NNS4803. USS Enterprise Battle Group, USS Nassau Amphibious Ready Group begin deployment Navnews by 2nd Fleet Public Affairs NORFOLK (NNS) -- The USS Enterprise (CVN 65) Battle Group, with Carrier Air Wing Three (CVW 3) embarked, began a scheduled six-month deployment Nov. 6. Accompanying the aircraft carrier are two cruisers, four destroyers, two frigates, two submarines and a fast combat support ship. The USS Nassau (LHA 4) Amphibious Ready Group, with the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit embarked, will begin their deployment Nov. 13. In all, more than 10,000 Sailors and Marines are departing their East Coast bases and home ports to relieve the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) Battle Group and the USS Saipan (LHA 2) Amphibious Ready Group. “The battle group and amphibious ready group are prepared to deploy, and serve the nation as instruments of our national policy,” said Vice Adm. William J. Fallon, Commander, 2nd Fleet. Secretary of Defense William S. Cohen on Tuesday announced that he had recommended to the president that the transit of USS Enterprise be accelerated to have the ship arrive in the Arabian Gulf by Nov. 23, instead of the planned arrival on Nov. 26. Secretary Cohen also recommended that the USS Belleau Wood (LHA 3) Amphibious Ready Group deploy from the Western Pacific Ocean to join Enterprise in the Gulf by Nov. 26. “[The president] agreed that that was a wise course of action, and certainly designed to give him greater flexibility in the event that any military action is required [in the Gulf region],” said Cohen during a Tuesday news conference in Singapore. “So I will sign those deployment orders as soon as this meeting is over.” The Enterprise Battle Group includes USS Philippine Sea (CG 58), USS Gettysburg (CG 64), USS Stout (DDG 55), USS Nicholson (DD 982), USS Klakring (FFG 42), USS Detroit (AOE 4), USS Miami (SSN 755) and USS Hampton (SSN 767). The Nassau Amphibious Ready Group includes USS Nashville (LPD 13) and USS Pensacola (LSD 38). -USN-