USS John C. Stennis Strike Group Participates in Undersea Warfare Exercise

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    USS John C. Stennis Strike Group Particpates in Undersea Warfare Exercise
    UNITED STATES - 9 AUGUST 2011

    USS JOHN C. STENNIS, At Sea -- USS John C. Stennis Strike Group (JCSSG) ships commenced an undersea warfare exercise (USWEX) in the Hawaiian operating area Aug. 8, as part of the strike group's final test and evaluation before arriving in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility (AOR) and western Pacific Ocean.

    Exercises like this are conducted several times throughout the year in the waters near Hawaii for maritime commanders to asses the undersea warfare capabilities of deploying strike groups.

    "We're taking part in an undersea warfare exercise as directed by the commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet," said Master Chief Sonar Technician (Surface) Lucas Stiles, an anti-submarine warfare (ASW) analyst assigned to the Commander Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 21. "This is an assessed ASW scenario involving a multitude of oppositional submarines that is designed to test our ability to move the carrier strike group into a specific operating area and establish ASW dominance."

    Conducting undersea warfare exercises in the Hawaiian operating area proves to be a beneficial training endeavor due to the readily available training ranges and the presence of ASW units and capabilities in the region, said Stiles.

    "Training exercises like this one are invaluable to developing our core competencies within the strike group," noted Stiles. "Operating in the Hawaiian area of operations ensures numerous ASW resources and training ranges are available for us to utilize. It really provides the strike group with a realistic training scenario."

    Providing a critical piece to JCS' undersea warfare capabilities are the "Raptors" of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 71.

    "The air assets and capabilities provided by HSM-71 are our only airborne organic ASW measure in the strike group," said Lt. Sarah Sherrod, the Air Operations Officer for DESRON 21. "If we're operating in blue water with no external support, they are all ASW capabilities we have in the air.

    Aerographer's Mate 2nd Class Tonia Wilson, a watch stander in the DESRON 21 ASW cell aboard Stennis, uses her knowledge of science and oceanography to predict the location of oppositional forces under the water.

    "We run ASW range predictions for oceanography from here and all of us assist with the detection and counter detection of submarines," she said.

    According to Wilson, the training provided before deployment contributed to her overall watchstanding effectiveness during this scenario.

    "We really learned a lot during the exercises leading up to deployment and this training scenario," noted Wilson. "We built a very good rapport and working relationship with all the units across the strike group."

    JCSSG comprises the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74), CVW-9 and the ships of Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 21; guided missile destroyers USS Kidd (DDG 100), USS Dewey (DDG 105), USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG 108) and USS Pinckney (DDG 91); and guided missile cruiser USS Mobile Bay (CG 53).



    PACIFIC OCEAN (Aug. 7, 2011) The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) transits the Pacific Ocean during a replenishment at sea. The John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group is on a scheduled western Pacific Ocean and Arabian Gulf deployment.
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    PACIFIC OCEAN (Aug. 8, 2011) Airman Alexander Filipponi carries a refueling hose after filling an MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter assigned to the Eightballers of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 8 aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74). The John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group is on a scheduled western Pacific Ocean and Arabian Gulf deployment.
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    PACIFIC OCEAN (Aug. 7, 2011) Sailors carry ordnance aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74). The John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group is on a scheduled western Pacific Ocean and Arabian Gulf deployment.
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    PACIFIC OCEAN (July 31, 2011) The Mk-15 Phalanx Close-In Weapons System at mount 24 fires during a training exercise aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74). John C. Stennis is on its way to the western Pacific Ocean and the Arabian Gulf for a scheduled seven-month deployment.
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    PACIFIC OCEAN (July 30, 2011) An F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the Tophatters of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 14 launches from the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74). John C. Stennis is on its way to the western Pacific Ocean and the Arabian Gulf for a scheduled seven-month deployment.
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    PACIFIC OCEAN (July 30, 2011) Aviation Boatswain's Mate 3rd Class Eric Augustine directs an F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to the Black Aces of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 41 aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74). John C. Stennis is on its way to the Western Pacific Ocean and the Arabian Gulf for a scheduled seven-month deployment.
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    PACIFIC OCEAN (July 29, 2011) Aviation Ordnanceman 1st Class Theo Hill directs the transfer of ordnance aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74). The John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group is on its way to the western Pacific Ocean and the Arabian Gulf for a scheduled deployment.
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    PACIFIC OCEAN (July 29, 2011) Aviation Ordnanceman 3rd Class Joel Pflum and Aviation Ordnanceman 1st Class Joshua Donahue transfer ordnance across the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74). The John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group is on its way to the western Pacific Ocean and the Arabian Gulf for a scheduled deployment.
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    SAN DIEGO (July 19, 2011) The guided-missile destroyer USS Dewey (DDG 105) is moored at Naval Base San Diego.
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    PACIFIC OCEAN (Aug. 10, 2011) Aviation Structural Mechanic 3rd Class Sean Vasquez performs a pre-flight check on the wing of an F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to the Black Aces of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 41 aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74). The John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group is on a scheduled western Pacific Ocean and Arabian Gulf deployment.
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    PACIFIC OCEAN (Aug. 10, 2011) An F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to the Black Aces of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 41 launches from the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74). The John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group is on a scheduled western Pacific Ocean and Arabian Gulf deployment.
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    PACIFIC OCEAN (Aug. 9, 2011) An E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the Golden Hawks of Airborne Early-Warning Squadron (VAW) 112 prepares to launch from the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74). The John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group is on a scheduled western Pacific Ocean and Arabian Gulf deployment.
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    PACIFIC OCEAN (Aug. 9, 2011) Lt. Cmdr. (Select) Dave Toline directs an F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to the Black Aces of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 41 aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74). The John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group is on a scheduled western Pacific Ocean and Arabian Gulf deployment.
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    PACIFIC OCEAN (Aug. 9, 2011) Aviation Ordnanceman 3rd Class Trevor Fleshman, from Pennyan, N.Y., prepares to load ordnance on an F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to the Black Aces of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 41 aboard the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74). The John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group is on a scheduled western Pacific Ocean and Arabian Gulf deployment.
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    PACIFIC OCEAN (Aug. 8, 2011) Aviation Electrician's Mate 3rd Class James Kirby, from Saginaw, Mich., checks the flight deck and airspace before signaling to an MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter assigned to the Eightballers of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 8 to fly off the carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74). The John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group is on a scheduled western Pacific Ocean and Arabian Gulf deployment.
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    John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group Arrives in 7th Fleet
    UNITED STATES - 16 AUGUST 2011

    PACIFIC OCEAN -- The John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group arrived in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility (AOR), Aug.16.

    While in the 7th Fleet, the carrier strike group (CSG) will conduct maritime engagements and port visits to enhance partnerships and promote peace and stability in the region.

    "We share enduring partnerships here and appreciate the opportunity for training," said Rear Adm. Craig Faller, commander, John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group, "Our Sailors look forward to working together with our partners in the region and sharing in cultural exchanges during port visits."

    The U.S. 7th Fleet AOR spans 48 million square miles, from the International Date Line to the Western Indian Ocean.

    The strike group will maximize training with allied nations, highlighting longstanding military partnerships and continued friendships.

    The CSG is comprised of USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74), guided-missile cruiser USS Mobile Bay (CG 53) and Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 21, which includes guided-missile destroyers, USS Pinckney (DDG 91); USS Kidd (DDG 100); USS Dewey (DDG 105); and USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG 108).

    The embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 9 on board John C. Stennis includes Strike Fighter Squadrons (VFA) 14, (VFA) 41, (VFA) 97, (VFA) 192; Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 112; Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron (VAQ) 133; Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 8; Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 71; and Carrier Logistics Support Squadron (VRC) 30.

    USS John C. Stennis departed from its homeport in Bremerton, Wash., July 25, for a training exercise and its deployment to the 7th Fleet and U.S. Central Command area of responsibility. John C. Stennis' last deployment to 7th Fleet was in 2009.



    PACIFIC OCEAN (Aug. 12, 2011) Aviation Ordnanceman Airman Zac Hommes, from Las Vegas, fires an M-16A2 assault rifle during a weapons qualification aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74). The USS John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group is on a scheduled deployment to the western Pacific Ocean and Arabian Gulf.
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    PACIFIC OCEAN (Aug. 16, 2011) Ships from the John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group are underway in the western Pacific Ocean.
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    PACIFIC OCEAN (Aug. 16, 2011) Ships from the John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group are underway in the western Pacific Ocean.
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    PACIFIC OCEAN (Aug. 16, 2011) The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Pickney (DDG 91), right, and the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) are underway in the Pacific Ocean. The John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group is on a scheduled deployment to the western Pacific Ocean and the Arabian Gulf.
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    PACIFIC OCEAN (Aug. 12, 2011) An F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to the Black Aces of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 41 launches from the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74). The John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group is on a scheduled deployment to the western Pacific Ocean and the Arabian Gulf.
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    PACIFIC OCEAN (Aug. 10, 2011) An F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to the Black Aces of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 41 launches from the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74). The John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group is on a scheduled deployment to the western Pacific Ocean and the Arabian Gulf.
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    PACIFIC OCEAN (Aug. 7, 2011) The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) transits the Pacific Ocean.
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