The aircraft carrier USS Nimitz and its strike group arrived in the Western Pacific on Wednesday after concluding operations in the 5th Fleet area, the U.S. Navy said.
Nimitz joined the Theodore Roosevelt and Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Groups already in the 7th Fleet area of operations.
Nimitz Carrier Strike Group returns to 7th Fleet. Three Carrier Strike Groups in operation https://t.co/7fqYq1i5Lc
— 7th Fleet (@US7thFleet) October 25, 2017
The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group had spent three months in operations against Islamic State in the 5th Fleet where it launched 1,322 sorties and dropped 903 pieces of ordnance. Along with the aircraft carrier, the guided-missile cruiser USS Princeton (CG 59), and guided-missile destroyers USS Howard (DDG 83), USS Shoup (DDG 86), USS Pinckney (DDG 91) and USS Kidd (DDG 100) joined the deployment.
The Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group arrived in the area on Monday and will conduct martime operations, “theater security cooperation,” and port visits. The USS Ronald Reagan is based in Yokosuka, Japan, and has been on patrol in the 7th Fleet area since September.