Carrier Strike Groups Underway for Exercise "Summer Pulse
Story Number: NNS040603-02
Special release from the U.S. Department of Defense
WASHINGTON (NNS) -- The Department of Defense announced June
2 that this summer, simultaneous deployment of seven aircraft
carrier strike groups (CSGs) will demonstrate the ability of
the Navy to provide credible combat power across the globe
by operating in five theaters with other U.S., allied and coalition
"Summer Pulse 04" will be the Navy's first exercise of its new operational construct,
the Fleet Response Plan (FRP). FRP is about new ways of operating, training,
manning, and maintaining the fleet that results in increased force readiness
and the ability to provide significant combat power to the President in response
to a national emergency or crisis.
Beginning this week and continuing through August, the Navy will exercise the
full range of skills involved in simultaneously deploying and employing carrier
strike groups around the world. Summer Pulse 04 will include
scheduled deployments, surge operations, joint and international exercises,
and other advanced training and port visits.
Under the FRP construct, the Navy can provide six CSGs in less than 30 days
to support contingency operations around the globe, and two more CSGs can be
ready in three months to reinforce or rotate with initially responding forces,
to continue presence operations in other parts of the world, or to support
military action in another crisis. Summer Pulse 04 will exercise the logistics
and shore infrastructure necessary to execute a large scale surge operation,
stress the operational concepts in the Navy's Sea Power 21 strategy, and improve
Navy interoperability with numerous allies and coalition partners, as well
as other U.S. military forces.
The seven aircraft carriers involved in Summer Pulse 04 will include: the Norfolk-based
USS George Washington (CVN 73) CSG and the San Diego-based USS John C. Stennis
(CVN 74) CSG, both currently deployed, and Yokosuka, Japan-based USS Kitty
Hawk (CV 63). The Mayport, Fla.-based USS John F Kennedy (CV 67) CSG will begin
a combined and joint exercise early this month, followed by a scheduled overseas
deployment. The Norfolk-based USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) CSG will conduct
a scheduled training exercise followed by overseas pulse operations with the
Norfolk-based USS Enterprise (CVN 65) CSG, beginning early this month. USS
Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) will conduct operations in the U.S. Northern Command
and U.S. Southern Command theaters during the ship's interfleet transfer from
Norfolk, Va., to its Pacific Fleet homeport of San Diego.
The near-simultaneous deployment of seven carrier strike groups provides the
Navy and the joint combatant commanders an opportunity to exercise the FRP
while maintaining the ability to respond to crises around the globe, enhance
regional security and relationships, meet combatant commander requirements
including forward presence, and demonstrate a commitment to allies and coalition
partners. Summer Pulse 04 is scheduled to conclude in August.
For more information on the Summer Pulse 04 events and to schedule coverage
opportunities, please contact Fleet Forces Command media office at (757) 836-3600.
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