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Carrier Strike Group 5 Returns to Yokosuka

Navy News Service

Story Number: NNS170809-12
Release Date: 8/9/2017 2:16:00 PM

From Commander, Task Force 70 Public Affairs

YOKOSUKA, Japan (NNS) -- Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 5 and its flagship USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) returned to Yokosuka, Japan, Aug. 09, following a three-month patrol throughout the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.

While on patrol, CSG-5 was comprised of USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), Carrier Air Wing Five (CVW 5), the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Shiloh (CG-67), Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 15, the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers USS Barry (DDG 54), USS John S. McCain (DDG 56), USS McCampbell (DDG 85) and USS Mustin (DDG 89). While Barry, McCain, McCampbell and Mustin continue its patrol, the remainder of the strike group has returned to Yokosuka, Atsugi and Iwakuni.

Among the patrol's highlights, CSG-5 participated in Talisman Saber 17, which provided a realistic and challenging training environment to practice readiness and interoperability between the two nations while enhancing security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.

Additionally, officers and enlisted personnel from the Japan Maritime Self-Defense-Force (JMSDF) embarked the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) to conduct
collaborative training and combined operations with staff members of DESRON-15 and Commander, Task Force (CTF) 70, May 29 to June 9.

Throughout the combined operations, JMSDF and DESRON-15 personnel stood watch together working closely to facilitate maritime coordination. JMSDF ships integrated and sailed with ships of both the Ronald Reagan strike group and Carl Vinson strike group.

CSG-5 is forward-deployed in support of security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.

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