ABOARD USS ENTERPRISE, At Sea (NNS) -- USS Enterprise (CVN 65) deployed June 3 with the embarked squadrons of Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 1), sending more than 5,000 Sailors to participate in Summer Pulse 04, the simultaneous deployment of seven aircraft Carrier Strike Groups (CSGs) over the summer months designed to demonstrate the ability of the Navy to provide credible combat power across the globe by operating in five theaters with other U.S., allied and coalition military forces.
Summer Pulse 04 will be the Navy's first exercise of the Fleet Response Plan (FRP). FRP is about new ways of operating, training, manning, and maintaining the fleet that results in increased force readiness and the ability to provide significant combat power to the President in response to a national emergency or crisis. Beginning this week and continuing through August, the Navy will exercise and refine the full range of skills involved in simultaneously deploying and then employing carrier strike groups in numerous locations around the world. Summer Pulse 04 will include scheduled deployments, surge operations, joint and international exercises, and other advanced training at home and abroad, and port visits.
Under the FRP concept, the Navy can provide up to six CSGs in less than 30 days to support contingency operations around the globe, and two more CSGs can be ready in three months to reinforce or rotate with initially responding forces, to continue presence operations in other parts of the world, or to support military action in another crisis. Summer Pulse 04 will exercise the extensive logistics and shore infrastructure support necessary to successfully execute a largescale surge operation, and improve Navy interoperability with numerous allies and coalition partners, as well as other U.S. military forces.
The six other aircraft carriers involved in Summer Pulse 04 will include the USS George Washington (CVN 73) and USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) strike groups, both currently deployed, and Yokosuka, Japan-based USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63). USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67) CSG will begin a combined and joint exercise early this month, followed by a scheduled overseas deployment. USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) CSG will conduct a scheduled training exercise followed by overseas pulse operations with Enterprise (CVN 65) CSG, beginning early this month. USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), which left Norfolk, Va., May 27, for its new homeport of San Diego, will conduct operations in the U.S. Northern Command and U.S. Southern Command theaters during the ship's interfleet transfer.
The near-simultaneous deployment of seven carrier strike groups provides the Navy and the joint combatant commanders a unique opportunity to exercise the FRP while maintaining the ability to respond to crises around the globe, enhance regional security and relationships, meet combatant commander requirements including forward presence, and demonstrate a commitment to allies and coalition partners across the globe.
"This is as big a Navy mission as anything else we've done," said Capt. John Lockler, Enterprise operations officer. "We're showing the flag, showing our power, and showing our ability to deploy and operate with these countries."
Enterprise's role in Summer Pulse 04 will range from exercises in the northern Atlantic Ocean to the Mediterranean Sea, and include cooperative missions with European and African nations including England, France, Spain, Morocco, Germany, Italy and the Netherlands. The entire deployment will culminate in Majestic Eagle, a multi-nation exercise in and around the Eastern Atlantic.
"Majestic Eagle is the largest of all the exercises we plan to do," said Lockler. "It will involve surface forces, air forces and submarines, all operating in a NATO environment."
The Enterprise crew will gain valuable training by operating with foreign militaries. By the end of the exercises, the goal is for U.S. and European ships to operate in the same region and coordinate surface and air operations without conflict.
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