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High-ranking US naval officer thanks Qld

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March 14, 2018

The anniversary of the US Navy 7th fleet's formation will be marked with a wreath-laying ceremony.

The formation of the United States' 7th Fleet will be commemorated in Brisbane on Wednesday, 75 years after it was founded in Queensland's capital.

Vice-Admiral Phillip G Sawyer, the current leader of the 7th Fleet, will join in the 75th anniversary commemorations of the naval fleet's foundation during the heat of World War II.

Vice-Admiral Sawyer and US Consul General Valerie Fowler will acknowledge's Brisbane's role in the US war effort by laying a wreath the Submariner's Heritage Trail in Teneriffe later on Wednesday.

The pair will then attend a civic reception with Lord Mayor Graham Quirk and a commemorative service at Albert St Uniting Church.

The US Navy 7th Fleet was formed in Brisbane in 1943 at the headquarters of General Douglas MacArthur in what is now MacArthur Chambers in the city's CBD.

MacArthur was the commander of the Allied forces in the south-west Pacific.

The 7th fleet, featuring several Australian naval ships, fought at the Battle of Leyte Gulf in the Philippines in 1944 - the largest naval battle of World War II.

The fleet has since served in the Korean, Vietnam and Gulf Wars and is currently based in Japan.

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