Nimitz providing operational and close-air support by Somali coast as US troops are relocated Featured

The aircraft carrier Nimitz and its carrier strike group are providing operational and close-air support off the coast of Somalia as part of Joint Task Force-Quartz and Operation Octave Quartz as U.S. troops are relocated from Somalia to other areas of Africa.

 Embarked on the Nimitz is Carrier Air Wing 17, which AFRICOM said hosts more than 80 combat aircraft. Likewise, guided-missile cruisers Princeton and Philippine Sea, along with guided missile destroyer Sterett, also are supporting the Nimitz.

“The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group brings incredible capability and allows us to maintain pressure against regional threats throughout Operation Octave Quartz,” U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Dagvin Anderson, Joint Task Force-Quarts commander, said in a news release.

The command stood up Joint Task Force-Quartz in December to oversee Operation Octave Quartz, which is spearheading the relocation of hundreds of U.S. troops in Somalia.

USNI News was the first to report this month that the Nimitz and its carrier strike group was operating off the coast of Somalia, along with the Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group.

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