YOKOSUKA, Japan (NNS) -- Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5 and USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) Sailors again joined forces and departed July 19 for Summer Pulse '04 after a two-month in port period.
Summer Pulse '04 is the first exercise of the Navy's new Fleet Response Plan in which seven aircraft carrier strike groups (CSG) deploy simultaneously to different areas of the world. The intent is to demonstrate the Navy's ability to provide credible combat power across the globe at a moment's notice by operating in five theaters with other U.S., allied and coalition military forces.
"As always, it is good to have the whole Kitty Hawk Strike Group together once again, working and training together out at sea," said Capt. Tom Parker, Kitty Hawk commanding officer. "This at-sea period is going to be especially exciting for all of us as our strike group gets to take part in Summer Pulse '04."
The Kitty Hawk CSG will be working together with the USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) CSG and the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force performing air, subsurface and surface warfare exercises.
In addition to joint force training, Kitty Hawk has training objectives of its own.
"We will be concentrating on carrier qualifications for the air wing, combat systems drills and strike mission training," said Operations Specialist 1st Class (SW) Jason M. Madott of Kitty Hawk operations department.
Kitty Hawk engineers will be undergoing training to ensure they are prepared to handle any situation that might arise while the ship is at sea.
"Probably every night, we will have four to six hours of casualty control drills, and of course, daily fire drills for damage control training," explained Master Chief Machinist's Mate (SW) David Watson, Kitty Hawk's engineering department leading chief petty officer.
Kitty Hawk CSG, the world's only permanently forward-deployed aircraft carrier, expects to maintain its reputation as America's "9-1-1 carrier" during Summer Pulse '04.
"For us, we have a forward-deployed routine," said Watson. "We're flexible enough to get under way at a moment's notice to perform anywhere."
For more information about Summer Pulse '04, visit the Commander, Fleet Forces Command Web site at www.cffc.navy.mil/summerpulse04.htm.
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