Carrier Strike Group Eleven - Operational History - 2013 Deployment

2013 Deployment

On 14 January 2013, the destroyers Higgins, Shoup, Stockdale, and William P. Lawrence departed Naval Base San Diego, California, for a deployment to the Middle East. They will operate with the Fifth Fleet as a surface action group until the Nimitz, Carrier Air Wing Eleven, and the guided-missile cruiser Princeton deploy. This is the Lawrence's maiden deployment. On 19 April 2012, the Nimitz and Carrier Air Wing Eleven departed Naval Air Station North Island, California, to join the cruiser Princeton to begin the 2013 deployment of Carrier Strike Group Eleven.

On 4 February 2013, following off-loading of its munitions, the Shoup underwent emergency repairs at Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan. Following repairs, Shoup got underway on 27 February 2013. Subsequently, starting 22 March 2013, Shoup underwent an extended in-port maintenance period at the Khalifa Bin Salman Port in Hidd, Bahrain. On 1 March 2013, the destroyer William P. Lawrence entered the Persian Gulf for operations with Carrier Strike Group Three. On 11 March 2013, the William P. Lawrence rendered assistance to a burning vessel while operating in the Strait of Hormuz (pictured). Between 23–24 March 2013, the destroyer Higgins participated in a joint air-sea exercises while operating with Carrier Strike Group Eight. In April 2012, on two separate occasions, the William P. Lawrence joined the French frigate Montcalm in rendering assistance to civilian mariners in distress while operating in the Gulf of Oman as part of Combined Task Force 150.

On 3 May 2013, Carrier Strike Group Eleven joined the U.S. Seventh Fleet. The strike group exercised with the Republic of Korea Navy amid the ongoing 2013 Korean crisis over North Korean actions. The strike group's deployment to the Seventh Fleet coincided with the joint exercises of the China's three operational fleets in the South China Sea amid the ongoing Spratly Islands dispute between China and the Philippines.

Carrier Strike Group Eleven entered the U.S. Fifth Fleet's area of operations on 9 June 2013, relieving Carrier Strike Group Eight which departed the Fifth Fleet on 13 June 2013. Also, aircraft from Carrier Air Wing Eleven launched its first combat sorties in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan on 13 June 2013.

2013 deployment force composition
Group Warships/Units Carrier Air Wing 11 squadrons aboard USS Nimitz (CVN-68)
Surface Action Group Carrier Escorts/Units Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 323: 10 F/A-18C(N) Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron 117: 4 E-2C
USS William P. Lawrence (DDG-110) USS Princeton (CG-59) Strike Fighter Squadron 154: 12 F/A-18F Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 6: 7 MH-60S
USS Stockdale (DDG-106) USS Preble (DDG-88) Strike Fighter Squadron 147: 12 F/A-18E Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 75: 11 MH-60R
USS Shoup (DDG-86) USS Momsen (DDG-92) Strike Fighter Squadron 146: 10 F/A-18C Fleet Logistics Support Squadron 30, Detach. 3: C-2A
USS Higgins (DDG-76) EODMU-11 Electronic Attack Squadron 142: 10 EA-6B ——
2013 deployment exercises and port visits
Number Regional Exercises Port Visits Notes
Duration U.S. Force Bilateral/Multilateral Partner(s) Operating Area Location Dates
1st: 20–23 Jan. 2013 William P. Lawrence, Stockdale, Shoup, Higgins Undersea Warfare Exercise Hawaiian Islands area —— ——
2nd: —— Shoup —— —— Yokosuka Naval Base 4–8 Feb. 2013
3rd: —— Higgins —— —— Koror, Palau 4–9 Feb. 2013
4th: —— Stockdale —— —— Subic Bay, Philippines 5 Feb. 2013
5th: —— William P. Lawrence, Stockdale, Higgins —— —— Singapore 15–19 Feb. 2013
6th: 4–8 Mar. 2013 William P. Lawrence AMAN 2013 North Arabian Sea Karachi, Pakistan 3 Mar. 2013
7th: —— Stockdale —— —— Hidd, Bahrain 12–17 Mar. 2013
8th: —— William P. Lawrence —— —— Hidd, Bahrain 15–18 Mar. 2013
9th: 23–24 Mar. 2013 Higgins Joint air-sea exercises Persian Gulf Jebel Ali, UAE 15 Apr. 2012
10th: —— Stockdale —— —— Jebel Ali, UAE 9–13 Apr. 2013
11th: —— William P. Lawrence —— —— Jebel Ali, UAE 26–30 Apr. 2013
12th: 28 Apr. to 6 May 2013 Stockdale Eagle Resolve 2013: PSF Persian Gulf Eilat, Israel 28–31 May 2013
13th: 13–15 May 2013 Carrier Strike Group Eleven Republic of Korea Navy Sea of Japan Busan, ROK 11–13 May 2013
14th: 16-30 May 2013 William P. Lawrence IMCMEX 13: CTF 521 Persian Gulf Hidd, Bahrain 12–13 May 2013
15th: 24-26 May 2013 Momsen CARAT Indonesia 2013 Java Sea Jakarta, Indonesia 26–28 May 2013
16th: —— Higgins —— —— Hidd, Bahrain 26–30 May 2013
17th: —— Carrier Strike Group Eleven —— —— Phuket, Thailand 28–30 May 2013
18th: 22-26 Jun. 2013 Preble Pacific Bond 2013 Philippine Sea Fleet Activities Yokosuka 29 May 2013
19th: —— Momsen —— —— Fleet Activities Yokosuka 7-14 Jun 2013
20th: —— William P. Lawrence —— —— Jubail, Saudi Arabia 11 Jun 2013
22th: 17 Jun 2013 Stockdale Eager Lion 2013 Red Sea Aqaba, Jordan 17 Jun 2013
23rd: —— Higgins, Shoup —— —— Hidd, Bahrain 19-23 Jun 2013
24th: —— Preble —— —— Guam 27 Jun to 2 Jul 2013
25th: —— Momsen —— —— Saipan 3 Jul 2013
26th: —— Carrier Strike Group Eleven —— —— Jebel Ali, UAE 5 Jul 2013

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