When USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) departed Naval Air Station North Island in San Diego, Nov. 30, “America’s Favorite Carrier” took with it more than 5,000 Sailors attached to ship’s company and embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 17. Their ongoing mission in the western Pacific is focused on maritime security and theater security cooperation, intended to enhance regional stability.
While there can be little doubt that this remains an important mission and that their efforts enhance the American way of life–it is still a tough time of year to be separated from loved ones. As you prepare to celebrate this holiday season–know that the Vinson and Air Wing 17 team are thinking of home and wish you well. Please be sure to keep them and the many Navy men and women standing the watch away from home in your thoughts and prayers.