Commissioned Aircraft Carriers

 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

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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) -

 

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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) -

 

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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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978-1-4276-0465-1

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

 

U. S. AIRCRAFT

CARRIERS

REDESIGNATED

AND OR

RECLASSIFIED

(1953 to 2016)

 

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NAVY AIRCRAFT CARRIERS

USS Coral Sea, CVB / CVA / CV - 43

Current Aircraft Carrier Location

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USN Ship Designations

 

 CARRIER AIR WINGS

 

CVN-71

 

CVN-69

CVN-76

CVW-1 (AB) 

CVW-2 (NE)

CVW-3 (AC)

CVW-5 (NF)

Naval Air Station Oceana, Virginia

Naval Air Station Lemoore, California

Naval Air Station Oceana, Virginia

Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan)

CVN-75

CVN-77

CVN-74

CVN-68

CVW-7 (AG)

CVW-8 (AJ)

CVW-9 (NG)

CVW-11 (NH)

Naval Air Station Oceana, Virginia

Naval Air Station Oceana, Virginia

Naval Air Station Lemoore, California

Naval Air Station Lemoore, California

 

CVN-70

 

 

CVW-14 (NK)

CVW-17(AA)

TSW Tactical Support Wing

 

Naval Air Station Lemoore, California

Naval Air Station Oceana, Virginia

Naval Air Station Atlanta, Georgia (reserve unit)

 

Will support approximately 80 aircraft, including the F/A-18 Hornet and F/A-18 E/F Super Hornet strike fighters, the E-2C Hawkeye  airborne early warning aircraft, the C-2 Greyhound logistics aircraft, the S-3B Viking anti-submarine aircraft, the EA-6B Prowler electronic warfare aircraft, and the multi-role SH-60F and MH-60 R/ S helicopters.

References include List of United States Navy aircraft squadrons at Wikipedia; others and navy web sites all linked herto.

 

U.S. Aircraft Carriers

 

CVN-68; CVN-69; CVN-70; CVN-71; CVN-72; CVN-73; CVN-74; CVN-75; CVN-76; CVN-77 and CVN-78 (Ford Class) .

 

 

USS Nimitz (CVN 68)

 

 

Good overhead image, showing the overall details of the Nimitz-class. Picture taken sometime in 1975-1977, with Carrier Air Wing Eight (CVW-8) aboard. NS026803 125k. USN. http://www.navsource.org/archives/02/026803.jpg

 

USS Nimitz (CVN 68)

 

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USS Nimitz (CVN-68), Naval Base Kitsap-Bremerton Official U. S. Navy Web Site56th - CVW-11 (NH)

 

 USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69)

 

 

USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69) alongside the nuclear-powered guided-missile cruiser USS California (CGN-36) whilst on a training exercise in the Caribbean in 1978. NS026942. Submitted by: Robert Hurst.

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 USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69), Naval Station Norfolk, Va. Official U. S. Navy Web Site – 57th - CVW-3 (AC)

 

USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70)

 

 

The Western Pacific Ocean, Feb. 10, 2003 — The guided missile frigate USS Ingraham (FFG-61) takes on fuel from the starboard side of the fast combat support ship USS Sacramento (AOE-1) while the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson receives cargo via Vertical Replenishment (VERTREP) during a Replenishment at Sea (RAS). U.S. Navy Photo by Photographer's Mate Airman Dustin Howell (030210-N-3241H-122). NS027016. USN. http://www.navsource.org/archives/02/027016.jpg

 

USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70)

 

 

At sea in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, Oct. 12, 2001 — USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) and the fast combat support ship USS Sacramento (AOE-1) steam side-by-side during a routine replenishment at sea (RAS). U.S. Navy Photo by Photographer's Mate 3rd Class Carol Warden. (Photo # 011012-N-5884W-001). NS027009. USN.

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USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70), San Diego, California Official U. S. Navy Web - 58th - CVW-17(AA)

 

USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71)

 

 

The Atlantic Ocean, Sep. 15, 1999 — Hundreds of crew members of USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71), in dress white uniforms, spell out a reference to the quote of former President Theodore Roosevelt: "Speak softly and carry a big stick." The aircraft carrier was transiting the Atlantic Ocean on her way home to Norfolk, Va., after a six-month deployment in the Adriatic Sea and Arabian Gulf. U.S. Navy photo by Photograher's Mate 2nd Class (AW) Robert R. McRill (photo # 990915-N-5526M-001). NS027112.

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USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72)

 

 

Underway, bows on view. 26 June 1996. U.S. Navy photo. NS027101. Doug McGriff

and Wendell Royce McLaughlin Jr. http://www.navsource.org/archives/02/027101.jpg

 

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 USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72), Naval Station Norfolk, Va. (ROCH) Official U. S. Navy Web Site – 60thNot assigned

 

USS George Washington (CVN-73)

 

 

With her crew manning the rails, USS George Washington (CVN-73) heads out to sea on January 26, 1996, at the commencement of a scheduled six-month deployment to the Mediterranean. USS George Washington, commanded by CAPT Malcolm P. Branch, would be operating in the Adriatic Sea in support of the NATO peace keeping Operation Joint Endeavor. U.S. Navy Photo by Photographer's Mate 1st Class Craig McClure (# 960126-N-6442M-002). NS027342. Submitted by: Bill Gonyo.

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USS George Washington (CVN-73) transits the Pacific Ocean during carrier flight qualifications, 28 August 2008. The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier was transiting the coast of Southern California conducting her combat operations efficiency evaluation with Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5. George Washington was en route to Yokosuka, Japan, where she would replace USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) as the Navy's only forward deployed aircraft carrier. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communications Specialist Second Class Clifford L. H. Davis (#080828-N-9565D-061). NS027397. Submitted by: Ron Reeves. http://www.navsource.org/archives/02/027397.jpg

 

Home Port transfer to Yokosuka, Japan and UNITAS 49-08  

 

Commander Rear Adm. Philip H. Cullom, CCSG 8, and CVW-17 embarked USS George Washington (CVN-73) to participate in Partnership of the Americas in the U.S. Southern Command area of focus (AOF). Brazil, Argentina and the United States conducted UNITAS 49-08 in support of U.S. Southern Command's Partnership of the Americas 2008 (POA 08). After approximately two months, the ship continued on its transit while Carrier Strike Group 8 and CVW-17 returned to Norfolk. DESRON 40, Kauffman and Farragut remained in the SOUTHCOM AOF to continue their participation in Partnership of the Americas for a six-month deployment. Prior to entering the Pacific, CVW-17 (AA) and CCSG-8 returned to Oceana. VFA-143; VFA-103; VFA-83; VFA-131 and VAW-121 are assigned to CVW-7 (AG) stationed at Naval Air Station Jacksonville, FL and reported to be onboard in the Pacific, while CVW-17 squadrons were not reported publicly during the first two months of deployment. GW relieved Kitty Hawk of her forward deployed duties in San Diego rather then Hawaii between 7 to 27 August 2008, due to a fire that occurred onboard in the Pacific prior to reaching San Diego. Her 9th deployment since her commission on the East Coast on 4 July 1992 (April 7 to 27 May 2008).

 

The aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) with her crew of approximately 5,500 Sailors departed San Diego Aug. 21, to begin her journey to Yokosuka, Japan to replace USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) as the United States' only permanently forward-deployed aircraft carrier.

Commanded by Capt. John R. Haley, GW became the flagship for the Commander, Task Force 70 (CTF 70), Rear Adm. Richard B. Wren last week after he and his staff moved to GW from Kitty Hawk.

 

PACIFIC OCEAN (Sept. 24, 2008) Rear Admiral Kawamura of the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force’s Escort Flotilla One arrives in a MH-60S helicopter onboard USS George Washington (CVN 73). Kawamura is meeting with fellow senior naval officers a day before the ship’s anticipated arrival in Yokosuka, Japan. George Washington is transiting to Japan where the ship will replace USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) as the U.S. Navy’s only forward-deployed aircraft carrier. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Anthony R. Martinez

 

PACIFIC OCEAN (Sept. 25, 2008) – Sailors aboard USS George Washington (CVN-73) form the phrase “Hajimemashite,” which means “nice to meet you” in Japanese, as they arrive at Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan. The GW and Carrier Air Wing 5 team will be operating from Fleet Activities Yokosuka as the U.S. Navy’s only forward-deployed aircraft carrier which will upgrade the Navy’s ability to preserve regional security and stability in the Western Pacific.

 

Sailors stand in formation as the USS George Washington (CVN-73) departs for its 2015 patrol. US Navy Photo

 

Carrier George Washington Leaves Japan for the Last Time as Forward Deployed CVN

By: Sam LaGrone

May 19, 2015 7:12 AM


Sailors stand in formation as the
USS George Washington (CVN-73) departs for its 2015 patrol. US Navy Photo

 

Aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN-73), departed Japan on Monday for its last Pacific patrol as the U.S. Navy’s forward deployed aircraft carrier.

 

The carrier was replaced in Yokosuka, Japan by USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) and part of Washington’s crew will swapped over to the Reagan.

 

“On behalf of my crew, we are grateful for the friendships we have shared while forward-deployed in Yokosuka,” said Capt. Timothy Kuehhas, George Washington’s commanding officer in a Monday statement.


USS George Washington will now begin a journey, which will end in Virginia, but some of the crew of USS George Washington will transfer to Ronald Reagan during our voyage.”

 

The move is part of a complex crew and carrier shuffle that will trade sailors between Washington, Reagan and USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) — informally called CVN-220 based on adding the totals of the three ships’ hull numbers.

 

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Ultimately, Washington will head to Newport News, Va. for its multi-billion nuclear refueling and complex overhaul (RCOH).

 

Roosevelt will take over Reagan’s berth in San Diego, Calif.

 

The Washington Carrier Strike Group (CSG) includes guided missile cruiser USS Antietam (CG-54) and the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers USS Fitzgerald (DDG-62) and USS Preble (DDG-88).

http://news.usni.org/2015/05/19/carrier-george-washington-leaves-japan-for-the-last-time-as-forward-deployed-cvn

 

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USS George Washington (CVN-73) departed Yokosuka on 18 May 2015;

local waters off Japan from 18 to 23 May 2015; WestPac from 24 May to 18 June 2015; Grain Wharf in Port of Brisbane, Australia from 19 to 23 June 2015; WestPac from 24 June to 6 July 2015; exercise Talisman Sabre 2015 in the Timor Sea off the northern coast of Australia from 2015 from 7 to 18 July 2015; Pacific from 19 July to 9 August 2015; arrived at San Diego on 10 August 2015.

 

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USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74)

 

 

USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74) transits the Strait of Malacca, 9 September 2011, after leaving Port Klang, Malaysia. The John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group was on a scheduled Western Pacific Ocean and Persian Gulf deployment. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Benjamin Crossley (# 110909-N-BT887-171). NS027480. USN.

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USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75)

 

 

USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75), foreground, and USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77) transit during a turnover of responsibility in the Arabian Sea, 22 March 2014. TheNimitz-class aircraft carriers support maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet Area Of Responsibility. U.S. Navy photo by LT Juan David Guerra (# 140322-N-AP620-071). NS027575. Submitted by: Ron Reeves. http://www.navsource.org/archives/02/027575.jpg

 

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USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76)

 

 

USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) underway in the 7th Fleet Area Of Responsibility, in the Pacific Ocean, 12 March 2011. The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier had been directed to Japan, following an 8.9 earthquake and tsunami, to render humanitarian assistance and disaster relief as directed. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Dylan McCord (#110312-N-SB672-108). NS027693. Submitted by: Ron Reeves. http://www.navsource.org/archives/02/027693.jpg

 

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Hull swap with USS George Washington (CVN-73) at San Diego from 10 to 25 August 2015. USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) departed San Diego on 26 August 2015; off the coast of southern California from 26 to 28 August 2015; returned to San Diego on 29 August 2015; departed San Diego for Yokosuka, Japan on 31 August 2015; EastPac from 31 August to 9 September 2015; waters off the coast of Hawaii from 10 to 16 September 2015; entered the 7th Fleet area of operations on 17 September 2015; WestPac from 18 to 30 September 2015; pulled into new homeport Yokosuka on 1 October 2015.

 

USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76), Yokosuka, Japan, Official U. S. Navy Web Site - 64th CVW-5 (NF)

 

USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77)

 

090407-N-5735P-067 ATLANTIC OCEAN (April 7, 2009) The aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) is underway from Naval Station Norfolk conducting acceptance trials and the Board of Inspections and Survey to test the ship's material conditions and readiness. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st class Demetrius L. Patton/Released)

 

090407-N-5735P-067 - ATLANTIC OCEAN (April 7, 2009) The aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77) is underway from Naval Station Norfolk conducting acceptance trials and the Board of Inspections and Survey to test the ship's material conditions and readiness. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st class Demetrius L. Patton/Released)

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USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77) acceptance sea trials underway off the Virginia Capes for acceptance sea trials from 7 to 9 April 2009” (Ref. 76).

 

USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77) returned to Norfolk, Va. on 9 April 2009” (Ref. 76).

 

 

The U.S. Navy flight demonstration squadron, the "Blue Angels," fly in the Delta Formation over USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77) off the Florida coast near Mayport Naval Station, 10 December 2013. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Terrence Siren (# 131210-N-KG934-050). NS027757. Submitted by: Bob Haner. http://www.navsource.org/archives/02/027757.jpg

 

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Service members, crew, their families and distinguished guests bow their heads as Navy CAPT Jerome Hinson gives a benediction during the aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78) christening ceremony. The Ford class brings improved war fighting capacity, quality of life improvements and reduced acquisition and life cycle costs. Newport News, Va., 9 November 2013. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Patrick Grieco (# 131109-N-VT117-043). NS027821i. Submitted by: Robert M. Cieri.

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Tens of thousands of Navy supporters attend the christening ceremony of the aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78) at Newport News Shipbuilding, Newport News, Va., 9 November 2013. The first in the Ford-class carriers, CVN-78 is scheduled to join the fleet in 2016. U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Peter D. Lawlor (# 131109-N-WL435-370). NS027821j. Submitted by: Robert M. Cieri. http://www.navsource.org/archives/02/027821j.jpg

 

 

Builder's original logo. NS027822b. Submitted by: Ron Reeves and Howard Weitzell.

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Ship's crest and motto, "Integrity at the Helm." NS027822. Submitted by: Ron Reeves & Wolfgang Hechler.

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Ship's patch. NS027822a. Submitted by: Howard Weitzell.

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Operational and Building Data

 

Advance construction of the CVN-21 project began on August 11, 2005 with the beveling of a 15-ton metal plate at Northrop Grumman Newport News' shipyards in Virginia. This metal plate was used in the construction of CVN-78. Advance construction took an estimated two years before construction began on the actual ship herself. This gave technicians and engineers the time needed to test and design the ship, and all the new technologies placed into the vessel. The keel of the first unit (CVN-78) was laid on 14 November 2009 and delivery to the Navy is scheduled for 2015, to replace USS Enterprise (CVN-65), inactivated in 2012 after 51 years of service. CVN-78 was officially named Gerald R. Ford, after the nation's 38th President, on 16 January 2007. On 10 September 2008 Northrop Grumman Corporation received a $5.1-billion, 7-year cost plus incentive fee contract award for detail design and construction of CVN-78. Second unit (CVN-79) is scheduled to start construction in FY2012 and slated to be placed in commission in FY2019. CVN-79 would feature several improvements over CVN-78. Third and final (?) unit (CVN-80), would be procured "a few years after" CVN-79 (estimated delivery in FY2023). Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced, 1 December 2012, that she will be named Enterprise.