USS JOHN C. STENNIS, At Sea — USS John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group (JCSCSG) entered the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility (AOR), Sept. 15.
JCSCSG will be joining USS George H.W. Bush Strike Group, already in the 5th Fleet AOR. An overlap of carrier deployments provides additional naval and air capabilities to conduct maritime security operations and theater security cooperation engagements, as well as provide support to operations New Dawn and Enduring Freedom.
“Our strike group has trained countless hours to ensure our Sailors are ready to conduct operations in the 5th Fleet area of responsibility,” said Rear Adm. Craig Faller, commander, JCSCSG. “We look forward to building upon and strengthening our ties with allies and coalition partners in the region while supporting operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.”
John C. Stennis departed its homeport of Bremerton, Wash., July 25, sailing south to embark Carrier Air Wing 9 and Destroyer Squadron 21 staff. JCSCSG departed San Diego with the balance of the strike group transiting across the Pacific Ocean and engaged in theater security cooperation in the western Pacific Ocean and South China Sea before continuing on to 5th Fleet.
JCSCSG includes the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74), Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 9 and guided-missile cruiser USS Mobile Bay (CG 53). The embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 9 includes Strike Fighter Squadrons (VFA) 14, (VFA) 41, (VFA) 97, (VFA) 192; Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 112; Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron (VAQ) 133; Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 8; Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 71; and Carrier Logistics Support Squadron (VRC) 30. More than 6,000 Sailors are assigned to JCSCSG.