The U.S. Navy has deployed three carrier strike groups (CSG) to the western Pacific ahead of President Donald Trump’s visit to the region early next month.
The deployment came amid rising tensions in the Korean peninsula following North Korea’s test launch of intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), Japan overflight of its ballistic missiles and its hydrogen bomb test.
The Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group (TRCSG) entered the 7th Fleet area of operations (AOO) on Oct. 23 while the Nimitz Carrier Strike Group (NIMSG) has arrived in the area on Oct. 25, after concluding its operations in U.S. 5th Fleet.
The CSGs joined the Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group (RRCSG) in the region. The RRCSG has recently visited Busan, South Korea after participating in Maritime Counter Special Operations Force Exercise (MCSOFEX) 2017 with Republic of Korea (ROK) Navy.
The RRCSG/ Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 5 includes aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) with embarked staff of Commander, Task Force (CTF) 70, Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 15 staff and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, and the guided-missile destroyers USS Stethem (DDG-63) and USS Chafee (DDG-90).
The NIMSG/ Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 11 includes aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN-68), with embarked Carrier Air Wing 11 (CVW 11), and Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 9 consisting of guided-missile cruiser USS Princeton (CG-59), and guided-missile destroyers USS Howard (DDG-83), USS Shoup (DDG-86), USS Pinckney (DDG-91) and USS Kidd (DDG-100).
The TRCSG/ Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 9 includes aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71), with embarked Carrier Air Wing 17 (CVW 17), and Destroyer Squadron 23 consisting of guided-missile cruiser USS Bunker Hill (CG 52), and the guided-missile destroyers USS Halsey (DDG-97), USS Preble (DDG-88) and USS Sampson (DDG-102).