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PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii - The aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) is scheduled to arrive at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam for a port visit, June 14.
The guided-missile cruiser USS Lake Champlain (CG 57) and guided-missile destroyer USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG 108) arrived June 13, as did Pearl Harbor-based USS Michael Murphy (DDG 112), completing its deployment with the strike group.
Commanded by Capt. Douglas Verissimo, Carl Vinson and her crew of more than 5,000 Sailors departed Naval Air Station North Island for a regularly-scheduled deployment with the Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group as part of the U.S. Pacific Fleet-led initiative to extend the command and control functions of U.S. 3rd Fleet into the Indo-Asia-Pacific region, Jan. 5.
Early in the deployment, the strike group conducted training off the coast of Hawaii to improve readiness and cohesion as a strike group.
Since then, the strike group has conducted routine operations and participated in multiple training exercises with the Republic of Korea (ROK) Navy and the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF).
Additionally, strike group units participated in the maritime portion of exercise Foal Eagle, a series of annual defense-oriented training events designed to increase readiness to defend the ROK, protect the region, and maintain stability on the Korean Peninsula. The exercise is conducted by ROK-U.S. Combined Forces Command and United States component commands in Korea, to include ground, air, naval and special operations.
Over the five-and-a-half month span, Carl Vinson executed port visits in Guam; Busan, Republic of Korea; and Singapore. While visiting each port, Carl Vinson Sailors participated in numerous community service events, including volunteer service at schools, community centers, an animal shelter and a food bank.
“In Hawaii, our main mission will be for Sailors to enjoy their hard-earned liberty time, by relaxing and enjoying the Hawaiian culture,” said Capt. Chris Cegielski, commanding officer of Lake Champlain.
U.S. 3rd Fleet leads naval forces in the Pacific and provides the realistic, relevant training necessary for an effective global Navy. Third Fleet constantly coordinates with U.S. 7th Fleet to plan and execute missions based on their complementary strengths to promote ongoing peace, security, and stability throughout the entire Pacific theater of operations.