‘We don’t want to hurt anyone’: Sailors at sea as they defend America’s freedom
The USS George Washington (CVN-78) has arrived at Naval Station Norfolk for a five-month deployment in the Pacific.
The ship arrived Tuesday afternoon from the USS Ronald Reagan (CVL-66), which has been deployed in the region for more than two years.
“The George Washington is our first and foremost American merchant vessel,” Vice Adm.
Richard H. Burt, commander of the US Pacific Fleet, said in a statement.
“It represents a unique opportunity to engage the world through our maritime partnerships.”
Burt said the USS George, which is the second largest U.S. Navy ship in the world, will be able to deploy to the region quickly, and will conduct “high-speed operations” in support of U.N. peacekeeping missions.
The ship’s deployment to the area comes after a five month deployment to Guam last year, which included more than 100 U.K. sailors and military personnel.
The George is expected to make its home in the eastern Pacific before moving into the western Pacific in the coming months, when the US is scheduled to spend more than $2 billion on new military bases in Japan, South Korea and Guam.
The USS George is the third ship of its class that has been built in the United States and will be commissioned in March.
The USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVNN-82) and USS Theodore Roosevelt (CV-23) are also set to depart for Japan and the Philippines this year.
The Ronald Reagan and the George were launched from Naval Station Newport News in Virginia on Sept. 29, 2011.
They were first commissioned in January 2014, and the Ronald Reagan was named after the U.s.
Presidents Theodore Roosevelt and Franklin D. Roosevelt.