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

 

 

2012 EAST and WEST COAST DEPLOYMENTS - Includes Florida

 

2012 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), 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 U.S. Navy's 2011 Pacific Fleet and Seventh Fleet Aircraft Carriers deployments and Carriers from both West and East coast, resulted in three CVN’s extending into 2012, operating under the direction of the U.S. Naval Forces Central Command participating in Maritime Security Operations (MSO), and or 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 C. Stennis             (CVN-74) - Pacific Fleet, 7th, 5th & Central Command       (4th Arabian /Persian Gulf dep, &  6thArabian Sea voy.)

6th WestPac

South China Sea

Strait of Malacca

5th IO

Andaman Sea

Arabian Sea

North Arabian Sea

3rd  MSO

Gulf of Oman

Strait of Hormuz

OND

3rd OEF

Arabian Gulf

Strait of Hormuz

Gulf of Oman

North Arabian Sea

Arabian Sea

Indian Ocean

Strait of Malacca

South China Sea

WestPac

CVW-9

NG

25 Jul 2011

2 Mar 2012

Middle East

3rd Iraq War, Afghanistan War &

Maritime Security Operations

Persian Gulf

222-days

7th FWFD

Participated in undersea warfare exercise (USWEX) off the coast of Hawaii, 3rd 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, 3rd Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF), the "military response to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States, commencing on 7 October 2001, while CVW-9 launched the Navy's final air sortie over Iraq, effectively ending naval support for "Operation New Dawn" -- to reflect the reduced role U.S. troops will play in securing the country, former 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 en route home conducted a passing exercise (PASSEX) in the Singapore Strait.

 

Ports of call:  San Diego, California; Manila Bay, Philippines; Port Kelang, Malaysia; Khalifa Bin Salman Port, Kingdom of Bahrain and Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii and San Diego, California.

 

VFA-154, *FA-18F; VMFA-323, FA-18C (N); VFA-146, FA-18C; VFA-147, FA-18E; VAQ-138 (*1), EA-6B; VAW-112, E-2C 2000 NP; HSC-8, MH-60S; HSM-71, MH-60R and (*2), VRC-30 Det.  4, C-2A

 

(*1) VAW-112 swapped an E-2C to VAW-115 at February 2012

transferred 165813/NG-600 to VAW-115

received 165817/NF-600 from VAW-115

 

(*2) VRC-30DET.4 swapped two C-2As to VRC-30 Det. February 2012

transferred two C-2A NPs, 1621xx/32 and 162175/33 to VRC-30 Det.

received C-2As, 162159/22 and 162166/31 from VRC-30 Det.

 

Rear. Adm. Craig Faller, commander, JCSCSG comprises the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74), CVW-9 and the ships of Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 21; guided missile destroyers USS Kidd (DDG 100), USS Dewey (DDG-105), USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG-108) and USS Pinckney (DDG -91); and guided missile cruiser USS Mobile Bay (CG-53).

USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70)

Pacific Fleet, 7th, 5th & Central Command

(6th Arabian / Persian Gulf dep. & 7th Arabian Sea & 5th North Arabian Sea  dep.)

12th WestPac

12th Indian Ocean

3rd MSO

3rd OEF

CVW-17

AA

30 Nov 2011

23 May 2012

Middle East

Afghanistan War

18th FWFD

176-days

Carl Vinson and CVW 17 Depart on Western Pacific Deployment

3rd Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF), the "military response to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States, commencing on 7 October 2001, her 3rd Maritime Security Operations (MSO), to protect offshore infrastructure, including Iraqi oil platforms, which provide a critical source of income for the new Iraqi government and supporting operations that are focused on reassuring regional partners of the United States’ commitment to security, which promotes stability and global prosperity; to ensure that ships could "operate freely while transiting the world's oceans" during the Global War on Terrorism, and Exercise Malabar 2012 with the Indian Navy in the vicinity of Chennai.

 

USS Carl Vinson Conducts Change of Command

 

Ports of call: Victoria Harbor; Jebel Ali, United Arab Emirates; anchored off the coast of Chennai, India; Fremantle, Australia and Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.

 

USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) held a change of command ceremony Dec. 2, 2011, while the ship was underway. Capt. Kent D. Whalen relieved Capt. Bruce H. Lindsey as commanding officer. The ceremony's guest speaker and Vinson's second commanding officer, retired Rear Adm. Thomas Mercer, praised Lindsey's leadership, highlighting the ship's humanitarian and disaster relief efforts during Operation Unified Response with Task Force-Haiti and the subsequent deployment to U.S. 7th Fleet and U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibilities in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation New Dawn. Before being officially relieved, Lindsey credited Vinson's "Gold Eagle Team" as well as Carrier Air Wing 17's "Team Quicksand" for making the carrier's success possible as he transitions to Commander Naval Air Forces, U.S. Pacific Fleet.

"The
Gold Eagle and Quicksand team is simply stellar," Lindsey said. "It's about the people - the chiefs, the officers and the Sailor. Don't ever forget you are special, and that is why this ship is special." After official orders were read, Whalen assumed all duties and responsibilities as commanding officer and addressed the crew for the first time. "It is an honor and privilege to be your commanding officer, and I'm looking forward to witnessing all the great achievements this ship and Carrier Strike Group team will accomplish in the future," Whalen said. "Nothing has changed in the way we do our business onboard Carl Vinson; the safety of this crew should remain paramount." Prior to assuming command, Whalen served on the staff of the Commander, Naval Air Forces, San Diego as the assistant chief of staff for force readiness” (Ref. Story Number: NNS111202-12 - Release Date: 12/2/2011 3:50:00 PM - By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class (SW/AW) Lori D. Bent, USS Carl Vinson Public Affairs, USS CARL VINSON, At Sea (NNS)

http://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=64137

 

Vinson served as the flagship for Carrier Strike Group 1, under control of Rear Adm. T. K. Shannon, which also consisted of Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 1 guided-missile destroyers USS Halsey (DDG-97), guided-missile destroyer USS Bunker Hill (CG-52), and CVW 17” (Ref. Story Number: NNS120517-10 - Release Date: 5/17/2012 5:37:00 AM - By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Tiarra Fulgham, USS Carl Vinson Public Affairs, PEARL HARBOR (NNS)).

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USS Abraham Lincoln       (CVN-72) - Pacific Fleet, 7th, 5th & Central Command (4th North Arabian Sea dep.) Fleet Forces (9th Arabian

/ Persian Gulf dep.)

11th WestPac

1st Suez Canal

3rd MSO

4th OEF

 

CVW-2

NE

7 Dec 2011

7 Aug 2012

Western Pacific

Transfer to the East Coast for RCOH

Middle East

Afghanistan War

Persian Gulf

Europe

13th FWFD

245-days

East Coast Transfer for Refueling Complex Overhaul (RCOH) at Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII), an American Fortune 500 shipbuilding company formed on March 31, 2011 as a spin-off of Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding Newport News (NGSB-NN), her 3rd Maritime Security Operations (MSO), to protect offshore infrastructure, including Iraqi oil platforms, which provide a critical source of income for the new Iraqi government and supporting operations that are focused on reassuring regional partners of the United States’ commitment to security, which promotes stability and global prosperity; to ensure that ships could "operate freely while transiting the world's oceans" during the Global War on Terrorism, on her 4th 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: Naval Air Station, North Island (NASNI), San Diego, California; Leam Chebang, Thailand; Khalifa Bin Salman Port, Bahrain; Jebel Ali, United Arab Emirates; Khalifa Bin Salman Port, Bahrain; Jebel Ali, United Arab Emirates; Antalya, Turkey and Mayport, Flordia.

 

“Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2 aircraft consist of, Boeing / McDonnell-Douglas F/A-18F Super Hornet of Strike Fighter Squadron TWO (VFA-2) “Bounty Hunters, ” F/A-18E Hornets of  Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 137 “Kestrels," FA-18C (N) Hornet of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 151 “Vigilantes,” FA-18C (N) Hornet of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 34 “Blue Blasters,” EA-6B Prowler of Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron ONE THREE ONE or VAQ-131, “Lancers,” E-2C Hawkeye 2000 NP of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron ONE ONE SIX or VAW-116 and C-2 Greyhound of Fleet Logistics Support Squadron THREE ZERO Det. TWO or VRC-30 Det. 2, Helicopter Combat Support Special Squadron (HSC-12) and Helicopter Anti-Submarine Mine Squadron (HSM-77)” (Ref. 76).

 

USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) is the flagship of Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 9, Rear Adm. Troy M. Shoemaker as Commander, which consists of embarked Carrier Air Wing 2, San Diego-based guided-missile cruiser USS Cape St. George (CG-71), and the embarked Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 9, which includes the Everett-based destroyers USS Momsen (DDG-92) and USS Shoup (DDG-86), as well as the San Diego-based destroyers USS Halsey (DDG-97) and USS Sterett (DDG-104)” (Ref. Story Number: NNS100913-26 - Release Date: 9/13/2010 6:04:00 PM - By Lt. Greg D. Raelson, USS Abraham Lincoln Strike Group Public Affairs, At Sea (NNS) & Story Number: 9/16/2010 4:54 - Release Date: 9/16/2010 4:54:00 PM - By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Alan Gragg, Abraham Lincoln Strike Group Public Affairs, At Sea (NNS)). http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=55955

http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=56001

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

 

2012 U.S. Pacific Fleet (Third and Seventh Fleet), the US Naval Forces Central Command and 5th Fleet Aircraft Carrier Deployments with east coast carriers participating in Maritime Security Operations (MSO) and or 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 Enterprise (CVN-65) - U. S. Fleet Forces Command, 6th, 5th & Central Command

(18th & 19th Gulf of Aden & Red Sea voy. & 7th Arabian / Persian Gulf dep. & 8th aerial Arabian / Persian Gulf  dep. & 13th North Arabian Sea dep.)

Lant

11th Med

18th Suez Canal

4th OEF

4th MSO

OEF/MSO Gulf of Oman

Strait of Hormuz
Persian Gulf
Strait of Hormuz

Gulf of Oman

North Arabian Sea
OEF/MSO Gulf of Oman

Strait of Hormuz

Persian Gulf
Strait of Hormuz

Gulf of Oman
North Arabian Sea
OEF/MSO Gulf of Oman
Strait of Hormuz

Persian Gulf
Strait of Hormuz

Gulf of Oman

North Arabian Sea
OEF/MSO Gulf of Aden

Strait of Bab Al Mandeb
Red Sea
19
th Suez Canal

20th Med

Lant
Strait of Messina
Med
Strait of Gibraltar
Lant

CVW-1

AB

11 Mar 2012

4 Nov 2012

Europe Middle East

Afghanistan

War

Persian Gulf

239-days

Ship’s 30th FWFD

Enterprise Departs on Final Deployment, the ship's 25th and final deployment (30th FWFD).
A
passing exercise (PASSEX) and an opportunity to work with the French, 4th Maritime Security Operations (MSO) and her 6th Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF), the "military response to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States, commencing on 7 October 2001.

The Enterprise Carrier Strike Group consists of approximately 5,500 Sailors and Marines

Rear Adm. Ted Carter, commander, Enterprise Carrier Strike Group. "During my time as Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command, I haven't sent a strike group underway that is as ready as you are," said Adm. John C. Harvey, Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command, while addressing the crew of Enterprise prior to the ship getting underway. "No one has done as much to get ready, worked as hard, and accomplished as much in every warfare area. You should be very proud of what you're going to be doing once you get to where you're going...where the business of the nation needs you."

For
Enterprise, the Navy's first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, the deployment represents the culmination of more than 50 years of distinguished service. Commissioned in 1961, the Enterprise is both the largest and oldest active combat vessel in the Navy. Enterprise's age, however, does not impact its effectiveness. Enterprise was designed in the late 50's for a 25-year lifespan, and the Nimitz-class carriers were designed for 50 years. "To effectively double the service life of a ship as complex as Enterprise speaks volumes about the design strengths of the world's first nuclear-powered carrier, the Navy's commitment to cost effectiveness, and our Sailors hard work and innovation throughout the last half-century to keep her going strong," said Hamilton. Enterprise is scheduled for deactivation and eventual decommissioning following its anticipated return later this year, marking the end of the carrier's legendary 50-plus years of service.

 

Ports of call include: Piraeus, Greece; Jebel Ali, United Arab Emirates; Khalifa Bin Salman Port, Bahrain; Jebel Ali, United Arab Emirates; Khalifa Bin Salman Port, Bahrain; Jebel Ali, United Arab Emirates; anchored off the coast of Naples, Italy and Mayport.

 

CVW 1 Squadrons include: the “Red Rippers” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 11 flying the FA-18F Super Hornet; the “Checkmates” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 211 flying the FA-18F Super Hornet; the “Sidewinders” of VFA-86 flying the FA-18C; the “Knighthawks” of VFA-136 flying the FA-18C; the “Thunderbolts” of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 251 flying the FA-18C (N) Hornet,the “Dragonslayers” of Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron (HS) 11 flying the SH-60 Seahawk; the “Rooks” of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 137 flying the EA-6B Prowler; the “Screwtops” of VAW-123 flying the E-2C NP Hawkeye; the “Maulers” of Sea Control Squadron (VS) 32 (*1) flying the S-3B Viking; and the “Rawhides” of Fleet Logistics Support Squadron (VRC) 40 flying the C-2A Greyhound.

 

Rear Adm. Ted Carter, commander, Enterprise Carrier Strike Group is comprised of Enterprise, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 1, Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 2, guided-missile cruiser USS Vicksburg (CG-69), and guided-missile destroyers USS Porter (DDG-78), USS Nitze (DDG-94), and USS James E. Williams (DDG-95).

 

Enterprise, Navy's First Nuclear-Powered Aircraft Carrier, Inactivated

 

“Nearly 12,000 past and current crewmembers, family and friends attended the inactivation of USS Enterprise (CVN-65) on 1 December 2012, at Naval Station, Norfolk, Virginia. Enterprise, the world's first nuclear powered aircraft carrier, recently completed its 25th and final deployment (30th Foreign Water Fleet Deployment-EQ NEEDF Note) and returned to its homeport of Naval Station Norfolk, Va. Naval Station for a scheduled inactivation, held prior to the ship's terminal offload program and subsequent decommissioning. The inactivation ceremony was the last official public event for the ship, and served as a celebration of life for the ship and the more than 100,000 Sailors who served aboard.

The Chief of Naval Operations, the Commander of United States Fleet Forces, nine of twenty-three prior commanding officers, many decorated war heroes, and thousands of
Enterprise veterans attended the event. "Enterprise is a special ship and crew, and it was special long before I got here" said Captain William C. Hamilton, Jr., the twenty-third and final commanding officer, during the ceremony. "Before I took command of this ship, I learned the definition of 'enterprise', which is 'an especially daring and courageous undertaking driven by a bold and adventurous spirit.'

 

Fifty-one years ago, this ship was every bit of that definition." "Here we are 51 years later," he continued, "celebrating the astonishing successes and accomplishments of this engineering marvel that has roamed the seas for more than half the history of Naval Aviation. Daring, courageous, bold, and adventurous indeed." In honor of that spirit, Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus, in a video message played at the ceremony, announced that the name Enterprise will live on as the officially passed the name to CVN-80, the third Ford class carrier and the ninth ship in the U.S. Navy to bear the name.

 

Commissioned on November 25, 1961, the eighth ship to bear the illustrious name Enterprise, the "Big E" was the world's first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier. A veteran of 25 deployments to the Mediterranean Sea, Pacific Ocean, and the Middle East, Enterprise has served in nearly every major conflict to take place during her history. From the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962 to six deployments in support of the Vietnam conflict through the Cold War and the Gulf Wars, Enterprise was there. On September 11, 2001, Enterprise aborted her transit home from a long deployment after the terrorist attacks, and steamed overnight to the North Arabian Sea. Big 'E' once again took her place in history when she launched the first strikes in direct support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

More than 100,000 Sailors and Marines have served aboard
Enterprise during its lifetime, which has included every major conflict since the Cuban Missile Crisis. It has been home ported in both Alameda, Calif., and Norfolk, Va., and has conducted operations in every region of the world” (Ref. Story Number: NNS121201-03 - Release Date: 12/1/2012 2:41:00 PM - From USS Enterprise Public Affaire, NORFOLK (NNS)).
http://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=70899

 

USS Enterprise (CVN-65) will be replaced by USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78), construction begininng on 3 January 2007 at Northrop Grumman Corp.'s Newport News shipyard. An amendment added to the National Defense Authorization Act for 2007 proposes that Gerald R. Ford, the first ship in the CVN-78 class, be named for the 38th president "Gerald Ford" on 16 June 2006.  Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) and the Program Executive Officer (PEO) held a signature and awards ceremony at the Washington Navy Yard to commemorate the certification of Gerald R. Ford specifications on 5 September 2006. The official naming ceremony of the Gerald R. Ford the first aircraft carrier in the Ford class of carriers was held on 16 January 2007. The Navy awarded Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding a $5.1 billion contract to begin construction of Gerald R. Ford on 10 September 2008. Gerald R. Ford keel laying and authentication ceremony on 14 November 2009. The final keel section, 680-metric-ton, 60-foot-tall lower bow unit was joined to the other keel sections and was the last major section of Gerald R. Ford installed on 24 May 2012. A time capsule was welded inside the flight deck control room of Gerald R. Ford on 11 July 2013. Gerald R. Ford while in Dry Dock 12 was flooded to float on 11 October 2013. A christening ceremony for Gerald R. Ford was held at Huntington Ingalls Newport News Shipbuilding in Newport News on 9 November 2013. Gerald R. Ford is scheduled to be delivered to the US Navy in September 2015” (Ref. 76).

 

Enterprise Makes Final Trip to Newport News Shipyard

 

USS Enterprise (CVN 65) made her final voyage to the Newport News Shipyard on 20 June 2013. The ship, nearly six months into her dismantling process, was moved by tugboat on the James River to Newport News Shipyard with almost 150 Newport News Shipbuilding and Huntington Ingalls Industries shipbuilders aboard. "The main purpose of bringing the Enterprise up here is to defuel and deactivate her. This is the only shipyard capable of this," said Denis Geary, who works in the radiological controls department at Newport News. The move marks one of Enterprise's final trips underway and is expected to be the last opportunity for shipbuilders and crew to ride the ship. Shirley Langston was part of the original planning for the ship. "I worked on the “Big E” from the beginning- it was my first project 55 years ago. It's sad to see her go, but we are all proud of what she's done."

Throughout
Enterprise's 51-years in service, many of the career shipbuilders riding the ship worked on Enterprise during her scheduled maintenance periods. Henry Deese, an engineering analyst at the shipyard, talked about his time working on Enterprise. "Working on the ship from the beginning and following it throughout its life had been rewarding. I was part if the team that started it and I'm part of the team that will finish it. It's sad to see Enterprise go when it's the first, last, and only one of its kind, but that's life." Captain William C. Hamilton, Jr., Enterprise's commanding officer, monitored the ship's progress from the navigation bridge. "It's sad to see a ship with such a history taken apart and the Sailors leave, but we are looking forward to commissioning the next Enterprise. Right now our focus is the safety of our Sailors and shipyard workers as we take the ship on this underway and continue the dismantling process."

Enterprise's keel was laid at Newport News Shipbuilding in 1958 and she was commissioned November 25, 1961. The ship was formally inactivated at a ceremony held at Naval Station Norfolk December 1, 2012. The announcement that the next nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, CVN-80, will be called Enterprise was made at this ceremony” (Ref. Story Number: NNS130620-13 - Release Date: 6/20/2013 2:45:00 PM - From USS Enterprise Public Affairs, NORFOLK (NNS)).

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USS George Washington (CVN-73) - 7th forward deployed

Sea of Japan

 

 

12 May 2012

16 May 2012

Training

5-days

Sea Trials off the coast of Japan

USS George Washington (CVN-73) - 7th forward deployed

Sea of Japan

7th WestPac

Yellow Sea and Sea of Japan

CVW-5

NF

26 May 2012

26 Jul 2012

WestPac

18th FWFD

62-days

Summer Underway Period

Trilateral Exercise with Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) and routine operations with RoKN in the Yellow Sea.

 

USS George Washington (CVN-73) and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, traveled more than 10,800 nautical miles; conducted exercises and operations with the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) and Republic of Korea (ROK) navy; and visited Busan, Republic of Korea (ROK), and Hong Kong, since they departed Yokosuka two months earlier.

 

Other highlights from the first half of George Washington's 2012 patrol, include: first aircraft carrier to deploy with a full EA-18 Growler squadron; completed its 150,000th arresting recovery, June 16; and, hosted four Australian maritime warfare officers.

Ports of call: Busan, Republic of Korea and Victoria Harbor, Hong Kong.

 

CVW 5 includes four F/A-18 Strike Fighter squadrons (VFA): the "Royal Maces" of VFA-27 (FA-18E); the "Diamondbacks of VFA-102 (FA-18F); the "Eagles" of VFA-115 (FA-18E) and the "Dambusters" of VFA-195 (FA-18C(N)). It also features Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 115 "Liberty Bells" (E-2C Hawkeye 2000 NP); Carrier Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron (VAQ) 141 "Shadowhawks" (EA-18G); Helicopter Anti-submarine Squadron (HS) 14 "Chargers" (SH-60F/HH-60H); as well as detachments from Fleet Logistics Support Squadron (VRC) 30 DET.5 "Providers" (C-2A) and Light Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron (HSL) 51 DET.3 "Warlords" (SH-60B).

 

Squadrons: VFA-102, FA-18F; VFA-27, FA-18E; VFA-192, FA-18E; VFA-195, FA-18C(N); VAQ-141, EA-18G; VAW-115, E-2C / E-2C NP; HS-14, SH-60F / HH-60H, HSL-51 Det. 3., SH-60B and VRC-30 Det. 5. C-2A.

 

Commanded by Rear Admiral J.R. Haley, the George Washington Carrier Strike Group with more than 5,000 Sailors, consists of 7th Fleet’s Carrier Air Wing 5, Destroyer Squadron 15 (DESRON 15); the guided-missile cruiser USS Cowpens (CG-63); guided-missile destroyers USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG-54); USS Mustin (DDG-89); USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG-108); USS McCampbell (DDG-85) and USS Dewey (DDG-105).

 

George Washington is the flagship of George Washington Carrier Strike Group, Task Force 70, Task Force 75 and Carrier Strike Group Five (formerly CarGru 5), commanded by Rear Admiral J.R. Haley and comprised of CVW 5, Destroyer Squadron 15 and guided missile cruisers USS Shiloh (CG-67) and USS Cowpens (CG-63).

 

In April 2011, Rear Admiral J.R. Haley assumed command of Carrier Strike Group FIVE/Task Force SEVEN ZERO from Rear Adm. Dan Cloyd, permanently embarked on board USS George Washington forward deployed to Yokosuka, Japan

http://www.public.navy.mil/surfor/ccsg5/Pages/bio1.aspx#.UB4m9Jjy-Ho

USS Nimitz (CVN-68) - 3rd & 7th

EastPac

Pac

EastPac

CVW-11

NK

11 Jun 2012

20 Aug 2012

Training

23rd FWFD

71-days

Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC)

Twenty-two nations, more than 40 ships and submarines, more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel are participating in RIMPAC exercise from Jun. 29 to Aug. 3, in and around the Hawaiian Islands. The world's largest international maritime exercise, RIMPAC provides a unique training opportunity that helps participants foster and sustain the cooperative relationships that are critical to ensuring the safety of sea lanes and security on the world's oceans. RIMPAC 2012 is the 23rd exercise in the series that began in 1971.

 

#GreatGreenFleet: SECNAV, CNO visit Nimitz for Great Green Fleet Demonstration

 

“The Secretary of the Navy, the honorable Ray Mabus, and Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert, visited the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN-68) for the Navy's Great Green Fleet demonstration during Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2012, July 18.

The Great Green Fleet demonstration is a step towards the Department of the Navy's goal to reduce consumption of energy, decrease reliance on fossil fuels and significantly increase the use of alternative energy. Greenert emphasized the importance of the Navy's biofuel initiative and its importance for the Navy's future energy plan. "Biofuel is made with algae, plants and animal fat. We'll be using a 50-50 mixture of that to show that in fact there is an alternative to petroleum products," said Greenert. "We've got to look for alternative fuels, we've got to look for alternative opportunities, and we've got to be efficient in energy."
Nimitz took on more than 180,000 gallons of 50-50 biofuel, a new blend of hydro processed renewable jet (HRJ-5) and aviation (JP-5) fuel July 17, in preparation for the Navy's Great Green Fleet demonstration. Mabus spoke about how biofuels are a "drop-in" fuel and will not change operations at all. Story Number: NNS120719-08 - Release Date: 7/19/2012 8:24:00 AM - By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jonathan A. Colon, USS Nimitz Public Affairs, PACIFIC OCEAN (NNS).

http://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=68459

 

USS Nimitz Arrives in Hawaii for Port Visit

 

“The aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN-68) and embarked elements of Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 11 arrived in Pearl Harbor July 2 for a port visit. This brief visit will provide Nimitz Sailors and embarked Marines attached to Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 323 an opportunity to experience the local culture of Hawaii and participate in several exchanges in the local community” (Ref. Story Number: NNS120703-01 - Release Date: 7/3/2012 6:34:00 AM - By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Eva-Marie Ramsaran, USS Nimitz Public Affairs, PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii (NNS).

http://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=68189

 

CVW 11 Commander Reaches 1,000 Traps

 

“The commander of Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 11 completed his 1,000th carrier arrested landing, or trap, aboard the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN-68) June 18. Capt. Greg Harris completed the trap in an F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to the "Black Knights" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 154. Harris was joined by Capt. Jeff Ruth, Nimitz' commanding officer, who rode in the back seat for the trap. CVW-11 and Nimitz are currently underway conducting carrier qualifications in preparation of the biennial Rim of the Pacific exercises” (Ref. Story Number: NNS120619-01 - Release Date: 6/19/2012 4:58:00 AM - By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class (SW) Robert Winn, USS Nimitz Public Affairs, USS NIMITZ, At Sea (NNS).

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USS Nimitz Pauses to Remember Battle of Midway

 

“The aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) marked the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Midway, the turning point of the Pacific campaign in World War II, June 4. As part of the weeklong observance, the ship featured numerous multimedia products on its command website www.nimitz.navy.mil as well as a remembrance dinner at Naval Station Everett hosted by the Nimtz' Chiefs' Mess and wardroom” (Ref. Story Number: NNS120605-17 - Release Date: 6/5/2012 3:46:00 PM - From USS Nimitz Public Affairs, EVERETT, Wash. (NNS). http://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=67614

 

USS Nimitz Arrives In San Francisco

 

“The aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN-68) arrived in San Francisco May 27 to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Golden Gate Bridge” (Ref. Story Number: NNS120528-01 - Release Date: 5/28/2012 9:44:00 AM - By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jacquelyn Childs, USS Nimitz Public Affairs, SAN FRANCISCO (NNS).

http://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=67449

 

Ports of call included: Pearl Harbor, Hawaii twice and Naval Air Station North Island, Coronado (NASNI), Naval Base Coronado, San Diego, California.

 

Squadrons: Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 11 include the " Black Knights" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 154 (FA-18F); the " Argonauts" of VFA-147 (FA-18E); the " Blue Diamonds" of VFA-146 (FA-18C);  the VMFA-323, Death Rattlers (FA-18C(N)); the "Indians" of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 6 (MH-60S); the "Gray Wolves" of Electronic Attack Squadron VAQ-142 (EA-6B); the "Providers" of Fleet Logistics Support Squadron 30 (C-2A) and the "Wallbangers" of Carrier Airborne Command and Control Squadron VAW-117 (E-2C Hawkeye 2000 NP); Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadrons (HSM) 75, Wolf Pack (MH-60R) and VRC-30 DET.3, Providers (C-2A).

 

Nimitz Carrier Strike Group (CSG), Carrier Strike Group 11, Commanded by Rear Admiral Peter A. Gumataotao, is comprised of USS Nimitz (CVN-68), the guided-missile destroyers USS Pinckney (DDG 91) and USS Sampson (DDG-102) of Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 23. Ship’s of CSG 11 also include USS William P. Lawrence (DDG-110); USS John Paul Jones (DDG-53); USS Vandergrift (FFG-48); USS Curts (FFG-38) and USS Princeton (CG-59). http://www.nimitz.navy.mil/csg-11.html

 

USS Nimitz (CVN 68) Celebrates 37th Birthday

 

“The crew of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN-68) paused to celebrate the 37th anniversary of the ship's commissioning with an all hands picnic, May 3” (Ref. Story Number: NNS120503-19 - Release Date: 5/3/2012 9:55:00 PM - From USS Nimitz (CVN 68) Public Affairs, SAN DIEGO (NNS).

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Nimitz Completes Sea Trials, Arrives at New Homeport

 

“The aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN-68) arrived at its new homeport of Naval Station Everett, Wash., March 9 after spending nearly a week at sea conducting sea trials” (Ref. Story Number: NNS120309-10 - Release Date: 3/9/2012 2:57:00 PM - By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Vanessa Y. David, USS Nimitz Public Affairs http://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=65816

 

USS Nimitz Holds Change of Command

 

USS Nimitz (CVN-68) held a change of command ceremony aboard the aircraft carrier March 29. Capt. Jeffrey S. Ruth relieved Capt. Paul O. Monger. Monger assumed command of Nimitz Aug. 24, 2009. Since then, the ship completed a deployment to the 5th Fleet area of operations, Board of Inspection and Survey assessment and finished its docked planning incremental availability” (Ref. Story Number: NNS120329-12 - Release Date: 3/29/2012 4:55:00 PM - By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Vanessa Y. David, USS Nimitz Public Affairs, EVERETT, Wash. (NNS)

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USS

Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69) - U. S. Fleet Forces Command, 6th, 5th & Central Command

(6th Arabian/ Persian Gulf dep. & 9th, 10th & 11th voy. & 6th  North Arabian Sea dep. & 18th, 19th, 20th & 21st Arabian Sea voy.)

NorLant

14th Med

17th Suez Canal

4th OEF

4th MSO

18th Suez Canal

Med

NorLant

CVW-7

AG

20 Jun 2012

19 Dec 2012

Europe

Middle East

Afghanistan War & Maritime Security Operations

22nd FWFD

183-days

4th Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF), the "military response to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States, commencing on 7 October 2001 on her 4th Maritime Security Operations (MSO).

 

USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) CSG joins the Enterprise CSG in support of the Combatant Commander's operational requirements, while ensuring security and stability in the U.S. 5th Fleet AOO. A second aircraft carrier strike group in the AOO ensures the U.S. military has the naval and air capabilities to support operational requirements while adequately meeting other security commitments in the region. The Eisenhower CSG takes the place of the Abraham Lincoln Strike Group which transited the Suez Canal, July 16, departing the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations and entering the U.S. 6th Fleet AOO en route to the United States to complete an eight-month deployment.

Ports of call include:  Palma de Majorca, Spain; Rhodes, Greece; Khalifa Bin Salman Port, Bahrain and Jebel Ali, United Arab Emirates.

 

Squadrons: VFA-143, Pukin' Dogs, Strike Fighter Squadron, FA-18E; VFA-103, Jolly Rogers, Strike Fighter Squadron, FA-18F; VFA-83, Rampagers, Strike Fighter Squadron, FA-18C(N); VFA-131, Wildcats, Strike Fighter Squadron, FA-18C(N); VAQ-140, Patriots, Tactical Electronic Attack Squadron, EA-6B; VAW-121, Bluetails Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron, E-2C 2000 NP; HS-5, Night Dippers, Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron, SH-60F / HH-60H and VRC-40 Det., Rawhide, Fleet Logistics Support Squadron, C-2A.

 

CSG 8's flagship, USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69) (Ike), with the seven squadrons of Carrier Air Wing 7 embarked, includes Rear Adm. Michael C. Manazir, CSG 8 commander, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 7 with eight squadrons of aircraft, Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 28 with three ships, the guided-missile destroyers USS Farragut (DDG-99), USS Winston S. Churchill (DDG-81), and USS Jason Dunham (DDG-109) and the guided-missile cruiser USS Hue City (CG-66).

USS George Washington (CVN-73) - 7th forward deployed

Sea of Japan

WestPac

CVW-5

NF

6 Aug 2012

7 Aug 2012

Training

Local waters off Japan, WestPac

USS George Washington (CVN-73) - 7th forward deployed

Sea of Japan

8th WestPac

South & East China Sea Strait of Malacca

Andaman Sea, northeast edge of the Indian Ocean

CVW-5

NF

20 Aug 2012

20 Nov 2012

WestPac

19th FWFD

93-days

Summer and Fall Underway Period

Exercise Valiant Shield 2012 in the Guam operating area.

 

Ports of call included: Apra Harbor, Naval Base Guam; Port Klang, Malaysia and Manila Bay, Republic of the Philippines.

 

CVW-5 Squadrons include four F/A-18 Strike Fighter squadrons (VFA): the “Royal Maces” of VFA-27, the “Diamondbacks of VFA-102, the “Golden Dragons” of VFA-192 and the “Dambusters” of VFA-195. It also features Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 115 “Liberty Bells,” Carrier Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron (VAQ) 141 “Shadowhawks,” Helicopter Anti-submarine Squadron (HS) 14 “Chargers,” as well as detachments from Fleet Logistics Support Squadron (VRC) 30 “Providers” and Light Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron (HSL) 51 “Warlords”.

 

Squadrons: VFA-102, FA-18F; VFA-27, FA-18E; VFA-192, FA-18E; VFA-195, FA-18C(N); VAQ-141, EA-18G; VAW-115, E-2C / E-2C NP; HS-14, SH-60F / HH-60H, HSL-51 Det. 3., SH-60B and VRC-30 Det. 5. C-2A. Ships of the George Washington Carrier Strike Group included: USS Cowpens (CG-63), USS Fitzgerald (DDG-62), USS John S. McCain (DDG-56) and USS McCampbell (DDG-85).

 

Commanded by Rear Admiral J.R. Haley, the George Washington Carrier Strike Group with more than 5,000 Sailors, consists of 7th Fleet’s Carrier Air Wing 5, Destroyer Squadron 15 (DESRON 15); the guided-missile cruiser USS Cowpens (CG-63), USS Fitzgerald (DDG-62), USS John S. McCain (DDG-56) and USS McCampbell (DDG-85).

USS John C. Stennis             (CVN-74) - Pacific Fleet, 7th, 5th & Central Command       (5th Arabian /Persian Gulf dep, &  7thArabian Sea voy.)

EastPac

7th WestPac

South China Sea

Strait of Malacca

6th IO

Arabian Sea

North Arabian Sea

4th MSO

Gulf of Oman

Strait of Hormuz

4th OEF

Arabian Gulf

Strait of Hormuz

Gulf of Oman

North Arabian Sea

Arabian Sea

Indian Ocean

Strait of Malacca

South China Sea

WestPac

EastPac

CVW-9

NG

27 Aug  2012

3 May 2013

Middle East

4th Iraq War, Afghan-istan War

Maritime Security Operation

Persian Gulf

250-days

8th FWFD

Participated in undersea warfare exercise (USWEX) off the coast of Hawaii, ASW [anti-submarine warfare] (USWEX) with the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force, annual Exercise Foal Eagle with the Republic of Korea Navy and in Alaska's premier joint training exercise "Northern Edge 2009" in the Gulf of Alaska operating with the 3rd and 7th Fleet and her 3rd 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, on her 4th Arabian /Persian Gulf, conducting operations in support of Operation New Dawn and her 3rd 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: Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia; Phuket, Thailand; Khalifa Bin Salman Port at Hidd, Bahrain; Jebel Ali, United Arab Emirates three times; Changi Naval Base, Singapore; Pearl Harbor, Hawaii and San Diego.

Squadrons: VFA-154, *FA-18F; VMFA-323, FA-18C (N); VFA-146, FA-18C; VFA-147, FA-18E; VAQ-138 (*1), EA-6B; VAW-112, E-2C 2000 NP; HSC-8, MH-60S; HSM-71, MH-60R; VRC-30 Det. 4, C-2A. (*1) VAQ-138 will begin the transition to EA-18G in March 2010 and, transition is expected to be completed in the fall of 2010.

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

 

Marines assigned to Amphibious Assault Vehicle platoon, Combat Assault Company, 3rd Marine Regiment, storm a beach during Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2012.

 

120801-N-PF210-092 - MARINE CORPS BASE, Hawaii (Aug. 1, 2012) Marines assigned to Amphibious Assault Vehicle platoon, Combat Assault Company, 3rd Marine Regiment, storm a beach during Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2012. Twenty-two nations, more than 40 ships and submarines, more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel are participating in the biennial RIMPAC exercise from June 20 to Aug. 3, in and around the Hawaiian Islands. The world's largest maritime exercise, RIMPAC provides a unique training opportunity that helps participants foster and sustain cooperative relationships that are critical to ensuring the safety of the sea lanes and security on the world's oceans. RIMPAC 2012 is the 23rd exercise that began in 1971. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Derek R. Sanchez/Released) http://www.navy.mil/view_image.asp?id=130884

 

RIMPAC 2012 Concludes

 

The world's largest international maritime exercise, Rim of the Pacific Exercise (RIMPAC), officially concluded on 3 August 2012.

The 23rd exercise in the biennial RIMPAC series, this year's version involved 22 nations, more than 40 ships and submarines, and more than 200 aircraft that operated in and around the Hawaiian Islands. The exercise is designed to foster and sustain the cooperative relationships that are critical to ensuring the safety of sea lanes and security on the world's oceans.

Part of that cooperation involved more than 25,000 personnel working together from Australia, Canada, Chile, Colombia, France, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Peru, Republic of Korea, Republic of the Philippines, Russia, Singapore, Thailand, Tonga, the United Kingdom and the United States.

"It is a testament to the power of
RIMPAC that we can bring a record number of nations together and then conduct complex and purposeful training in challenging scenarios like humanitarian assistance operations," said Adm. Cecil Haney, Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet. "The partnerships, cooperation and camaraderie forged during this exercise are essential to the promotion of peace in the Pacific region and will be invaluable during future contingencies, wherever and whenever they might be."

RIMPAC 2012 demonstrated a variety of exercise firsts, including the first time non-U.S. officers commanded components of the combined task force during the exercise. Commodore Stuart Mayer of the Royal Australian Navy commanded the Maritime Component and Brig. Gen. Michael Hood of the Royal Canadian Air Force commanded the Air Component. Other key leaders of the multinational force included Royal Canadian Navy Rear Adm. Ron Lloyd, deputy commander of the Combined Task Force (CTF), and Japan Maritime Self Defense Force Rear Adm. Fumiyuki Kitagawa, vice commander of the CTF.

"I am truly pleased with what we have achieved as part of this exercise," said Rear Adm. Ron Lloyd, the Deputy Combined Task Force Commander. "The challenging scenarios allowed Canadians and our Pacific Rim partners to develop the skills we will need to work successfully with each other, wherever we may be called upon to deploy," said Lloyd.

The U.S. Navy also demonstrated its "Great Green Fleet" with surface combatants and aircraft, functioning on biofuel blends for the first time in an operation. The demonstration highlighted the Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) Ray Mabus' energy goals to reduce the Department of Navy's (DON's) consumption of energy, decrease its reliance on foreign sources of oil, and significantly increase its use of alternative energy.

"If you talk to anyone who lives within the rim of the Pacific they will tell you, it's not a matter of if, it's a matter of when the next natural disaster or crisis may affect one of the countries," said Beaman. "We (
RIMPAC participants) are forming a team. In the event of the next crisis or disaster, this team will have worked with each other and understand the processes that a coalition will have to go through in order to form and be able to accomplish whatever mission we may be asked to do."

For the first time during
RIMPAC, the exercise featured a humanitarian assistance/disaster relief (HA/DR) event that facilitated training and certification for expeditionary forces to respond to foreign disasters as a Crisis Response Adaptive Force Package. Also conducted were three SINKEXS, multi-force Military Operations on Urban Terrain (MOUT) training, live-fire exercises , surface-to-air engagements, air-to-air missile engagements, surface-to-surface engagements, amphibious assaults, vessel boardings, explosive ordnance disposal, diving, salvage operations, conducted air-to-air refuelings and mine clearance operations.

"Watching this 22-nation coalition come together, each with their own individual training goals and objectives; watching the team put a plan together that accounted for each one of those training goals and objectives, and then for the last three weeks watching it all unfold; for me, that will be a lasting memory," said Beaman” (Ref. Story Number:
NNS120803-20 - Release Date: 8/3/2012 6:49:00 PM - By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Ernesto Bonilla, RIMPAC Public Affairs, JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM (NNS)). http://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=68817

 

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 CVW 11 Commander Reaches 1,000 Traps

 

“The commander of Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 11 completed his 1,000th carrier arrested landing, or trap, aboard the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN-68) June 18. Capt. Greg Harris completed the trap in an F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to the "Black Knights" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 154. Harris was joined by Capt. Jeff Ruth, Nimitz' commanding officer, who rode in the back seat for the trap. CVW-11 and Nimitz are currently underway conducting carrier qualifications in preparation of the biennial Rim of the Pacific exercises” (Ref. Story Number: NNS120619-01 - Release Date: 6/19/2012 4:58:00 AM - By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class (SW) Robert Winn, USS Nimitz Public Affairs, USS NIMITZ, At Sea (NNS).

http://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=67908

 

USS Nimitz Pauses to Remember Battle of Midway

 

“The aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) marked the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Midway, the turning point of the Pacific campaign in World War II, June 4. As part of the weeklong observance, the ship featured numerous multimedia products on its command website www.nimitz.navy.mil as well as a remembrance dinner at Naval Station Everett hosted by the Nimtz' Chiefs' Mess and wardroom” (Ref. Story Number: NNS120605-17 - Release Date: 6/5/2012 3:46:00 PM - From USS Nimitz Public Affairs, EVERETT, Wash. (NNS). http://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=67614

 

USS Nimitz Arrives In San Francisco

 

“The aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN-68) arrived in San Francisco May 27 to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Golden Gate Bridge” (Ref. Story Number: NNS120528-01 - Release Date: 5/28/2012 9:44:00 AM - By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jacquelyn Childs, USS Nimitz Public Affairs, SAN FRANCISCO (NNS).http://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=67449

 

2013 EAST and WEST COAST DEPLOYMENTS - Includes Florida

 

2013 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), 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 U.S. Navy's 2012 Pacific Fleet and Seventh Fleet Aircraft Carriers deployments and Carriers from both West and East coast, resulted in one CVN extending into 2013, operating under the direction of the U.S. Naval Forces Central Command participating in Maritime Security Operations (MSO), and or 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 C. Stennis             (CVN-74) - Pacific Fleet, 7th, 5th & Central Command       (5th Arabian /Persian Gulf dep, &  7thArabian Sea voy.)

EastPac

7th WestPac

South China Sea

Strait of Malacca

6th IO

Arabian Sea

North Arabian Sea

4th MSO

Gulf of Oman

Strait of Hormuz

4th OEF

Arabian Gulf

Strait of Hormuz

Gulf of Oman

North Arabian Sea

Arabian Sea

Indian Ocean

Strait of Malacca

South China Sea

WestPac

EastPac

CVW-9

NG

27 Aug  2012

3 May 2013

Middle East

4th Iraq War, Afghan-istan War

Maritime Security Operation

Persian Gulf

250-days

8th FWFD

Participated in undersea warfare exercise (USWEX) off the coast of Hawaii, ASW [anti-submarine warfare] (USWEX) with the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force, annual Exercise Foal Eagle with the Republic of Korea Navy and in Alaska's premier joint training exercise "Northern Edge 2009" in the Gulf of Alaska operating with the 3rd and 7th Fleet and her 3rd 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, on her 4th Arabian /Persian Gulf, conducting operations in support of Operation New Dawn and her 3rd 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: Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia; Phuket, Thailand; Khalifa Bin Salman Port at Hidd, Bahrain; Jebel Ali, United Arab Emirates three times; Changi Naval Base, Singapore; Pearl Harbor, Hawaii and San Diego.

 

Squadrons: VFA-154, *FA-18F; VMFA-323, FA-18C (N); VFA-146, FA-18C; VFA-147, FA-18E; VAQ-138 (*1), EA-6B; VAW-112, E-2C 2000 NP; HSC-8, MH-60S; HSM-71, MH-60R; VRC-30 Det. 4, C-2A. (*1) VAQ-138 will begin the transition to EA-18G in March 2010 and, transition is expected to be completed in the fall of 2010.

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

 

2013 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) and or 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

Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69) - U. S. Fleet Forces Command, 6th, 5th & Central Command

(7th Arabian/ Persian Gulf dep. & 12th & 13th voy. & 7th North Arabian Sea dep. & 22nd, 23rd & 24th  Arabian Sea voy.)

NorLant

15th Med

19th Suez Canal

5th OEF

5th MSO

20th Suez Canal

Med

NorLant

CVW-7

AG

21 Feb 2013

3 Jul 2013

Europe

Middle East

Afghanistan War & Maritime Security Operations

23rd FWFD

133-days

5th Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF), the "military response to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States, commencing on 7 October 2001 on her 5th Maritime Security Operations (MSO).

 

Ports of call include: Marseille, France; Khalifa Bin Salman Port in Hidd, Bahrain; Jebel Ali, United Arab Emirates; Lisbon, Portugal and Mayport, FL.

 

Squadrons: VFA-143, Pukin' Dogs, Strike Fighter Squadron, FA-18E; VFA-103, Jolly Rogers, Strike Fighter Squadron, FA-18F; VFA-83, Rampagers, Strike Fighter Squadron, FA-18C(N); VFA-131, Wildcats, Strike Fighter Squadron, FA-18C(N); VAQ-140, Patriots, Tactical Electronic Attack Squadron, EA-6B; VAW-121, Bluetails Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron, E-2C 2000 NP; HS-5, Night Dippers, Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron, SH-60F / HH-60H and VRC-40 Det., Rawhide, Fleet Logistics Support Squadron, C-2A.

USS Nimitz (CVN-68) – 3rd, 7th, 5th & Central Command

(10th North Arabian Sea & 8th Arabian / Persian Gulf)

11th  WestPac

Sea of Japan

South China Sea

Strait of Malacca x 2

11th IO 

Andaman Sea

Makham Bay, Phuket, Thailand

CVW-11

NK

30 Mar  2013

16 Dec  2013

Middle East

Afghanistan War & Maritime Security Operations

Persian Gulf

24th FWFD

278-days

SUSTEX, Sustainment Exercise (SUSTEX) (*1). 5th Maritime Security Operations (MSO) and 5th 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: San Diego; Busan, Republic of Korea; Makham Bay, Phuket, Thailand; Jebel Ali, United Arab Emirates; Khalifa Bin Salman in Hidd, Bahrain; Naples, Italy; Pearl Harbor, Hawaii and San Diego, Ca.

 

CVW 11 includes Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 154 (FA-18F), VFA 147 (FA-18E), VFA 146 (FA-18C), Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 323 (FA-18C (N)), Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 142 (EA-6B), Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 117 (E-2C Hawkeye 2000 NP), Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 6 (MH-60S), Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 75 (MH-60R), and Fleet Logistics Support Squadron (VRC) 30 Det. 3 (C-2A).

 

(*1) Sustainment Training Exercise (SUSTEX) off the coast of southern California (3 to 17 April 2013).

 

Rear Adm. Michael S. White, CSG 11 commander. Destroyer Squadron 23, along with guided-missile destroyers USS Momsen (DDG-92) and USS Preble (DDG-88) and guided-missile cruiser USS Princeton (CG-59). In company are USS Monterey (CG-61) and the guided missile-destroyer USS William P. Lawrence (DDG-110).

USS George Washington (CVN-73) - 7th forward deployed

Sea of Japan

9th WestPac

East China Sea

CVW-5

NF

26 Jun 2013

23 Aug 2013

WestPac

20th FWFD

59-days

Summer Underway Period

Talisman Saber 2013, off the coast of Queensland, Australia.

 

Ports of call included: Brisbane, Australia.

 

CVW 5, forward-deployed to Naval Air Facility Atsugi, Japan, consists of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 102, VFA 27, VFA 115 and VFA 195; Electronic Attack Squadron 141; Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron 115; Fleet Logistics Support Squadron 30, Detachment 5; Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 12; and Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 77.

 

Squadrons: VFA-102, FA-18F; VFA-27, FA-18E; VFA-115, FA-18E; VFA-195, FA-18E; VAQ-141, EA-18G; VAW-115, E-2C / E-2C NP; HSC-12, SH-60F / HH-60H, HSM-77 Det. 3., MH-60R and VRC-30 Det. 5. C-2A.

 

Commanded by Rear Adm. Mark Montgomery, the George Washington Carrier Strike Group with more than 5,000 Sailors, consists of 7th Fleet’s Carrier Air Wing 5, Destroyer Squadron 15 (DESRON 15). Ships within GWCSG included Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyers USS Preble (DDG-88), USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG-54), USS Fitzgerald (DDG-62) and USS Stethem (DDG-63), and the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Antietam (CG-53).

USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75) - U. S. Fleet Forces Command, 6th, 5th & Central Command

(5thArabian /Persian Gulf dep. & 6 voys.) (9th & 10th Red Sea & Gulf of Aden)

NorLant

7th Med           9th Suez Canal

4th MSO

3rd OEF

10th Suez Canal

Med

NorLant

CVW-3

AC

22 Jul 2013

18 Apr 2014

Europe

Middle East

2nd Iraq War &

Maritime Security Operations

Persian Gulf

8th FWFD

271-days

Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV), 4th 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 3rd 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: Marseille, France; Khalifa Bin Salman Port, Kingdom of Bahrain; Jebel Ali, United Arab Emirates; Jebel Ali, United Arab Emirates; Khalifa Bin Salman Port, Kingdom of Bahrain; Jebel Ali, United Arab Emirates; Khalifa Bin Salman Port, Kingdom of Bahrain.

 

CVW-3 was embarked on board Harry S. Truman with its associated squadrons - Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 32 "Swordsmen," VFA-37 "Ragin' Bulls," and VFA-105 "Gunslingers;" Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 312 "Checkerboards;" Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 126 "Seahawks;" Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 130 "Zappers;" Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 7 "Dusty Dogs;" and Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 74 "Swamp Foxes." VFA-32, VFA-37, VFA-105, returned to Naval Air Station Oceana; VAW-126 and HSC-7 returned to Naval Station Norfolk; HSM-74 returned to NAS Jacksonville and VFMA-312 returned to Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, S.C.; and VAQ-130 returned to NAS Whidbey Island April 17th.

 

CVW-3 Squadrons: VFA-32, FA-18A; VMFA-312, FA-18C(N); VFA-37, FA-18C(N); VFA-105, FA-18E; VAQ-130, EA-18G; VAW-126, E-2C 2000 NP; HSC-7, SH-60F / HH-60H; and VRC-40 Det. 1, C-2A.

 

HSTCSG consists of approximately 6,000 Sailors and Marines and includes flagship USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75), CVW-3, Commander, Capt. George Wikoff, Rear Adm. Kevin Sweeney Commander, Carrier Strike Group (CCSG) 10 & staff; 1st Combined Destroyer Squadron staff comprised of U.S. and Royal Navy personnel. Deployed units included ship’s that include: guided-missile cruiser USS Gettysburg (CG-64); guided-missile cruiser USS San Jacinto (CG-56) and guided-missile destroyers USS Mason (DDG-87) and USS Bulkeley (DDG-84).

USS George Washington (CVN-73) - 7th forward deployed

Sea of Japan

CVW-5

NF

24 Aug 2013

 

Cruise

1-day

Friends and Family Day Cruise

USS George Washington (CVN-73) - 7th forward deployed

Sea of Japan

10th WestPac

East China Sea

CVW-5

NF

13 Sep 2013

5 Dec 2013

WestPac

21st FWFD

84-days

Fall Underway Period

Exercises with the Republic of Korea Navy off the Korean Peninsula, articipating in Operation Damayan, the humanitarian efforts in response to Typhoon Haiyan in the vicinity of the Leyte Gulf and participated in Annual Exercise (AnnualEx) 2013 in waters and air space around Japan and East China Sea.

 

Ports of call included: Busan, Republic of Korea; Changi Naval Base, Singapore and Victoria Harbor, Hong Kong.

 

CVW-5 is a collection of aircraft designed to perform various functions and exercises. The aircraft are attached to: the “Diamondbacks” of Strike Fight Squadron (VFA) 102 flying the F/A-18F Super Hornet; the “Royal Maces” of VFA-27, the “Eagles” of VFA-115 and the “Dambusters” VFA-195 each flying the F/A-18E Super Hornet; the “Shadowhawks” of Electronic Attack Squadron 141 flying the EA-18G Growler; VAW-115 flying the E-2C Hawkeye; the “Providers” of Fleet Logistics Support Squadron 30, Detachment 5, flying the C-2A Greyhound; the “Golden Falcons” of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 12 flying the MH-60S Seahawk; and the “Saberhawks” of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 77 flying the MH-60R Seahawk.

 

Squadrons: VFA-102, FA-18F; VFA-27, FA-18E; VFA-115, FA-18E; VFA-195, FA-18E; VAQ-141, EA-18G; VAW-115, E-2C / E-2C NP; HSC-12, SH-60F / HH-60H, HSM-77 Det. 3., MH-60R and VRC-30 Det. 5. C-2A.

 

Commanded by Rear Adm. Mark Montgomery, the George Washington Carrier Strike Group with more than 5,000 Sailors, consists of 7th Fleet’s Carrier Air Wing 5, Destroyer Squadron 15 (DESRON 15). The GWSG consisted of the aircraft carrier George Washington; the embarked staffs of Battle Force 7th Fleet and Destroyer Squadron 15; Carrier Air Wing 5; Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruisers USS Antietam (CG-54) and USS Cowpens (CG-63); and Arleigh-burke class guided-missile destroyers USS Lassen (DDG-82), USS McCampbell (DDG-85) and USS Mustin (DDG-89).

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

 

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 VII - 2012 to 2013 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 -

 

Book - ISBN NO.

978-1-4276-0454-5

EBook - ISBN NO.

978-1-329-15473-5

 

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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978-1-329-19945-3

 

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) -

 

Book ISBN NO.

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978-1-329-54596-0

 

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) -

 

Book ISBN NO.

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EBook ISBN NO.

978-1-329-54790-2

 

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) -

 

Book ISBN NO.

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EBook ISBN NO.

978-1-329-55111-4

 

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

 

U. S. AIRCRAFT

CARRIER SHIP

HISTORY (1920 to 2016)

 

Book - ISBN NO.

978-1-4276-0465-1

EBook - ISBN NO.

978-1-365-25019-4

Library of Congress

Control Number: 

2008901616

(Book Version)

 

U. S. AIRCRAFT CARRIERS REDESIGNATED AND OR RECLASSIFIED (1953 to 2016)

 

U. S. AIRCRAFT

CARRIERS

REDESIGNATED

AND OR

RECLASSIFIED

(1953 to 2016)

 

BOOK - ISBN NO.

978-1-4276-0452-1

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2008901619