U. S. Aircraft Carrier Deployment History

FWFD’s from 2000 to Present

Part I - 2000 to 2001 FWFD’s

Part II - 2002 to 2004 FWFD’s

Part III - 2005 to 2007 FWFD’s

Part IV - 2008 to 2009 FWFD’s

Part V - 2010 FWFD’s

Part VI - 2011 FWFD’s

Part VII - 2012 to 2013 FWFD’s

Part VIII - 2014 to 2017 FWFD’s

 

 

 2002 EAST and WEST COAST DEPLOYMENTS - Includes Florida

 

2002 U.S. Atlantic (Second & Sixth Fleets) U.S. Pacific Fleet (Third and Seventh Fleets) and the US Naval Forces Central Command and 5th Fleet Aircraft Carrier Deployments Includes Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) Red Sea, Arabian Sea and Persian Gulf (Arabian Gulf), North Arabian Sea, Indian Ocean, Eastern and Western Pacific Oceans, while both east and west coast deployments often operated under the direction of the U.S. Naval Forces Central Command and 5th Fleet, participating in Operation Southern Watch and Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF), the "military response to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States, commencing on 7 October 2001 operating under operational control of the US Naval Forces Central Command and 5th Fleet, operating under operational control of the US Naval Forces Central Command and 5th Fleet, with the Commander, 7th Fleet, serving as naval component commander for Central Command.

 

The US Navy's 2001 Pacific Fleet and Seventh Fleet Aircraft Carriers deployments and Carriers from both West and East coast, resulted in three CVN’s extending into 2002, operating under the direction of the U.S. Naval Forces Central Command and 5th Fleet, participating in Operation Southern Watch, operating under operational control of the US Naval Forces Central Command and 5th Fleet, with the Commander, 7th Fleet, serving as naval component commander for Central Command are as follows:

 

AIRCRAFT CARRIER

DEP

AIR WING

T.C.

DEPART

RETURN

Days at  Sea

USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) Pacific Fleet, 7th, 5th & Central Command  (4th Arabian

/ Persian Gulf dep. & 4th Arabian Sea dep. & 2nd North Arabian Sea)

8th WestPac

PASSEX

8th Indian Ocean

4th OSW

1st OEF

CVW-11

NH

23 Jul 2001

23 Jan 2002

Middle East

Iraq no Fly Zone

Afghanistan War

13th FWFD

185-days

A one-day training event known as a passing exercise (PASSEX) with CV-64 Constellation battle group in the South China Sea, 4th Operation Southern Watch, enforcing the no-fly zone south of the 32nd parallel in Iraq and 1st Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF), the "military response to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States, commencing on 7 October 2001.

 

Squadrons: VF-213, F-14D; VFA-97, FA-18A; VFA-22, FA-18C (N); VFA-94, FA-18C (N); VAQ-135, EA-6B; VAW-117, E-2C; HS-6, SH-60F / HH-60H; VS-29, S-2B and VRC-30 Det. 2, C2A.

 

Carl Vinson Strike Group is composed of Carrier Air Wing 11; Carrier Group 3; Destroyer Squadron 9, consisting of the guided-missile cruiser USS Antietam (CG-54) and USS Princeton (CG-59); guided-missile destroyers USS John Paul Jones (DDG-53) and USS O’Kane (DDG-77); destroyer USS O’Brien (DD-975); guided-missile frigate USS Ingraham (FFG-61); and replenishment ship USS Sacramento (AOE-1); fast support ship USS Niagara Falls (T-AFS); and attack submarines USS Olympia (SSN-717) and USS Key West (SSN-722). Amphibious Squadron 1 was assigned in 2001.

USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) – 2nd, 6th, Central Command & 5th

(1st North Arabian Sea & 4th Arabian / Persian Gulf dep.)

(9th & 10th Red Sea & 7th & 8th Gulf of Aden)

NoLant

7th Med

1st Ionian Sea

11th Suez Canal

Bright Star

5th OSW                                                              1st OEF

12th Suez Canal

NoLant

CVW-1

AB

19 Sep 2001

27 Mar 2002

Europe

Middle East

Iraq no Fly Zone

Afghanistan War

8th FWFD

193-days

Exercise "Bright Star", 5thOperation Southern Watch, enforcing the no-fly zone south of the 32nd parallel in Iraq and 1st Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF), the "military response to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States, commencing on 7 October 2001.

 

Ports of call include: Manama, Bahrain and Marseille, France.

 

Squadrons: VF-102 (*1) (F-14B); VFA-82 (F/A-18C); VFA-86 (F/A-18C); VMFA-251 (F/A-18C); VAQ-137 (EA-6B); VAW-123 (E-2C); VS-32 (S-3B) and HS-11 (HH/SH-60H/F).

 

(*1) VF-102 redesignated VFA-102 on May 1, 2002.

 

USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) battle group is composed of Carrier Air Wing 1, Carrier Group 8, and Commander, Destroyer Squadron 28 (CDS 2) embarked; guided-missile cruisers USS Leyte Gulf (CG-55) and USS Vella Gulf (CG-72); guided-missile destroyers USS Ramage (DDG-61) and USS Ross (DDG-71); destroyers USS Ross (DDG-71), USS Peterson (DD-969) and USS Hayler (DD-997); guided-missile frigate USS Elrod (FFG-55); logistics ship USS Detroit (AOE-4) and HMCS Halifax (FFH-331); and attack submarines USS Hartford (SSN-768); USS Springfield (SSN-761).

USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74) Pacific Fleet, 7th, 5th & Central Command       (1st North Arabian Sea) (5th Arabian Sea voyage))

2nd WestPac 2nd IO

4th & 5th IO

3rd OSW

1st OEF

CVW-9

NG

12 Nov 2001

28 May 2002

Middle East

Iraq no Fly Zone & Afghanistan War

Arabian Sea

3rd FWFD

3rd Operation Southern Watch, enforcing the no-fly zone south of the 32nd parallel in Iraq and 1st Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF), the "military response to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States, commencing on 7 October 2001.

 

John C. Stennis normally operates as the centerpiece of a Carrier Battle Group commanded by a flag officer embarked, Carrier Group 7 and consists of four to six other ships and is composed of Carrier Wing 9 and surface and subsufrace vessels consiting of the guided-missile cruisers USS Lake Champlain (CG-57) and USS Port Royal (CG 73); guided-missile destroyer USS Decatur (DDG-73); destroyer USS Elliot (DD-967); missile frigate USS Jarrett (FFG-33); replenishment ship USS Bridge (AOE-10); and attack submarines USS Salt Lake City (SSN-716) and USS Jefferson City (SSN-759).

Ref. U. S. Navy Deployment History Resources

 

2002 U.S. Atlantic (Second & Sixth Fleets) U.S. Pacific Fleet (Third and Seventh Fleets) and the US Naval Forces Central Command and 5th Fleet Aircraft Carrier Deployments with east coast carriers, operating under the direction of the U.S. Naval Forces Central Command and 5th Fleet, participating in Operation Southern Watch and Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF), the "military response to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States, commencing on 7 October 2001, operating under operational control of the US Naval Forces Central Command and 5th Fleet, with the Commander, 7th Fleet, serving as naval component commander for Central Command are as follows:

 

AIRCRAFT CARRIER

DEP

AIR WING

T.C.

DEPART

RETURN

Days at  Sea

USS John F. Kennedy     (CV-67) -2nd, 6th, Central Command & 5th (4th Persian Gulf & 8th & 9th North Arabian Sea)

 

Lant

17th Med

11th Suez Canal

11th Red Sea

9th Gulf of Aden

8th North Arabian Sea

Gulf of Oman

Strait of Hormuz

4th Persian Gulf

Strait of Hormuz

Gulf of Oman 9th North Arabian Sea

10th Gulf of Aden

12th Red Sea

12th Suez Canal

Med

Lant

CVW-7

AG

7 Feb 2002

17 Aug 2002

22nd FWFD

Operation Anaconda and 1st Operation Enduring Freedom

 

Ports of call include: Souda Bay, Crete, a bay and natural harbour near the town of Souda on the northwest coast of the Greek island of Crete; Jebel Ali, United Arab Emirates (Arabic: جبل علي‎) is a port town, located 35 kilometers (22 mi) southwest of the city of Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. The Port of Jebel Ali is situated in Jebel Ali; Manama, Bahrain, a small island country situated near the western shores of the Persian Gulf, is an archipelago of 33 islands, the largest being Bahrain Island, at 55 km (34 mi) long by 18 km (11 mi) wide. Saudi Arabia lies to the west and is connected to Bahrain by the King Fahd Causeway, while Iran lies 200 km (120 mi) to the north of Bahrain, across the Gulf. The peninsula of Qatar is to the southeast across the Gulf of Bahrain; and Tarragona, Spain, (English /ˌtɑːrəˈɡoʊnə/, Catalan: [tərəˈɣonə], Spanish: [taraˈɣona]; Phoenician: טַרְקוֹן, Tarqon; Latin: Tarraco) is a port city located in the north-east of Spain on the Mediterranean Sea and Marmaris, Turkey, a port town and tourist resort on the Mediterranean coast, located in Muğla Province, southwest Turkey, along the shoreline of the Turkish Riviera.

 

Squadrons: VF-143, F-14B; VF-11, F-14B; VFA-136, FA-18C(N); VFA-131, FA-18C(N); VAQ-140, EA-6B; VAW-121, E-2C; HS-5, SH-60F/HH-60H; VS-31, S-3B and VRC-40 Det. 3, C-2A.

 

USS John F. Kennedy (CVA-67) battle group is composed of Carrier Air Wing 7; Carrier Group 6; Destroyer Squadron 24, consisting of the guided missile cruisers USS Hue City (CG-66), USS Vicksburg (CG-69); guided missile destroyers USS Roosevelt (DDG-80), USS Carney (DDG-64), USS The Sullivans (DDG-68); destroyer USS Spruance (DD-963); guided missile frigates USS Taylor (FFG-50) and USS Underwood (FFG-36) and attack submarines USS Boise (SSN-764) and USS Toledo (SSN-769); and replenishment ship USS Seattle (AOE-3). Amphibious Squadron 8 was assigned in 2002.

USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) – 7th

(7th Forward Deployed)

26th WestPac

Sea of Japan

CVW-5

NF

15 Apr 2002

5 Jun 2002

WestPac

29th FWFD

Spring Underway Period (Seven Weeks), Underway Training & CQ -

Becoming the first carrier in the U.S. Navy to perform test firings with the Rolling Airframe Missile (RAM) System on 20 and 21 March 2002, celebrating its 41st birthday just prior to making a port call at Hong Kong from 29 April to 2 May 2002.

 

Ports of call included: Hong Kong and Singapore.

 

Air Wing FIVE was equipped with what were then the Navy's newest aircraft: the F/A-18 Hornet, F-14 Tomcat, EA-6B Prowler, S-3 Viking, E-2C Hawkeye, SH-60 Seahawk and C-2A Greyhound.

 

Squadrons: VF-154 (*1), F-14A; VFA-27, FA-18C (N); VFA-192, FA-18C (N); VFA-195, FA-18C (N); VAQ-136, EA-6B; VAW-115, E-2C; HS-14, SH-60F / HH-60H; VS-21, S-3B and VRC-30 Det. 5, C-2A.

 

USS Kitty Hawk (CVA-63) Strike Group is the largest carrier strike group in the Navy and is composed of Carrier Air Wing 5; Carrier Group 5; Destroyer Squadron 15” (Ref. 1-Kitty Hawk & 76).

 

USS Kitty Hawk (CVA-63) Battle Group consists of: USS Chancellorsville (CG-62), USS O'Brien (DD-975), USS Vandergrift (FFG-48), USS Cowpens (CG-63), USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG-54), USS John S. McCain (DD-56), and USS Cushing (DD-985). The submarine USS Helena (SSN-725) and replenishment ships USNS Rappahannock (T-AO-204), USNS Kiska (T-AE-35) and USNS Concord (T-AFS-5) supported the training operations.

USS George Washington (CVN-73) – 2nd, 6th, 5th & Central Command (5th Arabian / Persian Gulf dep.)  (6th voyage) (11th & 12th Red Sea & Gulf of Aden))

NorLant

5th Med

11th Suez Canal

5th OSW

1st OEF

12th Suez Canal

Med

EastLant voyage              MS

Med

EDG

Ionian Sea Adriatic Sea

ODE               Med

NorLant

CVW-17

AA

20 Jun 2002

20 Dec 2002

Europe

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Middle East

Iraq no Fly Zone & Afghanistan War

Persian Gulf

7th FWFD

184-days

NATO Exercise Destined Glory 2002” off the western and southern coasts of Italy and Greece at the end of her deployment, to train a joint capable force in the full spectrum of operational tasks, with the UK/NL Amphibious Task Group at its core with Naval, air and land forces totaling 61 ships, 100 aircraft and more than 8,000 personnel from 12 nations took part in NATO’s largest Mediterranean amphibious exercise, Operation Decisive Edge in the Adriatic Sea, playing a vital peacekeeping role in Bosnia/Herzegovina, while Operation Deny Flight transitioned to Decisive Edge in support of the IFOR Operation Joint Endeavor, where carrier and shore-based squadrons conducted flight operations in support of joint and combined enforcement of a U.N.-mandated no-fly zone in the airspace over the Republic of Bosnia-Herzegovina. (Operation Decisive Edge then transitioned to Deliberate Guard in support of the stabilization force (SFOR) Operation Joint Guard), Mediterranean Shark ‘02 in the Eastern Atlantic in support of the U.S. Marine Corps, a bilateral training exercise conducted in Morocco by a Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable) to show the effectiveness of the Marine Air Ground Task Force (MAGTF), 5th Operation Southern Watch, enforcing the no-fly zone south of the 32nd parallel in Iraq and her 1st Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF), the “military response to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States, commencing on 7 October 2001.

 

Ports of call included: Souda Bay, Greece; Naples, Italy and Souda Bay, Crete Island, Greece.

 

Squadrons: VF-103, F-14B; VFA-34, FA-18C(N); VFA-83, FA-18C(N); VFA-81, FA-18C; VAQ-132, EA-6B; VAW-125, E-2C; HS-15; SH-60F / HH-60H; VS-30, S-3B and VRC-40 Det. 4.

 

USS George Washington (CVN-73) strike group is comprised of Carrier Air Wing 17; Cruiser Destroyer Group 2 and Destroyer Squadron 26, consisting of the guided-missile cruisers USS Normandy (CG-60) and USS Monterey (CG-61); guided-missile destroyers USS Mahan (DDG-72), USS Laboon (DDG-58) and USS Barry (DDG-52); destroyer USS Arthur W. Radford (DD-968); guided-missile frigate USS Kauffman (FFG-59); replenishment ship USS Laramie (T-AO); and attack submarines USS Oklahoma City (SSN-723) and USS Pittsburgh (SSN-720).

USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72)

Pacific Fleet, 7th, 5th & Central Command       (6th Arabian

/ Persian Gulf dep.) (1st North Arabian Sea dep.))

6th WestPac 6th IO

5th OSW

1st OEF

 

CVW-14

NK

24 July 2002

6 May 2003

Western Pacific

Middle East

Iraq no Fly Zone, 2nd Iraq & Afghanistan War

Persian Gulf

8th FWFD

287-days

 

1st Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF), the "military response to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States, commencing on 7 October 2001 and 5th Operation Southern Watch, enforcing the no-fly zone south of the 32nd parallel in Iraq.

 

Ports of call: Naval Air Station, North Island (NASNI), San Diego, California twice; Pearl Harbor, Hawaii twice; Sasebo, Japan; Hong Kong, China; Bahrain; Perth, Australia twice; Fremantle, Australia twice.

 

USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) Strike group is comprised of Carrier Air Wing 14; Cruiser Destroyer Group 3 and Destroyer Squadron 31 consisting of the guided-missile cruisers USS Mobile Bay (CG-53) and USS Shiloh (CG-67); guided-missile destroyer USS Paul Hamilton (DDG-60); destroyer USS Fletcher (DD-992); guided-missile frigates USS Crommelin (FFG- 37) and USS Ruben James (FFG-57); replenishment ship USS Camden (AOE-2); and attack submarines USS Honolulu (SSN-718) and USS Cheyenne (SSN-773). Amphibious Squadron 5 and USCG Law Enforcement Det. 106 was assigned in 2002.

 

Squadrons: VF-31, F-14D; VFA-115, FA-18E; VFA-113, FA-18C (N); VFA-25, FA-18C (N); VAQ-139, EA-6B; VAW-113, E-2C; HS-4, SH-60F / HH-60H; -35, S-3B and VRC-30 Det. 1, C-2A.

 

F/A-18 Hornet, F-14 Tomcat, EA-6B Prowler, S-3 Viking, E-2C Hawkeye, SH-60 Seahawk and C-2A Greyhound.

 

In addition, VFA-115 embarked with 12 F/A-18E Super Hornets, and HC-5 embarked with two MH-60S Seahawks, marking the first deployment of these types of aircraft on board the ship. The carrier also put to sea with her first F414-GE-400 Super Hornet Jet Engine Test Instrumentation Cell, and 1,000 pound class JDAMs for use with F/A-18Es. As they set sail, Lt. Corey L. Pritchard of VFA-115 accomplished the initial deployed Super Hornet trap on board the carrier during a series of carrier qualifications over the first few days. The squadron dedicated their deployment to the memory of the firefighters of Ladder Company 4 of Midtown Manhattan, which lost 15 men to the terrorist attacks of 9/11. At one point, sailors painted the names of 12 of these heroes onto each of their Super Hornets to honor the firemen, and some also adopted one of the firehouse’s slogans for their cruise patches: “Pride of Midtown. Never Missed a Performance.”

USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) – 7th

(8th Forward Deployed)

27th WestPac

Sea of Japan

South China Sea

CVW-5

NF

25 Oct 2002

13 Dec 2002

Sea of Japan

30th FWFD

Fall Underway Period (Seven Weeks) - Engaged in combined military exercises with regional allies, and conducted unit-level training, joining other U.S. Navy units and units of the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) in waters and air space around Japan, participating in Annualex 14G.

 

Ports of call included: Hong Kong./

 

Air Wing FIVE was equipped with what were then the Navy's newest aircraft: the F/A-18 Hornet, F-14 Tomcat, EA-6B Prowler, S-3 Viking, E-2C Hawkeye, SH-60 Seahawk and C-2A Greyhound.

 

Squadrons: VF-154 (*1), F-14A; VFA-27, FA-18C (N); VFA-192, FA-18C (N); VFA-195, FA-18C (N); VAQ-136, EA-6B; VAW-115, E-2C; HS-14, SH-60F / HH-60H; VS-21, S-3B and VRC-30 Det. 5, C-2A.

 

USS Kitty Hawk (CVA-63) Strike Group is the largest carrier strike group in the Navy and is composed of Carrier Air Wing 5; Carrier Group 5; Destroyer Squadron 15.

USS Constel-lation (CV-64)

Pacific Fleet, 7th, 5th & Central Command      (8th North Arabian Sea & 6th Arabian / Persian Gulf)

21st WestPac 12th IO          8th Arabian Sea

5th OSW

1st OEF

1st OIF

CVW-2

NE

2 Nov 2002

2 Jun 2003

Western Pacific

Middle East

2nd Iraq & Afghanistan War

Persian Gulf

29th FWFD

213-days

5th Maritime Interception Operations (MIO) and her 5th Operation Southern Watch, enforcing the no-fly zone south of the 32nd parallel in Iraq, 1st Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF), the "military response to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States, commencing on 7 October 2001 and 1st Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF), the multi-national coalition effort to liberate the Iraqi people, eliminate Iraq's weapons of mass destruction, and end the regime of Saddam Hussein continues, beginning on 20 March 2003 with the firing of Tomahawk missiles from U.S. ships in the Arabian Gulf and Red Sea.

 

Ports of call include: Hong Kong; Singapore; twice; Manama, Bahrain, UAE and Perth, Western Australia and Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.

 

Squadrons: VF-2 Bounty Hunters (ten F-14D Tomcats); VFA-137 Kestrels, VFA-151 Vigilantes, and VMFA-323 Death Rattlers (each with 12 F/A-18C Hornets); VAW-116 Sun Kings (four E-2C Hawkeyes); VAQ-131 Lancers (four EA-6B Prowlers); VS-38 Red Griffins (eight S-3B Vikings); HS-2 Golden Falcons (two SH-60F Seahawks and six HH-60H Pave Hawks) and VRC-30 Providers Detachment 2 (two C-2A Greyhounds).

 

USS Constellation (CV-64) Battle Group consisted of Commander, Cruiser Destroyer Group 1, Rear Admiral Barry M. Costello and Chief of Staff,  Captain Donald Hepfer II or Captain Steven E. Luce COMDESRON 7, Captain Mark W. Balmmert ships: guided-missile cruisers USS Bunker Hill (CG-52) and USS Valley Forge (CG-50); guided-missile destroyers USS Higgins (DDG-76) and USS Milius (DDG-69), and guided-missile frigate USS Thach (FFG-43). Other units include the fast attack submarine USS Columbia (SSN-771), based in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, and the fast combat support ship USS Rainier (AOE-7), based in Bremerton, Wash and USCGC Boutwell (WHEC-719).

USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75) – 2nd, 6th, 5th & Central Command

 

NorLant

2nd Med Ionian Sea

Adriatic Sea

1st OSW

1st OEF

1st OIF

Med

NorLant

CVW-3

AC

5 Dec 2002

23 May 2003

Europe

Middle East

Iraq no Fly Zone, 2nd Iraq & Afghanistan War

Persian Gulf

3rd FWFD

170-Days

TSTA (Tailored Ship Training Availability), Joint Exercise with the Albanian military forces near the Albanian port of Vlora, 85 miles southwest of Tirana, Adriatic Sea via the Ionian Sea, 2nd Operation Southern Watch, enforcing the no-fly zone south of the 32nd parallel in Iraq, 1st Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF), the "military response to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States, commencing on 7 October 2001 and what would turn out to be the end of Afghan combat and the beginning of her 1st Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF), the multi-national coalition effort to liberate the Iraqi people, eliminate Iraq's weapons of mass destruction, and end the regime of Saddam Hussein continues, beginning on 20 March 2003 with the firing of Tomahawk missiles from U.S. ships in the Arabian Gulf and Red Sea.

 

Ports of call included: Souda Bay, Crete, Greece; Koper, Solvania and Portsmouth, UK.

 

CVW-3 Squadrons: VF-32, F-14B; VMFA-115, FA-18A+; VFA-37, FA-18C(N); VFA-105, FA-18C(N); VAQ-130, EA-6B; VAW-126, E-2C; HS-7, SH-60F / HH-60H; VS-22, S-3B; VRC-40 Det. 1, C-2A and HC-4 Det., MH-53E.

 

HSTCSG comprises of USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75), CVW-3, Escort and DESRON Ships that included: USS San Jacinto (CG-56); USS Oscar Austin (DDG-79); USS Mitscher (DDG-57); USS Donald Cook (DDG-75); USS Briscoe (DD-977); USS Deyo (DD-989); USS Hawes (FFG-53); USS Pittsburgh (SSN-720); USS Montpelier (SSN-765); USNS Mount Baker (T-AE 34) and USNS Kanawha (T-AO 196).

Persian Gulf, arm of the Arabian Sea, 90,000 sq mi (233,100 sq km), between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran, extends c.600 mi (970 km) from the Shatt al Arab delta to the Strait of Hormuz, which links it with the Gulf of Oman

Ref. U. S. Navy Deployment History Resources

 

 

2003 EAST and WEST COAST DEPLOYMENTS - Includes Florida

 

2003 U.S. Atlantic (Second & Sixth Fleets) U.S. Pacific Fleet (Third and Seventh Fleets) and the US Naval Forces Central Command and 5th Fleet Aircraft Carrier Deployments Includes Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) Red Sea, Arabian Sea and Persian Gulf (Arabian Gulf), North Arabian Sea, Indian Ocean, Eastern and Western Pacific Oceans, while both east and west coast deployments often operated under the direction of the U.S. Naval Forces Central Command and 5th Fleet, participating in Operation Southern Watch, Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF), the "military response to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States, commencing on 7 October 2001 and the 2003 invasion of Iraq, also called the Iraq War or "Operation Iraqi Freedom," began March 20, 2003, initiated by the United States, the United Kingdom and a loosely-defined coalition, the multi-national coalition effort to liberate the Iraqi people, eliminate Iraq's weapons of mass destruction, and end the regime of Saddam Hussein, began with the firing of Tomahawk missiles from U.S. ships in the Arabian Gulf and Red Sea, operating under operational control of the US Naval Forces Central Command and 5th Fleet, with the Commander, 7th Fleet, serving as naval component commander for Central Command.

 

The US Navy's 2002 Pacific Fleet and Seventh Fleet Aircraft Carriers deployments and Carriers from both West and East coast, resulted in three CVN’s extending into 2003, operating under the direction of the U.S. Naval Forces Central Command and 5th Fleet, participating in Operation Southern Watch, Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) and Operation Iraqi Freedom, operating under operational control of the US Naval Forces Central Command and 5th Fleet, with the Commander, 7th Fleet, serving as naval component commander for Central Command are as follows:

 

AIRCRAFT CARRIER

DEP

AIR WING

T.C.

DEPART

RETURN

Days at  Sea

USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72)

Pacific Fleet, 7th, 5th & Central Command       (6th Arabian

/ Persian Gulf dep.) (1st North Arabian Sea dep.))

6th WestPac 6th IO

5th OSW

1st OEF

 

CVW-14

NK

24 July 2002

6 May 2003

Western Pacific

Middle East

Iraq no Fly Zone, 2nd Iraq & Afghanistan War

Persian Gulf

8th FWFD

287-days

 

1st Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF), the "military response to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States, commencing on 7 October 2001 and 5th Operation Southern Watch, enforcing the no-fly zone south of the 32nd parallel in Iraq.

 

Ports of call: Naval Air Station, North Island (NASNI), San Diego, California twice; Pearl Harbor, Hawaii twice; Sasebo, Japan; Hong Kong, China; Bahrain; Perth, Australia twice; Fremantle, Australia twice.

 

USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) Strike group is comprised of Carrier Air Wing 14; Cruiser Destroyer Group 3 and Destroyer Squadron 31 consisting of the guided-missile cruisers USS Mobile Bay (CG-53) and USS Shiloh (CG-67); guided-missile destroyer USS Paul Hamilton (DDG-60); destroyer USS Fletcher (DD-992); guided-missile frigates USS Crommelin (FFG- 37) and USS Ruben James (FFG-57); replenishment ship USS Camden (AOE-2); and attack submarines USS Honolulu (SSN-718) and USS Cheyenne (SSN-773). Amphibious Squadron 5 and USCG Law Enforcement Det. 106 was assigned in 2002.

 

Squadrons: VF-31, F-14D; VFA-115, FA-18E; VFA-113, FA-18C (N); VFA-25, FA-18C (N); VAQ-139, EA-6B; VAW-113, E-2C; HS-4, SH-60F / HH-60H; -35, S-3B and VRC-30 Det. 1, C-2A.

 

F/A-18 Hornet, F-14 Tomcat, EA-6B Prowler, S-3 Viking, E-2C Hawkeye, SH-60 Seahawk and C-2A Greyhound.

 

In addition, VFA-115 embarked with 12 F/A-18E Super Hornets, and HC-5 embarked with two MH-60S Seahawks, marking the first deployment of these types of aircraft on board the ship. The carrier also put to sea with her first F414-GE-400 Super Hornet Jet Engine Test Instrumentation Cell, and 1,000 pound class JDAMs for use with F/A-18Es. As they set sail, Lt. Corey L. Pritchard of VFA-115 accomplished the initial deployed Super Hornet trap on board the carrier during a series of carrier qualifications over the first few days. The squadron dedicated their deployment to the memory of the firefighters of Ladder Company 4 of Midtown Manhattan, which lost 15 men to the terrorist attacks of 9/11. At one point, sailors painted the names of 12 of these heroes onto each of their Super Hornets to honor the firemen, and some also adopted one of the firehouse’s slogans for their cruise patches: “Pride of Midtown. Never Missed a Performance.”

USS Constel-lation (CV-64)

Pacific Fleet, 7th, 5th & Central Command      (8th North Arabian Sea & 6th Arabian / Persian Gulf)

21st WestPac 12th IO          8th Arabian Sea

5th OSW

1st OEF

1st OIF

CVW-2

NE

2 Nov 2002

2 Jun 2003

Western Pacific

Middle East

2nd Iraq & Afghanistan War

Persian Gulf

29th FWFD

213-days

 5th Maritime Interception Operations (MIO) and her 5th Operation Southern Watch, enforcing the no-fly zone south of the 32nd parallel in Iraq, 1st Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF), the "military response to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States, commencing on 7 October 2001 and 1st Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF), the multi-national coalition effort to liberate the Iraqi people, eliminate Iraq's weapons of mass destruction, and end the regime of Saddam Hussein continues, beginning on 20 March 2003 with the firing of Tomahawk missiles from U.S. ships in the Arabian Gulf and Red Sea.

 

Ports of call include: Hong Kong; Singapore; twice; Manama, Bahrain, UAE and Perth, Western Australia and Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.

 

CVW-2 consisted of the following squadrons:

 

Squadrons: VF-2 Bounty Hunters (ten F-14D Tomcats); VFA-137 Kestrels, VFA-151 Vigilantes, and VMFA-323 Death Rattlers (each with 12 F/A-18C Hornets); VAW-116 Sun Kings (four E-2C Hawkeyes); VAQ-131 Lancers (four EA-6B Prowlers); VS-38 Red Griffins (eight S-3B Vikings); HS-2 Golden Falcons (two SH-60F Seahawks and six HH-60H Pave Hawks) and VRC-30 Providers Detachment 2 (two C-2A Greyhounds).

 

USS Constellation (CV-64) Battle Group consisted of Commander, Cruiser Destroyer Group 1, Rear Admiral Barry M. Costello and Chief of Staff,  Captain Donald Hepfer II or Captain Steven E. Luce COMDESRON 7, Captain Mark W. Balmmert ships: guided-missile cruisers USS Bunker Hill (CG-52) and USS Valley Forge (CG-50); guided-missile destroyers USS Higgins (DDG-76) and USS Milius (DDG-69), and guided-missile frigate USS Thach (FFG-43). Other units include the fast attack submarine USS Columbia (SSN-771), based in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, and the fast combat support ship USS Rainier (AOE-7), based in Bremerton, Wash and USCGC Boutwell (WHEC-719).

USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75) – 2nd, 6th, 5th & Central Command

 

NorLant

2nd Med Ionian Sea

Adriatic Sea

1st OSW

1st OEF

1st OIF

Med

NorLant

CVW-3

AC

5 Dec 2002

23 May 2003

Europe

Middle East

Iraq no Fly Zone, 2nd Iraq & Afghanistan War

Persian Gulf

3rd FWFD

170-Days

TSTA (Tailored Ship Training Availability), Joint Exercise with the Albanian military forces near the Albanian port of Vlora, 85 miles southwest of Tirana, Adriatic Sea via the Ionian Sea, 2nd Operation Southern Watch, enforcing the no-fly zone south of the 32nd parallel in Iraq, 1st Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF), the "military response to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States, commencing on 7 October 2001 and what would turn out to be the end of Afghan combat and the beginning of her 1st Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF), the multi-national coalition effort to liberate the Iraqi people, eliminate Iraq's weapons of mass destruction, and end the regime of Saddam Hussein continues, beginning on 20 March 2003 with the firing of Tomahawk missiles from U.S. ships in the Arabian Gulf and Red Sea.

 

Ports of call included: Souda Bay, Crete, Greece; Koper, Solvania and Portsmouth, UK.

 

CVW-3 Squadrons: VF-32, F-14B; VMFA-115, FA-18A+; VFA-37, FA-18C(N); VFA-105, FA-18C(N); VAQ-130, EA-6B; VAW-126, E-2C; HS-7, SH-60F / HH-60H; VS-22, S-3B; VRC-40 Det. 1, C-2A and HC-4 Det., MH-53E.

 

HSTCSG comprises of USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75), CVW-3, Escort and DESRON Ships that included: USS San Jacinto (CG-56); USS Oscar Austin (DDG-79); USS Mitscher (DDG-57); USS Donald Cook (DDG-75); USS Briscoe (DD-977); USS Deyo (DD-989); USS Hawes (FFG-53); USS Pittsburgh (SSN-720); USS Montpelier (SSN-765); USNS Mount Baker (T-AE 34) and USNS Kanawha (T-AO 196).

Ref. U. S. Navy Deployment History Resources

 

2003 U.S. Atlantic (Second & Sixth Fleets) U.S. Pacific Fleet (Third and Seventh Fleets) and the US Naval Forces Central Command and 5th Fleet Aircraft Carrier Deployments with east coast carriers, operating under the direction of the U.S. Naval Forces Central Command and 5th Fleet, participating in Operation Southern Watch, Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF), the "military response to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States, commencing on 7 October 2001 and the 2003 invasion of Iraq, also called the Iraq War or "Operation Iraqi Freedom," began March 20, 2003, initiated by the United States, the United Kingdom and a loosely-defined coalition, the multi-national coalition effort to liberate the Iraqi people, eliminate Iraq's weapons of mass destruction, and end the regime of Saddam Hussein, began with the firing of Tomahawk missiles from U.S. ships in the Arabian Gulf and Red Sea, operating under operational control of the US Naval Forces Central Command and 5th Fleet, with the Commander, 7th Fleet, serving as naval component commander for Central Command are as follows:

 

AIRCRAFT CARRIER

DEP

AIR WING

T.C.

DEPART

RETURN

Days at  Sea

USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) – 2nd, 6th & Central Command

Carib (*1)

COMPTUEX

NoLant

8th Med

1st OIF

2nd OEF

Med

NoLant

CVW-8

AJ

6 Jan 2003

29 May 2003

Europe

Middle East

2nd Iraq War

Afghanistan War

9th FWFD

144-days

COMPTUEX (Composite Training Unit Exercise) and 1st Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF), the multi-national coalition effort to liberate the Iraqi people, eliminate Iraq's weapons of mass destruction, and end the regime of Saddam Hussein continues, beginning on 20 March 2003 with the firing of Tomahawk missiles from U.S. ships in the Arabian Gulf and Red Sea and 2nd Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF), the "military response to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States, commencing on 7 October 2001.

 

Ports of call include: Souda Bay, Crete, Greece; Koper, Slovenia and Cartagena, Spain.

 

Squadrons: VF-213 (F-14D); VFA-201 (F/A-18A); VFA-15 (F/A-18C); VFA-87 (F/A-18C); VAQ-141 (EA-6B); VAW-124 (E-2C); VS-24 (S-3B) and HS-3 (SH/HH-60F/H).

 

(*1) Jan.13-Feb. 4, 2003: conducted COMPUTEX in the Caribbean Sea.

 

USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) battle group is commanded by Carrier Group Eight, Rear Adm. John C. Harvey Jr. Units participating in COMPTUEX include aircraft carrier with Carrier Air Wing 8 and Commander, Destroyer Squadron 2 (CDS 2) embarked; guided-missile cruisers USS Anzio (CG-68) and USS Cape St. George (CG-71); guided-missile destroyers USS Arleigh Burke (DDG-51); USS Porter (DDG-78); USS Winston Churchill (DDG-81); guided-missile frigate USS Carr (FFG-52); fast combat support ship USNS Arctic (T-AOE-8); and two attack submarines. Carrier Group 4 will be observer of COMPTUEX and graded the exercise. Rear Adm. Lindell Rutherford commands the group.

USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) Pacific Fleet, 7th, 5th & Central Command

9th WestPac

COMPTUEX JTFEX

FE

TT

UFL

1st OIF

9th Indian Ocean

CVW-9

NG

13 Jan 2003

19 Sep 2003

Middle East

2nd Iraq War

14th FWFD

250-days

World Cruise and Home Port Transfer to the East Coast

(*1) COMPTUEX (Composite Training Unit Exercise) and JTFEX (Joint Task Force Exercise), participating in several international naval exercises, including the 42nd consecutive Foal Eagle, Tandem Thrust and Ulchi Focus Lens, operating in the Sea of Japan, East and South China Sea, Philippine Sea, Banda Sea and Celebes Sea, on her 9th Indian Ocean deployment in support of her 2nd Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF), the "military response to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States, commencing on 7 October 2001 and offered indirect strike-planning support for her 1st Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF), the multi-national coalition effort to liberate the Iraqi people, eliminate Iraq's weapons of mass destruction, and end the regime of Saddam Hussein continues, beginning on 20 March 2003 with the firing of Tomahawk missiles from U.S. ships in the Arabian Gulf and Red Sea, operating under operational control of the US Naval Forces Central Command and 5th Fleet

Carl Vinson Strike Group was ordered to the Western Pacific Feb. 7 to backfill the USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) Strike Group, which deployed to the Arabian Gulf and participated in Operation Iraqi Freedom.

 

Ports of call included: Guam, South Korea, Japan, Singapore, Australia and Hong Kong.

 

CVW 9 Squadrons: VFA-22, FA-18C (N); VMFA-314, FA-18C (N); VFA-146, FA-18C; VFA-147, FA-18C;  VAQ-138, EA-6B; VAW-112, E-2C; HS-8, SH-60F / HH-60H; *VS-33

 

(*1) Jan.17 - end of Jan. 2003: one week each of COMPTUEX and JTFEX were held.

(*2) VS-33 disestablished on Jun.30, 2006.

 

CVW 9 has evolved into the most lethal carrier-borne strike force in the world.  The Air Wing is comprised of the Navy's most modern aircraft, consisting of F/A-18C Hornets, EA-6B Prowlers, S-3B Vikings, E-2C Hawkeyes, SH-60F/H Sea Hawks, and C-2A Greyhounds.  The unique features of each type of aircraft in the Air Wing provide an arsenal of offensive firepower against air, surface, and subsurface threats.  The F/A-18C is a multi-role platform that provide strike and fighter capabilities for power projection and fleet air defense.  The EA-6B provides electronic attack, countermeasures, and electronic reconnaissance support.  The E-2C Hawkeye provides airborne Command, Control and early warning through surface and airborne radar surveillance.  The S-3B is involved in long-range undersea and surface detection while the SH-60F/H provides search and rescue capability and close-in submarine detection.  A supplemental detachment of C-2As provide critical logistics support to the carrier through its primary mission as a Carrier Onboard Delivery (COD) platform.

 

Carl Vinson Strike Group is composed of Carrier Air Wing Nine; Carrier Group 3; Destroyer Squadron 9, consisting of the guided-missile cruiser USS Antietam (CG-54); guided-missile destroyers USS Lassen (DDG-82) and USS John Paul Lones (DDG-53); guided-missile frigate USS Ingraham (FFG-61); USS Ford (FFG-54 and replenishment ship USS Sacramento (AOE-1).

 

During the final three months of 2003, Carl Vinson once again assumed the role of the West Coast’s ready carrier.

USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) – 7th, 5th & Central Command       (8th Arabian Sea, ext. operations in the North Arabian Sea  6th Arabian / Persian Gulf)

(9th Forward Deployed)

28th WestPac

South China Sea

12th Indian Ocean

CVW-5

NF

23 Jan 2003

6 May 2003

WestPac

Middle East

Iraq no Fly Zone

2nd Iraq War

Persian Gulf

31st FWFD

 

Operating off the Korean Peninsula in response to rising tensions generated by North Korean military developments; primarily the latter’s nuclear weapons program, 4th Operation Southern Watch, enforcing the no-fly zone south of the 32nd parallel in Iraq and 1st Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF), the multi-national coalition effort to liberate the Iraqi people, eliminate Iraq's weapons of mass destruction, and end the regime of Saddam Hussein, beginning on 20 March 2003 with the firing of Tomahawk missiles from U.S. ships in the Arabian Gulf and Red Sea.

 

Ports of call included: ?

 

Air Wing FIVE was equipped with what were then the Navy's newest aircraft: the F/A-18 Hornet, F-14 Tomcat, EA-6B Prowler, S-3 Viking, E-2C Hawkeye, SH-60 Seahawk and C-2A Greyhound.

 

Squadrons: VF-154 (*1), F-14A; VFA-27, FA-18C (N); VFA-192, FA-18C (N); VFA-195, FA-18C (N); VAQ-136, EA-6B; VAW-115, E-2C; HS-14, SH-60F / HH-60H; VS-21, S-3B and VRC-30 Det. 5, C-2A.

 

USS Kitty Hawk (CVA-63) Strike Group is the largest carrier strike group in the Navy and is composed of Carrier Air Wing 5; Carrier Group 5; Destroyer Squadron 15” (Ref. 1-Kitty Hawk & 76).

 

USS Kitty Hawk (CVA-63) Strike group, Carrier Group 5, the guided-missile cruisers USS Chancellorsville (CG-62) and USS Cowpens (CG-63) and Destroyer Squadron 15, consisting of the guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DD-56); destroyers USS O’Brien (DD-976) and USS Cushing (DD-985); guided-missile frigates USS Vandergriff (FFG-48) and USS Gary 9FFG-51); replenishment ships (USNS) and attack submarine USS Bremerton (SSN-698). Amphibious Squadron 11 was assigned in 2003.

USS Nimitz  (CVN-68) - 7th, 5th & Central Command

(7th North Arabian Sea  & 5th Arabian / Persian Gulf)

6th WestPac

South China Sea

Strait of Malacca x 2

Andaman Sea

7th IO

CVW-11

NH

3 Mar 2003

5 Nov 2003

Middle East

Persian Gulf

18th FWFD

248-days

Exercise Infinite Acclaim with the Jordanians the ship sent a security detachment ashore to that country’s ANZRAC Air Base, the first time that a security detachment operated so far from the ship, at one point over 1,200 miles away and 1st Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF), the multi-national coalition effort to liberate the Iraqi people, eliminate Iraq's weapons of mass destruction, and end the regime of Saddam Hussein continues, beginning on 20 March 2003 with the firing of Tomahawk missiles from U.S. ships in the Arabian Gulf and Red Sea and 1st Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF), the "military response to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States, commencing on 7 October 2001.

 

Ports of call included: Naval station, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii; Jebel Ali, U.A.E.; Changi Naval Base, Singapore and Naval station, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.

 

Squadrons: VFA-41, FA-18F; VFA-14, FA-18E; VFA-97, FA-18A; VFA-94; FA-18C(N); VAQ-135, EA-6B; VAW-117, E-2C Hawkeye 2000; HS-6, SH-60F/HH-60H; VS-29, S-3B; VRC-30 Det. 3, C-2A and HSL-47 Det., SH-60B.

 

Nimitz Strike Group, Cruiser-Destroyer Group 5, is composed of CVW-11, the guided-missile cruiser USS Chosin (CG-65); USS Princeton (CG-59); Destroyer Squadron 23, consisting of guided-missile destroyers USS Fitzgerald (DDG-62), USS Benfold (DDG-65), and USS Oldendorf (DD-972); guided-missile frigate USS Rodney M. Davis (FFG-60); the logistic support ship USS Bridge (T-AOE-10) and attack submarine USS Pasadena (SSN-752).

*USS Enterprise (CVN-65) – 2nd, 6th, 5th & Central Command

(10th & 11th Gulf of Aden & Red Sea voy  & & 4th Arabian / Persian Gulf dep. & 5th aerial Arabian / Persian Gulf  dep. & 9th North Arabian Sea dep.)

WestLant
Virginia Capes

Jacksonville
Lant
Med

10th Suez Canal

Red Sea

Bab-el-Mandeb

Gulf of Aden

North Arabian Sea

Gulf of Oman

Strait of Hormuz

Persian Gulf

2nd OEF

2nd MIO

OIH

ESS

Strait of Hormuz

Gulf of Oman

North Arabian Sea
Gulf of Aden

Bab-el-Mandeb

Red Sea
11
th Suez Canal

Med
Lant

CVW-1

AB

28 Aug 2003

29 Feb 2004

Europe Middle East

Iraq no Fly Zone

2nd Iraq War

Persian Gulf

26th FWFD

186-Days

COMPTUEX (Composite Training Unit Exercise) in the Virginia Capes and Jacksonville operating areas, Maritime Interdiction Operations (MIO), Operation Iron Hammer (Iraq 2003), Exercise Sea Saber and 2nd Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF), the "military response to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States, commencing on 7 October 2001.

 

Ports of call include: Manama, Bahrain; Ali, UAE; Naples, Italy and Mayport, FL.

 

Carrier Air Wing One is part of the Enterprise Strike Group and is based out of Naval Air Station Oceana, Va. CVW-1 Squadrons include: VF-211 (*1), Fighting Checkmates, Fighter Squadron, Grumman - F-14A, Tomcat, Jet Fighter; VMFA-312, Checkerboards, Marine Fighter Attack Squadron, McDonnell-Douglas, FA-18A+ Hornet, Jet Strike Fighter; VFA-82, Marauders, Strike Fighter Squadron, McDonnell-Douglas, FA-18C (N), Hornet, Jet Strike Fighter; VFA-86, Sidewinders, Strike Fighter Squadron, McDonnell-Douglas, FA-18C (N), Hornet, Jet Strike Fighter; VAW-123, Screwtops, Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron, Grumman, E-2C Hawkeye, Electronics; VAQ-137, Rooks, Tactical Electronics Warfare Squadron, Grumman, EA-6B Prowler, Jet Attack Bomber - Special electronic installation; HS-11, Dragonstayers, Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron, Sikorsky, SH-60F / HH-60H Seahawk -Anti-submarine - Search and Rescue; VS-32, Maulers, Air Anti-Submarine Squadron, Lockheed, S-3B Viking - Anti-Submarine and VRC-40 Det. 2, Rawhides, Fleet Logistics Support Squadron, Grumman, C-2A/US-3A Greyhound. (*1) redesignated VFA-211 on Oct.1, 2004.

 

Commander, Cruiser Destroyer Group 12 serves as Immediate Superior-in-Command for the Enterprise Battle Group, while Destroyer Squadron 18 ship’s consist of the guided-missile cruisers USS Gettysburg (CG-64) and USS Philippine Sea (CG-58); replenishment USS Detroit (AOE-4). D-13 Sarandi (Argentina) also joined the task force. Acting as Operational Commander, CCDG-12 exercises oversight of unit level and integrated training and readiness for the group. In addition, CCDG-12 maintains administrative functions and material readiness tracking for ships and squadrons assigned to the group. CCDG-12 reports to Commander, Second Fleet as one of six Carrier Battle Group Commanders in the Atlantic Fleet.

USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) – 7th

(10th Forward Deployed)

29th WestPac

Philippine Sea

South China and East China Sea

CVW-5

NF

1 Nov 2003

12 Dec 2003

WestPac

32nd FWFD

Fall Underway Period (Seven Weeks) - The ship's crew, along with the embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5 and Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 15 engaged in combined military exercises with regional allies, and conduct unit-level training.

 

Ports of call included: Apra Harbor, Guam.

 

Air Wing FIVE was equipped with what were then the Navy's newest aircraft: the F/A-18 Hornet, EA-6B Prowler, S-3 Viking, E-2C Hawkeye, SH-60 Seahawk and C-2A Greyhound.

 

Squadrons: VFA-27, FA-18C (N); VFA-192, FA-18C (N); VFA-195, FA-18C (N); VAQ-136, EA-6B; VAW-115, E-2C; HS-14, SH-60F / HH-60H; VS-21, S-3B and VRC-30 Det. 5, C-2A.

 

USS Kitty Hawk (CVA-63) Strike Group is the largest carrier strike group in the Navy and is composed of Carrier Air Wing 5; Carrier Group 5; Destroyer Squadron 15” (Ref. 1-Kitty Hawk & 76).

 

USS Kitty Hawk (CVA-63) Strike group, Carrier Group 5, the guided-missile cruisers USS Chancellorsville (CG-62) and USS Cowpens (CG-63) and Destroyer Squadron 15, consiting of the guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DD-56); destroyers USS O’Brien (DD-976) and USS Cushing (DD-985); guided-missile frigates USS Vandergriff (FFG-48) and USS Gary 9FFG-51); replenishment ships (USNS) and attack submarine USS Bremerton (SSN-698). Amphibious Squadron 11 was assigned in 2003.

Persian Gulf, arm of the Arabian Sea, 90,000 sq mi (233,100 sq km), between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran, extends c.600 mi (970 km) from the Shatt al Arab delta to the Strait of Hormuz, which links it with the Gulf of Oman

Ref. U. S. Navy Deployment History Resources

  

2004 EAST and WEST COAST DEPLOYMENTS - Includes Florida

 

2004 U.S. Atlantic (Second & Sixth Fleets) U.S. Pacific Fleet (Third and Seventh Fleets) and the US Naval Forces Central Command and 5th Fleet Aircraft Carrier Deployments Includes Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) Red Sea, Arabian Sea and Persian Gulf (Arabian Gulf), North Arabian Sea, Indian Ocean, Eastern and Western Pacific Oceans, while both east and west coast deployments often operated under the direction of the U.S. Naval Forces Central Command and 5th Fleet, participating in Maritime Security Operations (MSO), Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) and Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF), operating under operational control of the US Naval Forces Central Command and 5th Fleet, with the Commander, 7th Fleet, serving as naval component commander for Central Command.

 

The US Navy's 2003 Pacific Fleet and Seventh Fleet Aircraft Carriers deployments and Carriers from both West and East coast, resulted in one CVN extending into 2004 operating under the direction of the U.S. Naval Forces Central Command participating in Operation Iraqi Freedom, the multi-national coalition effort to liberate the Iraqi people, eliminate Iraq's weapons of mass destruction, and end the regime of Saddam Hussein continues, beginning on 20 March 2003 with the firing of Tomahawk missiles from U.S. ships in the Arabian Gulf and Red Sea and Operation Southern Watch, operating under operational control of the US Naval Forces Central Command and 5th Fleet, with the Commander, 7th Fleet, serving as naval component commander for Central Command are as follows:

 

AIRCRAFT CARRIER

DEP

AIR WING

T.C.

DEPART

RETURN

Days at  Sea

USS Enterprise (CVN-65) – 2nd, 6th, 5th & Central Command

(10th & 11th Gulf of Aden & Red Sea voy  & & 4th Arabian / Persian Gulf dep. & 5th aerial Arabian / Persian Gulf  dep. & 9th North Arabian Sea dep.)

WestLant
Virginia Capes

Jacksonville
Lant
Med

10th Suez Canal

Red Sea

Bab-el-Mandeb

Gulf of Aden

North Arabian Sea

Gulf of Oman

Strait of Hormuz

Persian Gulf

2nd OEF

2nd MIO

OIH

ESS

Strait of Hormuz

Gulf of Oman

North Arabian Sea
Gulf of Aden

Bab-el-Mandeb

Red Sea
11
th Suez Canal

Med
Lant

CVW-1

AB

28 Aug 2003

29 Feb 2004

Europe Middle East

Iraq no Fly Zone

2nd Iraq War

Persian Gulf

26th FWFD

186-Days

COMPTUEX (Composite Training Unit Exercise) in the Virginia Capes and Jacksonville operating areas, Maritime Interdiction Operations (MIO), Operation Iron Hammer (Iraq 2003), Exercise Sea Saber and 2nd Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF), the "military response to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States, commencing on 7 October 2001.

 

Ports of call include: Manama, Bahrain; Ali, UAE; Naples, Italy and Mayport, FL.

 

Carrier Air Wing One is part of the Enterprise Strike Group and is based out of Naval Air Station Oceana, Va. CVW-1 Squadrons include: VF-211 (*1), Fighting Checkmates, Fighter Squadron, Grumman - F-14A, Tomcat, Jet Fighter; VMFA-312, Checkerboards, Marine Fighter Attack Squadron, McDonnell-Douglas, FA-18A+ Hornet, Jet Strike Fighter; VFA-82, Marauders, Strike Fighter Squadron, McDonnell-Douglas, FA-18C (N), Hornet, Jet Strike Fighter; VFA-86, Sidewinders, Strike Fighter Squadron, McDonnell-Douglas, FA-18C (N), Hornet, Jet Strike Fighter; VAW-123, Screwtops, Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron, Grumman, E-2C Hawkeye, Electronics; VAQ-137, Rooks, Tactical Electronics Warfare Squadron, Grumman, EA-6B Prowler, Jet Attack Bomber - Special electronic installation; HS-11, Dragonstayers, Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron, Sikorsky, SH-60F / HH-60H Seahawk -Anti-submarine - Search and Rescue; VS-32, Maulers, Air Anti-Submarine Squadron, Lockheed, S-3B Viking - Anti-Submarine and VRC-40 Det. 2, Rawhides, Fleet Logistics Support Squadron, Grumman, C-2A/US-3A Greyhound. (*1) redesignated VFA-211 on Oct.1, 2004.

 

Commander, Cruiser Destroyer Group 12 serves as Immediate Superior-in-Command for the Enterprise Battle Group, while Destroyer Squadron 18 ship’s consist of the guided-missile cruisers USS Gettysburg (CG-64) and USS Philippine Sea (CG-58); replenishment USS Detroit (AOE-4). D-13 Sarandi (Argentina) also joined the task force. Acting as Operational Commander, CCDG-12 exercises oversight of unit level and integrated training and readiness for the group. In addition, CCDG-12 maintains administrative functions and material readiness tracking for ships and squadrons assigned to the group. CCDG-12 reports to Commander, Second Fleet as one of six Carrier Battle Group Commanders in the Atlantic Fleet.

USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) with CVW-11 embarked departed 27 May 2004, on her Western & Southern Atlantic and Southern & Eastern Pacific deployment operating with the United States Atlantic Command (Atlantic Fleet) under the direction of the 2nd Fleet and homeport change to San Diego around the Cape Horn operating with the Pacific Fleet

Ref. U. S. Navy Deployment History Resources

 

2004 U.S. Atlantic (Second & Sixth Fleets) U.S. Pacific Fleet (Third and Seventh Fleets) and the US Naval Forces Central Command and 5th Fleet Aircraft Carrier Deployments with east coast carriers participating in Maritime Security Operations (MSO), Operation Steel Curtain (OSC) and Operation Iraqi Freedom, the multi-national coalition effort to liberate the Iraqi people, eliminate Iraq's weapons of mass destruction, and end the regime of Saddam Hussein continues, beginning on 20 March 2003 with the firing of Tomahawk missiles from U.S. ships in the Arabian Gulf and Red Sea and Operation Southern Watch, operating under operational control of the US Naval Forces Central Command and 5th Fleet, with the Commander, 7th Fleet, serving as naval component commander for Central Command are as follows:

 

AIRCRAFT CARRIER

DEP

AIR WING

T.C.

DEPART

RETURN

Days at  Sea

USS George Washington (CVN-73)          2nd, 6th, 5th & Central Command (6th Arabian / Persian Gulf dep.)  (7th voyage) (13th & 14th Red Sea & Gulf of Aden))

NorLant

6th Med

Summer Pulse 04

13th Suez Canal

1st OIF

OVR

14th Suez Canal

Med

NorLant

CVW-17

AA

20 Jan 2004

26 Jul 2004

Europe

Middle East

2nd Iraq & Afghanistan War

Persian Gulf

8th FWFD

189-days

Summer Pulse 04, as one of seven carriers worldwide to participate in the exercise, which demonstrates the Navy’s Fleet Response Plan and will take part in Exercise Majestic Eagle, the culmination of Summer Pulse ‘04 which is the Navy’s first deployment under its new FRP, 2nd Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF), the “military response to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States, commencing on 7 October 2001, 1st Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF), the multi-national coalition effort to liberate the Iraqi people, eliminate Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction, and end the regime of Saddam Hussein continues, beginning on 20 March 2003 with the firing of Tomahawk missiles from U.S. ships in the Arabian Gulf and Red Sea and Operation Vigilant Resolve following the March 31st killings of four contractors in Fallujah, and the five soldiers near Habbaniya.

 

Ports of call included: Souda Bay, Greece; Jabel Ali, UAE (twice) and Naples, Italy.

 

Squadrons: VF-143 (*1), F-14B; VF-11 (*2), F-14B; VFA-136, FA-18C(N); VFA-131, FA-18C(N); VAQ-140, EA-6B; VAW-121, E-2C; HS-5; SH-60F / HH-60H; VS-31, S-3B and VRC-40 Det. 3, CA-2..

 

(*1) redesignated VFA-143 on Mar.1, 2005

(*2) redesignated VFA-11 on Apr.1, 2005

 

On 2 June 2004, the Navy announced the simultaneous deployment of seven carrier strike groups (CSGs) to demonstrate the Navy’s ability to provide credible combat power across the globe by operating in five theaters with other U.S., allied and coalition military forces, dubbed Summer Pulse’04 from 22 March to 10 June 2004. This exercise was the first of the Navy’s new Fleet Response Plan (FRP) slated to result in increased force readiness and the ability to provide combat power in response to a crisis. Along with USS John F. Kennedy (CV-67), the other carriers involved were USS George Washington (CVN-73), USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74), USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63), USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75), USS Enterprise (CVN-65), and USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76).

 

USS George Washington (CVN-73) Strike Group stood at the tip of the spear, and carried the ball for Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Vern Clark’s vision of presence with a purpose. GW Strike Group ships USS Vella Gulf (CG-72), USS Bulkeley (DDG-84) and HMCS Toronto (FFH 333) initiated or participated in more than 200 boarding’s of merchant vessels during maritime intervention operations and logged over 12,000 surface contacts in the Persian Gulf.

 

USS George Washington (CVN-73) strike group is comprised of Carrier Air Wing 7; Cruiser Destroyer Group 2 and Destroyer Squadron 28, consisting of the guided-missile cruiser USS Vella Gulf (CG-72); guided-missile destroyers USS Ramage (DDG-61), USS Bulkeley (DDG-84) and USS Ross (DDG-71); USS Toronto (FFH-333); guided-missile frigate USS Elrod (FFG-55); replenishment ship USNS Supply (T-AOE-6); and attack submarines.

USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) – 7th

(11th Forward Deployed)

30th WestPac

Philippine Sea

Pacific Ocean

South China Sea East China Sea 13th Indian Ocean

CVW-5

NF

18 Feb 2004

24 May 2004

WestPac

33rd FWFD

Annual Missile Exercise (MISSILEX), Tailored Ship’s Training Availability (TSTA) Phase I & II.

  

Squadrons: VFA-102, FA-18F; VFA-27, FA-18C(N); VFA-192, FA-18C(N); VFA-195, FA-18C(N); VAQ-136, EA-6B; VAW-115, E-2C; HS-14, SH-60F/HH-60H; VS-21, S-3B and VRC-30 Det. 5, C-2A.

 

Air Wing FIVE was equipped with what were then the Navy's newest aircraft: the F/A-18 Hornet, EA-6B Prowler, S-3 Viking, E-2C Hawkeye, SH-60 Seahawk and C-2A Greyhound.

 

USS Kitty Hawk (CVA-63) Strike Group is the largest carrier strike group in the Navy and is composed of Carrier Air Wing 5; Carrier Group 5; Destroyer Squadron 15.

 

USS Kitty Hawk (CVA-63) Strike group, Carrier Group 5, the guided-missile cruisers USS Chancellorsville (CG-62) and USS Cowpens (CG-63) and Destroyer Squadron 15, consisting of the guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DD-56); destroyers USS O’Brien (DD-976) and USS Cushing (DD-985); guided-missile frigates USS Vandergriff (FFG-48) and USS Gary 9FFG-51); replenishment ships (USNS) and attack submarine USS Bremerton (SSN-698). Amphibious Squadron 11 was assigned in 2003.

USS John C. Stennis         (CVN-74)

3rd  WestPac 3rd  IO

SP 2004, RIMPAC '04 NE '04

6th IO voyage

CVW-14

NK

24 May 2004

1 Nov 2004

Western Pacific

4th FWFD

162-Days

Summer Pulse 2004, RIMPAC '04 and Alaska's premier joint training exercise Northern Edge '04

 

John C. Stennis Strike Group Strike group is comprised of Carrier Air Wing 14; Carrier Group 7 and Destroyer Squadron 21 consisting of the guided-missile cruiser USS Lake Champlain (CG-57); guided-missile destroyer USS Howard (DDG-83); missile frigate USS Ford (FFG-54); replenishment ship USNS Rainier (T-AOE-7) and attack submarine USS Salt Lake City (SSN-716). HMCS Calgary (JTFEX) was assigned in 2004. CCG-7 controls the entire battle group's activity through the CVW and DESRON 21.


Carrier Air Wing 14 is comprised of: VF-31 flying the F-14D "Tomcat," VFA-25 and VFA-113 flying the F/A-18C "Hornet," VFA-115 flying the F/A-18E "Super Hornet," VAW-113 flying the E-2C "Hawkeye," VAQ-139 flying the EA-6B "Prowler," VS-35 flying the S-3B "Viking," HS-4 flying the H-60 "Seahawk," and VRC-30 Det One flying the C-2A Greyhound.  Carrier Air Wing FOURTEEN is currently commanded by Captain Scott. T. Craig, based at NAS Lemoore, California.

 

On 2 June 2004, the Navy announced the simultaneous deployment of seven carrier strike groups (CSGs) to demonstrate the Navy’s ability to provide credible combat power across the globe by operating in five theaters with other U.S., allied and coalition military forces. Dubbed Summer Pulse’04, this exercise was the first of the Navy’s new Fleet Response Plan (FRP) slated to result in increased force readiness and the ability to provide combat power in response to a crisis. Along with USS John F. Kennedy (CV-67), the other carriers involved were USS George Washington (CVN-73), USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74), USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63), USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75), USS Enterprise (CVN-65), and USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76).

USS Ronald Reagan     (CVN-76)

2nd & Pacific Fleet

SoLant

SoPac         Cape Horn EastPac

SP 04

CVW-11

NH

27 May 2004

23 Jul 2004

West Coast Transfer

South America

1st FWFD

58-days

Summer Pulse 04 and Homeport change: Norfolk, Va. to San Diego, Ca. around the Cape Horn

 

Ports of call included: Rio de Janeiro, Valparaiso, Chile and Callao, Peru.

 

The Ronald Reagan Strike Group, comprised of Commander, Cruiser Destroyer Group (CCDG) 1 and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 11. The air wing, which is normally assigned to the USS Nimitz (CVN-68) Strike Group, embarked only 25 percent of its total strength. Its main purpose while sailing with Ronald Reagan is to complete as many training evolutions as possible. “My priority is to get some great training for some of my younger pilots,” said Capt. Jim Greene, commander CVW 11. “The opportunity to look at the back end of a ship and land an airplane is a training opportunity we don’t want to miss.” CCDG 1 is overseeing all the training exercises, as well as the entire transit to San Diego. “As everyone knows, a major objective of this transit is the inter-fleet transfer of Ronald Reagan from the Atlantic to her new homeport in the Pacific,” said Commander Cruiser Destroyer Group ONE, Rear Adm. Robert T. Moeller

 

USS Thomas S. Gates (CG-51) joined Ronald Reagan task force.

 

CVW-11 squadrons making the transit are the “Tophatters” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 14 flying the F/A-18E Super Hornet, and Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 41, the “Black Aces," and their F/A-18F Super Hornet aircraft, both based at Naval Air Station Lemoore, Calif.; Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 117 “Wallbangers,” flying the E-2C Hawkeye 2000, from Point Magu, Calif.; the “Indians” of Helicopter Anti-submarine Squadron (HS) 6 flying the SH-60F Seahawk and Fleet Logistics Support Squadron (VRC) 30 “Providers," flying the C-2A Greyhound, both based in San Diego.

 

On 2 June 2004, the Navy announced the simultaneous deployment of seven carrier strike groups (CSGs) to demonstrate the Navy’s ability to provide credible combat power across the globe by operating in five theaters with other U.S., allied and coalition military forces. Dubbed Summer Pulse’04, this exercise was the first of the Navy’s new Fleet Response Plan (FRP) slated to result in increased force readiness and the ability to provide combat power in response to a crisis. Along with USS John F. Kennedy (CV-67), the other carriers involved were USS George Washington (CVN-73), USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74), USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63), USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75), USS Enterprise (CVN-65) and Ronald Reagan.

USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75) – 2nd & 6th

NorLant

3rd Med NorLant

CVW-3

AC

2 Jun 2004

25 Jul 2004

Europe

4th FWFD

54-days

Summer Pulse ’04, as one of seven carriers worldwide to participate in the exercise, which demonstrates the Navy’s Fleet Response Plan and will take part in Exercise Majestic Eagle, the culmination of Summer Pulse '04, the Navy's first deployment under its new FRP.

 

Ports of call included: Naples, Italy.

 

CVW-3 Squadrons: VF-32, F-14B; VMFA-115, FA-18A+; VFA-37, FA-18C(N); VFA-105, FA-18C(N); VAQ-130, EA-6B; VAW-126, E-2C; HS-7, SH-60F / HH-60H; VS-22, S-3B and VRC-40 Det. 1, C-2A.

 

HSTCSG comprises of USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75), Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 3, Commander, Rear Adm. Richard Gallagher and his staff of COMCARGRU 4, Rear Adm. Michael Tracy, commander, Cruiser Destroyer Group (CCDG) 2, and Commander, Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 26 staffs, guided-missile cruiser USS Monterey (CG-61), guided-missile destroyers USS Mason (DDG-87) and USS Barry (DDG-52), and attack submarine USS Albuquerque (SSN-706); USNS Arctic (T-AOE-8).

 

On 2 June 2004, the Navy announced the simultaneous deployment of seven carrier strike groups (CSGs) to demonstrate the Navy’s ability to provide credible combat power across the globe by operating in five theaters with other U.S., allied and coalition military forces. Dubbed Summer Pulse’04, this exercise was the first of the Navy’s new Fleet Response Plan (FRP) slated to result in increased force readiness and the ability to provide combat power in response to a crisis. Along with USS John F. Kennedy (CV-67), the other carriers involved were USS George Washington (CVN-73), USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74), USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63), USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75), USS Enterprise (CVN-65), and USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76)”

USS Enterprise (CVN-65) –

2nd

NorLant

CVW-1

AB

3 Jun 2004

23 Jul 2004

North Atlantic

27th FWFD

51-Days

NATO Exercise Neo Tapon with Spain, Joint Maritime Course (JMC) of Summer Pulse '04, sponsored by British military forces and MEDSHARK/ Majestic Eagle '04

(MS/ME04)

 

Cruiser Destroyer Group 8 Takes Charge of Enterprise CSG

 

“Commander, Cruiser Destroyer Group (COMCRUDESGRU) 8 took command of USS Enterprise (CVN-65) Carrier Strike Group (CSG) on 1 September 2004, assuming responsibility from COMCRUDESGRU 12.

Commander, COMCRUDESGRU 8, Rear Adm. James W. Stevenson Jr. and members of his staff visited Enterprise on 31 August 2002 to meet with Enterprise leadership.

The Enterprise
crew moved to Northrop Grumman Newport News Shipyard Sept. 3 for several months of general maintenance and repairs to the ship. Capt. John Lockler, Enterprise’s operations officer, said the change to the ship’s chain of command should be largely invisible to the Enterprise crew and will not significantly manifest itself until Enterprise returns to sea.

“It’s an administrative shift,” he said. “It’s going to be really, really transparent, especially since its happening as we go into the yards.”

COMCRUDESGRU 8 is based out of Norfolk, Va., and includes Destroyer Group 2, USS
Anzio (CG-68) and USS Cape St. George (CG-71).

Enterprise returned from a two-month deployment in July, operating in the North Atlantic region in support of Summer Pulse 2004, a demonstration of the Fleet Response Plan. Enterprise CSG was one of seven carrier strike groups deployed to demonstrate the ability to simultaneously surge multiple carrier strike groups” (Ref. 1-Constellation, 326B & Story Number: NNS040907-04 - Release Date: 9/7/2004 12:38:00 PM - By Journalist 3rd Class Daniel Vaughan, USS Enterprise Public Affairs).

http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=15054

 

Ports of call include: Portsmouth, UK.

 

Carrier Air Wing One is part of the Enterprise Strike Group and is based out of Naval Air Station Oceana, Va. CVW-1 Squadrons include: VF-211 (*1), Fighting Checkmates, Fighter Squadron, Grumman - F-14A, Tomcat, Jet Fighter; VMFA-312, Checkerboards, Marine Fighter Attack Squadron, McDonnell-Douglas, FA-18A+ Hornet, Jet Strike Fighter; VFA-82, Marauders, Strike Fighter Squadron, McDonnell-Douglas, FA-18C (N), Hornet, Jet Strike Fighter; VFA-86, Sidewinders, Strike Fighter Squadron, McDonnell-Douglas, FA-18C (N), Hornet, Jet Strike Fighter; VAQ-137, Rooks, Tactical Electronics Warfare Squadron, Grumman, EA-6B Prowler, Jet Attack Bomber - Special electronic installation; VAW-123, Screwtops, Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron, Grumman, E-2C Hawkeye, Electronics; HS-11, Dragonstayers, Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron, Sikorsky, SH-60F / HH-60H Seahawk -Anti-submarine - Search and Rescue; VS-32, Maulers, Air Anti-Submarine Squadron, Lockheed, S-3B Viking - Anti-Submarine and VRC-40 Det. 2, Rawhides, Fleet Logistics Support Squadron, Grumman, C-2A/US-3A Greyhound. (*1) redesignated VFA-211 on Oct.1, 2004.

 

Commander, Cruiser Destroyer Group 12 serves as Immediate Superior-in-Command for the USS Enterprise (CVN-65) Battle Group, while Destroyer Squadron 18 ship’s consist of the guided-missile cruisers USS Gettysburg (CG-64) and replenishment USS Detroit (AOE-4).

USS John F. Kennedy        (CV-67) – 6th, 5th & Central Command         (4th Arabian Sea and Persian Gulf))

Lant

Med

13th Suez Canal

Red Sea

Gulf of Aden

14th Suez Canal

Med

Lant

CVW-17

AA

7 Jun 2004

13 Dec 2004

23rd FWFD

190-Days

Summer Pulse ’04, Operation Phantom Fury (al Fajr, Arabic for “dawn), 1st Operation Iraqi Freedom and 2nd Operation Enduring Freedom

Ports of call include: Valletta, Malta, a Southern European country consisting of an archipelago situated in the centre of the Mediterranean, 80 km (50 mi) south of Sicily, 284 km (176 mi) east of Tunisia and 333 km (207 mi) north of Libya. Gibraltar lies 1,755 km (1,091 mi) to the west and Alexandria 1,508 km (937 mi) to the East; Manama, Bahrain, a small island country situated near the western shores of the Persian Gulf, is an archipelago of 33 islands, the largest being Bahrain Island, at 55 km (34 mi) long by 18 km (11 mi) wide. Saudi Arabia lies to the west and is connected to Bahrain by the King Fahd Causeway, while Iran lies 200 km (120 mi) to the north of Bahrain, across the Gulf. The peninsula of Qatar is to the southeast across the Gulf of Bahrain; Jebel Ali (Arabic: جبل علي‎) is a port town, located 35 kilometers (22 mi) southwest of the city of Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. The Port of Jebel Ali is situated in Jebel Ali and Tarragona, Spain, (English /ˌtɑːrəˈɡoʊnə/, Catalan: [tərəˈɣonə], Spanish: [taraˈɣona]; Phoenician: טַרְקוֹן, Tarqon; Latin: Tarraco) is a port city located in the north-east of Spain on the Mediterranean Sea.

 

Squadrons: VF-103 (*1), F-14B; VFA-34, FA-18C(N); VFA-83, FA-18C(N); VFA-81, FA-18C; VAQ-132, EA-6B; VAW-125, E-2C Hawkeye 2000; HS-15, SH-60F/HH-60H; VS-30, S-3B and VRC-40 Det. 4, C-2A.

 

(*1) VF-103 redesignated VFA-103 Feb.1, 2005.

 

USS John F. Kennedy (CVA-67) battle group is composed of Carrier Air Wing 7; Carrier Group 6; Destroyer Squadron 24, consisting of the Mayport, Fla.-based ships, the strike group’s flagship, commanded by Capt. Ronald H. Henderson; the guided-missile cruiser USS Vicksburg (CG-69); the guided-missile destroyer USS Roosevelt (DDG-80); the destroyer USS Spruance (DD-963); the Earle, N.J.-based fast combat support ship USS Seattle (AOE-3); the Groton, Conn.-based attack submarine USS Toledo (SSN-769); and the Naval Air Station Oceana, Va.-based Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 17, commanded by Capt. Mark D. Guadagnini, embarked aboard John F. Kennedy.

USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) – 7th

(12th Forward Deployed)

31st WestPac

Sea of Japan South & East China Sea

FRP

CVW-5

NF

19 Jul 2004

7 Sep 2004

WestPac

34th FWFD

Summer Underway Period (Seven Weeks) - Exercises and inspections during underway training, which maintained and demonstrated the efficiency and readiness of the Kitty Hawk/CVW-5 team during Summer Pulse ’04, the first exercise of the Navy’s new Fleet Response Plan in which seven aircraft carrier strike groups (CSG) deploy simultaneously to different areas of the world, implemented to demonstrate the readiness and flexibility of America’s deployable naval forces to respond to a crisis in the event of an emergent situation anywhere in the world, providing credible combat power across the globe at a moment’s notice by operating in five theaters with other U.S., allied and coalition military forces, that will include CQ’s into normal cyclic operations, joining forces with the USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74) and its CSG to conduct Joint Air and Sea Exercise (JASEX) '04, providing a way for the United States to demonstrate its commitment to peace and stability in the Western Pacific Ocean in a unique joint training environment, also working with Japan Maritime Self Defense Force performing air, subsurface and surface warfare exercises Summer Pulse ’04 Fleet Response Plan (FRP) is the proof of our readiness, conducting Tailored Ship’s Training Availability (TSTA) Phase III.

 

Ports of call included: ?

 

Air Wing FIVE was equipped with what were then the Navy's newest aircraft: the F/A-18 Hornet, EA-6B Prowler, S-3 Viking, E-2C Hawkeye, SH-60 Seahawk and C-2A Greyhound.

 

Squadrons: VFA-102, FA-18F; VFA-192, FA-18C(N); VFA-195, FA-18C(N); VAQ-136, EA-6B; VAW-115, E-2C; HS-14, SH-60F/HH-60H; VS-21, S-3B; HSL-51 Det., SH-60B and VRC-30 Det. 5, C-2A.

 

USS Kitty Hawk (CVA-63) Strike Group Strike Group is the largest carrier strike group in the Navy and is composed of CVW-5; Carrier Group 5; Destroyer Squadron 15 consisting of the guided-missile cruisers USS Chancellorsville (CG-62) and USS Cowpens (CG-63), and Destroyer Squadron 15 comprised of the guided-missile cruiser USS Vincennes (CG-49), guided-missile destroyers USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG-54) and USS John S. McCain (DDG-56), the destroyer USS Cushing (DD-985), and the frigates USS Vandegrift (FFG-48) and USS Gary (FFG-51).

 

Of the six other aircraft carriers participating in Summer Pulse ’04, three are Norfolk-based: USS George Washington (CVN-73), USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75) and USS Enterprise (CVN-65). USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74) is operating out of San Diego. USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) is participating while enroute to its new hompeport also in San Diego. USS John F. Kennedy (CV-67) out of Mayport, Fla., completes the list.

USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75) – 2nd & 6th, 5th & Central Command

(2nd Arabian /Persian Gulf dep.) (3rd & 4th Red Sea & Gulf of Aden)

NorLant

4th Med           3rd Suez Canal

2nd OIF

2nd EAG

4th Suez Canal Med

NorLant

CVW-3

AC

13 Oct 2004

18 Apr 2005

Europe

Middle East

2nd Iraq War

Persian Gulf

5th FWFD

188-days

 

2nd Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF), the multi-national coalition effort to liberate the Iraqi people, eliminate Iraq's weapons of mass destruction, and end the regime of Saddam Hussein continues, beginning on 20 March 2003 with the firing of Tomahawk missiles from U.S. ships in the Arabian Gulf and Red Sea, 1st Maritime Security Operations (MSO), supporting operations that are focused on reassuring regional partners of the United States' commitment to security, which promotes stability and global prosperity and 2nd Exercise Arabian Gauntlet 2005, with Navy personnel from 13 countries coordinated aboard  USS Duluth (LPD-6) in Manama, Bahrain, with more than 30,000 people and 19 ships from the United States, Iraq, Pakistan and other coalition and regional allies are using the latest in tactical detection and deterrent measures designed to improve and sharpen Maritime Security Operations (MSO). “Arabian Gauntlet is a multilateral surface, air and mine countermeasure exercise designed to practice maritime security operations with our coalition partners and allies in the region,” said Capt. Hank Miranda, commodore, Destroyer Squadron 50.

 

Ports of call included: Portsmouth, England.

 

CVW-3 Squadrons: VF-32 (*1), F-14B; VMFA-115, FA-18A+; VFA-37, FA-18C(N); VFA-105, FA-18C(N); VAQ-130, EA-6B; VAW-126, E-2C; HS-7, SH-60F / HH-60H; VS-22, S-3B and VRC-40 Det. 1, C-2A.

 

HSTCSG comprises of USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75), Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 3, Commander, Cruiser Destroyer Group (CCDG) 2 and Commander, Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 26 staffs, guided-missile cruiser USS Monterey (CG-61), guided-missile destroyers USS Mason (DDG-87) and USS Barry (DDG-52), USNS Arctic (T-AOE-8) and attack submarine USS Albuquerque (SSN-706).

Persian Gulf, arm of the Arabian Sea, 90,000 sq mi (233,100 sq km), between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran, extends c.600 mi (970 km) from the Shatt al Arab delta to the Strait of Hormuz, which links it with the Gulf of Oman

USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) with CVW-11 embarked departed 27 May 2004, on her Western & Southern Atlantic and Southern & Eastern Pacific deployment operating with the United States Atlantic Command (Atlantic Fleet) under the direction of the 2nd Fleet and homeport change to San Diego around the Cape Horn operating with the Pacific Fleet

#USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) 12th deployment as a forward deployed carrier stationed at Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan)

+USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) 13th deployment as a forward deployed carrier stationed at Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan)

USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) Strike Group Story Archive (View Story Archive) http://www.news.navy.mil/local/story_archive.asp?id=111

The Kitty Hawk Strike Group is the largest carrier strike group in the Navy and is composed of the aircraft carrier Kitty Hawk, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, the guided-missile cruisers USS Chancellorsville (CG 62) and USS Cowpens (CG 63), and Destroyer Squadron 15.

Ref. U. S. Navy Deployment History Resources

 

U. S. Aircraft Carrier Deployment History

FWFD’s from 2000 to Present

Part I - 2000 to 2001 FWFD’s

Part II - 2002 to 2004 FWFD’s

Part III - 2005 to 2007 FWFD’s

Part IV - 2008 to 2009 FWFD’s

Part V - 2010 FWFD’s

Part VI - 2011 FWFD’s

Part VII - 2012 to 2013 FWFD’s

Part VIII - 2014 to 2017 FWFD’s

U. S. Aircraft Carrier Deployment History

FWFD’s from 2000 to Present

Part II - 2002 to 2004 FWFD’s

 USS CORAL SEA (CV 43)

Operations Evening Light and Eagle Claw, A Sailors tale of his Tour of duty in the U.S. Navy (August 1977 to February 1983)

 

A Sailors tale of his Tour of duty in the U.S. Navy - Operation Evening Light And Eagle Claw -

 

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Operations Evening Light and Eagle Claw (24 April 1980) Iran and Air Arm History (1941 to Present)

 

Operations Evening Light and Eagle Claw (24 April 1980) Iran and Air Arm History (1941 to Present)

 

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USS CORAL SEA CV-42, CVB-43, CVA-43 & CV-43 HISTORY, AND THOSE AIRCRAFT CARRIERS OPERATING WITH CORAL SEA  Vol. I (10 July 1944 to 31 December 1975)

 

USS CORAL SEA CV-42, CVB-43, CVA-43 & CV-43 HISTORY, AND THOSE AIRCRAFT CARRIERS OPERATING WITH CORAL SEA Vol. I (10 July 1944 to 31 December 1975) -

 

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USS CORAL SEA CV-42, CVB-43, CVA-43 & CV-43 HISTORY, AND THOSE AIRCRAFT CARRIERS OPERATING WITH CORAL SEA DURING HER TOUR OF SERVICE Vol. II (1 January 1976 to 25 August 1981)

 

USS CORAL SEA CV-42, CVB-43, CVA-43 & CV-43 HISTORY, AND THOSE AIRCRAFT CARRIERS OPERATING WITH CORAL SEA DURING HER TOUR OF SERVICE Vol. II (1 January 1976 to 25 August 1981) -

 

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USS CORAL SEA CV-42, CVB-43, CVA-43 & CV-43 HISTORY, AND THOSE AIRCRAFT CARRIERS OPERATING WITH CORAL SEA DURING HER TOUR OF SERVICE Vol. III (20 August 1981 to 26 April 1990)

 

USS CORAL SEA CV-42, CVB-43, CVA-43 & CV-43 HISTORY, AND THOSE AIRCRAFT CARRIERS OPERATING WITH CORAL SEA DURING HER TOUR OF SERVICE Vol. III (20 August 1981 to 26 April 1990) -

 

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U. S. AIRCRAFT CARRIER SHIP HISTORY (1920 to 2016)

 

U. S. AIRCRAFT

CARRIER SHIP

HISTORY (1920 to 2016)

 

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U. S. AIRCRAFT

CARRIERS

REDESIGNATED

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(1953 to 2016)

 

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