USS Carl Vinson Returns to Coronado After Successful Deployment

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PACIFIC OCEAN (April 6, 2018) An F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to the Bounty Hunters of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 2 makes an arrested landing aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). The Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group is operating in the Pacific as part of a scheduled deployment. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Matthew Granito/Released)

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.

The“Blue Hawks” of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 78, the “Bounty Hunters” flew home Apr. 11 along the Coronado Coastline. Photo courtesy of Lena Capetanakis.

“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.”

 

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Jeannie is a recently retired Naval Officer whose first duty station brought her to Coronado in 1998.  A Navy Helicopter Pilot for 10 years and a Public Affairs Officer for 11 years, the Navy afforded her many incredible opportunities to serve her country in unique ways while seeing the world. Have news to share? Send tips, story ideas or letters to the editor to: manager@coronadotimes.com