What's New:
We are finally settled in, once again my humble apologies for lateness
some reports still need updating
CVW-2 CAG removed
Beechcraft T-34C crash May 2nd.

4th Year of Publication

Vol 5 No 4 July / August 2000
Australia to Get Carriers?
Update: July 31st Carriers at a Glance:


the latest news

Truman: Norfolk
Stennis: SanDig
Washington: Gulf
Lincoln: EastPac
Roosevelt: Norfolk
Vinson: Bremerton
Nimitz: Newport News
Kennedy: Atlantic
Enterprise: Atlantic
Constellation: SanDig
Kitty Hawk: Yokosuka
Invincible : Portsmouth
Illustrious : Gulf
Ark Royal : Rosyth

Carriers: Links
CVF Future UK Carrier
  CVX Future Carrier
Site for Future Carrier Studies
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)


Carriers: Decommissioned
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

July 31st: The Australian navy has reportedly drawn up plans for the first Australian-made aircraft carrier. The plans involve four ships that would dwarf the navy's last aircraft carrier HMAS Melbourne, scrapped more than a decade ago, The Daily Telegraph Reports.

According to two studies commissioned by the Naval Material Requirements Branch, obtained by the newspaper, the project would cost between $3 billion and $4 billion depending on the design. According to the report, the carriers, known as littoral support ships (LSS) or multi-role auxiliary vessels (MRA), would be capable of troop carrying, heavy transport, hospital-ship duties and tanker functions.

It says the carriers would also carry helicopters and in the case of the bigger LSS, either FA-18 or Harrier vertical take-off fighters.

Welcome to Carrier Aviation News, a regular newsletter that brings you the news around the Carrier Navy now in its 4th year. 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 suggestions.

U.S. Carrier Locations

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

Planned start in 2001
$213mill for 1999
Only $50mill appropiated for 1998
$18mill appropiated for R&D 1997, a further $300m may be found in the current budget
Commissioning: 2008

Ronald Reagan (CVN-76)
Future Homeport: NAS North Island
Under Construction
Commissioning: 2002

USS Harry S Truman (CVN-75)
Homeport: N.S. Norfolk
2000: Atlantic March 13-20, Norfolk April 10
Schedule: Med Cruise November 2000

USS John C Stennis (CVN-74)
CVW-9 NG / CCG 7
WestPac Cruise 2000
2000: Deployed January 5, EastPac January 18, Hong Kong February 8-12, Gulf March 7-13, Bahrain March 20, Gulf April 3, Jebel Ali April 12, May 1, Hobart June 12-16, Pearl Harbour June 27, Homecoming July 3

USS George Washington (CVN-73)
Med Cruise 2000
Homeport: N.S. Norfolk
2000: Deployed Med June 21, Gibralta July 4
Schedule: Homecoming December

USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72)

Milestones: 72000th Trap June 19 1998
Schedule: WestPac Cruise August 2000, WestPac Cruise June 2002

USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71)
Homeport: N.S. Norfolk
2000: Overhaul January - July

USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70)
Homeport: N.S. Everett
2000: Overhaul October 1999 - October 2000 ($230m).

USS Eisenhower (CVN-69)
Homeport: N.S. Norfolk
Med/Gulf Cruise '2000
2000: Deployed to Gulf February 18, Adriatic Sea March 6, Trieste March 10, Med March 20-31 (Juniper Stallion March 20-29 off Israel) Souda Bay Crete March 30 - April 3, Med April 12, Haifa, Israel April 14 - 17, Corfu, Greece April 23, Dubrovnic Croatia May 1 -5, Bahrain May31 - June 4, Jebel Ali June 28
Awards: June 8, 2000 Battle "E" Atlantic Fleet
Schedule: Homecoming August 18

USS Nimitz (CVN-68)
from May 29 1998 Refueling and Complex Overhaul (RCOH) at Newport News(33 months) to February 2001
: May 9, 2000, Celebrates 25th Anniversary

USS John F Kennedy (CV-67)
CVW-1 AB / CCG 6
2000: New York July 4, Atlantic July 5, Boston July 10-16
Schedule: Independence Day in New York

USS Enterprise (CVN-65)
N.S. Norfolk
: Norfolk April 20, Atlantic May 1, NAS Pensacola June 9-13
Schedule: Med Cruise 2001

USS Constellation (CV-64)

:  North Island April 10

USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63)
WestPac Cruise '99
Planned De-commissioning 2008
2000: Yokosuka April 10, Spring Cruise April 11 - July, Guam April 17, Singapore May 6-9


Admiral Kuznetsov
  Malta,'extended trials'

Principe De Asturias

HMS Invincible (R 07)
  1999: Refit Portsmouth October

HMS Illustrious (R 06)
 2000:  Deployed to Gulf January 17, Atlantic January 19

HMS Ark Royal (R08)
 1999:  Rosyth naval base major Refit October

CVF 1 / 2
100 million pounds awarded November 1999

Charles de Gaulle (R 91)
  Under Construction at Brest
Commissioning July 1999
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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