About Task Force 70 and Carrier Strike Group FIVE
Commander, Task Force SEVEN ZERO (CTF 70) has operational control of the
RONALD REAGAN Carrier Strike Group, and all independently deployed cruisers
and destroyers that deploy or transit through the U.S. 7th Fleet area of
The CTF 70 Commander also serves as Commander for Carrier Strike
Group FIVE (CSG 5) and Carrier Air Wing FIVE (CVW 5), and is embarked on the
USS RONALD REAGAN (CVN 76).
CSG 5 includes the Aegis Cruisers USS SHILOH (CG 67), USS ANTIETAM (CG 54)
and USS CHANCELLORSVILLE (CG 62). Destroyer Squadron FIFTEEN (CDS 15) serves
as the Sea Combat Commander and is also responsible for the seven
permanently assigned Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers, USS
BARRY (DDG 52), USS BENFOLD (DDG 65), USS CURTIS WILBUR (DDG 54), USS JOHN
S. MCCAIN (DDG 56), USS MCCAMPBELL (DDG 85), USS MILIUS (DDG 69), and USS
MUSTIN (DDG 89).
RONALD REAGAN and the 10 surface combatant ships are forward-deployed to
Yokosuka, Japan, while CVW 5 operates forward-deployed from Atsugi and
Iwakuni, Japan, when not embarked on the RONALD REAGAN.
Together, these units form the U.S. Navy's only continuously
forward-deployed (and largest) Carrier Strike Group, and are critical combat
elements of the U.S. 7th Fleet.
About Forward Deployed Naval Forces
The United States of America is a nation with global interests. We conduct trade with other nations on an unmatched scale as the U.S. imports and exports hundreds of billions of dollars per year in goods and services. Perhaps due to our history as a nation of immigrants, we desire to foster democracy around the world. Those and other interests cannot be acted upon if we do not maintain a strong presence well forward of our borders.
For a century and a half, the U.S. Navy has maintained a presence in the Western Pacific and Indian Ocean to promote peace, regional cooperation and stability. That forward presence is maintained by the Forward Deployed Naval Forces (FDNF) of the Navy-Marine Corps team. The concept of forward presence in the U.S. Navy has existed since 1907, when President Roosevelt's Great White Fleet of 16 battleships sailed over 40,000 miles, making twenty port calls on six continents. Today, FDNF operate out of bases and ports around the world, including the Arabian Gulf, Mediterranean, and the Western Pacific, home to the FIFTH, SIXTH, and SEVENTH Fleets, respectively.
Our presence in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region is more important than ever. U.S. naval forces help encourage dialogue, promote growth and ensure the free flow of trade, of which the oceans have increased importance. The Indo-Asia-Pacific region is one of the most dynamic areas of our rapidly-changing world, and our fleet must be maintained at a high state of operational, materiel and personnel readiness in order to be flexible and responsive to address a crisis situation requiring military support.
Forces continuously stationed forward (as FDNF forces are) provide increased operational responsiveness for a crisis, strengthening partnerships with our treaty bound allies and help shape the operational environment during steady state operations. These units are true "force multipliers" for the Pacific Fleet and 7th Fleet Commanders.