US aircraft carrier group arrives in South Korea for exercises

Having completed their South China Sea patrol, sailors and ships from the U.S. Navy’s John C. Stennis Strike Group arrived in the Republic of Korea (ROK) for a scheduled port visit March 13.

USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) and the guided-missile destroyers USS Stockdale (DDG 106) and USS Chung-Hoon (DDG 93) moored in Busan. The guided-missile cruiser USS Mobile Bay (CG 53) settled in Mokpo while the guided-missile destroyer USS William P. Lawrence (DDG 110) is in Donghae.

JCSSG will participate with the ROK navy in Exercise Foal Eagle, an annual training exercise that incorporates scenarios such as gunnery exercises, communication drills, dynamic ship maneuvers, logistical rehearsals, salvage training and liaison officer exchanges between the two navies.

Stennis will also host guided tours for more than 1,200 locals while in port.

The JCSSG, the centerpiece of the Great Green Fleet, has spent the first two months of its deployment using an alternative fuel blend consisting of 10 percent biofuel manufactured from animal fat mixed with standard petroleum-based fuel. The ships are also using operational procedures and energy conservation measures to increase capability and adaptability.

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