WESTERN PACIFIC OCEAN (NNS) -- The Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group arrived in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility (AOR) Sept. 9.
The Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group, consists of aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) with embarked Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 1, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 17 and Destroyer Squadron 1, guided-missile cruiser USS Bunker Hill (CG 52), along with guided-missile destroyers USS Gridley (DDG 101), USS Sterett (DDG 104), USS Dewey (DDG 105), and elements of Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit 3
Commanded by Rear Adm. Christopher Grady, the strike group will participate in routine scheduled exercises and engagements with coalition and regional partners while in 7th Fleet. The planned exercises will demonstrate and test months of preparation and planning by the strike group team.
"This strike group represents a flexible force, that is prepared to respond to a variety of crises - from humanitarian assistance to combat operations - at a moment's notice," said Grady. "We are looking forward to operating, and promoting peace and stability in this vast region."
The 7th Fleet AOR covers more than 48 million square miles (124 million square kilometers) and spans from west of the international date line to the western coast of India. Vice Adm. Robert Thomas, Jr., commander, U.S. 7th Fleet, is responsible for more than 45,000 Sailors, 100 ships and submarines, and more than 200 aircraft in the largest naval area of responsibility.
CVW-17 consists of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 22, VFA-81, VFA-113, VFA-94, Electronic Attack Squadron 139, Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron 116, Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 15, Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 73 and Fleet Logistics Support Squadron 30.
The more than 6,000 Sailors in the strike group left its homeport of San Diego, California, Aug. 22 for this deployment. This is Carl Vinson's 15th deployment in the ship's 32-year history.
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