The Carrier Strike Group
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First, it is important to note that there really is no
real definition of a strike group. Strike groups are
formed and disestablished on an as-needed basis, and one
may be different from another. However, they all are
comprised of similar types of ships. Typically a carrier
strike group might have:
- a carrier – The carrier provides a wide range of options to
the U.S. government from simply showing the flag to attacks on airborne,
afloat and ashore targets. Because carriers operate in international
waters, its aircraft do not need to secure landing rights on foreign
soil. These ships also engage in sustained operations in support of
- a guided missile cruiser – multi-mission surface combatant.
Equipped with Tomahawks for long-range strike capability.
- two guided missile destroyers – multi-mission surface combatants,
used primarily for anti-air warfare (AAW)
- an attack submarine – in a direct support role seeking out
and destroying hostile surface ships and submarines
- a combined ammunition, oiler, and supply ship – provides logistic
support enabling the Navy's forward presence; on station, ready to respond
The Carrier Strike Group (CSG) could be employed in a variety of roles,
all of which would involve the gaining and maintenance of sea control:
- Protection of economic and/or military shipping.
- Protection of a Marine amphibious force while enroute to, and upon
arrival in, an amphibious objective area.
- Establishing a naval presence in support of national interests.