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2nd US Carrier group arrives in the Gulf
Posted on January 11, 2012 by IanPJ
In preparation for the joint exercises with the Israeli IDF, a second US carrier group has arrived to join the USS Stennis (CVN-74) and Carrier Strike Group Three.
The USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70), another Nimitz class aircraft carrier with its attendant battle group, Carrier Strike Group 1 (CSG-1) and Carrier Air Wing 17 (CVW-17). The USS Carl Vinson was the last place Osama Bin Laden’s body was before he was buried at sea.
U.S. Navy carrier strike groups typically consist of an aircraft carrier (flagship), an embarked carrier air wing, at least one Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser, and a destroyer squadron.
Carrier Strike Group One is composed of the following units:
■USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70), flagship
■Carrier Air Wing Seventeen (CVW-17)
■USS Bunker Hill (CG-52)
■USS Lake Champlain (CG-57)
■Destroyer Squadron One (DESRON 1)
■USS Stockdale (DDG-106)
■USS Gridley (DDG-101)
■USS Higgins (DDG-76)
■USS Rentz (FFG-46)
■USS McClusky (FFG-41)
CVW-17 is made up of eight air squadrons consisting of four squadrons of F18C Hornets and F18F Super-Hornets, with 1 squadron each of E2C Hawkeye airborne early warning systems, EA6B Prowler Electronic Attack aircraft, C2A Greyhound Logistics support squadron and a squadron of SH-60F/HH-60H Seahawk Anti Submarine helicopters totalling 90 fixed wing and Helo aircraft.
Carrier Strike Group Three is composed of the following units:
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