A United States Navy MH-60R Sea Hawk from the Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 78 “Blue Hawks” fires chaff flares during a training exercise near the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) in Philippine Sea April 24.
HSM-78 is currently assigned to Carrier Air Wing TWO (CVW-2) and is attached to the USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70). USS Carl Vinson is the lead-ship of Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group (CSG 1).
Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group is currently in Philippine Sea, off Okinawa, conducting combined aviation exercises with Japan Air Self-Defense Forces. This is after CSG 1 conducted a two-day bilateral maritime exercise with Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force ships also in Philippine Sea.
US Pacific Command commander Admiral Harry Harris told the United States House Armed Services Committee that after couple of days the Carrier Strike Group will continue to sail north near Korea.
Admiral Harris said North Korea is “in striking range and power projection range of North Korea if called upon to do that.”
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