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Carl Vinson Strike Group Visits Australia

Navy Newsstand

Story Number: NNS030714-06

Release Date: 7/14/2003 9:44:00 AM

From Carl Vinson Strike Group Public Affairs

PERTH, Australia (NNS) -- USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) anchored off the coast of Perth, Australia July 14 for a port call, marking the aircraft carrier's first visit to the "land down under" since March 1999.

Three other ships from the Carl Vinson Strike Group are also visiting Perth, following almost a month of sustained operations at sea and a brief port call in Singapore.

Accompanying the supercarrier are the guided missile destroyer USS Lassen (DDG 82), guided-missile cruiser USS Antietam (CG 54), both homeported in San Diego and fast combat support ship USS Sacramento (AOE 1), homeported in Bremerton, Wash.

Visiting what is often referred to as one of the crown jewels of ports gave the more than 6,000 Strike Group Sailors and Marines the opportunity to sightsee, experience the hospitality of their hosts and participate in various community-relations projects.

The Carl Vinson Strike Group was ordered to the western Pacific Feb. 7 in an effort to maintain America's standing commitment to peace, stability and theatre security cooperation in coordination with allies and friends in the region.

Carl Vinson and its crew departed Bremerton, Wash., Jan. 13. The Navy's third Nimitz-class aircraft carrier was commissioned March 13, 1982, displaces more than 95,000 tons and carries approximately 75 combat and support aircraft. From its 4.5-acre flight deck, the carrier can quickly launch and recover the world's most modern military aircraft to operate with other elements of the U.S. Armed Forces as well as those of allied nations.



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