[Ed. – This is due to the apparently massive electrical system problem identified in August. Congress needs to get to the bottom of this.]
After the carrier was sidelined at the end of August with a malfunction in the ship’s electrical distribution system, engineers continue to assess the problem. “The aircraft carrier’s repairs are progressing, and all efforts are being made to deploy the carrier and air wing as soon as possible,” according to a Navy statement to USNI News.
The timeline for diagnosing the problem and fixing it remains unclear.
In the meantime, the surface ships in the strike group are forming their own surface action group and deploying with neither the carrier nor the air wing.
Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers USS Lassen (DDG-82) and USS Farragut (DDG-99) departed Mayport, Fla., today, and will be joined by Norfolk-based USS Forrest Sherman (DDG-98) and Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Normandy (CG-60) in the coming days.