Posted by: arbeam | March 27, 2013

Stennis Strike Group Departs U.S. 5th Fleet AOR

U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY (Jan. 2, 2013) The Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Mobile Bay (CG 53), bottom, prepares to move alongside the Military Sealift Command fast combat support ship USNS Bridge (T-AOE 10), right, at the same time as the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) during a replenishment-at-sea. Mobile Bay is deployed with the John C. Stennis Strike Group to the U.S. 5th Fleet.

U.S. 5TH FLEET  The Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Mobile Bay (CG 53), bottom, prepares to move alongside the Military Sealift Command fast combat support ship USNS Bridge (T-AOE 10), right, at the same time as the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) during a replenishment-at-sea. Mobile Bay is deployed with the John C. Stennis Strike Group to the U.S. 5th Fleet.

USS JOHN C. STENNIS, At Sea (NNS) — The John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group (JCSCSG) departed the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility (AOR), March 26, after spending more than five months operating with and supporting U.S. Naval Forces Central Command (NAVCENT).

The JCSCSG returned to the 5th Fleet AOR in late October after departing in January 2012, after spending five months back at homeport. “By returning to the AOR after a compressed turnaround at home, you exemplified the highest ideals of dedication and service,” said Vice Adm. John Miller, commander of U.S. 5th Fleet, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command, and Combined Maritime Forces. “The extraordinary strength, courage and professionalism you displayed while conducting more than 9,000 combat sorties in support of Operation Enduring Freedom allowed theater and national objectives to advance both tactically and strategically.” “We contributed in real ways, and you all should be proud of that,” said John C. Stennis’ Commanding Officer Capt. Ron Reis during an address to Stennis Sailors to announce the completion of their final OEF mission.

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