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Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group Enters U.S. 5th Fleet

Navy News Service

Story Number: NNS150407-02
Release Date: 4/7/2015 3:07:00 PM

By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Chris Brown, USS Theodore Roosevelt Public Affairs

RED SEA (NNS) -- The Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group (TRCSG) arrived in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations (AOO) following a routine transit of the Suez Canal, April 6.

While in the U.S. 5th Fleet AOO, TRCSG will provide a range of flexible and adaptable capabilities in order to conduct theater security cooperation efforts, maritime security operations and provide crisis response.

Commanded by Rear Adm. Andrew Lewis, TRCSG is composed of the flagship aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71), Carrier Strike Group 12, Carrier Air Wing 1, Destroyer Squadron 2 staff, the guided-missile cruiser USS Normandy (CG 60) and the guided-missile destroyers USS Winston S. Churchill (DDG 81), USS Farragut (DDG 90) and USS Forrest Sherman (DDG 98).

'The mission of the carrier strike group includes all maritime missions, from maritime security operations, strike warfare, anti-submarine warfare and surface warfare,' said Lewis. 'These capabilities provided by the carrier, its air wing, the cruiser and destroyers within the strike group ensure the United States has the ability to support regional and coalition partners to meet operational requirements.'

TRCSG's presence in the region is part of a long-standing commitment to stability and the free flow of commerce in the region. The strike group will conduct a wide range of operations alongside regional and coalition partners aimed at building trust and cooperation while helping set conditions for regional stability.

'Maintaining a presence, both a naval and air presence, continues the sixty plus year commitment of our nation to support security and stability in the region, which is key to a prosperous global economy,' said Capt. Daniel C. Grieco, commanding officer, USS Theodore Roosevelt. 'We can accomplish this by working with our regional partners and allies in order to protect freedom of navigation.'

U.S. Naval Forces Central Command (NAVCENT) is responsible for approximately 2.5 million square miles of area including the Arabian Gulf, Gulf of Oman, North Arabian Sea, Gulf of Aden and the Red Sea. NAVCENT's mission is to conduct maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts, and strengthen partner nation's maritime capabilities in order to promote security and stability in the U.S. 5th Fleet AOO.

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