Carrier Strike Group 5 returns to Yokosuka from patrol
YOKOSUKA, Japan - Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 5 and its flagship, USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), returned to Yokosuka, Aug. 9, following a three-month patrol throughout the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.
While on patrol, CSG 5 was comprised of USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), Carrier Air Wing Five (CVW 5), the guided-missile cruiser USS Shiloh (CG 67), Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 15, and the guided-missile destroyers USS Barry (DDG 54), USS John S. McCain (DDG 56), USS McCampbell (DDG 85) and USS Mustin (DDG 89).
While Barry, McCain, McCampbell and Mustin, continue their patrol, the remainder of the strike group has returned to Yokosuka, Atsugi and Iwakuni.
Among the patrol’s highlights, Carrier Strike Group 5 participated in exercise Talisman Saber, which provided a realistic and challenging training environment to practice readiness and interoperability between the two nations while enhancing security and stability in the Indo-Asia- Pacific region.
Additionally, officers and enlisted personnel from the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) embarked Ronald Reagan to conduct collaborative training and combined operations with staff members of Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 15 and Commander, Task Force (CTF) 70, May 29 to June 9.
Throughout the combined operations, JMSDF and DESRON 15 personnel stood watch together working closely to facilitate maritime coordination. JMSDF ships integrated and sailed with ships of both the Ronald Reagan strike group and Carl Vinson strike group.
CSG 5 is forward-deployed in support of security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.