The US Navy's Summer Pulse '04, had seven carriers operating in five theaters to demonstrate the Fleet Response Plan (FRP). FRP is a Navy transformational construct which ensures US leadership can call on up to eight carriers for tasking in a national emergency.
The Department of Defense announced 02 June 2004 that this simultaneous deployment of seven aircraft carrier strike groups (CSGs) will demonstrate the ability of the Navy to provide credible combat power across the globe by operating in five theaters with other U.S., allied, and coalition military forces. "Summer Pulse 04" was the Navy's first exercise of its new operational construct, the Fleet Response Plan (FRP). FRP is about new ways of operating, training, manning, and maintaining the fleet that results in increased force readiness and the ability to provide significant combat power to the President in response to a national emergency or crisis.
Beginning in early June and continuing through August, the Navy exercised the full range of skills involved in simultaneously deploying and employing carrier strike groups around the world. "Summer Pulse 04" included scheduled deployments, surge operations, joint and international exercises, and other advanced training and port visits.
Under the FRP construct, the Navy can provide six CSGs in less than 30 days to support contingency operations around the globe, and two more CSGs can be ready in three months to reinforce or rotate with initially responding forces, to continue presence operations in other parts of the world, or to support military action in another crisis. "Summer Pulse 04" exercised the logistics and shore infrastructure necessary to execute a large scale surge operation, stress the operational concepts in the Navy's Sea Power 21 strategy, and improve Navy interoperability with numerous allies and coalition partners as well as other U.S. military forces.
The seven aircraft carriers involved in "Summer Pulse 04" were the Norfolk-based USS George Washington CSG and the San Diego-based USS John C. Stennis CSG, both deployed at the outset of the exercise, and Yokosuka, Japan-based USS Kitty Hawk. The Mayport, Fla.-based USS John F Kennedy CSG began a combined and joint exercise early in June, followed by a scheduled overseas deployment. The Norfolk-based USS Harry S. Truman CSG conducted a scheduled training exercise followed by overseas pulse operations with the Norfolk-based USS Enterprise CSG, beginning in early June. USS Ronald Reagan conducted operations in the U.S. Northern Command and U.S. Southern Command theaters during the ship's interfleet transfer from Norfolk, Va., to its Pacific Fleet homeport of San Diego.
The near-simultaneous deployment of seven carrier strike groups provided the Navy and the joint combatant commanders an opportunity to exercise the FRP while maintaining the ability to respond to crises around the globe, enhance regional security and relationships, meet combatant commander requirements including forward presence, and demonstrate a commitment to allies and coalition partners. "Summer Pulse 04" concluded in August.
After successfully demonstrating responsive, credible combat power across the globe by operating in five theaters with other U.S., allied and coalition military forces, four carrier strike groups (CSGs), including their associated ships, submarines, aircraft and more than 20,000 Sailors, returned July 22 through July 26.
These include forces from USS George Washington (CVN 73) (GW), USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75), and USS Enterprise (CVN 65) CSGs. USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) is pulling into its new home port of San Diego over this same period.
These arrivals came after the concurrent deployments of seven CSGs in "Summer Pulse '04," the Navy's first exercise of its new operational construct, the Fleet Response Plan. Summer Pulse '04 exercised the logistics and shore infrastructure necessary to execute a large scale surge operation and stressed the operational concepts in the Navy's Sea Power 21 strategy. It also served to strengthen maritime capabilities by improving Navy interoperability with more than 23 allies and coalition partners, as well as other U.S. military forces. U.S. Navy ships and aircraft participated in more than 13 exercises in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, the Arabian, Baltic, Mediterranean, North and Red Seas, and the Sea of Japan and Persian Gulf.
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