June 24, 2009
Navy Identifies Sailor Who Died
Aboard USS Dwight D. Eisenhower
From USS Dwight D.
Eisenhower Public Affairs
USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER, At Sea (NNS) -- The
command master chief from Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 7 died June 20
aboard deployed aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN
69). Initial indications are that the death was of natural
Command Master Chief Jeffrey J. Garber, 43, was
found unresponsive in his stateroom at approximately 8:15 a.m. A
medical emergency was declared, and medical personnel were on
the scene within minutes. All efforts to revive Garber were
unsuccessful, and he was pronounced dead at 8:23 a.m. local
20, 2009 Navy Leads Helicopter
By Naval Sea
Systems Command Office of Corporate Communications
WASHINGTON (NNS) -- Naval
Sea Systems Command's Supervisor of Salvage and Diving (SUPSALV)
concluded salvage operations June 10 of an HH-60H Seahawk
helicopter that went down near the Los Coronados islands.
The Seahawk helicopter crashed May 19 while conducting
training operations with USS Nimitz (CVN 68) during a composite
training unit exercise. Supporting the accident investigation
board, SUPSALV's remotely operated vehicle (ROV) operations
yielded the recovery of the aircraft rotor, engines, tail
section and other aircraft components.
3, 2009 Carl Vinson's Flight Deck
Ready for Ops
By Mass Communication
Specialist 2nd Class David Shen, USS Carl Vinson Public Affairs
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS) -- USS
Carl Vinson (CVN 70) held a grand opening ceremony of its flight
deck May 28 after three years of reconstruction and maintenance.
Carl Vinson is
completing its scheduled refueling complex overhaul (RCOH) at
Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding. The RCOH is an extensive yard
period that all Nimitz-class aircraft carriers go through near
the mid-point of their 50-year life cycle.
Carl Vinson's nuclear fuel has been replenished and the ship's
services and infrastructure upgraded to make her the most
state-of-the-art aircraft carrier in the fleet and prepare for
another 25 years or more of service.
June 3, 2009 GW,
CVW-5 Finish COE, Ready for Summer Deployment
Communication Specialist 3rd Class John J. Mike, USS George
Washington Public Affairs
ABOARD USS GEORGE
WASHINGTON (NNS) -- USS George Washington (CVN 73) and embarked
Carrier Airwing (CVW) 5 successfully completed a combat
operations efficiency (COE) evaluation June 2.
Two major criteria involved in a
successful COE evaluation are event factors and combat boarding
rates. Event factor represents the average amount of time it
takes GW to launch and recover aircraft per cycle, and combat
boarding rate is the average amount of attempts it takes an
aircraft to land on board.
Following COE, GW will
continue this underway in the western Pacific Ocean conducting
advanced cyclic flight operations in preparation for its first
summer deployment from Fleet Activities Yokosuka since becoming
the Navy's only permanently forward deployed aircraft carrier.
28, 2009: USS Ronald Reagan Deploys
From Carrier Strike Group 7 Public Affairs
SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76)
departed San Diego May 28 on a deployment to the 7th and 5th
Fleet Areas of Responsibility.
The carrier joins the
other ships of its strike group which departed the day prior,
including the guided-missile cruiser USS Chancellorsville (CG
62), and the ships of Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 7, which
include the guided-missile destroyers USS Decatur (DDG 73), USS
Howard (DDG 83) and USS Gridley (DDG 101), and the guided
missile frigate USS Thach (FFG 43).
The squadrons of
CVW-14 include the "Redcocks" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA)
22, the "Fist of the Fleet" of VFA-25, the "Stingers" of
VFA-113, the "Eagles" of VFA-115, the "Black Eagles" of Airborne
Early Warning Squadron 113, the "Cougars" of Tactical Electronic
Warfare Squadron 139, the "Providers" of Carrier Logistics
Support 30, and the "Black Knights" of Helicopter Anti-Submarine
May 26, 2009:
USS George HW Bush Certified for Flight Ops
From USS George H.W. Bush Public Affairs
USS GEORGE H.W. BUSH, At Sea (NNS) -- USS
George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) reached another milestone when she
successfully completed her first flight deck certification May
An aircraft carrier's flight deck certification is a
two-part certification that ensures the crew can safely and
effectively conduct independent flight operations.
Navy's newest aircraft carrier, along with the aircraft and
personnel of Carrier Air Wing 1 and Air Test and Evaluation
Squadron 23 safely completed 695 catapult launches and arrested
landings while underway in the Atlantic Ocean May 18-29.
January 13 2009 Stennis Departs on
By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class
(SW) Elliott J. Fabrizio, USS John C. Stennis Public Affairs
BREMERTON, Wash. (NNS) -- USS John C. Stennis
(CVN 74) departed her homeport in Bremerton, Wash., Jan. 13 for
a regularly scheduled Western Pacific deployment.
Stennis will join Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 9 and Destroyer
Squadron (DESRON) 21, to form the John C. Stennis Carrier Strike
Group (JCSCSG), which will support regional stability in the