Military Capabilities

Carl Vinson strike group deploys to Western Pacific to support maritime security, co-operation activities

09 January 2017

The US Navy (USN) Nimitz-class nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) carrier strike group (CSG) sailed from San Diego, California, on 5 January for a deployment to the Western Pacific region. The navy had said previously that the deployment would "focus on maritime security operations" and Indo-Pacific theatre security co-operation efforts.

Assets within the CSG will also conduct bilateral exercises, including anti-submarine warfare (ASW), manoeuvring and gunnery drills, and visit, board, search, and seizure (VBSS) subject matter expert exchanges, according to a US Third Fleet media release. Accompanying the carrier for its deployment will be the embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2, embarked assets from Destroyer Squadron 1, the CG 47 Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Lake Champlain (CG 57), and the DDG 51 Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers USS Michael Murphy (DDG 112) and USS Wayne E Meyer (DDG 108).

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