US Navy holds dual carrier flight operations in Philippine Sea

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The United States Navy’s carrier strike groups USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) and USS Nimitz (CVN 68) started a dual carrier flight operations in the Philippine Sea on June 21.

PHILIPPINE SEA (June 23, 2020) The Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group transits in formation with the Nimitz Carrier Strike Group while conducting dual carrier and air wing operations. US Navy photo

During the said dual flight operations, ships and aircraft assigned to both strike groups are coordinating operations in international waters demonstrating the United States’ unique capability to operate multiple carrier strike groups in close proximity.

The US Navy said the strike groups will support air defense drills, sea surveillance, replenishments at sea, defensive air combat training, long range strikes, coordinated maneuvers and other exercises.

“This is a great opportunity for us to train together in a complex scenario,” said Rear Adm. Doug Verissimo, commander of Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group (CSG 9). “By working together in this environment, we’re improving our tactical skills and readiness in the face of an increasingly pressurized region and COVID-19.”

“The United States Navy has long history of operating multiple carrier strike groups as a combined force in the Pacific,” said Rear Adm. James Kirk, commander of USS Nimitz Carrier Strike Group (CSG 11). “Our operations demonstrate the resilience and readiness of our naval force and are a powerful message of our commitment to regional security and stability as we protect the critically important rights, freedoms, and lawful uses of the sea for the benefit all nations.”

The US Navy said that its aircraft carriers have conducted dual carrier strike group operations in the Western Pacific including the South China Sea, East China Sea and Philippine Sea for several years.

“These operations typically occur when strike groups deployed to the 7th Fleet area of operations from the West Coast of the United States are joined with the forward deployed carrier strike group from Japan,” it added.