As tensions continue to rise in the Central Command Area of Operations and in particular the Straits of Hormuz, Virtual Carrier Strike Group THREE continues to sharpen its combat edge.
This week, naval aviators from VF-103 and VFA-14 continue to progress through their pre-deployment work up cycle by heading to the USS John C. Stennis for refresher training on carrier operations. A strike groups ability to operate from the moving runways of a aircraft carrier distinguish themselves from their Air Force and Army counterparts.
In an interview with vCSG-3 Public Affairs Officer, Lt. AJ "SCOOP" Vella, he reiterated that vCSG-3's ability to operate from both the land and sea allow for them to fulfill two of U.S. Navy's core objectives of the 21st century, Power Projection and Sea Control and thus meets the combat readiness needs of regional and theater commanders. During a period of time when Iranian and Russian aggression in the CENTCOM AOR is on the rise, having a well trained and professional Navy is more important than ever.
Lt. Vella, a Canadian by birth, but American by choice continued on to reiterate the need for Canadian Navy integration in vCSG-3's work up and deployment cycle, however after further research, we have yet to discover any Canadian Aircraft Carriers listed in the official Royal Canadian Ship's Registry.