Pacific Fleet Commander and Hawaii Community Leaders Visit USS John C. Stennis at Sea

This article so reminds me of when I got to visit the USS Ronald Reagan out at sea:

Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet visited the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) at sea April 20.

 I just returned from a day at sea with the amazing crew of USS John C. Stennis. The aircraft carrier and USS Mobile Bay are headed home following an 8+ month surge deployment. Our Navy and our nation asked much of these Sailors (and their families) and they delivered. Their amazing work in the Arabian Gulf and in the vital Indo-Asia-Pacific region showcased the Navy's warfighting readiness while advancing critical relationships with our partners and allies. Both are important missions that contribute to security and stability, and at which Stennis Strike Group excels. I could not be prouder of their efforts" Admiral Cecil Haney


“I just returned from a day at sea with the amazing crew of USS John C. Stennis. The aircraft carrier and USS Mobile Bay are headed home following an 8+ month surge deployment. Our Navy and our nation asked much of these Sailors (and their families) and they delivered. Their amazing work in the Arabian Gulf and in the vital Indo-Asia-Pacific region showcased the Navy’s warfighting readiness while advancing critical relationships with our partners and allies. Both are important missions that contribute to security and stability, and at which Stennis Strike Group excels. I could not be prouder of their efforts” Admiral Cecil Haney stated on Facebook.


Adm. Cecil Haney and several local community leaders from Hawaii, met with John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group (JCSCSG) leadership, observed flight operations at sea, an air-power demonstration and thanked the strike group team for their performance during the deployment.

Picture from when I toured the USS Ronald Reagan

Picture from when I toured the USS Ronald Reagan

“I want to thank everyone for what they have done for our nation and the great work,” said Haney. “All of you have made a big difference.”

This was the first visit to an aircraft carrier, and the chance to experience carrier operations at sea, for many of the guests.

Picture from when I toured the USS Ronald Reagan

Picture from when I toured the USS Ronald Reagan

“It was an eye opening experience,” said Malia Oshima Paul, Deputy Chief of Staff for U.S. Senator Brian Schatz. “I enjoyed seeing all of the inner workings in the hangar bay and seeing all of the Sailors working. I’m appreciative of everyone’s sacrifices and hard work.”

As their visit concluded, the guests boarded a C-2A Greyhound, taxied to one of the ship’s catapult tracks, then accelerated from zero to 185 nautical miles per hour in less than three seconds, launching from Stennis’ flight deck to return home.

Picture from when I toured the USS Ronald Reagan

Picture from when I toured the USS Ronald Reagan

JCSCSG, consisting of Stennis, Carrier Air Wing (CVW-9), Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 21 and guided-missile cruiser USS Mobile Bay (CG-53), is returning from an eight-month deployment to the U.S. 5th and 7th fleet areas of responsibility.

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