US Carrier Strike Group Heads for Western Pacific as Korean Tensions
| 10 April 2017
USS Carl Vinson |
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Admiral Harry Harris, Commander, U.S.
Pacific Command, has directed the Carl Vinson Strike Group to sail
north and report on station in the Western Pacific Ocean after
departing Singapore April 8.
Carl Vinson Strike Group, including Nimitz-class aircraft carrier
USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70), embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2, Arleigh
Burke-class guided-missile destroyers USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG 108)
and USS Michael Murphy (DDG 112), and Ticonderoga-class
guided-missile cruiser USS Lake Champlain (CG 57), will operate in
the Western Pacific rather than executing previously planned port
visits to Australia. The Strike Group will remain under the
operational control of U.S. 3rd Fleet as part of the Third Fleet
Deployed from San Diego, California, to the Western Pacific since
Jan. 5, the Strike Group has participated in numerous bilateral
exercises with the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force and Republic of
Korea Navy, various maritime security initiatives, and routine
patrol operations in the South China Sea.
For more than 70 years, the U.S. Navy has maintained a persistent
naval presence in the Indo-Asia Pacific. The U.S. Navy is committed
to continuing this forward presence, which is focused on stability,
regional cooperation and economic prosperity for all nations. Carl
Vinson has deployed to the region several times, starting with a
deployment to the Western Pacific in 1983, a year after
commissioning. Most recently in 2015, Carl Vinson conducted port
visits and exercises with regional navies in the South China Sea.
U.S. 3rd Fleet leads naval forces in the Pacific and provides the
realistic, relevant training necessary for an effective global Navy.
Third Fleet constantly coordinates with U.S. 7th Fleet to plan and
execute missions based on their complementary strengths to promote
ongoing peace, security, and stability throughout the entire
Indo-Asia-Pacific theatre of operations.