YOKOSUKA, Japan (NNS) -- The USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) Carrier Strike Group (CSG) will be participating in this summer's simultaneous deployment of seven aircraft CSGs, demonstrating 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 its new operational construct, the Fleet Response Plan (FRP).
"Summer Pulse '04 and the FRP are not about how often and how long we can deploy," said Rear Adm. James D. Kelly, commander of the Kitty Hawk CSG. "They are about being able to answer the nation's call in force - six CSGs in 30 days and two more within three months - by providing credible combat power where and when its needed. Summer Pulse is the proof of our readiness."
"Summer Pulse '04 is the way the Kitty Hawk CSG has always done business," said Cmdr. Peter Pasquale, flag engineer for the Kitty Hawk CSG. "We have always maintained the ability to surge as required. For the Kitty Hawk CSG, the proof is already 'in the pudding.'"
FRP is about new ways of operating, training, manning and maintaining the fleet that result in increased force readiness and the ability to provide significant combat power to the president in response to a national emergency or crisis.
"The admiral lets us know when we're on call," said Operations Specialist 2nd Class (AW/SW) Evangelina Morales of the Kitty Hawk CSG. "Then you have to mentally prepare yourself. Once that happens, we're ready every day. Being under way is part of our job."
Continuing through August, the Navy will exercise the full range of skills involved in simultaneously deploying and employing CSGs around the world. Summer Pulse '04 will include scheduled deployments, surge operations, joint and international exercises, and other advanced training and port visits.
Under the FRP construct, the Navy can provide 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. This allows the fleet to continue presence operations in other parts of the world, or to support military action in another crisis.
Summer Pulse '04 will exercise the logistics and shore infrastructure necessary to execute a large-scale surge operation, stress the operational concepts in the Navy's Sea Power 21 strategy, and improve Navy interoperability with numerous allies and coalition partners as well as other U.S. military forces.
The other CSGs involved in Summer Pulse '04 are USS George Washington (CVN 73) CSG, USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) CSG, USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67) CSG, USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) CSG, USS Enterprise (CVN 65) CSG and USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) CSG.
The near-simultaneous deployment of the aforementioned seven carrier strike groups provides the Navy and the joint combatant commanders an 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.
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