“Our U.S. Navy forward presence in the Asia-Pacific region has helped to underpin the security and stability of this dynamic and important part of the world for decades. We will remain forward, ready, and engaged with allies and partners to ensure we are prepared to face and overcome any challenge that comes our way, whether it is man-made or natural. As such, our longstanding and unwavering commitment to defend U.S. interests and support to our friends and allies is enduring.” – Adm. Cecil D. Haney, Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet
The mission of the U.S. Pacific Fleet (PACFLT) – the world’s largest fleet command, encompassing 100 million square miles and more than half the earth’s surface – is to protect and defend the collective maritime interests of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Asia-Pacific region. In support of U.S. Pacific Command, and with allies and partners, PACFLT enhances stability, promotes maritime security and freedom of the seas, deters aggression, and when necessary, fights to win. PACFLT’s four priorities — warfighting readiness; advancing regional partnerships with allies; purposeful, forward presence; and value our people and their families — all support the Chief of Naval Operation’s three tenets.
PACFLT maintains credible, combat-ready, and forward-deployed forces that are prepared to execute missions across the full range of military operations in defense of U.S. interests around the world.
PACFLT maintains the most capable and ready warfighting platforms forward-deployed, 24/7. In Japan, USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) provides the region with fast, forward and flexible amphibious capablility from Sasebo, and five Super Hornet squadrons assigned to Carrier Air Wing 5 in Atsugi provide ready combat air support to the region.
For more than a century, the U.S. Navy has maintained a forward presence in the Asia-Pacific region, with about 50 U.S. ships deployed there every day, supported by facilities in Singapore, the Republic of Korea, and Japan, in addition to bases in Guam.
PACFLT supports five of seven U.S. treaty alliances – Australia, Japan, the Republic of Korea, the Republic of the Philippines, and Thailand – through maritime security operations; training and other engagements; and building capacity and sharing information to counter piracy, violent extremism, transnational crime and proliferation of weapons of mass destruction in the largest area of responsibility in the world.
The U.S. Navy’s forward presence contributes to freedom of navigation and over-flight outside the territorial waters and airspace of coastal nations, which supports economic development and international commerce.
The foundation of our fleet is our people. We have an obligation to lead our Sailors and civilians, support their families, and create an environment for growth and success.
Facts & Figures
U.S. Pacific Fleet is comprised of:
o 181 ships and submarines, nearly 1,000 aircraft and 140,000 Sailors and civilians
o Two numbered fleets (3rd Fleet and 7th Fleet)
o Five carrier strike groups and five amphibious ready groups
PACFLT hosts/conducts approximately (annually):
o 350 port visits
o More than 150 combined exercises
o 30 humanitarian and civic activities