F-35C Lightning II lands aboard the USS Carl Vinson
An F-35C Lightning II lands aboard the USS Carl Vinson off Southern California. Navy photo

The Navy announced Wednesday the Carl Vinson Strike Group is scheduled to depart San Diego on Friday for a regularly scheduled deployment to the Western Pacific.

The strike group’s 6,000 sailors will depart aboard the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70), guided-missile cruiser USS Lake Champlain (CG 57) and guided-missile destroyers USS Michael Murphy (DDG 112) and USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG 108).

The Carl Vinson Strike Group previously completed a six-month deployment to the Indo-Pacific region last June and was the first in recent history under U.S. 3rd Fleet’s command and control. The strike group will again operate under the command and control of Third Fleet Forward.

The Michael Murphy is based in Hawaii and will later join the strike group as it transits toward the Western Pacific.

Strike group ships and units will provide maritime security, maintain freedom of the seas in accordance with international law and customs, and operate with international partners and allies to promote regional stability and prosperity.

Carl Vinson’s embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing 2, includes the “Black Knights” of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 4, the “Blue Hawks” of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM 78), the “Bounty Hunters” of Strike Fighter Squadrons (VFA) 2, the “Blue Blasters” of VFA-34, the “Krestrels” of VFA-137, the “Golden Dragons” of VFA-192, the “Black Eagles” of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 113, the “Gauntlets” of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 136 and the “Providers” of Fleet Logistic Support Squadron (VRC) 30 Detachment 2.

U.S. 3rd Fleet leads naval forces throughout the Pacific theater of operations in coordination with U.S. 7th Fleet to promote ongoing peace, security, and stability.

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