Multiple Carrier Strike Groups Operate Together in the Philippine Sea

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Multiple carrier strike group operations were carried out in the Philippine Sea on October 3 by the United States Navy’s CSGs led by the flagships USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) and USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70), as well as the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force’s Hyuga-class helicopter destroyer JS Ise (DDH 182) and the United Kingdom’s CSG (CSG 21) led by HMS Queen Elizabeth (R08).

Over 15,000 Sailors from six countries participated in the integrated at-sea operations, which demonstrated the United States Navy’s capacity to collaborate closely with its unrivalled network of alliances and partnerships in support of a free and open Indo-Pacific.

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The United Kingdom’s carrier strike group, led by HMS Queen Elizabeth (R 08), and the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF), led by Hyuga-class helicopter destroyer JS Ise (DDH 182), joined with U.S. Navy carrier strike groups, led by flagships USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) and USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70), to conduct multiple carrier strike group operations in the Philippine Sea. (U.S. Navy photo)

For the first time during its 2021 deployment, CSG 5 from Ronald Reagan is collaborating with CSG 1 from the Carl Vinson, and this is the group’s second time collaborating with the United Kingdom’s Carrier Strike Group 21 and JS Ise this year.

“We are picking up right where we left off in 5th Fleet with the Queen Elizabeth team and building on what we started with the JMSDF after first leaving Japan,” said Rear Adm. Will Pennington, commander, Carrier Strike Group 5/Task Force 70. “Adding the fantastic Vinson team to this potent force dynamically displays our capabilities across all domains, keeping us ready to respond to a range of maritime challenges.”

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