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Official US Navy Photograph

The United States Navy is currently operating the aircraft carriers USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76), USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71, and Nimitz (CVN-68) along with the Japanese Maritime Defense Force helicopter carrier Ise (DDH-182) and two Japanese destroyers in international waters but in close proximity to North Korea.

The multi-national exercises are ongoing and include ships from South Korea as well. This video, uploaded to the U.S. Navy YouTube channel, is just rough footage of the ships and aircraft operating together (without the annoying computer-generated commentary). Watch for the flyovers.

Official US Navy Photograph

The carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) has Carrier Air Wing FIVE (CVW-5) embarked and is accompanied by the ships of Carrier Strike Croup FIVE (CSG-5). CVW-5 consists of VFA-27 Royal Maces, VFA-115 Eagles, and VFA-195 Dambusters  flying the Boeing F/A-18E Super Hornet, VFA-102 Diamondbacks flying the Boeing F/A-18F Super Hornet, VAW-115  Liberty Bells flying the Northrop Grumman E-2C Hawkeye 2000, VAQ-141 Shadowhawks flying the Boeing EA-18G Growler, HSC-12 Golden Falcons flying the Sikorsky MH-60S Knighthawk, HSM-51 Warlords and HSM-77 Saberhawks flying the Sikorsky MH-60R Seahawk, and VRC-30 Providers Detachment 5 We Deliver flying the Northrop Grumman C-2A(R) Greyhound.

Official US Navy photograph

USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) is hosting CVW-17 and is escorted by CSG-9. CVW-17 includes VFA-22 Fighting Redcocks and VFA-94 Shrikes flying the Boeing F/A-18F Super Hornet, VFA-113 Stingers flying the Boeing F/A-18E Super Hornet, VMFA-312 Checkerboards flying Boeing F/A-18C Hornet, VAW-116 Sun Kings flying the Northrop Grumman E-2C Hawkeye, VAQ-139 Cougars flying the Boeing EA-18G Growler, HSC-6 Indians flying the Sikorsky MH-60S Knighthawk, HSM-73 Battlecats flying the Sikorsky MH-60R Seahawk, and VRC-30 Providers Detachment 4 Pure Horsepower flying the Northrop Grumman C-2A(R) Greyhound.

Official US Navy photograph

USS Nimitz (CVN-69) has CVW-11 aboard and is accompanied by CSG-11. CVW-11 is the VFA-146 Blue Diamonds and VFA-147 Argonauts flying the Boeing F/A-18E Super Hornet, VFA-154 Black Knights flying the Boeing F/A-18F Super Hornet, VMFA-323 Death Rattlers flying the Boeing F/A-18C Hornet, VAW-121 Bluetails flying the Northrop Grumman E-2D Hawkeye, VAQ-142 Gray Wolves flying the Boeing EA-18G Growler, HSC-8 Eightballers flying the Sikorsky MH-60S Knighthawk, HSM-75 Wolfpack flying the Sikorsky MH-60R Seahawk, and VRC-30 Providers Detachment 3 Crusaders flying the Northrop Grumman C-2A(R) Greyhound.

Top to bottom Nimitz, Reagan, and Roosevelt. Official US Navy photograph

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Written by Bill Walton

Bill Walton

Bill Walton is a life-long aviation enthusiast and expert in aircraft recognition. As a teenager Bill helped his engineer father build an award-winning T-18 homebuilt airplane in their Wisconsin basement. Bill is a freelance writer, an avid sailor, engineer, announcer, husband, father, uncle, mentor, coach, and Navy veteran. Bill lives north of Houston TX with his wife and son under the approach path to KDWH runway 17R, which means they get to look up at a lot of airplanes. A very good thing.

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