SANTA RITA, Guam - Aircraft assigned to Carrier Air
Wing (CVW) 5 have been arriving at Anderson Air Force Base since
March 17 as part of the Navy’s force posture adjustment for
Operation Tomodachi is an U.S. Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster
Response (HA/DR) operations in support of the Government of Japan.
CVW-5 is forward-deployed to Naval Air Facility (NAF) Atsugi, Japan
and is part of the George Washington Carrier Strike Group. Air wing
squadrons are flying out of NAF Atsugi to provide ramp space for
other aircraft needed to support relief efforts.
“I humbly and respectfully thank the wonderful people of Guam for
welcoming us to their island,” said Rear Adm. Dan Cloyd, strike
group five commander. “Your truly inspiring Hafa Adai spirit is
appreciated more than mere words can ever convey.”
The air wing’s SH-60 Seahawk helicopters and C-2 Greyhound aircraft
will remain in Japan supporting HA/DR missions; F/A-18 Super Hornet,
EA-6B Prowler and E-2C Hawkeye aircraft will temporarily relocate to
Guam, where they will be ready to respond to support operations and
contingencies throughout the Western Pacific region.