Carl Vinson Completes Western Pacific Deployment

USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) returned home to Naval Air Station North Island in San Diego, April 12, after completing a scheduled three-month deployment.  More than 5,000 Sailors from Carl Vinson and embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2 deployed Jan. 5 to conduct routine operations in the Indo-Pacific and maintain security and stability in the region. “We safely conducted our mission in a complex operating environment,” said Rear Adm. John Fuller, the Carl Vinson Strike Group commander. “I give full credit to our Sailors. They demonstrated outstanding readiness, watchstanding and…

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Carl Vinson Strike Group, JMSDF complete exercise

The Carl Vinson Strike Group completed a bilateral exercise in the Western Pacific with the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF), March 23. Aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) and guided-missile destroyer USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG 108) conducted combined operations with Japanese helicopter destroyer JS Ise (DDH 182) in the South China Sea and waters near Okinawa, Japan. The operations began March 11 and included a series of training drills and Sailor-to-Sailor exchanges designed to enhance maritime interoperability between longstanding allies. “I thought it was really cool to have…

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Carl Vinson Begins Bilateral Exercise with Japan

The Carl Vinson Strike Group began a bilateral exercise with the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF), March 11, during a regularly scheduled deployment in the Western Pacific. Aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) and destroyer USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG 108) are conducting combined operations with Japanese destroyer JS Ise (DDH 182) to enhance maritime interoperability between longstanding allies. “Strong maritime partnerships maintain security, stability and prosperity, which the Indo-Pacific region has enjoyed for more than 70 years,” said Rear Adm. John Fuller, the strike group commander. “Collaborating with…

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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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USS Wayne E Meyer Visits Kota Kinabalu

USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG 108) arrived in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia for a regularly scheduled port visit, Feb. 21. Wayne E. Meyer is on a regularly scheduled Western Pacific deployment with the Carl Vinson Strike Group. “We are thankful to our hosts for this opportunity, as the U.S. Navy’s relationship with the Royal Malaysian Navy continues to grow,” said Cmdr. Jamie Hopkins, commanding officer of Wayne E. Meyer. While in port Sailors will have an opportunity to see the sights and experience the culture of Kota Kinabalu. “For the majority…

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Carl Vinson Strike Group Departs Guam

The Carl Vinson Strike Group departed Guam, Feb. 3, following a three-day port visit to the island during its Western Pacific deployment.  Nearly 6,000 Sailors from aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) and guided-missile destroyers USS Michael Murphy (DDG 112) and USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG 108) departed after arriving Jan. 30-31. Sailors participated in organized tours including dolphin watching, scuba diving, hiking, kayaking and boat cruises. Crew members also enjoyed local restaurants, beaches and retail stores. “This was my first time in Guam and I really enjoyed relaxing…

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Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group arrives in Guam

The Carl Vinson Strike Group arrived in Guam, Jan. 30-31, for the first scheduled port visit of a Western Pacific deployment. The aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) and guided-missile destroyers USS Michael Murphy (DDG 112) and USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG 108) arrived with nearly 6,000 Sailors. The strike group last visited Guam in February 2017. “We visited last year and we are glad to be back,” said Rear Adm. John Fuller, the strike group commander. “Our Sailors always feel welcome in Guam and we appreciate the community’s…

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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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USS Wayne E. Meyer conducts search and rescue

USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG 108) rescued three mariners from a sinking vessel, Nov. 18. At approximately 8:20 a.m., Nov. 18, Wayne E. Meyer responded to a distress call from Motor Vessel IKENA. Wayne E. Meyer, which was conducting routine operations off the coast of San Diego, immediately made best speed to render assistance to the distressed vessel. Wayne E. Meyer arrived on scene and deployed its rigid-hulled inflatable boat (RHIB) to recover the mariners from the sinking vessel. Once aboard the ship, the mariners were evaluated by the medical…

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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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Exercise Dawn Blitz 2017 Complete

U.S. 3rd Fleet’s (C3F) Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) 3 and I Marine Expeditionary Force’s (MEF), 1st Marine Expeditionary Brigade (MEB) completed the amphibious exercise Dawn Blitz, Oct. 30. Dawn Blitz is a scenario-driven exercise designed to train and integrate Navy and Marine Corps units by providing a robust training environment where forces plan for and establish expeditionary advanced bases (EAB), execute an amphibious assault, engage in live-fire events, and integrate fifth-generation aviation capabilities in a land and maritime threat environment to test new integration and concepts of operation. Planning and…

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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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