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.

-- Capt. Matthew D. Ovios, Commanding Officer of Commander Fleet Activities Sasebo (CFAS), passes through ceremonial sideboys at the conclusion of the CFAS change of command ceremony where he relieved Capt. Charles W. Rock as Commanding Officer. Capt. Matthew D. Ovios, Commanding Officer of Commander Fleet Activities Sasebo, salutes Capt. Charles W. Rock during a change of command ceremony at CFAS. Rear Adm. Terry Kraft, commander of U.S. Naval Forces Japan, awards Capt. Charles W. Rock with the Legion of Merit during the Commander Fleet Activities Sasebo Change of Command Ceremony. A native of Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, Captain Ovios received his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1990 from Colby College in Waterville, Maine. He was commissioned through Officer Candidate School in November of the same year. Additionally, Captain Ovios earned a Master of Arts degree from the United States Naval War College in 2003.

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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