USS Mobile Bay, bottom, prepares to move alongside the USNS Bridge, right, USS John C. Stennis during a replenishment-at-sea
130102-N-LV331-288 U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY (Jan. 2, 2013) – The Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Mobile Bay (CG 53), bottom, prepares to move alongside the Military Sealift Command fast combat support ship USNS Bridge (T-AOE 10), right, at the same time as the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis during a replenishment-at-sea. Mobile Bay is deployed with the John C. Stennis Strike Group to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions for Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Armando Gonzales/Released)
Stennis Strike Group Returns to San Diego
By Commander, U.S. Third Fleet Public Affairs
SAN DIEGO - The John C. Stennis Strike Group (JCSSG) will return to San Diego Apr. 29, marking the successful end of deployment for Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 9 and the guided missile cruiser USS Mobile Bay (CG 53) to the U.S. Navy's 5th and 7th Fleet areas of responsibility (AOR).

The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis' (CVN 74) stop in San Diego will be a brief one before returning to her homeport at Naval Base Kitsap in Bremerton, Wash.

Media interested in covering the homecoming of USS Mobile Bay should contact Naval Surface Forces Public Affairs Office by 4 p.m., Apr. 26, at (619) 437-2034 or (619) 723-5185 and meet at the base Pass & Decal no later than 8:30 a.m. Apr. 29.

Media interested in covering the return of HSM-71, HSC-8 to NAS North Island and the arrival of USS John C. Stennis at NAS North Island should contact the Commander, Naval Air Forces Public Affairs office at 619-726-3741, no later than 4 p.m. on Friday, April 26.

Due to CVW-9's homecoming, there will be increased noise in the San Diego Bay-area.

USS John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group consists of USS John C. Stennis, CVW-9, Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 21 and guided-missile cruiser USS Mobile Bay (CG 53).
The CVW 9 staff is based at Naval Air Station Lemoore, Calif., and leads nine squadrons: Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 41 "Black Aces," VFA-14 "Tophatters," VFA-97 "Warhawks,"" VFA-192 "World Famous Golden Dragons," Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 133 "Wizards," Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 112 "The Golden Hawks," Fleet Logistics Support Squadron (VRC) 30 "Providers," Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 8 "Eightballers," and Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 71 "Raptors."

U.S. Third Fleet leads naval forces in the Eastern Pacific from the West Coast of North America to the international date line.

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