MdP – AIR CRAFT CARRIERS AND GEOPOLITICS: Fundamentals – What is a Carrier Strike Group

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1) UNITED STATES NAVY – CARRIER STRIKE GROUPS MISSION

GENERAL MISSION: THE FORMATION OF A SEAPOWER AND POWER PROJECTION
A U.S. Navy Carrier Strike Group mission is to achieve and sustain air, sea and undersea control, respond to crises, and protect United States’ interests anywhere, anytime.

The Strike Group is composed of the right combination of ships, submarines, aircraft, and personnel to support an extensive range of operations from wartime combat to peace time presence.

The Strike Group provides the credible warfighting capabilities necessary to influence the battle space from the ocean floor to space.

MISSION 1: TOTAL CONTROL OF THE SEA AND AIR
Coordinated network of sensors, weapons systems, data sharing and intelligence fusion
to defend against enemy aircraft, ships, submarines, cruise missiles, and ballistic missiles.

MISSION 2: STRIKE
Plan, direct, and execute overland strike missions using large quantities of land-attack missiles and precision-guided weapons launched from aircraft, ships, and submarines.

MISSION 3: COMMAND AND CONTROL
Robust, resilient networks that provide the real-time intelligence necessary to make decisions and adapt to a rapidly changing environment.

MISSION 4: ELECTRONIC WARFARE
Dispersed system of sensors, intelligence gathering, and active electronic warfare
equipment delivers situational awareness for U.S. forces while denying the enemy
any advantage in the electronic spectrum.

MISSION 5: CYBER WARFARE
Provide defense against attacks and deliver tactical advantages in the cyber realm.

MISSION 6: LOGISTICS
Efficient transfer, handling and storage of parts, fuel, weapons, and food. While the carrier offers sufficient supplies for weeks of operations, the system relies on replenishments at sea to enable even longer station times.


2) THE SYSTEMIC STRUCTURE OF A USN CARRIER STRIKE GROUP

INFOGRAPHIC OF CARRIER STRIKE GROUP

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ELEMENTS OF  A CARRIER STRIKE GROUP

SHIPS
– Nuclear Powered Aircraft Carrier (nuklear betriebener Flugzeugträger):
1 per strike group

– Submarine (U-Boot) normally 1 per strike group
– Destroyers (Zerstörer): normally 4 per strike group
– Cruiser (Kreuzer): normally 1 per strike group
– Replenishment Ship (Versorgungsschiff): 1 per strike group

AIRCRAFTS
– Strike Fighters (Jagdbomber – Mehrzweckkampfflugzeug): 44 per strike group
– Growlers (Kampfjets zur elektronischen Kriegsführung): 5 per strike group
– Hawkeyes (Luftraumüberwachungs-Flugzeug): 4 per strike group
– Greyhounds (Transportflugzeug zur Versorgung von Flugzeugträgern):
   2 per strike group
– Helicopters: 11 per strike group

MANPOWER
– Sailors and Marines: 7500 per strike group

3) UNITED STATES NAVY STRIKE GROUPS – THE US HAS TWELVE

Carrier Strike Group One (formerly CarGru 1)
USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70)
Carrier Air Wing Seventeen DESRON-1
Naval Air Station North Island

Carrier Strike Group Two (formerly CarGru 2)
USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77)
Carrier Air Wing Eight DESRON-22
Naval Station Norfolk

Carrier Strike Group Three (formerly CarGru 3)
USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74) Carrier Air Wing Nine DESRON-21
Naval Base Kitsap

Carrier Strike Group Five (formerly CarGru 5)
USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76)
Carrier Air Wing Five DESRON-15
Fleet Activities Yokosuka

Carrier Strike Group Eight (formerly CarGru 8)
USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75)
Carrier Air Wing Seven DESRON-28
Naval Station Norfolk

Carrier Strike Group Nine (formerly CCDG 3)
USS George Washington (CVN-73)
Carrier Air Wing Two DESRON-9
Naval Base San Diego

Carrier Strike Group Ten (formerly CCDG 2)
USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69)
Carrier Air Wing Three DESRON-26
Naval Station Norfolk

Carrier Strike Group Eleven (formerly CCDG 5)
USS Nimitz (CVN-68)
Carrier Air Wing Eleven DESRON-23
Naval Station Everett

Carrier Strike Group Twelve (formerly CCDG 8)
USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71)
Carrier Air Wing One DESRON-2
Naval Station Norfolk

 

 

 

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