US Navy’s Carrier Strike Group- CGS Carl Vinson has been ordered to cancel planned port calls to Australia and report on station in Western Pacific after North Korean Missile tests.
Officials with U.S. Third Fleet announced Saturday night that the San Diego-based strike group, which just completed a four-day port visit in Singapore, will now sail north and “report on station” in the Western Pacific. Multiple outlets reported that the ships would be positioned off the Korean peninsula.
The ships comprising the CGS include Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70), Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2, and embarked Destroyer Squadron (CDS) 1 deployed with Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Lake Champlain (CG 57) and Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers USS Michael Murphy (DDG 112) and USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG 108).
On station the CGS will work under the banner of US 3rd Fleet command and control, including beyond the international dateline which previously divided operational areas of responsibility for 3rd and 7th Fleets.
The strike group deployed in January and has spent much of its deployment in that region, participating in bilateral exercises with the Japanese and South Korean militaries as well as patrols in the South China sea.
Pic credits – U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Matt Brown/Released