7th Fleet buildup continues off Korea
The aircraft carrier USS Nimitz with embarked Carrier Strike Group 11 and Carrier Air Wing 11, and Destroyer Squadron 9 arrived in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations Oct. 25, after concluding operations in U.S. 5th Fleet. While in 7th Fleet, the Nimitz Carrier Strike Group is scheduled for a port visit and will be ready to support operations throughout the AOO before transiting back to their respective homeports. "The impressive dedication and resolute commitment to professionalism by the Nimitz crew while supporting day and night flight operations as well as the dedication our cruisers and destroyers was vital to promoting the free flow of commerce and enhancing our ties with allies and partners," said Rear Adm. Gregory Harris, commander of CSG-11. "They performed flawlessly in extremely austere conditions maintaining an incredible spirit that was awe-inspiring. I am eager to see what this team does in the next phase of our journey and welcome the opportunity to serve with such a fine group of Sailors and Marines." The NIMSG departed 5th Fleet with the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Princeton and Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers USS Howard, USS Shoup, USS Pinckney and USS Kidd after contributing to Operation Inherent Resolve for three months as part of a regularly scheduled deployment.