Task Force 73
Definition/Scope: (Navy.mil) COMLOG WESTPAC/ CTF 73 and Navy Region Center Singapore are the U.S. 7th Fleet?s provider of combat-ready logistics, maintaining and operating government-owned ships and operating government-contracted ships to keep combatant ships and units throughout 7th Fleet armed, fueled, fed and supported. They are also the 7th Fleet?s Theater Security Cooperation agent for Southeast Asia, providing engagement with allies and partners through established exercises while forging new partnerships through tailored exchanges, enhanced port visits and expanding repair capabilities at regional shipyards. Commander, Logistics Group Western Pacific (COMLOG WESTPAC) was established at Port of Singapore Authority (PSA), Sembawang Terminal, in July 1992, after the command?s relocation from Naval Station Subic Bay, Republic of the Philippines. 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. As CTF 73, the command provided operational control over rotationally deployed Combat Logistics Force ships, Military Sealift Command ships and Maritime Prepositioning Ships operating in 7th Fleet. In April 1992, the command?s name changed to Commander, Naval Surface Group Western Pacific, and the operational control and administrative responsibilities associated with CTF 75 ships shifted to the 7th Fleet Battle Force commander. Two months later, the command?s name changed again to Commander, Logistics Group Western Pacific and the staff retained the duties of CTF 73. Today, the command continues as the U.S. 7th Fleet?s operational commander for Naval Fleet Auxiliary Force (NFAF) ships and most other Military Sealift Command ships, as well as principal logistics agent and Theater Security Cooperation (TSC) agent for Southeast Asia. As logistics agent for 7th Fleet, the command plans the resupply of food, ordnance, fuel and repair parts for U.S. Navy ships deployed throughout the more than 52 million square miles of the 7th Fleet area of operations. The command also plans and manages the funding of 7th Fleet surface combatant ship repairs outside of Japan. In its capacity as the TSC agent for Southeast Asia, the command conducts advance planning, facilitates communication with host nations, promotes military to military relations, organizes resources, and directly supports the execution of training exercises such as the annual Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) exercise series with Bangladesh, Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Timor Leste, the Philippines and Singapore, and Southeast Asia Cooperation and Training (SEACAT).
Used For:Commander Task Force 73
Broader Terms:7th fleet
Related Terms:Forward Deployed Naval Force