USS CARL VINSON
CVN 70
  
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The Carl Vinson (CVN 70) is the third United States Navy Nimitz-class aircraft carrier and is named after Carl Vinson, a Congressman from Georgia.

March 13, 1982 USS Carl Vinson was commissioned during a ceremony at Newort News Shipbuilding and Drydock Corp. in Newport News, Va. Mrs. Molly Snead is the sponsor of the ship. Capt. Richard L. Martin is the first commanding officer.

March 15, The Vinson arrived at Norfolk Naval Station in Norfolk, Va. On 18th departed for its first operational sea period and conducted flight deck certifications and initial F/A-18 Hornet sea trials from March 22- April 2. Cmdr. Stephen C. Wood, the CO of Air Anti-Submarine Squadron (VS) 32, logged the ship’s first arrested landing, in a Lockheed S-3A Viking.

May 17, USS Carl Vinson anchored off the coast of St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, for a three-day port visit; Anchored off Bridgetown, Barbados, from May 23-25.

June 21, The Carl Vinson departed homeport for final contract trials; Underway for Reserve Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 20 carrier qualifications, in the Virginia Capes Op. Area, on July 7.

On August 2, the Carl Vinson returned to Newort News Shipbuilding for a Post Shakedown Availability (PSA) and entered the dry-dock on Sept. 11; Underway for sea trials on Dec. 11; Moored at Pier 2 on Naval Station Norfolk, after onloaded more than 2,000 tons or ordnance, on Dec. 15.

On January 30, 1983, The Vinson anchored in Roosevelt Roards, Puerto Rico, where diverers photographed the #2 screw and discovered several cracks on the edges of the blades; Returned to Norfolk on Feb. 4; Entered the dry-dock at Newport News on Feb. ?.

May 1, USS Carl Vinson departed Norfolk for around-the-world cruise and a homeport change to Alameda, Calif.

From March 4-16, the Vinson conducted drills and exercises in the Puerto Rican Op. Area in support of READEX and in preparation for Operational Readiness Evaluation (ORE).

March 28, USS Carl Vinson anchored off the coast of Monte Carlo, Monaco, for its first port visit.

April 14, CVN 70 pulled into Casablanca, Morocco, for a three-day port call after participating in a multinational NATO exercise National Week.

April 23, The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier arrived in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, for a four-day port visit.

July 1, USS Carl Vinson anchored off the coast of Fremantle, Australia, for a six-day liberty visit to Perth.

July 26, An A-7E Corsair II from Attack Squadron (VA) 37 hit a ramp during a night landing and went off the angled deck into the water. The pilot ejected safely and was picked up 16 minutes later.

July 30, Capt. Thomas A. Mercer relieved Capt. Richard L. Martin as commanding officer of the Carl Vinson.

September 7, USS Carl Vinson arrived at Naval Air Station Cubi Point in Subic Bay, Philippines, for a ten-day upkeep period.

September 21, CVN 70 anchored off the coast of Hong Kong for a five-day port call before participating in ANNUALEX 58G exercise; Inport Sasebo, Japan, from Oct. 1-4.

October 6, USS Carl Vinson arrived in Busan, Republic of Korea, for a four-day port visit.

October 28, USS Carl Vinson moored at Pier 3 in its new homeport of Naval Air Station Alameda, Calif., after a "Tiger Cruise" from Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, completing the six-month maiden deployment.

In 1984, the Carl Vinson received the highest marks ever awarded an aircraft carrier during an operational readiness examination in February; Underway for Refresher Training in the SOCAL Op. Area from March 19- April 6.

May 14, USS Carl Vinson departed homeport for a nine-day COMPUTEX; Participated in a multinational exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) '84, from May 31- June 18; Underway for READIEX 84-4/ORE from July 31- Aug. 22; Underway for Dependent's Day Cruise on Aug. 23.

October 13, 1984 USS Carl Vinson departed Alameda, Calif., for a scheduled deployment.

December 10, The Carl Vinson arrived in Yokosuka, Japan, for a two-day port call.

December 17, USS Carl Vinson anchored in Victoria Harbor for a five-day liberty visit to Hong Kong.

December 24, The nuclear-powered aircraft carrier moored at Leyte Pier in NAS Cubi Point, Subic Bay, Philippines, for a 10-day upkeep.

From January 11, 1985, through April 12, the Vinson was deployed in the Indian Ocean/North Arabian Sea for 107 consecutive days at sea operations.

April 19, The Carl Vinson anchored off the coast of Fremantle, Australia, for a week-long port visit; Inport Subic Bay again from May 3-6.

May 24, USS Carl Vinson returned to homeport after a six-day Tiger Cruise from Hawaii, completing an extended deployment in the 5th and 7th Fleet Areas of Responsibility (AoR).

On October 7, the Vinson was underway again for Air Wing carrier qualifications off the coast of southern California after a two-month Selected Restricted Availability (SRA); Underway for Pre-refresher training (REFTRA) from Oct. 29- Nov. 8; Underway for Interim Refresher Training from Nov. 12-22; Completed INSURV on Dec. 6.

January 6, 1986 USS Carl Vinson departed NAS Alameda for a week-long Fleet Replacement Squadron Carrier Qualifications (FRS-CQ); Completed another two-month SRA upkeep period on March 12.

March 20, Capt. George D. O'Brien, Jr., relieved Capt. Thomas A. Mercer as the 3rd CO of "Gold Eagle."

March 26, An F-14A was lost at sea after entered a flat spin during a training mission. The crew ejected safely.

April 6, While launching from Catapult No. 3 an Intruder’s (VA-52) jet blast blew final checker AD2 Brian L. Preston of that squadron overboard portside, at 1435, while the Vinson was underway 245 n.m. off the coast of Isla Guadalupe. A taxiing Corsair II’s blast blew Preston behind the Intruder, that in turn thrust him over the side. Although USS O’Callahan (FF-1051) lowered a motor whaleboat that recovered the sailor, however, he died at 16:45 on board the frigate.

April 15, USS Carl Vinson returned to homeport after a 33-day underway for CQ and READIEX 86-3, with the Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 15, in the SOCAL Op. Area.

May 16, The Carl Vinson pulled into Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, for an 11-day port call before participating in RIMPAC '86 exercise; Inport Pearl Harbor again from June 18-25; Returned to Alameda on July 2.

August 12, USS Carl Vinson departed homeport for its second western Pacific/Indian Ocean deployment.

From August 18-26, the Carl Vinson was underway in the Bering Sea, becoming the first aircraft carrier to operate for an extended period here since WW2.

August 16, The Vinson just completed an underway replenishment during the afternoon watch when a huge wave slammed into Elevator No. 1, positioned at the Hangar Bay level about 25 feet above the sea, and swept seven men overboard at 12:43. Six were saved by USS Paul F. Foster. An SH-3H from HS-4, rescued the seventh man. The wave injured an eighth sailor when it smashed him against an aircraft.

September 1, CVN 70 arrived in Busan, Republic of Korea, for a four-day port call; Inport Subic Bay, Republic of the Philippines, from Sept. 12-18.

September 18, An A-6E Intruder (#512) rolled over an ordnanceman’s leg, while under tow, during a flight deck re-spot at 14:05. The AO lost his leg due to the accident.

September 23, USS Carl Vinson anchored at Marina Bay for a five-day visit to Singapore. While en route, a major casualty ocurred on #4 aircraft elevator.

October 5, The Carl Vinson anchored off the coast of Diego Garcia for a six-day visit to the British Indian Ocean Teritories.

October 17, The nuclear-powered aircraft carrier anchored off the coast of Masirah, Oman, for a four-day stop; Anchored off Masirah again from Oct. 30- Nov. 2; Anchored off Karachi, Pakistan, from Nov. 7-11.

November 17, USS Carl Vinson anchored off the coast of Mombasa, Kenya, for a six-day port visit; Anchored off Diego Garcia again for upkeep from Nov. 29- Dec. 6.

December 19, The Carl Vinson anchored off the coast of Fremantle, Australia, for a week-long liberty visit to Perth.

December 29, An A-7E Corsair, assigned to the Attack Squadron (VA) 97, experienced a malfunction as its flap handle stuck in the isolation mode, causing the brakes to fail, and skidded over the port side at 15:17. Lt. Kevin H. Graffis ejected and a Sea King from HS-4 rescued him.

January 5, 1987 USS Carl Vinson arrived again in Singapore for a six-day port visit.

February 5, USS Carl Vinson returned to Naval Air Station Alameda after a six-month deployment.

March 16, The Carl Vinson departed homeport for a two-day friends and family cruise.

March 24, The Carl Vinson entered the dry-dock at Hunter’s Point Naval Shipyard for a Drydock Selected Restricted Availability (DSRA); Undocked and moored at Pier 3 on NAS Alameda on July 3.

September 20, An F-14A Tomcat of VF-111 went over the port side at 19:47 local time after Purchase Cable #4 snapped, while attempting to land during carrier qualifications off the coast of southern Californian. Lt. John G. Speer and Lt. Michael D. Conn ejected safely.

September 23, An A-6E Intruder, assigned to the Attack Squadron (VA) 52, crashed near Santa Catalina Island while flying ashore to NAS Whidbey Island, Wash., overnight. The pilot Cmdr. Loyd D. Sledge died and the bombardier/navigator survived.

October 2, USS Carl Vinson departed Alameda for an eight-day underway to conduct Fleet Replacement Squadron Carrier Qualifications (FRS-CQ).

February 11, 1988 CVN 70 returned to homeport after a 17-day underway for Advance Training Assessment and CQ with the CVW-15; Underway for FRS-CQ and ORSE from Feb. 23- March 9.

March 28, USS Carl Vinson departed homeport for Comprehensive Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX) 88-2; Underway for CQ with the CVW-15 from June 6-8.

June 15, USS Carl Vinson departed Naval Air Station Alameda for a scheduled deployment.

From June 21-22, the Carl Vinson conducted interoperability evolutions with the U.S. Air Force, in Alaskan waters.

July 8, CVN 70 moored at NAS Cubi Point for a six-day visit to Subic Bay, Philippines; Inport Singapore from July 18-21.

July 28, USS Carl Vinson relieved USS Forrestal (CV 59) on station in the North Arabian Sea; Anchored off the coast of Masirah, Oman, on Sept. 3.

September 8, An F-14A, assigned to the Fighter Squadron (VF) 111, spiraled out of control during air combat maneuvering at 18:11, about 46 n.m. from the carrier. Lt. Jay A. Abrams and Lt. Cmdr. Mark A. Bruder safely ejected and were recovered.

September 26, An F-14A from VF-111 experienced an in-flight environmental control system fire and subsequent loss of flight controls at 13:55. Lt. Cmdr. Randal C. Sweeney and Lt. Michael S. Helwig ejected and rescued within an hour.

While on station, the "Gold Eagle" supported for 82 days the escorting of American flagged tankers in the Arabian Gulf. Ongoing Iraqi and Iranian attacks against tankers steaming in the region threatened freedom of navigation during the war between the two countries, and the U.S.-authorized Operation Earnest Will to maintain the sea lanes.

October 10, The Carl Vinson anchored off the coast of Mombasa, Kenya, for a six-day port visit.

November 4, CVN 70 anchored off the coast of Pattaya Beach, Thailand, for a five-day liberty port visit; Inport Hong Kong from Nov. 13-18; Inport Subic Bay from Nov. 20-23.

December 6, The Carl Vinson pulled into Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, for a two-day port visit and to embark friends and family members for a Tiger Cruise.

December 16, USS Carl Vinson returned to NAS Alameda, after a one-day delay due to high winds, following a six-month deployment in the U.S. 5th and 7th Fleet AoR.

January 25, 1989 The Vinson departed homeport for an eight-day underway to conduct Fleet Replacement Squadron Carrier Qualifications (FRS-CQ).

April 14, Capt. Doyle J. Bouchers, II relieved Capt. George D. O'Brien, Jr., as commanding officer of the USS Carl Vinson.

May 1, The third Nimitz-class aircraft carrier departed homeport for Independent Steaming Operations, following a three-month availability; Underway for routine training from May 12-2?; Conducted INSURV inspection from June 11-16.

July 24, An F-14A, assigned to the Fighter Squadron (VF) 51, crashed off the coast of San Clemente Island after MP/RIO failed to maintain proper instrument scan in IMC during critical phase of flight causing engine compressor stall. The crew ejected safely.

August 2, An F-14A, assigned to the Fighter Squadron (VF) 111, suffered an in-flight fire at 18:30 that caused a loss of flight hydraulics, forcing the aircrew to eject. A helo rescued both men approximately six miles from NAS North Island.

August 19, USS Carl Vinson departed NAS Alameda for a Dependent's Day Cruise; Underway for Phase I of PACEX '89, from Sept. 5-14.

September 18, The Carl Vinson departed Naval Air Station Alameda to participate in Phase II, III and IV of PACEX '89, the largest peacetime naval exercise since World War II, in the Bering Sea.

From October 14-21, the Carl Vinson participated in Operation Valiant Blitz in the waters of the Korean Penninsula. She steamed as part of a formation of 48 ships, including USS Enterprise (CVN 65), USS Missouri (BB 63) and USS New Jersey (BB 62).

October 22, USS Carl Vinson anchored off the coast of Busan, Republic of Korea, for a four-day port visit.

October 31, DCFN Donald Evans was lost at sea after a rogue wave swept over three sailors on the port aft weather deck, while the carrier plowed through 12-foot seas about 600 miles north of Wake Island.

November 8, The Carl Vinson moored at Naval Air Station North Island in San Diego for a brief visit to offload Air Wing due to the Oct. 17 San Francisco Earthquake; Returned to Alameda on Nov. 9.

February 1, 1990 USS Carl Vinson departed NAS Alameda for its fifth deployment to the western Pacific and Indian Ocean.

From February 4-10, the Vinson participated in READIEX 89-5B exercise, while en route to the Hawaiian waters; Inport Pearl Harbor from Feb. 15-17.

March 4, USS Carl Vinson pulled into Sasebo, Japan, for a two-day port call after participated in Phase I of exercise Team Spirit '90 with the ROK and Japan Navy; Participated in Phase II from March 7-18.

March 24, The Carl Vinson moored to Alava Pier, NAS Cubi Point in Subic Bay for a 12-day upkeep; Moored at Changi Naval Base, Singapore, for upkeep from April 14-21; Anchored off Diego Garcia from April 30- May 2.

Until the end of May, the Vinson operated in the North Arabian Sea with Combined Joint Task Force Middle East. The ship conducted a variety of exercises, twice anchoring off Masirah (May 13-14 and May 24-25).

June 12, USS Carl Vinson anchored off the coast of Fremantle, Australia, for a six-day liberty port visit to Perthl Inport Subic Bay again from June 28- July 1.

July 3, The nuclear-powered aircraft carrier anchored in Victoria Harbour for a six-day liberty port visit to Hong Kong; Inport Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, to embark 850 male "Tigers" from July 21-23.

July 31, USS Carl Vinson returned to NAS Alameda following a six-month deployment.

September 15, The Carl Vinson departed Alameda, Calif., for a two-year Complex Overhaul (COH).

September 17, CVN 70 moored at Naval Weapons Station Indian Island, Wash., to offload 2,900 tons of ammunition.

September 22, The Carl Vinson moored at Pier 3 on Puget Sound Naval Shipyard in Bremerton, Washington; Entered the Dry Dock #6 on Sept. 29.

November 15, 1991 USS Carl Vinson undocked and moored at Pier 3 on PSNS to continue its overhaul.

March 28, 1992 Capt. John S. Payne relieved Capt. Doyle J. Bouchers, II as commanding officer of the Carl Vinson.

April 15, 1993 The Carl Vinson returned to Naval Air Station Alameda following a 30-month, $300 million worth, overhaul.

May 10, The "Gold Eagle" departed NAS North Island after a three-day port call for a Tailored Ship's Training Availability (TSTA) I/II; Moored again at NAS North Island on May 24; Underway for FRS-CQ and TSTA IV; Returned home on June 2.

From June 23- July 2, the Vinson conducted Tailored Ship's Training Availability (TSTA) III off the coast of southern California; Underway for TSTA IV and FRS-CQ from July 7-16.

July 27, USS Carl Vinson moored at Ammunition Pier, Naval Magazine Indian Island in Port Townsend, Wash., for a one-day stop to embark nearly 2,000 people en route to Seattle Harbor for Sea Fair celebration; Moored at NWS Indian Island again from Aug. 2-4; Returned home on Aug. 6.

August 9, USS Carl Vinson departed NAS Alameda for a Dependent's Day Cruise; Underway for TSTA IV and FRS-CQ from Aug. 19-2?; Underway for Comprehensive Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX) on Oct. 1.

October 26, CVN 70 departed NAS North Island after a four-day port call to participate in FLEETEX 94-1A. The Vinson operated with the USS Peleliu (LHA 5) Amphibious Ready Group (ARG), off the coast of southern California, through Nov. 8; Underway again for FLEETEX 94-1B/C from Nov. 30- Dec. 12.

February 17, 1994 USS Carl Vinson departed Alameda for a scheduled deployment in support of Operation Southern Watch.

February 22, An F-14D, assigned to the Fighter Squadron (VF) 11, lose power in its right engine, burn and crash into the sea after reaching a speed of 635 knots, around 14:00, some 1400 miles east of Oahu. Lt. Richard H. Lucas and Lt. Jeffrey W. Strobel safely ejected.

February 26, The Carl Vinson pulled into Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, for a two-day port call; Inport Yokosuka, Japan, from March 11-14.

March 19, USS Carl Vinson arrived in Hong Kong for a four-day liberty visit after participating in a five-day exercise with the Japanese Self-Defense Force (JSDF).

March 28, The nuclear-powered aircraft carrier arrived in Singapore for a five-day port call after participated in exercise Mergate 94-2.

April 16, USS Carl Vinson transited the Strait of Hormuz northbound and for the first time entered the Arabian Gulf in support of Operation Southern Watch. The UN established a no-fly zone along the 32nd parallel after the Iraqis renewed attacks against Shiite Muslims in August 1992, and the coalition began patrolling this no-fly zone; Participated in exercise Initial Link from April 20-25 and Red Reef V from April 21-27.

May 7, The Carl Vinson pulled into Jebel Ali, United Arab Emirates, for a four-day liberty port visit to Dubai.

May 25, USS Carl Vinson arrived in Jebel Ali for another four days of R&R after participating in exercise Inspired Alert and GULFEX XXIV; Inport Jebel Ali again from June 11-14, after Iron Siren, Nauticus Artist and Beacon Flash exercises.

July 5, The Carl Vinson anchored off the coast of Fremantle, Australia, for a four-day liberty port visit to Perth.

July 17, CVN 70 anchored off the coast Hobart, Tasmania, for a five-day liberty port visit, the first by U.S. aircraft carrier since 1977.

August 4, The "Gold Eagle" pulled into Pearl Harbor for a three-day port vist and to embark over 900 friends and family members for a Tiger Cruise.

August 17, USS Carl Vinson returned to Naval Air Station Alameda after a six-month deployment in the U.S. 5th and 7th Fleet AoR. Aircraft from CVW-14 flew 1,243 combat sorties in support of operation Southern Watch.

September 22, CVN 70 departed homeport for Training Carrier Qualifications (CNATRA), off the coast of southern California, the first with the new T-45A Goshawk; Departed NAS North Island, San Diego, for INSURV on Sept. 30; Returned to Alameda on Oct. 2.

October 7, Capt. Larry C. Baucom relieved Capt. John S. Payne as commanding officer of the USS Carl Vinson.

February 21, 1995 The Carl Vinson departed NAS Alameda for five-day sea trials and FDC, following a five-month Ship’s Restricted Availability (SRA).

April 10, USS Carl Vinson departed homeport for four-day underway to conduct CQ; Underway for INSURV inspection from April 18-25; Underway for a Friends and Family Day Cruise on May 12.

May 17, An F/A-18D, assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 125, crashed in North New Mexico around 10:05, during a training flight from NAS Lemoore, Calif., to St. Louis, Missouri. On May 18 the Air Force Sikorsky MH-53J Pave Low III discovered the Hornet’s wreckage at about 9,700 feet, strewn across three miles of Mogote Ridge, a rugged peak east of Canjilon. Rear Adm. James G. Prout, III, Commander, Carl Vinson Battle Group and Cmdr. Joseph G. Kleefisch, the CO of VFA-25, were killed.

June 5, The Carl Vinson departed homeport for an 11-day underway to conduct Tailored Ship's Training Availability (TSTA) I/II and CQ with the CVW-14; Underway for TSTA IV and training CQ from July 10-17.

August 21, USS Carl Vinson departed Alameda to participate in exercise Ke Koa and the commemoration of the end of World War II in the Pacific. On Aug. 29, the 11 historic warplanes from WWII were launched from the flight deck, while transiting of the coast of Waikiki, Hawaii; Departed Pearl Harbor on Sept. 6; Returned home on Sept. 13.

October 6, The Vinson departed homeport to participate in Fleet Week, '95, launching World War II aircraft, in the San Francisco Bay area. An F/A-18 Hornet and F-14 Tomcat, and an unprecedented launch and recovery of an S-3 Viking on the next day as the carrier returned to port in preparation for the "Open House" on Oct. 8; Underway for ammo onload on Oct. 17.

November 13, CVN 70 departed NAS Alameda for a week-long underway to participate in Tailored Ship's Training Availability (TSTA) III/FEP; Underway for a COMPTUEX 96-1A from Nov. 24- Dec. 2?.

From February 14-16, 1996, the Carl Vinson participated in SACCEX with the USS Tarawa (LHA 1) Amphibious Ready Group.

February 18, An F/14D, assigned to Fighter Squadron (VF) 11 detonated near the carrier's starboard side after one engine was suddenly set on fire, while conducting a simulated anti-ship-attack. Cmdr. L. Scott Lamoreaux was killed.

March 5, The "Gold Eagle" departed homeport for a two-week Joint Tactical Fleet Exercise (JTFEX); Underway for CQ with the CVW-14 from April 15-19.

May 14, USS Carl Vinson departed Alameda for a scheduled deployment to the western Pacific and Arabian Gulf.

May 30, The nuclear-powered aircraft carrier pulled into Yokosuka Naval Base, Japan, for a two-day port call.

June 7, USS Carl Vinson anchored in Victoria Harbour for a five-day liberty port visit to Hong Kong; Inport Singapore from June 17-21.

July 1, The Carl Vinson entered the Arabian Gulf after transiting Strait of Hormuz northbound; Commenced sorties in support of Operation Southern Watch on July 5; Participated in a short notice exercise Rugged Nautilus from July 18-26.

July 27, USS Carl Vinson pulled into Jebel Ali, U.A.E., for a four-day liberty port visit to Dubai; Anchored off the coast of Muscat, Oman, from Aug. 17-21.

From September 3-4, the aircraft from CVW-14 participated in Operation Desert Strike in Iraq.

September 15, USS Carl Vinson anchored at Bahrain Bell for a three-day port visit to Manama; Departed Arabian Gulf on Oct. 2. Aircraft from Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 14 flew a total of 1,893 sorties and 5,183 flight hours support of Operation Southern Watch.

October 20, The Carl Vinson anchored off the coast Hobart, Australia, for a five-day port visit; Inport Pearl Harbor from Nov. 3-8.

November 14, USS Carl Vinson returned to NAS Alameda after a six-month deployment.

January 17, 1997 USS Carl Vinson, commanded by Capt. David M. Crocker, arrived at its new homeport of Naval Station Bremerton, Wash., after a three-day transit from Alameda, Calif.

On February 13, the CVN 70 added another chapter in the history of naval aviation as the platform for the last carrier launches and recoveries of the A-6E intruder.

September 10, The Carl Vinson departed Bremerton for sea trials after completing a six-month Planned Incremental Availability (PIA) at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard; Underway for flight deck certification and carrier qualifications with the CVW-11 from Sept. 22-29; Underway for CQ again from Oct. 20-23 and Nov. 3-13; Underway for CQ and Operational Reactor Safeguard Examination (ORSE) from Dec. 3-11.

January 26, 1998 The Carl Vinson departed homeport for FRS-CQ and TSTA I off the coast of southern California; Returned to Bremerton on Feb. 7; Underway for Tailored Ship's Training Availability (TSTA) II, III and Final Evaluation Phase (FEP) on Feb. 22.

March 14, The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier departed Naval Air Station North Island for a COMPTUEX(A); Moored at NAS North Island again in late March; Underway for Intermediate Training Assessment (ITA) from April 1-3; Returned to Bremerton on April 9.

April 29, USS Carl Vinson departed homeport for Fleet Replacement Squadron Carrier Qualifications (FRS-CQ) off the coast of southern California; Moored at NAS North Island to commence INSURV on May 7; Returned home on May 12; Underway for Carrier Qualifications (CQ) with the CVW-11 on June 22.

July 6, USS Carl Vinson pulled into Naval Station Pearl Harbor for a four-day port call before participating in JTFEX/FLEETEX that was embedded into world's largest international maritime exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) '98; Inport Pearl Harbor again from Aug. 2-6; Underway for a Friends and Family Day Cruise on Aug. 1?; Underway for ammo onload with the USS Mount Hood (AE 29) from Aug. 24-27; Underway for CVW-11 CQ and Battle Group operations, in the SOCAL Op. Area, from Sept 11-29.

November 6, USS Carl Vinson departed Naval Station Bremerton for a scheduled deployment to the western Pacific and Arabian Gulf.

November 29, The Carl Vinson anchored in Victoria Harbour for a four-day liberty port visit to Hong Kong; Inport Singapore from Dec. 7-11.

December 19, The aircraft from Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 11 pounded nearly 50 targets in a half dozen Iraqi military sites in the southern part of the country in 14 strikes, using about 20 precision-guided and 60 laser-guided munitions. Following fourth and final day of Operation Desert Fox, the Battle Group settled into a combat routine supporting Operation Southern Watch, enforcing the Southern No-Fly Zone in Iraq and conducting Maritime Interception Operations.

December 25, The Vinson recently anchored off Sitrah, Bahrain, for a liberty port visit to Manama.

February 7, 1999 USS Carl Vinson pulled into Jebel Ali, United Arab Emirates, for a four-day liberty port visit to Dubai.

March 22, The Carl Vinson transited the Strait of Hormuz southbound after steaming more than 17,000 n.m. in the Arabian Gulf. Aircraft from CVW-11 completed 8698 sorties and 17,398.3 flight hours with a 94.7 percent completion rate.

March 29, USS Carl Vinson anchored off the coast of Fremantle, Australia, for a five-day liberty port visit to Perth.

April 7, The nuclear-powered aircraft carrier anchored off the coast of Hobart, Tasmania, for a five-day port visit.

May 6, USS Carl Vinson returned to Bremerton afrer a six-month deployment.

August 4, USS Carl Vinson moored at Ammunition Pier, Naval Magazine Indian Island for a brief stop to embark 2,200 guests, while en route to Seattle for the annual Seafair celebration; Moored at Pier 37 in Port of Seattle from Aug. 4-8.

In August, CVN 70 entered the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard for a 10-month Drydocked Planned Incremental Availability (DPIA).

In June 2000, USS Carl Vinson finished the overhaul period and began the pre-deployment phase of operations. The aircraft carrier got underway for sea trials, TSTA and FEP in the fall, operating off the coast of southern California with Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 11 and other ships in the battlegroup.

From February 5-9, 2001, the Twentieth Century Fox "Behind Enemy Lines" shooting was conducted on board the "Gold Eagle," while underway for Fleet Replacement Squadron Carrier Qualifications (FRS-CQ) off the coast of southern California; Underway for COMPTUEX from Feb. 12 through March 1.

March 7, USS Carl Vinson completed the onload of more than 1,875 tons of ammunition during a four-day underway with the USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72), in the SOCAL Op. Area.

July 23, USS Carl Vinson departed Naval Station Bremerton for a scheduled Arabian Gulf deployment.

From August 12-13, the aircraft from CVW-11 practiced bombing runs on Farallon de Medinilla, approximately 45 n.m. from Saipan in the Northern Marianas.

August 21, The nuclear-powered aircraft carrier anchored in the Gulf of Thailand for a five-day liberty visit to Pattaya Beach.

August 29, The Carl Vinson moored at Changi Naval Base in Singapore for a five-day port visit; Arrived on station in the North Arabian Sea on Sept. 12.

October 6, Capt. Richard B. Wren relieved Capt. Bruce W. Clingan as CO of the Carl Vinson during a change-of-command ceremony on board the ship at sea.

October 7, USS Carl Vinson launched the first strikes in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, the opening phases of the "Global War on Terrorism," against al Qaeda terrorists and their Taliban supporters in Afghanistan.

During the 70 days in support of OEF, the aircraft from CVW-11 launched more than 8,000 fixed-wing aircraft, flew 4,200 combat sorties and droped more than 2 million pounds of ordnance.

December 23, USS Carl Vinson moored again at Changi Naval Base, after 111 consecutive days at sea, for a three-day liberty port visit to Singapore.

January 8, 2002 CVN 70 pulled into Pearl Harbor for a six-day port call and to embark 975 family members for a Tiger Cruise.

January 19, USS Carl Vinson returned to Bremerton after a six-month combat deployment.

September 9, The Carl Vinson returned to Naval Station Bremerton after a three-day underway for sea trials, completing the five-month Planned Incremental Availability (PIA) at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard (PSNSY). Several new operational systems were installed, and the ship's flight deck and catapults were completely renovated. Numerous other spaces and crew living areas were also entirely restored, drastically improving the working and living conditions for the crew. One of the biggest jobs performed during the Vinson's yard stay was the installation of the Smart Carrier System, which makes use of automated technology to monitor the carrier's damage control, jet fuel and list control systems.

While the Vinson was conducting FRS Carrier Qualifications in southern Californian waters, in late September, the Navy ordered the ship to accelerate its Inter-Deployment Training Cycle (IDTC) to prepare themselves to become Pacific Fleet’s "ready carrier."

November ?, The Carl Vinson departed homeport for a month-long Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX); Returned home on Dec. 10.

January 13, 2003 USS Carl Vinson departed Bremerton to participate in a Joint Task Force Exercise (JTFEX), off the coast of southern California, before commencing a surge western Pacific deployment.

February 4, The Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group was ordered to head west to act as a deterrent to North Korea following an increase in tensions between the U.S. and the DPRK. That will enable USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63), which normally operates in the 7th Fleet, to deploy to the Arabian Gulf to participate in Operation Iraqi Freedom.

February 18, An F/A-18C, assigned to the Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 147, crashed in the western Pacific, about 45 miles from the Vinson, at approximately 20.15. The pilot ejected safely.

February 25, The Carl Vinson moored at Kilo Wharf in Apra Harbor, Guam, for a routine port call.

In early March the U.S. Navy announced that USS Carl Vinson would head North making a port of call at Busan and would later take part in RSOI/FE 2003. This port visit was the first time in four years that a carrier made a port visit to the Republic of Korea during the exercise.

April 17, USS Carl Vinson moored at Kilo Wharf in Apra Harbor, Guam, for a four-day port call after participated in exercise Tandem Thrust 2003; Moored at Berth 12 in Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan, from May 15-17; Inport Apra Harbor again for upkeep from May 2?- June 1.

June 2?, CVN 70 moored at Changi Naval Base for a five-day liberty port visit to Singapore.

July 14, USS Carl Vinson anchored off the coast of Fremantle, Australia, for a three-day visit to Perth; Inport Hong Kong from Aug. 6-11.

August 29, The Carl Vinson moored at Berth 1 in Busan Naval Base, ROK, for a three-day port visit. The "Gold Eagle" recently received orders to return to Bremerton by Sept. 19, ending its extended deployment some two months earlier than originally planned.

September 15, The Carl Vinson moored at Naval Air Station North Island for a one-day stop to offload the remaining Air Wing personnel and equipment.

September 19, USS Carl Vinson returned to Naval Station Bremerton after more than seven-month deployment.

In January 2004, the Vinson was underway for carrier qualifications and training with the CVW-9, off the coast of southern California.

May 14, Capt. Kevin M. Donegan relieved Capt. Richard B. Wren as commanding officer of the "Gold Eagle."

June 17, The aircraft from CVW-9 sank the ex-USCGC White Bush (WLM 542), about 200 miles of the coast of southern California. An S-3B from VAQ-138 fired a pair of HARMs, while a Seahawk from HS-8 launched an AGM-114 Hellfire air-to-ground missile and Hornets pummeled the former U.S. Navy district craft with 20 Mk-83 1,000 pound bombs.

June 26, Rear Adm. Bruce W. Clingan relieved Rear Adm. Evan M. Chanik as Commander, Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 3 during a change-of-command ceremony on board the Vinson.

June 29, The Carl Vinson returned to homeport after underway CQ and routine training in the SOCAL Op. Area; Completed a three-week Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX) on Oct. 2.

January 13, 2005 USS Carl Vinson departed Naval Base Kitsap-Bremerton to participate in a Joint Task Force Exercise (JTFEX), the ship’s final step before leaving on its around the world cruise. The carrier is scheduled to arrive in its new homeport of Norfolk, Va., upon completion of its deployment.

January 30, The Carl Vinson CSG-3 successfully completed its 12-day Joint Task Force Exercise (JTFEX); Departed San Diego on Feb. 1.

February 21, CVN 70 moored at Kilo Wharf in Apra Harbor, Guam, for a four-day port call; Moored at Berth 3/4, Changi Naval Base in Singapore from March 5-9.

March 20, USS Carl Vinson relieved the USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) on station in the Arabian Gulf.

May 2, Two U.S. Marine Corps F/A-18C Hornets, assigned to the "Death Rattlers" of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 323, collided at approximately 10:10 p.m. local time about 30,000 feet over Iraq, while flying in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

May 3, In early morning hours, the search teams located the body of a Capt. Kelly C. Hinz from one of two missing aircraft; The body of Maj. John C. Spahr is located on May 4.

June 1, Cmdr. Ian V. Vatet relieved Cmdr. William Nolan as CO of the "Screwbirds" of Sea Control Squadron (VAQ) 33, during an aerial change-of-command ceremony in the Arabian Gulf.

June 18, USS Carl Vinson recently moored at Quay 9 in Port of Jebel Ali, United Arab Emirates, for a liberty visit to Dubai.

June 30, USS Carl Vinson CSG concluded operations in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) and maritime security operations (MSO) in the Arabian Gulf. Aircraft from Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 9 launched more than 6,500 sorties, totaling more than 20,000 flight hours, in support of OIF; Transited the Suez Canal northbound on July 8.

July 19, Following a port visit to Rhodes, Greece, the Vinson transited the Strait of Gibraltar westbound; Inport Lisbon, Portugal, from July 20-2?.

July 31, USS Carl Vinson moored at Pier 14 on Naval Station Norfolk following a six-month deployment.

November 11, CVN 70 moved "dead-stick" from Pier 14, Naval Station Norfolk to the Northrop Grumman Newport News Shipyard for a scheduled 36-month Refueling and Complex Overhaul (RCOH). During RCOH, the Vinson will have its nuclear fuel replenished and will be upgraded with the latest technology enabling the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier to serve for another 25 years.

October 6, 2006 Capt. Walter E. Carter Jr. relieved Capt. Kevin M. Donegan as CO of the USS Carl Vinson during a change-of-command ceremony held at Fort Monroe, Va.

November 10, Northrop Grumman Corporation completed a significant milestone today on the Carl Vinson with the installation of the ship's rudders. During refurbishment, the 50-ton rudders were inspected, cleaned, painted and re-installed on the ship.

January 7, 2007 The workers at Newport News Shipyard completed the installation of four new propellers on USS Carl Vinson. The propellers installed are approximately 21 feet in diameter and weigh approximately 65,000 pounds each. They are very similar in size, weight, and material to the propellers on previous ships of the Nimitz class, but the blades are shaped differently to reduce wear and erosion.

February 21, The last major section of the mast was installed on board the Carl Vinson, using the Northrop Grumman's massive 310-ton crane. Putting the last piece of the mast in place represents a final major construction milestone for topside work.

March 30, The U.S. Navy announced that USS Carl Vinson will conduct a homeport change, returning to the West Coast and will likely relocate to San Diego in early 2010.

May 9, The Carl Vinson undocked from Dry Dock #11 and moored at Pier 3 on Newport News Shipyard, after completing an 18-month dry dock period.

February 4, 2008 Crew members assigned to the "Gold Eagle" began moving shipboard equipment back on board, marking another milestone in the aircraft carrier's shipboard coordinated on-load and outfitting plan (SCOOP) at Northrop Grumman Newport News Shipyard.

August 18, The Vinson's Sailors enjoyed their first meal served aboard the aircraft carrier after more than three years, during a ceremonial grand opening event held in the ship’s newly refurbished aft mess deck facility.

July 1, 2009 USS Carl Vinson returned to Naval Station Norfolk after a three-day underway for sea trials, off the coast of Virginia, completing a three-and-a-half year overhaul.

July 7, Capt. Bruce H. Lindsey relieved Capt. Walter E. Carter, Jr., as CO of the Carl Vinson during the change-of-command ceremony aboard the ship.

July 12, CVN 70 launched and recovered aircraft, from Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 23, for the first time in nearly four years. The carrier departed Norfolk on Friday for sea trials and flight deck certification.

July 28, USS Carl Vinson is currently underway for Carrier Qualifications (CQ) and will return in August to Newport News for a Post Shakedown Availability (PSA). The work will last several months and include modernization of the ship's control and piping systems, replacement of the trash incinerator unit and boat and aircraft crane repairs.

December 5, The Carl Vinson returned to Naval Station Norfolk after a two-day underway for sea trials; Underway for flight deck certifications on Dec. 8.

January 12, 2010 USS Carl Vinson departed Norfolk for a homeport change to San Diego, California. The carrier will circumnavigate South America and participate in exercises with naval units from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Ecuador and Peru.

January 13, The Vinson was rerouted in anticipation of humanitarian relief efforts in Haiti after a magnitude-7.0 quake devastated the impoverished nation Tuesday afternoon, leveling thousands of structures and leaving an untold number trapped in the ruins; Arrived off the coast of Port-au-Prince for Humanitarian Assistance/Disaster Response (HA/DR) operations on Jan. 15.

February 1, U.S. Southern Command has released USS Carl Vinson, USS Higgins (DDG 76), USS Bunker Hill (CG 52) and USNS Henson (T-AGS 63) from their duties as part of the Haiti Task Force. Ninetieth helicopters embarked aboard the Vinson flew more than 2,200 sorties, delivering more than 166 tons of food, 89,000 gallons of water and 38,700 pounds of medical supplies to earthquake victims. 19 Navy, Coast Guard and Military Sealift Command (MSC) ships will continue to support Operation Unified Response.

February 5, Cmdr. Miguel Peko relieved Cmdr. C. Wesley Bannister as CO of the "Tigertails" of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 125, during an aerial change-of-command ceremony.

February 6, The Carl Vinson moored at Naval Station Mayport, Fla., for a scheduled port visit.

February 26, USS Carl Vinson anchored off the coast of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, for a scheduled port call as part of Southern Seas 2010, a major component of U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command Partnership of the Americas.

March 7, USS Carl Vinson, along with the USS Bunker Hill, conducted various naval exercises with the Uruguayan navy, including maneuvering drills and military-to-military exchanges, off the coast of the South American nation; Participated in exercise "GRINGO-GAUCHO," off the coast of Argentina, from March 8-10.

March 13, CVN 70 anchored off the coast of Punta Arenas, Chile, for an overnight stop and to take on supplies; Transited the Strait of Magellan on March 14; Participated in various exercises with the Chilean navy from March 15-23.

March 29, The "Gold Eagle" anchored off the coast of Callao, Peru, for a scheduled port visit after conducting joint operations with the Peruvian naval and air forces, as part of Southern Seas.

April 12, USS Carl Vinson arrived in its new homeport of Naval Air Station North Island in San Diego after a three-month deployment in support of Operation Unified Response and Southern Seas 2010.

July 1, Vice Adm. Allen G. Myers, IV relieved Vice Adm. Thomas J. Kilcline, Jr., as Commander, Naval Air Forces during a change-of-command ceremony aboard the Vinson.

July 13, A milestone is reached when an EA-18G "Growler" from VAQ-129, flown by Lt. Ian C. Hudson and Lt. Ben Hartman, recorded the 200,000th aircraft landing abord the USS Carl Vinson. CVN 70 is currently conducting Fleet Replacement Squadron Carrier Qualifications (FRS-CQ), off the coast of southern California, after recently completed a 10-week maintenance availability.

July 24, USS Carl Vinson reached a historic milestone following the successful launch of 11 Evolved Sea Sparrow Missiles (ESSM) and one Rolling Airframe Missiles (RAM), within a seven-day period, while underway for Combat System's Ship Qualification Trials (CSSQT).

July 28, The Vinson completed the onload of more than 1,000 tons of ammunition in two days, from USNS Shasta (T-AE 33), preparing the ship for upcoming work-up cycles; Returned home on July 30.

August 3, USS Carl Vinson is currently underway for Tailored Ship's Training Availability (TSTA) off the coast of southern California.

August 16, Capt. Stephen McInerney relieved Capt. Andrew Whitson as CO of Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 17 during an aerial change-of-command ceremony, while the Vinson was underway for carrier qualifications.

September 1, CVN 70 participated in a tactical manuevering exercises with the ships from Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 1, along with USS McClusky (FFG 41) and USS Rentz (FFG 46) off the coast of southern California; Returned to Naval Air Station North Island on Sept. 3.

October 6, The "Gold Eagle" is currently underway for INSURV preparations in the SOCAL Op. Area; Underway for Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV) assessment from Oct. 18-20.

November 30, USS Carl Vinson departed San Diego for a surge deployment in the U.S. 5th and 7th Fleet Areas of Responsibility. The Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 1 will first conduct Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX), off the coast of southern California, before heading west.

January 11, 2011 The Carl Vinson moored at Busan Naval Base, Republic of Korea, for a three-day port visit.

From January 19-20, the Carl Vinson CSG and the Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) participated in an Air Surface Warfare exercise in the South China Sea.

January 22, USS Carl Vinson moored at Glen Cruise Terminal in Port Klang, Malaysia, for a liberty port visit to Kuala Lumpur.

February 4, An HH-60H Sea Hawk, assigned to "Red Lions" of the Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron (HS) 15, successfully recovered uninjured Sailor in less than 20 minutes, who went overboard the Vinson at approximately 2:15 p.m. local time, while the carrier was underway in the Arabian Sea.

February 8, Aircraft from Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 17 launched its first combat sorties in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan.

March 26, USS Carl Vinson recently departed Port of Jebel Ali, U.A.E., after a liberty visit to Dubai.

April 11, An F/A-18C Hornet, assigned to the "Stingers" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 113, made an arrested landing using one engine before became engulfed in flame. No one was injured.

May 15, The "Gold Eagle" anchored off the coast of Manila, Republic of the Philippines, for a three-day port visit.

May 22, USS Carl Vinson anchored in Victoria Harbour for a four-day port visit to Hong Kong.

June 7, CVN 70 pulled into Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, for a three-day port call and to embark friends and family members for a Tiger Cruise.

June 15, USS Carl Vinson returned to Naval Air Station North Island after a six-and-a-half month deployment. The aircraft from CVW-17 flew 1656 missions into Afghanistan and Iraq and logged 9,140 flight hours.

September 9, The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier returned to homeport after a three-day underway off the coast of southern California; Underway for Fleet Replacement Squadron Carrier Qualifications (FRS-CQ) from Sept. 12-1?; Underway for Carrier Strike Group Sustainment Exercise (SUSTEX) on Sept. 16.

October 8, USS Carl Vinson arrived in San Francisco, Calif., for a scheduled port visit to participate in the annual Fleet Week festivities.

November 11, Michigan State University and the University of North Carolina held an inaugural Quicken Loans Carrier Classic basketball game on the flight deck of CVN 70. The Carrier Classic is a celebration of Veterans Day.

November 18, Rear Adm. Thomas K. Shannon relieved Rear Adm. Samuel Perez as Commander, Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 1 during a change-of-command ceremony aboard the Vinson.

November 30, USS Carl Vinson departed San Diego for a scheduled deployment.

December 2, Capt. Kent D. Whalen relieved Capt. Bruce H. Lindsey as CO of the Vinson during a change-of-command ceremony in the ship’s hangar bay.

December 8, Rear Adm. Thomas K. Shannon, Commander, Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 1 fired the CO of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 134, Cmdr. Jonathan L. Jackson, due to a "loss of confidence in his ability to command," following an investigation into sexual harassment allegations. Cmdr. Gregory D. Byers assumed temporary command of the "Garudas."

December 27, USS Carl Vinson anchored in Victoria Harbour for a three-day liberty port visit to Hong Kong.

January 14, 2012 Aircraft from Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 17 launched its first combat sorties in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan.

January ?, Cmdr. Richard "Gash" Rivera relieved Cmdr. John "Booner" Boone as CO of the "Sunliners" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 81, during an aerial change-of-command ceremony.

January 19, An F/A-18F, assigned to "Fighting Redcocks" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 22, and two F/A-18Es from VFA-81 recently landed at Sakhir Airbase to participate in the second Bahrain International Airshow (BIAS), from Jan. 19-21.

February 17, Hull Technician 1st Class Paris S. Pough, assigned to the Vinson, died as a result of a non-combat related incident during a port visit to Dubai.

February 21, USS Carl Vinson departed Jebel Ali, United Arab Emirates, after a four-day liberty port call; Inport Jebel Ali again from March 26-29.

April 3, USS Carl Vinson CSG departed the U.S. 5th Fleet Area of Responsibility (AoR). Aircraft from CVW-17 flew 1,085 missions in support of OEF, totaling 6,600 flight hours and delivered 7,293 pounds of ordnance.

April 7, CVN 70 anchored off the coast of Chennai, India, for a three-day port visit.

From April 10-16, the Carl Vinson CSG, along with the USS Tucson (SSN 770) and USNS Bridge (T-AOE 10), participated in exercise Malabar 2012 in the Bay of Bengal, with the INS Satpura (F48), INS Ranvir (D54), INS Ranvijay (D55), INS Kulish (P63) and INS Shakti (A57).

April 24, USS Carl Vinson anchored off the coast of Fremantle, Australia, for a five-day visit to Perth that coincides with the Anzac Day celebration.

May 1, Cmdr. Fernando Garcia, CO of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 22, achieved his 1,000th carrier-arrested landing while flying an F/A-18F Super Hornet.

May 15, USS Carl Vinson CSG pulled into Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, for a routine port call to embark friends and family members for a Tiger Cruise. The CSG-1 became the first U.S. Navy Carrier Strike Group to participate in the Oceania Maritime Security Initiative (OMSI), a maritime law enforcement operation within the Oceania's exclusive economic zone, from May 7-15.

May 23, The Carl Vinson returned to San Diego after a six-month deployment in the U.S. 5th and 7th Fleet AoR.

June 29, The Vinson departed Naval Air Station North Island for a Friends and Family Day Cruise.

August 1, CVN 70 commenced a six-month Planned Incremental Availability (PIA) while moored at Juliet Pier on NAS North Island.

February 1, 2013 USS Carl Vinson departed homeport for a three-day underway to conduct sea trials.

February 11, The Carl Vinson departed NAS North Island for an eight-day underway to conduct flight deck certifications, Carrier Qualifications (CQ) with the CVW-17, testing with the MV-22 Osprey aircraft from Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 166 and ammo onload with the USNS Richard E. Byrd (T-AKE 4).

February 21, Rear Adm. David F. Steindl relieved Rear Adm. Thomas K. Shannon as Commander, Carrier Strike Group One (CSG) 1 during a change-of-command ceremony aboard the "Gold Eagle.".

February 25, USS Carl Vinson departed homeport for a five-day underway to conduct Fleet Replacement Squadron (FRS) CQ; Underway for routine training from April 16-18 and April 22-26; Underway for CQ with the CVW-17 from May 2-14; Underway for Mid-Cycle Material Assessment (MCMA) from May 20-21; Underway for routine training from June 4-12 and June 25- July 1; Underway for FRS/TRACOM CQ from Sept. 10-21; Underway for local operations from Nov. 18-22; Underway for FRS/CVW-9 CQ from Dec. 3-9.

January 16, 2014 USS Carl Vinson departed Naval Air Station North Island for a 25-day underway to conduct Tailored Ship's Training Availability (TSTA) and Final Evaluation Problem (FEP), with the Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 17.

January 28, Rear Adm. Christopher W. Grady relieved Rear Adm. David F. Steindl as Commander, Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 1 during a change-of-command ceremony aboard the CVN 70, while underway off the coast of southern California.

April 1, The Carl Vinson departed homeport for a nine-day underway to conduct FRS/TRACOM Carrier Qualifications (CQ) in the SOCAL Op. Area.

June 4, An F/A-18E Super Hornet, assigned to the "Sunliners" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 81, crashed at sea around 10 p.m., after attempting to land on board the USS Carl Vinson, while the carrier was underway off the coast of southern California. The pilot ejected safely.

From June 10-11, the Carl Vinson conducted ammunition onload with the USNS Carl Brashear (T-AKE 7).

June 13, USS Carl Vinson returned to homeport after a five-week underway for Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX) and Joint Task Force Exercise (JTFEX).

August 22, USS Carl Vinson departed San Diego for a scheduled Middle East deployment.

August 24, Cmdr. Brian T. Schrum relieved Cmdr. Todd C. Hubber as CO of the "Stingers" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 113, during an aerial change-of-command ceremony.

September 1, Capt. Karl O. Tomas relieved Capt. Kent D. Whalen as the 14th CO of CVN 70 during a change-of-command ceremony aboard the ship, while underway off the coast of Hawaii.

September 3, The Carrier Strike Group One (CSG) 1 completed a four-day Undersea Warfare Exercise (USWEX); USS Carl Vinson and CVW-17 conducted strike training and missile exercise, at the Pacific Missile Range Facility (PMRF) Barking Sands Op. Area, from Sept. 3-5.

September 12, Two F/A-18C Hornets, assigned to VFA-94 and VFA-113, crashed approximately 250 n.m. west of Wake Island, at 5.40 p.m. local time, after a mid-air collision seven miles from the ship, just after being launched from the carrier. The "Stingers" pilot was safely returned back aboard the USS Carl Vinson. Lt. Nathan T. Poloski was lost at sea.

From September 16-23, USS Carl Vinson CSG participated in a biennial field training exercise (FTX) Valiant Shield 2014, off the coast of Guam and Saipan; Transited the Surigao Strait on Sept. 27.

October 2, The Carl Vinson moored at Berth 3/4, Changi Naval Base in Singapore for a five-day port visit.

October 17, USS Carl Vinson CSG entered the Arabian Gulf after transiting Strait of Hormuz; Conducted turnover with the USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) CSG on Oct. 18.

October 19, Aircraft from Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 17 launched its first combat sorties in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) militants in Iraq and Syria.

November 14, USS Carl Vinson moored at Quay 9 in Port of Jebel Ali, United Arab Emirates, for a four-day liberty visit to Dubai; Inport Jebel Ali again from Dec. 23-27.

January 27, 2015 CVN 70 moored at Berth 5, Khalifa Bin Salman Port (KBSP) in Hidd, Bahrain, for a five-day liberty visit to Manama.

February 21, USS Carl Vinson moored at Container Terminal in Mina Zayed Port, U.A.E., for a five-day visit to Abu Dhabi, in conjunction with the 12th International Defense Exhibition and Conference (IDEX) 2015, the first for United States nuclear-powered aircraft carrier.

April 2, The Carl Vinson pulled again into Jebel Ali, U.A.E., for a four-day port call; Departed Arabian Gulf on April 12.

April 13, USS Carl Vinson CSG conducted turnover with the USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) CSG while underway in the Gulf of Oman. While on station in the Arabian Gulf, the Vinson launched 2,383 combat sorties and expended mored than 500,000 pounds of ordnance in support of Operation Inherent Resolve.

April 26, The Carl Vinson anchored at Gage Roads Anchorage C off Fremantle, Australia, for a six-day liberty visit to Perth in conjunction with the Anzac Day celebration.

May 3, Cmdr. Lewis W. Callaway relieved Cmdr. William Fraser as CO of the "Stingers" of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 139, during an aerial change-of-command ceremony.

May 6, The Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Goup (CSG) transited the Lombok Strait northbound.

May 10, USS Carl Vinson, USS Bunker Hill (CG 52) and USS Gridley (DDG 101) participated in a Passing Exercise (PASSEX), with the Malaysian frigate KD Lekir (FSG 26), while transiting the South China Sea; Transited the Sibutu Passage southbound on May 13; Entered the Philippine Sea on May 15.

May 26, Cmdr. Robert D. Quinn, III relieved Cmdr. Mark J. Callari as CO of the "Fighting Redcocks" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 22, during an aerial change-of-command ceremony.

May 27, The Vinson moored at Berth H3/H4 in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, for a three-day port visit and to embark friends and family members for a Tiger Cruise.

May 31, An MH-60S Seahawk, assigned to the Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 15, rescued a mariner, more than 400 nautical miles off the coast of Honolulu, who had been alone at sea for more than 30 days aboard his 35-foot sailboat.

June 4, USS Carl Vinson moored at Berth L, Carrier Wharf on NAS North Island following a nine-and-a-half month combat deployment.

July 8, The Carl Vinson departed homeport to conduct ordnance offload with the USNS Cesar Chavez (T-AKE 14); Moored at Carrier Wharf on July 9; Moored at Juliet Pier after underway for a Friends and Family Day Cruise on July 11.

July 17, Rear Adm. James T. Loeblein relieved Rear Adm. Christopher W. Grady as Commander, Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 1 during a change-of-command ceremony aboard the USS Carl Vinson.

August 14, USS Carl Vinson commenced a six-month, more than $300 million worth, Planned Incremental Availability (PIA) while moored at Pier J, NAS North Island.

April 30, 2016 The Carl Vinson moored at Berth L, Carrier Wharf after a two-day underway for sea trials; Underway for flight deck certification and Carrier Qualifications (CQ) with the CVW-11 on May 3; Conducted ammo onload with the USNS Washington Chambers (T-AKE 11) from May 14-16; Returned home on May 19.

May 31, Capt. Douglas C. Verissimo relieved Capt. Karl O. Tomas as CO of the USS Carl Vinson during a change-of-command ceremony on board the ship at Berth Lima.

June 3, CVN 70 departed NAS North Island for a 12-day underway to conduct Command Assessment of Readiness and Training (CART) II, FRS/CVW-17 CQ, testing with an MV-22B Osprey aircraft, assigned to Marine Operational Test and Evaluation Squadron (VMX) 1, and INSURV preparations; Underway again on July 8.

July 22, USS Carl Vinson commenced a 13-day Fleet Battle Experiment with three MV-22B Osprey from VMX-1 and one V-22, assigned to the Marine Helicopter Squadron (HMX) 1. The Navy’s version of the Marine Corps’ newest rotary-wing aircraft would be designated CMV-22B and is slated to replace the C-2A Greyhound as the carrier onboard delivery (COD) platform.

August 1, Capt. Nick A. Sarap, Jr., relieved Capt. Joseph M. Keenan as Commander, Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 1 during a change-of-command ceremony aboard the Vinson, while underway off the coast of southern California.

August 8, Rear Adm. James W. Kilby relieved Rear Adm. James T. Loeblein as Commander, Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 1 during a change-of-command ceremony aboard the CVN 70.

August 11, USS Carl Vinson moored at Berth L, NAS North Island after a 34-day underway for Tailored Ship's Training Availability (TSTA) and Final Evaluation Period (FEP), with the Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2; Underway for INSURV rehearsal from Aug. 16-17; Underway for INSURV assessment from Aug. 30-31; Underway for FRS-CQ from Sept. 8-14.

November 21, The Carl Vinson moored at Berth Lima after a 28-day underway, off the coast of southern California, for Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX) and Joint Task Force Exercise (JTFEX); Underway for a Friends and Family Day Cruise on Dec. 29.

January 5, 2017 USS Carl Vinson departed San Diego for a scheduled western Pacific deployment.

From January 14-18, the Carl Vinson CSG participated in an Undersea Warfare Exercise (USWEX) 17-1, while underway off the coast of Oahu, Hawaii.

January 28, CVN 70 conducted ammunition onload with the USNS Charles Drew (T-AKE 10), while underway in the Guam Op. Area.

February 9, Cmdr. Aaron P. Rybar relieved Cmdr. Benjamin P. Duelley as CO of the "Black Eagles" of Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 113, during an aerial change-of-command ceremony.

February 10, USS Carl Vinson moored at Kilo Wharf in Apra Harbor, Guam, for a four-day liberty port visit; Transited the Luzon Strait westbound on Feb. 18.

March 6, Cmdr. Alexander P. Solomon relieved Cmdr. Derek D. Duford as CO of the "Blue Blasters" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 34, during an aerial change-of-command ceremony, while underway in the South China Sea.

March 6, USS Carl Vinson, along with the USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG 108), transited the Luzon Strait eastbound; Participated in joint naval drills with the JS Samidare (DD 106) and JS Sazanami (DD 113), in the East China Sea, from March 7-10; Transited the Korean Strait northbound on March 11.

March 15, USS Carl Vinson moored at Berth 1, Busan Naval Base for a five-day port visit to the Republic of Korea in support of command post exercise Key Resolve.

March 22, The Carl Vinson CSG, along with the USS Stethem (DDG 63) and USS Alexandria (SSN 757), participated in a photo exercise (PHOTOEX) with the ROK Navy ships, while underway in the Sea of Japan, as part of an annual joint exercise Foal Eagle.

From March 26-29, USS Carl Vinson, along with the USS Lake Champlain (CG 57) and USS Wayne E. Meyer, participated in joint naval drills with the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) ships, while underway in the East China Sea; Entered the South China Sea again on March 30.

April 4, The Carl Vinson moored at Berth 3/4, Changi Naval Base in Singapore for a four-day liberty port visit; Transited the Sunda Strait southbound on April 15; Transited the Lombok Strait northbound on April 19.?

April 21, A F/A-18E Super Hornet (Bureau #165904), assigned to the "Kestrels" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 137, crashed at sea during the final approach to USS Carl Vinson, while the aircraft carrier was underway in the Celebes Sea. Capt. Gregory D. Newkirk, deputy commander of CVW-2, ejected safely and was quickly recovered.

From April 23-26, USS Carl Vinson, along with the USS Lake Champlain and USS Michael Murphy (DDG 112), paticipated in joint naval drills with the JS Samidare and JS Ashigara (DDG 178), while transiting the Philippine Sea northbound.

April 29, USS Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 1 transited the Korean Strait northbound; Paticipated in joint naval drills with the USS Stethem (DDG 63), ROKS Sejong the Great (DDG 991) and ROKS Yang Manchun (DDH 973), from April 29- May 3.

June 1, The Carl Vinson CSG, along with the USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) CSG, JS Hyuga (DDH 181) and JS Ashigara (DDG 178), participated in a photo exercise (PHOTOEX), while underway in the Sea of Japan as a "show of force;" Transited the Korean Strait southbound on June 3.

June 14, CVN 70 moored at Pier H3/H4 on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, for a three-day port visit and to embark "Tigers."

June 23, USS Carl Vinson moored at Berth Lima, Naval Air Station North Island following a five-and-a-half month deployment.

August 7, The Carl Vinson moored at Juliet Pier, NAS North Island after a week-long underway for Fleet Replacement Squadron (FRS) Carrier Qualifications (CQ); Underway for FRS-CQ again, following a two-month Continuous Maintenance Availability (CMAV), on Oct. 18.

October 18, A F-35C Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) aircraft (Bureau #169303), assigned to the "Rough Riders" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 125, landed for the first time aboard the Carl Vinson.

October 21, USS Carl Vinson moored at Berth L, Naval Air Station North Island; Underway for a Sustainment Exercise (SUSTEX) from Oct. 27- Nov. 17.

January 5, 2018 USS Carl Vinson departed San Diego for a scheduled western Pacific deployment.

January 15, Cmdr. Eddie J. Park relieved Cmdr. Timothy C. Boehme as CO of the "Blue Hawks" of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 78, during an aerial change-of-command ceremony.

January 18, Capt. Thomas D. Barber, Commander, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2 and Cmdr. Jason D. Hutcherson, the CO of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 2, completed their 1,000th arrested landing aboard the aircraft carrier with the trap of an F/A-18F Super Hornet, assigned to the "Bounty Hunters."

January 20, USS Carl Vinson participated in a passing exercise (PASSEX), with the USS America (LHA 6), while underway in the Hawaiian Op. Area.

January 31, The Carl Vinson moored at Kilo Wharf in Apra Harbor, Guam, for a three-day port visit; Transited the Surigao Strait southbound on Feb. 7; Transited the Balabac Strait westbound on Feb. 8.

February 16, USS Carl Vinson anchored 5 n.m. off the coast of Manila, Republic of the Philippines, for a four-day port visit.

March 5, The Carl Vinson anchored 2 miles northwest of Tien Sa Port in Da Nang, Vietnam, for a four-day visit, the first for U.S. aircraft carrier since the attack on USNS Card (T-AKV 40), the ex-escort carrier CVE 11, in Port of Saigon on May 2, 1964.

March 11, USS Carl Vinson, along with the USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG 108), commenced a bilateral exercise with the JS Ise (DDH 182), while underway in the South China Sea; Transited the Luzon Strait eastbound on March 14.?

March 21, The Carl Vinson conducted a replenishment-at-sea, with the USNS Cesar Chavez (T-AKE 14), while underway east of Okinawa, Japan; Conducted ammo offload from March 24-2?; Conducted a replenishment-at-sea with the USNS Rappahannock (T-AO 204), off the coast of Guam, on March 28; Transited 3 miles south of Oahu, Hawaii, en route to San Diego, on April 5.

April 10, The U.S. Navy's legacy F/A-18C Hornet, assigned to the "Blue Blasters" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 34, concluded the last operational deployment aboard the aircraft carrier.

April 12, USS Carl Vinson moored at Berth L, Naval Air Station North Island following a three-month deployment.