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US carrier Carl Vinson calls on Guam after South China Sea operations

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USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) arrives at Guam for a port visit on November 11. Photo: US Navy

US Navy ships assigned to the Carl Vinson carrier strike group arrived at Naval Base Guam for a scheduled port visit on Veteran’s Day, on November 11.

USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70), USS Lake Champlain (CG 57) and USS Stockdale (DDG 106) will resupply, conduct maintenance, and provide the crew time for rest and relaxation in the strike group’s first port call since visiting Yokosuka in early September.

Prior to arriving in Guam, the CSG operated in the South China Sea, becoming the first US carrier to operate in the region with the F-35C carrier variant of the fifth-generation stealth fighter earlier this year. The CSG sailed through the contested waters as late as last week, according to the navy.

In addition to achieving South China Sea firsts, Carl Vinson is also the first F-35C-capable carrier to visit Guam.

“Guam has been welcoming and is a steadfast supporter of US strike groups operating in the region,” said Rear Adm. Dan Martin, commander Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 1. “Our crews are thankful to have this level of support after many weeks at sea and are looking forward to honoring veterans alongside the local Guam community. Our Sailors deserve this break and I am proud of their continued resilience and operational acumen as our strike group worked tirelessly alongside our regional partners and allies.”

Due to COVID-19 concerns during the ship’s visit to Yokosuka, this is the first time during the deployment that the crew of USS Carl Vinson will be authorized off base liberty.

“The men and women aboard our ship have worked diligently since we left home and their efforts have paid great dividends toward enhancing maritime security and regional stability in some of the most heavily navigated shipping lanes of the world,” said Capt. P. Scott Miller, commanding officer of USS Carl Vinson. “We are grateful for a chance to enjoy the hospitality and beauty of Guam which has been a home away from home for many Sailors throughout the years.”

The carrier strike group began its scheduled deployment August 2, and since arriving in the Indo-Pacific, has conducted operations with the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force, Indian Navy, Royal Australian Navy, Royal New Zealand Navy, the Royal Navy, Royal Canadian Navy and the Royal Netherlands Navy.

The deployment marks the first time the “Air Wing of the Future” has been embarked with a US strike group. Carrier Air Wing 2 is the first deployed US air wing capable of advanced lethality and combat readiness with the addition of the F-35C Lightning II and the CMV-22B Osprey.