SOUTH CHINA SEA –
Assets assigned to Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 1 and the Republic of
Singapore Navy (RSN) participated in an Air Surface Warfare exercise
in the South China Sea Jan. 19-20.
USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70), USS Stockdale
(DDG 106), USS Gridley (DDG 101) and USS Bunker Hill (CG 52) joined
aircraft assigned to Carrier Airwing 17 in skill evolutions designed
to improve bilateral interoperability with RSS Stalwart, RSS Tenacious, RSS Valour, RSS
Vigour, RSS Brave, RSS Chieftain and three RSN Fokker 50s.
The exercise included a visit from two
RSN liaison naval officers to USS Carl Vinson and focused on
strengthening exchanges between the Singapore and U.S. Navies.
“The primary point of the exercise is to engage an important
regional partner and increase our Navy to Navy cooperation,” said
Lt. Cmdr. Axel Steiner, a planning officer for Commander Destroyer
Squadron 1. “Singapore has a very impressive and
The U.S. Navy maintains a robust
forward presence in the Asia-Pacific region, utilizing both forward
deployed naval forces in Japan and Guam, as well as rotationally
deployed forces from the continental United States and Hawaii.
Carrier Strike Group 1 was formally
established October 1, 2009 and led Vinson and Bunker Hill when the
ships supported disaster response and humanitarian operations in
Haiti this year. This is the first deployment of the Arleigh
Burke-class destroyer, Stockdale. This is Bunker Hill’s first
deployment since it underwent cruiser modernization, the first
Ticonderoga class guided-missile cruiser to complete its mid-life
modernization. This is Vinson’s first deployment to 7th Fleet since