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The US aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) left its home port San Diego on August 22nd last year. Embarked on it is Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 17 with nine squadrons and a total of 63 aircraft. The Carl Vinson is joined by the four destroyers USS Bunker Hill (CG 52), USS Dewey (DDG 105), USS Grudley (DDG 101) and USS Sterett (DDG 104), all together forming the Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group 1 (CSG). After participating in an undersea warfare exercise (USWEX) off the coast of Hawaii and in "Valiant Shield 2014" - an US only exercise involving two aircraft carriers and a total of 19 ships and more than 200 aircraft - the CSG reported for duty in the US 5th Fleet area of responsibility (AOR) on October 15th, 2014. The Carl Vinson relieved USS George H. W. Bush (CVN 77) and CVW 8 at conducting air operations in support of operation Inherent Resolve. Aircraft of CVW 17 perform air strikes in Syria and Iraq and support maritime and theater security operations in the 5th Fleet area of operation. Inherent Resolve is an operation of the coalition of partner nations united in their fight against the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). The operation's goal is to eliminate the ISIL terrorist group and the threat they pose to Iraq, Syria, the region, and the wider international community. The destruction of ISIL targets in Syria and Iraq further limits the terrorist group's ability to project terror and conduct operations. Coalition nations conducting air strikes in Iraq include Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and the United States. Coalition nations conducting air strikes in Syria include Bahrain, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and the United States.
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