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John C. Stennis Strike Group WESTPAC 00 Deployment
CVN-74 John C. Stennis
"Johnny Reb" / "Look Ahead"

The USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) returned to San Diego 03 July 2000 following a successful six-month deployment to the Western Pacific and the Arabian Gulf. The ships that comprise the Stennis Battle Group are USS Lake Champlain (CG 57) USS Port Royal (CG 73), USS Russell (DDG 59), USS Elliot (DD 967), USS Rentz (FFG 46), USS Asheville (SSN 758), USS Jefferson City (SSN 759) and USS Bridge (AOE 10).

Under the Command of Commander, Carrier Group Seven (CCG-7), the US Pacific Fleet's newest aircraft began their overseas deployment 07 January 2000. During the deployment, the Stennis traveled more than 34, 000 miles over 13 time zones. The 100,000-ton warship also made 10 port visits to eight countries including South Korea, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Australia. The carrier's embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing Nine (CVW-9), flew more than 10,000 sorties in several regions of the world, including over Iraq in support of Operation Southern Watch. While in the Gulf, Stennis, along with the other nine ships in its battle group, also enforced UN trade sanctions against Iraq.

Chronology

    3 July 2000 - Returned to San Diego
    26 May 2000 - departed Gulf
    Mar 2000 - Persian Gulf
    26 Feb 2000 - Arabian Sea
    Feb 2000 - South China Sea
    Jan 2000 - WESTPAC
    16 Apr 1999 - Began seatrials



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