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Task Force 11

 

Task Force 11

Task Force 11
TF 11's Saratoga (foreground) conducts aircraft operations with Task Force 16's Enterprise in the South Pacific in August 1942.
Active At least 1941-45, 2001-?
Country United States
Allegiance Allies of World War II
Branch United States Navy
Engagements Action off Bougainville
Battle of the Coral Sea
Battle of the Eastern Solomons
Marshall Islands Campaign
Commanders
Notable
commanders
Aubrey Fitch
Frank Jack Fletcher

Task Force 11 (TF 11 or alternately Commander Task Force 11, CTF 11) is a designation that has been used by the United States armed forces for two separate units.

Contents

  • World War II 1
  • War on Terrorism 2
  • References 3
  • Further reading 4
  • External links 5

World War II

During World War II, Task Force 11 was a United States Navy aircraft carrier task force in the Pacific theater. After the attack on Pearl Harbor in December 1941, Destroyer Squadron 1 was attached to the Task Force under Vice Admiral Wilson Brown, made up of USS Lexington (CV-2) with cruisers USS Indianapolis (CA-35), USS Chicago (CA-29) and USS Portland (CA-33).[1] On 14 December 1941, after delays due to bad weather, the task force cleared Pearl Harbor as a diversion for an expedition under Rear Admiral Frank J. Fletcher in Saratoga (CV 3) to relieve Wake Island.

TF 11 was originally formed around Lexington, then her sister ship Saratoga until she was disabled by a Japanese torpedo in January 1942, then Lexington again for the Battle of the Coral Sea, then Saratoga after her repairs were completed.

TF 11 — as part of Task Force 61 along with Task Force 16 — was involved in the Battle of the Eastern Solomons in late August 1942, but Saratoga was again crippled by a submarine, and the task force shrank to just the carrier and some destroyers.

In September 1943, TF 11 was reorganized around light carriers Princeton and Belleau Wood under Rear Admiral Willis Augustus Lee, and supported landings on Baker Island and Howland Island.

In early 1944, its task groups TG 11.1 and 11.2, now consisting of escort carriers, supported operations in the Marshall Islands.

War on Terrorism

Task Force 11 was also the first designation given to the United States special operations forces composite grouping which has pursued terrorist high-value targets in Afghanistan and Iraq since October 2001. The grouping has been redesignated multiple times to avoid information leakages. Task Force 11 (seemingly in reference to September 11) was only the first title used.

Initially it operated under the United States Joint Special Operations Command in Afghanistan searching for senior Taliban and al-Qaeda leaders. The unit included elements from Canada's JTF2 as well. JSOC frequently changed the name of the task force, and it has been designated Task Force 6-26, Task Force 121, and Task Force 145 with one of its most recently recorded names being Task Force 88.

References

The first US team to enter the Tora Bora mountain range
  1. ^ "Destroyer Squadron 1". Destroyer History Home Page. Destroyer History Foundation. 2000–2011. Retrieved 2011-12-06. 

Further reading

  • Lundstrom, John B. (2006). Black Shoe Carrier Admiral: Frank Jack Fletcher at Coral Sea, Midway, and Guadalcanal. Annapolis, Maryland: Naval Institute Press.  
  • Lundstrom, John B. (2005). First Team and the Guadalcanal Campaign: Naval Fighter Combat from August to November 1942 (New ed.). Naval Institute Press.  
  • Lundstrom, John B. (2005). The First Team: Pacific Naval Air Combat from Pearl Harbor to Midway (New ed.). Annapolis, Maryland, U.S.A.: Naval Institute Press.  
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  • Stille, Mark (2007). USN Carriers vs IJN Carriers: The Pacific 1942. New York: Osprey.  

External links

  • Joint Special Operations Command at Globalsecurity.org
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