EAST CHINA SEA (March 16, 2008) The guided-missile destroyer USS John Paul Jones (DDG 53) steams into position during an Expeditionary Strike Force (ESF) exercise. The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group (CSG) recently participated in an ESF with the Essex (LHD 2) Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG). The ESF exercise was designed to test the ability of the Strike Groups to plan and conduct multi-task force operations across a broad spectrum of naval disciplines and to refresh skills in completing complex missions that require capabilities that are broader in scope than the individual Strike Groups can provide alone. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Joseph Pol Sebastian Gocong (Released)
And from the CO of JOHN PAUL JONES (DDG 53):
ASSOC, this picture was taken during the Photo-ex at the end of the exercise.
JPJ kicked butt as always. We assumed duties as surface and subsurface warfare
cdr, screen cdr and alt air defense cdr. Battle Ensign and Serapis proudly
CDR Christopher K. Barnes, USN
USS John Paul Jones (DDG 53)
"In Harm's Way"