Three-Carrier Strike Force Conducts Exercise in Western Pacific

A three-carrier naval force is finishing a multi-day exercise in the Western Pacific, demonstrating the Navy’s unique capability to operate multiple carrier strike groups as a coordinated effort, according to Navy officials. “The United States Navy is the only force in the world able to carry out such an exercise,” a Navy official told DoD News. The exercise features the aircraft carriers USS Ronald Reagan, USS Nimitz, and USS Theodore Roosevelt and includes air defense drills, sea surveillance, replenishments at sea, defensive air combat training, close-in coordinated maneuvers and other…

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Three-carrier strike force exercise to commence in Western Pacific

The USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), USS Nimitz (CVN 68), and USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) strike groups will commence a three-carrier strike force exercise in the Western Pacific, Nov 11-14. Units assigned to the strike force will conduct coordinated operations in international waters in order to demonstrate the U.S. Navy’s unique capability to operate multiple carrier strike groups as a coordinated strike force effort. “It is a rare opportunity to train with two aircraft carriers together, and even rarer to be able to train with three,” said U.S. Pacific…

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USS Nimitz first carrier to visit Sri Lanka in 32 Years

The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group arrived in Colombo, Sri Lanka, for a port visit Oct. 28. The visit follows the recent completion of the inaugural bilateral naval exercise CARAT Sri Lanka and the U.S. Navy’s participation in Sri Lanka’s Galle Dialogue. USS Nimitz’ (CVN 68) taking part marks the first time a U.S. carrier has visited Sri Lanka since the now-decommissioned USS Kitty Hawk visited in 1985. During the visit, Sailors and Marines will have opportunities to explore the local community and meet with their counterparts in the Sri Lankan…

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Nimitz Plays Vital Role in Operation Inherent Resolve

USS Nimitz (CVN 68) has performed a vital role in Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR) since July 25, having launched 1,322 sorties and dropping 903 pieces of ordnance in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations. Throughout more than three months of operations in the region, the ship and its crew have worked hard supporting the mission by building 1,112 pieces of ordnance and working day and night on the flight deck. It’s a team effort by the entire crew, air wing and embarked staffs aboard the ship. “Carrier Strike Group…

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Nimitz Carrier Strike Group Returns to 7th Fleet

USS Nimitz (CVN 68) with embarked Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 11 and Carrier Air Wing 11 (CVW 11), and Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 9 arrived in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations (AOO), Oct. 25, after concluding operations in U.S. 5th Fleet. While in 7th Fleet, the Nimitz Carrier Strike Group (NIMSG) is scheduled for a port visit and will be ready to support operations throughout the AOO before transiting back to their respective homeports. “The impressive dedication and resolute commitment to professionalism by the Nimitz crew while supporting day…

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Nimitz Completes Historic 100,000th Catapult Shot

You can feel the excitement on the flight deck. As the jet engines roar an F/A-18E Super Hornet, from the “Blue Diamonds” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 146, goes soaring into the air. This launch was a bit more special than the other approximately 30 launches performed daily on USS Nimitz (CVN 68) during its 2017 deployment. It was historic. The ship successfully completed its 100,000th aircraft launch from Catapult Two Sept. 25, marking the second time, since the ship’s commissioning in 1975, that that milestone has been achieved. Catapult…

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Commander Carrier Strike Group 11 RDML Bill Byrne USN Visits FS Auvergne

Google Translation For many years, the French Navy has developed a high level of interoperability with American vessels. It is now reflected in the presence of two first-class frigates escorting the aircraft carrier Nimitz in the Arabian-Persian Gulf. This high-level cooperation, which has become a daily reality in this part of the world, highlights the great confidence that unites our armed forces. On 17 September, Rear Admiral Bill Byrne, commander of Carrier Strike Group 11, came to meet the sailors of the frigate Auvergne. From the USS Nimitz aircraft carrier…

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HMAS Newcastle completes operations with US Fifth Fleet

HMAS Newcastle has completed an attachment with the US Navy’s Fifth Fleet in the Arabian Gulf while deployed on maritime security operations in the Middle East Region (MER). During the two-week attachment supporting the USS Nimitz Carrier Strike Group (CSG-11), Newcastle conducted escort operations and a range of naval manoeuvres with US Navy ships. Commander of Australian Forces in the Middle East, Major General John Frewen, said Newcastle’s role directly supported the international effort to ensure a free and open global maritime trading system covering some of the world’s most…

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Nimitz Strike Group completes successful COMPTUEX

April 22, 2017 – The USS Nimitz (CVN 68) Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 11 successfully completed its final pre-deployment assessment, Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX), April 21, marking the completion of its condensed Inter-Deployment Training Cycle (IDTC) for an upcoming deployment. COMPTUEX is an exercise that tests a strike group’s ability to work and operate as one cohesive unit in a simulated real-world scenario based training environment. Nimitz was joined by CSG 11, to include Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 9 and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 11, to prove their operational capabilities…

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Nimitz Conducts COMPTUEX In Preparation For Deployment

Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 11 is currently undergoing their final pre-deployment assessment, Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX), marking the completion of their condensed Inter-Deployment Training Cycle (IDTC) for an upcoming deployment slated for this year. The aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) completed a nearly two-year yard period at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard in September of last year. Since then they have undergone sea trials, Tailored Ship’s Training Availability (TSTA) I, TSTA II, TSTA III, Final Evaluation Phase and the Board of Inspection and Survey. Nimitz has been joined…

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Nimitz Strike Group conducts strait transit training exercise

April 3, 2017 – The aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) participated in a show of force transit training exercise with Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 11 off the coast of Southern California, March 31. CSG 11 conducted the exercise as part of Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX) to prepare for moving through narrow passageways of water during its upcoming 2017 deployment. According to Lt. Ryan Benko, a native of Bremerton, Washington, and the Destroyer Squadron Nine (DESRON 9) lead planner, the Arleigh Burke-class destroyers USS Chafee (DDG 90), USS Howard…

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Nimitz Completes INSURV

February 21, 2017 – Aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) successfully completed the final phase of testing conducted by the Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV), the Material Inspection, one day earlier than expected in San Diego, Feb. 16. INSURV is a congressionally-mandated inspection of U.S. Navy ships. The inspection is a thorough check of the ship’s material condition to ensure mission readiness.  INSURVs are typically conducted every five years aboard Navy ships. Nimitz’s last inspection was completed in 2010. More than 200 inspectors came aboard Feb. 13-14 to examine more…

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USS Nimitz prepares for INSURV inspection

February 3, 2017 – It’s a yearly event that attracts hundreds of thousands of spectators from different cities across the country. This single event can mean the difference between being National Football League (NFL) champions and nothing more than a runner up. In the spirit of winning, in the wise words of the fictional race car driver Ricky Bobby, “if you ain’t first, you’re last.” Feb. 5 marks the date of the crowning of the next NFL Super Bowl Champions. February also marks the month the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz…

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