The Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group on Friday began maritime security and stability operations in the Indian Ocean.
The carrier strike group includes the Navy’s only forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) and the embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5. The group also includes the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Antietam (CG 54) and the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Halsey (DDG 97).
The carrier group routinely operates throughout the Indo-Pacific supporting U.S. commitments to regional allies and partners.
These operations mark the second occasion of the 2020 deployment that the strike group has sailed in the Indian Ocean. They are demonstrating their capability to quickly respond to any contingency throughout the region.
The Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group is forward-deployed to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations. They are supporting a free and open Indo-Pacific region. The U.S. 7th Fleet is the largest numbered fleet in the world. They achieve this with the help of 35 other maritime-nation allies and partners.
The U.S. Navy has operated in the Indo-Pacific region for more than 70 years. They are providing credible, ready forces to help preserve peace and prevent conflict.
“Our flexible presence is a key element in helping assure our regional allies and partners that the United States remains committed to ensuring freedom of the seas. From the international dateline to the Indian Ocean, and everywhere in between, on board Ronald Reagan we seek to preserve peace through strength, and remain ready to answer the call,” said Capt. Fred Goldhammer, Commanding Officer, USS Ronald Reagan.
When operating in the Indian Ocean, strike group ships and aircraft are required to maintain high-end warfighting readiness through air defense, anti-submarine warfare, maritime strike, and force protection exercises.
The USS Ronald Reagan Carrier Group (CVN 76) began their 2020 deployment in June, marking their fifth year serving as part of the U.S. forward-deployed naval forces.
The Reagan, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, and Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 15 are the cornerstone of the strike group’s capability to sustain presence, projecting power with the ability to fight and win decisively from the sea.
The United States remains committed to protecting the rights, freedoms, and lawful uses of the sea, and the ability of all countries to exercise their rights.
Working together, the U.S. and its allies promote peace and prosperity by supporting international norms.