By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Peter Burghart
YOKOSUKA, Japan – The Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Chancellorsville (CG 62) arrived in Yokosuka June 18, joining the 7th Fleet’s Forward-Deployed Naval Forces (FDNF) at Commander Fleet Activities Yokosuka (CFAY).
“My crew and I could not be more excited to be in Yokosuka today, to join the United States forward-deployed forces,” said Capt. Curt A. Renshaw, commanding officer of the Chancellorsville.
Chancellorsville completed a combat systems update through the Navy’s Cruiser Modernization program, making her among the most capable ships of her class. She is fitted with the latest Aegis Baseline 9 combat system, and will be the first to be forward-deployed with that capability.
“We look forward to fostering and strengthening the bond between the U.S. Navy and the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) as well as the local Yokosuka community,” said Renshaw.
Upon their arrival in the 7th Fleet area of operations, Chancellorsville joined Carrier Strike Group, Task Force 70 and Carrier Strike Group 5, under the command of Rear Adm. John Alexander. The Baseline 9 suite of capabilities includes state-of-the-art air, surface and undersea warfare systems needed to directly support the carrier strike group.
“The addition of Chancellorsville provides a great capability and capacity in the region,” said Renshaw.
Providing the FDNF with the most capable ships ensures the U.S. Navy is in the best position to enhance security and stability in Asia-Pacific region. Chancellorsville, along with her counterparts both at CFAY and in the Japan Self-Defense Forces, make up part of the core capabilities needed by the alliance to meet common strategic objectives.
CFAY provides, maintains, and operates base facilities and services in support of 7th Fleet’s Forward-Deployed Naval Forces, 83 tenant commands, and 24,000 Military and civilian personnel.