From Carrier Strike Group One Public Affairs
USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) transits the Philippine Sea, Feb. 14. (U.S. Navy/MC3 Kurtis A. Hatcher) >>
SOUTH CHINA SEA - Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 1, including aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70), Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 1's guided-missile destroyer USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG 108), and aircraft from Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2, began routine operations in the South China Sea, Feb. 18.
Prior to their operations in the South China Sea, ships and aircraft from within the strike group conducted training off the islands of Hawaii and Guam to maintain and improve their readiness and develop cohesion as a strike group. The strike group recently enjoyed a port visit to Guam and after departing the Marianas, conducted operations in the Philippine Sea.
"The training completed over the past few weeks has really brought the team together and improved our effectiveness and readiness as a strike group," said Rear Adm. James Kilby, commander, CSG 1. "We are looking forward to demonstrating those capabilities while building upon existing strong relationships with our allies, partners and friends in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region."