7F8D Commander Fleet Activities Sasebo

Welcome to Commander Fleet Activities Sasebo

The important bilateral relationship between Japan and the United States that exists today is very much in evidence at U.S. Fleet Activities Sasebo, where ships of the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force and the United States Seventh Fleet share this excellent port.

Captain Charles Rock, Commanding Officer of Commander Fleet Activities, speaks during a Soto Dam Remembrance Ceremony honoring the 53 Americans who lost their lives as P.O.W.s at Camp 18 during World War Two Faculty of Law students studying US-Japan-China relations at the University of Fukuoka ask questions following a Commander, Fleet Activities Sasebo (CFAS) brief presented by Chief Staff Officer Matthew Lyle at headquarters May 30. Electricians Mate 1st Class Waiyan Ng, assigned to Naval Beach Unit 7 (NBU7), examines a landing craft air cushion ( LCAC ) propeller during a routine performance test. CFAS held a frocking ceremony at the Community Education Center for Sailors promoted to first, second, and third class petty officers, May 30. Captain Charles Rock, commanding officer at Commander Fleet Activities Sasebo, answers questions and thanks the local Japanese media at his final quarterly Media Mixer 6 June.  Rock will relinquish command of CFAS in mid-July and assume a new position  at Naval Installations Command in Washington, D.C.

Installation Information

CFAS is located on Kyushu island, about 45 miles (1.5 hour drive) from the prefecture's capital of Nagasaki and 78 miles (2 hour drive) from Fukuoka, largest city on the island. Sasebo is about 600 miles by air from Tokyo. The installation is composed of 12 separate areas on 1,285 acres bordering or near Sasebo Harbor. CFAS includes a main base area, three off-base housing areas, three fuel facilities, two ordnance facilities and a Landing Craft Air Cushion laydown site. For over 120 years two great navies, first the former Imperial Navy and now the U.S. Navy, have called Sasebo home. The city and nearby area are generally rural in comparison to other fleet concentration areas and features stunning natural beauty, including nearby 99 Islands National Park.

CFAS is the home of the Navy's only forward-deployed Amphibious Ready Group, anchored by USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6). Supporting Bonhomme Richard, our seven other forward-deployed ships and all U.S. Seventh Fleet ships is the mission of this installation. The base is strategically important in carrying out our defense treaty with Japan in ensuring peace and stability throughout the region. Proud of how we perform, CFAS is Commander Naval Region Japan's installation of the year in 2005, 2007 and 2009.


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