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Vol 12 No 3 July/August 2007
Hawkeye Search Called Off
Update:  Sunday, 26 August 2007

  US Forces Losses War on Terror

Total: 3,779 Killed
Wounded: 27,004

August 2007:62
July2007: 73
June2007: 123
May2007: 124
April 2007: 108
March 2007: 3
February 2007: 93
January 2007:
December 2006: 105
November 2006: 77
October 2006: 110
September 2006: 81
August 2006: 70
July 2006:  51
June 2006: 77
May 2006: 84
April 2006: 71
March 2006: 45
February 2006: 62
January 2006: 66
December 2005: 72

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COMPTUEX: Composite Training Unit Exercise
CQs: Carrier Qualifications ( for new aviators)
Docked Planned Incremental Availability
FEP Final Evaluation Problem
FRS Fleet Readiness Squadron
Fleet Response Training Plan
JTFEX: Joint Task Force Exercise
RCOH: Reactor Refuel and Complex Overhaul

SCOOP: Shipboard Coordinated Offload and Outfitting Plan (prior to RCOH)
TPCD: Topside Production Completion Datenon-Engineering production work is complete
TSTA: Tailored Ships Training Assessment a training regimen designed to prepare a ship for prompt and sustained combat operations at sea

Monthly Losses War on Terror
November 2005: 96
October 2005: 87
September2005: 48
August 2005: 84
July 2005: 54
June 2005 78
May 2005: 80
April 2005 51
March 2005 36
February 2005 58
January 2005 101
December 2004 79
November 2004 140
October 2004 62
September 2004 79
August 2004 67
July 2004 60
June 2004 52
May 2004 80
April 2004 129
March 2004 42
February 2004 31
January 2004 43
 December 2003 49
November 2003 84
October 2003 47
September 2003 33
August 2003 37
July 2003 42
June 2003 26
May 2003 31
April 2003 92
March 2003 59
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USS Constellation (CV-64) Decommissioned 7 August 2003
USS Independence (CV-62)
30 September 1998- San Diego
USS America (CV-66
9 Aug 1996 Reserve - Norfolk
USS Ranger (CV-61)
10 Jul 1995 Reserve - Bremerton
USS Saratoga (CV-60)
30 Sep 1994 Stricken - Philadelphia
USS Forrestal (AVT-59)
10 Sep 1993 Stricken - Philadelphia

August 21st 2007: Search Called Off NORFOLK (NNS) -- The search for three naval aviators missing since their E-2C Hawkeye crashed following take off from the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) has been terminated and their status has now been listed as deceased.

They are identified as Lt. Cameron N. Hall, 30, of Natchitoches, La.; Lt. Ryan K. Betton, 31, of Collinsville, Va.; and Lt.j.g. Jerry R. Smith, 25, of Greenville, Maine.

All were assigned to Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 120.

Hall was a naval flight officer and an instructor. He had been in the squadron since April 2006. Betton, a pilot, was also an instructor also assigned to the squadron since February 2005. Smith, a pilot, had been a student since June 2006.

Betton was married with a two-year-old son. Both Hall and and Smith were single.

March 1st 2007: DON Budget WASHINGTON (NNS) -- The nation’s top Navy and Marine Corps leaders told members of Congress March 1 that the Department of the Navy’s (DoN) proposed $139.8 billion budget request for fiscal year 2008 (FY08) fully supports near and long-term warfighting requirements and will help win the global war on terror (GWOT).

Through the Fleet Response Plan, we continue to meet the demands of the Combatant Commanders for trained, flexible and sustainable forces, with six Carrier Strike Groups available on 30 days notice and an additional Carrier Strike Group ready to surge within 90 days,” Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Mike Mullen  said.

The proposed budget represents a $12 billion increase from last year’s baseline appropriations. It provides for improved facilities for schools and child care and a three percent across-the-board pay increase for service members.

The FY08 ship construction and aviation procurement plan includes the first CVN-21 aircraft carrier, a Virginia-class submarine, one amphibious assault ship, one logistics ship and three Littoral Combat Ships. It also calls for 18 EA-18Gs; 24 F/A-18E/Fs; 21 MV-22 Ospreys, unmanned aerial vehicles, mine-resistant ambush protected vehicles (MRAP vehicles) and the continued development and procurement of F-35 joint strike fighters.

The budget allots $14.7 billion for shipbuilding, an increase of about $3.2 billion over this year.

The V-shaped-bottom MRAP vehicle is designed to fill the gap between the flat-bottomed Humvees being used today and the Joint Tactical Light Vehicle, which is designed to offer greater protection against IEDs.

February 28th 2007: Ronald Reagan Awarded First Battle "E" USS RONALD REAGAN, At Sea (NNS) -- USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) earned the 2006 Commander Naval Air Force Carrier Battle Efficiency “E” award for the West Coast, the first Battle "E” ever for the Navy’s newest aircraft carrier.

The Ronald Reagan CSG departed San Diego Jan. 27 on a surge deployment in order to fill the role of USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63), the Navy’s only permanently forward deployed aircraft carrier, as it undergoes scheduled maintenance in Yokuska, Japan.

February 28th 2007: Big E Underway USS ENTERPRISE, At Sea (NNS) -- The nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65) left its homeport Feb. 28 for the first time since returning from its regularly scheduled six-month deployment in November.

For the next few weeks, Enterprise, along with embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 1, will conduct carrier qualifications while underway in the Atlantic to maintain combat readiness.

The Big E is the centerpiece of the Enterprise Carrier Strike Group (CSG), which also includes USS Arleigh Burke (DDG 51), USS Stout (DDG 55), USS Forrest Sherman (DDG 98), USS James E. Williams (DDG 95), USS Gettysburg (CG 64), USS Philadelphia (SSN 690) and the fast combat supply ship USNS Supply (T-AOE 6).


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U.S. Carrier Locations

CVNX-80 to 89
10 more ships in this class planned

Planned start 2009

Planned start in 2006
$110mill R&D for 1999

PCU-77: George HW Bush
Under Construction
Google Map
Capt. Kevin O’Flaherty
Keel Laid 6 September 2003
Named December 9 2002, Christened October 7 2006
Commissioning: 2009

USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76)
Google Map
Capt. James A. Symonds
Carrier Strike Group (CCSG) 7
Homeport: NAS North Island
Commissioned: 2002

Homecoming April20

USS Harry S Truman (CVN-75)
History   Google Map
Capt. Leo Falardeau
Homeport: N.S. Norfolk
Joint Task Force Exercise (JTFEX) 07-2 August 3

USS John C Stennis (CVN-74)
History  GoogleMap
Capt. David H. Buss
CVW-9 NG / CCG 7
N.S Bremerton Wash.
2007: Deployment January 16, Pacific August 3, Exercise Valiant Shield 2007 August 7-15, Pearl August 20
Milestones: 7,900 sorties/22,000 flight hours and dropping nearly 90,000 pounds of ordnance.
Schedule: Homecoming August 27

USS George Washington (CVN-73)
CAPT Garry R. White
Homeport: N.S. Norfolk
2007: Norfolk
Schedule:  DPIA August, Planned Incremental Availability plus Docking (PIA+D) GW is undergoing the $300 million availability in preparation to relieve USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63)

USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72)
Capt. Kendall L. Card
2007: TSTA/FEP July 7 - August 20

USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71)
N.S. Norfolk  

Schedule: RCOH November 2009 - November 2012

USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70)
Capt. Rick Wren
N.S. Everett
2007:  RCOH November 2005
Schedule:  Delivery to US Navy March 09

USS Eisenhower (CVN-69)
Capt. Charles E Smith
Carrier Strike Group 8, Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 28
Homeport: N.S. Norfolk

2007:  Joint Task Force Exercise (JTFEX) 07-2 August 3

USS Nimitz (CVN-68)
Capt. Ted N. Branch
 CVW-11, Carrier Strike Group 11, DESRON 23
Homeport: NS San Diego
2007: Deployment April 2, Pacific August 3, Exercise Valiant Shield 2007 August 7-15, Hong Kong August 20
2,600 sorties and 7,332 hours in 5th Fleet AOR

USS John F Kennedy (CV-67)
Decommissioned March 23 2007

USS Enterprise (CVN-65)
Capt. Lawrence Rice
Operation Iraqi Freedom
N.S. Norfolk
: Red Sea August 5

USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63)
Capt. Ed McNamee
Carrier Strike Group 5
Planned De-commissioning 2008
Homeport: N.S. Yokosuka Japan
2007: Exercise Valiant Shield 2007 August 7-15


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HMS Invincible (R 07)
2005: Portsmouth

HMS Illustrious (R 06)
2007:  Joint Task Force Exercise (JTFEX) 07-2 August 3

HMS Ark Royal (R08)
Commander TJ Chidley
Extended Readiness thru 2006
2005: Portsmouth

Queen Elizabeth (CVF 1)
100 million pounds awarded November 1999

Prince of Wales (CVF 2)

Charles de Gaulle (R 91)

Commissioned July 1999, Toulon October 4
Foch (R 99)
Toulon Apr 97, Antalya Turkey October12 1998, Adriatic June 1999
Clemenceau (R 98)
Jeanne D'Arc (R 97)
Brest,Training for Officers

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