US Navy and AFCENT conduct dual carrier and joint air wing operations

20 March 2020 (Last Updated March 20th, 2020 12:44)

The US Navy’s two Nimitz-class aircraft carriers, USS Dwight D Eisenhower (CVN 69) and USS Harry S Truman (CVN 75), have started dual carrier strike group (CSG) and joint air wing operations.

US Navy and AFCENT conduct dual carrier and joint air wing operations
USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69), top, and USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) in the Arabian Sea. Credit: US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class D Keith Simmons.  

The US Navy’s two Nimitz-class aircraft carriers, USS Dwight D Eisenhower (CVN 69) and USS Harry S Truman (CVN 75), have started dual carrier strike group (CSG) and joint air wing operations.

The operations were conducted in the Arabian Sea along with a B-52 Bomber belonging to the US Air Forces Central Command (AFCENT).

The combined capability and interoperability between the platforms will enable the navy to carry out multi-task force operations under the US Central Command area of responsibility.

The two CSGs represent a multi-platform team of ships, aircraft and sailors. Equipped with immense capabilities, they can conduct a broad range of missions around the world.

According to the US Navy, such integrated operations improve readiness and help ensure stability and security in the central region.

It also demonstrates the commitment to the free flow of commerce and freedom of navigation in international waters.

Commander of US Naval Forces Central Command vice-admiral Jim Malloy said: “While we continue to take active steps to prevent and mitigate the effects of Covid-19 across the Middle East, Naval Forces operating in the region have suffered no impacts to readiness.

“We remain ready and focused to respond forcefully and decisively to any aggression. Our two carrier strike groups have been laser-focused on readiness to defeat any threats to security in the region, planning and training specifically against potential threats since June of 2019.

“While we do not and will not seek conflict at sea, we have never been better postured and more thoroughly prepared to response to it with overwhelming force.”