United States Navy Nimitz– USS aircraft carrier class Carl Vinson (CVN-70), as well as other ships assigned to the Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group (CVCSG) arrived at Naval Base Guam last week for a scheduled port stopover on Veterans Day. The carrier, as well as the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Champlain Lake (CG-67) and Arleigh BurkeUSS-class guided missile destroyer Stockdale (DDG 106), were resupplied, performed maintenance and provided the crew with time to rest and relax.
It was the first stopover for the carrier strike group since its visit to Yokosuka, Japan in early September. It was also the first time that a transporter with advanced capabilities Lockheed Martin F-35C Lightning II stealth fighter jet and US Navy CMB-22B Osprey tiltrotor aircraft visited Guam.
In addition, due to concerns over Covid-19 during the visit to Yokosuka, this was the first time during deployment that the crew of the aircraft carrier was cleared out of the base.
“The men and women on our ship have worked diligently since we left home and their efforts have paid off in improving maritime safety and regional stability in some of the world’s busiest shipping lanes.” said Captain P. Scott Miller, commanding officer of the USS Carl Vinson. “We are grateful to have been fortunate enough to experience the hospitality and beauty of Guam, which has been a home away from home for many sailors over the years.”
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After a hopefully restful and productive weekend, the warships left port on Tuesday November 16.
The Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group is on a scheduled deployment to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations to enhance interoperability through alliances and partnerships while serving as a response force in support of an Indo -pacific free and open.
Since arriving in the Indo-Pacific, the Carrier Strike Group has conducted operations with the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force, Indian Navy, Royal Australian Navy, Royal New Zealand Navy, Royal Navy, Royal Navy Canadian and the Royal Netherlands Navy.
In August 2020, Vinson completed a seventeen month maintenance availability to receive major upgrades to support fifth generation aircraft, making it the first US Navy aircraft carrier equipped to support the both the F-35C Lightning II and the CMV-22B Osprey. The upgrades included improved jet blast deflectors capable of withstanding the increased heat generated by the F-35C as well as 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.
In addition to the F-35, other components of the aircraft carrier’s air wing include three US Navy attack fighter squadrons equipped with Boeing F / A-18 Super Hornet fighter jets, a squadron of electronic attack which operates the EA-18G Growler electronic warfare aircraft, an airborne command and control squadron which operates the E-2D Hawkeye airborne early warning aircraft, a maritime attack helicopter squadron and a helicopter gunship squadron at sea.
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