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Vol 11 No 4 July / August 2006
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The Last Tomcat
Update:  Sunday, 08 October 2006

  US Forces Losses War on Terror

Total: 2,572 Killed
Wounded: 19,157

August 2006: 1
July 2006:  51
June 2006: 77
May 2006: 84
April 2006: 71
March 2006: 45
February 2006: 62
January 2006: 66
December 2005: 72

On the Ramp:
Fallon NAS 1
North Island NAS 1
 

Glossary

COMPTUEX: Composite Training Unit Exercise
CQs: Carrier Qualifications ( for new aviators)
DPIA:
Docked Planned Incremental Availability
FRS Fleet Readiness Squadron
FRTP
:
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
the latest news

Reagan: Pearl Harbour
Truman:
 Norfolk
Stennis:  Pacific
Washington:  PIA NNGN
Lincoln:  Pacific
Roosevelt:  Atlantic
Vinson:  
Eisenhower: 
Nimitz:  SanDig
Kennedy:  
Enterprise:  
Kitty Hawk:  Fremantle
Invincible : Portsmouth
Illustrious : Sea Trials
Ark Royal : Portsmouth (ExR)

Vietnam Time Line
Association of Aviation Ordnancemen
AO Shack
Bluejacket.com :Lots of good Navy stuff
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) Museum

USS Wasp (CV-18)

 
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


July 30th 2006: By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class (SW/AW) Joaquin Juatai, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs
USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN, At Sea (NNS) -- USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) departed Naval Station Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, July 29, after the final weekend of the biennial Rim of the Pacific 2006 (RIMPAC) exercise.

More than 1,000 guests, including Sailors from Australia, Canada, Chile, Japan, Peru, the Republic of Korea, and the United Kingdom joined U.S. Navy personnel for a final pierside reception aboard the carrier July 28.


Final launch of the Tomcat USS Roosevelt July 28 2006

July 30th 2006: 
By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Carla Morton, USS Dwight D. Eisenhower Public Affairs
ABOARD USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (NNS) -- The USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) Carrier Strike Group (CSG) completed an eight-day Joint Task Force Exercise (JTFEX) 06-2 “Operation Bold Step,” July 28, off the East Coast, testing the CSG’s ability to operate alongside other U.S. forces and coalition partners in a complex, hostile environment.

 The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier and embarked Commander, Carrier Strike Group 8, Commander, Destroyer Squadron (CDS) 28 and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 7 got underway from Naval Station Norfolk July 18, and after several days of conducting carrier qualifications for the air wing’s pilots, joined with other forces and commenced the exercise.

July 29th 2006: By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class (SW) Mark A. Catalano, USS Theodore Roosevelt Public Affairs
ABOARD USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT (NNS) -- A long, storied chapter in naval aviation history came to a close July 28 with the final aircraft carrier flight operations for F-14 Tomcats, fighter jets that have spent more than 32 years in the fleet but are now retiring and making room for F/A-18E/F Super Hornets.

The final aircraft carrier operational launch for Tomcats happened aboard the Norfolk-based Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) when aircraft No. 112 from the “Tomcatters” of Fighter Squadron (VF) 31, piloted by Lt. Blake Coleman and Radar Intercept Officer Lt. Cmdr. Dave Lauderbaugh, made its way down catapult No. 3 at 4:42 p.m.

April 21st 2006: The Last Tomcat 
NAVAL AIR STATION PENSACOLA, Fla. (NNS) -- The last F-14 Tomcat to fly a combat mission over Iraq made its final flight from USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) to Naval Air Station Pensacola April 13. 
 

The Tomcat will be immortalized at the National Museum of Naval Aviation here as the final decommissioning stages close and training for its replacement, the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet, continue.
The F-14D, aircraft bureau number 161159, was assigned to the "Black Lions" of Fighter Squadron (VF) 213 as part of Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 8, embarked aboard Roosevelt to provide close air support to Marines and Soldiers in Iraq, according to Stufflebeem

April 17th 2006: Oriskany  Pensacola, Fla.  - Decommissioned aircraft carrier USS Oriskany (CVA 34) sits in port at Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola, while undergoing necessary maintenance. Known as the "Big O," the 32,000-ton, 888-foot Oriskany is being delivered to Pensacola, where it is being prepared for its final journey. Oriskany is schedule to be scuttled 22 miles south of Pensacola in approximately 212 feet of water in the Gulf of Mexico May 17, 2006, where it will become the largest ship ever intentionally sunk as an artificial reef. After the Oriskany reaches the bottom, ownership of the vessel will transfer from the Navy to the State of Florida.

February 28th: USS  RONALD REAGAN, At Sea (NNS) -- Vice Adm. Patrick M. Walsh, commander, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command/commander, U.S. 5th Fleet (COMUSNAVCENT/5th Fleet), commander, Combined Maritime Forces visited USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) Feb. 27 to welcome the ship’s crew, air wing and embarked carrier strike group staff to the 5th Fleet area of operations (AOO).
 

For more news go to NewsBytes 2004/5


Welcome to Carrier Aviation News, a regular newsletter that brings you the news around the Carrier Navy now in its 10th year. Want to contribute? then mail me David 'chuckles' McCandless (take out _at_) and maybe I can publish it here. Thanks to all those who have sent me mail and suggestions.

U.S. Carrier Locations

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

CVNX-79
Planned start 2009

CVNX-78
Planned start in 2006
$110mill R&D for 1999

CVN-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
CVW-14
Homeport: NAS North Island
Commissioned: 2002

2006:
Maiden Deployment Gulf, February 28 Gulf, Pearl Harbour June 30

USS Harry S Truman (CVN-75)
History   Google Map
Capt. Leo Falardeau
CVW-3 AC
Homeport: N.S. Norfolk
2006:  PIA January to October
Schedule: PIA January 2006 (10 Months)

USS John C Stennis (CVN-74)
History  GoogleMap
Capt. David H. Buss
CVW-9 NG / CCG 7
2006: Pacific June 30
Milestones:
Schedule:

USS George Washington (CVN-73)
CAPT Garry R. White
CVW-17 AA
Homeport: N.S. Norfolk
2006: Norfolk
Schedule:  DPIA August

USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72)
Capt. Kendall L. Card
CVW-2

2006: Pearl Harbour June 30th RIMPAC July 30
Schedule: WestPac Cruise Jan  , Homecoming Aug 8

USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71)
CVW-8

Homeport: N.S. Norfolk  
2006:
 Gulf January 1, Atlantic June 30
Schedule:

USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70)
History
Capt. Rick Wren
Homeport:
N.S. Everett
2006:  RCOH
Schedule: 

USS Eisenhower (CVN-69)
Capt. Charles E Smith
CVW-7 AG / CCDG 8
Carrier Strike Group 8, Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 28
Homeport: N.S. Norfolk
2006:  JTFEX 06-2 July 30
Schedule:

USS Nimitz (CVN-68)
Capt. Ted N. Branch
Operation Iraqi Freedom
CVW-11,
Carrier Strike Group 11, DESRON 23
Homeport: NS San Diego
2006: 
Schedule: 

USS John F Kennedy (CV-67)
GoogleMap
Capt. Ronald H. Henderson, Jr.
CVW-1 AB / CCG 6

2006:  
Schedule:

USS Enterprise (CVN-65)
Capt. Lawrence Rice
CVW-8 AJ

Homeport:
N.S. Norfolk
2006
: Depart May 20 Westpac, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Aug. 20
Schedule:  

USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63)
GoogleMap
Capt. Ed McNamee
Carrier Strike Group 5
CVW-5 NF
Planned De-commissioning 2008
Homeport: N.S. Yokosuka Japan
2006:  Pacific June 30th, Fremantle August 10-14,

Russia

Admiral Kuznetsov
Sold

Spain
Principe De Asturias
GoogleMap

Britain

HMS Invincible (R 07)
2005: Portsmouth


HMS Illustrious (R 06)
2005:  Portsmouth


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)

France
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)
Decommissioned
Jeanne D'Arc (R 97)
Brest,Training for Officers



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