The Carrier Battle Group
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First, it is important to note that there really is no
real definition of a battle group. Battle groups are formed and disestablished
on an as needed basis, and one may be different from another. However,
they all are comprised of similar types of ships. Typically a carrier
battle group might have:
- a carrier The carrier provides a wide range
of options to the U.S. government from simply showing the flag to attacks
on airborne, afloat and ashore targets. Because carriers operate in
international waters, its aircraft do not need to secure landing rights
on foreign soil. These ships also engage in sustained operations in
support of other forces.
- two guided missile cruisers multi-mission
surface combatants. Equipped with Tomahawks for long-range strike
- a guided missile destroyer multi-mission suface
combatant, used primarily for anti-air warfare (AAW)
- a destroyer primarily for anti-submarine warfare
- a frigate primarily for anti-submarine warfare
- two attack submarines in a direct support
role seeking out and destroying hostile surface ships and submarines
- a combined ammunition, oiler, and supply ship
provides logistic support enabling the Navy's forward presence: on
station, ready to respond
The Carrier Battle Group (CVBG) could be employed in a
variety of roles, all of which would involve the gaining and maintenance
of sea control:
- Protection of economic and/or military shipping.
- Protection of a Marine amphibious force while enroute
to, and upon arrival in, an amphibious objective area.
- Establishing a naval presence in support of national
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