US Navy Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group and UK Carrier Strike Groups Conduct Fighter Joint Interoperability Flights
US Navy Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group and UK Carrier Strike Groups Conduct Fighter Joint Interoperability Flights

US Navy Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group and UK Carrier Strike Groups Conduct Fighter Joint Interoperability Flights

Fifth and 4th generation aircraft assigned to Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group (VINCSG), with embarked Carrier Air Wing Two (CVW-2), and U.K. Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 21 conducted joint interoperability flights in the U.S. Navy’s 7th Fleet, Aug. 26. During the joint interoperability flights, the aircraft conducted missions to validate joint integration techniques, tactics, and procedures; including mid-air refueling. This is the first time that VINCSG and CSG-21 have operated together.

Pilots assigned to the Bounty Hunters of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 2 prepare to enter an F/A-18F Super Hornet from the flight deck of Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70), Aug. 26, 2021.
Pilots assigned to the “Bounty Hunters” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 2 prepare to enter an F/A-18F Super Hornet from the flight deck of Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70), Aug. 26, 2021. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Isaiah Williams)

“In a very short amount of time, we were able to seamlessly combine the collective 5th generation capabilities of joint strike fighter aircraft from two services and a partner nation together with the rest of the advanced capabilities of our entire air wing,” said Capt. Tommy Locke, commander, CVW-2. “Our strike group and air wing arrived in the Indo-Pacific ready to demonstrate the value of having agile 5th generation maritime power in the region – and make no doubt, we are ready to win.”

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An EA-18G Growler, assigned to the “Gauntlets” of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 136, launches off the flight deck of Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70).
An EA-18G Growler, assigned to the “Gauntlets” of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 136, launches off the flight deck of Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70), Aug. 26, 2021. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Isaiah Williams)

Participating aircraft from CVW-2 include: four F-35C Lightning IIs from Strike Fight Squadron (VFA) 147; five F/A-18E/F Super Hornets, assigned to Strike Fighter Squadrons (VFA) 2 and 192; two EA-18G Growlers, from Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 136; and one E-2D Advanced Hawkeye, from Airborne Command and Control Squadron (VAW) 113. Participating CSG-21 aircraft include: two U.S. F-35Bs from Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 211; and two F-35Bs from United Kingdom’s No. 617 Squadron.

US Navy Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group and UK Carrier Strike Groups Conduct Fighter Joint Interoperability Flights
Two F-35B Lightning II from Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 211 and an EA-18G Growler and an F/A-18E Super Hornet conduct mid-air refueling, Aug. 26, 2021. (U.S. Navy photo by Lt. Cmdr. Bart Crowder)

This was the first training opportunity CSG-21 had to engage with the F-35 “C” model, assigned to CVW-2. The two F-35B squadrons have been deployed together aboard HMS Queen Elizabeth for her inaugural, global deployment, demonstrating the interoperability the F-35 provides. VINCSG provides a combat-ready force to protect and defends the collective maritime interests of the U.S. and its regional allies and partners. Collectively, the VINCSG consists of more than 7,000 Sailors, capable of carrying out a wide variety of missions around the globe.

A Sailor directs an EA-18G Growler, assigned to the “Gauntlets” of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 136, from the flight deck of Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70)
A Sailor directs an EA-18G Growler, assigned to the “Gauntlets” of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 136, from the flight deck of Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Isaiah Williams)
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