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Indo-Pacific

US Navy to divide Japan-based 7th Fleet's operations

Newly restored expeditionary '1st Fleet' will cover Indian Ocean: Sec. Braithwaite

Kenneth Braithwaite, then the U.S. Navy secretary, speaks with sailors assigned to the guided-missile destroyer USS Milius during a 2020 visit to Fleet Activities Yokosuka in Yokosuka, Japan. (Photo courtesy of the U.S. Navy)

NEW YORK -- The U.S. Navy will divide the maritime area now covered by the Yokosuka, Japan-based 7th Fleet and create a new 1st Fleet to focus on the Indian Ocean, Navy Secretary Kenneth Braithwaite has told Congress.

In a hearing of a Senate Armed Services subcommittee Wednesday, Braithwaite talked of the need to revive the 1st Fleet, currently not in service, to improve the American posture in the Indo-Pacific.

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