Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group Conducts ASW Exercise in Arabian Sea

The U.S. Navy’s Dwight D. Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group (CSG) conducted a live, non-firing advanced anti-submarine warfare (ASW) exercise in the Arabian Sea June 15-17.

Exercise participants included the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69), guided-missile cruiser USS San Jacinto (CG 56), guided-missile destroyer USS Truxtun (DDG 103), embarked aviation elements from Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 3, Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 26, and the nuclear submarine Newport News (SSN 750).

ARABIAN SEA (June 12, 2020) The aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) transits the Arabian Sea, June 12, 2020. Ike is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations in support of naval operations to ensure maritime stability and security in the Central Region, connecting the Mediterranean Sea and Pacific Ocean through the western Indian Ocean and three critical chokepoints to the free flow of global commerce. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Aaron Bewkes/Released)

“”We constantly train like we fight, and we focus on the full range of operations in the maritime conflict,” said Rear Adm. Brendan McLane, commander of Carrier Strike Group-10. “This integrated multi-platform ASW exercise against the highly-capable Newport News in the Arabian Sea was aimed to refresh and improve our Strike Group’s proficiency and tactical implementations.”

The three-day exercise consisted of submarine familiarization, protection of ships in transit, and defense against submarine threats at critical chokepoints.

During the exercise, San Jacinto and Truxtun screened and protected Eisenhower while a P-8A Poseidon from the “War Eagles” of Patrol Squadron 16 conducted airborne maritime patrol and reconnaissance. Additional layered defense was provided by two MH-60R Sea Hawk helicopters attached to the “Swamp Foxes” of Helicopter Maritime Strike (HSM) 74.

The Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations (AO), conducting maritime security operations in international waters alongside regional partners.

The ships and aircraft of Carrier Strike Group, commanded by Rear Adm. Brendan McLane, include flagship USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69); commanded by Capt. Kyle Higgins; the eight squadrons of CVW-3, commanded by Capt. Trevor Estes; DESRON 26, commanded by Capt. Zoah Scheneman; the cruiser San Jacinto, commanded by Capt. Edward Crossman; and guided-missile cruiser USS Vella Gulf (CG 72), commanded by Capt. Andrew Fitzpatrick.

The 5th Fleet area of operations encompasses about 2.5 million square miles of water area and includes the Arabian Gulf, Gulf of Oman, Red Sea and parts of the Indian Ocean. The expanse is comprised of 20 countries and includes three chokepoints, critical to the free flow of global commerce.

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