Friday, April 10, 2009

John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group Visits Thailand

LAEM CHABANG, Thailand -- John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group (JCSCSG) arrived in Laem Chabang, Thailand April 9 for a scheduled port visit during its western Pacific Ocean deployment.

The strike group supports maritime security in the region and promotes regional partnerships through joint operations and community service projects during port visits with host nations. 

“We appreciate the people of Thailand allowing us to visit this beautiful port,” said Rear Adm. Mark Vance, Commander, Carrier Strike Group 3. “Our Sailors are looking forward to the opportunity to explore this magnificent region.”

The United States Maritime Strategy focuses on joint and international partnerships across a range of operations through forward presence, deterrence, freedom of the world’s sea lanes, maritime security and humanitarian assistance/disaster response.

JCSCSG includes Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 9, comprising Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 71, Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 8, Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 147, Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 154, Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 146, Marine Strike Fighter Squadron (VMFA) 323, Electronic Warfare Squadron (VAQ) 138, Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 112 and Fleet Logistics Support Squadron (VRC) 30. JCSCSG also includes ships from Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 21, including the Arleigh Burke-class destroyers USS Kidd (DDG 100) and USS Preble (DDG 88) and the guided-missile cruiser USS Antietam (CG 54).

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The USS John C. Stennis, after participating with the South Korean Navy in a large joint exercise last month, has moved on to Southeast Asia.

The Bremerton-based aircraft carrier and its strike group arrived in Laem Chabang, Thailand, on Thursday for a scheduled port visit, according to a news release from the ship.

"We appreciate the people of Thailand for allowing us to visit this beautiful port," said Rear Adm. Mark Vance, the strike group commander. "Our sailors are looking forward to the opportunity to explore this magnificent region."

The Stennis, which left Naval Base Kitsap-Bremerton on Jan. 13, is on a six-month deployment to the western Pacific Ocean.

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