Fleet Forces Commander: Strike Group Stays ‘Operationally Unpredictable’
NORFOLK, Va. — The commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command, said the return this week of some units of a carrier strike group (CSG) reflects operational unpredictability inherent in the Optimized Fleet Response Plan that governs CSG operations and flexibility.
In a July 16 statement, Adm. Christopher Grady, commander, U.S. Fleet Forces, said, “The National Defense Strategy directs us to be operationally unpredictable while remaining strategically predictable. As such, select units from the USS Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group will return to Norfolk this week — a direct reflection of the dynamic force employment concept, and the inherent maneuverability and flexibility of the U.S. Navy.
“The Truman Carrier Strike Group has had an incredibly successful three months in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility. The ship accomplished every objective established for its crew, from striking ISIS in Syria to expanding partnerships and exercising with our friends and allies.
“Let me be clear — all returning units are 100 percent mission capable and will remain in the sustainment phase of the Optimized Fleet Response Plan, which means they will sustain warfighting readiness and be ready to surge forward or redeploy when called upon.
“As with any in-port period, routine maintenance will be conducted on ships, aircraft and equipment, and Sailors will take the opportunity to continue advanced training, maintain warfighting certifications, as well as spend time with their families.”