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The Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group and embarked Carrier Air Wing 17 have began sorties from the Arabian Gulf in support of Operation Inherent Resolve against Islamic State. 

“The first day of flight operations supporting Operation Inherent Resolve is a highly-anticipated day where the Theodore Roosevelt strike group transitions into combat operations to demonstrate our continued commitment to this region and our partner nations,” said Rear Adm. Steve Koehler, commander of Carrier Strike Group 9.

“Success in this important mission takes every Sailor and Marine on board working as a team. I’m incredibly proud of all the work this team has done throughout their training and preparation, they are ready and now it is time to go to work.”

“Our priority is to be ready for any contingency,” said Capt. Chris Ford, commander of CVW-17. “The counter-terrorism mission is one of many reasons why we are here. I’m confident the highly skilled and professional warfighters in this air wing are ready to execute assigned tasking alongside U.S. and coalition forces.”

According to the US Navy, CVW-17 squadrons include the “Stingers” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 113, the “Mighty Shrikes” of VFA-94, the “Redcocks” of VFA-22, the “Checkerboards” of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 312, the “Cougars” of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 139, the “Sun Kings” of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 116, the “Providers” of Fleet Logistics Support Squadron (VRC) 30, the “Indians” of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 6 and the “Battlecats” of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 73.

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