Enterprise Strike Group Transits Bab el-Mandeb Strait, Enters Gulf of Aden


Story Number: NNS110218-13Release Date: 2/18/2011 10:55:00 AM
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By Enterprise Strike Group Public Affairs

USS ENTERPRISE, Red Sea (NNS) -- Enterprise Carrier Strike Group (CSG) transited the Bab el-Mandeb Strait and entered the Gulf of Aden, Feb. 18 in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility (AOR).

Enterprise, the world's largest aircraft carrier, transited the strait along with guided-missile cruiser USS Leyte Gulf (CG 55) and fast combat support ship USNS Arctic (T-AOE 8).

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, the Strait of Bab el-Mandab is a key chokepoint between the horn of Africa and the Middle East, and a strategic link between the Mediterranean Sea and Indian Ocean. It is located between Yemen, Djibouti, and Eritrea, and connects the Red Sea with the Gulf of Aden and the Arabian Sea. Three to four billion barrels of oil per day are shipped through the Strait, making it a vital waterway for the global economy.

"The Bab el-Mandeb Strait and Gulf of Aden are strategically important to the United States as an important sea lane for lawful shipping and transit," said Rear Adm. Terry B. Kraft, Commander of Enterprise CSG. "Our presence in the region helps ensure this freedom of navigation and the defense of these interests."

Enterprise and Carrier Air Wing One are deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet AOR to conduct maritime security operations and to provide support to operations Enduring Freedom and New Dawn.

For news regarding Enterprise Strike Group's deployment, log onto www.navy.mil/local/cvn65 or visit the USS Enterprise Facebook page at www.facebook.com/USS.Enterprise.CVN.65

For more news from USS Enterprise (CVN 65), visit www.navy.mil/local/cvn65/.

STORY COMMENTS2 COMMENTS
3/10/2011 12:01:00 AM
I have recently, the last 2 weeks or so, been scouring various sites for any information about the 'Big E'. My son is aboard the USS Enterprise, so I am concerned for his safety, as well as that of the rest of the crew. May you realize the extent of gratitude felt by the majority of the US, for the jobs you do every day. Be safe, and hurry home.

2/21/2011 8:03:00 PM
Thank you for the information. I pray for the safety of all the men on there! We truly are beholden to all of you for volunteering to be there to protect the USA; so grateful and don't forget it!! My grandson is on there.

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