Tyler Hlavac

Lamb stars in tasty offerings at Tohoku Jinka in Yokohama’s Chinatown

In the back alleys of Yokohama’s famous Chinatown, hungry diners can explore China’s regional cuisines.

Navy’s oldest deployable warship comes out of Yokosuka dry dock after 19 months

The USS Blue Ridge, which serves as the flagship of the Yokosuka-based 7th Fleet, received numerous upgrades designed to extend its life another 20 years.

Naval Surfaces Forces commander retires early amid fallout from deadly collisions

The head of the Navy’s Surface Forces retired early from the service last week amid continuing fallout after a pair of ship collisions last year killed 17 sailors.

Navy asking Pentagon to increase paternity leave time

The recommendation stems from the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act, which allows the Pentagon to increase non-chargeable leave across the services. It is subject to approval by the Office of the Secretary of Defense.

Ex-cashier gets 2-year sentence for stealing $100K from Yokosuka base casino

Cynthia Lopez Creseni, a 60-year-old Philippine citizen, was sentenced Jan. 12 by a U.S. District Court in Kansas City, Mo. She will be returned to her home country after her incarceration.

Navy plans more promotions, bonuses for sailors as service expands

The service recently abolished high-tenure limits and stopped letting sailors leave before their scheduled separation dates.

Navy looks at increasing tour lengths for sailors assigned to Japan

The Navy wants sailors to spend more time on their overseas assignments, the service’s personnel chief said.

USS Wasp arrives in Japan to boost amphibious, stealth-attack capabilities

The USS Wasp has arrived at its new homeport in Japan, bolstering the 7th Fleet’s amphibious and stealth-attack capabilities in the Pacific.

USS Wasp joins 7th Fleet after wrapping up relief efforts in Caribbean

Navy officials announced that the amphibious-assault ship will soon pull into Sasebo Naval Base — an arrival that was delayed after the Wasp was diverted to the Caribbean in September to assist with disaster-relief efforts.

Carl Vinson strike group departs San Diego for Western Pacific

More than 6,000 sailors have left the West Coast for the tension-filled Western Pacific on a regularly scheduled deployment.

Navy finds plane that crashed into Philippine Sea in November, killing 3 sailors

The Greyhound is about 18,500 feet down, which would make the aircraft recovering operation the deepest ever attempted, the Navy said.

Yokosuka hospital stands by rule that limits access for civilians

Patients who are not active duty or dependents of servicemembers are restricted to making same-day medical appointments on a space-available basis, a change hospital officials say was required to meet access-to-care standards.

New unit will decide if 7th Fleet ships are ready for action, CNO says

The Navy’s top officer said a recently created unit will make the calls on whether warships in the region are capable of deployment.

CNO: Bigger Navy, upgraded ships needed for ‘unprecedented’ N. Korean threat

Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson visited sailors aboard the USS Ronald Reagan at Yokosuka Naval Base. The threat from North Korea was a popular topic as Richardson answered sailors’ questions.

Many sailors unfazed by end of Navy’s ‘early out’ program

Sailors in Japan seem unfazed by the cancellation of a Navy program that allowed some to leave the service up to two years prior to their scheduled separation date.

After delay, USS Fitzgerald finally departs Japan for repairs in Mississippi

The crippled warship attempted to leave Yokosuka on Nov. 23, but was sent back days later to repair two new punctures in the ship’s hull caused by steel support structures during loading.

Pentagon picks commander to lead naval forces on Korean Peninsula

The Pentagon has named a new leader to oversee naval forces on the tension-heavy Korean Peninsula.

Families welcome USS Ronald Reagan home to Japan after ‘tough’ fall deployment

The USS Ronald Reagan returned to its homeport in Japan Monday after a fall patrol highlighted by a rare tri-carrier exercise and a plane crash that killed three sailors.

Navy blames poor training, leadership for USS Lake Champlain collision

A U.S. ship assigned to protect an American aircraft carrier off the Korean Peninsula collided with a commercial fishing boat after losing track of it on radar and attempting "improper and untimely maneuvers" in an attempt to avoid a wreck, the Navy said in report released Thursday.

Three USS Ronald Reagan fighter-jet squadrons relocate from Atsugi to Iwakuni

Three USS Ronald Reagan fighter-jet squadrons arrived at their new home Tuesday, the latest step in transferring the bulk of Naval Air Facility Atsugi’s Carrier Air Wing 5 to Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni.

USS McCain back on course to Japan after new damage diverted it to Philippines

The collision-damaged USS John S. McCain is finally on its way to Japan after repair and weather issues forced a diversion to the Philippines last month.

USS Fitzgerald returns to Yokosuka after suffering damage during loading process

The crippled USS Fitzgerald was forced to return to its homeport Monday after suffering further damage while being loaded onto a heavy lift vessel for its trip stateside.

Navy calls off search for 3 sailors missing after plane crash in Philippine Sea

The Navy announced the end of the search in a statement Friday morning, saying U.S. and Japanese ships and aircraft covered nearly 1,000 square nautical miles over two days searching for the missing sailors.

Collision-damaged USS Fitzgerald departs Japan to receive repairs stateside

The Fitzgerald will be taken to Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula, Miss., for fixes and upgrades. A deadly collision on June 17 between the USS Fitzgerald and a Philippine-flagged merchant ship killed seven sailors.

Crews continue to search for 3 missing sailors after plane crash in Philippine Sea

Search-and-rescue efforts continued Thursday for three sailors missing after a Navy aircraft went down the previous afternoon in the Philippine Sea.

3 missing after Navy aircraft crashes into Philippine Sea

A C-2A Greyhound carrying 11 crew members and passengers crashed in waters southeast of Okinawa during a training exercise Wednesday. Eight people have been rescued and the search continues for the other three.

Vandals strike vehicles, homes affiliated with the US military on Okinawa

A number of U.S. military affiliated vehicles and apartment buildings were vandalized over the weekend, shortly after a fatal vehicle accident involving a Marine and a Japanese national.

USS Benfold collides with Japanese tugboat during towing exercise; no injuries reported

No injuries were reported after a U.S. warship collided with a Japanese commercial tugboat Saturday in Japan’s Sagami Bay.

Futenma relocation necessary for dealing with N. Korean threats, Hagerty says

“Considerable progress” is being made on a controversial project to relocate a large Marine base within Okinawa, the United States’ new envoy to Japan said Friday in Tokyo.

Sasebo-based sailor accused of trying to steal car outside Japanese convenience store

A U.S. sailor was in Japanese police custody Tuesday after officers said he made a drunken attempt to steal a vehicle parked outside an off-base convenience store the previous morning.

Navy shows off its airpower during rare tri-carrier drills near Korean Peninsula

The four-day drills, which kicked off on Saturday, involve the USS Ronald Reagan, USS Theodore Roosevelt and USS Nimitz, and are aimed at demonstrating the Navy’s “unique capability to operate multiple carrier strike groups as a coordinated strike force effort.”

Rare 3-carrier strike group exercise kicks off Saturday near Korean Peninsula

The four-day exercise involving the USS Ronald Reagan, USS Nimitz and USS Theodore Roosevelt strike groups will “demonstrate the U.S. Navy’s unique capability to operate multiple carrier strike groups as a coordinated strike force effort.”

USS Chafee wraps up drills off S. Korea as Trump arrives on peninsula

U.S., South Korean and Australian warships finished a two-day exercise off the Korean Peninsula Tuesday aimed at intercepting and searching unauthorized merchant vessels.

Littoral combat ship USS Coronado departs Singapore after 14-month deployment

The Navy’s only overseas littoral combat ship is heading home after a 14-month rotational deployment to Southeast Asia.

Report details death, destruction, heroism after McCain collision

A Navy report details death, destruction and heroism on the USS John S. McCain after an Aug. 21 collision with an oil tanker killed 10 sailors near Singapore.

Pentagon nominates former destroyer commander to lead Navy’s 6th Fleet

The Pentagon has tapped a former destroyer commander to lead the Navy’s Mediterranean fleet at a time of rising tensions with Russia and a growing terror threat in Africa.

Experts: Trump will look to bolster US-Japan alliance during upcoming visit

President Donald Trump will reaffirm America’s commitment to the Asia-Pacific and build support for a tough line on North Korea during an upcoming trip to Japan, experts told Stars and Stripes Monday.

Navy rescues women, dogs lost at sea for months aboard sailboat

The Sasebo, Japan-based amphibious ship USS Ashland rescued Jennifer Appel and Tasha Fuiava, both of Honolulu, along with their dogs Zeus and Valentine after their adrift sailboat was spotted Wednesday about 900 miles southeast of Japan.

Navy now has 3 carrier strike groups operating in the Pacific

Some have speculated that the presence of three carrier groups in the Pacific is a direct response to North Korean aggression; however, Navy officials told Stars and Stripes on Thursday the timing is just a coincidence.

Trilateral missile-defense drills wrap up in waters off Japan

U.S., South Korean and Japanese warships finished a two-day exercise Wednesday aimed at honing their defense against North Korean missiles.

No significant damage to US bases after Typhoon Lan strikes Japan

U.S. military bases on Japan’s Kanto Plain resumed normal operations in the aftermath of a major typhoon that struck the area early Monday morning.

USS Fitzgerald sailors awarded for efforts following deadly June collision

Seventh Fleet Commander Vice Adm. Phil Sawyer awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal to 36 crew members “who distinguished themselves for their bravery and contributions to damage control efforts."

New hull crack, typhoon divert collision-damaged USS McCain to Philippines

The guided-missile destroyer developed a 4-inch-long crack along its starboard side while transiting to Yokosuka Naval Base aboard the MV Treasure.

USS O’Kane deployment extended as 7th Fleet faces ship shortage

A Hawaii-based destroyer’s upcoming deployment to the 7th Fleet will last longer than planned because of a ship shortage caused by deadly collisions and maintenance issues.

USS Lake Champlain captain, crew members were disciplined for May collision

The commander of a U.S. warship that collided with a South Korean fishing vessel last spring was disciplined along with several members of his crew, the Navy revealed Tuesday.

Yokosuka resolving base-housing safety issues identified in IG report, officials say

Base-housing safety issues — ranging from radon gas to fire protection problems — identified in a 2014 Inspector General report have been fixed or are being resolved, Yokosuka officials said.

Navy fires USS McCain senior leaders after ‘preventable’ deadly collision

The Navy relieved two USS John S. McCain senior officers Wednesday following a deadly Aug. 21 collision involving the destroyer and a civilian oil tanker.

Collision-damaged USS McCain departs Singapore for repairs in Japan

The decision to do the work at Yokosuka was made after damage assessments revealed it would be faster and cheaper than sending the ship stateside.

Yokosuka honors USS McCain sailors killed in summer collision

"Words are inadequate to express the grief we feel in losing 10 of our own,” said Vice Adm. Phil Sawyer during a ceremony Wednesday honoring USS John S. McCain sailors killed in an Aug. 21 collision near Singapore.

Navy cruiser involved in May collision receives new commander

Capt. Jen Ellinger has taken charge of the guided-missile cruiser USS Lake Champlain, which collided with a fishing vessel east of the Korean Peninsula earlier this year.

Rock Bar Yeah boasts the best traits of a stateside dive bar

Rock Bar Yeah is the focal point for Yokosuka’s rock ’n’ roll community and offers escape from the hip-hop and electronic dance music blasted at most off-base clubs.

ESPN will soon go off the air at some US military bases in Japan

ESPN’s days are numbered at some U.S. military bases in Japan, although shows such as “SportsCenter” will remain available on American Forces Network.

Safety issues linger at military housing in Japan, IG report says

Safety issues remain at American military housing in Japan despite efforts over the past few years to correct them, an Office of Inspector General report said.

Navy issues guidance to provide more sleep for sailors at sea

Vice. Adm. Tom Rowden has ordered ship captains to establish routines no later than Dec. 20 that will give sailors predictable watch schedules and sleep periods, according to a copy of the directive obtained by Stars and Stripes.

New Navy unit will keep tabs on warship readiness in Western Pacific

The Navy is standing up a new unit to look at warship readiness in the Western Pacific following a string of serious accidents.

Navy relieves two more commanders in 7th Fleet after deadly collisions

The Navy relieved two more commanders in 7th Fleet on Monday amid fallout from two deadly collisions involving the destroyers USS Fitzgerald and USS John S. McCain.

Career aviator takes charge of 3rd Fleet as Pacific role widens

Vice Adm. John Alexander recently took command of the Navy’s 3rd Fleet, vowing to continue expanding its role in the Pacific.

No fast answer for Navy’s manning issues, top enlisted sailor says

The service is trying to add new sailors and retain those already enlisted, allowing some to stay in uniform longer without being promoted. The Navy’s budget for the 2018 fiscal year aims to add 4,000 sailors, bringing its roll up to 327,900.

Small Army unit plays big role for Japan-based exercises

When a large unit like the Army’s 25th Infantry Division needs to ship enough helicopters, vehicles and equipment into Japan to support a 600-soldier exercise like Orient Shield, they look to subject-matter experts for help.

Collision-damaged USS McCain to depart Singapore for Japan

The USS John S. McCain will head back to its homeport in Japan for a damage assessment later this month, Naval Sea Systems Command announced Wednesday.

Navy’s blueberries to give way to green cammies starting next month

The first sailors to get the new uniforms will be at the Navy’s Recruit Training Command in Great Lakes, Ill., at Officer Candidate School in Newport, R.I., and in the Southwest Region, the Navy said in its message.

Engineering issues will keep USS Blue Ridge in dry dock into 2018

Unexpected engineering problems will keep the USS Blue Ridge in dry dock through early next year — months past its scheduled completion date of August 2017.

Most USS Fitzgerald sailors to be transferred off collision-damaged ship

Only about 50 sailors from the Fitzgerald’s crew of about 300 will remain aboard the ship when it travels this fall to Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula, Miss.


UFC fighters bring MMA clinic to Yokosuka Naval Base

More than 40 sailors and local American and Japanese civilians punched, wrestled, grappled and choked their way through a mixed martial arts clinic led Saturday by a retired Ultimate Fighting Championship competitor.

USS Shiloh sailor develops app to help shipmates study for advancement exams

Marquise Hubbard developed the Sailors Mobile and Readily-Accessible Trainer over a two-year period. The app functions like flashcards, allowing sailors to study for and or take practice exams in preparation for their advancement exams.

Sailors who died in McCain collision receive posthumous promotions

The Navy has posthumously promoted the 10 USS John S. McCain sailors who were killed Aug. 21 when the guided-missile destroyer collided with a merchant ship just east of Singapore.


USS Wasp departs Norfolk to join 7th Fleet in Japan

The amphibious-assault ship USS Wasp departed Naval Station Norfolk Wednesday for its new home at Sasebo Naval Base Japan.

Navy recovers bodies of all 10 missing USS McCain sailors

Navy and Marine Corps divers have recovered the bodies of all 10 missing USS John S. McCain sailors killed in a collision last week, the Navy said Monday.


Littoral combat ship successfully tests ship-killing missile off Guam

The USS Coronado tested a harpoon block 1C missile, striking a target beyond the littoral combat ship’s visual range, Navy officials announced this week.

Swift tells 7th Fleet sailors to focus on fundamentals during operational pause

The Navy’s Pacific commander warned sailors against complacency and urged a back-to-basics approach to their duties during an operational stand-down ordered after a U.S. warship collided with a commercial ship for the second time in two months.

Body found by Malaysian military not a missing McCain sailor, Navy says

A body recovered this week in waters near Singapore by the Malaysian navy is not one of the missing sailors from the USS John S. McCain, Navy officials said Thursday.

Navy relieves commander of 7th Fleet after second deadly collision

Vice Adm. Joseph Aucoin, the head of the Navy’s 7th Fleet, was relieved of command Wednesday in the wake of a string of accidents across the Pacific involving Navy ships. The search for the missing USS John S. McCain sailors continued Wednesday.

5 missing sailors identified as search continues for McCain survivors

The Navy has not released the names of the 10 missing USS John S. McCain sailors, but five among the missing have been identified by their families. The search continues aboard the ship and at sea, but already a number of bodies have been found.

USS Fitzgerald will go to Mississippi shipyard for repairs after deadly collision

A Mississippi-based company has been awarded a contract to repair the USS Fitzgerald after it was damaged in a June 17 collision that killed seven sailors off Japan.

Sepsis caused sailor’s death last fall aboard USS Ronald Reagan, Navy says

The Navy says sepsis was to blame for a USS Ronald Reagan sailor’s abrupt death last fall during a patrol in the Yellow Sea.


Amphibious assault ship bolsters search for missing USS McCain sailors

Navy and Marine Corps divers from the America and Yokosuka have been searching the guided-missile destroyer for the missing sailors using surface-supplied air rigs to access sealed compartments in damaged areas of the ship.