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Deployed Thanksgiving at sea with USS John C. Stennis

This is the seventh blog post written by Rear Admiral Craig Faller, Commander, Carrier Strike Group Three. John C. Stennis Strike Group is currently operating forward in the fifth fleet area of operations as part of a scheduled 7 month deployment. To visit them on Facebook go here: www.facebook.com/stennis74.

Happy Thanksgiving and greetings from the Arabian Gulf…

The combat operations we’ve conducted in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM in Afghanistan and Operation NEW DAWN over Iraq have produced good results.  We continue to do it right by conducting safe and effective operations at sea.

Additionally, we are executing liberty with a purpose having completed another terrific port call this one to Jebil Ali, United Arab Emirates..

As Americans we have much to be thankful for.  On this Thanksgiving Day I am thankful for the dedicated service of the 6,700 Sailors serving in the John C. Stennis Strike Group and their families.  I am thankful for the freedom we enjoy living in the greatest country in the world.  I am thankful for the honor and privilege to serve in America’s Navy – the best Navy ever…made so by the sacrifices, hard work and passionate commitment of our Sailors in supporting and defending the Constitution of the United States.

Thank you for your support, service and sacrifice. In this holiday season, we’re making the most of being deployed by making a difference in a better, more secure future for you, for America and for the world.


STRAIT OF HORMUZ (Nov. 12, 2011) The Nimitz-class aircraft carriers USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) and USS George H. W. Bush (CVN 77) steam alongside one another in the Strait of Hormuz. John C. Stennis is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations and support missions as part of Operation Enduring Freedom and New Dawn. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kenneth Abbate/Released)



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