U. S. COMMISSIONED AIRCRAFT CARRIERS PHOTOS (CV-1 to CVN-78)
Part IV of IV - CVN-70 to CVN-78
A Sailors tale of his Tour of duty in the U.S. Navy (August 1977 to February 1983) Operation Evening Light and Eagle Claw - 24 April 1980
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U. S. COMMISSIONED AIRCRAFT CARRIERS PHOTOS (CV-1 to CVN-78)
Part I to IV - CV-1 to CV/CVA/CV-19
Part II to IV - CV-20 to CV-40
Part III to IV - CVB/CVA/CV-41 to CVN-69
Part IV of IV - CVN-70 to CVN-78
The Western Pacific Ocean, Feb. 10, 2003 — The guided missile frigate USS Ingraham (FFG-61) takes on fuel from the starboard side of the fast combat support ship USS Sacramento (AOE-1) while the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson receives cargo via Vertical Replenishment (VERTREP) during a Replenishment at Sea (RAS). U.S. Navy Photo by Photographer's Mate Airman Dustin Howell (030210-N-3241H-122). NS027016. USN. http://www.navsource.org/archives/02/027016.jpg
Nice picture of Carl Vinson about to go under the Golden Gate Bridge, In San Francisco http://www.navsource.org/archives/02/027002.jpg
“The Carl Vinson (CVN-70), the 70th aircraft carrier of the United States Navy by Hull No. and in order of commission, the 58th, commissioning at the Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Co., Newport News, Virginia on 13 March 1982, with Captain Richard L. Martin in command; launched on 15 March 1980, sponsored (christened) by Molly Snead, a devoted friend and administrative assistant to Representative Vinson who nursed his wife (who suffered from severe arthritis) during the years that led up to Mary Vinson's death in 1950; keel was laid down in 1976 by Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Co., Newport News, Virginia and is the third Nimitz class supercarrier” (Ref. 72 & 375).
The Atlantic Ocean, Sep. 15, 1999 — Hundreds of crew members of USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71), in dress white uniforms, spell out a reference to the quote of former President Theodore Roosevelt: "Speak softly and carry a big stick." The aircraft carrier was transiting the Atlantic Ocean on her way home to Norfolk, Va., after a six-month deployment in the Adriatic Sea and Arabian Gulf. U.S. Navy photo by Photograher's Mate 2nd Class (AW) Robert R. McRill (photo # 990915-N-5526M-001). NS027112.
“The Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) (Named 30/11/81), the 71st aircraft carrier of the United States Navy by Hull No. and in order of commission, the 59th, commissioning on 25 October 198, with Capt. Paul W. Parcells named as the Prospective Commanding Officer, and christened by Mrs. Barbara Lehman, wife of Secretary Lehman. On 3 November 1981, Secretary of the Navy John F. Lehman announced that the nation's newest nuclear-powered aircraft carrier would be named for the 26th President of the United States, Theodore Roosevelt; while the keel "Hull 624D" was laid down 31 October 1981 by Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Co., Newport News, Virginia and is the fourth Nimitz-class supercarrier; contract was awarded to Newport News Shipbuilding. Secretary of Defense Casper Weinberger authenticated the keel laying of TR by initiating the first weld on 20 September 1980” (Ref. 72 & 384).
071112-N-5384B-204 PACIFIC OCEAN (Nov. 12, 2007) Nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) participates in a strait transit exercise with Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 9. Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 9 is off the coast of Southern California participating in Composite Training Unit Exercise. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Justin R. Blake (RELEASED) https://navcms.news.navy.mil/view_single.asp?id=52709
“The Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72), the 72nd aircraft carrier of the United States Navy by Hull No. and in order of commission, the 60th, commissioning on 11 November 1989; delivered to the U. S. Navy on 30 October 1989, with Captain William B. Hayden in command as the third Commanding Officer, relieving Captain Stanley W. Bryant; launched on 13 February 1988, with Captain Joseph J. Dantone, Jr. in command; keel was laid down 3 November 1984 at Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Corp., Newport News, Virginia and is the sixth nuclear-powered aircraft carrier and the fifth ship in the Nimitz class of nuclear-powered supercarriers, while the contract to build her was awarded on 27 December 1982. The ship was named in honor of Abraham Lincoln, our nation’s 16th president and is the second ship in the U.S. Navy to bear his name. The ballistic missile submarine Abraham Lincoln (SSBN-602) was in service 1961-81” (Ref. 72 & 377).
With her crew manning the rails, USS George Washington (CVN-73) heads out to sea on January 26, 1996, at the commencement of a scheduled six-month deployment to the Mediterranean. USS George Washington, commanded by CAPT Malcolm P. Branch, would be operating in the Adriatic Sea in support of the NATO peace keeping Operation Joint Endeavor. U.S. Navy Photo by Photographer's Mate 1st Class Craig McClure (# 960126-N-6442M-002). NS027342. Submitted by: Bill Gonyo.
USS George Washington (CVN-73)
USS George Washington (CVN-73) transits the Pacific Ocean during carrier flight qualifications, 28 August 2008. The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier was transiting the coast of Southern California conducting her combat operations efficiency evaluation with Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5. George Washington was en route to Yokosuka, Japan, where she would replace USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) as the Navy's only forward deployed aircraft carrier. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communications Specialist Second Class Clifford L. H. Davis (#080828-N-9565D-061). NS027397. Submitted by: Ron Reeves. http://www.navsource.org/archives/02/027397.jpg
“The George Washington (CVN-73), the 73rd aircraft carrier of the United States Navy by Hull No. and in order of commission, the 61st, commissioning on 4 July 1992; launched on 21 July 1990; keel was laid down on 25 August 1986 by Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Co., Newport News, Virginia, the sixth ship in the Nimitz class of nuclear-powered supercarriers, and the third United States Navy warship to be named after George Washington, first President of the United States” (Ref. 72 & 379).
Home Port transfer to Yokosuka, Japan and UNITAS 49-08
Commander Rear Adm. Philip H. Cullom, CCSG 8, and CVW-17 embarked USS George Washington (CVN-73) to participate in Partnership of the Americas in the U.S. Southern Command area of focus (AOF). Brazil, Argentina and the United States conducted UNITAS 49-08 in support of U.S. Southern Command's Partnership of the Americas 2008 (POA 08). After approximately two months, the ship continued on its transit while Carrier Strike Group 8 and CVW-17 returned to Norfolk. DESRON 40, Kauffman and Farragut remained in the SOUTHCOM AOF to continue their participation in Partnership of the Americas for a six-month deployment. Prior to entering the Pacific, CVW-17 (AA) and CCSG-8 returned to Oceana. VFA-143; VFA-103; VFA-83; VFA-131 and VAW-121 are assigned to CVW-7 (AG) stationed at Naval Air Station Jacksonville, FL and reported to be onboard in the Pacific, while CVW-17 squadrons were not reported publicly during the first two months of deployment. GW relieved Kitty Hawk of her forward deployed duties in San Diego rather then Hawaii between 7 to 27 August 2008, due to a fire that occurred onboard in the Pacific prior to reaching San Diego. Her 9th deployment since her commission on the East Coast on 4 July 1992 (April 7 to 27 May 2008).
The aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) with her crew of approximately 5,500 Sailors departed San Diego Aug. 21, to begin her journey to Yokosuka, Japan to replace USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) as the United States' only permanently forward-deployed aircraft carrier.
PACIFIC OCEAN (Sept. 24, 2008) Rear Admiral Kawamura of the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force’s Escort Flotilla One arrives in a MH-60S helicopter onboard USS George Washington (CVN-73). Kawamura is meeting with fellow senior naval officers a day before the ship’s anticipated arrival in Yokosuka, Japan. George Washington is transiting to Japan where the ship will replace USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) as the U.S. Navy’s only forward-deployed aircraft carrier. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Anthony R. Martinez
PACIFIC OCEAN (Sept. 25, 2008) – Sailors aboard USS George Washington (CVN-73) form the phrase “Hajimemashite,” which means “nice to meet you” in Japanese, as they arrive at Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan. The GW and Carrier Air Wing 5 team will be operating from Fleet Activities Yokosuka as the U.S. Navy’s only forward-deployed aircraft carrier which will upgrade the Navy’s ability to preserve regional security and stability in the Western Pacific.
Aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN-73), departed Japan on Monday for its last Pacific patrol as the U.S. Navy’s forward deployed aircraft carrier.
The carrier will be replaced in Yokosuka, Japan by USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) — currently in in California — and part of Washington’s crew will swap over to the Reagan.
“On behalf of my crew, we are grateful for the friendships we have shared while forward-deployed in Yokosuka,” said Capt. Timothy Kuehhas, George Washington’s commanding officer in a Monday statement.
“USS George Washington will now begin a journey, which will end in Virginia, but some of the crew of USS George Washington will transfer to Ronald Reagan during our voyage.”
The move is part of a complex crew and carrier shuffle that will trade sailors between Washington, Reagan and USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) — informally called CVN-220 based on adding the totals of the three ships’ hull numbers.
Washington will head to Newport News, Va. for its multi-billion nuclear refueling and complex overhaul (RCOH).
Roosevelt will take over Reagan’s berth in San Diego, Calif.
The Washington Carrier Strike Group (CSG) includes guided missile cruiser USS Antietam (CG-54) and the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers USS Fitzgerald (DDG-62) and USS Preble (DDG-88).
USS George Washington (CVN-73) departed Yokosuka on 18 May 2015; local waters off Japan from 18 to 23 May 2015; WestPac from 24 May to 18 June 2015; Grain Wharf in Port of Brisbane, Australia from 19 to 23 June 2015; WestPac from 24 June to 6 July 2015; exercise Talisman Sabre 2015 in the Timor Sea off the northern coast of Australia from 2015 from 7 to 18 July 2015; Pacific from 19 July to 9 August 2015; arrived at San Diego on 10 August 2015.
USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74) transits the Strait of Malacca, 9 September 2011, after leaving Port Klang, Malaysia. The John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group was on a scheduled Western Pacific Ocean and Persian Gulf deployment. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Benjamin Crossley (# 110909-N-BT887-171). NS027480. USN. http://www.navsource.org/archives/02/027480.jpg
“The John C. Stennis (CVN-74), the 74th aircraft carrier of the United States Navy by Hull No. and in order of commission, the 62nd, commissioning on 9 December 1995; launched on 11 November 1993, sponsored by Mrs. Margaret Stennis Womble and daughter of Senator Stennis; keel was laid down 13 March 1991 by Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Corp., Newport News, Virginia and is the seventh ship in the Nimitz class of nuclear-powered supercarriers; named after Senator John C. Stennis who spent four decades (41 years) in the Senate while serving with eight presidents, from President Truman to President Reagan contract awarded on 29 March 1988” (Ref. 72 & 365).
USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75), foreground, and USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77) transit during a turnover of responsibility in the Arabian Sea, 22 March 2014. TheNimitz-class aircraft carriers support maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet Area Of Responsibility. U.S. Navy photo by LT Juan David Guerra (# 140322-N-AP620-071). NS027575. Submitted by: Ron Reeves. http://www.navsource.org/archives/02/027575.jpg
“The Harry S. Truman (CVN-75), the 75th aircraft carrier of the United States Navy by Hull No. and in order of commission, the 63rd, commissioning on 25 July 1998, with Captain Thomas G. Otterbein, USN in command; launched on 7 September 1996; conducted sea trials from 1 to 12 June 1998; keel was laid down on 29 November 1993 at Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Corp., Newport News, Virginia and is the ninth nuclear-powered aircraft carrier and the eighth Nimitz-class supercarrier; named after named after the 33rd President of the United States Harry S. Truman” (Ref. 72 & 382).
USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) underway in the 7th Fleet Area Of Responsibility, in the Pacific Ocean, 12 March 2011, directed to Japan, following an 8.9 earthquake and tsunami, to render humanitarian assistance and disaster relief as directed. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Dylan McCord (#110312-N-SB672-108). NS027693. Submitted by: Ron Reeves.
Hull swap with USS George Washington (CVN-73) at San Diego from 10 to 25 August 2015. USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) departed San Diego on 26 August 2015; off the coast of southern California from 26 to 28 August 2015; returned to San Diego on 29 August 2015; departed San Diego for Yokosuka, Japan on 31 August 2015; EastPac from 31 August to 9 September 2015; waters off the coast of Hawaii from 10 to 16 September 2015; entered the 7th Fleet area of operations on 17 September 2015; WestPac from 18 to 30 September 2015; pulled into new homeport Yokosuka on 1 October 2015.
“The Ronald Reagan (CVN-76), the 76th aircraft carrier of the United States Navy by Hull No. and in order of commission, the 64th, commissioning on 12 July 2003. At the commissioning ceremony, Mrs. Reagan gave the ship's crew their first order as an active unit of the Navy: "Man the ship and bring her to life."; launched on 4 March 2001, sponsored by Ronald Reagan's wife Nancy and Christened by Mrs. Nancy Reagan; keel was laid down on 12 February 1998 by Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Corp., Newport News, Virginia and is the tenth nuclear-powered aircraft carrier and the ninth Nimitz-class supercarrier, while the contract to build Reagan was awarded on 8 December 1994; named after President of the United States Ronald Reagan” (Ref. 72 & 373).
090407-N-5735P-067 - ATLANTIC OCEAN (April 7, 2009) The aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77) is underway from Naval Station Norfolk conducting acceptance trials and the Board of Inspections and Survey to test the ship's material conditions and readiness. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st class Demetrius L. Patton/Released) http://www.cnaf.navy.mil/content.aspx?PhotoID=1268 https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:USS_George_H.W._Bush_(CVN-77).jpg
“USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77) acceptance sea trials underway off the Virginia Capes for acceptance sea trials from 7 to 9 April 2009” (Ref. 76).
“USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77) returned to Norfolk, Va. on 9 April 2009” (Ref. 76).
The U.S. Navy flight demonstration squadron, the "Blue Angels," fly in the Delta Formation over USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77) off the Florida coast near Mayport Naval Station, 10 December 2013. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Terrence Siren (# 131210-N-KG934-050). NS027757. Submitted by: Bob Haner. http://www.navsource.org/archives/02/027757.jpg
“The George H. W. Bush (CVN-77), the 77th aircraft carrier of the United States Navy by Hull No. and in order of commission, the 65th, commissioning Saturday, Jan. 10, 2009, during an 11 a.m. EST ceremony at Naval Station Norfolk, Va. Northrop Grumman christened the nation’s 10th and final Nimitz-class aircraft carrier, George H. W. Bush (CVN-77), on 7 October 2006. The ship’s namesake and 41st President of the United States, George H. W. Bush, attended the ceremony and became the first president in the shipyard’s 120-year history to participate in the christening of his namesake ship; keel was laid down on 6 September 2003. Mr. England has also designated Mr. Bush's daughter, Mrs. Doro B. Koch for the traditional role of ship's sponsor. USS George H.W. Bush joined the fleet in 2009” (Ref. 72, 402 & 445).
The George H. W. Bush (CVN-77) is the 10th and final Nimitz-class aircraft carrier. This evolutionary ship will pave the way to a new class of carriers. Named after the nation’s 41st president, this powerful warship of the 21st century will feature numerous improvements and modernizations. Learn more about this state-of-the-art ship at reference I.
“Northrop Grumman christened the nation’s 10th and final Nimitz-class aircraft carrier, George H. W. Bush (CVN-77), on 7 October 2006. The ship’s namesake and 41st President of the United States, George H. W. Bush, attended the ceremony and became the first president in the shipyard’s 120-year history to participate in the christening of his namesake ship.
Several members of the Bush family were on hand for the special occasion, including the former president’s wife Barbara and their daughter, Doro Bush Koch. Mrs. Koch serves as the ship’s sponsor and performed the traditional honor of breaking a bottle of American sparkling wine across the ship’s bow during the ceremony.
“Very few ships of the United States Navy have been named for a person who was alive at the time of the christening; the list includes Carl Vinson (CVN-70), Arleigh Burke (DDG-51), Jimmy Carter (SSN-23), Ronald Reagan (CVN-76), Hyman G. Rickover (SSN-709), Bob Hope (T-AKR-300), and George H. W. Bush (CVN-77)” (Ref. 72).
Tens of thousands of Navy supporters attend the christening ceremony of the aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78) at Newport News Shipbuilding, Newport News, Va., 9 November 2013. The first in the Ford-class carriers, CVN-78 is scheduled to join the fleet in 2016. U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Peter D. Lawlor (# 131109-N-WL435-370). NS027821j. Submitted by: Robert M. Cieri. http://www.navsource.org/archives/02/027821j.jpg
Builder's original logo. NS027822b. Submitted by: Ron Reeves and Howard Weitzell.
Ship's crest and motto, "Integrity at the Helm." NS027822. Submitted by: Ron Reeves & Wolfgang Hechler.
Ship's patch. NS027822a. Submitted by: Howard Weitzell.
Operational and Building Data
Advance construction of the CVN-21 project began on August 11, 2005 with the beveling of a 15-ton metal plate at Northrop Grumman Newport News' shipyards in Virginia. This metal plate was used in the construction of CVN-78. Advance construction took an estimated two years before construction began on the actual ship herself. This gave technicians and engineers the time needed to test and design the ship, and all the new technologies placed into the vessel. The keel of the first unit (CVN-78) was laid on 14 November 2009 and delivery to the Navy is scheduled for 2015, to replace USS Enterprise (CVN-65), inactivated in 2012 after 51 years of service. CVN-78 was officially named Gerald R. Ford, after the nation's 38th President, on 16 January 2007.
On 10 September 2008 Northrop Grumman Corporation received a $5.1-billion, 7-year cost plus incentive fee contract award for detail design and construction of CVN-78. Second unit (CVN-79) is scheduled to start construction in FY2012 and slated to be placed in commission in FY2019. CVN-79 would feature several improvements over CVN-78. Third and final (?) unit (CVN-80), would be procured "a few years after" CVN-79 (estimated delivery in FY2023). Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced, 1 December 2012, that she will be named Enterprise.