Military Capabilities

Multicarrier drills help USN develop new CSG operational concepts

17 November 2017

The rare convergence of three carrier strike groups (CSGs) this month in the Western Pacific provided US Navy (USN) planners a chance to combine the disparate forces in novel ways compared with traditional deployments.

“This is a unique opportunity,” Rear Admiral Gregory Harris, commander CSG 2, told Jane’s aboard the CSG’s anchor ship, USS Nimitz on 13 November.

“It’s rare we can aggregate a force like this,” he explained.

Normally, he noted, a CSG enters an area of responsibility and some of the smaller ships associated with the group will leave the main force to perform other tasks and missions.

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