USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77) has extended its deployment, as USS Gerald R. Ford has returned from exercise.
USS George H.W. Bush is currently on its fifth deployment since 2009.
USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78) recently returned from a month-long exercise.
The exercise was conducted in the Caribbean Sea and Atlantic Ocean.
The USS Gerald R. Ford was joined by the French Navy during the exercise.
The carrier strike group included the guided-missile cruiser USS Monterey and other guided-missile destroyers.
The strike group practiced air defense, surface warfare and maritime interdiction operations.
CVN-78 also hosted a joint personnel exchange with the French navy.
The exchange was conducted to increase interoperability between the two navies.
The exercise was part of the Ford's post-shakedown availability period.
CVN-78 is set to replace the USS Enterprise (CVN-65).
The Enterprise is the world's first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier.
The Enterprise is the world's first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier