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Carrier Aviation News 
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Picture: Pair of Aces in the Gulf
Picture: Catshot on the Nimitz
Updated Carrier Locations
Picture: GW Farewell
Vol 2 No 6 November/December 1997    Update: 22nd December
GW Joins Nimitz
2 Carriers stand-by for action
November 1st 1997: USS Nimitz (CVN-65) and it's battlegroup stands by for action against Iraq as Saddam once again tests the U.N. by blocking the entry of US arms inspectors.

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1 US Carrier
1 US Carrier


  Planned start in 2006

  Only $50mill appropiated for 1998
  $18mill appropiated for R&D 1997, a further $300m may be found in the current budget
Commissioning: 2008

USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76)
  Under Construction
Commissioning: 2002

PCU Harry S Truman (CVN-75)
  Under Construction (PreCommissioning Unit)
Commissioning: July 1998

USS John C Stennis (CVN-74)

  Western Atlantic, Norfolk Dec20, Carrier quals Western Atlantic, Halifax Nova Scotia Jun9, West Atlantic Jun16-Jul2, Norfolk Jul3, West Atlantic Aug12-25, Oct21 COMPUTEX, west Atlantic Oct29-Nov19, Norfolk Nov25 Schedule: Med '98 cruise Feb 1998, new homeport San Diego Sep'98

USS George Washington (CVN-73)
  Standown Oct1, in transit West Atlantic Oct3-10, Malta Oct18, BRIGHT STAR 98 off Cyprus Oct25, Haifa Israel Nov5, Ops Med Nov13, Red Sea Nov19, Arabian Gulf Dec3-18, Jebel Ali Dec19

USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72)
  local ops East Pac Feb, EastPac Jun23, EastPac Jul23-Oct1, COMPUTEX 98-1, east Pacific Dec3-19

USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71)

  Norfolk Va. One year Maintenance to Jul '98 (see newsbytes)

USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70)
CVW-11 NH (from Kitty Hawk)

  Puget Sound. Eastpac 5 days Sep8-12, Pacific Oct21, ops East Pac Dec19 Schedule: Nov '98 WestPac 98/99

USS Eisenhower (CVN-69)
  Local Ops West Atlantic Mar, CQ's West Atlan May21, Ops West Atlantic Jun16-20, Halifax Nova Scotia Jun23, Norfolk Jul3, West Atlantic Jul14-Aug19, Mayport Fla. Aug25, ops West Atlantic Nov5-19

USS Nimitz (CVN-68)
WestPac Cruise 97

  Eastern Pacific Sep1-2, Sandiego Sep4-5, Fleet Battle Experiment-Bravo (FBE-B) Sep4-7 Hawaii, ASWEX 97-5 East Pac Sep10, transit East Pac Sep17, WestPac Sep22, Hong Kong Oct 1, in transit South China Sea to Gulf Oct4, Gulf Oct10, EAGLE ARCHER 97, Arabian Gulf Nov5-19, Jebel Ali Dec3, NAUTICAL ARTIST Arabian Gulf Dec19 Schedule: Norfolk Mar1 1998, Mar '98 overhaul/refuel at Newport News(2-3 years).

USS John F Kennedy (CV-67)
  Mayport Fla. Oct28.

USS Enterprise (CVN-65)
  ops West Atlantic Aug14-31 CQ's Sep11-22 West Atlantic, ops West Atlantic Dec19

USS Constellation (CV-64)
   San Diego Oct1, ops EastPac Dec3-19

USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63)
Planned De-commissioning 2008
  San Diego. Schedule: Bremerton Jul(overhaul), Leaves Bremerton Jul 15,1998 with CVW-5 during RIMPAC 98 to new homeport Yokosuka Japan.

USS Independence (CV-62)

  Yokosuka Japan, Ops WestPac Aug4-Sep2, Otaru Japan Sep8, Ops WestPac Sep22-Oct21 FOAL EAGLE 97, west Pacific Oct29, FOAL EAGLE 97, South China Sea Nov5, ANNUALEX North Pacific Nov13

2 Russia
2 Russia
Admiral Kuznetsov
  Malta,'extended trials'
3 Ukraine
3 Ukraine
4 Spain
4 Spain
Principe De Asturias
5 Britain
5 Britain
HMS Invincible (R 07)
  The Med
HMS Illustrious (R 06)
  Portsmouth, Sth China Sea Jul97
HMS Ark Royal (R08)
  Portsmouth: Refit

6 France
6 France
Charles de Gaulle (R 91)
  Under Construction at Brest
Foch (R 99)
  Toulon Apr
Clemenceau (R 98)
  Toulon Apr
Jeanne D'Arc (R 97)
  Brest,Training for Officers

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Seal of the USS Harry S Truman

Lord, guard and guide the men who fly
through her great spaces in the sky,
be with them always in the air
in darkening storm or sunlight fair,
Oh hear us when we lift our prayer
to those in peril in the air.

-The Right Stuff-

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7 Misc
7 Misc

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Tandem Thrust 97

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