Theodore Roosevelt Strike Group WESTPAC 18 Deployment
CVN-71 Theodore Roosevelt
The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) departed San Diego for a regularly scheduled deployment, 06 October 2017. This is the first deployment for Theodore Roosevelt departing from its homeport of San Diego after completing an unprecedented three-carrier hull swap and around-the-world deployment in 2015. Theodore Roosevelt, the flagship of Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 9, joined USS Bunker Hill (CG 52), USS Halsey (DDG 97), USS Sampson (DDG 102) and USS Preble (DDG 88) for a routine deployment. The Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group deployment is an example of the U.S. Navy's routine presence in waters around the globe, displaying commitment to stability, regional cooperation and economic prosperity for all nations.
"The U.S. Navy carrier strike group is the most versatile, capable force at sea," said Rear Adm. Steve Koehler, commander, CSG 9. "After nearly a year of training and integration exercises, the entire team is ready as a warfighting force and ready to carry out the nation's tasking."
Theodore Roosevelt embarked the aviation squadrons of Carrier Air Wing 17, including the Lemoore, California-based "Stingers" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 113, the "Mighty Shrikes" of VFA 94, the "Redcocks" of VFA 22; the Beaufort, South Carolina-based "Checkerboards" of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 312; the Whidbey Island, Washington-based "Cougars" of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 139; the Point Mugu-based "Sun Kings" of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 116; the San Diego-based "Providers" of Fleet Logistics Support Squadron (VRC) 30, the "Indians" of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 6, and the "Battlecats" of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 73. Theodore Roosevelt will also embark the staff of Destroyer Squadron 23.
The strike group deployed with approximately 7,500 Sailors and Marines and will focus on maritime security operation and theater security cooperation efforts in both U.S. 7th and 5th Fleet areas of operation.
"It is a privilege and joy to lead this magnificent crew out on deployment," said Capt. Carlos Sardiello, Theodore Roosevelt's commanding officer. "We are grateful for the steadfast assistance provided by those responsible for manning, training and equipping this ship and air wing team, as well as the support and sacrifice of our families and friends in San Diego and beyond."
The Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group is part of U.S. 3rd Fleet, which leads naval forces in the Pacific and provides the realistic, relevant training necessary for an effective global Navy. U.S. 3rd Fleet constantly coordinates with U.S. 7th Fleet to plan and execute missions based on their complementary strengths to promote ongoing peace, security, and stability throughout the entire Pacific theater of operations.
Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) welcomed aboard Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 17 on 17 January 2017, for carrier qualifications in preparation to begin the ship's work-up cycle. The flight operations marked the first time aircraft had landed aboard Theodore Roosevelt in almost a year. CVW-17 was previously embarked aboard Theodore Roosevelt in early 2016 before the ship entered its planned incremental availability. Preparations to bring CVW-17 aboard started immediately after the air wing disembarked March 2016. Theodore Roosevelt has undergone an extensive amount of upgrades and maintenance, with the ultimate goal of returning to sea to conduct flight operations.
"The relationship between the TR and CVW-17 was as smooth as I've ever experienced between an air wing and ship's crew, and I'm very optimistic this will continue," said Cmdr. Christopher Jason, Theodore Roosevelt's air boss. "We're both very professional groups, and despite having new personnel, we have the same core of leadership to ensure success during this critical underway period. We're heading right into work-ups, so this gives us a chance to recalibrate and refresh ourselves on how to conduct flight operations."
CVW-17 was comprised of the following squadrons: the "Redcocks" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 22, the "Mighty Shrikes" of VFA-94, the "Stingers" of VFA-113; the "Checkerboards" of Marine Strike Fighter Squadron (VMFA) 312; the "Cougars" of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 139; the "Sun Kings" of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 116; the "Indians" of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 6; the "Battlecats" of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 73; and the "Providers" of Fleet Logistics Support Squadron (VRC) 30.
Completing carrier qualifications, including the upcoming flight deck certification, is a key factor in keeping Theodore Roosevelt on schedule for a deployment later in 2017.
Roosevelt left its homeport of San Diego, California, Oct. 6, for a regularly-scheduled deployment to the U.S. 7th and 5th Fleet areas of responsibility. Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group, led by CSG-9, consisted of Theodore Roosevelt and embarked Carrier Air Wing 17, as well as the staff of Destroyer Squadron 23 and DESRON 23 ships: the guided-missile destroyers USS Halsey (DDG 97), USS Higgins (DDG 76), USS Sampson (DDG 102) and USS Preble (DDG 88), and the guided-missile cruiser USS Bunker Hill (CG 52). TRCSG consists of the staff of Destroyer Squadron 23 and the squadrons of Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 17, which includes Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 113, VFA-94, VFA-22, Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 312, Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 139, Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 116, Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 6, Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 73 and Fleet Logistics Support Squadron (VRC) 30.
The aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) and the ships of Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 9 have performed a vital role in Operations Inherent Resolve (OIR) and Operation Freedom's Sentinel (OFS) since December 2017 within the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations. The Theodore Roosevelt Strike Group's scheduled deployment to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations supports the commitment of the U.S. Navy to the region and the continued effort to defeat and destroy ISIS. Theodore Roosevelt was the first carrier to simultaneously launch missions in support of two different operations in separate geographic locations. On the same day, strike fighters flew missions over Iraq and Syria while also flying missions into Afghanistan.
In addition to anti-ISIS missions, the strike group has conducted maritime security operations to reassure allies and partners, preserve freedom of navigation, and maintain the free flow of commerce. The ships of CSG 9 and Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 23, including Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers USS Preble (DDG 88), USS Halsey (DDG 97), USS Higgins (DDG 76), and USS Sampson (DDG 102) have conducted 51 transits through the Strait of Hormuz and Strait of Bab el-Mandeb and have also completed more than a hundred non-chokepoint escort events for high-value units in the AOO.
Further, CSG 9 has integrated with coalition navies while in U.S. 5th Fleet including the French Marine Nationale's destroyer FS Jean De Vienne (D 643) and the Royal Australian Navy frigate HMAS Warramunga (152). In January, the French Marine Nationale's destroyer FS Chevalier Paul (D621) integrated with TRCSG as the integrated air defense commander alongside guided-missile cruiser USS Bunker Hill (CG 52).
Additionally, TR CSG has reinforced the U.S. commitment to regional partners during in-port bilateral engagements and underway distinguished visitor embarks. Theodore Roosevelt hosted more than 260 people of influence from numerous countries, including leaders from the Bahrain Defense Force, Qatari Emiri Naval Forces and the Royal Saudi Naval Forces.
On 27 March 2018, USS Theodore Roosevelt and its Carrier Strike Group entered the 7th Fleet area of operation, which encompasses the two Koreas, Japan, China and Russia. Roosevelt left its home port of San Diego, California in October 2017, and successfully completed about four months of operations in the Arabian Gulf and Red Sea. The Carrier Strike Group will conduct a range of maritime operations with the navies of U.S. partners and allies in the region, to enhance security cooperation and interoperability.
With the USS Theodore Roosevelt entering the 7th Fleet's area of responsibility, a total of three nuclear-powered aircraft carriers, the Roosevelt, the USS Ronald Reagan, which is permanently forward-deployed to the area, and the USS Carl Vinson, were currently deployed in the area.
The US reportedly decided not to include drills involving aircraft carriers during this year's annual joint military exercises with Seoul, starting in April 2018, yet some watchers say deploying three aircraft carriers in the region could be seen as an attempt to put pressure on Pyongyang, ahead of possible talks between the U.S. and North Korea. The U.S. 7th Fleet is the largest forward-deployed U.S. fleet, made up of over sixty ships and submarines, some 140 aircraft and some 20-thousand navy personnel, covering more than 120 million square kilometers in the western Pacific and Indian oceans.
The aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71), along with the guided-missile destroyer USS Sampson (DDG 102), sailed in formation with the Republic of Singapore Navy Formidable-class frigate RSS Supreme (FFG 73) and the Victory-class corvette RSS Valiant (PGG 91), April 6. The event was a traditional naval greeting and training opportunity between partner navies after the Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group (TRCSG) made a brief port stop in Singapore.
TRSG continued maritime security patrols, presence operations, and training with partners and allies throughout the Asia-Pacific region. The TRCSG returned to the 7th Fleet area of operations after successfully completing more than four months in the Arabian Gulf and U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations supporting maritime security, theater security cooperation, and Operations Inherent Resolve and Freedom's Sentinel.
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