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:

Nimitz-class carrier



Ticonderoga-class cruiser



Arleigh Burke-class destroyer



Los Angeles-class
attack submarine



Supply-class replenishment ship




  • 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 other forces.
  • 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.