Posted by: arbeam | March 22, 2013

USS Stennis on way home from Middle East

USS John C StennisARABIAN SEA — The John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group is returning home after providing nearly four months of air support to allied troops in Afghanistan.

The Stennis made back-to-back deployments to the Middle East. The ship returned March 2, 2012, from a seven-month trip and departed on Aug. 27, four months early, for this eight-month mission. This time, Stennis and CVW-9 flew about 1,200 sorties amounting to more than 7,400 flight hours in support of troops in Afghanistan.

The Dwight D. Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group and Carrier Air Wing 7 will relieve the Stennis Strike Group.

Stennis generally stops in Hawaii after deployments and then heads to San Diego to drop off its air wing before returning to Naval Base Kitsap-Bremerton. It is expected to arrive in early May.

The strike group comprises Stennis, CVW-9, Destroyer Squadron 21 and guided-missile cruiser USS Mobile Bay.

Full Kitsap Sun article

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