Media interested in covering the deployment departure of USS Carl Vinson should contact Commander, Naval Air Forces Public Affairs Office, at 619-545-1141 by 12 p.m., Aug. 21 to arrange base access. A media availability will be held with USS Carl Vinson leadership from 0715 - 0745 am on Aug. 22 at the Lima Pier.
Media interested in covering the deployment departure of USS Bunker Hill, USS Dewey, USS Gridley, and USS Sterett should contact Naval Surface Forces Public Affairs Office by 4 p.m., Aug. 21, at 619-437-3873 and meet at the Naval Base San Diego (32nd street) Pass & Decal no later than 9:45 a.m. on Aug. 22.
SAN DIEGO - The Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group will depart Aug. 22 for a scheduled deployment to the Western Pacific and U.S. Central Command area of responsibility.
The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70), Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 17, and embarked Destroyer Squadron 1 will deploy with guided-missile cruiser USS Bunker Hill (CG 52) and guided-missile destroyers USS Gridley (DDG 101), USS Sterett (DDG 104), and USS Dewey (DDG 105).
Carl Vinson will also embark the aviation squadrons of CVW-17 which include the "Fighting Redcocks" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 22, the "Sunliners" of VFA-81, the "Stingers" of VFA-113, the "Mighty Shrikes" of VFA-94, the "Cougars" of Electronic Attack Squadron 139, the "Sun Kings" of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron 116, the "Red Lions" of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 15, the "Battlecats" of Helicopter Sea Maritime Strike Squadron 73, and Fleet Logistic Support Squadron 30.
The strike group will deploy with approximately 6,200 Sailors and will focus on maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts. Bunker Hill, Dewey, Gridley and Sterett, multi-mission ships that possess the Aegis Weapons System, will support Carl Vinson carrier operations and provide deterrence to potential adversaries, promote peace and security, preserve freedom of the seas, and provide humanitarian assistance/disaster relief as necessary.