USS CARL VINSON CVN 70
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. The aircraft carrier also visited Barbados May 23-25.
June 21, CVN 70 departed homeport for final contract trials. On July 7 the ship was underway off the Virgnia Capes for Reserve Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 20 carrier qualifications.
On August 2, the Carl Vinson returned to Newort News Shipbuilding for a Post Shakedown Availability (PSA) and entered the dry-dock on Set. 11; departed on Dec. 11 for sea trials and returned to Naval Station Norfolk's Pier 2 on 15th after onloaded more than 2,000 tons or ordnance.
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. The carrier returned to Norfolk Feb. 4 and entered the dry-dock at Newport News for ten days.
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 exercisies in the Puerto Rican operation area in support of READEX and in preparation for Operational Readiness Evaluation (ORE), which began on 11th.
March 28, USS Carl Vinson anchored off the coast of Monte Carlo, Monaco, for its first 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 visit.
July 1, USS Carl Vinson anchored off the coast of Fremantle, Australia, for a six-day 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 CO 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. The Vinson visited Sasebo, Japan, Oct. 1-4.
October 6, USS Carl Vinson arrived in Pusan, Republic of Korea, for a four-day port visit.
October 28, USS Carl Vinson arrived at its new homeport of Naval Air Station Alameda after a "Tiger Cruise" from Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.
The third Nimitz-class aircraft carrier remained at Pier 3 by the end of the year for a three-month Ship's Restricted Availability (SRA).
In 1984 USS Carl Vinson received the highest marks ever awarded an aircraft carrier during an operational readiness examination in February. Refresher Training in the southern California Operating Area began on March 19 and finished April 6. In March, the ship and crew became "San Francisco's Own" in a formal adoption ceremony.
The Vinson participated in COMPUTEX from May 14-23 and RIMPAC '84, a multi-national exercise involving ships from nations which "Rim of the Pacific", including Canada, Japan, Australia, as well as the United Kingdom, from May 31- June 18. READIEX 84-4/ORE was conducted from July 31- Aug 22.
August 23, CVN 70 departed homeport for a Dependent's Day Cruise.
October 13, 1984 USS Carl Vinson departed Alameda, Calif., for its second deployment.
December 10, The Vinson arrived in Yokosuka, Japan, for a routine port call.
December 17, USS Carl Vinson anchored in Victoria Harbor for a five-day visit to Hong Kong. On Dec. 22nd the carrier arrived pierside at NAS Cubi Point's Leyte Pier for a twelve-day upkeep period. From January 11, 1985, to 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. Pulled again into Subic Bay for three-day port call on May 3.
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 SRA. Pre-refresher training (REFTRA) operations were conducted from Oct. 29- Nov. 8 and Interim Refresher Training was held from Nov. 12-22. CVN 70 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). On March 12 completed another two-month Ship's Restricted Availability (SRA) upkeep period.
March 20, Capt. George D. O'Brien, Jr., relieved Capt. Thomas A. Mercer as commanding officer of the "Gold Eagle."
From March 13 through April 15, independent steaming operations commenced in the southern California Operating Area with the Carrier air Wing (CVW) 15 for CQ and READIEX 86-3.
March 26, An F-14A was lost at sea after entered a flat spin during a training mission. The crews ejected.
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, 245 n.m. from Isla de 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 1645 on board the frigate.
After an 11-day port call to Pearl Harbor the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier participated in RIMPAC '86 exercise, from May 27 through June 18.
July 2, The Vinson returned to Alameda after a seven-day trip from Pearl Harbor conducting ORSE.
August 12, USS Carl Vinson departed home for its second western Pacific/Indian Ocean deployment. During transit west, she became the first aircraft carrier to operate for an extended period in the Bering Sea since WW2, Aug. 18-26.
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 1243. 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 Pusan, Republic of Korea, for a four-day port call. On Sept. 12 the carrier arrived in Subic Bay for a six-day visit to Republic of the Philippines.
September 18, While under tow Aircraft No. 512, an Intruder, rolled over an ordnanceman’s leg during a flight deck re-spot, at 1405. 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 visit. two more visit to Masirah; Oct. 30- Nov. 2 and Nov. 7-11.
November 17, USS Carl Vinson anchored off the coast of Mombasa, Kenya, for a six-day port visit. Returned to Diego Garcia Nov. 29 for week-long upkeep.
December 19, The Carl Vinson anchored off the coast of Fremantle, Australia, for a week-long visit to Perth.
December 29, An A-6E, assigned to the Attack Squadron (VA) 97, experienced a malfunction as its flap handle stuck in the isolation mode, causing the brakes to fail. The Intruder skidded over the port side at 1517. Lt. Kevin H. Graffis ejected and a Sea King from HS-4 rescued him.
January 5, 1987 CVN 70 arrived again in Singapore for a six-day port visit.
February 5, USS Carl Vinson returned home after nearly a six-month underway period.
March 16, The Vinson departed NAS Alameda 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), during which workers removed and repaired all 4 screws and the no. 2 tailshaft. The ship refloated on July 2, and undocked the following day to return to Pier 3 at Alameda under tow. The crew performed additional work through August 24.
September 20, An F-14A Tomcat of VF-111 went over the port side at 19.47 local after No. 4 Purchase Cable snapped, while attempting to land during carrier qualifications in southern Californian waters. Lt. John G. Speer and Lt. Michael D. Conn successfully ejected.
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 eight days of Fleet Replacement Squadron Carrier Qualifications (FRS-CQ).
February 11, 1988 The CVN 70 returned to homeport after a 17-day underway for Advance Training Assessment and CQ with the CVW-15.
February 23, The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier departed for a two-week FRS-CQ and ORSE.
USS Carl Vinson participated in a series of exercises, including Comprehensive Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX) 88-2 (March 28- April 1); Battle-Ex 88-2 (April 4-7, at NAS North Island); READIEX 88-2 (April 8-20); Battle Force Exercise (April 21-24); and Mobile Sea Range (April 25-27). From June 6-8 conducted CVW-15 CQ.
June 15, USS Carl Vinson departed Naval Air Station Alameda for its fourth deployment.
The Vinson conducted interoperability evolutions with the Air Force June 21-22, in Alaskan waters, including intercepting B-52s, following which she transited the Bering Sea.
July 8, CVN 70 pulled into NAS Cubi Point for a six-day visit to Subic Bay, Philippines. The carrier arrived in Singapore July 18 for a three-day port call.
July 28, USS Carl Vinson relieved USS Forrestal (CV 59) on station in the North Arabian Sea. The aircraft carrier anchored off the coast of Masirah, Oman, Sept. 3.
September 8, An F-14A, assigned to the Fighter Squadron (VF) 111, spiraled out of control during air combat maneuvering at 1811, about 46 n.m. from the ship. Lt. Jay A. Abrams and Lt. Cmdr. Mark A. Bruder safely ejected and recovered.
September 26, An F-14A, assigned to the Fighter Squadron (VF) 111, experienced an in-flight environmental control system fire and subsequent loss of flight controls at 1355. 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 within the Arabian Gulf 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 in the Gulf of Thailand for a five-day visit to Pattaya Beach. The ship visited Hong Kong Nov. 13-18 and Subic Bay Nov. 20-23.
December 6, The Carl Vinson pulled into Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, for a two-day visit to pick up friends and family members for a Tiger Cruise.
December 16, USS Carl Vinson returned to NAS Alameda after being delayed for one day due to high winds in and around San Francisco.
January 25, 1989 The Vinson departed homeport for eight days of Fleet Replacement Squadron Carrier Qualifications (FRS-CQ).
April 14, Capt. Doyle J. Bouchers, II relieved Capt. George D. O'Brien, Jr., as CO of the CVN 70.
May 1, The third Nimitz-class aircraft carrier departed for Independent Steaming Operations after a three-month SRA. Underway again on May 12 for two weeks of routine training. INSURV inspection from June 11-16.
July 24, An F-14A, assigned to the Fighter Squadron (VF) 51, was lost at sea off 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 1830 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.
September 5, CVN 70 departed homeport to participate in Phase I of PACEX '89. Returned to Alameda on Sept. 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. The carrier conducted operations in the icy waters of the Bering Sea, including operations inside the Aleutian Islands. In the following weeks, the "Gold Eagle", leading a battle force of three carrier battle groups, conducted operations in the western Pacific Ocean and Sea of Japan, and were joined by the navies of other nations.
October 22, CVN 70 anchored off the coast of Busan, Republic of Korea, for a four-day port visit after participating in Operation Valiant Blitz Oct. 14-21, consisting of open ocean anti-air and anti-surface exercises, together with an opposed transit and support of amphibious operations, in Korean waters. USS Carl Vinson steamed as part of a formation of 48 ships, including USS Enterprise and battleships USS Missouri (BB 63) and USS New Jersey (BB 62).
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.
On November 8, the Vinson pulled into Naval Air Station North Island, San Diego, for a brief visit to offload Air Wing due to the Oct. 17 San Francisco Earthquake and returned to homeport next day after a seven-week underway period.
February 1, 1990 USS Carl Vinson departed Alameda for its fifth deployment to the western Pacific and Indian Ocean. While en route to the Hawaiian waters the carrier participated in READIEX 89-5B exercise, Feb. 4-10.
February 15, CVN 70 pulled into Pearl Harbor for a two-day port call.
March 4, The Vinson pulled into Sasebo, Japan, for a two-day port call after participating in Phase I of exercise Team Spirit '90 with Korea and Japan. Phase II from March 7-18.
March 24, USS Carl Vinson moored to Alava Pier at NAS Cubi Point for a 12-day upkeep at Subic Bay.
April 14, The Carl Vinson pulled into Changi Naval Base, Singapore, for a week-long upkeep period.
April 30, The aircraft carrier anchored in blue lagoon of Diego Garcia for a two-day visit to BIOT.
The Vinson operated in the North Arabian Sea until the end of May with Combined Joint Task Force MiddleEast. The ship conducted a variety of exercises, twice anchoring off Masirah (May 13-14; May 24-25).
June 12, USS Carl Vinson anchored off the coast of Fremantle, Australia, for a six-day visit to Perth. Pulled again into Subic Bay on June 28th for a three-day visit.
July 3, The nuclear-powered aircraft carrier anchored in Victoria Harbour for a six-day visit to Hong Kong.
July 21, CVN 70 pulled into Pearl Harbor for a two-day visit to embark 850 male "Tigers".
July 31, USS Carl Vinson returned to NAS Alameda after a six-month deployment.
September 15, The Carl Vinson departed Alameda, Calif., for a two-year Complex Overhaul (COH).
September 17, The carrier moored at Naval Weapons Station Indian Island, Wash., to off-load 2,900 tons of ammunition.
September 22, CVN 70 arrived at Pier 3 on Puget Sound Naval Shipyard in Bremerton, Wash. The ship entered the Dry Dock 6 Sept. 29.
November 15, 1991 USS Carl Vinson mooved from dry-dock to a Pier 3 at PSNS to continue its overhaul.
March 28, 1992 Capt. John S. Payne relieved Capt. Doyle J. Bouchers, II as commanding officer of the Vinson.
September 26, Administrative homeport assignment for USS Carl Vinson is changed from Bremerton, Wash., to Alameda, Calif.
April 15, 1993 The Carl Vinson returned to Naval Air Station Alameda after a 30-month, $300 million worth, complex 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.
May 26, CVN 70 departed again San Diego after a two-day port call for FRSCQ and TSTA IV. The aircraft carrier returned to Alameda on June 2.
The Vinson conducted Tailored Ship's Training Availability (TSTA) III, off the coast of southern California, June 23-July 2. TSTA IV and FRSCQ from July 7-16.
July 27, USS Carl Vinson pulled into Naval Weapons Station Indian Island. The next morning nearly 2,000 people boarded the carrier for a six-hour cruise to Seattle Harbor for Sea Fair celebration. After another visit to NWS Indian Island Aug. 2-4, the Vinson returned home on Aug. 6.
August 9, USS Carl Vinson departed NAS Alameda for a Dependent's Day Cruise.
August 19, The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier departed homeport for another combined TSTA IV/FRS-CQ period.
October 1, The "Gold Eagle" departed homeport for a Comprehensive Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX).
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) and the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), off the West Coast, 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 western Pacific and Arabian Gulf 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 1400, some 1400 mile East of Oahu. Lt. Richard H. Lucas and Lt. Jeffrey W. Strobel safely ejected.
February 26, The Vinson pulled into Pearl Harbor for a two-day port call. CVN 70 arrived in Yokosuka on March 11 for a three-day visit.
March 19, USS Carl Vinson arrived in Hong Kong for a four-day 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 participation in Mergate 94-2.
April 16, USS Carl Vinson sailed through the Strait of Hormuz 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.
May 7, The Vinson pulled into Jebel Ali, United Arab Emirates, for a four-day visit to Dubai. CVN 70 participated in exercises: Initial Link (April 20-25), Red Reef V (April 21-27), Impelling Victory, Eastern Angler and Nautical Sailor.
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. Third Dubai visit 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 visit to Perth.
July 17, CVN 70 anchored off the coast Hobart, Tasmania, for a five-day port visit, the first by U.S. aircraft carrier since 1977.
August 4, The "Gold Eagle" pulled into Pearl Harbor for a three-day vist to pick up over 900 family members and friends for a Tiger Cruise. The Commander-in-Chief, Pacific Fleet change-of-command was held on board the ship on Aug. 5.
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 7,535 sorties, of which 1,243 were combat in support of operation Southern Watch.
September 22, CVN 70 departed for Training Carrier Qualifications (CNATRA) off the coast of southern California. This was the first carrier qaulifications with the new T-45A Goshawk. On Sept. 30 the ship departed NAS North Island, San Diego, for INSURV and returned to Alameda Oct. 2.
October 7, Capt. Larry C. Baucom relieved Capt. John S. Payne as CO of the Vinson.
February 21, 1995 USS Carl Vinson departed for five-day sea trials and FDC after a five-month Ship’s Restricted Availability (SRA).
April 10, The aircraft carrier departed homeport for four days of CQ. On 18th departed for a week-long INSURV inspection.
May 12, USS Carl Vinson departed San Francisco Bay with over 10,000 families and friends for a one-day cruise.
May 17, An F/A-18D, assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 125, crashed in North New Mexico around 1005, 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, Commanding Officer of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 25, were killed.
June 5, The Carl Vinson departed homeport for an 11-day 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 World War II were launched from the flight deck, while transiting of the coast of Waikiki, Hawaii. The ship departed Pearl Harbor Sept. 6 and returned home on 13th.
October 6, The Vinson underway in San Francisco Bay area to participate in Fleet Week, '95, launching World War II aircraft. 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. Departed Oct. 17 to onload 2,000 tons of ordnance.
November 13, CVN 70 departed NAS Alameda for a week-long Tailored Ship's Training Availability (TSTA) III/FEP. Underway again on 24th for a four-week COMPTUEX 96-1A.
February 18, 1996 An F/14D, assigned to Fighter Squadron (VF) 11 detonated near the carrier's starboard after one engine was suddenly set on fire, while conducting a simulated anti-ship-attack. Cmdr. L. Scott Lamoreaux was killed. The Vinson participated in SACCEX with the USS Tarawa (LHA 1) Amphibious Ready Group, Feb. 14-16.
March 5, The "Gold Eagle" departed homeport for a two-week Joint Tactical Fleet Exercise (JTFEX). From April 15-19, conducted CQ with the CVW-14.
May 14, USS Carl Vinson departed Alameda for its seventh deployment to the western Pacific and Arabian Gulf.
May 30, The aircraft carrier pulled into Yokosuka Naval Base for a two-day port call.
June 7, The Vinson anchored in Victoria Harbour for a five-day visit to Hong Kong. Then proceeded to Singapore for a four-day visit, June 17-21.
July 1, USS Carl Vinson entered the Arabian Gulf and started supporting Operation Southern Watch on July 5th.
July 27, The Vinson pulled into Jebel Ali, U.A.E., for a four-day port visit after participated in a short notice exercise Rugged Nautilus, July 18-26, designed to respond to heightened threats resulting from tensions with the Iranians, and from terrorist threats against the XXVI Olympic Games held at Atlanta, Georgia.
August 17, CVN 70 anchored off the coast of Muscat, Oman, for a four-day port call.
From September 3-4, the Carl Vinson participated in Operation Desert Strike, a retributive operation to punish Saddam Hussein for repeated violations of UN Security Council Resolution 688, which is designed to protect Kurds and Marsh Arabs from Iraqi atrocities. A pair of Boeing B-52H Stratofortresses from the 2nd BW at Barksdale AFB, Louisiana, staged through Guam as they flew over 14,000 miles during a grueling 34-hour mission that required multiple aerial refuelings. Tomcats from Fighter Squadron (VF) 11 escorted the B-52s as they hammered Iraqi defenders with 13 AGM-86C conventional air-launched cruise missiles [CALCMs]. CVW-14 aircrew also flew combat air patrol over Kuwait City. In addition, the coalition extended the no-fly zone northward to the 33rd parallel, requiring pilots to fly additional sorties to enforce the extension.
The aircraft carrier was at Bahrain Bell anchorage from Sept. 15-18. On Oct. 2 the CVN 70 departed Arabian Gulf. 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. Pulled into Pearl Harbor for a five-day port call on Nov. 3.
November 14, USS Carl Vinson returned home 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 A6-E intruder.
September 10, The Vinson departed for sea trials after completing the six-month Planned Incremental Availability (PIA) at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard.
September 22, USS Carl Vinson departed Bremerton for week-long underway period for flight deck certification and carrier qualifications with the CVW-11.
Another CQ with the Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 11 on Sept. 20-23, Nov. 3-13 and Dec. 3-11. The last underway of the year included Operational Reactor Safeguard Examination (ORSE).
January 26, 1998 The Carl Vinson departed homeport for FRS-CQ and TSTA I off the coast of southern California. Returned on Feb. 7.
February 22, CVN 70 departed Bremerton to conduct Tailored Ship's Training Availability (TSTA) II, III and Final Evaluation Phase (FEP).
March 14, The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier departed Naval Air Station North Island for a COMPTUEX(A). Underway from San Diego April 1-3 for a Intermediate Training Assessment (ITA). Returned to Bremerton on April 9.
April 29, USS Carl Vinson departed again for Fleet Replacement Squadron Carrier Qualifications (FRS-CQ) off the coast of southern California. Pulled into NAS North Island on May 7 to commence INSURV. Back home on May 12.
June 22, The Vinson departed Naval Station Bremerton for Carrier Qualifications with the CVW-11.
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. Another port call to Pearl Harbor from Aug. 2-6.
August 12, The Vinson departed for a Friends and Family Day Cruise. From Aug. 24-27, the carrier conducted ammuniton onload with the USS Mount Hood (AE 29).
September 11, CVN departed Bremerton for CVW-11 CQ and Battle Group operations in the SOCAL Op. Area. Returned home Sept. 29.
November 6, USS Carl Vinson departed Naval Station Bremerton for its eighth deployment to the western Pacific and Arabian Gulf.
When the deployment began, the Carl Vinson Battle Group was scheduled to make port visits in Australia before proceeding to the Gulf in support of Operation Southern Watch. However, because of increased tensions in the Gulf region, the ship took a more direct route there, permitting port visits to Hong Kong (Nov. 29- Dec. 3) and Singapore (Dec. 7-11). Shortly after departing Singapore, she was ordered to make best speed to the Arabian Gulf, more than 2,000 miles away, proceeded directly to their designated operating area and immediately launched a combat strike on the fourth and final day of Operation Desert Fox.
On December 19, the Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 11 aircraft 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 DF, 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. The Vinson spent Christmas at Bahrain Bell-Sitrah anchorage for a port visit to Manama.
February 7, 1999 USS Carl Vinson pulled into Jebel Ali, United Arab Emirates, for a four-day port visit to Dubai.
March 22, The Carl Vinson departed the Arabian Gulf after steaming more than 17,000 n.m. in those waters and launching air strikes against pre-selected targets located in the no-fly zone in support of Southern Watch in this period. During these tense days, her aircraft launched AGM-154A Joint Standoff Weapons [JSOWs] and AIM-54A Phoenix air-to-air missiles for the first time in combat from the ship. Aircraft from Carrier Air Wing Eleven 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 visit to Perth.
April 7, The nuclear-powered aircraft carrier anchored off the coast of Hobart for a five-day port visit to Tasmania.
May 6, USS Carl Vinson returned to Bremerton afrer a six-month deployment.
During the ship’s transit to Seattle for that city’s Seafair ‘99, the port’s 50th annual anniversary celebration, she embarked 2,200 guests at the ammunition depot at Port Hadlock on Indian Head Island and transported them to the city on Aug. 4. After mooring at Pier 37, USS carl Vinson hosted another 22,000 guests from August 7-8, before departing with an additional 350 visitors back to Bremerton on the latter date.
In August, CVN 70 entered the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard for a 10-month Drydocked Planned Incremental Availability (DPIA). The Navy spent more than $230 million for equipment upgrades, a new local-area network (LAN), new berthings, and several quality-of-life upgrades.
USS Carl Vinson finished the overhaul period in June 2000 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 11 and other ships in the battlegroup.
Twentieth Century Fox "Behind Enemy Lines" shoot conducted on board between February 5-9, 2001, while the "Gold Eagle" was conducting fleet replacement squadron carrier qualifications (FRS-CQ) off the coast of southern California. COMPTUEX from Feb. 12 through March 1.
On March 7, USS Carl Vinson completed a major hurdle when it wrapped up a grueling four-day at-sea onloading more than 1,875 tons of ammunition. Ammunition UNREPs occur about six months prior to every aircraft carrier's western Pacific deployment. The ammunition is off-loaded from the Everett-based USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72), which returned from deployment in February.
July 23, USS Carl Vinson departed Naval Station Bremerton for a scheduled deployment.
Aircraft from CVW-11 practiced bombing runs on Farallon de Medinilla, approximately 45 n.m. from Saipan in the Northern Marianas, Aug. 12-13.
August 21, The nuclear-powered aircraft carrier anchored in the Gulf of Thailand for a five-day visit to Pattaya Beach.
August 29, The Vinson pulled into Changi Naval Base for a five-day visit to Singapore.
As Vinson rounded the southern tip of India en route to the 5th Fleet AoR, to support the Operation Southern Watch, word came of the al Qaeda terrorist attacks on the United States. The U.S. Navy immediately ordered her to put on speed to rendezvous with USS Enterprise (CVN 65). CVN 70 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 CVW-11 launched more than 8,000 fixed-wing aircraft, flew 4,200 combat sorties and droped 2,025,176 pounds of ordnance.
December 23, USS Carl Vinson arrived again in Singapore, after 111 straight days at sea, for a three-day port call.
January 8, 2002 The aircraft carrier 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 home after a six-month combat deployment.
September 9, The Carl Vinson returned to Naval Station Bremerton after a three-day 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."
An extreme rarity since WWII occurred on Sept. 30, when USS Carl Vinson, USS Constellation (CV 64), USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) and US Nimitz (CVN 68) simultaneously shared their crowded berths around NAS North Island during the San Diego Fleet Week.
USS Carl Vinson began its Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX) in early November and completed them by the end of the month, returning to homeport on Dec. 10. During the stand-down period, an order was given to the Vinson to be ready to sail again with only a 96-hour notice.
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 Vinson and elements of her Strike Group were 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 2015. The pilot ejected safely.
February 25, The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier pulled into 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.
In April the "Gold Eagle" headed south and participated in exercise Tandem Thrust 2003, and made a port call at Guam from April 17-21. From Guam it headed north and arrived at Yokosuka on May 15, where it remained until May 17, at which point it again headed for Guam. On May 19, she pulled into Guam for extensive maintenance and the reparing of the flight deck. The ship remained in Guam until June 1. After conducting operations at sea for roughly 3 weeks, USS Carl Vinson pulled into Changi naval base for a five-day port call to Singapore.
On July 14 the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier arrived in Fremantle, Australia, for a three-day visit to Perth and from there conducted operations in the Indian Ocean until July 30 when it entered the Banda Sea.
On August 1 the Carl Vinson was operating in the Celebes Sea and on 4th the ship was operating in the South China Sea as it headed for a port call in Hong Kong Aug. 6-11.
On August 27, USS Carl Vinson was scheduled to make a port call at Busan, ROK, but as this date coincided with the beginning of 6-party talks in Beijing between the U.S. and North Korea the port visit was delayed until August 29. Sometime around 29th, the ship received orders to return to Bremerton by Sept. 19, ending its extended deployment some two months earlier than originally planned. The Vinson Strike Group was to be replaced by the Nimitz CSG as the Kitty Hawk had run into difficulties which would delay the availablity of the ship in the event of a crisis. The "Gold Eagle" departed Busan on September 1.
September 15, CVN 70 pulled into Naval Air Station North Island to offload the remaining Air Wing personnel and equipment.
September 19, USS Carl Vinson returned home after more than seven-month underway period. During the deployment, which covered 60,000 nautical miles, equivalent to two trips around the world, the aircraft from CVW-9 flew more than 10,000 sorties.
In January 2004 the Vinson conducted a carrier qualifications and training with CVW 9 in Pacific Ocean.
May 14, Capt. Kevin M. Donegan relieved Capt. Richard B. Wren as commanding officer of the "Gold Eagle."
June 17, Carl Vinson's CVW-9 sank former USCG cutter 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 Three, during a ceremony on board the ship.
June 29, The Carl Vinson returned to homeport after CQ and trainings of the coast of southern California in preparation for it's upcoming deployment.
October 2, CVN 70 completed the three-week Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX).
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. During JTFEX, the carrier strike group will also work closely with the 8th Air Force, based at Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana, to help certify the participating Air Force units for deployment.
January 30, The Carrier Strike Group 3 successfully completed its 12-day Joint Task Force Exercise (JTFEX). The Carl Vinson CSG departed San Diego on February 1.
February 21, CVN 70 pulled into Apra Harbor, Guam, for a five-day port call. The Vinson departed Singapore after a four-day port visit on March 9.
March 19, USS Carl Vinson relieved USS Harry S. Truman on station in the Arabian Gulf.
In April six aircrew from VAQ-138 detached for Bagram AB in Afghanistan. Flying through harsh weather and over the rugged Hindu Kush Mountains, the six sailors provided electronic warfare support for coalition forces battling resurgent al Qaeda terrorists and their Taliban cohorts. The Strike Force Search and Rescue team from HS-8 also deployed ashore to Camp Arifjan in Kuwait.
May 3, At approximately 10:10 p.m. May 2, contact was lost with two U.S. Marine Corps F/A-18C Hornet aircraft assigned to "Death Rattlers" of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 323, flying in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Early morning May 3rd, local time, search teams located the body of a Capt. Kelly C. Hinz from one of two missing aircraft.
May 5, Search teams located the body of the second pilot from one of two missing F/A-18C aircraft from USS Carl Vinson on May 4. The DoD announced yesterday that Marine pilot, who died May 2 from injuries is Maj. John C. Spahr. The DoD announced today that other pilot, Capt. Kelly C. Hinz, died May 2nd from injuries received when the "Hornet" he was piloting crashed in Iraq while flying in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. The two pilots collided at about 30,000 feet.
July 4, USS Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group concluded operations in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) and maritime security operations (MSO) in the Persian Gulf June 30. Aircraft from Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 9 launched more than 6,500 sorties, totaling more than 20,000 flight hours, in support of OIF and MSO. CVN 70 transited the Suez Canal on July 8.
July 31, USS Carl Vinson arrived at its new homeport of Naval Station Norfolk, after completing a six-month trip around the world. The ship's arrival accomplished the final leg of a homeport shift to Norfolk for a scheduled 36-month Refueling and Complex Overhaul (RCOH). The ship will spend nearly two thirds of the RCOH in dry dock to accomplish planned repairs. This period will also be used to install the latest technologies in computer software, combat systems, propulsion controls and aviation support.
November 11, CVN 70 is towed from Pier 14 on board Naval Station Norfolk to the Northrop Grumman Newport News Shipyard to begin the ship’s refueling and complex overhaul. During RCOH, it will have her 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 commanding officer of USS Carl Vinson during the 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. The rudders weigh approximately 50 tons each and are used to steer the ship from right to left. During refurbishment, the rudders were inspected, cleaned, painted and re-installed on the ship.
January 7, 2007 Workers finished installation of Carl Vinson’s four new propellers at Northrop Grumman Newport News Shipyard. The installation marks the achievement of a milestone in the work outside the ship’s hull, preparing the ship for undocking from the shipyard’s Drydock 11 to Pier 3 later this year. 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. The new propellers are also planned for use on the future-generation carrier class, CVN 21, and were recently installed on the newest Nimitz carrier, George H.W. Bush (CVN 77).
February 21, The last major section of the mast was installed aboard USS Carl Vinson. The installation was accomplished using Northrop Grumman's massive 310-ton crane at drydock 11. Putting the last piece of the mast in place represents a final major construction milestone for topside work aboard the ship before its undocking and move to Pier 3 later this year.
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, CVN 70 departed for a pierside location at Northrop Grumman Newport News shipyard, after completing an 18-month dry dock period.
February 14, 2008 Crew members assigned to the "Gold Eagle" began moving shipboard equipment back on board, Feb. 4, marking another milestone in the aircraft carrier's shipboard coordinated on-load and outfitting plan (SCOOP) at Northrop Grumman Newport News shipyard in Newport News.
August 18, The Carl Vinson Sailors enjoyed their first meal served aboard the aircraft carrier after more than three years in overhaul, 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 Norfolk Naval Station after a three-day sea trials, off the coast of Virginia, completing the three-and-a-half year Refueling Complex Overhaul (RCOH) at Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding Newport News (NGSB-NN).
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 conducting carrier qualifications (CQ) and will return in August to Newport News for Post Shakedown Availability (PSA) period. 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 Norfolk Naval Station after a two-day sea trials.
December 8, The "Gold Eagle" departed again for flight deck certifications.
January 12, 2010 USS Carl Vinson departed Norfolk for its new homeport of San Diego. 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.
January 15, CVN 70 arrived off the coast of Port-au-Prince for Humanitarian Assistance/Disaster Response (HA/DR) operations.
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 lbs. 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 pulled to Mayport Naval Station for a port visit.
February 26, The aircraft carrier 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 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. The Vinson will participate in exercise "GRINGO-GAUCHO" off the coast of Argentina March 8-10.
March 14, CVN 70 transited the Strait of Magellan on its way to Pacific Ocean and will conduct various exercises with the Chilean navy March 15-23. USS Carl Vinson also anchored off the coast of Punta Arenas for an overnight stop and to take on supplies.
March 26, The "Gold Eagle" is currently conducting joint operations with Peruvian naval and air forces as part of Southern Seas.
March 29, The aircraft carrier anchored off the coast of Callao, Peru, for a scheduled port visit.
April 12, USS Carl Vinson arrived in its new homeport of Naval Air Station North Island in San Diego after a three-month underway period 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 an historic milestone following the successful launch of 11 Evolved Sea Sparrow Missiles (ESSM) and one Rolling Airframe Missiles (RAM), within a seven-day period, during the 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. The aircraft carrier returned to home port July 30.
August 3, USS Carl Vinson is currently conducting Tailored Ship's Training Availability (TSTA) off the West Coast.
August 16, Capt. Stephen McInerney relieved Capt. Andrew Whitson as CO of Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 17, during an aerial change-of-command ceremony. The Vinson recently departed for carrier qualifications off the coast of southern California.
September 1, CVN 70 participated in a tactical manuevering exercises, off the West Coast, with the ships from Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 1, along with USS McClusky (FFG 41) and USS Rentz (FFG 46). The aircraft carrier returned to Naval Air Station North Island Sept. 3.
October 6, The "Gold Eagle" is currently underway for Pre-INSURV in the SOCAL Op. Area.
October 20, USS Carl Vinson returned to homeport after a 48-hours Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV) assessment.
November 30, USS Carl Vinson CSG departed San Diego for a surge deployment in the U.S. 7th and 5th Fleet Areas of Responsibility. The Carrier Strike Group One will first conduct Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX), off the coast of southern California, before heading west.
January 14, 2011 The Vinson departed Busan, Republic of Korea, after a three-day port visit.
January 21, USS Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group and the Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) participated in an Air Surface Warfare exercise in the South China Sea Jan. 19-20.
January 22, CVN 70 pulled into Port Klang, Malaysia, for a scheduled 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 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 Jebel Ali, U.A.E., after a port visit to Dubai.
April 11, An F/A-18C assigned to "Stingers" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 113 made an arrested landing using one engine before the Hornet became engulfed in flame. No one was injured and the cause of the incident is under investigation.
April 23, Rear Adm. Samuel Perez, Commander, Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 1, relieved Capt. Donald Hornbeck, Commodore, Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 1, from command while an investigation into an alleged inappropriate relationship is conducted.
May 15, The "Gold Eagle" anchored off the coast of Manila for a three-day visit to Republic of the Philippines. During deployment in the U.S. Central Command AoO, CVW-17 aircrews flew 1656 missions into Afghanistan and Iraq and logged 9,140 flight hours.
May 22, USS Carl Vinson CSG anchored off the coast of Hong Kong for a four-day port visit.
June 7, CVN 70 pulled into Pearl Harbor for a three-day port call and to pick up family and friends for a "Tiger Cruise."
June 15, USS Carl Vinson returned to Naval Air Station North Island after six-and-a-half month deployment.
September 9, The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier returned to San Diego after a three-day underway period off the coast of southern California.
September 12, USS Carl Vinson departed homeport for Fleet Replacement Squadron Carrier Qualifications (FRS-CQ).
September 16, The "Gold Eagle" departed again for Carrier Strike Group Sustainment Exercise (SUSTEX) off the West Coast.
October 8, USS Carl Vinson arrived in San Francisco to participate in city’s 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 Carl Vinson.
November 30, USS Carl Vinson departed Naval Air Station North Island 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 "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 CSG anchored in Victoria Harbour for a three-day port visit to Hong Kong.
January 14, 2012 Aircraft from 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-18E assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 81, recently landed at Sakhir Airbase to participate in the second Bahrain International Airshow (BIAS), 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, U.A.E., after a four-day port call.
March 26, The Carl Vinson pulled again into Jebel Ali, United Arab Emirates, for a three-day visit to Dubai.
April 3, USS Carl Vinson CSG departed U.S. 5th Fleet Area of Responsibility (AoR). Aircraft from Carrier Air Wing (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 before participating in exercise Malabar 2012, in the Bay of Bengal, from April 10-16. USS Tucson (SSN 770) and USNS Bridge (T-AOE 10) are also participating. INS Satpura (F48), INS Ranvir (D54), INS Ranvijay (D55), INS Kulish (P63) and INS Shakti (A57) would represent the Indian side.
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, June 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 pierside at 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" in San Diego.
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 22-26th; Underway for Tailored Ship's Training Availability (TSTA) 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 on Dec. 3.