December 2nd: WASHINGTON (NNS) -- The U.S. Navy announced Dec. 2 that USS George Washington (CVN 73) will replace USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) as the forward-deployed aircraft carrier in the western Pacific and will arrive in Yokosuka, Japan, in 2008.
November 14th: ABOARD USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT (NNS)
-- Aircraft assigned to Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 8 stationed aboard USS Theodore
Roosevelt (CVN 71) continued support of Operation Steel Curtain (OSC) throughout
the second week of November, conducting five consecutive days of strikes against
terrorist targets in support of coalition troops in Iraq.
October 29th: When Kitty Hawk retires in 2008, Japan has agreed that a Nimitz class carrier will replace her as a forward deployed carrier.
October 25th: TR achieves a new milestone with the recovery of its 160,000th aircraft over the ship’s 19-year history.
October 14th: NORFOLK,
Va. (NNS) -- An F/A-18C Hornet from Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 106 crashed
about 8:30 a.m. Oct. 14, 60 miles west of Key West, Fla., while on a routine
October 13th: US Navy's 230th birthday. Oct. 13, 1775, Congress voted to arm two small ships and send them on a cruise to intercept British transports.
September 27th: NAVAL AIR STATION JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (NNS) -- A memorial
service was held aboard Naval Air Station (NAS) Jacksonville Sept. 27 in memory
of two naval officers from Sea Control Squadron (VS) 32 who died Sept. 21 in an
S-3B Viking jet crash.
July 21st 2005: Two Super Hornets Collide NAVAL AIR STATION LEMOORE,
Calif. (NNS) -- Two Super Hornets based at Naval Air Station Lemoore experienced
a mid-air collision while on a routine training mission July 18, killing one
naval aviator and injuring two.
May 14th 2005: Carrier Sunk in Atlantic The ex-America finally sank off Carolina after a series of explosions over 25 days. America had been used for testing. She is 6,000 ft down. America had been decommissioned in 1996.
May 3rd: Vinson Loses 2 Hornets BAGHDAD, Iraq (NNS) -- At
approximately 10:10 p.m. May 2, contact was lost with two U.S. Marine Corps
F/A-18 Hornet aircraft from the USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70), flying in support of
Operation Iraqi Freedom.
May 1st: Battle E for Vinson. USS CARL VINSON (NNS) -- The crew of USS
Carl Vinson (CVN 70) was awarded the 2004 Battle Efficiency Award (Battle "E")
for West Coast carriers April 18.
March 19th: America Live Fire Target.
WASHINGTON (NNS) -- The decommissioned aircraft carrier, ex-America (CV 66)
departed the Navy’s Inactive Fleet Facility April 19 for its final and vital
mission as a live-fire test and evaluation, and weapons effect platform for the
next generation aircraft carrier.
March 29th: NORFOLK, Va. (NNS) -- The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier
USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (Ike) (CVN 69) was redelivered to the fleet March 25,
after a four-year, approximately $2.5 billion dollar Refueling Complex Overhaul
(RCOH) that brought state-of-the-art equipment and technology to one of
America’s premier fighting platforms.
March 21st: JFK to be Mothballed JFK costs $300M a year to run and SecNav and CNO reckons that is too much for a 37 year old ship. Naturally the folks at it's homeport of Mayport Fla. beg to differ. Work on mothballing the ship is expected to begin this September reducing the fleet to 11 ships.
When the Kitty Hawk is decommissioned in 2008, what will replace her, not a nuke as Japan wont't have any of that. So JFK may come back once again.
February 1st 2005: The USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) Strike Group will
depart San Diego Feb. 1 to begin an around-the-world deployment.
January 3rd 2005: As the CNO told Navy and Marine Corps News in a recent interview, the Navy had a banner year in 2004. One of the most notable accomplishments was execution of the Navy's Fleet Response Plan. The Fleet maintained "6+2" readiness to consistently deliver six forward-deployed or ready-to-surge carrier strike groups (CSG), plus two additional CSGs in 90 days or less. Other major accomplishments include transitioning to new mission areas including missile defense, providing more support for land forces fighting the global war on terrorism, and enhancing organizational alignment of the Navy's people, capabilities and infrastructure.
Current Readiness: "We have to get to the fight faster to seize and
retain the initiative. That requires increasing the operational availability of
our forces by continuing to refine and test the Fleet Response Plan (FRP)." CNO
said a key word in the Navy's future is surge, adding that, "if a resource
doesn't have surge capability we are not going to own it." The number one
priority is taking the fight to the enemy. To accomplish this, the Navy will
also improve its maritime security cooperation initiatives with allied navies
and also provide homeland security and force protection.
January 2nd 2005: While the reported dead in Iraq is well reported (1,336 at present), the larger picture of over 10,000 wounded is often overlooked. A large number of those will have life long disabilities. So the war goes on...