ABOARD USS JOHN C. STENNIS (NNS) -- Summer Pulse '04, which began in early June, is the Navy's first full scale exercise of its new operational construct, the Fleet Response Plan (FRP). The exercise will include scheduled deployments, surge operations, joint and international exercises such as RIMPAC [Rim of the Pacific] 2004, other advanced training and many port visits.
FRP is about new ways of operating, training, manning and maintaining the fleet resulting in increased force readiness and the ability to provide significant combat power in a crisis situation as well as reinforce our relationships and interoperability in five theaters of operations.
"The FRP allows us to provide combatant commanders with ready forces able to respond quickly when needed," said Commander, Carrier Group 7 Rear Adm. Patrick Walsh.
The FRP is designed to allow the Navy to provide up to seven carrier strike groups (CSG) to support any contingency worldwide in 30 days. Per the plan, two more CSGs can be ready within three months to reinforce or rotate out the forces that initially deployed. This allows for a continuous presence and the ability to swiftly respond to different crisis situations.
Simultaneously deploying this number of CSGs this summer demonstrates the Navy's capability to execute the FRP, should a surge of this magnitude be required by real world circumstances. Conducting exercises like Northern Edge and RIMPAC also allow armed forces from the United States, and throughout the Pacific, to improve interoperability, cooperation and the ability to respond to crises.
"Exercises like RIMPAC enhance regional security while building partnerships with our global neighbors," Walsh said. He added that Summer Pulse and the multinational exercise RIMPAC demonstrate the participant's shared resolve for peace and security.
In addition to the John C. Stennis CSG, the other CSGs participating in Summer Pulse 04 are the USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) CSG forward deployed to Yokosuka, Japan; the Norfolk-based USS George Washington (CVN 73) CSG; the Mayport, Fla.-based USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67) CSG, which is currently deployed overseas; the Norfolk, Va.-based Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) CSG, which will conduct a scheduled training exercise followed by overseas pulse operations with the Norfolk-based USS Enterprise (CVN 65) CSG; and USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) CSG, which is conducting operations as the ship makes an interfleet transfer from Norfolk, Va., to its Pacific Fleet homeport of San Diego.
For more information about Summer Pulse '04, visit the CFFC Web site at www.cffc.navy.mil/summerpulse04.htm.
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