Fleet, Capt. George Doyon, commander of Amphibious Squadron (PHIBRON) 11, and Capt. Ed Thompson, outgoing commander of PHIBRON-11, join together for a ceremonial cake cutting.

Sailors remove a mooring line from a bollard as the Whidbey Island-class dock landing ship USS Ashland (LSD 48) prepares to depart U.S. Fleet Activies Sasebo, Japan.

Rear Adm. Marc Dalton, commander, Amphibious Force 7th Fleet, speaks to Sailors assigned to Helicopter Mine Countermeasure Squadron (HM) 14 during an all-hands call.

Vice Adm. Tom Rowden, commander, Naval Surface Forces, meets with Sailors assigned to the amphibious dock landing ship USS Germantown (LSD 42) during an all-hands call aboard the ship.

Cmdr. Severn Stevens, right, commanding officer of the Whidbey Island-class amphibious dock landing ship USS Germantown (LSD 42), speaks with Vice Adm. Tom Rowden, commander of Naval Surface Forces, during a visit to the dry-docked ship.

Vice Adm. Tom Rowden, commander, Naval Surface Forces, speaks to the crew aboard the amphibious dock landing ship USS Ashland (LSD 48) during an all-hands call aboard the ship.

Rear Adm. Marc H. Dalton, commander, Amphibious Force 7th Fleet, passes through the sideboys following a change of command ceremony aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6).

Rear Adm. Marc H. Dalton, left, commander, Amphibious Force 7th Fleet, Capt. Jeffrey Ward, center, and Capt. Larry McCullen, commanding officer of the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6), cut a cake.

Rear Adm. Marc H. Dalton, commander, Amphibious Force 7th Fleet, addresses the attendees of a change of command ceremony in the hangar bay of the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6).