San Diego-Based USS Carl Vinson Part of 4-Carrier Force in Exercise Near China
The San Diego-based USS Carlson Vinson joined the forward-deployed USS Ronald Reagan along with carriers from the United Kingdom and Japan in a show of allied forces in the Philippine Sea at the beginning of October. The exercise included the HSM Queen Elizabeth and the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force helicopter carrier JS Ise!
Nations Coming Together
The exercise took place on October 3 and brought together 15,000 sailors from six nations! Unspoken was the message that democratic countries in the Pacific could come together as one to work against any threat from the autocratic and communist regime in China, which recently flew waves of jets close to Taiwan to intimidate that country.
Many Countries Participated in Exercise
In addition to the four carriers, the group included:
- The guided-missile destroyer USS
- Two destroyers from Japan
- Two destroyers and two frigates from the United Kingdom
- One frigate each from the Royal Canadian Navy
- One frigate each from the Royal New Zealand Navy
- One frigate each from the Dutch Navy
The force conducted flight operations, air defense exercises, and simulated strikes against maritime targets using:
- F/A-18 Super Hornets from the Ronald Reagan
- F-35B Lightning II stealth jets from both the Royal Air Force and U.S. Marines operating from the Queen Elizabeth and F-35Cs from the Carl Vinson.
Thoughts on 4-Carrier Force Exercise Near China
“This is Carl Vinson strike group’s fourth exercise with allies and partners since entering 7th Fleet, and we have continued to improve our ability to conduct prompt and sustained operations at sea with a more mobile, agile and flexible force,” stated Rear Adm. Dan Martin, commander of Carrier Strike Group 1. “Through alliances and partnerships, we have developed the right operational concepts, plans, proficiencies, and capabilities to bolster our maritime advantage.”
Commander of the British strike group, Commodore Steve Moorhouse, explained “working with our close allies to develop operating procedures and capabilities while concurrently showcasing the agility of land and carrier-based aviation in the Indo-Pacific demonstrates our commitment to the region.”
Rear Adm. Konno Yasushige, commander of Japanese Escort Flotilla 2, said the exercise demonstrated that his Japan “will work closely with the naval forces of the U.S., Britain, the Netherlands, and Canada, which share the same objectives, to respond to global challenges and defend maritime order based on the rule of law.”
Navy League San Diego is proud that the San Diego-based USS Carl Vinson formed part of the 4-Carrier force exercise near China. It’s proof that countries can come together for the greater good! Don’t miss out on any Navy scoops moving forward! For more Navy League news and updates, click here.
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