United States Navy Nimitz-class nuclear-powered supercarrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) has fired a Close-In Weapons System (CIWS) during a pre-action aim and calibration test in the Philippine Sea February 19. “Providing a ready force supporting security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific, Stennis is operating as part of the Great Green Fleet on a regularly scheduled 7th Fleet deployment,” the US Navy said.
Five of the seven US Mutual Defense Treaties are with countries in 7th Fleet area of operation which are Philippines, Australia and New Zealand, Republic of Korea, Japan, and Thailand.
“The Great Green Fleet (GGF) is a year-long, Department of the Navy initiative that demonstrates the sea service’s efforts to transform its energy use,” US Office of the Secretary of the Navy said. “The purpose of the GGF is to make our Sailors and Marines better warfighters, able to go farther, stay longer and deliver more firepower.”
John C. Stennis Strike Group (JCSSG) is the centerpiece of the Great Green Fleet. JCSSG consists of USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) with Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 9 and Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 21 embarked, guided-missile destroyers USS Stockdale (DDG 106), USS Chung-Hoon (DDG 93), and USS William P. Lawrence (DDG 110), and guided-missile cruiser USS Mobile Bay (CG 53).
The strike group expects to participate in a number of exercises during this deployment; training, integrating and building capacity with allies in the Pacific region as part of an ongoing rotation of US forces supporting maritime security operations in waters around the world, the US Navy said.
“The Sailors of this strike group are ready, willing and able to go wherever is necessary to protect American interests,” said Rear Adm. Ron Boxall, commander, JCSSG. “We will continue the great tradition of projecting power and enhancing US partner relationships around the world.”
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