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Vol 11 No 5 September/October 2006
Enterprise Strikes
Update:  Monday, 23 October 2006

  US Forces Losses War on Terror

Total: 2,804 Killed
Wounded: 20,887

October 2006: 79
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

On the Ramp:
Fallon NAS 1
North Island NAS 1


COMPTUEX: Composite Training Unit Exercise
CQs: Carrier Qualifications ( for new aviators)
Docked Planned Incremental Availability
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
the latest news

Washington:  PIA NNGN
Roosevelt:  Atalntic
Eisenhower:  Naples
Nimitz:  Pacific
Kennedy:  Atlantic
Enterprise:  Gulf
Kitty Hawk:  Pacific
Ark Royal

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Association of Aviation Ordnancemen
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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

October 7th 2006: George H. W. Bush Christened At Newport News
NEWPORT 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: Navy 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: 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.


For more news go to NewsBytes 2006

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

Planned start 2009

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
Homeport: NAS North Island
Commissioned: 2002

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

USS Harry S Truman (CVN-75)
History   Google Map
Capt. Leo Falardeau
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

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

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

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

USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71)

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

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

USS Eisenhower (CVN-69)
Capt. Charles E Smith
Carrier Strike Group 8, Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 28
Homeport: N.S. Norfolk
2006:  JTFEX 06-2 July 30
Schedule: Naples Italy October 23

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

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


USS Enterprise (CVN-65)
Capt. Lawrence Rice
Operation Iraqi Freedom
N.S. Norfolk
: Depart May 20 Westpac, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Aug. 20, Gulf October 23

USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63)
Capt. Ed McNamee
Carrier Strike Group 5
Planned De-commissioning 2008
Homeport: N.S. Yokosuka Japan
2006:  Pacific June 30th, Fremantle August 10-14, Pacific October 23


Admiral Kuznetsov

Principe De Asturias


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)

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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