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What's New:
JFK Heads for Home - Newsbytes
LATE NEWS: Oct 4th F-14 lost in Atlantic - Newsbytes
Recent Flight Accidents - Newsbytes
Updated Carrier Locations
VFA-122 First for Super Hornet - Newsbytes
Enterprise Underway Again - Newsbytes
Vol 2 No 5 September/October 1997    Update: 29th October
JFK Returns Home
Returned Mayport Fla. October 28th
October 4th 1997: USS Nimitz (CVN-65) heading for a port visit to Singapore was this morning diverted to the Gulf as Iranian F-4s attacked targets in Southern Iraq.

Welcome to the seventh issue of Carrier Aviation News, a regular newsletter that brings you the news around the Carrier Navy. Want to contribute? then mail me David McCandless and maybe I can publish it here. Thanks to all those who have sent me mail and sugestions.

1 US Carrier
1 US Carrier


  Planned start in 2006

  Only $50mill appropiated for 1998
  $18mill appropiated for R&D 1997
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 Schedule: Med '98 cruise Feb 1998, new homeport San Diego Sep'98

USS George Washington (CVN-73)
  Local Ops West Atlantic Mar, COMPTUEX May27-jun11, Port Everglades Fla. Jun16-18, COMPTUEX West Atlan Jun23, Norfolk Jul3, JTFEX 3-97 West Atlantic Aug18-Sep6, Standown Oct1, in transit West Atlantic Oct3-10, Malta Oct 18 Schedule: Med cruise Oct 3 97

USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72)
  local ops East Pac Feb, EastPac Jun23, EastPac Jul23-Oct1

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 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

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 Schedule: Norfolk Mar1 1998, Mar '98 overhaul/refuel at Newport News(2-3 years).

USS John F Kennedy (CV-67)
Med '97
  In Transit Atlantic Apr29, Marseilles May21, ILLES D'OR Med May27, Palma de Majorca Spain Jun2, Ops Med Jun9, Benidorm Spain Jun11, Ops West Med Jun16-23, Koper, Slovenia Jun30, Ops West Med Jul2, Cannes France Jul3, Med Jul14, INVITEX Med Jul16, en route Corfu, Greece Jul17, Corfu Jul25, Rhodes Greece Jul27-Aug4, Haifa Aug12, Ops Red Sea Aug 19, Arabian Sea Aug25-Sep2, Bahrain Sep8-10, BEACON FLASH 97 Indian Ocean Sep17, Red Sea Sep22, ops Med Oct1, Tarragona Spain Oct9, transit Atlantic Oct17-28
Schedule: Homecoming Airwing Oct27, fleet Oct28

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

USS Constellation (CV-64)
WestPac '97
  San Francisco: Fleet Week, Computex 96-5A Eastern Pacific, FLEETEX 97-1 Eastern Pacific, Pacific, Sydney, Perth May3, Indian Ocean May9, Arabian Sea May20, INITIAL LINK Arabian Gulf May29, Southern Watch Arabian Gulf Jun2-22, Jebel Ali Jun23, Southern Watch Arabian Gulf Jun30-Jul20, Jebel Ali Jul23,Southern Watch Arabian Gulf Jul27, Jebel Ali Aug4, INSPIRED SIREN/ALERT 97 gulf Aug12, Indian Ocean Aug17-27, WestPac Aug29, Hong Kong Sep2, Fleet Battle Experiment-Bravo (FBE-B) Sep4-7 Hawaii, transit WestPac Sep8-17, transit EastPac Sep22-Oct1 Schedule SILENT FURY Sep2-23 Homecoming San Diego Oct1

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

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


12th Annual USS Boxer (CV-21) Veterans Association,
October 8-12, 1997,
Corpus Christi, Texas
Contact Ed Smith,
409 345-3340 (fax) 409 345-6883
We were an active ship from 1945 until decommissioned in 1969 and scraped. We will be conducting a very moving and patriotic memorial service aboard the USS Lexington. This will be in tribute to all branches of the military, POWs and MIA. Everyone welcome. We usually have about 500 at our meetings.

Visit The Tailhook Association become a member and receive The Hook, the journal of Carrier Aviation.

7 Misc
7 Misc

CVX Future Carrier
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USS Intrepid
USS Saratoga (CV-3/60)
USS Hornet (CV-12)
USS Bon Homme Richard (CVA-31)
USS Midway (CV-41)
USS Wasp (CV-18)
Tandem Thrust 97

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