USS ENTERPRISE, At Sea (NNS) -- The Enterprise Carrier Strike Group began conducting Maritime Security Operations (MSO) in the Persian Gulf June 6 as part of a routine rotation of maritime forces.
The strike group arrived in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations May 29, after transiting the Suez Canal.
"'Ready on Arrival' has been Enterprise's motto for 45 years," said Capt. Larry Rice, Enterprise's commanding officer. "This deployment is no exception. Enterprise stands ready to contribute to regional stability and security cooperation with our coalition and regional partners."
USS Enterprise (CVN 65) is the flagship for Commander, Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 12 and is also home to Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 1 and Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 2.
Ships in the strike group include guided-missile destroyer USS McFaul (DDG 74), guided-missile cruiser USS Leyte Gulf (CG 55), frigate USS Nicholas (FFG 47), and fast combat support ship USNS Supply (T-AOE-6).
While in the region, the strike group will conduct flight operations in support of ground troops in Iraq, conduct various training exercises with coalition partners, and MSO.
MSO help set the conditions for security and stability in the maritime environment, as well as complement the counter-terrorism and security efforts of regional nations. These operations deny international terrorists use of the maritime environment as a venue for attack or to transport personnel, weapons or other material.
Enterprise departed from its Norfolk, Va., homeport May 2 and is part of a routine rotation of U.S. maritime forces in the 5th Fleet area of operations.
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