New leader takes helm of Navy’s only forward-deployed amphibious force

Rear Adm. Fred Kacher addresses his sailors after assuming command of the amphibious force for 7th Fleet from Rear Adm. Brad Cooper aboard the USS Wasp at Sasebo Naval Base, Japan, May 17, 2019. JEREMY STARR/U.S. NAVY
Rear Adm. Fred Kacher addresses his sailors after assuming command of the amphibious force for 7th Fleet from Rear Adm. Brad Cooper aboard the USS Wasp at Sasebo Naval Base, Japan, May 17, 2019. JEREMY STARR/U.S. NAVY

New leader takes helm of Navy’s only forward-deployed amphibious force

by James Bolinger
Stars and Stripes

Rear Adm. Fred Kacher assumed command of Task Force 76 from Rear Adm. Brad Cooper during a ceremony Friday aboard the USS Wasp at Sasebo Naval Base, Japan.

Kacher joins Amphibious Force 7th Fleet after serving as executive officer to the commander, U.S. European Command.

Cooper leaves Sasebo for Washington, D.C., where he will assume duties as the chief of legislative affairs for the Secretary of the Navy.

The sailors of the Navy’s only forward-deployed amphibious force have been some of the busiest in the service. As recently as March eight of nine ships assigned to the task force were at sea.

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