USS Carl Vinson protects U.S. interests around the world
Captain Brian T. Schrum joined Good Morning San Diego to talk about the important role the USS Carl Vinson plays around the world.
Today’s aircraft carriers are the centerpiece of America’s Navy. USS Carl Vinson in particular has remained a visible presence of America’s resolve globally for more than 35 years conducting sustained combat air operations.
Vinson protects U.S. interests around the world and other friendly military or merchant vessels, defends air and sea lanes, provides humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, and represents America’s strength from the sea.
Carl Vinson is the flagship for Carrier Strike Group 1. During deployment, the strike group also included guided-missile cruiser USS Lake Champlain (CG 57) and guided-missile destroyers USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG 108) and USS Michael Murphy (DDG 112) from Destroyer Squadron 1
- Deployed to the Western Pacific from January to June 2017 (6 months).
- Deployed to the Western Pacific from January to April 2018 (3 months)
- Departed San Diego Jan. 5 and returned April 12.
- Carl Vinson steamed approximately 40,000 nautical miles and visited Guam, the Philippines and Vietnam.
- The visit to Vietnam was the first by a U.S. aircraft carrier in more than 40 years.
- Carl Vinson hosted more than 1,300 guests for tours, professional exchanges and a formal reception.
- Sailors also participated in community service events and sports competitions.
- Carl Vinson completed a bilateral exercise with the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force in March.