By Rear Adm. John C. Aquilino
Commander, Carrier Strike Group 2
Greetings from Carrier Strike Group 2,
The flagship of Carrier Strike Group 2, USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77), along with CSG 2 staff, Destroyer Squadron 22 staff and Carrier Air Wing 8, are ready to execute our national tasking when we depart Naval Station Norfolk Feb 15.
It is with great excitement and anticipation that we join with USS Truxtun (DDG 103), USS Roosevelt (DDG 80) and USS Philippine Sea (CG 58) to start, what will be an important deployment for this team and our Navy.
Our ships will be supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility. The deployment is part of a regular rotation of forces to support maritime security operations, provide crisis response capability, and increase theater security cooperation and forward naval presence in the 5th and 6th Fleet areas of operation.
The carrier strike group is capable of executing many missions that span the spectrum from major combat operations to humanitarian assistance and disaster relief. In all cases, our people will be working to increase maritime security, ensure freedom of sea lines of communication and expand our global partnerships with allies and partners.
Carrier Strike Group 2 ships and the more than 5,000 Sailors serving in the strike group have surpassed all my expectations in preparation for this deployment. The performance of the ships and air wing demonstrate that our Navy has never been more relevant and that the forward presence we provide is incredibly important to our nation.
Naval forces are inherently flexible and ready to respond to emergent tasking around the globe to provide critically needed capabilities. Carrier Strike Group 2 is ready to meet emergent operational requirements around the world.
I am very proud of our Sailors for all their hard work in preparation for this deployment. We are also tremendously appreciative for the outstanding support provided by our families. I want to ensure our families that we will keep you informed during the deployment and that there are support mechanisms in place should you need them while we are away. Thank you all for what you do everyday!
We are excited to get underway, have a successful deployment in service of our nation and to return home to our families!