Thursday, March 20, 2014

George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group Enters 5th Fleet

George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group Enters 5th Fleet
By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Shaun Griffin, USS George H.W. Bush Public Affairs
RED SEA (NNS) -- More than 5,000 Sailors serving in the George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group (GHWB CSG) arrived in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility (AOR) following a routine transit through the Suez Canal, March 19.

While in the 5th Fleet AOR, CSG 2 and its accompanying units will continue to provide a wide range of flexible capabilities in theater security cooperation and maritime security operations.

Commanded by Rear Adm. DeWolfe Miller, GHWB CSG 2 is comprised of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77), Carrier Air Wing 8, Destroyer Squadron, guided-missile cruiser USS Philippine Sea (CG 58), guided-missile destroyer USS Truxtun (DDG 103), and guided-missile destroyer USS Roosevelt (DDG 80).

"Recent operations in the 6th Fleet AOR coupled with a lot of hard work and training over the last year has prepared us well" said Miller. "Our presence here will help maintain stability, security and safety in the region."

GHWB CSG 2 is deployed as part of the ongoing rotation of forward-deployed forces to support maritime security operations and operate in international waters across the globe, along with other coalition maritime forces. The strike group is prepared to conduct a variety of missions, including forward naval presence, maritime security operations, and crisis response and theater security cooperation.

"We're ready to take the watch," added Miller. "Harry S. Truman has done a remarkable job, and we're ready to execute a seamless transition."

USS Truxtun remains in the Black Sea conducting theater security cooperation activities with NATO allies and will join the strike group after its operations there are complete.

NAVCENT is responsible for approximately 2.5 million square miles of area including the Arabian Gulf, Gulf of Oman, North Arabian Sea, Gulf of Aden, and the Red Sea. NAVCENT's mission is to conduct maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts, and strengthen partner nations' maritime capabilities in order to promote security and stability in the U.S. 5th Fleet Area of Responsibility.

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