ABOARD USS ENTERPRISE (NNS) -- Enterprise Carrier Strike Group (CSG) commenced operations in the Persian Gulf Aug. 10, where they are currently deployed to support Maritime Security Operations (MSO) as well as Operations Iraqi Freedom (OIF) and Enduring Freedom.
Rear Adm. Daniel P. Holloway, Commander, Carrier Strike Group 12/Enterprise Strike Group, said the strike group is ready to do what it takes to accomplish the mission.
"This is part of what we are out here to do," said Holloway. "We are a nation at war and we will continue to do our part to stabilize the current situation in Iraq and eliminate terrorist threats."
Enterprise CSG's deployment will help reassure U.S. allies in the region of the Navy's commitment to set conditions for security and stability for vessels operating in the Persian Gulf. MSO have a strong track record of providing security and stability in the maritime environment through coordinated operations with coalition partners that complement the security efforts of friends and allies in the region.
The presence of Enterprise CSG in the region allows the coalition to flex multi-dimensional task force capabilities and demonstrate the ability to respond to threats to maritime security.
Enterprise CSG also commenced the first combat missions of their current deployment Aug. 12 in support of OIF.
Aircraft assigned to Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 1, stationed aboard USS Enterprise (CVN 65), conducted multiple-strike missions by providing air support to coalition ground forces.
U.S. naval and air presence in the region is the continuation of a six decade-long U.S. policy to stand by friends and allies among Gulf Cooperation Council nations and protect the free flow of commerce. These relationships support and encourage regional stability and cooperation.
U.S. forces will continue to maintain this regional presence to deter destabilizing activities, while safeguarding the region's vital links to the global economy.
The squadrons of CVW-1 include the "Checkmates" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 211; Knighthawks" of VFA-136; "Sidewinders" of VFA-86; "Thunderbolts" of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 251; "Dragonslayers" of Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron (HS) 11; "Rooks" of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 137; "Screwtops" of VAW-123; "Maulers" of Sea Control Squadron (VS) 32; and the "Rawhides" of Fleet Logistics Support Squadron (VRC) 40.
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