By MC3 Shaun Griffin
USS George H.W. Bush (CVN77) Public Affairs
More than 5,000 Sailors serving in the George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group (GHWB CSG) arrived in the U.S. 6th Fleet Area of Responsibility (AOR), Feb. 24.
Commanded by Rear Adm. DeWolfe Miller, GHWB CSG is comprised of Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 8, Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 22 and USS Truxtun (DDG 103), USS Roosevelt (DDG 80) and USS Philippine Sea (CG 58). Additionally, USS Arleigh Burke (DDG 51) arrived in the 6th Fleet AOR as an independent deployer.
"I am incredibly proud of the hard work and dedication these Sailors have put forth in preparation for this deployment," said Miller. "This team is prepared to face any challenge that presents itself."
While in the 6th Fleet AOR, CSG 2 and its accompanying units will provide a wide range of flexible capabilities in addition to building partnerships with allied countries through joint exercises and community relations projects.
"The versatility associated with George H. W. Bush and our embarked air wing allows for mission-tailored forces to be successful and represents our nation's strength, capability and resolve," said Miller.
GHWB CSG is deployed as part of the on-going rotation of forward-deployed forces to support maritime security operations and operate in international waters across the globe, along with other coalition maritime forces. The strike group is prepared to conduct a variety of missions, including forward naval presence, maritime security operations, and crisis response and theater security cooperation.
More than 1,700 personnel are assigned to CVW-8, part of the George H.W. Bush Strike Group.
CVW-8 includes the "Golden Warriors" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 87, the "Valions" of VFA-15, the "Fighting Black Lions" of VFA-213, the "Tomcatters" of VFA-31, the "Bear Aces" of Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 124, the "Garudas" of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 134, the "Tridents" of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 9, the "Rawhides" of Fleet Logistics Support Squadron (VRC) 40, and the "Spartans" of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 70.
The HSM-70 Spartans fly the MH-60R Seahawk helicopter.