Carrier Strike Group Five

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Carrier Strike Group Five
Carrier Strike Group Five logo.png
Carrier Strike Group Five crest
Active April 25, 1944 to date
Country United States of America
Branch United States Navy Seal United States Navy
Type Carrier Strike Group
Part of U.S. Seventh Fleet
Garrison/HQ Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan
Nickname George Washington Carrier Strike Group
Motto First to Fight
Engagements World War II
Korean War
Vietnam War
Operation Desert Storm
Operation Enduring Freedom
Operation Iraqi Freedom
Website Official Website
Commanders
Commander Rear Admiral Mark Montgomery

Carrier Strike Group 5, (CSG 5 or CARSTRKGRU 5), is the U.S. Navy carrier strike group assigned to the United States Pacific Fleet and permanently forward deployed to the U.S. 7th Fleet.


Mission[edit]

U.S. Navy Carrier Strike Groups are employed in a variety of roles across the complete spectrum of warfare of maintaining sea control and projecting air power ashore to humanitarian assistance and disaster response. CSG 5 is responsible for unit-level training, integrated training, and material readiness for the group’s ships and aviation squadrons. As the only continuously forward deployed carrier strike group, CSG-5 does not stand down when the strike group is in Yokosuka, but instead continues to maintain command responsibilities over deploying Carrier Strike Groups and independently deployed cruises, destroyers, and frigates that operate in the Seventh Fleet operating area. The commander and staff are also responsible for the higher level Task Force 70 duties throughout the year in addition to the CSG-5 duties. The composition of the strike group in immediate proximity of the George Washington varies throughout the year. [1][2]

The CSG 5 Commander also serves as Battle Force Seventh Fleet and Commander, Task Force (CTF 70) for 7th Fleet. In these responsibilities, CSG 5 serves as the Commander of all surface forces (carrier strike groups, independently deploying cruisers, destroyers and frigates) in the 7th Fleet area of responsibility. CTF 70 also serves as the Theater Surface Warfare Commander (TSUWC) and Theater Integrated Air Missile Defense Commander (TIAMDC) for Seventh Fleet.

The Strike Group Flagship is the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) which also embarks Strike Warfare Commander, Carrier Air Wing Five (CVW 5) and its nine squadrons. As of May 2014, CSG 5 includes two Ticonderoga-class cruisers, and, Destroyer Squadron Fifteen (CDS 15), which serves as the Sea Combat Commander and is responsible for seven assigned Arleigh Burke-class destroyers.

George Washington and the nine surface combatant ships operate out of Yokosuka, Japan, while CVW 5 operates out of Atsugi, Japan, when not embarked on the George Washington. Together, these units form the U.S. Navy's only continuously forward deployed (and largest) carrier strike group.[3]

Subordinate units[edit]

Flagship

Insignia Name Hull Number Class
GW Logo.gif USS George Washington CVN 73 Nimitz-class aircraft carrier

CDS 15 consists of 7 ships

Insignia Name Hull Number Class
USS Curtis Wilbur DDG-54 Crest.png USS Curtis Wilbur DDG 54 Arleigh Burke-class destroyer
USS John S. McCain DDG-56 Crest.png USS John S. McCain DDG 56 Arleigh Burke-class destroyer
USS Fitzgerald DDG-62 Crest.png USS Fitzgerald DDG 62 Arleigh Burke-class destroyer
USS Stethem DDG-63 Crest.png USS Stethem DDG 63 Arleigh Burke-class destroyer
USS Lassen DDG-82 Crest.png USS Lassen DDG 82 Arleigh Burke-class destroyer
USS McCampbell DDG-85 Crest.png USS McCampbell DDG 85 Arleigh Burke-class destroyer
USS Mustin DDG-89 Crest.png USS Mustin DDG 89 Arleigh Burke-class destroyer

Other ships

Insignia Name Hull Number Class
USS Antietam CG-54 Crest.png USS Antietam CG 54 Ticonderoga-class cruiser
USS Shiloh CG-67 Crest.png USS Shiloh CG 67 Ticonderoga-class cruiser

CVW 5 consists of 9 Squadrons[4]

Code Insignia Squadron Nickname Assigned Aircraft
VFA 27 VFA-27insignia.jpg Strike Fighter Squadron 27 Royal Maces F/A-18E Super Hornet
VFA 102 Vfa-102 logo.jpg Strike Fighter Squadron 102 Diamondbacks F/A-18F Super Hornet
VFA 115 Strike Fighter Squadron 115 (US Navy) emblem.jpg Strike Fighter Squadron 115 Eagles F/A-18E Super Hornet
VFA 195 VFA-195 chippy ho.jpg Strike Fighter Squadron 195 Dambusters F/A-18E Super Hornet
VAW 115 VAW-115 insignia.jpg Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron 115 Liberty Bells E-2C Hawkeye 2000
VAQ 141 Carrier Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron 141 (US Navy) - insignia.gif Electronic Attack Squadron 141 Shadowhawks EA-18G Growler
VRC 30 Logo vrc30.gif Fleet Logistics Support Squadron 30 Det. 5 Providers C-2A Greyhound
HSC 12 HSC-12 emblem.jpg Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 12 Golden Falcons MH-60S Seahawk
HSM 77 HSM77 Insignia.jpg Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 77 Saberhawks MH-60R Seahawk

Other Squadrons

Code Insignia Squadron Nickname Assigned Aircraft
HSM 51 HSM 51 Logo.png Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 51 Warlords MH-60R Seahawk

History[edit]

Carrier Strike Group Five was originally established during World War II on April 25, 1944 by Rear Admiral Frank Wagner as Carrier Division Five when he assumed command aboard USS Wasp and USS Hornet in Pearl Harbor. Rear Admiral J.J. Clark succeeded Wagner and commanded the unit through 12 months of sustained combat operations in the Western Pacific and waters surrounding Japan, working for both Third Fleet (ADM William Halsey) and Fifth Fleet (ADM Raymond Spruance). This included participation in the First and Second Philippine Sea Battles and the Iwo Jima and Okinawa campaigns.

Korean War[edit]

During the Korean War, Rear Admiral G.R. Henderson commanded Carrier Division Five and served as Commander, Task Force (CTF) 70 and 77 aboard USS Princeton (CV 37). Carrier Division Five moved back and forth between Yokosuka, Japan and the Korean Theater, serving as CTF 70 or 77 on multiple occasions.

Vietnam War[edit]

Prior to the Vietnam War, the location of Carrier Division Five moved between several Pacific ports and utilized rotating carriers from the West coast of the U.S. as its flagship. During the Vietnam War, 12 different commanders led Carrier Division Five and Task Force 77 in numerous combat deployments to the Vietnam War zone. Beginning in 1964 Carrier Group Five was permanently deployed to the Western Pacific and dual-hatted CTF 70/77, homeported at Naval Air Station Cubi Point in the Philippines.

Carrier Division Five became Carrier Group Five on June 30, 1973, and in October, Carrier Group Five arrived in Yokosuka, Japan aboard USS Midway marking the first forward deployment of a complete Carrier Task Group in a Japanese port (the associated Air Wing, CVW-5, moved into Atsugi, Japan this same year). Carrier Group Five shifted its forward deployed location from Cubi Point, Republic of Philippines to Yokosuka in mid-1991. Midway remained in Yokosuka for 18 years and was relieved by USS Independence (CV 62) on September 11, 1991.

Afghanistan and Iraq[edit]

In the lead up to the Gulf War, Rear Admiral Daniel March, Commander, Carrier Group Five, became Commander, Task Force 154 (Battle Force Zulu), part of Naval Forces Central Command. The Task Force led four carriers (USS Midway (CV 41), USS Ranger (CV 61), USS America (CV 66), and USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) in the Arabian Sea/Persian Gulf during Operation Desert Storm.

On August 11, 1998, USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) relieved Independence as the Carrier Group Five flagship. After the terrorist attacks in New York City and Washington, DC, on September 11, 2001, the Kitty Hawk Battle Group was ordered to deploy to the Indian Ocean and was later involved in combat missions against the Taliban and Al Qaida in Afghanistan. The ships got underway again in January 2003 with orders to deploy to the Persian Gulf as part of the build-up of military forces in the area in preparation for the war against the regime of Saddam Hussein in Iraq. Kitty Hawk arrived on station late February/early March and from March 20 on, participated in air strikes against targets in Iraq as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

USS George Washington (CVN 73) relieved Kitty Hawk on September 25, 2008. Carrier Group Five was renamed Carrier Strike Group Five October 1, 2004.

Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief[edit]

In 2011, Carrier Strike Group Five participated in two Humanitarian Assistance operations, Operation Tomodachi in Japan and support to Thailand during their worst flooding in 50 years.[3]

On 14 January 2014, the U.S. Navy announced that the USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) will replace the George Washington as the flagship of Carrier Strike Group Five. The George Washington is scheduled to undergo its mid-life complex refueling and overhaul at Newport News Shipbuilding shipyard in Newport News, Virginia. Carrier Air Wing Five will continue to be assigned to Carrier Strike Group Five.[5]

Commanders[edit]

Group commanders since 2000 have included:

  • Rear Admiral Timothy Keating   (July 2004 – June 2006)[6][7]
  • Rear Admiral Robert Williard   (September 2000 – September 2001)[7][8]
  • Rear Admiral Steve Kunkel   (September 2001 – February 2003)[8][9]
  • Rear Admiral Matthew Moffit   (March 2003 – May 2003)[10]
  • Rear Admiral James Kelly   (July 2003 – July 2005)[11]
  • Rear Admiral Douglas McClain   (July 2005 – February 2007)[11][12]
  • Rear Admiral Richard Wren   (February 2007 – December 2008)[12][13]
  • Rear Admiral Kevin Donegan   (December 2008 – May 2010)[14]
  • Rear Admiral Dan Cloyd   (May 2010 – April 2011)[15]
  • Rear Admiral J. R. Haley   (April 2011 – January 2013)[16]
  • Rear Admiral Mark Montgomery   (January 2013 – Present)[17]

Current force[edit]

Surface Combatants[edit]

Fixed-wing aircraft[edit]

Rotary wing aircraft[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "The Carrier Strike Group". Navy Data. U.S. Navy. 2013. Retrieved 1 November 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "Carrier Strike Group 5". Navy Data. U.S. Navy. 2013. Retrieved 1 November 2013. 
  4. ^ "Carrier Air Wing Composition" (PDF). US Navy. Tailhook Association. Retrieved 30 December 2006. 
  5. ^ "Navy Aircraft Carrier Moves Underscore Pacific Rebalance Strategy". NNS140114-15. U.S. Pacific Fleet Public Affairs. January 14, 2014. Retrieved 2014-01-14. 
  6. ^ "Flag Officer Assignment". News Release # 686-04. U.S. Department of Defense. 19 July 2004. Retrieved 2011-09-03. 
  7. ^ a b Journalist Daniel Bristol (7 June 2006). "Vitale Assumes Command of TRCSG". NNS060607-16. USS Theodore Roosevelt Public Affairs. Retrieved 2011-09-03. 
  8. ^ a b "Norfolk Carrier Strike Group 2 Gets A New Commander". U.S. Naval Academy Foundation. 18 September 2007. Retrieved 2011-09-03. 
  9. ^ "Flag Officer Assignment". News Release # 346-09. U.S. Department of Defense. 19 May 2009. Retrieved 2011-09-03. 
  10. ^ "Flag Officer Assignment". News Release # 158-09. U.S. Department of Defense. 11 March 2009. Retrieved 2011-09-03. 
  11. ^ a b "Carrier Strike Group 2 Welcomes New Commander". NNS100729-27. U.S. Navy. 29 July 2010. Retrieved 2010-08-26. 
  12. ^ a b "Rear Admiral Gregory M. Nosal". Command Info: Commander Carrier Strike Group Two. Carrier Strike Group Two. 2012. Retrieved 2012-03-22. 
  13. ^ Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Samantha Thorpe, USN (1 March 2013). "Carrier Strike Group 2 Holds Change of Command". NNS130301-19. USS George H.W. Bush Public Affairs. Retrieved 2013-03-01. 
  14. ^ "Flag Officer Assignment". News Release # 138-10. U.S. Department of Defense. 23 February 2010. Retrieved 2013-11-01. 
  15. ^ "Flag Officer Assignment". News Release # 00120810. U.S. Department of Defense. 8 December 2010. Retrieved 2013-11-01. 
  16. ^ "Flag Officer Announcements". News Release # 177-12. U.S. Department of Defense. 13 March 2012. Retrieved 2013-11-01. 
  17. ^ "United States Navy Biography". News Release # 613. U.S. Navy. 2 July 2013. Retrieved 2013-11-01. 

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