USS Princeton
"Honor and Glory"
PACIFIC OCEAN (March 25, 2017) Ships assigned to the Nimitz Carrier Strike Group participate in a straits transit while underway for a composite training unit exercise (COMPTUEX) in preparation for an upcoming deployment. COMPTUEX tests the mission readiness of the strike group’s assets through simulated real-world scenarios and their ability to perform as an integrated unit. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Craig Z. Rodarte/Released)
Three San Diego Ships Departed for Deployment

SAN DIEGO – The guided-missile cruiser USS Princeton (CG 59) and the guided-missile destroyers USS Howard (DDG 83) and USS Pinckney (DDG 91) departed their homeport of Naval Base San Diego, June 5, for deployment.

This is a previously scheduled deployment and not in response to any specific incident or regional event. This deployment is an example of the U.S. Navy’s continuous presence in waters around the globe and reinforces the United States’ commitment to stability, regional cooperation and economic prosperity for all nations.

The ships joined the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) and guided-missile destroyers USS Kidd (DDG 100) and USS Shoup (DDG 86). Nimitz, Kidd and Shoup departed their homeports of Naval Base Kitsap and Naval Station Everett in Washington, June 1, and made a brief stop at in San Diego to meet up with the additional strike group units. The embarked air detachments from Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 75 are serving as the air support for Princeton, Howard and Pinckney.

The Strike Group units have spent most of the past seven months underway preparing for global operations through a series of pre-deployment inspections and training evolutions, including a Composite Training Unit Exercise that certified them ready for deployment. Leadership at all levels has been impressed with the performance of the Sailors during this training cycle.

"I am incredibly proud of the crew of USS Princeton. I have no doubt that Princeton and Strike Group Eleven are ready to support our nation's tasking whenever and wherever required." said Capt. Christopher Alexander, commanding officer of Princeton.

Princeton, Howard and Pinckney are part of U.S. Naval Surface Forces and U.S. 3rd Fleet. Third Fleet leads naval forces in the Pacific and provides realistic, relevant training necessary for an effective global Navy, working constantly with U.S. 7th Fleet. The forces of both fleets complement one another across the spectrum of military operations in the Pacific.

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