By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Christian B. Martinez, John C. Stennis Strike Group Public Affairs
PACIFIC OCEAN – The John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group (JCSCSG) entered the U.S. 3rd Fleet area of responsibility (AOR), April 18, after spending more than three weeks operating in the U.S. 7th Fleet AOR.
While in the 7th Fleet, the JCSCSG conducted theater security cooperation engagements with distinguished visitors from the Republics of Maldives, Indonesia and Singapore.
The strike group also made a port visit to Singapore where it hosted a reception aboard USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) for more than 600 distinguished guests, including the fleet commander of the Republic of Singapore Navy, conducted tours of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier for more than 1,200 people, and participated in four community service (COMSERV) projects.
“We operate and train routinely with our regional partners in this important part of the world where we all share a common commitment to maritime security,” said Rear Adm. Mike Shoemaker. “Engaging with our allies and partners deters aggression, contributes to stability and promotes the free movement of maritime commerce that is so important to the global economy.”
The JCSCSG, consisting of the Stennis, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 9, Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 21, and guided-missile cruiser USS Mobile Bay (CG 53), is returning to 3rd Fleet AOR after an eight-month deployment to the U.S. 5th and 7th Fleet AORs.