5,000 sailors aboard USS Carl Vinson making a post visit on Guam
By Pacific Island Times News Staff
The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) is scheduled to make a visit to U.S. Naval Base Guam on Nov. 11, Veterans Day.
Carrying 5,000 sailors, USS Carl Vinson is marking the ship’s first port call to the island since 2018.
The carrier will also be joined by Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 1 units Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Lake Champlain (CG 57) and Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Stockdale (DDG 106), according to Joint Region Marianas.
Commissioned in 1982, Carl Vinson, which has more than 70 aircraft, is led by Commanding Officer Capt. P. Scott Miller and is the flagship for CSG 1, based out of San Diego.
On Aug. 2, the carrier departed San Diego with 5,000 crewmembers aboard and an air wing complement of 67 aircraft. CSG 1 is deployed to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations to enhance interoperability with partners and serve as a ready-response force in support of a free and open Indo-Pacific region.
This is the inaugural deployment of the F-35C Lightning II and the CMV-22B Osprey in the advanced “Air Wing of the Future.”
USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70), USS Lake Champlain (CG 57) and USS Stockdale (DDG 106) will resupply, conduct maintenance, and provide the crew time for rest and relaxation in the strike group’s first port call since visiting Yokosuka in early September.
JRM said Carl Vinson has one of the highest overall vaccination rates in the Department of Defense. Only vaccinated Sailors in the strike group will be authorized to enjoy liberty off-base.
All visiting military members will adhere to NBG and local Government of
Guam COVID-19 mitigation measures including mask-wearing and social distancing.