December 31st 2006:
Chinese Nimitz see
A 3/4 model stuck in a lake near
Shangai, thanks to Strategy Page. Have a look also at the ex
Russian carrier Varyag
tied up at Dalian Harbour in
December 12th 2006:
Eisenhower on Station USS DWIGHT
D. EISENHOWER, At Sea (NNS)
-- The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN
69), flagship of the Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group (IKE CSG),
entered the Persian Gulf Dec. 11, accompanied by the
guided-missile cruiser USS Anzio (CG 68).
CVW-7 began flying missions into Afghanistan Nov. 6 in support
of coalition troops on the ground participating in Operation
Enduring Freedom. During 33 days of operations, the air wing
flew more than 4,000 hours and more than 680 sorties, providing
close air support and reconnaissance to International Security
Assistance Force (ISAF) troops.
CVW-7 includes Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 125
“Tigertails,” Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 103 “Jolly Rogers,”
VFA 131 “Wildcats,” VFA 143 “Pukin’ Dogs,” VFA 83 “Rampagers,”
Electronic Attack (VAQ) Squadron 140 “Patriots,” and Helicopter
Anti-submarine (HS) 5 “Nightdippers.”
IKE CSG includes Dwight D. Eisenhower, with its embarked air
wing, CVW-7, and embarked Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 28; the
guided-missile cruiser Anzio; guided-missile destroyers USS Ramage (DDG 61) and USS Mason (DDG 87); and the fast attack
submarine USS Newport News (SSN 750). All are homeported in
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.
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.
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 13.
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.
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 operations (AOO).