October 7th 2006:
George H. W. Bush
Christened At Newport News
NEWS, Va. (NNS) -- The nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS
George H. W. Bush (CVN 77) was officially christened Oct. 7 at
Northrop Grumman Newport News ship yard with its namesake and
41st president in attendance.
September 26th 2006:
Strike Group Contributing to Iraq, Afghanistan Security.
During June and July,
Enterprise aircraft launched 781 aircraft sorties in direct
support of troops participating in Operation Iraqi Freedom and
237 aircraft sorties in support of Operation Enduring Freedom,
Spicer said. Since the end of August, Enterprise has launched
nearly 300 aircraft sorties and expended about 90 precision
weapons in support of NATO forces and other coalition troops in
Afghanistan, he said. Enterprise aircraft also continue to
support Operation Iraqi Freedom from an air base in Iraq
On Sept. 12, Enterprise-based aircraft performed strafing runs
against both Taliban extremists preparing for operations against
ISAF forces and a building suspected of housing Taliban
extremists. The ship’s aircraft also expended Guided Bomb Unit (GBU)
12 bombs against a Taliban fortification near Kandahar. The
GBU-12 is a general-purpose, laser-guided 500-pound bomb.
Enterprise is the flagship in the Enterprise Carrier Strike
Group, which includes the cruiser USS Leyte Gulf (CG 55),
destroyer USS McFaul (DDG 74), frigate USS Nicholas (FFG 47),
all based in Norfolk, the attack submarine USS Alexandria (SSN
757), homeported in Groton, Conn., and the fast-combat supply
ship USNS Supply (T-AOE-6), homeported in Earle, N.J.
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.