November 4-8, 2023, the Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group, Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group, and the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) recently demonstrated a Multi-Large Deck Event (MLDE) in the Philippine Sea.
Japan And The U.S. Navy Join Forces On MLDE In The Philippine Sea
MLDE provided the two maritime forces an opportunity to immerse in joint operations including enhanced maritime communication operations, air warfare operations, and cross-deck flight operations to strengthen maritime integrated-at-sea operations and combat readiness.
The US Navy Carrier Strike Groups, led by their flagships USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) of Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 1, USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) of Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 5, and JMSDF’s Hyuga-class helicopter destroyer JS Hyuga (DDH 181) participated on the MLDE event in the Philippine Sea.
Around 10,000 Sailors Participated
Marine In Sight reported that The ships and aircraft of the US and Japanese naval forces, along with over 10,000 Sailors, conducted coordinated surface and air operations in a complex maritime environment to demonstrate the US Indo-Pacific Command Joint Force’s ability to deliver a powerful maritime force.
Coordinated maritime engagements and operations in the Philippine Sea are part of the US Navy’s routine presence in the Indo-Pacific. US Navy, with its network of partners and Alliances, is indispensable to ensuring maritime safety and the flow of unimpeded lawful commerce in the region.
The last time CSG 1 participated in an enormous deck event dates back to January 2022 in the South China Sea with the Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group.
In June, CSG 5 joined USS Nimitz (CVN 68) and JMSDF helicopter destroyer JS Izumo (DDH 183) for the MLDE training in the Western Pacific alongside surface ships from the French and Royal Canadian navies.
CSG 1 consists of Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70), Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2, Ticonderoga class guided-missile cruiser USS Princeton (CG 59) and Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 1, which includes Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers USS Hopper (DDG 70), USS Kidd (DDG 100), USS Sterett (DDG 104), and USS William P. Lawrence (DDG 110).
CSG 5 consists of Nimitz aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76); Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5; cruisers USS Antietam (CG 54) and USS Robert Smalls (CG 62), as well as destroyer USS Shoup (DDG 86) and parts of Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 15 staff.
The Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group is forward-deployed to Yokosuka, Japan, and operates in the US 7th Fleet area of operations. The US 7th Fleet is the US Navy’s biggest forward-deployed numbered fleet and routinely interacts and operates with Allies and partners in preserving a free and open Indo-Pacific region.