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USA – Carl Vinson strike group using first deployment with F-35C, beefed-up air wing to hone advanced operations (Defense News)

 The air wing the Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group is hauling around not only includes the F-35C Joint Strike Fighter for the first time in history but also a beefed-up complement of EA-18G Growlers and E-2D Advanced Hawkeyes for an “air wing of the future” leaders think can defeat high-end adversaries before they even spot the U.S. Navy coming. The Vinson strike group departed San Diego Aug. 2 for a deployment that will likely bring them through the Pacific and into the Middle East. Though in some ways the deployment will be routine, with the strike group exercising with allies and partners and providing presence in tense areas of the world, the redesigned air wing coupled with the new CMV-22B Osprey logistics airplane is sure to provide the fleet and naval aviation leaders with plenty of lessons learned. Rear Adm. Dan Martin, the commander of the Vinson strike group, told Defense News in an Aug. 4 interview his strike group is bringing some of the newest F/A-18E-F Super Hornets in the inventory.

Carl Vinson strike group using first deployment with F-35C, beefed-up air wing to hone advanced operations (defensenews.com)