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Navy Region Japan
U.S. Naval Forces, Japan (CNFJ)

The United States values Japan's contributions to the peace, security and stability of the Indo-Pacific and its long-term commitment and hospitality in hosting U.S. forces forward deployed there. These forces, along with their counterparts in the Japan Self-Defense Forces, make up the core capabilities needed by the alliance to meet common strategic objectives.

The security environment in the Indo-Pacific requires that the U.S. Navy station the most capable ships forward. This posture allows the most rapid response times possible for maritime and joint forces, and brings the most capable ships with the greatest amount of striking power and operational capability to bear in the timeliest manner. Maintaining an FDNF capability supports the United States' commitment to the defense of Japan and the security and stability of the vital Indo-Pacific region.

The Commander, U.S. Naval Forces, Japan area of responsibility extends from the southern tip of the Kamchatka peninsula to the northern tip of Taiwan. It includes the Sea of Japan, a portion of the Philippine Sea, part of the northern Pacific, and the British Territory of Diego Garcia but not the Korean Peninsula. Acts as Navy representative and coordinator in the area of responsibility, executes shore installation management, and promotes operability and conducts liaison with the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force.

Fleet and Family Readiness (FFR) Programs at Commander, Navy Installations Command (CNIC) is responsible for policy development, resourcing and oversight of quality of life programs for Sailors and their families. FFR enables a ready Navy force through programs such as Family Readiness, Fleet Readiness and Housing programs.

Commander Naval Activities Japan (COMNAVACT JAPAN) was established on January 19, 1946 in Yokohama to control Naval Shore Activities in Japan. In February 1946 U.S. Fifth Fleet came under control of COMNAVACT Japan. Commander Naval Forces, Far East (COMNAVFE) was established on January 1, 1947, with headquarters in Tokyo. The command's original mission was to administer all Navy units assigned to Japan, the Philippines, Marianas Islands, Ryukyu Islands, and Bonin Islands.

In the first three months of the Korean War, COMNAVFE expanded its operating forces from one light cruiser and four destroyers to over 400 ships, many from UN member nations. These ships swept mines, blockaded enemy coasts, conducted surface and air strikes, and transported supplies and troops needed by UN Forces.In December 1952, COMNAVFE moved its staff headquarters from Tokyo to Yokosuka.

In November 1954, operational control of the U.S. SEVENTH Fleet was transferred from COMNAVFE to the Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet. COMNAVFE retained military command over shore installations, and operational control of Far Eastern amphibious units, and UN and U.S. Navy units charged with the patrol of Korean waters. In August and September 1954, COMNAVFE provided logistic support for the evacuation of Vietnamese civilians from communist-controlled areas of Indo-China to South Vietnam. In February 1955, assistance was provided in the evacuation of Nationalist Chinese Troops and civilians from the Tachen Islands near China.

In 1957, COMNAVFE was redesignated Commander, Naval Forces Japan. Additionally, the area assigned to Commander, Naval Forces Japan was changed to include only Japan and the Ryukyu Islands. On February 1, 1962, Commander, Naval Forces Japan was redesignated Commander, U.S. Naval Forces, Japan, as it is known today. On August 1, 1996, Commander, U.S. Naval Forces, Japan became the immediate reporting senior for all U.S. Naval installation commanders in Japan, as well as the U.S. Navy Support Facility on Diego Garcia, under the Shore Installation Management (SIM) reorganization.

U.S. Naval Forces, Japan acts as Navy representative and coordinator in the area of responsibility, executes shore installation management, and promotes operability and conducts liaison with the Japan Self Defense Force. The commander U.S. Naval Forces, Japan area of responsibility extends from the southern tip of the Kamchatka peninsula to the northern tip of Taiwan. It includes the Sea of Japan, a portion of the Philippine Sea, and part of the northern Pacific, but not the Korean Peninsula. Commander Naval Forces, Japan, consisting of about 7,700 personnel, is responsible for maintaining and operating the port facilities and providing base and logistic support for those surface, subsurface, aviation and amphibious elements of the U.S. 7th Fleet that operate from Japan as part of the Overseas Family Residency Program (OFRP).

On 1 October 2003, all U.S. Naval Installation Commanders in Japan and Diego Garcia were realigned under Commander, Navy Region Japan.




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