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  •  We already have 3 Aircraft carrier strike forces (none)
    in the Gulf and the whole Fifth Fleet!

    February 19, 2006


    Reagan Carrier Strike Group Enters Fifth Fleet

    Aboard USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76 ), At Sea - The Navy's newest aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), along with embarked Commander, Carrier Strike Group Seven (CCSG 7) and Carrier Air Wing One Four (CVW-14) arrived in the 5 th Fleet Area of Operations Feb. 18 as part of a routine rotation of U.S. maritime forces.

    While in the region, Reagan will support Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom as well as conduct Maritime Security Operations (MSO). More than 6,000 Sailors are currently assigned to the Reagan Carrier Strike Group.

    "The Ronald Reagan Strike Group is ready on arrival," said Rear Adm. Michael H. Miller, Commander, Carrier Strike Group Seven.

    "Our past nine months of training have been in preparation to support our troops on the ground in Iraq and carry out Maritime Security Operations. It is an honor to serve with them and to once again prove President Reagan's motto "Peace through Strength" really works. With the speed, agility and persistence of the modern carrier strike group, we intend to make a difference in helping to set the conditions for security and stability," said Miller.

    MSO help preserve the free and secure use of the world's oceans by legitimate mariners and prevent terrorists from attempting to use the maritime environment as a venue for attack or as a medium to transport personnel, weapons or other material that could support their efforts.

    According to Reagan's Commanding Officer Capt. Terry B. Kraft, the ship was made ready for the Western Pacific deployment through the hard work and dedication of crew.

    "We have spent months of training preparing us for the types of real-world operations we are now conducting," said Kraft.  "I know this particular crew and air wing are ready to carry out any mission that will be asked of us during this deployment. This theater is where the rubber meets the road."

    The Ronald Reagan Strike Group is comprised of CVW-14, Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 7, the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier Reagan, the guided missile cruiser USS Lake Champlain (CG 57), the guided-missile destroyers USS McCampbell (DDG 85) and USS Decatur (DDG 73), the fast combat support ship USS Rainer (T-AOE 7), and Explosives Ordnance Disposal Unit 11, Det. 15.

    The squadrons of CVW-14 include the "Redcocks" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 22, the "Fist of the Fleet" of VFA-25, the "Stingers" of VFA-113, the "Eagles" of VFA-115, the "Black Eagles" of Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 113, the "Cougars" of Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron (VAQ) 139, the "Providers" of Carrier Logistics Support (VRC) 30, and the "Black Knights" of Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron (HS) 4.

    Commander, U.S. 5th Fleet's area of responsibility encompasses about 7.5 million square miles and includes the Arabian Gulf, Red Sea, Gulf of Oman and parts of the Indian Ocean. This expanse, comprised of 25 countries, includes three critical chokepoints at the Suez Canal, the Straits of Hormuz, and the Straits of Bab al Mandeb at the southern tip of Yemen .

    Now three aircraft carrier groups are enough to take little old Khuzestan (150 miles long) and patrol the Gulf, no?

    •  No.... (4.00)
      that is still just one carrier.  Commander, Carrier Strike Group Seven (CCSG 7) is the guy who commands the Group that comprises the carrier and the escorts.  Carrier Air Wing One Four (CVW-14) is the guy who commands the planes that are embarked on board the carrier.  The guy who commands the USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) is the guy who runs the ship that carries CCSG 7 and CVW-14. CCSG-7 is probably embarked aboard CVN-76, and CVW-14 is definitely embarked aboard CVN-76.  CVW-14 consists of a mixed wing of  8 squadrons.  The Reagan is only one strike force...

      Maynard G Muskievote

      by calipygian on Thu Feb 23, 2006 at 08:11:33 PM PST

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      •  Ok thanks for correcting me on that (none)
        Since you are a carrier expert, could not the Ronald Reagan be all you need to take Khuzestan with say an Arab rebellion and 15,000 marines and Special Forces fighting a Land-Sea-Air operation?

        Khuzestan is about the size of Massachusetts and Connecticutt combined.

        •  delusions, mate, delusions (none)
          Yeah, baby, sweets and flowers, sweets and flowers! There's no Arab rebellion to start with, there's zero prospect of the US being able to foment one,  and there's absolutely no US military force sitting around twiddling their thumbs waiting for something to do.

          You really imagine that Iranian Arabs, having watched the US military do their best imitation of the Mongol Horde of 1258 next door, are going to entertain the prospect of the US invading their homes as a positive?

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