USS JOHN C. STENNIS
CVN 74
  
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On March 13, 1991, the keel for the seventh Nimitz-class aircraft carrier John C. Stennis was laid. The ship is named in honor of John Cornelius Stennis of Mississippi who served in the Senate from 1947 to 1989. No previous ships have borne this name.

On Veteran's Day, November 11, 1993, PCU John C. Stennis was christened at Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company with Vice President Albert Gore as the ceremony's principal speaker. Mrs. Margaret Stennis-Womble, daughter of the ship's namesake, also attended as the ship's sponsor. Capt. Robert C. Klosterman assumed command Nov. 15.

December 29, 1994 The Pre-Commissioning Unit CVN 74 moved from Outfitting Berth 1 to Pier 2 at Newport News. The crew moved aboard June 5, 1995.

October 3, The Stennis departed for the first time to conduct three-day Builder's Sea Trials. Acceptance trials conducted by Board of Inspection and Survey Oct. 23-27.

November 14, PCU John C. Stennis arrived at Naval Station Norfolk, Norfolk, Va., for its commissioning ceremony on December 9. The aircraft carrier was delivered to the U.S. Navy Nov. 5, more than seven months ahead of the originally contracted delivery date.

January 18, 1996 First arrested landing aboard the Stennis by an F-14B.

March 15, Lt. Thomas P. Wilcox III and Lt. Donald R. Cioffi were killed when their S-3 Viking, assigned to the "Scouts" of Sea Control Squadron (VS) 24, impacted the water after a night catapult shot off the USS John C. Stennis at 10.00 p.m., during the "shakedown" cruise off the coast of Puerto Rico.

January 18, 1997 First carrier landing of an F/A-18 E/F in naval history.

March 17, USS John C. Stennis pulled into Port Everglades, Fla., for a four-day port visit to Ft. Lauderdale.

April 3, Capt. Douglas R. Roulstone relieved Capt. Robert C. Klosterman as CO of the CVN 74 during a change-of-command ceremony at Norfolk Naval Station's Pier 12.

June 11, Helicopter crew rescued three Canadian Sailors off the coast of Nantucket, Massachusetts, after their boat had capsized in heavy storm. The Stennis anchored off the coast of Halifax, Nova Scotia, June 8 for a four-day port visit.

July 19, USS John C. Stennis departed Norfolk for a Friends and Family Day Cruise.

August 19, The F-14 Tomcat pilot, assigned to Fighter Squadron (VF) 143, accidentally ejected from his aircraft during a landing aboard the John C. Stennis. Stennis personnel rescued the radar intercept officer from the pilotless Tomcat as it sat on the flight deck with engines still running. The pilot was recovered immediately astern of the carrier and rescued by a helicopter from Helicopter Antisubmarine Squadron (HS) 5. Both were treated for minor injuries by medical personnel.

October 18, The John C. Stennis departed Naval Station Norfolk for a five-week TSTA III/FEP and COMPTUEX.

November 6, CVN 74 anchored off the coast of St. Maarten for a three-day visit to Netherland Antiles.

January 12, 1998 The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier departed homeport for a two-week Joint Fleet Exercise (JTFEX). Underway for Carrier Qualifications (CQ), off the coast of Virginia, Feb. 18-21.

February 26, USS John C. Stennis departed Norfolk, Va., for its maiden deployment and a homeport change to San Diego, Calif.

March 3, The Stennis entered the Straits of Gibraltar at 1005 Zulu, after traveling 3442 n.m. in 114 hours with an average speed of 30 knots. Entered the Red Sea on March 7 after transiting Suez Canal.

March 11, USS John C. Stennis arrived in the Arabian Gulf in support of Operation Southern Watch.

March 23, CVN 74 arrived in Jebel Ali, United Arab Emirates, for a four-day port call. Another visits to Dubai, U.A.E., on April 11-16 and May 7-12.

May 22, The JCS anchored off the coast of Manama for a four-day visit to the Kingdom of Bahrain. Another visit to Bahrain July 10-15. On July 19 the aircraft carrier transited Straits of Hormuz.

July 28, USS John C. Stennis anchored off the coast Fremantle, Australia, for a four-day visit to Perth.

August 5, CVN 74 anchored off the coast of Hobart, Tasmania, for a three-day port call.

August 26, USS John C. Stennis arrived at its new homeport of Naval Air Station North Island, San Diego, Calif., after a six-day Tiger Cruise from Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. The total Around the World Cruise deployment consisted of traveling 22,078 n.m. in 923 hours with an average speed of 24 knots.

April 10, 1999 The Stennis completed a seven-month Phased Incremental Availability (PIA) at NAS North Island. Departed for sea trials and flight deck certifications on April 12.

May 19, USS John C. Stennis departed homeport for a week-long Tailored Ship's Training Availability (TSTA) I off the coast of southern California.

June 12, CVN 74 underway for five-day Fleet Replacement Squadron Carrier Qualifications (FRS-CQ).

June 19, The JCS departed San Diego for a friends and family Day Cruise.

July 12, The Stennis departed Naval Air Station North Island for a Tailored Ship's Training Availability (TSTA) II, III and Final Evaluation Period (FEP).

July 28, The aircraft carrier anchored in Esquimalt Harbor for a four-day port visit to Victoria, B.C.

August 6, USS John C. Stennis departed homeport for a three-week Comprehensive Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX).

August 27, Capt. Richard K. Gallagher relieved Capt. Douglas R. Roulstone as CO of the John C. Stennis during a change-of-command ceremony on board the ship.

October 15, The Stennis departed San Diego for seven days of FRS-CQ and Operational Reactor Safeguards Examination (ORSE), off the coast of southern California.

At sea periods for FEEETEX 00-1 Oct. 29- Nov. 8, Joint Fleet Exercise (JTFEX) Nov. 12-23 and FRS-CQ Dec. 3-5.

November 30, USS John C. Stennis ran aground in a shallow area adjacent to its turning basin as it attempted to maneuver near Naval Air Station North Island. Silt clogged the intake pipes to the cooling systems of the nuclear reactors, causing the carrier’s two nuclear reactors to be shut down for a period of 45 minutes. She was towed back to its pier for maintenance and observation for the next two days. The cleanup cost was about $2 million.

January 7, 2000 USS John C. Stennis departed San Diego for a scheduled deployment in the U.S. 5th and 7th Fleet Areas of Responsibility.

January 28, CVN 74 anchored off the coast of Pusan, Republic of Korea, for a three-day port visit.

February 8, The John C. Stenis arrived in Hong Kong for a four-day port call.

February 16, The JCS pulled into Port Klang, Malaysia, for a five-day visit to Kuala Lumpur. The Battle Group transited Straits of Hormuz Feb. 27-28.

March 18, USS John C. Stennis anchored off the coast of Manama, Bahrain, for a four-day port visit. Since arrived in the Arabian Gulf Stennis participated in exercises Neon Falcon and GULFEX.

April 9, The Stennis pulled into Jebel Ali, U.A.E. for a four-day visit to Dubai after participating in exercise Arabian Gauntlet.

The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier visited United Arab Emirates two more times; between April 29-May 4 and May 17-21. On May 22nd the Stennis departed Arabian Gulf.

June 4, USS John C. Stennis anchored in Gage Roads off the coast of Fremantle, Australia, for a three-day visit to Perth.

June 12, CVN 74 anchored 2 n.m. off the coast of downtown Hobart for a five-day visit to Tasmania.

June 25, An F-14/A assigned to Fighter Squadron (VF) 211 crashed into the Pacific 1400 miles soth-west of Hawaii. Both aviators ejected and were recovered half an hour later.

June 26, The aircraft carrier pulled into Pearl Harbor for a two-day port call to pick up more than 900 "Tigers".

July 3, USS John C. Stennis returned to homeport after a six-month deployment to the western Pacific and the Arabian Gulf. The Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 9 flew more than 10,000 sorties in several regions of the world, including over Iraq in support of Operation Southern Watch.

August 12, The John C. Stennis departed San Diego for a Friends and Family Day Cruise.

April 2, 2001 CVN 74 returned to Naval Air Station North Island after a week-long sea trials completing the six-month Planned Incremental Availability (PIA).

April 19, The Stennis departed homeport for six-day Fleet Replacement Squadron Carrier Qualifications (FRS-CQ) and ammunition onload.

May 4, USS John C. Stennis completed the four-day Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV) assessment.

May 14, The JCS pulled into Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, for a nine-day port call. Returned to homeport on May 30 after conducting Tailored Ship's Training Availability (TSTA) I.

The aircraft carrier conducted FRSCQ, off the coast of southern California, between June 4-8 and July 9-13.

July 17, USS John C. Stennis departed San Diego for Tailored Ship's Training Availability (TSTA) II/ III/FEP. Paramount Pictures "Sum of all Fears" shoot conducted on board July 19-22.

July 31, The Stennis pulled into Naval Station Everett for an overnight stay. Departed Aug. 1 for a Day Cruise to Seattle, Wash., to participate in Sea Fair celebration.

August 23, The John C. Stennis returned home after an 18-day Comprehensive Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX).

September 6, CVN 74 underway for FRS carrier qualifications. After terrorist attack on Sept. 11 the Stennis started with Combat Air Patrol (CAP) missions over southern California in support of operation Noble Eagle. The ship returned to NAS North Island Sept. 21.

October 30, The JCS departed homeport for CQ with the CVW-9 and Joint Task Force Exercise (JTFEX).

November 12, USS John C. Stennis Battle Group deployed from San Diego two months earlier than originally scheduled, to relieve the Carl Vinson (CVN 70) battle group in the Arabian Sea.

November 16, Capt. James A. McDonell relieved Rear Adm. Richard K. Gallagher as commanding officer of the CVN 74.

November 30, The Stennis anchored in Victoria Harbour for a four-day visit to Hong Kong allowing Puget Sound Naval Shipyard personnel the opportunity to repair the Attached Lube Oil Pump to #4 main engine.

December 7, USS John C. Stennis pulled into Changi Naval Base for a three-day visit to Singapore.

December 15, Aircraft from CVW-9 launched its first combat sorties, from the station in the North Arabian Sea, in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan.

March 8, 2002 An F-14/A assigned to Fighter Squadron (VF) 211 crashed into the North Arabian Sea as it was attempting to land aboard the Stennis at 6:20 p.m. local time. Both aviators were recovered and did not suffer serious injuries.

March 17, The John C. Stennis anchored off the coast of Bahrain for a four-day R&R. Returned to station in the North Arabian Sea March 22. The last combat fly day on April 17.

April 28, The JCS anchored in Gage Roads off the coast of Fremantle, Australia, for a four-day visit to Perth. The aircraft carrier departed Hobart, Australia, after a five-day visit on May 11.

May 21, CVN 74 pulled into Pearl Harbor for a two-day port call to pick up friends and family for a Tiger Cruise.

May 28, USS John C. Stennis returned to San Diego after six-and-a-half month deployment. The Stennis was the fifth carrier on station in the North Arabian Sea and the first to launch strikes into Afghanistan in support of Operation Anaconda. The aircraft from CVW-9 flew 10,600 combat sorties, logged 54,390 hours and dropped 275,000 pounds of ordnance during the 107 days of combat flight operations. The flight deck crew recovered 9,600 arrested landings.

January 28, 2003 The John C. Stennis departed NAS North Island for an eight-day sea trials and drills after a seven-month Planned Incremental Availability (PIA).

February 10, The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier departed homeport for a four-day Fleet Replacement Squadron Carrier Qualifications (FRS-CQ).

March 14, CVN 74 departed San Diego for a five-day underway period to conduct CQ for Naval Air Training Command (TRACOM).

March 24, The Stennis departed homeport for a five-day FRS-CQ off the coast of southern California.

April 2, USS John C. Stennis departed Naval Air Station North Island for a nine-day Tailored Ship's Training Availability (TSTA) I.

May 5, The John C. Stennis underway for a four-day FRS-CQ. Departed on May 13 for TRACOM carrier qualifications.

June 16, The JCS departed San Diego for a five-day fleet replacement squadron CQ; returned home on 21st to pick up more than 2,000 friends and family members for a day cruise.

July 8, USS John C. Stennis departed home for a three-day underway period to conduct ISE TSTA II. Underway again for FRS-CQ on July 28th.

August 19, The Stennis returned to San Diego after a week-long underway off the coast of southern California for routine training.

September 22, CVN 74 departed homeport for another four days of carrier qualifications for Fleet Replacement Squadrons (FRS).

October 23, USS John C. Stennis underway for Deploying Group System Integration Testing (DGSIT) and Comprehensive Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX). The seventh Nimitz-class aircraft carrier returned to Naval Air Station North Island Nov. 21.

December 10, Capt. David H. Buss relieved Capt. James A. McDonell as CO of the USS John C. Stennis.

February 7, 2004 The JCS departed NAS North Island for an eight-day FRS-CQ.

April 8, CVN 74 returned to homeport after an 18-day underway for ammunition onload, UNREP, VERTREP and JTFEX.

May 24, USS John C. Stennis departed San Diego for a scheduled deployment.

June 18 The Stennis anchored in Esquimalt Harbor for a three-day port visit to Victoria, British Columbia, after participating in a joint exercise Northern Edge 2004, with the U.S. Air Force and Marine Corps, June 2-14.

June 29, USS John C. Stennis arrived in Pearl Harbor for a week-long port call. Another visit to Hawaii July 22-26 after participating in the biannual Rim of the Pacific Exercise.

Following RIMPAC, Stennis CSG and USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) Carrier Strike Group rendezvoused near Japan to conduct a joint air and sea training exercise (JASEX), Aug. 8-14, as a part of the Navywide Summer Pulse '04 exercise.

August 10, Lt. Cmdr. Scott A. Zellem, Lt. Patrick S. Myrick, Lt. James J. Pupplo and Aviation Electronics Technician 2nd Class Joshua B. Showalter were killed in the crash when their S-3B Viking, assigned to the "Blue Wolves" of Sea Control Squadron (VS) 35, impacted Kita Iwo Jima, an uninhabited island located approximately 39 nautical miles north of Iwo Jima.

August 21, CVN 74 pulled into Fleet Activities Sasebo, Japan, for a four-day port call.

September 1, USS John C. Stennis pulled into Port Klang, Malaysia, for a four-day visit to Kuala Lumpur.

September 28, The JCS anchored off the coast of Fremantle, Australia, for a five-day port visit to Perth.

October 24, The nuclear-powered aircraft carrier pulled into Pearl Harbor for a two-day port call to pick up "Tigers".

November 1, USS John C. Stennis returned to Naval Air Station North Island after a five-month deployment in the western and northern Pacific.

November 30, The Stennis departed homeport for a two-day underway to conduct ammunition offload with the USNS Flint (T-AE 32).

January 8, 2005 USS John C. Stennis arrived in its new homeport of Bremerton, Wash.

January 19, CVN 74 was carefully placed in dry dock at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard in Bremerton for a routine Docking Planned Incremental Availability. The aircraft carrier is scheduled to remain there until early September.

September 6, The Stennis reached a major objective Sept. 1, when its hull was once again returned to the salty waters of Puget Sound. The ship will see open seas again when it completes DPIA and begins deployment work-ups later this year. During the dry-docking period, she received a complete hull repainting above and below the waterline, and the shafts, rudders and screws were refurbished. Many on-board flight, operational and weapons systems are continuing to be upgraded. One of the major renovations she received was a new mast. The new mast's structure is the first of its kind. A new type of steel alloy was used, making the mast stiffer and thicker than before.

December 12, USS John C. Stennis departed Bremerton, for a weeklong phase of sea trials, after an 11-month overhaul at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard. The aircraft carrier is scheduled to continue sea trials this winter.

February 1, 2006 The JCS departed Naval Base Kitsap-Bremerton to conduct flight deck certifications in the southern California operating area.

February 11, CVN 74 recieved ammunition during a vertical replenishment (VERTREP) with the USS Nimitz off the coast of southern California. The carrier returned home on Feb. 14.

March 13, The Stennis is currently conducting carrier qualifications off the coast of southern California.

April 17, USS John C. Stennis is currently in port, in Naval Air Station (NAS) North Island, conducting the ship’s five-year Inspection and Survey (INSURV).

May 5, Capt. Bradley Johanson relieved Capt. David H. Buss as commanding officer of Bremerton-based aircraft carrier.

June 4, CVN 74 is currently off the coast of southern California conducting CQ.

June 8, As part of a weapons testing phase, USS John C. Stennis fired both of its new Rolling Airframe Missile systems at a remote-controlled drone for the first time. The ship's two RAM launchers each fired one missile at a BQM-34 Firebee drone, which was about four miles out and incoming and had been launched from Point Mugu, Calif. RAM was installed aboard JCS during its docked-planned incremental availability period during 2005, and took the place of one of the ship's CIWS mounts and one of its NSSMS mounts. The carrier and embarked Carrier Air Wing Nine (CVW-9) are currently underway conducting Tailored Ship's Training Availability (TSTA) off the coast of southern California.

June 21, The Stennis and CVW 9 began conducting cyclic flight operations off the West Coast. The training is the next step in work-ups for their deployment later this year.

July 10, The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier is currently conducting Carrier Qualifications of the Californian coast after successful completion of the Tailored Ship's Training Availability July 6.

July 19, USS John C. Stennis completed the FRSCQ off the southern California coast. Participated squadrons included: VFA-122 "Flying Eagles", VFA-125 "Rough Raiders", VMFAT-101, VAQ-129 and VS-41 "Shamrocks". Additionally, VAW-117 "Wallbangers" was embarked, along with HS-8 "Eightballers". VS-41 will be disestablished with the official ceremony on July 27. The Stennis returned to homeport July 18, after a seven-week underway period jammed with an assortment of tests, inspections and qualifications.

September 13, USS John C. Stennis departed Bremerton to conduct Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX).

October 12, Stennis Carrier Strike Group, operating in the Pacific Ocean, wrapped up COMPTUEX.

November 8, CVN 74 is currently participating in the Joint Task Force Exercise off the coast of southern California. JTFEX marks the first time the JCSSG will conduct large-scale joint operations with the USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) Strike Group.

November 21, The aircraft carrier returned to homeport after completing its Joint Task Force Exercise. Upon arrival, Stennis' 3,200 Sailors will begin their holiday stand down before leaving in early 2007 for its scheduled deployment.

January 16, 2007 USS John C. Stennis departed Naval Base Kitsap-Bremerton for a scheduled deployment in support of Operations Enduring Freedom, Iraqi Freedom and Maritime Security operations.

January 22, The Stennis is currently conducting a four-day carrier qualifications with embarked Carrier Air Wing Nine (CVW-9), off the coast of southern California, prior to heading to the U.S. Central Command area of operations in support of the global war on terrorism.

February 4, CVN 74 CSG entered the Guam Operating Area and will conduct several days of exercises while in the region.

February 19, USS John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group entered the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations (AoO) to conduct Maritime Security Operations (MSO) in regional waters, as well as to provide support for ground forces operating in Afghanistan and Iraq.

February 23, Operating in the North Arabian Sea, the aircraft carrier launched an F/A-18C Hornet from the “Death Rattlers” of Marine Strike Fighter Squadron (VMFA) 323, beginning the strike group’s first combat mission in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

March 20, A pilot assigned to Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 323, ejected from his F/A-18C "Hornet" at approximately 3:19 p.m. (local time) in the North Arabian Sea. The search and rescue (SAR) helicopter recovered the pilot at 3:35 p.m. and transported to Stennis where a further medical evaluation will be conducted.

March 27, USS John C. Stennis entered the Persian Gulf, escorted by the guided-missile cruiser USS Antietam, to conduct a dual-carrier exercise with the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) Carrier Strike Group.

April 4, CVN 74 returned to the North Arabian Sea following its first port visit in the Middle East.

April 16, USS John C. Stennis completed a month-long operations with the French nuclear powered aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle (R 91) in the North Arabian Sea.

May 11, The Stennis CSG reached the halfway point of their deployment May 10, while on station in the Persian Gulf. Since arriving in the U.S. 5th Fleet AoO, CVW-9 has flown 6,939 hours and has dropped more than 56,000 pounds of ordnance in support of coalition forces operating on the ground in Afghanistan.

May 12, Cmdr. Larry Vincent relieved Cmdr. Murray Tynch as CO of the HS-8 "Eightballers".

May 13, Cmdr. Muhammad Muzzafar F. Khan relieved Cmdr. Timothy Langdon as commanding officer of VS-31 "Topcats" during a ceremony held at sea aboard USS John C. Stennis. Khan is the first Muslim to take command of an operational aviation squadron in the U.S. Navy.

May 23, USS John C. Stennis and USS Nimitz CSG-s and USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) Expeditionary Strike Group entered the Persian Gulf to conduct missions in direct support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and perform Expeditionary Strike Force (ESF) training.

June 14, CVN 74 returned to North Arabian Sea, following its six-day port visit to Jebel Ali, U.A.E.

June 18, The flight deck of USS John C. Stennis tallied it's 100,000th arrested landing with the trap of an F/A-18F Super Hornet, piloted by XO Cmdr. Clark Troyer and Lt. John Young, from VFA-154 "Black Knights" on June 15. The next morning, a ceremony was held on the aft mess decks and commemorative plaques containing a piece of the arresting gear wire were given to key Stennis and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 9 leadership.

June 22, The Stennis returned again to Persian Gulf to support operation Iraqi Freedom.

July 23, USS John C. Stennis departed Singapore after a five-day port call. She is scheduled to participate in Exercise Valiant Shield 2007 with the USS Nimitz and USS Kitty Hawk Carrier Strike Groups. CVN 74 arrived in Hong Kong on 27th.

August 20, The Stennis Carrier Strike Group arrived in Pearl Harbor after a five-month deployment to the U.S. 5th Fleet AoO. While there, CVW 9 flew more than 7,900 sorties providing more than 22,000 flight hours and dropping nearly 90,000 pounds of ordnance in support of coalition forces operating on the ground in Afghanistan and Iraq. The ship will pick up family and friends for a "Tiger Cruise" heading back to San Diego Aug. 27.

August 31, USS John C. Stennis returned to Bremerton after a seven-and-a-half month deployment. The aircraft carrier will soon commence its post-overseas movement standdown to give the crew some well-deserved time off before the ship begins its docked planned incremental availability later this year where it will undergo about six months of maintenance and upgrades.

September 28, CVN 74 pulled to Puget Sound Naval Shipyard dry dock for a six-month Planned Incremental Availability (PIA) period. During the maintenance period, Stennis will receive major upgrades to its potable water system, combat and self defense systems, navigational systems, electrical load centers and numerous other components.

January 23, 2008 USS John C. Stennis departed dry dock on Jan. 18, but the maintenance period is scheduled to last until March.

March 28, JCS returned to Naval Base Kitsap-Bremerton after a four-day sea trials completing the six-month maintenance period.

May 12, The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier is currently off the coast of southern California conducting Naval Aviation Training Command carrier qualifications with Training Air Wings One and Two.

May 26, The Stennis is off the West Coast for a Tailored Ship's Training Availability (TSTA) and the Final Evaluation Period.

June 19, CVN 74 is currently conducting Fleet Replacement Squadron Carrier Qualifications (FRSCQ) off the coast of southern California.

September 18, Capt. Joseph W. Kuzmick relieved Capt. Bradley Johanson as the CO of USS John C. Stennis in a change-of-command ceremony in the ship’s hangar bay.

September 23, The John C. Stennis departed homeport for a two-month underway period to conduct FRSCQ, Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX) and Joint Task Force Exercise (JTFEX), with Carrier Strike Group Three (CSG 3) and Carrier Air Wing Nine (CVW 9), off the coast of southern California.

October 9, The Stennis became the first aircraft carrier that successfully launched the Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile (ESSM), RIM-162 D-1, during a Combat System Ship's Qualification Trials on Oct. 7.

November 5, The JCS Carrier Strike Group successfully completed COMPTUEX off the West Coast.

November 21, CVN 74 returned to Bremerton, Wash., after completing a Joint Task Force Exercise off the coast of southern California Nov. 16.

January 13, 2009 USS John C. Stennis departed homeport for a scheduled western Pacific deployment.

February 10, The Stennis CSG is currently participating in undersea warfare exercise, with the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF).

February 17, The nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, along with USS Antietam (CG 54), USS Cowpens (CG 63) and USS Kidd (DDG 100), arrived in Hong Kong for a scheduled port visit.

February 27, USS John C. Stennis pulled to Sasebo, Japan, for a routine port call.

March 11, CVN 74 Carrier Strike Group arrived in Busan, Republic of Korea, to participate in Key Resolve/Foal Eagle '09 exercise.

March 16, Two Russian Ilyushin IL-38 "May" maritime patrol aircraft overflew the Stennis by an altitude of 500 feet, about 80 nautical miles off the coast of Pohang.

April 9, USS John C. Stennis CSG arrived in Laem Chabang, Thailand, for a scheduled port visit.

April 24, The Stennis Sailor was killed in Singapore after he was crushed between the massive ship’s hull and a boat from which he was trying to close a drain on the carrier’s side. The aircraft carrier arrived today for a scheduled port call.

April 29, Rear Adm. Mark A. Vance, Commander, Carrier Strike Group 3, relieved of duty Cmdr. David L. Burnham, the John C. Stennis XO, after he was found guilty of "personal misconduct" at an admiral’s mast. Lt. Cmdr. Charles Brown, spokesman for Naval Air Forces, said that Burnham’s relief was not related to the death of Aviation Boatswain’s Mate 3rd Class Gatlin Scott Green, who was killed last Friday in Singapore.

May 4, Cmdr. Todd R. Marzano relieved Cmdr. Jeffrey J. Czerewko, as CO of the "Blue Diamonds" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 146, during an aerial change of command ceremony.

June 10, CVN 74 departed Naval Station Pearl Harbor after a two-week port visit.

June 17, The John C. Stennis is currently in the Gulf of Alaska participating in a joint Exercise Northern Edge 2009.

June 29, The Stennis pulled to Everett, Wash., to pick up family and friends for a Tiger Cruise. The ship will travel to San Diego to offload Carrier Air Wing Nine before heading home. The aircraft from CVW 9 flew more than 7250 sorties, consisting of approximately 12,747 flight hours with a sortie completion rate of 97 percent during deployment.

July 10, USS John C. Stennis returned to Bremerton after a six-month underway period.

September 14, The JCS departed homeport for fleet replacement carrier qualifications off the coast of southern California.

November 5, The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier pulled to NAS North Island for a brief port call and to embark Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 9.

November 23, USS John C. Stennis returned home after completing its strike group sustainment exercise (SUSTAINEX) off the coast of southern California. The strike group includes USS Antietam (CG 54), USS Kidd (DDG 100) and USS Milius (DDG 69). Also participating were USS Curts (FFG 38), USS Vandegrift (FFG 48) and USS Princeton (CG 59). The strike group also rehearsed with Canadian Navy ships HMCS Algonquin (DDG 283), HMCS Calgary (FFH 335) and HMCS Protectuer (AOR 509).

December 2, CVN 74 departed Bremerton for FRS-CQ off the coast of southern California. The Stennis returned to homeport Dec. 18.

January 24, 2010 USS John C. Stennis departed Naval Air Station North Island in San Diego for carrier qualifications off the West Coast. The JCS returned home Feb. 19.

March 12, USS John C. Stennis departed homeport for fleet replacement squadron carrier qualifications (FRSCQ) and to perform a major ammunition offload in preparation for a planned incremental availability (PIA) maintenance period.

March 23, For the first time in 15 years EA-6B Prowlers from the "Garudas" of Electronic Attack Squadron 134 landed on the flight deck of an aircraft carrier March 18. VAQ-134 is currently completing CQ aboard the Stennis before joining Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 17 later this year.

April 2, CVN 74 returned to Naval Base Kitsap-Bremerton after qualifying thirty-four new pilots from five squadrons and offloading 2.5 million pounds of ammunition in two days.

December 18, The Stennis returned to homeport after a four-day underway for sea trials and ammunition onload at Naval Magazine Indian Island, Wash., completing the six-month PIA at the PSNS&IMF.

January 14, 2011 USS John C. Stennis departed Bremerton for a routine work-ups off the coast of southern California.

February 10, The John C. Stennis pulled into Naval Air Station North Island, San Diego, to participate in a Centennial of Naval Aviation celebration. The aircraft carrier will held an "open house" on Saturday along with USS Peleliu (LHA 5) and USS Pinckney (DDG 91).

February 28, The Stennis departed San Diego for a Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV) assessment. CVN 74 returned to Bremerton, Wash., March 8.

March 18, Capt. Ronald Reis relieved Capt. Joseph W. Kuzmick as CO of the USS John C. Stennis during a change-of-command ceremony aboard the ship.

March 24, The Stennis departed homeport for fleet replacement squadron carrier qualifications (FRS-CQ) off the coast of southern California.

March 30, Eight Sailors, one Marine and two civilian workers aboard the USS John C. Stennis were injured when an F/A-18C Hornet, assigned to "Sharpshooters" of Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron (VMFAT) 101, suffered a catastrophic engine failure at 2.50 p.m. and subsequently caught fire. The ship returned to Bremerton April 8.

April 29, USS John C. Stennis departed homeport for a Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX) off the coast of southern California.

May 24, Rear Adm. Craig S. Faller relieved Rear Adm. Joseph P. Aucoin as Commander, Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 3, during a change-of-command ceremony aboard the Stennis.

May 31, CVN 74 pulled into Naval Air Station North Island for a brief port call before participating in Joint Task Force Exercise (JTFEX).

June 2, Cmdr. Todd Glasser relieved Cmdr. Jeffrey Vorce as CO of the "Raptors" of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 71, during an aerial change-of-command ceremony.

June 13, The Stennis returned to Bremerton, Wash., after completing its last training exercise.

July 25, USS John C. Stennis departed homeport for a scheduled deployment in the U.S. 5th and 7th Fleet Areas of Responsibility (AoR).

July 28, CVN 74 pulled into Naval Air Station North Island to embark members of CVW 9. The Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 3 will depart San Diego July 29.

August 9, The Stennis CSG is currently participating in undersea warfare exercise (USWEX) off the coast of Hawaii.

August 27, USS John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group cancelled its scheduled port visit to Manila Bay, Philippines, due to bad weather conditions brought by Typhoon Mina.

September 4, The John C. Stennis pulled into Port Klang, Malaysia, for a four-day visit to Kuala Lumpur.

September 21, USS John C. Stennis pulled into Khalifa Bin Salman Port at Hidd for a four-day visit to the Kingdom of Bahrain.

October 9, Aircraft from CVW-9 recently launched its first combat sorties in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan.

November 12, Cmdr. Christopher R. DeMay relieved Cmdr. Christopher Bergen as CO of the "Wizards" of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 133.

November 14, CVN 74 recently pulled into Jebel Ali, U.A.E., for a scheduled port visit to Dubai.

December 18, An E-2C Hawkeye, assigned to the "Golden Hawks" of Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 112, completed the last command and control mission for U.S. forces over Iraq, effectively ending naval support for Operation New Dawn.

December 27, USS John C. Stennis departed Jebel Ali, United Arab Emirates, after a four-day port call.

January 26, 2012 The Stennis CSG pulled into Changi Naval Base for a four-day port visit to Singapore.

February 17, The Carrier Strike Group 3 arrived at Pearl Harbor for a four-day port visit to pick up "Tigers". During deployment in the Central Command AoO, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 9 launched more than 1,000 combat sorties in support of Enduring Freedom and New Dawn.

February 27, The Stennis pulled into Naval Air Station North Island at San Diego to disembark the elements of CVW 9.

March 2, USS John C. Stennis returned to Naval Base Kitsap-Bremerton after a seven-month deployment.

April 5, Rear Adm. Charles M. Gaouette relieved Rear Adm. Craif S. Faller as Commander, Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 3, during a change-of-command ceremony aboard the CVN 74 in Bremerton, Wash.

April 6, USS John C. Stennis departed homeport to conduct FRS-CQ, off the coast of southern California. The ship returned to Bremerton April 19.

June 25, The Stennis departed Naval Base Kitsap-Bremerton for a Fleet Replacement Squadron Carrier Qualifications.

July 5, USS John C. Stennis departed Naval Air Station North Island after another brief port call to conduct sustainment exercise (SUSTAINEX) in the SOCAL Op. Area.

July 15, Rear Adm. Charles M. Gaouette relieved of command Cmdr. Alan C. Aberthe, the XO of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 71, as a result of an investigation that confirmed his failure to obey a lawful regulation by violating the Navy's Policy on Sexual Harassment.

July 17, The seventh Nimitz-class aircraft carrier pulled again into San Diego to disembark members of CVW 9. Returned home on July 23.

August 27, USS John C. Stennis departed homeport for a surge deployment in the U.S. 5th and 7th Fleet AoR.

August 30, The Stennis arrived at Naval Air Station North Island to embark members of Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 9. Underway on Sept. 1.

September 29, Cmdr. David G. Duff relieved Cmdr. Kevin M. McLaughlin, as CO of the "Tophatters" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 14, during an aerial change-of-command ceremony.

September 30, CVN 74 anchored off the coast of Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia, for a four-day port visit, the first by an aircraft carrier.

October 6, An MH-60S Knighthawk, assigned to the "Eightballers" of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 8, rescued a Malaysian fisherman, around 10 a.m. local time, while the Stennis was transiting through the Strait of Malacca. He was airlifted to the USNS Carl M. Brashear (T-AKE 7) for medical treatment.

October 7, USS John C. Stennis anchored in Patong Bay for a three-day port visit to Phuket, Thailand.

October 21, Aircraft from CVW-9 recently launched its first combat sorties in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan.

November 20, The JCS pulled into Khalifa Bin Salman Port at Hidd, Bahrain, for a four-day port call.

December 23, USS John C. Stennis pulled into Jebel Ali, U.A.E., for a five-day visit to Dubai.

February 1, 2013 CVN 74 pulled into Jebel Ali for a four-day port visit to United Arab Emirates. Inport Jebel Ali again from March 13-17.

March 17, Cmdr. Michael A. Bisbee relieved Cmdr. Christopher R. DeMay as CO of the VAQ-133 during an aerial change-of-command ceremony in the Arabian Gulf.

March 26, The John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group returned to the 7th Fleet Area of Responsibility (AoR). While on station in the North Arabian Sea, CVW 9 aircraft launched around 1,200 combat sorties in support of OEF.

April 1, USS John C. Stennis moored at Changi Naval Base in Singapore for a three-day port visit. Transited the Surigao Strait on April 10.

April 19, The Stennis transferred more than 1,600 tons of ordnance to USNS Richard E. Byrd (T-AKE 4) during the ammunition offload in the mid-Pacific Ocean, from April 17-18.

April 21, The JCS pulled into Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, for a three-day port call and to embark friends and family members for a Tiger Cruise. Inport San Diego from April 29-30.

May 3, USS John C. Stennis returned to Bremerton after an eight-month deployment.

June 27, CVN 74 entered the Dry Dock #6 at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility (PSNS&IMF) in Bremerton for a 14-month Drydocking Planned Incremental Availability (DPIA).

July 26, Capt. Michael A. Wettlaufer relieved Capt. Ronald Reis as CO of the John C. Stennis during a change-of-command ceremony under the hull of the ship at dry-dock.