U. S. Aircraft Carrier Deployment History

FWFDs from 2000 to Present

Part 5 - 2007 to 2008 FWFDs

 USS CORAL SEA (CV 43)

Operations Evening Light and Eagle Claw, A Sailors tale of his Tour of duty in the U.S. Navy (August 1977 to February 1983)

 

A Sailors tale of his Tour of duty in the U.S. Navy (August 1977 to February 1983) Operation Evening Light and Eagle Claw - 24 April 1980

 

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Operations Evening Light and Eagle Claw (24 April 1980) Iran and Air Arm History (1941 to Present)

 

Operations Evening Light and Eagle Claw (24 April 1980) Iran and Air Arm History (1941 to 1980)

 

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U. S. Aircraft Carrier Deployment History

FWFDs from 2000 to Present

Part 1 - 2000 FWFDs

Part 2 - 2001 to 2002 FWFDs

Part 3 - 2003 to 2004 FWFDs

Part 4 - 2005 to 2006 FWFDs

Part 5 - 2007 to 2008 FWFDs

Part 6 - 2009 FWFDs

Part 7 - 2010 FWFDs

Part 8 - 2011 FWFDs

Part 9 - 2012 to 2013 FWFDs

Part 10 - 2014 to 2015 FWFDs

Part 11 - 2016 to 2017 FWFDs

Part 12 - 2018 to 2019 FWFDs

Part 13 - 2020 to 2021 FWFDs

Part 14 - 2022 to 2023 FWFDs


2007 EAST and WEST COAST DEPLOYMENTS - Includes Florida

 

2007 U.S. Atlantic (Second & Sixth Fleets) U.S. Pacific Fleet (Third and Seventh Fleets) and the US Naval Forces Central Command and 5th Fleet Aircraft Carrier Deployments Includes Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) Red Sea, Arabian Sea and Persian Gulf (Arabian Gulf), North Arabian Sea, Indian Ocean, Eastern and Western Pacific Oceans, while both east and west coast deployments often operated under the direction of the U.S. Naval Forces Central Command and 5th Fleet, participating in Maritime Security Operations (MSO), Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) and Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF), operating under operational control of the US Naval Forces Central Command and 5th Fleet, with the Commander, 7th Fleet, serving as naval component commander for Central Command.

 

The US Navy's 2006 Pacific Fleet and Seventh Fleet Aircraft Carriers deployments and Carriers from both West and East coast, resulted in one CVN extending into 2007 operating under the direction of the U.S. Naval Forces Central Command participating in Operation Iraqi Freedom, the multi-national coalition effort to liberate the Iraqi people, eliminate Iraq's weapons of mass destruction, and end the regime of Saddam Hussein continues, beginning on 20 March 2003 with the firing of Tomahawk missiles from U.S. ships in the Arabian Gulf and Red Sea and Operation Southern Watch, operating under operational control of the US Naval Forces Central Command and 5th Fleet, with the Commander, 7th Fleet, serving as naval component commander for Central Command are as follows:

 

AIRCRAFT CARRIER

DEP

AIR WING

T.C.

DEPART

RETURN

Days at  Sea

USS Enterprise (CVN-65) U. S. Fleet Forces Command, 6th, 5th & Central Command

(14th & 15th Gulf of Aden & Red Sea voy. & 6th Arabian / Persian Gulf dep. & 7th aerial Arabian / Persian Gulf dep. & 11th North Arabian Sea dep.)

NorLant

9th Med

14th Suez Canal

4th OIF

4th MIO

4th OEF

15th Suez Canal

Med

NorLant

CVW-1

AB

7 Jul 2007

19 Dec 2007

Europe Middle East

Afghanistan

War

2nd Iraq War

Persian Gulf

29th FWFD

166-Days

"Big E" Deploys

 2nd Maritime Security Operations (MSO) in support of Iraqi oil platform protection, anti-piracy operations and the struggle against violent extremists, her 2nd Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF), the multi-national coalition effort to liberate the Iraqi people, eliminate Iraq's weapons of mass destruction, and end the regime of Saddam Hussein continues, beginning on 20 March 2003 with the firing of Tomahawk missiles from U.S. ships in the Arabian Gulf and Red Sea and her 4th Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF), the "military response to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States, commencing on 7 October 2001, operating under operational control of the US Naval Forces Central Command and 5th Fleet, where it would spend 55 straight days at sea before making the first of its three port calls in Jebel Ali, United Arab Emirates.

 

Enterprise successfully conducted a NATO Sea Sparrow Missile (NSSMS) Exercise (MISSILEX) on July 10 while operating off the East Coast of the United States.

 

Enterprise fired two missiles from NSSMS 1, one of two NSSMS systems onboard, at two target drones launched from Naval Station Dam Neck, Va., and successfully hit both targets. NSSMS is the first layer of Big Es three-point Ship Self-Defense System (SSDS), along with the Rolling Air Frame Missile (RAM) Launcher and the Close-In Weapons System (CWIS). The system uses the RIM-7 missile and has a range of nine miles and is capable is reaching speeds of nearly 1,000 miles per hour. This was the first time Enterprise launched a Sea Sparrow since November 2005.

 

Enterprise hosted the Deputy Commander Joint Force Command Naples, Air Marshal Sir G.A.

 

Enterprise and all of its embarked members traveled across the Atlantic Ocean and into the 6th Fleet AOR, where they hosted the French Chief of Naval Operations as well as the U.S. Ambassador to France to observe a historic landing and launch of a French Rafale F2 jet. This was the first time a French strike aircraft had landed on board a U.S. carrier. Enterprise then became the first American carrier to pull into a French port in six years when it stopped for a three-day port visit in Cannes, France.

 

Enterprise Strike Group Exemplifies CNO's Maritime Strategy

 

The Chief of Naval Operations (CNO), Adm. Gary Roughead, along with the Commandant of the Marine Corps (CMC), Gen. James Conway and Commandant of the Coast Guard, Adm. Thad Allen released the "Cooperative Strategy for 21st Century Seapower" on Oct 17. As the maritime strategy was released, Enterprise Strike Group (ENTSG) was executing it while forward deployed in the 5th Fleet area of operations. The new strategy stresses the importance of the Navy's core capabilities of forward presence, deterrence, sea control, and power projection as well as its expanded core capabilities of humanitarian assistance/disaster response and maritime security.

 

ATFLIR: CVW-1 Gets New Targeting System

ENTSG Returns from 2007/08 Deployment

 

The more than 5,500 Sailors and Marines aboard the Enterprise traveled approximately 48,646 miles throughout the course of the deployment, doing everything from combat operations to diplomatic relations missions in the 6th and 5th fleet areas of responsibility (AOR). During its time in combat, ENTSG aircraft flew more than 7,500 missions and made more than 6,500 arrested landings. In support of the troops on the ground, ENTSG pilots dropped 73 air-to-ground weapons and fired 4,149 rounds of 20mm ammunition. The Sailors and Marines on board completed 26 underway replenishments, receiving more than 12 million gallons of fuel; cooked and served approximately 4 million meals totaling more than $11 million; performed more than 4,200 preventative and corrective maintenance actions on the catapults and arresting gear to keep CVW-1 aircraft in the sky; transferred 3,960 pallets of cargo and hosted 303 distinguished visitors during 19 visits. The crew members of the ENTSG were able to accomplish more than just success in combat. Approximately 1,300 Navy College Program for Afloat College Education classes were complete; more than 300 Sailors were advanced; Sailors earned nearly 900 warfare pins and 304 Sailors reenlisted for almost $11 million in reenlistment bonuses.

 

Port of calls included Cannes, France, Jebel Ali, United Arab Emirates Dubai x three visits.

 

In addition to being the flagship of the strike group, Enterprise is also home to CVW 1. The air wing is comprised of the Checkmates of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 211 flying the FA-18F Super Hornet; the Knighthawks of VFA-136 flying the FA-18C; the Sidewinders of VFA-86 flying the FA-18C; the Thunderbolts of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 251 flying the FA-18C (N) Hornet. Also joining CVW 1 are the Dragonslayers of Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron (HS) 11 flying the SH-60 Seahawk; the Rooks of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 137 flying the EA-6B Prowler; the Screwtops of VAW-123 flying the E-2C Hawkeye; the Maulers of Sea Control Squadron (VS) 32 (*1) flying the S-3B Viking; and the Rawhides of Fleet Logistics Support Squadron (VRC) 40 flying the C-2A Greyhound. (*1) disestablished on Sep.25, 2008.

 

Enterprise is the flagship for Carrier Strike Group 12, Rear Adm. Daniel P. Holloway as commander, USS Enterprise (CVN-65) (ENTSTKGRU) Carrier Strike Group (CCSG) 12 is comprised of CVW-1, the Big E flagship for Carrier Strike Group 12, CDS 2 which include the guided-missile destroyers USS Forrest Sherman (DDG-98), USS James E. Williams (DDG-95), USS Arleigh Burke (DDG-51) and USS Stout (DDG-55); the guided-missile cruiser USS Gettysburg (CG-64); and the fast-attack submarine USS Philadelphia (SSN-690) all based in Norfolk, and also the fast combat support ship USNS Supply (T-AOE-6) based in Earle, N.J. There are nearly 7,500 Sailors and Marines in the strike group.

 

2007 U.S. Atlantic (Second & Sixth Fleets) U.S. Pacific Fleet (Third and Seventh Fleets) and the US Naval Forces Central Command and 5th Fleet Aircraft Carrier Deployments with east coast carriers participating in Maritime Security Operations (MSO), Operation Steel Curtain (OSC) and Operation Iraqi Freedom, the multi-national coalition effort to liberate the Iraqi people, eliminate Iraq's weapons of mass destruction, and end the regime of Saddam Hussein continues, beginning on 20 March 2003 with the firing of Tomahawk missiles from U.S. ships in the Arabian Gulf and Red Sea and Operation Southern Watch, the 7th Fleet, serving as naval component commander for Central Command are as follows:

 

AIRCRAFT CARRIER

DEP

AIR WING

T.C.

DEPART

RETURN

Days at  Sea

USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74)

Pacific Fleet, 7th, 5th & Central Command (3rd Arabian /Persian Gulf dep. (4 voyages during dep. and) (5 Arabian Sea voy.)

4th WestPac 4th IO

1st OIF

1st MSO

2nd OEF

CVW-9

NG

16 Jan 2007

31 Aug 2007

Middle East

2nd Iraq War, Afghanistan War &

Maritime Security Operations

Persian Gulf

5th FWFD

228-Days

Joint Task Force Horn of Africa, 1st Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF), the multi-national coalition effort to liberate the Iraqi people, eliminate Iraq's weapons of mass destruction, and end the regime of Saddam Hussein continues, beginning on 20 March 2003 with the firing of Tomahawk missiles from U.S. ships in the Arabian Gulf and Red Sea, 1st Maritime Security Operations (MSO), supporting operations that are focused on reassuring regional partners of the United States' commitment to security, which promotes stability and global prosperity and 2nd Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF), the "military response to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States, commencing on 7 October 2001.

 

John C. Stennis Strike Group is composed of Commander, Carrier Strike Group 3, Rear Admiral Kevin M. Quinn; John C. Stennis, CO, Bradley E. Johanson; Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 9, Captain William R. Massey: Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 154, VFA-146, VFA-147, Marine Strike Fighter Squadron (VMFA) 323, Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron (VAQ) 138, Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 112, Sea Control Squadron (VS) 31, Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron(HS) 8; Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 21, Captain Michael J. Salvato: USS OKane (DDG-77), USS Antietam (CG-54) with HSL 43 DET 5 embarked and USS Preble (DDG-88). Other ships, sub and detachments reported on Stennis web site include USS Key West (SSN-722); USS Rentz (FFG-46); USNS Bridge (T-AOE 10) and Explosive Ordinance Demolition Mobile Unit 11 DET 9.

USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76)

Pacific Fleet & 7th

2nd WestPac

FRP

ER, S, OM

RSOI/FE

CVW-14

NK

27 Jan 2007

20 Apr 2007

Western Pacific

3rd FWFD

84-days

Navy's Fleet Response Plan (FRP), and will operate in the Western Pacific in support of U.S. commitments in the region in Exercise Reception, Staging, Onward Movement and Integration/Foal Eagle (RSOI/FE).

 

Ports of call included: Sasebo, Japan; Hong Kong; Busan and Republic of South Korea.

 

The squadrons of CVW-14 include the Strike Fighter Squadrons (VFA) the Redcocks of VFA-22, the Fist of the Fleet of VFA-25, the Stingers of VFA-113, the Eagles of VFA-115, the Black Eagles of Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 113, the Cougars of Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron (VAQ) 139, Providers of Carrier Logistics Support (VRC) 30 and the Black Knights of Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron (HS) 4.

 

The Ronald Reagan Strike Group (RRSG) is comprised of Commander, Carrier Strike Group 7 (CCG 7), Rear Adm. Charles W. Martoglio, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 14, Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 7, the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76), the guided-missile cruiser USS Lake Champlain (CG-57), the guided-missile destroyer USS Russell (DDG-59), and Explosive Ordnance Disposal Unit 11, Detachment 15. More than 6,000 Sailors are currently assigned to Ronald Reagan CSG.

 

Commander, U.S. 7th Fleet is permanently embarked aboard USS Blue Ridge (LCC-19), which is forward deployed to Yokosuka, Japan. The 7th Fleet AOR includes more than 52 million square miles of the Pacific and Indian oceans -- stretching from the international date line to the east coast of Africa, and from the Kuril Islands in the north to the Antarctic in the south. More than half of the world's population lives within the 7th Fleet AOR. In addition, more than 80 percent of that population lives within 500 miles of the oceans, which means this is an inherently maritime region.

USS Nimitz (CVN-68) 7th, 5th & Central Command (9th North Arabian Sea & 7th Arabian/Persian Gulf)

8th WestPac

South China Sea

Strait of Malacca x 2

9th IO

CVW-11

NH

2 Apr 2007

30 Sep 2007

Middle East

Persian Gulf

20th FWFD

182-days

3rd Maritime Security Operations (MSO) and Malabar 05 the seventh iteration of the annual air, surface and sub-surface exercise with Indian naval forces, 3rd Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF), the multi-national coalition effort to liberate the Iraqi people, eliminate Iraq's weapons of mass destruction, and end the regime of Saddam Hussein continues, beginning on 20 March 2003 with the firing of Tomahawk missiles from U.S. ships in the Arabian Gulf and Red Sea, 3rd Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF), the "military response to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States, commencing on 7 October 2001 and joint exercise "Valiant Shield 2007" in the Guam operating area and exercise "Malabar 07-2" in the Bay of Bengal prior to ending her deployment.

 

Ports of call included: Jebel Ali, United Arab Emirates; Chennai Port, India; Bay of Bengal; Hong Kong; Bay of Bengal and Naval Station Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.

 

CVW-11s squadrons include Tophatters of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 14 (FA-18E), Black Aces of VFA-41 (FA-18F), Sunliners of VFA-81 (FA-18C), Wallbangers of Airborne Early Warning Squadron 117 (E-2C Hawkeye 2000 NP), Red Devils of Marine Corps Strike Fighter Squadron 232 (FA-18A+), Black Ravens of Electronic Warfare Squadron 135 (EA-6B), Providers of Carrier Logistics Support Squadron 30 (VRC-30 Det. 3, C-2A) and the Indians of Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron 6 (HS-6, SH-60F/HH-60H).

 

Nimitz CSG, commanded by Rear Adm. Terry Blake, is comprised of Commander, Carrier Strike Group (CCG) 11, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 11 and Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 23. It includes the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier Nimitz; guided-missile cruiser USS Princeton (CG-59); guided-missile destroyers USS Higgins (DDG-76), USS Chafee (DDG-90), USS John Paul Jones (DDG-53), and USS Pinckney (DDG-91); two detachments from the Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Light (HSL) 49 Scorpions, (HSL) 37 Easy Riders; and Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit 11, Det. 15.

USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) 7th

(Forward Deployed)

Western Pacific Region

Pacific Ocean

Sea of Japan

 

 

4 May 2007

6 May 2007

Training

Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan)

Sea Trials in the Tokyo Bay from 4 to 6 May conducted a 4-month, $28.5 million Selective and or as in the past, Ships Restricted Availability (SRA) at Ship Repair Facility (SRF), Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) from 8 January 2007 to 4 May 2007.

USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) 7th

(Forward Deployed)

Western Pacific Region

Pacific Ocean

Sea of Japan

CVW-5

NF

15 May 2007

20 May 2007

Training

Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan)

Carrier Qualifications

 

CVW-5, embarked aboard Kitty Hawk has more than 60 aircraft and operates from Naval Air Facility Atsugi, Japan, as an essential element of naval aviation and U.S. 7th Fleet operations. Kitty Hawk is the Navys only permanently forward-deployed aircraft carrier and currently operates from Yokosuka, Japan.

 

Air Wing FIVE was equipped with what were then the Navy's newest aircraft: the F/A-18 Hornet, EA-6B Prowler, E-2C Hawkeye, SH-60 Seahawk and C-2A Greyhound.

 

Squadrons: VFA-102, FA-18F; VFA-27, FA-18E; VFA-192, FA-18C (N); VFA-195, FA-18C (N); VAQ-136, EA-6B; VAW-115, E-2C / E-2C NP; HS-14, SH-60F / HH-60H; HSL-51 Det. 3, SH-60B and VRC-30 Det. 5, C-2A.

 

USS Kitty Hawk (CVA-63) Strike Group is the largest carrier strike group in the Navy and is composed of the aircraft carrier Kitty Hawk, CVW-5, the guided-missile cruisers USS Chancellorsville (CG-62) and USS Cowpens (CG-63), and Destroyer Squadron 15 is comprised of the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Vincennes (CG-49); the Spruance-class destroyer USS Cushing (DD-985); the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG-54), USS John S. McCain (DDG-56) and USS Fitzgerald (DDG-62); and the Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigates USS Vandegrift (FFG-48) and USS Gary (FFG-51). DESRON 15 squadrons staff is permanently embarked on Kitty Hawk.

USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) 7th (14th Indian Ocean in the Bay of Bengal)

(18th Forward Deployed)

Western Pacific Region

Pacific Ocean

37th WestPac Tasman Sea

Coral Sea, South China Sea

TS 07

VS 07

M 07-2

CVW-5

NF

23 May 2007

21 Sep 2007

WestPac

40th FWFD

Summer Underway Period - Sea Trials and pilot refresher training, known as Carrier Qualifications, Talisman Saber (TS) 07 Field Training Exercise (FTX), under Task Force 70 command conducted their part of the exercise in the Northeast Australia Maritime Training Area near Rockhampton, Australia in cooperation and coordination with environmental authorities, a robust mandatory training program was developed to ensure compliance with strict environmental standards, and Exercise Valiant Shield 2007, a joint eight-day exercise that included 30 ships from three carrier strike groups with USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74) and USS Nimitz (CVN-68), as well as forces from other services off the coast of Guam, involving about 30 ships, 280 aircraft and 22,000 Airmen, Sailors, Soldiers and Marines who worked together to build their joint combat skills testing the militarys ability to rapidly bring together joint forces in response to any regional contingency, extending operations into the Indian Oceans Bay of Bengal in support of Exercise "Malabar 07-2," a six-day exercise in the Indian Oceans Bay of Bengal, involving more than 20,000 personnel on 28 ships and 150 aircraft from the United States Navy, Indian Navy, Royal Australian Navy, Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force, and the Republic of Singapore Navy.

 

Ports of call included: Guam twice; Sydney and Brisbane, Australia; Port Klang, Malaysia, near Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

 

Air Wing FIVE was equipped with what were then the Navy's newest aircraft: the F/A-18 Hornet, EA-6B Prowler, E-2C Hawkeye, SH-60 Seahawk and C-2A Greyhound.

 

Squadrons: VFA-102, FA-18F; VFA-27, FA-18E; VFA-192, FA-18C (N); VFA-195, FA-18C (N); VAQ-136, EA-6B; VAW-115, E-2C / E-2C NP; HS-14, SH-60F / HH-60H; HSL-51 Det. 3, SH-60B and VRC-30 Det. 5, C-2A.

 

Rear Adm. Rick Wren assumed command of Commander, Task Force (CTF) 70, the U.S. Navy's largest battle force in July 2005, from Rear Admiral Douglas McClain, serving from July 2005 to February 2007.

 

Task Force 70 is the Battle Force for U.S. 7th Fleet Commander, Task Force 70 (CTF 70) has operational control of all carrier strike groups and independently deployed cruisers, destroyers and frigates that deploy or transit through the 7th Fleet area of operations.

 

The Kitty Hawk is the flagship of Rear Adm. Rick Wren, Commander, Task Force 70 and Carrier Strike Group Five (formerly CarGru 5), with more than 5,000 Sailors, with Strike Warfare Commander; staffs of Battle Force 7th Fleet/CSG 5; Carrier Air Wing Five (CVW 5) and its nine squadrons and Destroyer Squadron 15 embarked. CSG 5 includes Ticonderoga-class guided missile cruisers and Destroyer Squadron Fifteen (CDS 15), which serves as the Sea Combat Commander and is responsible for Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruisers and assigned Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers.

 

The guided-missile cruisers USS Cowpens (CG-63) and USS Shiloh (CG-67) and ships of Destroyer Squadron 15 is comprised of the guided-missile destroyers USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG-54); USS Stethem (DDG-63) and USS Lassen (DDG-82). The groups ships and destroyer squadron staff are based at Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan, and the air wing and staff are based at Naval Air Facility Atsugi, Japan. Also participating in TS07, but under CTF 70 control, is USS Lake Erie (CG-70), homeported in Pearl Harbor.It is the Navys largest carrier strike group and the only one that is permanently forward deployed. The ships operate out of Yokosuka, Japan, and the air wing operates out of Atsugi, Japan. Together they comprise the combatant force of U.S. 7th Fleet.

 

USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) and surface combatant ships operate out of Yokosuka, Japan, while CVW 5 operates out of Atsugi, Japan, when not embarked on Kitty Hawk Together, these units form the U.S. Navy's only continuously forward deployed (and largest) carrier strike group.

 

The CSG 5 Commander also serves as Battle Force Seventh Fleet and Commander, Task Force (CTF 70) for 7th Fleet. In these responsibilities, CSG 5 serves as the Commander of all surface forces (carrier strike groups, independently deploying cruisers, destroyers and frigates) in the 7th Fleet area of responsibility. CTF 70 also serves as the Theater Surface Warfare Commander (TSUWC) and Theater Integrated Air Missile Defense Commander (TIAMDC) for Seventh Fleet.

 

Carrier Strike Group 5, also known as CSG 5 or CARSTRKGRU 5, is the U.S. Navy carrier strike group assigned to the United States Pacific Fleet and permanently forward deployed to the U.S. 7th Fleet.

 

CSG 5 is responsible for unit-level training, integrated training, and material readiness for the groups ships and aviation squadrons. As the only continuously forward deployed carrier strike group, the CSG-5 staff does not stand down when the strike group is in Yokosuka, but instead continues to maintain command responsibilities over deploying Carrier Strike Groups and independently deployed cruisers, destroyers, and frigates that operate in the Seventh Fleet operating area. The commander and staff are also responsible for the higher level Task Force 70 duties throughout the year in addition to the CSG-5 duties. The composition of the strike group in immediate proximity of the Kitty Hawk varies throughout the year.

 

George Washington CSG includes the embarked staffs of Destroyer Squadron 15/DESRON FIFTEEN.

 

DESRON FIFTEEN is the Navy's only forward-deployed Destroyer Squadron and is responsible for the readiness, tactical and administrative responsibilities for seven Arleigh Burke-class destroyers. The destroyers' squadron commodore serves as the immediate Superior in Command (ISIC) of the ships assigned to the squadron.

 

DESRON FIFTEEN ships are the principal surface forces of Battle Force Seventh Fleet in the Western Pacific and Indian Oceans. In addition to duties as ISIC for the seven ships assigned to the squadron, the DESRON FIFTEEN staff also deploys with the Kitty Hawk carrier strike group (CSG). During these deployments, the Commodore serves as Sea Combat Commander (SCC) for the CSG. The SCC responsibilities include Surface Warfare Commander (SWC), Anti-Submarine Warfare employment of attack submarines assigned to the CS.

 

DESRON FIFTEEN has additional assignments in the Seventh Feet as the Maritime Counter - Special Operations Force Commander (MCSOF), Strike Force ASW Commander (SFASWC) and Deputy Ballistic Missile Defense Commander (BMDC).

USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) 7th

(Forward Deployed)

Western Pacific Region

Pacific Ocean

Sea of Japan

 

 

23 Sep 2007

 

 

"Friends and Family Day Cruise"

USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) 7th

(19th Forward Deployed)

Western Pacific Region

Pacific Ocean

38th WestPac South China Sea

CVW-5

NF

21 Oct 2007

27 Nov 2007

WestPac

41st FWFD

Fall Underway Period

9th Keen Sword and Annualex 19G

 

Ports of call included: Muroran, Japan.

 

Air Wing FIVE was equipped with what were then the Navy's newest aircraft: the F/A-18 Hornet, EA-6B Prowler, E-2C Hawkeye, SH-60 Seahawk and C-2A Greyhound.

 

Squadrons: VFA-102, FA-18F; VFA-27, FA-18E; VFA-192, FA-18C (N); VFA-195, FA-18C (N); VAQ-136, EA-6B; VAW-115, E-2C / E-2C NP; HS-14, SH-60F / HH-60H; HSL-51 Det. 3, SH-60B and VRC-30 Det. 5, C-2A.

 

Rear Adm. Rick Wren assumed command of Commander, Task Force (CTF) 70, the U.S. Navy's largest battle force in July 2005, from Rear Admiral Douglas McClain, serving from July 2005 to February 2007.

 

Task Force 70 is the Battle Force for U.S. 7th Fleet Commander, Task Force 70 (CTF 70) has operational control of all carrier strike groups and independently deployed cruisers, destroyers and frigates that deploy or transit through the 7th Fleet area of operations.

 

The Kitty Hawk is the flagship of Rear Adm. Rick Wren, Commander, Task Force 70 and Carrier Strike Group Five (formerly CarGru 5), with more than 5,000 Sailors, with Strike Warfare Commander; staffs of Battle Force 7th Fleet/CSG 5; Carrier Air Wing Five (CVW 5) and its nine squadrons and Destroyer Squadron 15 embarked. CSG 5 includes Ticonderoga-class guided missile cruisers and Destroyer Squadron Fifteen (CDS 15), which serves as the Sea Combat Commander and is responsible for Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruisers and assigned Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers.

 

The guided-missile cruisers USS Chancellorsville (CG-62) and USS Cowpens (CG-63), and Destroyer Squadron 15. The groups ships and destroyer squadron staff are based at Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan, and the air wing and staff are based at Naval Air Facility Atsugi, Japan.

 

The CSG 5 Commander also serves as Battle Force Seventh Fleet and Commander, Task Force (CTF 70) for 7th Fleet. In these responsibilities, CSG 5 serves as the Commander of all surface forces (carrier strike groups, independently deploying cruisers, destroyers and frigates) in the 7th Fleet area of responsibility. CTF 70 also serves as the Theater Surface Warfare Commander (TSUWC) and Theater Integrated Air Missile Defense Commander (TIAMDC) for Seventh Fleet.

 

Carrier Strike Group 5, also known as CSG 5 or CARSTRKGRU 5, is the U.S. Navy carrier strike group assigned to the United States Pacific Fleet and permanently forward deployed to the U.S. 7th Fleet.

 

CSG 5 is responsible for unit-level training, integrated training, and material readiness for the groups ships and aviation squadrons. As the only continuously forward deployed carrier strike group, the CSG-5 staff does not stand down when the strike group is in Yokosuka, but instead continues to maintain command responsibilities over deploying Carrier Strike Groups and independently deployed cruisers, destroyers, and frigates that operate in the Seventh Fleet operating area. The commander and staff are also responsible for the higher level Task Force 70 duties throughout the year in addition to the CSG-5 duties. The composition of the strike group in immediate proximity of the Kitty Hawk varies throughout the year.

 

George Washington CSG includes the embarked staffs of Destroyer Squadron 15/DESRON FIFTEEN.

 

DESRON FIFTEEN is the Navy's only forward-deployed Destroyer Squadron and is responsible for the readiness, tactical and administrative responsibilities for seven Arleigh Burke-class destroyers. The destroyers' squadron commodore serves as the immediate Superior in Command (ISIC) of the ships assigned to the squadron.

 

DESRON FIFTEEN ships are the principal surface forces of Battle Force Seventh Fleet in the Western Pacific and Indian Oceans. In addition to duties as ISIC for the seven ships assigned to the squadron, the DESRON FIFTEEN staff also deploys with the Kitty Hawk carrier strike group (CSG). During these deployments, the Commodore serves as Sea Combat Commander (SCC) for the CSG. The SCC responsibilities include Surface Warfare Commander (SWC), Anti-Submarine Warfare employment of attack submarines assigned to the CS.

 

DESRON FIFTEEN has additional assignments in the Seventh Feet as the Maritime Counter - Special Operations Force Commander (MCSOF), Strike Force ASW Commander (SFASWC) and Deputy Ballistic Missile Defense Commander (BMDC).

USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75) U. S. Fleet Forces Command, 6th, 5th & Central Command

(3rd Arabian /Persian Gulf dep.) (5th & 6th Red Sea & Gulf of Aden)

NorLant

5th Med 5th Suez Canal

2nd MSO

3rd OIF

6th Suez Canal Med

NorLant

CVW-3

AC

5 Nov 2007

4 Jun 2008

Europe

Middle East

2nd Iraq War &

Maritime Security Operations

Persian Gulf

6th FWFD

213-Days

2nd Maritime Security Operations (MSO), supporting operations that are focused on reassuring regional partners of the United States' commitment to security, which promotes stability and global prosperity and her 3rd Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF), the multi-national coalition effort to liberate the Iraqi people, eliminate Iraq's weapons of mass destruction, and end the regime of Saddam Hussein continues, beginning on 20 March 2003 with the firing of Tomahawk missiles from U.S. ships in the Arabian Gulf and Red Sea.

 

Ports of call included: Naples, Italy; Jebel Ali, United Arab Emirates three times; Rhodes, Greece; Cannes, France and Mayport, Fl.

 

Carrier Air Wing Three (CVW-3) consists of Strike Fighter Squadrons VFA-11, VFA-32, VFA-37 and VFA-105; Tactical Electronics Warfare Squadron VAQ-130; Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron VAW-126; and Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron HS-7.

 

CVW-3 Squadrons: VFA-11, FA-18F; VF-32, FA-18A; VFA-37, FA-18C(N); VFA-105, FA-18C(N); VAQ-130, EA-6B; VAW-126, E-2C 2000 NP; HS-7, SH-60F / HH-60H; and VRC-40 Det. 1, C-2A.

 

HSTCSG is made up of Rear Adm. Mark I. Fox, Commander Carrier Strike Group 10 (CCSG-10), relieving Rear Admiral William E. Gortney during a change-of-command ceremony held at sea in the Arabian Gulf on 19 April 2008 and staff, Commander, Destroyer Squadron 26 (CDS-26), guided missile cruisers USS San Jacinto (CG-56) and USS Hue City (CG-66); guided missile destroyers USS Carney (DDG-64), USS Oscar Austin (DDG-79) and USS Winston S. Churchill (DDG-81); the Canadian frigate HMCS Charlottetown (FFG-339); and the British destroyer HMS Manchester (D- 95).

Ref. U. S. Navy Deployment History Resources

 

2008 EAST and WEST COAST DEPLOYMENTS - Includes Florida

 

2008 U.S. Atlantic (Second & Sixth Fleets) U.S. Pacific Fleet (Third and Seventh Fleets) and the US Naval Forces Central Command and 5th Fleet Aircraft Carrier Deployments Includes Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) Red Sea, Arabian Sea and Persian Gulf (Arabian Gulf), North Arabian Sea, Indian Ocean, Eastern and Western Pacific Oceans, while both east and west coast deployments often operated under the direction of the U.S. Naval Forces Central Command and 5th Fleet, participating in Maritime Security Operations (MSO), Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) and Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF), operating under operational control of the US Naval Forces Central Command and 5th Fleet, with the Commander, 7th Fleet, serving as naval component commander for Central Command.

 

The US Navy's 2007 Pacific Fleet and Seventh Fleet Aircraft Carriers deployments and Carriers from both West and East coast, resulted in one CVN extending into 2008 operating under the direction of the U.S. Naval Forces Central Command participating in Operation Iraqi Freedom, the multi-national coalition effort to liberate the Iraqi people, eliminate Iraq's weapons of mass destruction, and end the regime of Saddam Hussein continues, beginning on 20 March 2003 with the firing of Tomahawk missiles from U.S. ships in the Arabian Gulf and Red Sea and Operation Southern Watch, operating under operational control of the US Naval Forces Central Command and 5th Fleet, with the Commander, operating under operational control of the US Naval Forces Central Command and 5th Fleet, with the Commander, 7th Fleet, serving as naval component commander for Central Command are as follows:

 

AIRCRAFT CARRIER

DEP

AIR WING

T.C.

DEPART

RETURN

Days at  Sea

USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75) U. S. Fleet Forces Command, 6th, 5th & Central Command

(3rd Arabian /Persian Gulf dep.) (5th & 6th Red Sea & Gulf of Aden)

NorLant

5th Med 5th Suez Canal

2nd MSO

3rd OIF

6th Suez Canal Med

NorLant

CVW-3

AC

5 Nov 2007

4 Jun 2008

Europe

Middle East

2nd Iraq War &

Maritime Security Operations

Persian Gulf

6th FWFD

213-Days

2nd Maritime Security Operations (MSO), supporting operations that are focused on reassuring regional partners of the United States' commitment to security, which promotes stability and global prosperity and her 3rd Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF), the multi-national coalition effort to liberate the Iraqi people, eliminate Iraq's weapons of mass destruction, and end the regime of Saddam Hussein continues, beginning on 20 March 2003 with the firing of Tomahawk missiles from U.S. ships in the Arabian Gulf and Red Sea.

 

Ports of call included: Naples, Italy; Jebel Ali, United Arab Emirates three times; Rhodes, Greece; Cannes, France and Mayport, Fl.

 

Carrier Air Wing Three (CVW-3) consists of Strike Fighter Squadrons VFA-11, VFA-32, VFA-37 and VFA-105; Tactical Electronics Warfare Squadron VAQ-130; Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron VAW-126; and Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron HS-7.

 

CVW-3 Squadrons: VFA-11, FA-18F; VF-32, FA-18A; VFA-37, FA-18C(N); VFA-105, FA-18C(N); VAQ-130, EA-6B; VAW-126, E-2C 2000 NP; HS-7, SH-60F / HH-60H; and VRC-40 Det. 1, C-2A.

 

HSTCSG is made up of Rear Adm. Mark I. Fox, Commander Carrier Strike Group 10 (CCSG-10), relieving Rear Admiral William E. Gortney during a change-of-command ceremony held at sea in the Arabian Gulf on 19 April 2008 and staff, Commander, Destroyer Squadron 26 (CDS-26), guided missile cruisers USS San Jacinto (CG-56) and USS Hue City (CG-66); guided missile destroyers USS Carney (DDG-64), USS Oscar Austin (DDG-79) and USS Winston S. Churchill (DDG-81); the Canadian frigate HMCS Charlottetown (FFG-339); and the British destroyer HMS Manchester (D- 95).

Ref. U. S. Navy Deployment History Resources

 

2008 U.S. Atlantic (Second & Sixth Fleets) U.S. Pacific Fleet (Third and Seventh Fleets) and the US Naval Forces Central Command and 5th Fleet Aircraft Carrier Deployments with east coast carriers participating in Maritime Security Operations (MSO), Operation Steel Curtain (OSC) and Operation Iraqi Freedom, the multi-national coalition effort to liberate the Iraqi people, eliminate Iraq's weapons of mass destruction, and end the regime of Saddam Hussein continues, beginning on 20 March 2003 with the firing of Tomahawk missiles from U.S. ships in the Arabian Gulf and Red Sea and Operation Southern Watch, operating under operational control of the US Naval Forces Central Command and 5th Fleet, with the Commander, 7th Fleet, serving as naval component commander for Central Command are as follows:

 

AIRCRAFT CARRIER

DEP

AIR WING

T.C.

DEPART

RETURN

Days at  Sea

USS Nimitz (CVN-68) 7th

9th WestPac

 

CVW-11

NH

24 Jan 2008

3 Jun 2008

WestPac

21st FWFD

132-days

Expeditionary Strike Force (ESF) exercise and Exercise Key Resolve/Foal Eagle 2008.

 

Ports of call included: Pearl Harbor, Hi., Sasebo, Japan; Pusan, Republic of South Korea; Hong Kong and Apra Harbor, Guam

 

Squadrons: VFA-41, FA-18F; VFA-14, FA-18E; VMFA-232, FA-18A+; VFA-81, FA-18C; VAQ-135, EA-6B; VAW-117, E-2C Hawkeye 2000 NP; HS-6, SH-60F/HH-60H and VRC-30 Det. 3, C-2A.

 

Nimitz is the flagship for Commander, Carrier Strike Group 11. Commanded by Rear Adm. Terry Blake, Nimitz CSG also includes embarked Destroyer Squadron 23 with guided-missile cruiser USS Princeton (CG-59), guided-missile destroyers USS John Paul Jones (DDG-53), USS Higgins (DDG-76), USS Chafee (DDG-90) and USS Pinckney (DDG-91) as well as the Scorpions of Helicopter Anti-submarine Squadron Light (HSL) 49, Easy Riders of HSL-37 and Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit 11, Det. 3.

 

Also accompanying the Nimitz CSG are Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit 11 and the USNS Bridge (T-AOE-10). Nimitz CSG, commanded by Rear Adm. John W. Miller, is comprised of and is comprised of USS Nimitz, embarked Carrier Air Wing 11, embarked Destroyer Squadron 23, and the Ticonderoga-class cruiser USS Chosin (CG-65). Ships assigned to Destroyer Squadron 23 include the destroyers USS Pinckney (DDG-91), USS Sampson (DDG-102) and the frigate USS Rentz (FFG-46).

USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) 7th

(Forward Deployed)

Western Pacific Region

Pacific Ocean

Sea of Japan

 

 

3 Mar 2008

7 Mar 2008

 

Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan)

Sea Trials

USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) Pacific Fleet, 7th, 5th & Central Command (7th Arabian

/ Persian Gulf dep. with two cruises to the Persian Gulf)

(2nd North Arabian Sea))

9th WestPac 9h IO

1st OIF

1st MSO

2nd OEF

CVW-2

NE

13 Mar 2008

12 Oct 2008

Western Pacific

Middle East

2nd Iraq, Afghanistan War & Maritime Security Operations

Persian Gulf

11th FWFD

214-days

Passing Exercise (PASSEX) while underway near Singapore with the Republic of Singapore Navy, Exercise Khunjar Haad, consisting of air defense, surface, visit, board, search and seizure and joint gunnery exercises, which focused on joint interoperability training and proficiency, a four-day multinational exercise, 2nd Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF), the multi-national coalition effort to liberate the Iraqi people, eliminate Iraq's weapons of mass destruction, and end the regime of Saddam Hussein continues, beginning on 20 March 2003 with the firing of Tomahawk missiles from U.S. ships in the Arabian Gulf and Red Sea, her 2nd Maritime Security Operations (MSO), to protect offshore infrastructure, including Iraqi oil platforms, which provide a critical source of income for the new Iraqi government and supporting operations that are focused on reassuring regional partners of the United States commitment to security, which promotes stability and global prosperity; to ensure that ships could "operate freely while transiting the world's oceans" during the Global War on Terrorism, on her second North Arabian Sea in support of her 2nd Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF), the "military response to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States, commencing on 7 October 2001.

 

Ports of call: Naval Air Station, North Island (NASNI), San Diego, California twice; Naval Station, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii twice; Changi Naval Base, Singapore; Jebel Ali, United Arab Emirates and Laem Chabang - Pattaya, Thailand.

 

Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2 aircraft consist of, Boeing / McDonnell-Douglas F/A-18F Super Hornet of Strike Fighter Squadron TWO (VFA-2) Bounty Hunters, F/A-18E Hornets of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 137 Kestrels," FA-18C (N) Hornet of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 151 Vigilantes, FA-18C (N) Hornet of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 34 Blue Blasters, EA-6B Prowler of Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron ONE THREE ONE or VAQ-131, Lancers, E-2C Hawkeye 2000 NP of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron ONE ONE SIX or VAW-116 and C-2 Greyhound of Fleet Logistics Support Squadron THREE ZERO Det TWO or VRC-30 Det. 2, Helicopter Antisubmarine Squadron (HS) 2 Golden Falcons and Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron (Light) (HSL) 47 Saberhawks (Ref. 76).

 

USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) Strike Group includes the Abraham Lincoln, Commanding Officer Capt. Patrick Hall, Rear Adm. Scott Van Buskirk, Commander, Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 9, relieved by Rear Adm. Scott Swift on 9 October 2008. Carrier Air Wing TWO, Capt. John Aquilino and Commander, Destroyer Squadron NINE, Captain James T. Loeblein directs Squadron Ships for the conduct of sustained naval operations and serves as Sea Combat Commander within its assigned Carrier Strike Group to include: USS Curts (FFG-38), guided-missile cruiser USS Mobile Bay (CG-53), USS Ingraham (FFG-61), USS Shoup (DDG-86), USS Ford (FFG-54), USS Momsen (DDG-92), USS Rodney M. Davis and USS Russell (DDG-59) (Ref. Story Number: NNS081010-14 - Release Date: 10/10/2008 12:17:00 PM - By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class (SW) Ahron Arendes, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs - NORTH ISLAND, Calif. (NNS)). http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=40257

USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) 7th

(Forward Deployed)

Western Pacific Region

Pacific Ocean

Sea of Japan

CVW-5

NF

18 Mar 2008

4 Apr 2008

Training

Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan)

Underway Training & Carrier Qualifications

 

CVW-5, embarked aboard Kitty Hawk, has more than 60 aircraft and operates from Naval Air Facility Atsugi, Japan, as an essential element of naval aviation and U.S. 7th Fleet operations. Kitty Hawk is the Navys only permanently forward-deployed aircraft carrier and currently operates from Yokosuka, Japan.

 

Air Wing FIVE was equipped with what were then the Navy's newest aircraft: the F/A-18 Hornet, EA-6B Prowler, E-2C Hawkeye, SH-60 Seahawk and C-2A Greyhound.

 

Squadrons: VFA-102, FA-18F; VFA-27, FA-18E; VFA-192, FA-18C (N); VFA-195, FA-18C (N); VAQ-136, EA-6B; VAW-115, E-2C / E-2C NP; HS-14, SH-60F / HH-60H; HSL-51 Det. 3, SH-60B and VRC-30 Det. 5, C-2A.

 

The Kitty Hawk Strike Group is the largest carrier strike group in the Navy and is composed of the aircraft carrier Kitty Hawk, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, the guided-missile cruisers USS Chancellorsville (CG-62) and USS Cowpens (CG-63), and Destroyer Squadron 15. The groups ships and destroyer squadron staff are based at Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan, and the air wing and staff are based at Naval Air Facility Atsugi, Japan. The U.S. 7th Fleet is the largest of the forward-deployed U.S. Fleets, with approximately 50 ships, 120 aircraft and 20,000 Sailors and Marines assigned at any given time. Together, they serve as the 7th Fleets combatant force.

USS George Washington (CVN-73) U. S. Fleet Forces Command & 3rd

SoLant

1st Cape Horn

SoPac

EastPac

CVW-17

AA

7 Apr 2008

27 May 2008

Home Port Transfer

South America

10th FWFD

51-days

Home Port transfer to Yokosuka, Japan via San Diego, Ca. from Norfolk, Va. around the Cape Horn, participating in UNITAS 49-08 in support of U.S. Southern Commands Partnership of the Americas 2008 (POA 08).

 

Ports of call included: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and coast of Valparaiso, Chilean Port City of Valparaiso, Chile.

 

Squadrons: VF-143, FA-18E; VFA-103, FA-18F; VFA-83, FA-18C(N); VFA-131, FA-18C(N); VAQ-132, EA-6B; VAW-121, E-2C 2000 NP; HS-15; SH-60F / HH-60H; VS-22 (*1), S-3B and VRC-40 Det., CA-2..

 

(*1) VS-22 will be disestablished in early part of 2009.

 

USS George Washington (CVN-73) Strike Group is comprised of: Capt. Dave Dykhoff, the carrier CO, while GW is the flagship for the George Washington Strike Group, commanded by Rear Adm. Phil Cullom, CCSG 8, Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 40, commanded by Capt. Rudy Laco, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 17; guided-missile frigate USS Kauffman (FFG-59); homeported in Norfolk, Va. and the guided-missile destroyer USS Farragut (DDG-99); homeported in Mayport, Fla.

 

Brazil, Argentina and the United States conducted UNITAS 49-08. After approximately two months, the ship continued on its transit while Carrier Strike Group 8 and CVW-17 return to Norfolk. DESRON 40, USS Kauffman (FFG-59) and USS Farragut (DDG-99) remained in the SOUTHCOM AOF to continue their participation in Partnership of the Americas for a six-month deployment. In San Diego, California, CVN-73 will relieve USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63), forward deployed in Japan. CVN-73 CCSG, CDS and CVW will change to Kitty Hawks present CCSG, CDS and CVW. CVW-17 and CVW-5 will not need to cross deck with CVW-5, arriving with Kitty Hawk to San Diego, California and was the first time turning over duty as the forward deployed carrier occurred state side. Prior to entering the Pacific, CVW-17 (AA) and CCSG-8 returned to Oceana. VFA-143; VFA-103; VFA-83; VFA-131 and VAW-121 are assigned to CVW-7 (AG) stationed at Naval Air Station Jacksonville, FL and reported to be onboard in the Atlantic, during the first two months of deployment, yet CVW-17 squadrons were not reported to be embarked in the Eastern Pacific nor did they arrive with GW to San Diego, Calif.

USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) 7th

(20th Forward Deployed)

Western Pacific Region

Pacific Ocean

39th WestPac Philippine Sea

South China Sea

CVW-5

NF

15 Apr 2008

12 May 2008

WestPac

42nd FWFD

Fall Underway Period - Underway Training & Carrier Qualifications

 

Ports of call included: Hong Kong.

 

Air Wing FIVE was equipped with what were then the Navy's newest aircraft: the F/A-18 Hornet, EA-6B Prowler, E-2C Hawkeye, SH-60 Seahawk and C-2A Greyhound.

 

Squadrons: VFA-102, FA-18F; VFA-27, FA-18E; VFA-192, FA-18C (N); VFA-195, FA-18C (N); VAQ-136, EA-6B; VAW-115, E-2C / E-2C NP; HS-14, SH-60F / HH-60H; HSL-51 Det. 3, SH-60B and VRC-30 Det. 5, C-2A.

 

Rear Adm. Rick Wren assumed command of Commander, Task Force (CTF) 70, the U.S. Navy's largest battle force in July 2005, from Rear Admiral Douglas McClain, serving from July 2005 to February 2007.

 

Task Force 70 is the Battle Force for U.S. 7th Fleet Commander, Task Force 70 (CTF 70) has operational control of all carrier strike groups and independently deployed cruisers, destroyers and frigates that deploy or transit through the 7th Fleet area of operations.

 

The Kitty Hawk is the flagship of Rear Adm. Rick Wren, Commander, Task Force 70 and Carrier Strike Group Five (formerly CarGru 5), with more than 5,000 Sailors, with Strike Warfare Commander; staffs of Battle Force 7th Fleet/CSG 5; Carrier Air Wing Five (CVW 5) and its nine squadrons and Destroyer Squadron 15 embarked. CSG 5 includes Ticonderoga-class guided missile cruisers and Destroyer Squadron Fifteen (CDS 15), which serves as the Sea Combat Commander and is responsible for Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruisers and assigned Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers.

 

The guided-missile cruisers USS Chancellorsville (CG-62) and USS Cowpens (CG-63), and Destroyer Squadron 15, Captain Mark Montgomery embarked Kitty Hawk. The groups ships and destroyer squadron staff are based at Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan, and the air wing and staff are based at Naval Air Facility Atsugi, Japan. The guided-missile cruiser USS Shiloh (CG-67) and guided-missile destroyers USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG-54) and USS Lassen (DDG-82) will operate as part of the Kitty Hawk CSG.

 

The CSG 5 Commander also serves as Battle Force Seventh Fleet and Commander, Task Force (CTF 70) for 7th Fleet. In these responsibilities, CSG 5 serves as the Commander of all surface forces (carrier strike groups, independently deploying cruisers, destroyers and frigates) in the 7th Fleet area of responsibility. CTF 70 also serves as the Theater Surface Warfare Commander (TSUWC) and Theater Integrated Air Missile Defense Commander (TIAMDC) for Seventh Fleet.

 

Carrier Strike Group 5, also known as CSG 5 or CARSTRKGRU 5, is the U.S. Navy carrier strike group assigned to the United States Pacific Fleet and permanently forward deployed to the U.S. 7th Fleet.

 

CSG 5 is responsible for unit-level training, integrated training, and material readiness for the groups ships and aviation squadrons. As the only continuously forward deployed carrier strike group, the CSG-5 staff does not stand down when the strike group is in Yokosuka, but instead continues to maintain command responsibilities over deploying Carrier Strike Groups and independently deployed cruisers, destroyers, and frigates that operate in the Seventh Fleet operating area. The commander and staff are also responsible for the higher level Task Force 70 duties throughout the year in addition to the CSG-5 duties. The composition of the strike group in immediate proximity of the Kitty Hawk varies throughout the year.

 

George Washington CSG includes the embarked staffs of Destroyer Squadron 15/DESRON FIFTEEN.

 

DESRON FIFTEEN is the Navy's only forward-deployed Destroyer Squadron and is responsible for the readiness, tactical and administrative responsibilities for seven Arleigh Burke-class destroyers. The destroyers' squadron commodore serves as the immediate Superior in Command (ISIC) of the ships assigned to the squadron.

 

DESRON FIFTEEN ships are the principal surface forces of Battle Force Seventh Fleet in the Western Pacific and Indian Oceans. In addition to duties as ISIC for the seven ships assigned to the squadron, the DESRON FIFTEEN staff also deploys with the Kitty Hawk carrier strike group (CSG). During these deployments, the Commodore serves as Sea Combat Commander (SCC) for the CSG. The SCC responsibilities include Surface Warfare Commander (SWC), Anti-Submarine Warfare employment of attack submarines assigned to the CS.

 

DESRON FIFTEEN has additional assignments in the Seventh Feet as the Maritime Counter - Special Operations Force Commander (MCSOF), Strike Force ASW Commander (SFASWC) and Deputy Ballistic Missile Defense Commander (BMDC).

USS Ronald (CVN-76)

Pacific Fleet, 7th, 5th & Central Command (1st North Arabian Sea) (3rd & 4th Arabian Sea voyage))

3rd WestPac

EastPac

USWEX

South & East China Sea

WestPac

Java Sea

2nd IO

North Arabian Sea

2nd OEF

1st MSO

Indian Ocean

WestPac

Pac

CVW-14

NK

19 May 2008

25 Nov 2008

Western Pacific Middle East

Afghanistan War &

Maritime Security Operations

Persian Gulf

4th FWFD

191-days

An undersea warfare exercise (USWEX) in the waters of the Hawaiian operating area, off the coast of Panay Island in the Sulu Sea to providing humanitarian assistance and disaster response in the wake of Typhoon Fengshen, Ronald Reagan CSG assumed the duties as CTF-50, and relieved the Abraham Lincoln CSG, 2nd Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF), the "military response to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States, commencing on 7 October 2001 and 1st Maritime Security Operations (MSO), supporting operations that are focused on reassuring regional partners of the United States' commitment to security, which promotes stability and global prosperity.

 

Ports of call: Off the coast of Hawaii; Hong Kong; off coast of Panay Island in the Sulu Sea;Apra Harbor, Guam; Busan, Republic of Korea; Sasebo, Japan; Port Kelang, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; port visit in the Middle East; Port Kelang, Malaysia and Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.

 

The squadrons of CVW-14 include the "Redcocks" of VFA-22, "Fist of the Fleet" of VFA-25, "Stingers" of VFA-113, "Eagles" of VFA-115, "Black Eagles" of Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 113, "Cougars" of Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron (VAQ) 139, C-2A Greyhound aircraft from "Providers" of Carrier Logistics Support (VRC) 30 and the "Black Knights" of Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron (HS) 4.

 

In addition, HH-60H and SH-60F Seahawk helicopters from Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron (HS) 4, are embarked aboard Ronald Reagan, SH-60B Seahawk helicopters from Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron (Light) 43, embarked aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Howard (DDG-83), and Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron (Light) 37, are embarked aboard the guided-missile frigate USS Thach (FFG-43).

 

The Ronald Reagan Strike Group is comprised of Commander, Carrier Strike Group 7 (CCG 7), Rear Adm. James P. Wisecup, CVW-14, Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 7, the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76), the guided-missile cruiser USS Chancellorsville (CG-62), the guided-missile destroyers USS Decatur (DDG-73), USS Gridley (DDG-101), USS Howard (DDG-83) and the guided missile frigate USS Thach (FFG-43) and the fast combat support ship USNS Rainier (TAOE-7).


The strike group flagship, the Nimitz-class nuclear aircraft carrier
USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76), the guided-missile cruiser USS Chancellorsville (CG-62), the guided-missile destroyers USS Gridley (DDG-101) and USS Howard (DDG-83) arrived to meet thousands of family members waiting on the pier.

The guided missile destroyer USS
Decatur (DDG-73) and the guided missile frigate USS Thach (FFG-43) remain deployed. The two ships remained in the 5th Fleet AOR for a few extra weeks to provide Maritime Security Operations (MSO), but should arrive next month.

USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) 7th

(21st Forward Deployed)

Western Pacific Region

Pacific Ocean

40th WestPac

Rimpac 08

CVW-5

NF

28 May 2008

7 Aug 2008

Transfer to West Coast

43rd FWFD

Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2008 Exercise and Home Port Transfer from Yokosuka, Japan to Bremerton, Washington via San Diego, Calif.

 

Ports of call included: Naval Forces Marianas Support Activity Apra Harbor, Guam, Marinas Islands, Naval Station, Commercial Port and.Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.

 

Air Wing FIVE was equipped with what were then the Navy's newest aircraft: the F/A-18 Hornet, EA-6B Prowler, E-2C Hawkeye, SH-60 Seahawk and C-2A Greyhound.

 

Squadrons: VFA-102, FA-18F; VFA-27, FA-18E; VFA-192, FA-18C (N); VFA-195, FA-18C (N); VAQ-136, EA-6B; VAW-115, E-2C / E-2C NP; HS-14, SH-60F / HH-60H; HSL-51 Det. 3, SH-60B and VRC-30 Det. 5, C-2A.

 

The U.S. 7th Fleet is the largest of the forward-deployed U.S. Fleets, with approximately 50 ships, 120 aircraft and 20,000 Sailors and Marines assigned at any given time. Together, they serve as the 7th Fleets combatant force. The Kitty Hawk Strike Group during her ten year tour of duty in Japan operated with the guided-missile cruisers USS Chancellorsville (CG-62) and USS Cowpens (CG-63), and Destroyer Squadron 15. The groups ships and destroyer squadron staff are based at Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan, and the air wing and staff are based at Naval Air Facility Atsugi, Japan.

 

Rear Adm. Rick Wren assumed command of Commander, Task Force (CTF) 70, the U.S. Navy's largest battle force in July 2005, from Rear Admiral Douglas McClain, serving from July 2005 to February 2007.

 

Task Force 70 is the Battle Force for U.S. 7th Fleet Commander, Task Force 70 (CTF 70) has operational control of all carrier strike groups and independently deployed cruisers, destroyers and frigates that deploy or transit through the 7th Fleet area of operations.

 

The Kitty Hawk is the flagship of Rear Adm. Rick Wren, Commander, Task Force 70 and Carrier Strike Group Five (formerly CarGru 5), with more than 5,000 Sailors, with Strike Warfare Commander; staffs of Battle Force 7th Fleet/CSG 5; Carrier Air Wing Five (CVW 5) and its nine squadrons and Destroyer Squadron 15 embarked. CSG 5 includes Ticonderoga-class guided missile cruisers and Destroyer Squadron Fifteen (CDS 15), which serves as the Sea Combat Commander and is responsible for Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruisers and assigned Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers.

 

The guided-missile cruisers USS Cowpens (CG-63) and USS Shiloh (CG-67), replacing USS Chancellorsville (CG-62) and seven ships of DESRON FIFTEEN Oscar Austin-Class guided missile destroyer USS Lassen (DDG-82); Arleigh Burke Class guided missile destroyer USS McCampbell (DDG-85); USS Fitzgerald (DDG-62); USS John S. McCain (DDG-56); USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG-54) and USS Mustin (DDG-89) and USS Stethem (DDG 63) (Based on Task Force 70 and DESRON FIFTEEN Ships). The groups ships and destroyer squadron staff are based at Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan, and the air wing and staff are based at Naval Air Facility Atsugi, Japan.

 

USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) and surface combatant ships operate out of Yokosuka, Japan, while CVW 5 operates out of Atsugi, Japan, when not embarked on Kitty Hawk Together, these units form the U.S. Navy's only continuously forward deployed (and largest) carrier strike group.

 

The CSG 5 Commander also serves as Battle Force Seventh Fleet and Commander, Task Force (CTF 70) for 7th Fleet. In these responsibilities, CSG 5 serves as the Commander of all surface forces (carrier strike groups, independently deploying cruisers, destroyers and frigates) in the 7th Fleet area of responsibility. CTF 70 also serves as the Theater Surface Warfare Commander (TSUWC) and Theater Integrated Air Missile Defense Commander (TIAMDC) for Seventh Fleet.

 

Carrier Strike Group 5, also known as CSG 5 or CARSTRKGRU 5, is the U.S. Navy carrier strike group assigned to the United States Pacific Fleet and permanently forward deployed to the U.S. 7th Fleet.

 

Carrier Group FIVE
Carrier Strike Group Five

COMCARSTRIKGRU FIVE

Commander, Carrier Strike Group 5 (CCSG 5)

 

The Forward Deployed Naval Forces of Carrier Strike Group Five

 

Battle Force Seventh Fleet (CTF-70)
Surface Combatant Force Seventh Fleet (CTF-75)
Carrier Strike Force Seventh Fleet (CTF 77)
http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/agency/navy/cargru5.htm

 

CSG 5 is responsible for unit-level training, integrated training, and material readiness for the groups ships and aviation squadrons. As the only continuously forward deployed carrier strike group, the CSG-5 staff does not stand down when the strike group is in Yokosuka, but instead continues to maintain command responsibilities over deploying Carrier Strike Groups and independently deployed cruisers, destroyers, and frigates that operate in the Seventh Fleet operating area. The commander and staff are also responsible for the higher level Task Force 70 duties throughout the year in addition to the CSG-5 duties. The composition of the strike group in immediate proximity of the Kitty Hawk varies throughout the year.

 

George Washington CSG includes the embarked staffs of Destroyer Squadron 15/DESRON FIFTEEN.

 

DESRON FIFTEEN is the Navy's only forward-deployed Destroyer Squadron and is responsible for the readiness, tactical and administrative responsibilities for seven Arleigh Burke-class destroyers. The destroyers' squadron commodore serves as the immediate Superior in Command (ISIC) of the ships assigned to the squadron.

 

DESRON FIFTEEN ships are the principal surface forces of Battle Force Seventh Fleet in the Western Pacific and Indian Oceans. In addition to duties as ISIC for the seven ships assigned to the squadron, the DESRON FIFTEEN staff also deploys with the Kitty Hawk carrier strike group (CSG). During these deployments, the Commodore serves as Sea Combat Commander (SCC) for the CSG. The SCC responsibilities include Surface Warfare Commander (SWC), Anti-Submarine Warfare employment of attack submarines assigned to the CS.

 

DESRON FIFTEEN has additional assignments in the Seventh Feet as the Maritime Counter - Special Operations Force Commander (MCSOF), Strike Force ASW Commander (SFASWC) and Deputy Ballistic Missile Defense Commander (BMDC).

USS George Washington (CVN-73) 7th

EastPac WestPac Sea of Japan

CVW-5

NF

21 Aug 2008

25 Sep 2008

San Diego to Japan transfer from the East Coast

11th FWFD

36-days

Combat Operations Efficiency (COE) certification and San Diego, Ca. to Naval Air Facility Atsugi to Yokosuka Naval Base in Yokosuka, Japan, Home Port Transfer from Norfolk, Va. via San Diego, Ca., replacing USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) as the United States only permanently forward-deployed aircraft carrier.

 

Squadrons: VFA-102, FA-18F; VFA-27, FA-18E; VFA-192, FA-18C(N); VFA-195, FA-18C(N); VAQ-136, EA-6B; VAW-115, E-2C / E-2C NP; HS-14, SH-60F / HH-60H and HSL-51 Det. 3., SH-60B.

 

George Washington with her crew of approximately 5,500 Sailors departed San Diego, Calif. on 21 August 2008, to begin her journey to Yokosuka, Japan to replace USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) as the United States only permanently forward-deployed aircraft carrier.

Commanded by Capt. John R. Haley, George Washington
strike group is comprised of Carrier Air Wing 5 (CVW 5), Commander, Task Force 70 (CTF 70), Rear Adm. Richard B. Wren, Carrier Air Wing 5 (CVW 5) and Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 15. Task Force 70 is the Carrier Strike Group component of Battle Force Seventh Fleet, also led by Wren. In the past, the task force has been centered on Kitty Hawk which will soon head to Bremerton, Wash. to decommission from naval service next year after 48 years on active duty. The security environment in the Western Pacific region requires the United States to station the most capable ships forward for deterrence and the best possible response times for maritime and joint force operations. The forward deployment of GW ensures the ability of Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet, to fulfill the U.S. Governments commitment to the defense of Japan, and the maintenance of international peace and security in the Far East in support of mutual cooperation and security. This posture also brings our most capable ships with the greatest amount of striking power and operational capability in the timeliest manner.

 

Rear Admiral Richard Wren assumed command of Commander, Task Force (CTF) 70, the U.S. Navy's largest battle force in February 2007, from Rear Admiral Douglas McClain, serving from July 2005 to February 2007.

 

Task Force 70 is the Battle Force for U.S. 7th Fleet Commander, Task Force 70 (CTF 70) has operational control of all carrier strike groups and independently deployed cruisers, destroyers and frigates that deploy or transit through the 7th Fleet area of operations.

 

Commanded by Rear Admiral Dan Cloyd, the George Washington is the flagship of George Washington Carrier Strike Group, Task Force 70 and Carrier Strike Group Five (formerly CarGru 5), with more than 5,000 Sailors, with Strike Warfare Commander; staffs of Battle Force 7th Fleet/CSG 5; Carrier Air Wing Five (CVW 5) and its nine squadrons and Destroyer Squadron 15 embarked. CSG 5 includes Ticonderoga-class guided missile cruisers and Destroyer Squadron Fifteen (CDS 15), which serves as the Sea Combat Commander and is responsible for Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruisers and assigned Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers.

 

Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruisers USS Shiloh (CG-67) and USS Cowpens (CG-63) and Arleigh Burke-class destroyers USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG-54), USS Fitzgerald (DDG-62), USS John S. McCain (DDG-56), USS Lassen (DDG-82), USS McCampbell (DDG-85), USS Mustin (DDG-89) and USS Stethem (DDG-63). http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=60974

 

USS George Washington (CVN-73) and surface combatant ships operate out of Yokosuka, Japan, while CVW 5 operates out of Atsugi, Japan, when not embarked on George Washington Together, these units form the U.S. Navy's only continuously forward deployed (and largest) carrier strike group.

 

The CSG 5 Commander also serves as Battle Force Seventh Fleet and Commander, Task Force (CTF 70) for 7th Fleet. In these responsibilities, CSG 5 serves as the Commander of all surface forces (carrier strike groups, independently deploying cruisers, destroyers and frigates) in the 7th Fleet area of responsibility. CTF 70 also serves as the Theater Surface Warfare Commander (TSUWC) and Theater Integrated Air Missile Defense Commander (TIAMDC) for Seventh Fleet.

 

Carrier Strike Group 5, also known as CSG 5 or CARSTRKGRU 5, is the U.S. Navy carrier strike group assigned to the United States Pacific Fleet and permanently forward deployed to the U.S. 7th Fleet.

 

CSG 5 is responsible for unit-level training, integrated training, and material readiness for the groups ships and aviation squadrons. As the only continuously forward deployed carrier strike group, the CSG-5 staff does not stand down when the strike group is in Yokosuka, but instead continues to maintain command responsibilities over deploying Carrier Strike Groups and independently deployed cruisers, destroyers, and frigates that operate in the Seventh Fleet operating area. The commander and staff are also responsible for the higher level Task Force 70 duties throughout the year in addition to the CSG-5 duties. The composition of the strike group in immediate proximity of the George Washington varies throughout the year.

 

George Washington CSG includes the embarked staffs of Destroyer Squadron 15/DESRON FIFTEEN.

 

DESRON FIFTEEN is the Navy's only forward-deployed Destroyer Squadron and is responsible for the readiness, tactical and administrative responsibilities for seven Arleigh Burke-class destroyers. The destroyers' squadron commodore serves as the immediate Superior in Command (ISIC) of the ships assigned to the squadron.

 

DESRON FIFTEEN ships are the principal surface forces of Battle Force Seventh Fleet in the Western Pacific and Indian Oceans. In addition to duties as ISIC for the seven ships assigned to the squadron, the DESRON FIFTEEN staff also deploys with the George Washington carrier strike group (CSG). During these deployments, the Commodore serves as Sea Combat Commander (SCC) for the CSG. The SCC responsibilities include Surface Warfare Commander (SWC), Anti-Submarine Warfare employment of attack submarines assigned to the CS.

 

DESRON FIFTEEN has additional assignments in the Seventh Feet as the Maritime Counter - Special Operations Force Commander (MCSOF), Strike Force ASW Commander (SFASWC) and Deputy Ballistic Missile Defense Commander (BMDC).

USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) Pacific Fleet

 

 

 

28 Aug 2008

1 Sep 2008

Last Voyage

Departed San Diego, California on 28 August 2008, with Captain Todd Zecchin as Commanding Officer, visiting from 7 to 27 August 2008.

USS George Washington (CVN-73) 7th (1st Forward Deployed)

Western Pacific Region

Pacific Ocean

1st WestPac

Sea of Japan

CVW-5

NF

1 Oct 2008

21 Nov 2008

12th FWFD

52-days

International Fleet Review celebrating the 60th anniversary of the establishment of the armed forces of the Republic of Korea (ROK) and bilateral exercise with the Japan Maritime and Air Self-Defense Forces (JMSDF and JASDF) and ANNUALEX 20G, the 20th annual exercise of its kind designed to enhance the capabilities of both naval forces, for continued success in coordinated and bilateral operations in the defense of Japan, enhancing military-to-military relationships, improving command and control, and conducting coordinated air, undersea and surface warfare.

 

Ports of call include: anchored off Busan, Republic of Korea (ROK) twice and Apra Harbor, Guam.

 

Squadrons: VFA-102, FA-18F; VFA-27, FA-18E; VFA-192, FA-18C(N); VFA-195, FA-18C(N); VAQ-136, EA-6B; VAW-115, E-2C / E-2C NP; HS-14, SH-60F / HH-60H, HSL-51 Det. 3., SH-60B and VRC-30 Det. 5. C-2A.

 

Rear Admiral Richard Wren assumed command of Commander, Task Force (CTF) 70, the U.S. Navy's largest battle force in February 2007, from Rear Admiral Douglas McClain, serving from July 2005 to February 2007.

 

Task Force 70 is the Battle Force for U.S. 7th Fleet Commander, Task Force 70 (CTF 70) has operational control of all carrier strike groups and independently deployed cruisers, destroyers and frigates that deploy or transit through the 7th Fleet area of operations.

 

Commanded by Rear Admiral Dan Cloyd, the George Washington is the flagship of George Washington Carrier Strike Group, Task Force 70 and Carrier Strike Group Five (formerly CarGru 5), with more than 5,000 Sailors, with Strike Warfare Commander; staffs of Battle Force 7th Fleet/CSG 5; Carrier Air Wing Five (CVW 5) and its nine squadrons and Destroyer Squadron 15 embarked. CSG 5 includes Ticonderoga-class guided missile cruisers and Destroyer Squadron Fifteen (CDS 15), which serves as the Sea Combat Commander and is responsible for Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruisers and assigned Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers.

 

Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruisers USS Shiloh (CG-67) and USS Cowpens (CG-63) and Arleigh Burke-class destroyers USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG-54), USS Fitzgerald (DDG-62), USS John S. McCain (DDG-56), USS Lassen (DDG-82), USS McCampbell (DDG-85), USS Mustin (DDG-89) and USS Stethem (DDG-63). http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=60974

 

USS George Washington (CVN-73) and surface combatant ships operate out of Yokosuka, Japan, while CVW 5 operates out of Atsugi, Japan, when not embarked on George Washington Together, these units form the U.S. Navy's only continuously forward deployed (and largest) carrier strike group.

 

The CSG 5 Commander also serves as Battle Force Seventh Fleet and Commander, Task Force (CTF 70) for 7th Fleet. In these responsibilities, CSG 5 serves as the Commander of all surface forces (carrier strike groups, independently deploying cruisers, destroyers and frigates) in the 7th Fleet area of responsibility. CTF 70 also serves as the Theater Surface Warfare Commander (TSUWC) and Theater Integrated Air Missile Defense Commander (TIAMDC) for Seventh Fleet.

 

Carrier Strike Group 5, also known as CSG 5 or CARSTRKGRU 5, is the U.S. Navy carrier strike group assigned to the United States Pacific Fleet and permanently forward deployed to the U.S. 7th Fleet.

 

CSG 5 is responsible for unit-level training, integrated training, and material readiness for the groups ships and aviation squadrons. As the only continuously forward deployed carrier strike group, the CSG-5 staff does not stand down when the strike group is in Yokosuka, but instead continues to maintain command responsibilities over deploying Carrier Strike Groups and independently deployed cruisers, destroyers, and frigates that operate in the Seventh Fleet operating area. The commander and staff are also responsible for the higher level Task Force 70 duties throughout the year in addition to the CSG-5 duties. The composition of the strike group in immediate proximity of the George Washington varies throughout the year.

 

George Washington CSG includes the embarked staffs of Destroyer Squadron 15/DESRON FIFTEEN.

 

DESRON FIFTEEN is the Navy's only forward-deployed Destroyer Squadron and is responsible for the readiness, tactical and administrative responsibilities for seven Arleigh Burke-class destroyers. The destroyers' squadron commodore serves as the immediate Superior in Command (ISIC) of the ships assigned to the squadron.

 

DESRON FIFTEEN ships are the principal surface forces of Battle Force Seventh Fleet in the Western Pacific and Indian Oceans. In addition to duties as ISIC for the seven ships assigned to the squadron, the DESRON FIFTEEN staff also deploys with the George Washington carrier strike group (CSG). During these deployments, the Commodore serves as Sea Combat Commander (SCC) for the CSG. The SCC responsibilities include Surface Warfare Commander (SWC), Anti-Submarine Warfare employment of attack submarines assigned to the CS.

 

DESRON FIFTEEN has additional assignments in the Seventh Feet as the Maritime Counter - Special Operations Force Commander (MCSOF), Strike Force ASW Commander (SFASWC) and Deputy Ballistic Missile Defense Commander (BMDC).

Persian Gulf, arm of the Arabian Sea, 90,000 sq mi (233,100 sq km), between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran, extends c.600 mi (970 km) from the Shatt al Arab delta to the Strait of Hormuz, which links it with the Gulf of Oman

Ref. U. S. Navy Deployment History Resources

 

U. S. Aircraft Carrier Deployment History

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