Royal New Zealand Navy, U.S. Navy conduct bilateral operations

HMNZS Te Kaha (F77), an Anzac-class frigate of the Royal New Zealand Navy, conducted bilateral operations with the Nimitz Carrier Strike Group in the Western Pacific, June 30 – July 5.

The Royal New Zealand Navy provided HMNZS Te Kaha to augment U.S. 7th Fleet forces after the USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) sustained damages caused by a collision at sea.

U.S. Pacific Fleet ships routinely train and operate with its allied and partner navies. Recent combined training exercises in the Western Pacific have included ships from Australia, Canada, France, Japan, Philippines and Republic of Korea. The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group arrived in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations June 21, and is currently deployed in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.

The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group consists of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68), USS Princeton (CG 59), Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 11, CSG-11 staff and Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 9. The deployed units from DESRON 9 include the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers USS Howard (DDG 83), USS Shoup (DDG 86), USS Pinckney (DDG 91) and USS Kidd (DDG 100).

Source: U.S Navy Pacific Fleet

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