United States Navy Nimitz Carrier Strike Group (CSG) spearheaded by lead supercarrier of her class USS Nimitz (CVN 68) arrived in the United State 7th Fleet area of operations (AOR), June 21. This is as Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group ended its five-and-a-half-month deployment to US 7th Fleet’s AOR.
US 7th Fleet’s AOR includes 36 maritime countries and the world’s five largest foreign armed forces, People’s Republic of China, Russia, India, North Korea and Republic of Korea. Moreover, five of the seven US Mutual Defense Treaties are with countries in the area namely Republic of the Philippines, Australia and New Zealand, Republic of Korea, Japan, and Thailand.
Both Nimitz and Carl Vinson CSGs are part of US 3rd Fleet.
“US 3rd Fleet constantly coordinates with US 7th Fleet to plan and execute missions based on their complementary strengths to promote ongoing peace, security, and stability throughout the entire Pacific theater of operations,” Nimitz Strike Group Public Affairs said.
US Navy 3rd and 7th fleets are both under US Navy Pacific Fleet.
Nimitz CSG includes Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers USS Kidd (DDG 100), USS Shoup (DDG 86), USS Howard (DDG 83), USS Pinckney (DDG 91), and Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Princeton (CG 59).
USS Nimitz carries different variants of F/A-18 jets, Seahawks, E-2 Hawkeyes, and C-2 Greyhound.
“The strike group deployed with approximately 7,500 Sailors and is focused on maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts,” Nimitz Strike Group Public Affairs said.