Navy Aircraft Carrier Moves Underscore Pacific Rebalance Strategy
Navy Aircraft Carrier Moves
Underscore Pacific Rebalance Strategy
From U.S. Pacific Fleet Public Affairs.
Pearl Harbor -- January 14, 2014 -- (NNS)
-- The U.S. Navy announced today that the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN
76) will replace USS George Washington (CVN 73) in Japan and become part of the
U.S. 7th Fleet forward-deployed naval forces (FDNF) in Yokosuka, Japan. As part
of the rebalance strategy to increase the Navy's presence in the Pacific Fleet,
USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) will move from Norfolk, Va., to San Diego.
George Washington (CVN 73) is underway in the Western Pacific Ocean
Theodore Roosevelt will serve as a U.S. 3rd Fleet rotational
carrier allowing Ronald Reagan to depart her current homeport in San Diego and
proceed to Yokosuka. George Washington will depart Japan and proceed to Virginia
in preparation for its mid-life refueling complex overhaul at Newport News
Shipbuilding, Huntington Ingalls Industries.
Specific timelines will be announced separately, closer to
the actual movement of the carriers.
The United States values Japan's contributions to the peace,
security and stability of the Indo-Asia-Pacific and its long-term commitment and
hospitality in hosting U.S. forces forward deployed there. These forces, along
with their counterparts in the Japan Self-Defense Forces, make up the core
capabilities needed by the alliance to meet our common strategic objectives.
Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) transits off the coast of Coronado, Calif.
The security environment in the Indo-Asia-Pacific requires
that the U.S. Navy station the most capable ships forward. This posture allows
the most rapid response times possible for maritime and joint forces, and brings
our most capable ships with the greatest amount of striking power and
operational capability to bear in the timeliest manner.
The ship rotation will not necessitate a change in the
assigned air wing, nor in the composition of the air wing. Carrier Air Wing 5
will remain the forward-deployed air wing located at Naval Air Facility Atsugi.
This ship rotation also does not necessitate any changes to base facilities in
either San Diego or Yokosuka.
In 2008, George Washington was the first nuclear-powered
aircraft carrier sent to Japan as part of the FDNF. Maintaining an FDNF
capability supports the United States' commitment to the defense of Japan and
the security and stability of the vital Indo-Asia-Pacific.
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