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Team Vinson Departs U.S. 7th Fleet
By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Travis S.
USS Carl Vinson, At Sea — (NNS)
— May 24, 2015 — Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group with embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 17
departed the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations (AOR) after supporting maritime
security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the
Indo-Asia-Pacific region, May 23.
Vinson is currently transiting to her homeport in San Diego following an
almost 10-month deployment to the Western Pacific and Arabian Gulf. While in 7th
Fleet, Team Vinson participated in various bi-lateral training events with
Malaysian air and surface units, hosted several groups of distinguished visitors,
including a group from India and Sri Lanka, and enjoyed port visits in Perth,
Australia; Phuket, Thailand and Bali, Indonesia.
The Carl Vinson
Strike Group is deployed to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations
"During our time in the 7th Fleet Area of Responsibility we were able to
strengthen the partnership between the U.S. Navy and the Royal Malaysian
military," said Rear Adm. Chris Grady, Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group
commander. "The exercises we conducted in the South China Sea enhanced the
interoperability of our forces and reaffirms our commitment to the Asia-Pacific
Having been deployed for nearly 10 months, some Team Vinson members are set
to depart the ship in Hawaii to reunite with their loved ones ahead of the ship
returning to homeport. This will assist ship leadership in providing
accommodation arrangements for the many crew member friends and family riding
the ship from Hawaii to San Diego during the Tiger Cruise.
"Although I would love the opportunity to witness and participated in all the
homecoming festivities, I decided to depart in Hawaii and fly home to my family,"
said Yeoman 2nd Class Tio Lathen.
"This is not my first deployment, but has definitely been one of the more
rewarding ones. I was able to accomplish a lot and took advantage of the time
spent at sea."
USS Carl Vinson enters the U.S. 3rd Fleet area of operations in support of
maritime security operations and theater security cooperation, May 23.
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