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USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70)

Hull number CVN-70

The USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) is the third United States NavyNimitz class supercarrier and is named after Carl Vinson, a Congressman from GeorgiaCarl Vinson's callsign is "Gold Eagle". It played host to the first NCAA basketball game on an aircraft carrier on 11/11/11 between the University of North Carolina and Michigan State University. The body of Osama bin Laden was disposed of from the deck of the Carl Vinson.

USS Carl Vinson was commissioned on 13 March 1982 at Newport News, Virginia, with Captain Richard Martin commanding. Present were the Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Thomas B. Hayward,Secretary of the Navy John F. Lehman, Keynote speaker SenatorJohn Tower, and ship's sponsor Molly Snead. After commissioning,USS Carl Vinson put to sea to conduct flight deck certifications, an evaluation designed to test the ship’s ability to conduct Modern US Navy carrier air operations. That was followed by numerous at sea periods for various training evolutions along the East Coast.[2]

Carl Vinson departed Norfolk on 1 March 1983 with Carrier Air Wing Fifteen (CVW-15) embarked for her maiden deployment, an eight-month around the world cruise to her new homeport of Naval Air Station Alameda, California, arriving on 28 Oct. 1983.[2]

Carl Vinson participated in RIMPAC '84 before departing on 14 October 1984 for an overseas deployment in the Western Pacific.Carrier Air Wing Fifteen (CVW-15) was embarked. From January until April 1985, Carl Vinson was in the Indian Ocean for 107 consecutive days. The WESTPAC deployment included Sea of Japan operations while pursuing a Soviet CHARLIE I submarine in the Indian Ocean.[5]

The carrier received her first Meritorious Unit Commendation for operations conducted from November 1984 to May 1985. In February, the Chief of Naval Operations named Carl Vinsonthe winner of the Admiral James H. Flatley Memorial Award for operational readiness and aviation safety for 1984.

On 12 August 1986 the ship departed Alameda for a western Pacific deployment, again with CVW-15 aboard, and in the process became the first modern U.S. aircraft carrier to operate in the Bering Sea. In January 1987, after operating extensively in the Indian Ocean and North Arabian SeaCarl Vinson transited the Bering Sea once more while returning to NAS Alameda.[6]

Carl Vinson and CVW-15 departed for the ship's fourth overseas deployment on 15 June 1988. While on station the carrier supported Operation Earnest Will, the escort of U.S. flagged tankers in the Persian Gulf. The carrier returned to the States on 16 December 1988 and was awarded the Admiral Flatley Memorial Award for aviation safety for 1988.

On 18 September 1989 the carrier departed Alameda to participate in PACEX '89, the largest peacetime naval exercisesince the Second World War. During the exercise Carl Vinson operated in the Bering Sea and the Aleutian Islands, eventually leading a three carrier battle group operation in the Sea of Japan and the Pacific Ocean. Carl Vinson had a port call in Pusan, South Korea and then returned to her home port of Alameda shortly after the devastating 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake.[7]



Vinson departed on her fifth deployment (again with CVW-15) on 1 February 1990, the last deployment for the A-7 Corsair. The ship returned to Alameda on 30 July 1990. On 22 September 1990, Carl Vinson entered the yards at Bremerton Naval Station, Washington for a 28-month complex overhaul (COH). The carrier received her first COMNAVAIRPAC Battle "E" award for 1990.[8]

CVW-14 aircraft over Vinson in 1994

On 17 February 1994 the carrier, with Carrier Air Wing Fourteen embarked, departed for the Persian Gulf in support of Operation Southern Watch. The carrier returned to Alameda on 17 August 1994, receiving her third Admiral Flatley Award for aviation safety.

In 1995, a documentary entitled "Carrier: Fortress at Sea" was aired on theDiscovery Channel, which chronicled the carrier's six month-long voyage to and from the Persian Gulf.

From 26 August until 3 September 1995, Vinson participated in Exercise Ke Koa, as well as ceremonies to commemorate the end of World War II in thePacific. During these ceremonies, President Bill Clinton visited the ship in Hawaii. As part of the commemoration ceremonies, Vinson launched 11 WWII era planes.[9]

The ship departed for her seventh deployment 14 May 1996, heading for the Persian Gulf with CVW-14 in support for Operation Southern Watch and Operation Desert Strike. The ship also participated in Exercise Rugged Nautilus before returning to Alameda on 14 November 1996.

With the closing of Naval Air Station Alameda, the ship was transferred to Bremerton, Washington, arriving at her new homeport on 17 January 1997, where she played host to the last carrier launch and recovery operations for the A-6E Intruder.[10]

Carl Vinson enters Pearl Harbor with CVW-11 aboard

In 1998 with Carrier Air Wing Eleven (CVW-11) embarked, the ship participated in RIMPAC '98 before departing for the Persian Gulf, launching airstrikes on 19 December 1998 in support of Operation Desert Fox and Operation Southern Watch. These strikes continued into March 1999. In July 1999, Carl Vinson was drydocked in the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard for 13 months as the Navy spent more than $230 million to upgrade the ship. Post refit shakedowns continued into 2000.[11]


On 12 January 2010, just hours after the 2010 Haiti earthquakeCarl Vinsonwas ordered to redirect from her current deployment in the North Atlantic Ocean to Haiti to contribute to the relief effort as part of Operation Unified Response. Upon receiving orders from USSOUTHCOM, the Carl Vinson battle group proceeded to Mayport, Florida where the ships loitered offshore to receive additional supplies and helicopters. The ships arrived off Port au Prince on 15 January 2010 to commence operations.[25][26][27] CNN medical correspondent and neurosurgeon Sanjay Guptapediatric surgeon Henri Ford, and two Navy doctors removed a piece of concrete from the skull of a 12-year-old earthquake victim in an operation performed aboard Carl Vinson on 18 January.[28][29] In addition to providing medical relief, CVN-70's excess desalination capacity was critical to providing water to Haiti's population during the earthquake relief.[30]

On March 2010, during her transit around South America performed Gringo-Gaucho / Southern Seas 2010 maneuvers with the Argentine Navy video[31][32]

On 12 April 2010 the carrier arrived at her new home port of Naval Station North Island, San Diego California.[33]

On 30 November 2010, with Carrier Air Wing Seventeen embarked, the Vinsondeparted Naval Air Station North Island for a three-week composite training unit exercise (COMPTUEX) and its 2010–2011 deployment to the U.S. Seventh Fleet Area of Responsibility (AOR) in the Western Pacific and U.S. Fifth Fleet Areas of Responsibility in the Indian Ocean and Persian Gulf as part of Carrier Strike Group One. This is the first Western Pacific deployment for Vinson in more than five years since the ship entered its Refueling Complex Overhaul (RCOH) in the fall[clarification needed] of 2005.[34][not in citation given]

On 11 April 2011 while operating in the Arabian Sea, an F/A-18 Hornet suffered an engine fire immediately after launch from the carrier. The aircraft returned to the carrier with one engine and the fire was extinguished without any damage to the ship or any injuries to the pilot or ship crew members.[35]

On 2 May 2011, following the death of Osama bin Laden, his body was brought aboard Carl Vinson, which was operating in the Northern Arabian Sea, and buried at sea following religious rites.[36][37]

The ship docked in Manila Bay in the Philippines from 15 to 18 May 2011 for a "routine port call and goodwill visit" meant to "highlight the strong historic, community, and military connections between the United States and the Republic of the Philippines." Among those given a special tour of this aircraft carrier were Philippine President Benigno Aquino III and U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines Harry K. Thomas, Jr.[38] This brief visit was criticized by cause-oriented group Bagong Alyansang Makabayan as well as Filipino youth leaderRaymond Palatino and University of the Philippines political science professorClarita Carlos.[39]

The ship docked in Hong Kong in the Peoples Republic of China on Sunday, 22 May 2011 to take on supplies for its return to homeport San Diego, and to provide photo opportunities to the Chinese press. The ship returned to San Diego on 15 June 2011.[40]

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USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70)

Robinson, Mitch, LCDR, (1979-1991) Lieutenant Commander
Asher, Jeffrey, LCDR, (1975-1991) Lieutenant
Slinkard, John, LT, (1985-1991) Lieutenant
Beall, Thomas, CAPT, (1983-2008) Ensign
Bruch, John, CWO4, (1972-2003) Chief Warrant Officer 3
Berg, Terrill, SCPO, (1959-1990) Senior Chief Petty Officer
Kelly, Tom, MCPO, (1976-2006) Senior Chief Petty Officer
McFarlane, Jerry, SCPO, (1969-1999) Senior Chief Petty Officer
McPherson, Rodney, CMC, (1971-2002) Senior Chief Petty Officer
Welsh, Christopher, CWO3, (1971-1993) Senior Chief Petty Officer
Bascom, Roger, CPO, (1975-1995) Chief Petty Officer
Chiles, Tom, CPO Chief Petty Officer
Cox, Glen, SCPO, (1980-2005) Chief Petty Officer
Diehl, John, CPO, (1960-1988) Chief Petty Officer
Heizer, John, CPO, (1967-1993) Chief Petty Officer
Kessey, Thomas, CPO, (1972-1994) Chief Petty Officer
Moore, Robert, CPO, (1965-1988) Chief Petty Officer
Silva, Roger, SCPO, (1975-1995) Chief Petty Officer
Wall, Daniel, CPO, (1970-1994) Chief Petty Officer
Casias, John, MCPO, (1979-2009) Petty Officer First Class
Casias, John, MCPO, (1979-2009) Petty Officer First Class
Colbert, Tom, PO1, (1978-1998) Petty Officer First Class
Evans, Bernard, PO1, (1979-1999) Petty Officer First Class
Garcia, Michael, LT, (1983-2007) Petty Officer First Class
Happold, Duane, CPO, (1981-2005) Petty Officer First Class
Henson, Dennis, PO1, (1970-1986) Petty Officer First Class
Holland, Neil, MCPO, (1976-2006) Petty Officer First Class
Jones, Mark, SCPO, (1982-2006) Petty Officer First Class
Laxague, Philippe, PO1, (1977-1997) Petty Officer First Class
Louie, Art, PO1, (1979-1996) Petty Officer First Class
Mitchell, Ralph, PO1, (1964-1989) Petty Officer First Class
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Perry, Dave, MCPO, (1975-2006) Petty Officer First Class
Schellenberger, Jim, MCPO, (1981-Present) Petty Officer First Class
Schultz, Steve, SCPO, (1976-2002) Petty Officer First Class
Shiparski, Kerry, CPO, (1977-1997) Petty Officer First Class
Tarver, William, PO1, (1972-1997) Petty Officer First Class
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Thomas, John, CPO, (1977-1999) Petty Officer First Class
Washington, Willie, LT, (1983-2007) Petty Officer First Class
Allen, Robert, PO1, (1975-1983) Petty Officer Second Class
Anderson, Michael, SCPO, (1977-2000) Petty Officer Second Class
Boyer, David, PO1, (1982-2003) Petty Officer Second Class
Briggs, Terry, PO2, (1985-1991) Petty Officer Second Class
Butler, Brett, CPO, (1981-2004) Petty Officer Second Class
Caballero, Jose, MCPO, (1984-Present) Petty Officer Second Class
Carroll, Henry, PO2, (1981-1991) Petty Officer Second Class
Cleveland, Brad, PO1, (1977-1997) Petty Officer Second Class
Cox, Troy, PO1, (1985-2005) Petty Officer Second Class
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Dzamko, Bob, PO2, (1977-1987) Petty Officer Second Class
Everix, Perry, MCPO, (1988-Present) Petty Officer Second Class
FIELDS, BRUCE, CPO, (1976-2004) Petty Officer Second Class
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