Theodore Roosevelt and Nimitz Carrier Strike Groups Operate Together in the Philippine Sea
Theodore Roosevelt and Nimitz Carrier Strike Groups Operate Together in the Philippine Sea

Theodore Roosevelt and Nimitz Carrier Strike Groups Operate Together in the Philippine Sea

The USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) and USS Nimitz (CVN 68) strike groups commenced dual carrier flight operations in the Philippine Sea, June 21. The ships and aircraft assigned to both strike groups began coordinated operations in international waters demonstrating the United States’ unique capability to operate multiple carrier strike groups in close proximity. While at sea, the strike groups will support air defense drills, sea surveillance, replenishments at sea, defensive air combat training, long range strikes, coordinated maneuvers and other exercises.

An E/A-18G Growler, assigned to the Gray Wolves of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 142, launches from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) June 17, 2020. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Zachary Wheeler)
An E/A-18G Growler, assigned to the Gray Wolves of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 142, launches from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) June 17, 2020. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Zachary Wheeler)

As a Pacific nation and a Pacific leader, the United States has a national interest in maintaining security and prosperity, peaceful resolution of disputes, unimpeded lawful commerce, and adherence to freedom of navigation and overflight throughout the shared domains of the Indo-Pacific. For more than 75 years, the U.S. Navy has been a persistent and stabilizing presence conducting operations throughout the region on a daily basis. The United States Navy has long history of operating multiple carrier strike groups as a combined force in the Pacific.

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 Sailors assigned to the Nimitz Carrier Strike Group perform preflight checks on aircraft aboard the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). Nimitz, the flagship of Carrier Strike Group 11, is deployed conducting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Greg Hall/Released)
Sailors assigned to the Nimitz Carrier Strike Group perform preflight checks on aircraft aboard the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). Nimitz, the flagship of Carrier Strike Group 11, is deployed conducting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Greg Hall/Released)

U.S. Navy aircraft carriers have conducted dual carrier strike group operations in the Western Pacific including the South China Sea, East China Sea and Philippine Sea for several years. These operations typically occur when strike groups deployed to the 7th Fleet area of operations from the West Coast of the United States are joined with the forward deployed carrier strike group from Japan. U.S. aircraft carriers possess flexibility, endurance, firepower, maneuverability and capability unmatched in the history of warfare.”

The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Sterett (DDG 104) steams in the Pacific Ocean. Sterett is part of the Nimitz Carrier Strike Group and is deployed in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Logan C. Kellums/Released)
The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Sterett (DDG 104) steams in the Pacific Ocean. Sterett is part of the Nimitz Carrier Strike Group and is deployed in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Logan C. Kellums/Released)

CSG 11 consists of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68), guided-missile cruiser USS Princeton (CG 53) and guided-missile destroyers of Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 9, which includes USS Sterett (DDG 104), USS Ralph Johnson (DDG 114) and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 17. CSG 9 consists of the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71), guided-missile cruiser USS Bunker Hill (CG 53) and guided-missile destroyers from Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 23, USS Russell (DDG 59), USS Rafaela Peralta (DDG 115), and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 11. Theodore Roosevelt departed San Diego for a scheduled Indo-Pacific deployment Jan. 17 while Nimitz departed June 8.

The aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt transits the Philippine Sea June 17, 2020. The Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group is on a scheduled deployment to the Indo-Pacific. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Erik Melgar)
The aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt transits the Philippine Sea June 17, 2020. The Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group is on a scheduled deployment to the Indo-Pacific. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Erik Melgar)
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