Nimitz Carrier Strike Group to Depart for Deployment

Media interested in covering the deployment departure of USS Nimitz June 5 should contact Commander, Naval Air Forces Public Affairs Office, at 619-767-1623 no later than 2 p.m., June 2 to arrange base access. A media availability will be held with USS Nimitz leadership pierside before the ship's departure. 

Media interested in covering the deployment departure of USS Princeton, USS Howard, or USS Pinkney June 5 should RSVP to Naval Surface Forces Public Affairs Office by 4 p.m., June 2, at 619-437-2034 and meet at the Naval Base San Diego (32nd street) Pass & Decal no later than 9:30 a.m. June 5.

Nimitz Carrier Strike Group to Depart for Deployment

By Nimitz Strike Group Public Affairs SAN DIEGO - Ships and units from the Nimitz Carrier Strike Group (CSG) will depart San Diego for a regularly scheduled deployment, June 5.

This is a previously planned, routine deployment and not in response to any specific incident or regional event. This deployment is an example of the U.S. Navy's routine presence in waters around the globe displaying our commitment to stability, regional cooperation and economic prosperity for all nations.

Prior to deploying from San Diego, aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68), Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers USS Kidd (DDG 100), and USS Shoup (DDG 86) are scheduled to depart their homeports of Naval Base Kitsap, Washington, and Naval Station Everett, Washington, respectively, June 1, for a brief stop at Naval Air Station North Island to meet up with other ships and units of the carrier strike group.

Additional Nimitz CSG ships include the San Diego-based Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers USS Howard (DDG 83) and USS Pinckney (DDG 91), and the San Diego-based Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Princeton (CG 59).

Nimitz will also embark the aviation squadrons of Carrier Air Wing 11, the Lemoore, California-based "Argonauts" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 147, "Black Knights" of VFA 154, "Blue Diamonds" of VFA 146, the San Diego-based "Death Rattlers" of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 323, the Whidbey Island, Washington-based "Gray Wolves" of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 142, the Norfolk, Virginia-based "Blue Tails" of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 121, and the San Diego-based "Eightballers" of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 8, "Wolfpack" of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 75 and "Providers" of Fleet Logistics Support Squadron (VRC) 30.

"This deployment is the culmination of months of intensive training and preparations," said Rear Adm. William D. Byrne Jr., commander, CSG 11. "The Nimitz Strike Group stands ready to respond to a wide variety of contingencies, be that a humanitarian disaster or a regional incident. We're honored to be in this position to answer the nation's call to duty."

The strike group will deploy with approximately 7,500 Sailors and will focus on maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts.

Nimitz Strike Group is part of U.S. 3rd Fleet, which leads naval forces in the Pacific and provides the realistic, relevant training necessary for an effective global Navy. U.S. 3rd Fleet constantly coordinates with U.S. 7th Fleet to plan and execute missions based on their complementary strengths to promote ongoing peace, security, and stability throughout the entire Pacific theater of operations.

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