USS Carl Vinson Strike Group Arrives In Seventh Fleet

Story Number: NNS101231-02Release Date: 12/31/2010 9:53:00 AM
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By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Byron C. Linder, Commander, Seventh Fleet Public Affairs

PACIFIC OCEAN (NNS) -- The Carl Vinson Strike Group arrived in the 7th Fleet area of responsibility Dec. 31 as part of a scheduled deployment.

While in the 7th Fleet, the Strike Group will conduct exercises with allies and partners and visit ports around the region. Carrier Strike Group 1 (CSG 1) is commanded by Rear Adm. Samuel Perez.

The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) is deployed with USS Bunker Hill (CG 52), USS Stockdale (DDG 106) and USS Gridley (DDG 101). Destroyer Squadron 1 is embarked aboard Vinson along with Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 17. CVW-17 is comprised of the "Red Lions" of Helicopter Anti-submarine Squadron 15, the "Fighting Redcocks" of Strike Fighter Squadron 22, the "Fist of the Fleet" of Strike Fighter Squadron 25, the "Sunliners" of Strike Fighter Squadron 81, the "Rawhides" of Fleet Logistics Support Squadron 40, the "Garudas" of Electronic Attack Squadron 134, the "Stingers" of Strike Fighter Squadron 113 and the "Tigertails" of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron 125.

"We are looking forward to every opportunity to build friendships and enhance partnerships in the region," said Perez.

The U.S. Navy maintains a robust forward presence in the Asia-Pacific region, utilizing both forward deployed naval forces in Japan and Guam, as well as rotationally deployed forces from the continental United States and Hawaii.

This deployment by the Vinson Strike Group includes several firsts. It is the first major deployment for USS Carl Vinson after a three-year nuclear refueling, and it is the first major deployment by Carrier Strike Group 1 (CSG-1) since its establishment October 1, 2009. CSG 1 led USS Carl Vinson and USS Bunker Hill earlier this year in support of disaster response and humanitarian operations in Haiti. This is also the first deployment of the Arleigh Burke-class destroyer USS Stockdale, and USS Bunker Hill's first deployment since it underwent cruiser modernization, the first Ticonderoga class guided missile cruiser to complete its mid-life modernization.

This is USS Carl Vinson's first visit to 7th Fleet since 2005.

1/5/2011 5:58:00 PM
To our daughter and all the brave Sailors of the USS Stockdale. Thank you for all the sacrifices you make every day for keeping all of us safe. Keep up the good work and stay safe. We are looking forward to seeing all you upon your return home. God bless you all.

1/4/2011 8:04:00 PM
My prayers are for all the brave men and women and their families. I thank them all for their courage and commitment. Navy mom, OSSA Lara, USS Stockdale.

1/4/2011 6:52:00 PM
It is always so great to read any stories about the Carl Vinson - we think about our son every day that he is out to sea. It is so reassuring knowing he is with one of the finest crew's in the U. S. Navy - but most of all we are so grateful for all the prayers by so many people who are going through the same concerns that parents, family members, friends and so many loved ones are experiencing. We look forward to being in California when the Vinson returns. See ya soon, Glenn and Cathy Groves

1/4/2011 5:01:00 PM
To my grandson, his shipmates and all our military, thank you and may God bless and keep you. Stay safe and know that you are loved and appreciated. Hurry home. Hugs and kisses.

1/4/2011 3:04:00 PM
This is a great time to be in the Navy. This Email is for Hospital Corpsmen 2nd Class (SW) Sonia M. Sample, the worlds greatest dental tech (HM now). This is a good thing - getting mail from home while at sea. I miss you and wait for your safe return. Be blessed. Chill factor. God speed.

1/4/2011 1:11:00 PM
Praying for our son and all the Sailors on the USS Carl Vinson. Work hard, be safe and we are proud of you!

1/3/2011 7:22:00 PM
From a Sailor's gram: Be proud, be strong, never let go of your dreams, soar with them, live them. God speed, God bless the Sailors on the USS Carl Vinson!

1/3/2011 3:48:00 PM
I just want to thank all of our men and women for such bravery to protect all of us. I wish you all a safe New Year, and you are contantly in my prayers. I was there when you left and pray for a safe return. Navy mom of Christoper M La Motte, USS STOCKDALE

12/31/2010 9:30:00 PM
To my son, we continually to pray for you everyday. We pray for the entire ship of brave men and brave women who are working collaboratively together to keep our nation safe. We pray that the Lord will continue to keep you all healthy and bless you all with wisdom and knowledge to protect yourself and others. We love you and will see you when you get back. AJ Bogue's Mom

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The aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) departs San Diego Harbor.
101130-N-4322G-122 SAN DIEGO (Nov. 30, 2010) The aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) departs San Diego Harbor. Carl Vinson is taking part in a three-week composite training unit exercise followed by a scheduled deployment to the western Pacific Ocean. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice John Grandin/Released)
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