Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 5 observed on April 25 its 69th anniversary aboard the strike group’s flagship USS George Washington (CVN 73).
CSG 5, the U.S. Navy’s strike group assigned to the Pacific Fleet, was originally established as Carrier Division 5 on April 25, 1944 by Rear Adm. Frank Wagner. Following World War II, it remained forward participating in the Korean and Vietnam Wars as Commander, Task Force (CTF) 77, mostly home-ported at Naval Air Station Cubi Point in the Philippines. On June 30, 1973, it became Carrier Group 5 and embarked the first Yokosuka based aircraft carrier, USS MIDWAY (CV 41) in October 1973.
“This is the beginning of a cycle to celebrate the historic series of battles that Carrier Division Five participated in 70 years ago,” said Rear Adm. Mark Montgomery, commander of CSG 5. “It is exciting to remind people of the history of the strike group. It allows our staff to better understand the roles they play today in this dynamic region, by reviewing the roles their predecessors played in executing the Navy’s mission as a forward-deployed force.”
Currently, CSG 5 is embarked on George Washington and includes Carrier Air Wing 5, Aegis Cruisers USS Shiloh (CG 67) and USS Antietam (CG 54) and Destroyer Squadron 15. Together, these units form the U.S. Navy’s only continuously forward deployed (and largest) carrier strike group and are critical combat elements of the U.S. 7th Fleet.