This deployment marks the Carl Vinson Strike Group's second time operating throughout the Indo-Pacific region under U.S. 3rd Fleet's command and control. The strike group is the first in recent history to demonstrate the command and control construct called 3rd Fleet Forward.
Ships deploying from U.S. 3rd Fleet to the western Pacific traditionally shifted to U.S. 7th Fleet after crossing the international dateline. However, the 3rd Fleet Forward construct expands U.S. 3rd Fleet's control of ships and aircraft across the western Pacific and beyond the international dateline to India. Under this program, 3rd and 7th Fleet operate together across a broad spectrum of maritime missions in the region.
"I look forward to the strike group further demonstrating 3rd Fleet's evolving operational role across the Indo-Pacific region," said Rear Adm. John Fuller, the strike group commander. "We are trained and ready to execute our mission."
In late January, the strike group stopped in Guam for its first scheduled port visit.
The aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson
(CVN 70) and guided-missile destroyers USS Michael Murphy
(DDG 112) and USS Wayne E. Meyer
(DDG 108) previously visited Guam in February 2017.
"We visited last year and we are glad to be back," said Fuller. "Our Sailors always feel welcome in Guam and we appreciate the community's continued support."
The strike group also includes Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2 and guided-missile cruiser USS Lake Champlain