Task Force 73

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Task Force 73
Commander, Logistics Group Western Pacific
Singapore Area Commander
Logo of Commander, Logistics Group Western Pacific
Active 1992–Present (with addition of CLWP title)
Country United States
Branch United States Navy
Type Command
Role Support of all Naval Forces in Singapore
Part of United States Pacific Fleet
Naval Installations Command
Garrison/HQ Port of Singapore Authority Sembawang Terminal, Singapore
Nickname(s) CLWP
Flag of a United States Navy rear admiral (lower half).svg RDML Don Gabrielson
Rear Admiral (Upper Half) Nora W. Tyson

The U.S. 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]

Additionally, 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) Don Gabrielson.


Originally known as Commander, Naval Surface Group Western Pacific (Commander Task Force (CTF) 73/CTF 75), its mission included command readiness, administrative oversight responsibilities and control of the Naval Surface Force, U.S. 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]


Its recent commander, Rear Admiral (Lower Half) Ron Horton, was relieved of his post due to being "derelict in the performance of his duties".[9] 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.[10]

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