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Carl Vinson Battle Group visits Republic of Korea

Seventh Fleet

Carl Vinson Battle Group public affairs
Posted 03/14/2003

PUSAN, Republic of Korea - The aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) arrived here March 14 for a port visit in conjunction with the commencement of Exercise Foal Eagle, an annually scheduled joint and combined training exercise that began March 4 and will continue through April 2.

Two Carl Vinson Battle Group ships, the destroyer USS Lassen (DDG 82) and guided-missile cruiser USS Antietam (CG 54), both homeported in San Diego, Calif., join Carl Vinson in visiting the Republic of Korea. During their visit to the peninsula, more than 6,000 Sailors will have the opportunity to sightsee, experience the hospitality of their hosts and participate in community service projects.

The Carl Vinson Battle Group is currently deployed in the western Pacific as part of America's standing commitment to maintain peace and stability in cooperation with allies and friends in the region.

While an aircraft carrier has historically participated in Foal Eagle, this will be the first time in four years that one has made a port visit to the Republic of Korea during the exercise.

This year's exercise is the 42nd consecutive Foal Eagle. The defense-oriented exercise is theaterwide and focuses on area security and stability operations, movement of critical assets and select warfighting training events across all ROK and U.S. service components. The exercise will involve ROK active and reserve forces, U.S. military units assigned to the Korean Peninsula and a number of U.S. forces deploying to Korea.

Carl Vinson Sailors departed their homeport of Bremerton, Wash., Jan. 13. The Navy's third Nimitz-class aircraft carrier, the ship displaces more than 95,000 tons and carries approximately 75 combat and support aircraft.

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