Sailors from USS Carl Vinson enjoyed a warm welcome from family and friends at Naval Air Station North Island after returning from a three-month deployment April 12. Vinson departed on deployment Jan. 5 and conducted training as they sailed to the Western Pacific. Vinson spent the majority of their time in the Indo-Pacific region, providing forward presence and maritime security in the region.
“We safely conducted our mission in a complex operating environment,” said Rear Adm. John Fuller, the Carl Vinson Strike Group commander. “I give full credit to our Sailors. They demonstrated outstanding readiness, watchstanding and navigational skill, and represented our nation and Navy with great pride and professionalism. I am very pleased with what we accomplished at sea and ashore as a team.”
Vinson visited Guam, the Philippines and also made a historic port visit to Vietnam. While sailing approximately 40,000 nautical miles on deployment, Vinson conducted training and multiple combined and joint force exercises. “I’m very proud of what we accomplished as a team,” said Capt. Douglas Verissimo, Carl Vinson’s commanding officer. “The historic visit to Vietnam and the crew’s efforts there will have a tremendous impact for many years.” Verissimo provided updates on social media throughout the deployment, ensuring families and friends stayed connected with their deployed Sailors.
Message from Captain.
Posted by USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) on Thursday, April 12, 2018
According to the USS Carl Vinson press release, “The [Vinson] strike group’s deployment marks the second time it has successfully operated in the Indo-Pacific region under U.S. 3rd Fleet’s command and control. U.S. 3rd Fleet’s control of ships and aircraft across the Western Pacific and beyond the international dateline to India enables U.S. 3rd and 7th Fleets to operate together across a broad spectrum of maritime missions in the region.”