Announcement of the U.S. 4th Fleet’s Deployment for Southern Seas 2024

Announcement of the U.S. 4th Fleet's Deployment for Southern Seas 2024

The U.S. Navy’s aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) is set to deploy to the U.S. Southern Command area of operations as part of the Southern Seas 2024 deployment. Joining the George Washington are the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Porter (DDG 78) and the Henry J. Kaiser-class replenishment oiler USNS John Lenthall (T-AO-189). They will conduct passing exercises and operations with partner nation maritime forces while navigating South America.

Objectives and Engagements

Southern Seas 2024 aims to enhance interoperability and proficiency with partner nation maritime forces. Rear Adm. Jim Aiken, Commander of U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/U.S. 4th Fleet, highlighted the importance of strengthening maritime partnerships and building trust in the region. Engagements are scheduled with several South American countries, including Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and Uruguay, with port visits planned for Brazil, Chile, and Peru.

International Collaboration

In a testament to our strong international partnerships, Southern Seas 2024 will see an embarked international staff from 11 partner nations collaborating with U.S. Naval War College professors and 40 personnel from the Destroyer Squadron for operational planning to support operations at sea.

Mission Impact

Southern Seas 2024, the 10th mission to the region since 2007 and the third involving USS George Washington, continues our tradition of fostering goodwill, enhancing partnerships, countering threats, and bolstering teamwork. The USS George Washington, a key asset in America’s Naval forces, represents our unwavering commitment to global maritime security.

Strengthening Maritime Partnerships in Southern Seas 2024

The Southern Seas 2024 deployment signifies a significant step in strengthening maritime partnerships and building trust in the U.S. Southern Command area of operations. With the USS George Washington at the forefront, accompanied by allied vessels and international staff from partner nations, the mission aims to enhance interoperability, proficiency, and operational planning capabilities.

Engagements with South American countries and port visits demonstrate a commitment to regional cooperation and security. The deployment’s impact extends beyond military exercises, fostering goodwill, countering threats, and bolstering teamwork among naval forces. As the USS George Washington sails through the Southern Seas, its role as a versatile and adaptable naval asset underscores the United States’ commitment to maritime security and stability globally.

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