The US Navy has announced that more than 6,000 sailors assigned to the Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group (TRCSG) ships departed from San Diego for a scheduled Indo-Pacific deployment.
Providing maritime security and maintaining freedom of the seas in accordance with international law and customs, the ships and units will operate with international partners and allies to promote regional stability and prosperity.
Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 9 commander Stu Baker said: “The US Navy carrier strike group serves as the centrepiece of deterrence, providing our national command authority with flexible deterrent options and a visible forward presence.
“The Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group trained hard, performed well, and is now ready to execute whatever missions we are assigned.”
TRCSG comprises CSG 9, USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71), Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 11, the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Bunker Hill (CG 52), and Destroyer Squadron 23.
It also consists of the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers USS Russell (DDG 59), USS Paul Hamilton (DDG 60), USS Pinckney (DDG 91), USS Kidd (DDG 100) and USS Rafael Peralta (DDG 115).
The embarked air wing of Theodore Roosevelt comprises the ‘Tomcatters’ of Strike Fighter Squadrons (VFA) 31, ‘Golden Warriors’ of VFA-87, ‘Blue Diamonds’ of VFA-146, and the ‘Black Knights’ of VFA-154.
It also consists of the ‘Liberty Bells’ of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 115, ‘The Gray Wolves’ of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 142, and the ‘Wolf Pack’ of Helicopter.
Theodore Roosevelt commanding officer Brett Crozier said: “Carrier Strike Groups bring unparalleled naval combat power to the fight. No other weapon system has the responsiveness, endurance, battlespace awareness, and command and control capabilities of a carrier and its embarked air wing.”
The TRCSG last deployed for a seven-month deployment supporting Operations Inherent Resolve and Freedom’s Sentinel from October 2017 to May 2018.
It was also deployed for maritime security cooperation efforts in US 5th and 7th Fleet areas of operations.
Last December, the US Navy completed acceptance trials of its tenth Freedom-class littoral combat ship (LCS) in Lake Michigan.