Task Force 73

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Task Force 73
Commander, Logistics Group Western Pacific
Singapore Area Commander
CLWP.jpg
Logo of Commander, Logistics Group Western Pacific
Active1945-present
1992–Present (with addition of CLWP title)
CountryUnited States
BranchUnited States Navy
TypeCommand
RoleSupport of all Naval Forces in Singapore
Part ofUnited States Seventh Fleet
Naval Installations Command
Garrison/HQPort of Singapore Authority Sembawang Terminal, Singapore
Nickname(s)CLWP
Commanders
Current
commander
Flag of a United States Navy rear admiral (lower half).svg RDML Joey Tynch
Notable
commanders
Rear Admiral (Upper Half) Nora W. Tyson

Task Force 73/Commander, Logistics Group Western Pacific (CTF 73/CLWP) is a U.S. Navy task force of the United States Seventh Fleet. CTF 73/CLWP is the U.S. 7th Fleet's provider of combat-ready logistics, maintaining and operating government-owned ships and operating government-contracted vessels to sustain combatant ships and units throughout the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations. CTF 73/CLWP also acts as the Navy Region commander for naval activities in Singapore, with its only subordinate command being the U.S. Navy Region Center Singapore.[1]

CTF 73/CLWP is the U.S. 7th Fleet's Theater Security Cooperation agent for South and Southeast Asia, providing persistent engagement with allies and partners across the region through established exercises while forging new maritime partnerships through tailored exchanges, enhanced port visits and expanding repair capabilities at regional shipyards.[2]

CTF 73 is headquartered at the Port of Singapore Authority Sembawang Terminal, Singapore, and is commanded by Rear Admiral (Lower Half) Joey Tynch.

History[edit]

After the end of the Second World War, the United States Seventh Fleet moved its headquarters to Qingdao, China. As laid out in Operation Plan 13–45 of 26 August 1945, Admiral Kinkaid established five major task forces to manage operations in the Western Pacific: one was Task Force 73, the Yangtze Patrol Force, with 75 combatants. Later known as Commander, Naval Surface Group Western Pacific (Commander Task Force (CTF) 73/CTF 75), the task force's mission included command readiness, administrative oversight and control of the Naval Surface Force, United States Pacific Fleet ships assigned in Japan, Guam and the Philippines.

As CTF 75, the command also maintained operational control of approximately 30 other ships operating in the Western Pacific, Indian Ocean and North Arabian Sea.[3] The command was originally based at Subic Bay in the Philippines but was transferred to Singapore with the withdrawal of US Military forces in the 1990s.[4]

A Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the two nations in 1990 and discussions of the relocation were done by 1992.[5][6] Unlike overseas US military bases, there is no US "Naval Base" in Singapore but rather a military "place" (due to political reasons).[7] However, ships do occasionally make port calls to the region for maintenance, repairs, supplies, and recreation.[8]

2010-11[edit]

In addition to its logistics tasks, TF 73 also provides industrial voyage repairs to U.S. Navy ships and craft through contracted commercial repair capabilities throughout Southeast Asia, Korea, India, Australia, Hong Kong and Oceania. It is also the 7th Fleet agent for diving, salvage, towing and major oil spill response. In its capacity as the bilateral exercise coordinator for Southeast Asia, it conducts planning, coordination of training exercises with Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, the Philippines and Singapore.[9]

Its recent commander, Rear Admiral (Lower Half) Ron Horton, was relieved of his post due to being "derelict in the performance of his duties".[10] Horton was the commanding officer of the USS Enterprise during the period when inappropriate videos were produced and aired between May and December 2007. He was replaced by Rear Adm. Thomas F. Carney.[11]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "OPNAVINST 5400.45 Shore Chain of Command" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 11 September 2015.
  2. ^ "CLWP command website".
  3. ^ http://www.clwp.navy.mil/History
  4. ^ http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/facility/singapore.htm
  5. ^ http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/facility/singapore.htm
  6. ^ Public Papers of the Presidents, The President's News Conference With Prime Minister Goh in Singapore, Public Papers of the Presidents, 4 January 1992
  7. ^ http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/facility/singapore.htm
  8. ^ "Getting Around - PORTS of CALL". www.gettingaround.net. Retrieved 2016-07-21. |first1= missing |last1= in Authors list (help)
  9. ^ Mission of COMLOG WESTPAC CTF 73, [1], accessed May 2010.
  10. ^ http://www.hawaiireporter.com/commander-logistics-group-western-pacific-removed-from-command-after-loss-of-confidence-in-his-ability-to-command/123
  11. ^ http://www.public.navy.mil/bupers-npc/officer/Detailing/flagofficer/FlagMgmt/Pages/MovesandAnnouncements.aspx

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