United States Seventh Fleet
The fleet has always been associated with the Western Pacific. After WWII, it became the primary forward-deployed U.S. naval force in the Western Pacific, reporting to the U.S. Pacific command. It was the nucleus of U.S. naval forces, at sea, in the Korean War and Vietnam War.
Second World War
In the Second World War, this was the main Western Pacific naval formation, under Douglas MacArthur's command in the Southwest Pacific Area rather than the Pacific Ocean and Pacific Ocean Areas under Chester Nimitz.
Admiral Thomas Kinkaid was its primary commander.
It provided naval gunfire and close air support during the Korean War, as well as amphibious lift for operations such as the Battle of Inchon.
Task Force 77, at the time, was the headquarters for aircraft carriers operating in Operation ROLLING THUNDER against North Vietnam. It operated in the South China Sea, in varying locations generically called YANKEE Station.
It is organized into multiple task forces.
Task Force 70, Battle Force
Task Force 71, Special Warfare
Task Force 72, Patrol Reconnaissance
Task Force 73, Logistics
Based in Singapore, TF 73 is under the command of RADM Nora W. Tyson.
Task Force 74, Submarine
Headquartered in Yokosuka, Japan, CTF 74 controls independent submarine operations. It is under RADM Michael J. Connor. Submarines may also be part of Task Force 70, providing antisubmarine protection for the carrier.
Task Force 76 and 79
There is no coincidence that the amphibious warfare ships of Task Force 76, under RADM Richard B. Landolt, are based on Okinawa. While the Third Marine Expeditionary Force ad First Marine Expeditionary Brigade report to United States Pacific Command, they are based on the same island. Task Force 79 is the Landing Force of a Marine Expeditionary Brigade under Brig. Gen. Ronald L. Bailey