US Navy’s Carl Vinson CSG completes sustainment training exercise

22 November 2017 (Last Updated November 22nd, 2017 12:43)

The US Navy's Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group (CSG) has concluded a sustainment training exercise off the coast of Southern California.

US Navy’s Carl Vinson CSG completes sustainment training exercise
An F/A-18F Super Hornet launches from USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). Credit: US Navy by mass communication specialist 3rd class Jake Cannady / Released.

The US Navy’s Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group (CSG) has concluded a sustainment training exercise off the coast of Southern California.

The exercise was conducted for over a three-week period to demonstrate the Carl Vinson strike group’s readiness for carrying out missions across all areas of warfare.

During the activity, the CSG also successfully performed a series of sea-based drills, missile shoots and strike operations using a wide range of naval platforms and weapons.

"We met our training objectives and combat effectiveness metrics. We benefited greatly from mentoring and insights shared by CSG 15, who served as our training partner."

US Navy CSG 1 commander rear admiral John Fuller said: “We met our training objectives and combat effectiveness metrics.

“We benefited greatly from mentoring and insights shared by CSG 15, who served as our training partner.

“We have already begun incorporating lessons learned.”

The air wing’s complement of 75 aircraft under Carrier Air Wing Two (CVW-2) completed 1,419 sorties during the exercise, totalling 2,874 flight hours.

The activity saw the navy fly 200 sorties over a surge period of two days and expend 251,768lb of ordnance on shore-based training targets.

In addition, strike group vessels carried out damage control training during multiple scenarios and successfully conducted sea-launched missile attacks on training targets.

The Carl Vinson CSG operates as one of the US Navy’s primary forces. It is deployed to deter aggression and protect US interests worldwide.

The group is ready to promote regional maritime partnerships, project power, offer maritime security and maintain freedom of navigation when required.

It currently comprises the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70), CVW-2 and guided-missile cruiser USS Lake Champlain (CG 57), as well as Destroyer Squadron 1 ships USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG 108) and USS Michael Murphy (DDG 112).

The CSG is expected to be deployed to the Western Pacific region early next year.