Nimitz CSG, USS Coronado to visit Hawaii

The aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) transits the Arabian Gulf. At left, The littoral combat ship USS Coronado (LCS 4) transits the Bohol Sea during an exercise with the Philippine navy during the Maritime Training Activity Sama Sama 2017.Photos by MCSN David Claypool and MC3 Deven Leigh Ellis

Commander, 3rd Fleet and USS Coronado Public Affairs

The Nimitz Strike Group (CSG 11) is scheduled to arrive in Pearl Harbor Nov. 25, following a six-month deployment to the Arabian Gulf in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. Steaming in with the group will be the littoral combat ship USS Coronado (LCS 4) for a final port call on the voyage back to their homeport in San Diego.

CSG 11, along with the air wing and strike group staff, departed San Diego for a regularly scheduled deployment June 5.

CSG 11 consists of Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68), Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 11, Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 9, USS Princeton (CG 59), USS Howard (DDG 83), USS Shoup (DDG 86), USS Kidd (DDG 100), and USS Pinckney (DDG 91).

The strike group conducted training and operations with the French Marine Nationale, Indian Navy, the Japan Maritime Self-Defense

Force, Republic of Korea Navy, Royal Australian Navy, the United Kingdom’s Royal Navy, and Royal New Zealand Navy. These included Malabar 17 in the Indian Ocean, Intrepid Sentinel in the Gulf of Oman, and landmark Three-Carrier Strike Force Operations in the western Pacific.

Independently, Coronado conducted exercises with 16 regional partner nations, participated in 11 multilateral and bilateral exercises and made 10 strategic port visits across the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operation. Since April, LCS Crew 203 worked all operations and exercises, including a successful Harpoon surface-to-surface missile engagement while operating with the Singaporean Navy during the Pacific Griffin exercise.

Nimitz Strike Group is part of U.S. 3rd Fleet, which leads naval forces in the Pacific and provides the realistic, relevant training necessary for an effective global Navy. U.S. 3rd Fleet constantly coordinates with U.S. 7th Fleet to plan and execute missions based on their complementary strengths to promote ongoing peace, security, and stability throughout the entire Pacific theater of operations.

Coronado is the fourth littoral combat ship and second member of the Independence-variant. LCS is a high speed, agile, shallow draft, mission-focused surface combatant designed for littoral and open ocean operations.

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