During its deployment from 2022-2023, the Nimitz Carrier Strike Group (NIMCSG) made its debut in the South China Sea on January 12, conducting operations there for the very first time.
The strike group is currently conducting maritime strike training, anti-submarine operations, integrated multi-domain and joint training between surface and air elements, as well as flight operations with fixed and rotary wing aircraft. All of these activities are taking place in the South China Sea. The normal operations of the United States Navy in the Indo-Pacific region include activities using aircraft carriers in the South China Sea.
According to Rear Adm. Christopher Sweeney, commander of Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 11, “The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group has the power to deliver coordinated deadly and non-lethal impacts from space to underwater, across every axis, and throughout every domain.” “The bravery and warfighting skill of our sailors is unsurpassed, and it is a testament to our country’s willingness to work with our allies and partners to protect free and open seas,” said the author.
The personnel of CSG 11 is currently stationed aboard the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). Attached to the strike group are the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Bunker Hill (CG 52), the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers USS Decatur (DDG 73), USS Chung Hoon (DDG 93), and USS Wayne E Meyer (DDG 108), as well as the squadrons and staff of Carrier Air Wing Seventeen (CVW 17) and the staffs of Destroyer Squadron Nine (DESRON 9).
CVW 17 is comprised of the following squadrons: the “Fighting Redcocks” of Strike Fighter Squadron 22 (VFA 22), the “Mighty Shrikes” of Strike Fighter Squadron 94 (VFA 94), the “Kestrels” of Strike Fighter Squadron 137 (VFA 137), the “Blue Diamonds” of Strike Fighter Squadron 146 (VFA 146), the “Cougars” of Electronic Attack Squadr (HSC 6).
The strike group is as dedicated as ever to defending the rights, freedoms, and legitimate uses of the sea, as well as maintaining the rules-based international order in conjunction with allies and partners. CSG 11 has shown that it is able to provide an overwhelming maritime force when it is required to do so.
At this very moment, the Nimitz Carrier Strike Group is out at sea with the 7th Fleet carrying out normal operations. The United States Seventh Fleet is the biggest forward-deployed numbered fleet in the United States Navy, and it frequently engages and operations with allies and partners in order to maintain freedom and openness in the Indo-Pacific area.