Lake Champlain Completes Pacific Deployment

USS Lake Champlain (CG 57) returned home to Naval Base San Diego, May 9, after completing a four-month deployment. More than 350 crew members departed San Diego in January as part of the Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group. The strike group conducted routine operations in the Western Pacific and completed a historic visit to Vietnam in March. Following operations in the Indo-Pacific region, Lake Champlain independently transited to South America and participated in Silent Forces Exercise 2018 with the Peruvian and Colombian navies. Crew members practiced tracking diesel submarines and…

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USS Lake Champlain in Peru for SIFOREX 2018

USS Lake Champlain (CG 57) anchored off the coast of Lima, Peru, April 23, after completing a combined anti-submarine training exercise with Peru and Colombia. The guided-missile cruiser participated in Silent Forces Exercise (SIFOREX) 2018, a biennial naval exercise that enabled maritime forces to practice tracking diesel submarines and other drills that promoted interoperability between the Peruvian, Colombian and U.S. navies. Lake Champlain, an embarked MH-60R Sea Hawk helicopter detachment, three P-8/A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft, and one Colombian submarine participated with Peruvian ships, submarines and aircraft. “My crew and…

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Lake Champlain Stops in Hawaii

USS Lake Champlain (CG 57) arrived in Hawaii for a scheduled port visit, March 22. The port visit will allow the crew to resupply, conduct maintenance and enjoy some time off the ship. “The crew has done a fantastic job throughout our deployment to the western Pacific, while keeping Lake Champlain mission ready,” said Capt. Jen Ellinger, commanding officer for Lake Champlain. “We are looking forward to our brief stop in Hawaii.” Lake Champlain began a regularly-scheduled deployment upon departing San Diego in January with the Carl Vinson Carrier Strike…

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Carl Vinson Strike Group Departs Vietnam

The Carl Vinson Strike Group departed Da Nang, Vietnam, March 9, completing a historic visit that marked the first time a U.S. aircraft carrier has visited the country in more than 40 years. The aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70), cruiser USS Lake Champlain (CG 57) and destroyer USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG 108) departed following a four-day port call. The strike group will continue a regularly scheduled deployment in the Indo-Pacific region. “We feel very honored to have been part of this historic visit,” said Rear Adm. John…

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Lake Champlain Arrives in Guam

USS Lake Champlain (CG 57) arrived in Guam for a regularly scheduled port visit, Feb. 12. Lake Champlain is on a regularly scheduled Western Pacific deployment with the Carl Vinson Strike Group. “The crew is very excited to have the opportunity to experience the wonderful sights, culture and hospitality of Guam,” said Capt. Jennifer Ellinger, commanding officer of Lake Champlain. “This port visit will also give the crew a chance to relax after several weeks at sea.” While in Guam, Sailors will have an opportunity to participate in tours organized…

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USS Lake Champlain Completes Ordnance Onload

USS Lake Champlain (CG 57) completed an ordnance onload at Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach, Jan. 12, in preparation for deployment to the Western Pacific. The five-day process involved transferring Tomahawk missile containers from storage to the pier, removing them from a protective brace, rotating them to a vertical position, and using a crane to lift them onto the ship, prior to placing them in the missile cells. “The crew did a fantastic job preplanning and orchestrating the deployment onload,” said Capt. Jen Ellinger, commanding officer of Lake Champlain. Despite…

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Carl Vinson Strike Group to deploy to Western Pacific

The Carl Vinson Strike Group is scheduled to depart San Diego for a regularly scheduled deployment to the Western Pacific, Jan. 5. The strike group’s 6,000 Sailors will deploy aboard four ships, including aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) and the guided-missile destroyers USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG 108). The guided-missile cruiser USS Lake Champlain (CG 57) departed San Diego, Jan. 4. USS Michael Murphy (DDG 112), based in Hawaii, will later join the strike group as it transits toward the Western Pacific. The Carl Vinson Strike Group previously…

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Carl Vinson Strike Group Completes Sustainment Exercise

The Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group completed a three-week sustainment training exercise off the coast of Southern California, Nov. 16.  Completing the exercise indicates the strike group’s readiness for executing missions across all warfare areas. The group successfully conducted a series of at-sea drills, missile shoots, and strike operations using a variety naval platforms and weapons. “Our time at sea was well spent. We trained how we fight,” said Commander, Carrier Strike Group 1 Rear Adm. John Fuller, who leads the group. “We worked hard as a team to refine…

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Wayne E Meyer Participates in Sustainment Exercise

USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG 108) is underway off the coast of Southern California participating in a sustainment exercise (SUSTEX). SUSTEX is a re-certification evolution designed to test the capabilities of the carrier strike group. It evaluates how ships work together in a variety of tactical situations and ensures the strike group and its Sailors are ready to deploy. Wayne E. Meyer will join other assets of Carrier Strike Group 1 on a scheduled deployment early next year.  “Wayne E. Meyer has been working hard to prepare for deployment,” said…

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Carl Vinson Strike Group departs Singapore for Western Pacific

April 8, 2017 – Adm. Harry Harris, commander of U.S. Pacific Command, has directed the Carl Vinson Strike Group to sail north and report on station in the Western Pacific Ocean after departing Singapore April, 8. Carl Vinson Strike Group, including Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70), embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2, Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG 108) and USS Michael Murphy (DDG 112), and Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Lake Champlain (CG 57), will operate in the Western Pacific rather than executing previously…

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Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group arrives in Singapore

April 4, 2017 – Aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70), embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2, guided-missile destroyer USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG 108) and guided-missile cruiser USS Lake Champlain (CG 57) arrived in Singapore for a scheduled port visit, April 4. Prior to the visit, the Carl Vinson Strike Group completed two weeks of routine operations in the Asia-Pacific region, including maritime exercises with the Republic of Korea Navy and Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force. The ship also operated in the South China Sea during this deployment. “This port…

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Carl Vinson, Republic of Korea Navy Complete PHOTOEX

SEA OF JAPAN (March 22, 2017) United States and the Republic of Korea Navy vessels participate in a photo exercise during Exercise Foal Eagle. The Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group is on a western Pacific deployment as part of the U.S. Pacific Fleet-led initiative to extend the command and control functions of U.S. 3rd Fleet. Sad to see such a poor example of station keeping by ships on right side of picture.  (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Z.A. Landers/Released) March 24, 2017 – Aircraft carrier USS…

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Carl Vinson Strike Group Arrives in the Republic of Korea

March 15, 2017 – Aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70), embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2 and Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG 108) arrived in Busan, Republic of Korea (ROK) for a scheduled port visit, March 15. The Carl Vinson Strike Group completed two weeks of routine operations in the South China Sea and will continue on their regularly scheduled Western Pacific deployment after departing Busan. Assets from the USS Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group and other United States forces will conduct bi-lateral exercises with…

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