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December 6th: NNS5601. USS Dwight D. Eisenhower rescues crew of S-3B Viking By Naval Air Force Atlantic Fleet public affairs USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER, At Sea (NNS) -- Four U.S. Navy aircrewmen were rescued Dec. 6 after their S-3B "Viking" aircraft crashed about 40 nautical miles off the coast of Florida during a routine training flight.

Three of the four aircrewmen suffered minor injuries while the fourth suffered burns to the face and neck. All are listed in good condition.

The aircraft and crewmembers are assigned to Air Anti- Submarine Squadron (VS) 32 based out of Jacksonville, Fla. The S-3B Viking is a twinjet aircraft used for anti- submarine and anti-surface warfare as well as aerial refueling.

November 6th: With the presidential elections upon us one can reflect on the new CinC - George or Al? This magazine endorses Al Gore.

November 1st: The Suez canal has been put off limits to all US navy ships. No ships have past through it since October 12. Most ships will now have to pass the Cape adding a week to the voyage. It will also pose problems when switching assests between the Med and the Gulf.

December 13th: Blue Angles Schedule 2001:

10, NAF El Centro, Calif.
17-18, Mesa, Ariz.
24-25, Altus AFB, Okla.
31, MCAS Cherry Point, N.C.
1, MCAS Cherry Point, N.C.
7-8, MacDill AFB, Fla.
21-22, NAS Corpus Christi, Texas
28-29, NAS Norfolk, Va.
12-13, Peoria, Ill.
19, Charleston AFB, S.C.
23 & 25, U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Md.
26-27, NAS Patuxent River, Md.
2-3, Lakehurst, N.J.
9-10, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada
16-17, Syracuse, N.Y.
23-24, Davenport, Iowa,
30, Evansville, Ind.
1, Evansville, Ind.
7-8, Muskegon, Mich.
13-14, Pensacola Beach, Fla.
21-22, Bozeman, Mont.
28-29, NAS Lemoore, Calif.
4-5, Seattle, Wash.
18-19, Kansas City, Mo.
25-26, Duluth, Minn.
1-3, Cleveland, Ohio
8-9, NAS Joint Reserve Base Willow Grove, Pa.
15-16, Smyrna, Tenn.
22-23, NAS Brunswick, Maine
29, NAS Meridian, Miss.
6-7, San Francisco, Calif.
13-14, MCAS Miramar, Calif.
20-21, Alliance Field, Fort Worth, Texas
27-28, Lafayette, La.
3-4, Jacksonville Beach, Fla.
9-10, NAS Pensacola, Fla.

October 27th: Two F/A-18C Hornets collided over Fallon. One plane crashed, it's pilot Lt. Cam Hansen ejected safely. The other plane piloted by Lt. Joe Krasinski landed even though a metre of the right wing was sheared away.

October 23rd: An F/A-18C crashed 21 October SW of San Diego while operating off the Constellation. The marine aviator is missing presumed killed. The pilot was Lt. Daren Jewell, 26, of Oak Harbor, Wash.

October 24th: "Threat Condition Delta" the highest condition of military alert has been declared in Turkey, Bahrain and Quatar areas. This puts the armed forces on a war footing and was made due to specific threats and where an attack is believed to be imminent.

October 13th: USS Cole (DDG-67) part of the George Washington battle group was attacked by terrorists today at Aden while refuelling. A 30 ft hole was blown in the side of the hull near the engine room and mess deck. 6 crew were killed 11 missing and 35 injured. It is an aegis class destroyer with a crew of 332.

Update: 17 crew were killed in the blast.

October 9th: EDS has been awarded the biggest US Federal Government contract to setup and operate the Navy Marine Corps Internet (NMCI). With options the contract is worth more than $10 billion over 5 years plus 3 option years. It will involve 360,000 seats in ConUS and nearby bases and the fleet. (It should be noted that the editor is a (very happy) employee of EDS)

September 29th:After an intensive search effort, the U.S. Navy has located debris from an F/A-18C Hornet strike fighter which crashed in the northeast Arabian Gulf killing its single occupant. The aircraft crashed shortly after launching from the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72).

Killed in the crash was Lt. Bruce Donald of Poughkeepsie, N.Y. He was assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 25.

The single-seat aircraft, assigned to Carrier Air Wing (CVW-14), launched at 9:30 a.m. local time (7:30 a.m. GMT) on Friday, Sept. 29, to conduct a carrier landing proficiency flight. Minutes later, the Hornet lost communication with the ship. USS Abraham Lincoln, with assistance from other naval units in the area, immediately launched a search and rescue effort to find the missing aircraft and pilot.

The accident is under investigation. USS Abraham Lincoln, homeported in Everett, Wash., arrived on station in the Arabian Gulf on Sept. 24
By the U.S. Naval Forces Central Command, U.S. 5th Fleet (public affairs)

September 11th: A report by the Inspector-General of the US Navy has highlighted the need for the Navy to increase funding for spare parts for aircraft and training with advanced weapons.

Some crews drop these weapons for the first time in combat. Effeciency has become degraded although readiness remains at acceptable but declining levels.

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.

July 27th: Another F-14 crashed, the 4th the past year, over the Saudi Arabian desert. Both aviators were safely recovered. They were assigned to the Dwight D. Eisenhower.

June 25th: An F-14 crashed into the Pacific 1,400 miles south-west of Hawaii. The 2 aviators ejected and were recovered half an hour later. The aircraft was assigned to VF-211 on the John C Stennis.

June 19th: An F-14 crashed during the Willow Grove 2000 Sounds of Freedom show. Both aviators were killed. The aircraft was displaying a landing wave-off maneuver, coming in at slow speed when it got into difficulties.

May 2nd: A navy Beechcraft T-34C Turbo Mentor crashed in southern Alabama near the Florida border. It took pff from Whiting Field in Milton, Florida. no other details available.

April 22nd: the CAG of Carrier Air Wing TWO from Constellation Capt. Thomas William Trotter was relieved of duty for having an improper business relationship with junior officers who shared ownership of an aircraft. A spokesman said the official reasom was: "due to the loss of confidence in Capt. Trotter's ability to effectively lead the air wing". He was a former skipper of Top Gun at Miramar. He was replaced by Capt. Gerald Beaman his deputy.

March 18th: 2 aviators from VF-102 ejected from their tomcat. They were 250 miles southwest of Bermuda on a training exercise on the Kennedy. Both pilots recieved only minor injuries. They were identified as Lt. Scott Guimond, the pilot, and Lt. Cmdr. Thomas Eberhard, the radar intercept officer.

March 6th: Will CVN-77 be the USS Lexington? Sen. John Warner, R-VA , also Chrm. Senate Armed Services Committee, has proposed the name. CV-2 and CV-16 have also been so named.

February 18th:
The USS Eisenhower Battlegroup departed for their Gulf/Med cruise today from Norfolk.

January 17th: The Royal Navy aircraft carrier HMS ILLUSTRIOUS will sail on Monday 17th January to lead a naval task group on a routine training deployment to the Gulf. A series of goodwill visits are also to be undertaken.
Accompanying HMS ILLUSTRIOUS will be some ten ships. They comprise HMS GLOUCESTER, a Type 42 destroyer; HMS MONMOUTH, a Type 23 frigate; the TLAM-capable submarine, HMS TRIUMPH; the supply ship RFA FORT GEORGE and, a four ship MCM group. - Nick Braybrooke