Two US carrier strike groups operating in Asia-Pacific

Currently, there are two carrier strike groups operating in Asia-Pacific region. “Having two carrier strike groups in the region working simultaneously with our allies and partners is just another example of our commitment to building capacity, keeping the sea lanes open and maintaining peace in the region,” Seventh Fleet commander Vice Admiral Joseph Aucoin said in a report by US Pacific Fleet.

The first is Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group consists of Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) with its Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Chancellorsville (CG 62) and Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG 54), USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) and USS Mustin (DDG 89).

USS Ronald Reagan is US Navy’s only forward-deployed aircraft carrier operating in the 7th Fleet area of responsibility. It is homeported in Yokosuka, Japan.

The second one is USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) with Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Normandy (CG 60).

USS Roosevelt is currently operating in the US 7th Fleet area of operations as part of its worldwide deployment en route to its new homeport in San Diego, California.

“The U.S. Navy maintains a presence in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region to help preserve peace and security and further our partnerships with friends and allies,” Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group commander Rear Admiral John Alexander. “Our forward presence contributes to freedom of navigation and lawful use of the sea, as well as furthers operational training and enables an exchange of culture, skills, and tactical knowledge.”