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Navy’s newest aircraft carrier joins allies for exercise Silent Wolverine > United States Navy > News-Stories

Silent Wolverine tests world-class aircraft carrier capabilities through integrated high-end naval warfare scenarios alongside participating NATO allies. Exercise participants include Canada, Denmark, Germany, France, the Netherlands, Spain and the United States.

“The challenges of tomorrow are ahead of us – in the here and now. Silent Wolverine demonstrates our commitment to deepening interoperability with our allies and partners while testing the Ford-class aircraft carrier’s advanced, state-of-the-art combat capabilities in a highly relevant operational environment,” said Adm. Stuart B. Munsch, commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe and Africa and Allied Joint Force Command Naples.

Gerald R. Ford is a premier US aircraft carrier integrating 23 new technologies, including major advances in propulsion, power generation, weapons handling, and aircraft launch systems. The Ford-class aircraft carrier generates improved aircraft launch and recovery capacity with a 20 percent smaller crew than the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier.

Along with her Carrier Strike Group (CSG), this deployment will test Gerald R. Ford’s operational readiness and future ability to support Combatant Command requirements. CSG’s participation in Silent Wolverine demonstrates the decisive, precise, and deadly advantage that Gerald R. Ford will bring to future naval operations.

“We are honored to be sailing alongside some of the most capable navies in the world on our first deployment as we hone our skills and demonstrate the combat capabilities that Ford brings to the fight,” said Rear Admiral Greg Huffman, commander, Carrier Strike Group 12.

The Gerald R. Ford CSG consists of the Ford-class aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78), the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Normandy (CG-60), and the guided-missile destroyers the Arleigh Burke- Class USS McFaul (DDG 74) and USS Thomas Hudner (DDG 116). The Gerald R. Ford CSG is conducting its first deployment to the US European Command (EUCOM) area of ​​responsibility to practice with allies.

For over 80 years, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-US Naval Forces Africa (NAVEUR-NAVAF) has forged strategic relationships with allies and partners, using a foundation of shared values ​​to maintain security and stability.

Headquartered in Naples, Italy, NAVEUR-NAVAF operates US naval forces in the areas of responsibility of US European Command (USEUCOM) and US Africa Command (USAFRICOM). The U.S. Sixth Fleet is permanently assigned to NAVEUR-NAVAF and employs naval forces across the spectrum of joint and naval operations.

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