Theodore Roosevelt CSG conducts live-fire exercise

17 March 2021

From USS Theodore Roosevelt Public Affairs

The exercise in the Indian Ocean involved both air wing and surface assets assigned to the carrier strike group.
INDIAN OCEAN (March 12, 2021) The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Russell (DDG 59) fires its Mark 45 5-inch gun during a surface target exercise March 12, 2021. Russell, part of the Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group, is on a scheduled deployment to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations. As the U.S. Navy’s largest forward-deployed fleet, 7th Fleet routinely operates and interacts with 35 maritime nations while conducting missions to preserve and protect a free and open Indo-Pacific. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Wade Costin)
USS Russell (DDG 59) fires its MK 45 5-inch gun during a surface target exercise. (U.S. Navy/MC3 Wade Costin)
INDIAN OCEAN (March 12, 2021) The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Russell (DDG 59) fires its Mark 45 5-inch gun during a surface target exercise March 12, 2021. Russell, part of the Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group, is on a scheduled deployment to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations. As the U.S. Navy’s largest forward-deployed fleet, 7th Fleet routinely operates and interacts with 35 maritime nations while conducting missions to preserve and protect a free and open Indo-Pacific. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Wade Costin)
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USS Russell (DDG 59) fires its MK 45 5-inch gun during a surface target exercise. (U.S. Navy/MC3 Wade Costin)
Photo By: Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Wade Costin
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INDIAN OCEAN - The Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group (TRCSG) conducted a live-fire exercise in the Indian Ocean, March 12.

Units from the strike group engaged inflatable surface targets with a variety of weapons systems. F/A-18E Super Hornets from the "Golden Warriors" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 87 and the "Blue Diamonds" of VFA-146 dropped Mark 76 inert bombs, MH-60S Sea Hawks from the "Eightballers" of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 8 and MH-60R Sea Hawks from the "Wolf Pack" of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 75 used crew-served weapons and USS Bunker Hill (CG 52) and USS Russell (DDG 59) fired inert rounds from their Mark 45 5-inch guns.

"This exercise was a great opportunity for the strike group to practice integrating its air wing and surface assets to prosecute a surface target," said Rear Adm. Doug Verissimo, commander, Carrier Strike Group Nine. "We continue to keep our tactical warfighting skills sharp to demonstrate our commitment to our allies and partners in the region."

The TRCSG is deployed to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations to build partnerships that foster maritime security and to conduct a wide range of operations that support humanitarian efforts and freedom of the seas.

INDIAN OCEAN (March 12, 2021) An F/A-18 Super Hornet flies above the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Russell (DDG 59) during a surface target exercise March 12, 2021. Russell, part of the Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group, is on a scheduled deployment to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations. As the U.S. Navy’s largest forward-deployed fleet, 7th Fleet routinely operates and interacts with 35 maritime nations while conducting missions to preserve and protect a free and open Indo-Pacific. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Wade Costin)
210312-N-FZ335-1254 An F/A-18 Super Hornet flies above USS Russell (DDG 59) during a surface target exercise March 12, 2021. (U.S. Navy/MC3 Wade Costin)
SLIDESHOW | 3 images | 210312-N-FZ335-1254 An F/A-18 Super Hornet flies above USS Russell (DDG 59) during a surface target exercise March 12, 2021. (U.S. Navy/MC3 Wade Costin)
INDIAN OCEAN (March 12, 2021) The Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Bunker Hill (CG 52) fires its Mark 45 5-inch gun during a surface target exercise March 12, 2021. Bunker Hill, part of the Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group, is on a scheduled deployment to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations. As the U.S. Navy’s largest forward-deployed fleet, 7th Fleet routinely operates and interacts with 35 maritime nations while conducting missions to preserve and protect a free and open Indo-Pacific Region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Brandie Nuzzi)
210312-N-HI500-1091 Guided-missile cruiser USS Bunker Hill (CG 52) fires its MK 45 5-inch gun during a surface target exercise March 12, 2021. (U.S. Navy/MC3 Brandie Nuzzi)
SLIDESHOW | 3 images | 210312-N-HI500-1091 Guided-missile cruiser USS Bunker Hill (CG 52) fires its MK 45 5-inch gun during a surface target exercise March 12, 2021. (U.S. Navy/MC3 Brandie Nuzzi)
INDIAN OCEAN (March 12, 2021) The Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Bunker Hill (CG 52) transits the Indian Ocean during a surface target exercise March 12, 2021. Bunker Hill, part of the Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group, is on a scheduled deployment to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations. As the U.S. Navy’s largest forward-deployed fleet, 7th Fleet routinely operates and interacts with 35 maritime nations while conducting missions to preserve and protect a free and open Indo-Pacific. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Wade Costin)
210312-N-FZ335-1240 Guided-missile cruiser USS Bunker Hill (CG 52) transits the Indian Ocean during a surface target exercise March 12, 2021. (U.S. Navy/MC3 Wade Costin)
SLIDESHOW | 3 images | 210312-N-FZ335-1240 Guided-missile cruiser USS Bunker Hill (CG 52) transits the Indian Ocean during a surface target exercise March 12, 2021. (U.S. Navy/MC3 Wade Costin)

Theodore Roosevelt departed San Diego for a scheduled deployment to the Indo-Pacific December 23.

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