Drilling of the Vinson Carrier Strike Group near Hawaii before first deployment with F-35Cs

The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) transits the Pacific Ocean, June 13. U.S. Navy Photo

The Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group is drilling near Hawaii this week as it prepares for an upcoming deployment later this summer.
After a maintenance period during which the Navy updated the aircraft carrier to accommodate the F-35C Joint Strike Fighter and CMV-22B Osprey, the USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) is expected to deploy later this summer in the Indo-Pacific region, according to USNI News.

In August 2020, Vinson completed a 17-month maintenance availability to receive major upgrades to support 5th generation aircraft, making Vinson the first aircraft carrier equipped to support both the F-35C Lightning II and CMV-22B Osprey, “US 3rd Fleet said in a press release. The upgrades include improved jet blast deflectors capable of withstanding the increased heat generated by the F-35C and the addition of the Autonomous Logistics Information System, which is the new computer network that supports the unique functions. maintenance and tactical operations of the advanced aircraft.

Vinson is drilling with Carrier Air Wing 2, as well as five destroyers – USS Dewey (DDG-105), USS Howard (DDG-83), USS O’Kane (DDG-77), USS Michael murphy (DDG-112) and USS Chafee (DDG-90) – which make up Destroyer Squadron 1, according to 3rd Fleet.

The other components of the air wing include three squadrons of US Navy attack fighter jets that fly the F / A-18 Super Hornet, an electronic attack squadron that operates the EA-18G Growler, a Airborne command and control squadron that operates the E-2D Hawkeye. , a maritime strike helicopter squadron and a maritime combat helicopter squadron. Through cross-platform integration, CVW-2 will provide fleet commanders with the ability to gain the advantage in multiple areas, ”the press release said.

During training, Vinson will conduct flight operations and destroyers will work with two Coast Guard – USCGC Olivier Berry (WPC-1124) and USCGC dwarf (WMSL-757), said the Navy.

“Subsequently, Vinson will conduct combat effectiveness operations to include integrated flight operations between CVW-2 carrier aircraft and Marine Corps and Air Force ground fighter squadrons, as well as the C US Coast Guard -130, “according to the news. liberation of the 3rd fleet.

VinsonThe near Hawaii training precedes the aircraft carrier’s planned deployment to the Indo-Pacific, as the aircraft carrier USS Ronald reagan (CVN-76) will conduct a rare patrol in the Middle East in support of the US withdrawal from Afghanistan

“Training in the HIOA is an exciting opportunity to integrate with other services in order to promote peace and maintain a free and open Indo-Pacific,” said Rear Admiral Dan Martin, Commander of Carrier Strike Group 1, in the press release. “We look forward to strengthening partnerships within the joint force as well as strengthening relationships with our allies and partners in the region. “

Reagan will relieve the USS Eisenhower (CVN-69), which is currently on its second deployment in a year and has been operating with US Central Command since April.

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