Aircraft assigned to Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2, CVW 9 and Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) fly over their associated ships in formation during a transit of the Philippine Sea.
The ships in the formation are...
Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70), Nimitz-class aircraft carrier US Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72), JMSDF Hyuga-class helicopter destroyer J Hyuga (DDH 181), America-class amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6), Wasp-class landing helicopter dock USS Essex (HD 2), Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Spruance (DDG 111), Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Mobile Bay (CG 53), Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Chafe (DDG 90), Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Gridley (DDG 101), and Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser US Lake Champlain (CG 57).
Operating as part of U.S. Pacific Fleet, units assigned to Carl Vinson and Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Groups, America and Essex Amphibious Ready Groups alongside Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force, are conducting training to preserve and protect a free and open Indo-Pacific region.
U.S. Navy video by Seaman Apprentice Joshua Sapien January 22, 2022