Carrier Strike Group 8
|Carrier Strike Group 8|
Carrier Strike Group 8 emblem
|Founded||October 1, 2004|
|Country||United States of America|
|Branch||United States Navy|
|Type||Carrier Strike Group|
|Role||Naval air/surface warfare|
|Part of||United States Fleet Forces Command|
|Garrison/HQ||Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia|
|Commander||Rear Admiral Gene Black, USN|
|Chief of Staff||Captain Pat Greene, USN|
|Command Master Chief||CMDCM Michael Bates, USN|
Commander, Carrier Strike Group 8, abbreviated as CCSG-8 or COMCARSTRKGRU 8, is one of five U.S. Navy carrier strike groups currently assigned to the United States Fleet Forces Command. Carrier strike groups gain and maintain sea control as well as project naval airpower ashore.
As of 2018[update] the group flagship is the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75). The other units of the group are the guided-missile cruiser USS Hué City (CG-66), Carrier Air Wing Seven, and the ships of Destroyer Squadron 28.[Note 1]
In May and June 1998, Vella Gulf completed a two-month BALTOPS Cruise, taking part in the 26th annual maritime exercise BALTOPS '98 in the Western Baltic Sea from 8–19 June 1998. During the exercise, Commander, Carrier Group 8, commanded the exercise from the ship.
From November 2001, at the commencement of Multinational Interception Force (MIF) operations in the Persian Gulf, Royal Australian Navy ships came under the control ('chopped to the OPCON') of Commander Carrier Group 8, Rear Admiral Mark P. Fitzgerald. Fitzgerald was also serving as Commander Task Force 50 (CTF 50) embarked in the carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71).
The group was established by redesignation of the former Carrier Group 8 on 1 October 2004.
Effective 1 October 2012, when not deployed, Carrier Strike Group 8 is part of the U.S. Fleet Forces Command, and its commander reports to Commander Task Force 80, the director of Fleet Forces' Maritime Headquarters. Carrier Strike Group 8 is designated Task Group 80.3.
On 6 October 2014, U.S. Fleet Forces Command announced that the Carrier Strike Group 8 command staff would deploy with Truman, instead of Eisenhower, in accordance with the U.S. Navy's Optimized Fleet Response Plan (O-FRP). This change does not affect the other ships or units that are otherwise assigned to either strike groups.
Carrier Air Wing
Carrier Air Wing Seven comprises:
- Strike Fighter Squadron 83, (VFA-83)
- Strike Fighter Squadron 103, (VFA-103)
- Strike Fighter Squadron 131, (VFA-131)
- Strike Fighter Squadron 143, (VFA-143)
- Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron 121, (VAW-121)
- Electronic attack Squadron 140, (VAQ-140)
- Fleet Logistics Support Squadron 40 Det. 3, (VRC-40)
- Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 5, (HSC-5)
- Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 72, (HSM-72)
- F/A-18 Hornet
- F/A-18E/F Super Hornet
- EA-18 Growler
- E-2C Hawkeye
- C-2A Greyhound
- MH-60S Seahawk
- MH-60R Seahawk
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A CSG deploys with a carrier air wing plus rotary-wing assets and is equipped to conduct sustained maritime power-projection, combat, and other missions.
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Slides 22, 43—49
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