USS NIMITZ, At Sea (NNS) -- The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group (CSG) entered the U.S. 7th Fleet's area of responsibility (AOR), Feb. 8, as part of a regularly scheduled deployment to promote peace, cooperation and stability in the region.
Commanded by Rear Adm. Terry Blake, the Nimitz CSG will be filling the role of USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63), the Navy's only permanently forward-deployed aircraft carrier, which is undergoing scheduled maintenance in Yokosuka, Japan.
"All nations in the region can be assured of the Navy's continued and robust interaction in the form of mutual training opportunities, professional exchanges, and port visits," said Blake. "We are committed to preserving peace and stability in the Pacific region."
Nimitz returned from a six-month deployment to the Persain Gulf and the Western Pacific in September 2007. Nimitz supported Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom, conducted maritime security operations and participated in joint and coalition exercises and operations with many countries and other U.S. military services during that deployment.
During the last few months, Nimitz conducted several training exercises off the coast of California in preparation to deploy once again.
"While operating in the Western Pacific we will also participate in exercises and coordinate with our partner nations in the region," said Capt. Michael Manazir, Nimitz' commanding officer.
The Nimitz CSG is comprised of CSG 11, the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier Nimitz; its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 11; embarked Destroyer Squadron 23; the guided-missile cruiser USS Princeton (CG 59); the guided-missile destroyers USS John Paul Jones (DDG 53), USS Higgins (DDG 76), and USS Chafee (DDG 90); Helicopter Anti-submarine Squadron Light (HSL) 49 "Scorpions," HSL 37 "Easy Riders"; and Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit 11.
CVW-11's squadrons include the "Tophatters" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 14, the "Black Aces" of VFA-41, the "Sunliners" of VFA-81, the "Wallbangers" of Airborne Early Warning Squadron 117, the "Red Devils" of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 232, the "Black Ravens" of Electronic Warfare Squadron 135, the "Providers" of Carrier Logistics Support Squadron 30 and the "Indians" of Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron 6.
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