Posted by: Jacqui Murray | October 3, 2009

From Midshipman to Ensign of America’s Most Modern Cruiser

I know the mom of an Ensign on this ship. Six years ago, she was wondering if she’d be accepted into USNA. Five years ago she arrived for Plebe Summer. Four, three, two one year ago she was fighting the good academic, physical, moral  fight at the Naval Academy. Now she’s responsible for the safety of one of America’s premiere military ships, the 9600 ton Ticonderoga Class Aegis Guided Missile, the USS Bunker Hill.

U.S. Navy establishes new strike group

Published: Oct. 2, 2009 at 12:08 PM

SAN DIEGO, Oct. 2 (UPI) — The U.S. Navy announced the establishment of Carrier Strike Group 1 in San Diego, Calif.,


with the Nimitz-class USS Carl Vinson as its flagship.

The first mission for the strike group is a transit operation around South America as Vinson relocates from Newport News, Va., to her new home port in San Diego in 2010.

CSG-1 serves to project power, enhance maritime security and help with humanitarian assistance and disaster relief within the 100 million square mile area of operations for the U.S. Pacific Fleet, the U.S. Navy said.

Rear Adm. Ted Branch serves as the operational command for CSG 1, reporting to the Third Fleet of the U.S. Navy based at U.S. Naval Base Point Loma in San Diego.

“We are excited by the opportunity to establish this new command and bring the power of the Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group online in support of our nation’s defense,” said Branch.

USS Lake Champlain, USS Bunker Hill, Destroyer Squadron 1 and Carrier Air Wing 17 fill out the remaining components of the strike group.

Jacqui Murray is the editor of a technology curriculum for K-fifth grade and creator of two technology training books for middle school. She is the author of Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy midshipman.  She is webmaster for five blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer, a columnist for, and a weekly contributor to Write Anything and Technology in Education. Currently, she’s working on a techno-thriller that should be ready this summer. Contact Jacqui at her writing office or her tech lab, Ask a Tech Teacher.

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