PACIFIC OCEAN - High winds and seas led the John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group (JCSCSG) to cancel a port visit in Manila.
“We regret not being able to visit our
long standing partners, families and friends, but the weather just
didn’t cooperate. We agreed with the advice from the Filipino Coast
Guard that conditions were too dangerous,” said USS John C. Stennis
(CVN 74) Commanding Officer Capt. Ronald Reis.
Stennis was originally scheduled to arrive in Manila Saturday but
had to reschedule to Sunday in hopes that weather would improve. As
Typhoon Mina lingered over the Philippines the visit was officially
“We have a long standing alliance with the Philippines and we looked
forward to our visit but safety is always a priority for us,” said
Commander, JCSCSG Rear Adm. Craig Faller.
The JCSCSG is comprised of USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74),
guided-missile cruiser USS Mobile Bay (CG 53) and Destroyer Squadron
(DESRON) 21, which includes guided-missile destroyers, USS Pinckney
(DDG 91); USS Kidd (DDG 100); USS Dewey (DDG 105); and USS Wayne E.
Meyer (DDG 108).
The embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 9 on board John C. Stennis
includes Strike Fighter Squadrons (VFA) 14, (VFA) 41, (VFA) 97, (VFA)
192; Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 112; Electronic Attack
Squadron (VAQ) 133; Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 8;
Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 71; and Carrier Logistics
Support Squadron (VRC) 30.
JCSCSG will continue on its scheduled deployment in the U.S. 7th
Fleet and 5th Fleet areas of responsibility, which includes the
western Pacific Ocean and Arabian Gulf. John C. Stennis’ last
deployment to 7th Fleet was in 2009.