The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70), flagship of Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 1, returned to its homeport of Naval Air Station North Island on 23 February, following a four-month deployment to the Western Pacific.

The USS Carl Vinson was joined by two other CSG-1 ships, the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Princeton (CG 59) and Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Sterett (DDG 104), which returned to their homeport of Naval Base San Diego.

Tasked with undertaking operations across the US 3rd and 7th Fleet areas of operations, the Carl Vinson CSG departed from San Diego on 12 October last year. While on operations the CSG conducted routine port visits to the Republic of Korea, Singapore, Philippines, and Hawaii.

“These port visits demonstrated US commitment to the Indo-Pacific region and further enhanced relationships with the leaders and local populations,” said RAdm Carlos Sardiello, CSG-1 commander.

According to a US Navy release on 26 February, the strike group supported US relations with eight allied and partner nations through bilateral, trilateral, and multilateral maritime exercises in the Philippine Sea and South China Sea. Vessels of the CSG worked alongside Australia, Canada, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Philippines, Republic of Korea, and Singapore during the deployment.

The Carl Vinson strike group deployed with flagship USS Carl Vinson and embarked CSG-1 staff, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2, Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 1 staff and the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Princeton (CG 59). DESRON-1 ships included Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers USS Hopper (DDG 70), USS Kidd (DDG 100), USS Sterett (DDG 104), and USS William P. Lawrence (DDG 110).

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The USS Carl Vinson’s embarked air wing deployed for the first time with the US Navy’s newest Block III F/A-18 Super Hornets, which are considered to be a 4+ generation multirole fighter. In addition, F-35C fifth generation stealth fighter of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 97 also embarked on the carrier.