The Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group and its 6,200 sailors returned to San Diego on Thursday, after a 10-month deployment to the Western Pacific and Middle East, where it was supporting operations against the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria.
Aircraft assigned to Carrier Air Wing 17 embarked on the Vinson flew 12,300 sorties during the deployment, including 2,382 combat missions, a Navy release said. The aircraft dropped more than half a million pounds of ordnance against the Islamic State group.
The Vinson Carrier Strike Group also participated in Valiant Shield, a nine-day, exercise near Guam, involving elements of all four branches of service. It also participated in a bilateral training with the Malaysian military.
The Vinson was accompanied on its deployment by the guided-missile cruiser USS Bunker Hill and the guided-missile destroyers USS Gridley, USS Sterett and USS Dewey.