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The visit to CTF 71 was part of the CNO’s trip to Japan to witness the International Fleet Review, which included a stop in Yokosuka to interact with senior leaders and junior sailors.

“We were honored to have the CNO visit and engage with the personnel,” said Capt. Walt Mainor, commanding officer, CTF 71/DESRON 15. “Our Sailors are our number one priority and during of the ONC visit, we were able to talk about how we can ‘Get Real and Get Better’, respond to the mission and take care of our forward deployed sailors.”

During the ONC visit, he re-engaged sailors from CTF 71/DESRON 15 assigned ships to include Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers USS Barry (DDG 52), USS Milius (DDG 69), USS Ralph Johnson (DDG 114) and USS Rafael Peralta (DDG 115).

Sailors who have re-enlisted include: Command Master Chief Tshombe Harris, Chief Logistics Specialist Marion Farrales, Sonar Technician (Surface) Chief Jessica Bennett, Boatswain’s Mate 2nd Class Benjamin Stier, Electronics Technician 2nd Class Marc Garcia, Gunner’s Mate 2nd class Huntley Rosa, Fire Controlman (Aegis) 3rd Class Anthony Bagnato, Culinary Specialist 3rd Class Rayqoun Strand, Gas Turbine Systems Technician (Electrical) 2nd Class Timothy Hilker, Electrician Mate 1st Class Ryan Richards, Yeoman 2nd Class Akary Lwin, Specialist Operations 2nd Class Roberto Ordaz, Information Systems Technician 1st Class James Mattos and Yeoman Seaman Jusenna Vasquez.

“Having the opportunity to re-engage with the NOC has been a great experience and an honor,” said Fire Controller (Aegis) 3rd Class Anthony Bagnato, assigned to USS Milius. “It’s a unique opportunity that I never would have imagined and I’m grateful to have had.

Following the CNO’s visit to CTF 71, he toured the Rafael Peralta while pierside and toured the ship, engaged with sailors, presented awards and addressed the entire crew on the ship’s internal communication system.

Commander Task Force 71 / Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 15 is the largest forward deployed DESRON in the Navy and the principal surface force of the U.S. 7th Fleet.

The U.S. 7th Fleet is the largest forward deployed fleet in the world, and with the help of a network of alliances and partners from 35 other maritime nations, the U.S. Navy has operated in the Indo-Pacific region for over 70 years, providing credible and ready forces to help preserve peace and prevent conflict.