USS JOHN C. STENNIS, At Sea (NNS) -- The USS John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group (JCSSG) began integrated strike group (ISG) training exercises northwest of Guam, Feb 6.
This was the last opportunity members of the strike group had to train before moving to the U.S. 5th Fleet's area of responsibility (AOR).
"We're remaining proficient so that when we get into theater, we can perform any mission we are tasked to do," said Chief Sonar Technician (Surface) Mark Rozac, a member of Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 21.
Some of the training conducted was maritime interdiction operations (MIO), visit, board, search and seizure (VBSS) and various live-fire surface exercises.
The members of JCSSG participating in these exercises include USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74), USS O'Kane (DDG 77), USS Antietam (CG 54), USS Preble (DDG 88), and USNS Bridge (T-AOE 10).
"We're doing MIO, VBSS, and approach operations so that we'll be combat ready when we get to 5th Fleet," said Lt. Cmdr. Molly McCabe, DESRON 21 combat systems officer. "We've already been practicing exercises like this for over a year now."
"We're getting ships into position to do approach operations, which we might be doing once we get to 5th Fleet," McCabe added. She explained that part of this training involves ships requesting air support to aid with self-defense in case of an attack.
As with any exercise, the facilitators will ensure safety is a top priority during the training.
"Mainly, we'll be monitoring the weather; we'll be putting small boats in the water and making sure everything's safe," said McCabe. "We want a safe evolution but also one where we can get good practice so we're ready for 5th Fleet."
JCSSG is operating in the U.S. 7th Fleet's AOR as part of a deployment to promote peace, regional cooperation and stability.
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