The US Navy will deploy a third Nimitz-class supercarrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) Strike Group in Asia to add to the fleet of two carriers already patrolling the South China Sea.
This new deployment is part of US Navy’s attempt to boost its naval air forces in this part of Asian region.
The nuclear-powered USS Carl Vinson will be deployed in Asia from Naval Base San Diego, which is the key homeport of the US Pacific Fleet.
The third Carrier Strike Group will be accompanied by the Ticonderoga-class cruiser USS Lake Champlain (CG-57) and the Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS Wayne E Meyer (DDG-108).
Three warships will be later joined by another guided missile destroyer, the USS Michael Murphy (DDG-112), reported China Topix.
Comprising 7,500 sailors and airmen attached to a wide range of squadrons under Carrier Air Wing 2, the USS Carl Vinson will aim at enhancing maritime security operations and theatre security cooperation efforts, along with carrying out exercises with partner countries in the western Pacific and Indian oceans.
Named after a Georgian who was a member of Congress for over five decades, the Carl Vinson aircraft carrier will carry ships and sailors from San Diego, reported KPBS.
The supercarrier will join the Carrier Strike Groups of the aircraft carriers, which are the USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) from the US Navy Seventh Fleet and the USS John C Stennis (CVCN-74) from the navy’s Third Fleet.
The carrier will have the capability to carry a maximum of 90 aircraft, most of which include McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 strike fighters.
Image: The US Navy aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson. Photo: courtesy of US Navy / Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Eric Coffer.