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US Navy aircraft carrier USS Nimitz and its Carrier Strike Group deployed for global naval security operations


According to information released by the Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet on June 8, 2020, the U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) and elements of the Nimitz Carrier Strike Group (CSG), deployed from San Diego, June 8, in support of global maritime security operations.
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US Navy aircraft carrier USS Nimitz and its Carrier Strike Group deployed for global naval security operations 925 001U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) departs Naval Air Station North Island June 8,2020. Nimitz and elements of the Nimitz Carrier Strike Group (CSG), deployed from San Diego in support of global maritime security operations. (Picture source U.S. Pacific Fleet)


Prior to deploying, the strike group completed a composite training unit exercise (COMPTUEX), designed to fully integrate units of a carrier strike group, while testing a strike group's ability as a whole to carry out sustained combat operations from the sea. Ships, squadrons and staffs were tested across every core warfare area within their mission sets through a variety of simulated and live events, including air warfare, strait transits, and responses to surface and subsurface contacts and electronic attacks.

A CSG is capable of deploying anywhere in the world at a moment’s notice to meet the needs of the country and its allies. In addition to conducting maritime security operations whenever and wherever called upon, NIM CSG units will participate in cooperative engagements, multilateral exercises and unit-level training, designed to improve capability and capacity among Navy units and partner nations in the regions they may operate in.

In addition to Nimitz, Nimitz CSG deploying units include Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 17, Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Princeton (CG 59) and Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 9, which includes Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers USS Sterett (DDG 104), and USS Ralph Johnson (DDG 114). CVW-17 consists of the Lemoore, California-based “Kestrels” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 137, “Mighty Shrikes” of VFA 94, “Fighting Redcocks” of VFA 22; the San Diego-based “Death Rattlers” of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 323, the Whidbey Island, Washington-based “Cougars” of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 139, the Point Mugu, California-based “Sun Kings” of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 116, and the San Diego-based “Indians” of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 6, “Battlecats” of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 73 and “Providers” of Fleet Logistics Support Squadron (VRC) 30.

The U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) carry seven different types of aircraft with a total complement of more than 90 fixed wing and helicopters including F/A-18E/F Super Hornet fighter aircraft, F/A-18C Hornets, Boeing EA-18G Growlers electronic warfare aircraft, Northrop Grumman E-2C Hawkeyes carrier-capable tactical airborne early warning (AEW) aircraft, Sikorsky MH-60S Seahawks naval helicopter, MH-60R Seahawks naval helicopter and Grumman C-2 Greyhound cargo aircraft.

The U.S. Navy USS Nimitz CVN 68 has a crew of up to 5,000 sailors. It has a displacement of 100,020 tons and is powered thanks to two Westinghouse A4W nuclear reactors, 4 steam turbines and 4 shafts. It can reach a maximum speed of 31.5 knots (58.3 km/hr). The armament of the USS Nimitz includes two Sea Sparrow, two RIM-116 Rolling Airframe Missile, two PHALANX CIWS (Close-In Weapons System) Gatling guns, four MK 38 25mm automatic cannon turrets and ten .50 caliber machine gun turret emplacements.