July 30th 2006:
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)
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:
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.
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:
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
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
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
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