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John C. Stennis Strike Group WESTPAC 09 Deployment
CVN-74 John C. Stennis
"Johnny Reb" / "Look Ahead"

USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) returned to homeport in Bremerton, Wash. 21 November 2008, deployment-ready after completing its final pre-deployment exercises. During the underway period, Stennis united with the other components of its strike group, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 9 and Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 21, to complete Composite Training Exercise (COMPTUEX) and Joint Task Force Exercise (JTFEX). Both exercises focused on improving the strike group's ability to perform strike warfare, anti-submarine warfare and anti-air warfare.

USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) departed Naval Air Station North Island, Calif., 17 January 2009 to continue its Western Pacific (WESTPAC) deployment after picking up Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 9 personnel and equipment. The air wing Sailors added approximately 1,800 personnel to the approximately 3,000 Sailors already stationed aboard Stennis. Within 24 hours of the carrier's departure, approximately 70 aircraft landed aboard Stennis filling its hangar bays and flight deck. Stennis and CVW 9 joined Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 21 to form the John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group (JCSCSG) as they head west for deployment.

The regularly scheduled deployment is part of the Navy's Fleet Response Plan (FRP), designed to allow the United States the ability to rapidly respond with flexible and sustainable force to any global commitment on short notice. JCSCSG maintains the strike group's operational skill set and increase interoperability with partner nations through joint, multinational exercises. Another goal of this deployment is to further relations with U.S. partners in the region. Sailors from JCSCSG each play a role in diplomacy as they represent America through port visits and joint maritime security operations. The deployment was scheduled to be approximately six months, and JCSCSG will be prepared to respond to the needs of any operational situation. This deployment is part of America's maritime strategy under the FRP to maintain a force of combat power overseas, capable of protecting America's vital interests and insuring regional stability.




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