USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70)

Aircraft “Supercarrier” | Nimitz Class

USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70)

USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) is the third United States Navy Nimitz-class supercarrier and is named after Carl Vinson, a Congressman from Georgia, in recognition of his contributions to the US Navy. The ship was launched in 1980, undertook its maiden voyage in 1983, and underwent Refueling and Overhaul between 2005 and 2009. Carl Vinson’s callsign is “Gold Eagle”.

Besides deployments in Operation Desert Strike, Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Southern Watch, and Operation Enduring Freedom, the USS Carl Vinson was involved in a number of notable events. The body of Osama bin Laden was buried at sea in 2011 from the deck of the USS Carl Vinson, and that same year, on Veterans Day, it played host to the first NCAA basketball game on an aircraft carrier, between North Carolina and Michigan State.

Videos of the USS Carl Vinson
News: USS Carl Vinson
USS Carl Vinson CVN-70
Contact the USS Carl Vinson on Facebook!
Contact the USS Carl Vinson on Twitter!

General and specialized information

Name Namesake Ordered Awarded Builder
USS Carl Vinson Carl Vinson April 5, 1974 N/A Northrop Grumman Newport
Cost Laid down Sponsored by Christened Launched
$4.5 billion October 11, 1975 N/A N/A March 15, 1980
Commissioned Homeport Motto Knickname Current Status
March 13, 1982 NAS North Island San Diego, CA Vis Per Mare N/A Active – January 2017

General characteristics

Class and type: Nimitz-class aircraft carrier
Displacement: 101,300 long tons (113,500 short tons)[1]
Length:
  • Overall: 1,092 feet (332.8 m)
  • Waterline: 1,040 feet (317.0 m)
Beam:
  • Overall: 252 ft (76.8 m)
  • Waterline: 134 ft (40.8 m)
Draft:
  • Maximum navigational: 37 feet (11.3 m)
  • Limit: 41 feet (12.5 m)
Propulsion:
  • 2 × Westinghouse A4W nuclear reactors
  • 4 × steam turbines
  • 4 × shafts
  • 260,000 shp (194 MW)
Speed: 30+ knots (56+ km/h; 35+ mph)
Range: Unlimited distance; 20–25 years
Complement:
  • Ship’s company: 3,200
  • Air wing: 2,480
Crew: 6,062

Systems and Armament

Sensors and
processing systems:
  • AN/SPS-48E 3-D air search radar
  • AN/SPS-49(V)5 2-D air search radar
  • AN/SPQ-9B target acquisition radar
  • AN/SPN-46 air traffic control radars
  • AN/SPN-43C air traffic control radar
  • AN/SPN-41 landing aid radars
  • 4 × Mk 91 NSSM guidance systems
  • 4 × Mk 95 radars
Electronic warfare
& decoys:
  • SLQ-32A(V)4 Countermeasures suite
  • SLQ-25A Nixie torpedo countermeasures
Armament:
  • 2 × Mk 57 Mod3 Sea Sparrow
  • 2 × RIM-116 Rolling Airframe Missile
  • 3 × Phalanx CIWS
Armor: Unknown
Aircraft carried: 90 fixed wing and helicopters

Namesake “Carl Vinson”

President Richard Nixon, Navy Secretary John Warner and Defense Secretary Melvin Laird present Congressman Vinson (third from left) with a model of the ship that will bear his name, 18 November 1973

A member of the United States House of Representatives for fifty years, Carl Vinson was, for twenty-nine years, the Chairman of the House Naval Affairs and Armed Services Committee; Vinson was the principal sponsor of the so-called “Vinson Acts,” culminating in the Two-Ocean Navy Act of 1940, which provided for the massive Naval shipbuilding effort in World War II.

Ship Seal

The seal of USS Carl Vinson shows an eagle, wings spread and talons extended, carrying a banner in its beak. The eagle is emblematic of the nation and the ship’s motto, and also represents the power that resides in the ship’s aircraft. The eagle flies in the form of a stylized letter “V,” the initial of the ship’s namesake, Congressman Carl Vinson. The “V” also represents the ship’s hull when viewed bow-on. Inscribed on the banner that the eagle carries is the Latin phrase “Vis Per Mare” which means “Strength through the Sea.”

Carrier Strike Group 1

In October 2009, the US Navy announced that Carl Vinson would be the flagship of the newly established Carrier Strike Group 1, based in San Diego. The ship, under the command of Captain Bruce H. Lindsey, departed Norfolk for San Diego on 12 January 2010. Accompanying the carrier was Carrier Air Wing Seventeen, Destroyer Squadron 1 and the guided missile cruiser Bunker Hill. As of May 2015, the ship is under the command of Captain Douglas C. Verissimo.

Design and construction

The keel was laid at Newport News Shipbuilding on 11 October 1975, and on 15 March 1980 the ship was launched/christened. Congressman Carl Vinson became the first person in the history of the United States Navy to witness a ship’s launching in his honor. After builder sea trials, it was delivered to the Navy on 26 February 1982.

Overhauls:

  • August 1982 to December 1982 – Post Shakedown Availability
  • October 1983 to January 1984 – Selected Restricted Availability
  • January 1986 to March 1986 – Selected Restricted Availability – forward port sponson changed/enlarged.
  • March 1987 to August 1987 – Selected Restricted Availability
  • September 1990 to April 1993 – Complex Overhaul – aft boarding dock added.
  • October 1994 to February 1995 – Selected Restricted Availability
  • March 1997 to September 1997 – Planned Incremental Availability – bridle catcher removed.
  • October 1999 to September 2000 – Planned Incremental Availability
  • March 2002 to September 2002 – Planned Incremental Availability
  • November 2005 to July 2009 – Refueling and Complex Overhaul – top two levels of island replaced; new antenna mast; new radar tower; 2 RAM replace 1 CIWS/1 Mk-29 at forward port sponson/aft starboard sponson; 2 aft CIWS removed.
  • September 2009 to December 2009 – Post Shakedown Availability
  • July 2012 to February 2013 – Planned Incremental Availability – CIWS replaced on aft port sponson.

Ship history

1980s

USS Carl Vinson was commissioned on 13 March 1982 at Newport News, Virginia, with Captain Richard Martin commanding. Present were the Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Thomas B. Hayward, Secretary of the Navy John F. Lehman, Keynote speaker Senator John Tower, and ship’s sponsor Molly Snead. After commissioning, Carl Vinson put to sea to conduct flight deck certifications, an evaluation designed to test the ship’s ability to conduct Modern US Navy carrier air operations. That was followed by numerous at sea periods for various training evolutions along the East Coast.

Carl Vinson departed Norfolk on 1 March 1983 with Carrier Air Wing 15 embarked for its maiden deployment, an eight-month around the world cruise that saw them operate in the Mediterranean Sea, Atlantic Ocean, Indian Ocean, Arabian Sea, South China Sea, and Pacific Ocean in a multitude of exercises and with port visits in Monte Carlo, Monaco, Casablanca, Morocco, Abidjan, Ivory Coast, Perth, Australia, Subic Bay, Philippines, Hong Kong, Sasebo, Japan, Pusan, Republic of Korea, and Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, before arriving in its to its new homeport of Naval Air Station Alameda, California, arriving on 28 Oct 1983.

Carl Vinson participated in RIMPAC ’84 before departing on 14 October 1984 for an overseas deployment in the Western Pacific. Carrier Air Wing 15 was embarked. From January until April 1985, Carl Vinson was in the Indian Ocean for 107 consecutive days. The WESTPAC deployment included Sea of Japan operations while pursuing a Soviet Charlie I class submarine in the Indian Ocean.

The carrier received its first Meritorious Unit Commendation for operations conducted from November 1984 to May 1985. In February, the Chief of Naval Operations named Carl Vinson the winner of the Admiral James H. Flatley Memorial Award for operational readiness and aviation safety for 1984.

On 12 August 1986 the ship departed Alameda for a western Pacific deployment, again with CVW-15 aboard, and in the process became the first modern U.S. aircraft carrier to operate in the Bering Sea. In January 1987, after operating extensively in the Indian Ocean and North Arabian Sea, Carl Vinson transited the Bering Sea once more while returning to NAS Alameda.

Carl Vinson and CVW-15 departed for the ship’s fourth overseas deployment on 15 June 1988. While on station the carrier supported Operation Earnest Will, the escort of U.S. flagged tankers in the Persian Gulf. The carrier returned to the States on 16 December 1988 and was awarded the Admiral Flatley Memorial Award for aviation safety for 1988.

On 18 September 1989 the carrier departed Alameda to participate in PACEX ’89, the largest peacetime naval exercise since the Second World War. During the exercise Carl Vinson operated in the Bering Sea and the Aleutian Islands, eventually leading a three carrier battle group operation in the Sea of Japan and the Pacific Ocean. Carl Vinson had a port call in Pusan, South Korea and then returned to its home port of Alameda shortly after the devastating 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake.

1990s

Vinson departed on its fifth deployment (again with CVW-15) on 1 February 1990, the last deployment for the A-7 Corsair. The ship returned to Alameda on 30 July 1990. On 22 September 1990, Vinson entered the yards at Bremerton Naval Station, Washington for a 28-month complex overhaul (COH). The carrier received her first COMNAVAIRPAC Battle “E” award for 1990.

CVW-14 aircraft over Vinson in 1994

On 17 February 1994 the carrier, with Carrier Air Wing Fourteen embarked, departed for the Persian Gulf in support of Operation Southern Watch. The carrier returned to Alameda on 17 August 1994, receiving its third Admiral Flatley Award for aviation safety.

In 1995, a documentary entitled “Carrier: Fortress at Sea” was aired on the Discovery Channel, which chronicled the carrier’s six-month-long voyage to and from the Persian Gulf.

From 26 August until 3 September 1995, Vinson participated in Exercise Ke Koa, as well as ceremonies to commemorate the end of World War II in the Pacific. During these ceremonies, President Bill Clinton visited the ship in Hawaii. As part of the commemoration ceremonies, Vinson launched 11 WWII era planes.

The ship departed for its seventh deployment 14 May 1996, heading for the Persian Gulf with CVW-14 in support for Operation Southern Watch and Operation Desert Strike. The ship also participated in Exercise Rugged Nautilus before returning to Alameda on 14 November 1996.

With the closing of Naval Air Station Alameda, the ship was transferred to Bremerton, Washington, arriving at its new homeport on 17 January 1997, where it played host to the last carrier launch and recovery operations for the A-6E Intruder.

Carl Vinson enters Pearl Harbor with CVW-11 aboard with USS Missouri in background.

In 1998 with Carrier Air Wing Eleven (CVW-11) embarked, the ship participated in RIMPAC ’98. During the exercise on the morning of 10 August, the Australian diesel-electric submarine HMAS Onslow located the ‘enemy’ carrier and ‘sank’ her.[12] Onslow closed to within 300 meters (980 ft) without being detected, then released green flares to indicate its location, ‘sinking’ the super-carrier.[citation needed]Vinson then departed for the Persian Gulf, launching airstrikes on 19 December 1998 in support of Operation Desert Fox and Operation Southern Watch. These strikes continued into March 1999. In July 1999, Vinson was drydocked in the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard for 13 months as the Navy spent more than $230 million to upgrade the ship. Post refit shakedowns continued into 2000.

2000s

See also: Carrier Strike Group One

In February, 2001, Carl Vinson hosted Gene Hackman, David Keith, Owen Wilson, and others for filming of the carrier scenes for the movie Behind Enemy Lines during intermediate pre-deployment underway workups. During this two-week period, Vinson crewmembers and CVW 11 crews took part in the filming along with the actors and film crews. Later, prior to commencement of Operation Enduring Freedom, David Keith returned to Vinson on station in the North Arabian Sea to present the first international viewing of Behind Enemy Lines to the combined ship and air wing crew.

On 23 July 2001, again with CVW-11 embarked, Carl Vinson steamed from Bremerton, Washington, bound for the Persian Gulf to support Operation Southern Watch. This changed abruptly on 11 September 2001, as the ship was rounding the tip of India. In response to the terror attacks on U.S. soil, Vinson changed course and sped toward the North Arabian Sea, where on 7 October 2001, Vinson launched the first airstrikes in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. For 72 days, Vinson, along with Carrier Wing 11, launched over 4,000 combat sorties in the War on Terror, earning the ship the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal. Vinson earned the Battle E and Navy Unit Commendation during this deployment. In mid December, Vinson began the return trip home, briefly stopping in Pearl Harbor Hawaii to commence a “Tiger Cruise” allowing crew member family members the opportunity to ride the ship to Vinson’s homeport of Bremerton Wa. reaching the U.S. on 23 January 2002. In April, the ship was overhauled, setting sail in September for a post-refit shakedown. During this time several new operational systems were installed, and the ship’s flight deck and catapults were completely renovated. Numerous other spaces and crew living areas were also entirely restored, drastically improving working and living conditions for the crew. Completing its maintenance / overhaul period in record-setting time, USS Carl Vinson and crew got underway in September to conduct sea trials.

In January 2003 it was set for a one month work up for Flight Deck Quals with Carrier Air Wing Nine (CVW-9) embarked. Due to the start of Operation Iraqi Freedom the ship was extended at sea indefinitely. After 9 months (Sept 2003) Carl Vinson finally returned to Bremerton on 15 September 2003. From January 2003 until September 2003, she made port calls in Hawaii, Guam, South Korea, Japan, Australia, Hong Kong, and Singapore. USS Carl Vinson’s participation in Foal Eagle, an annually scheduled joint and combined training exercise conducted in the Korean theatre.

In competition year 2004, it won the Marjorie Sterrett Battleship Fund Award, awarded to the most battle-ready ship in the U.S. Pacific Fleet.

In January 2005, Carl Vinson departed Bremerton, Washington with CVW-9 embarked for a six-month deployment, including several months in the Persian Gulf in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom & Operation Enduring Freedon. Highlights of the cruise included port calls to Singapore, Guam, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, Rhodes, Greece and Lisbon, Portugal. Vinson completed this deployment at Naval Station Norfolk on 31 July 2005.

Refueling and Complex Overhaul 2005

Main article: RCOH

In November 2005, Carl Vinson became the third Nimitz class carrier to undergo a mid-life Refueling and Complex Overhaul (RCOH), which was scheduled to last 36 months. The ship moved out of dry dock to pier side berth at Northrop Grumman Newport News shipyard in May 2007.

It commenced post-refueling sea trials on 28 June 2009 and returned to Naval Station Norfolk on 1 July 2009. The Navy accepted it back into the fleet on 11 July 2009, after successful completion of its sea trials.

In October 2009, Carl Vinson entered a four-month shipyard maintenance period at Northrop Grumman Newport News in preparation for its upcoming transit to the Pacific in the spring. The ship was scheduled to transit around South America to its new home of NAS North Island (San Diego), joining Nimitz (CVN-68) and Ronald Reagan (CVN-76), by early 2010.

2010s

Carl Vinson off Haiti, to aid in earthquake relief; the ship carried 19 helicopters specially for this mission.

Carl Vinson in formation with USS Bunker Hill and Argentine frigate ARA Gómez Roca during Southern Seas 2010

Interior of Carl Vinson

Carl Vinson in San Diego Bay, 2011

On 12 January 2010, just hours after the 2010 Haiti earthquake, Carl Vinson was ordered to redirect from its current deployment in the North Atlantic Ocean to Haiti to contribute to the relief effort as part of Operation Unified Response. Upon receiving orders from USSOUTHCOM, the Carl Vinson battle group proceeded to Mayport, Florida where the ships loitered offshore to receive additional supplies and helicopters. The ships arrived off Port au Prince on 15 January 2010 to commence operations. CNN medical correspondent and neurosurgeon Sanjay Gupta, pediatric surgeon Henri Ford, and two Navy doctors removed a piece of concrete from the skull of a 12-year-old earthquake victim in an operation performed aboard Carl Vinson on 18 January. In addition to providing medical relief, CVN-70’s excess desalination capacity was critical to providing water to Haiti’s population during the earthquake relief.

On March 2010, during its transit around South America performed Gringo-Gaucho / Southern Seas 2010 maneuvers with the Argentine Navy

On 12 April 2010 the carrier arrived at its new home port of Naval Station North Island, San Diego California.

On 30 November 2010, with Carrier Air Wing Seventeen embarked, Carl Vinson departed Naval Air Station North Island for a three-week composite training unit exercise (COMPTUEX) and its 2010–2011 deployment to the U.S. Seventh Fleet Area of Responsibility (AOR) in the Western Pacific and U.S. Fifth Fleet Areas of Responsibility in the Indian Ocean and Persian Gulf as part of Carrier Strike Group One. This is the first Western Pacific deployment for Vinson in more than five years since the ship entered its Refueling Complex Overhaul (RCOH) in the fall of 2005.

On 11 April 2011 while operating in the Arabian Sea, an F/A-18 Hornet suffered an engine fire immediately after launch from the carrier. The aircraft returned to the carrier with one engine and the fire was extinguished without any damage to the ship or any injuries to the pilot or ship crew members.

On 2 May 2011, following the death of Osama bin Laden, his body was brought aboard Carl Vinson, which was operating in the Northern Arabian Sea, and buried at sea following religious rites.

The ship docked in Manila Bay in the Philippines from 15 to 18 May 2011 for a “routine port call and goodwill visit” meant to “highlight the strong historic, community, and military connections between the United States and the Republic of the Philippines.” Among those given a special tour of this aircraft carrier were Philippine President Benigno Aquino III and U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines Harry K. Thomas, Jr. This brief visit was criticized by cause-oriented group Bagong Alyansang Makabayan as well as Filipino youth leader Raymond Palatino and University of the Philippines political science professor Clarita Carlos.

The ship docked in Hong Kong in the Peoples Republic of China on Sunday, 22 May 2011 to take on supplies for its return to homeport San Diego, and to provide photo opportunities to the Chinese press. The ship returned to San Diego on 15 June 2011.

On 21 June 2011, it was announced that the Michigan State Spartans would play a regular season men’s basketball game against the North Carolina Tar Heels on the flight deck of Carl Vinson on Veterans Day.[43] On 11 November 2011, the inaugural Carrier Classic took place at the Naval Air Station North Island on San Diego Bay in Coronado, California. U.S. President Barack Obama was one of 8,111 people in attendance as the Tar Heels defeated the Spartans by a score of 67–55.

Deck of Carl Vinson set up for the Michigan State-North Carolina basketball game in 2011

On 30 November 2011, Carl Vinson departed Naval Air Station North Island, California, on its scheduled Western Pacific (WESTPAC) deployment.

During January 2012, Carl Vinson began its patrol of the Arabian Sea.

On 23 May 2012, Carl Vinson returned to Naval Air Station North Island, California, to end its November 2011 deployment. It had stopped earlier in Hawaii to pick up approximately 900 “Tigers” – friends and family of the sailors aboard the ship who traveled with the ship from Hawaii to San Diego.

On 5 July 2012, Carl Vinson began preparations for a Planned Incremental Availability (PIA) period. PIA is a major maintenance phase that all American naval vessels must go through multiple times throughout their lifetime to be able to sustain underway operations. PIA 2012-2013 for Carl Vinson included overhauls of over 40 crew living spaces, 30 heads and hundreds of workspaces throughout the ship. It also included upgrades to many of the electronics and defense systems that the ship uses during deployments, to include an upgrade from the Global Command and Control System-Maritime (GCCS-M) to the Distributed Common Ground System-Navy (DCGS-N).

On 30 January 2013, Carl Vinson commenced sea trials, marking its first time underway in seven months, since its ammo offload which ended on 29 June 2012. Upon returning from this underway period, the ship’s commanding officer, Captain Kent Whalen, announced on 2 February 2013 that PIA had officially ended, marking the first on-time PIA completion since 1999. Since February 2013, the ship has been underway multiple times conducting carrier qualifications with Carrier Air Wing Seventeen as well as multiple crew certification exercises. The most recent accomplishment for Carl Vinson was the completion of its evaluation of nuclear reactor operation. During this evaluation, the Naval Sea Systems Command embarks a team of proctors who put the ship’s engineering department through a multitude of drills and exercises to test their ability to safely operate a nuclear reactor and to contain any casualty of the reactor as it occurs. This was completed on 1 July 2013.

On 22 August 2014, Carl Vinson and assigned CVW-17 began a scheduled deployment to the U.S. 5th and 7th Fleet areas of responsibility. USS Bunker Hill (CG-52), Destroyer Squadron 1 and its ships USS Gridley (DDG-101), USS Sterett (DDG-104), and USS Dewey (DDG-105) deployed with the carrier as part of the Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group. The carrier was deployed to the Persian Gulf to relieve USS George H. W. Bush in fighting the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

On 11 September 2014 at 17:40 hrs local time, two F/A-18C’s from CVW-17 crashed in the western Pacific Ocean whilst operating from Carl Vinson. The carrier was in its area of operations in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. The planes where attached to Strike Squadron 94 and Strike Fighter Squadron 113 and collided 7 miles from the carrier, an area approximately 290 miles west of Wake Island. USS Bunker Hill, USS Gridley, USS Sterett, USS Dewey, and helicopters assigned to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 15 (HSC 15) and Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 73 (HSM 73) assisted in the search for the pilots. Whilst one pilot was recovered alive soon after the crash, the second pilot could not be located. The Navy continued its search for the second pilot until 13 September 2014, when the search was abandoned.

Carl Vinson returned to San Diego on 4 June 2015. Over the course of the deployment, supporting strike operations in Iraq and Syria, CVW-17 successfully flew 12,300 sorties, including 2,382 combat missions and dropped more than half a million pounds (230 tons) of ordnance against ISIS.

On 14 August 2015, Carl Vinson began a planned incremental availability (PIA) period at Naval Air Station North Island. The ship is receiving more than $300 million worth of improvements over the next six months during this modernisation, including the first UAV command center installed aboard an aircraft carrier.

  1. USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70): Polmar, Norman (2004). The Naval Institute guide to the ships and aircraft of the U.S. fleet. Naval Institute Press. p. 112. ISBN 978-1-59114-685-8.
  2. USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70): “Welcome to USS Carl Vinson CVN 70 Public Site”. Cvn70.navy.mil. Retrieved 19 May 2011.
  3. USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70): “Navy Establishes Carrier Strike Group 1”. Retrieved 8 October 2009.
  4. USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70): “USS Carl Vinson Conducts Change of Command”. Retrieved 8 October 2014.
  5. USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70): Wilson, Patrick, “Carrier Carl Vinson To Leave Tuesday For San Diego”, Norfolk Virginian-Pilot, 9 January 2010.
  6. USS Carl Vinson :  G.D. O’Brien, Jr (30 November 1988). “1985 COMMAND HISTORY” (PDF).
  7. USS Carl Vinson : Jump up^http://www.history.navy.mil/content/dam/nhhc/research/archives/command-operation-reports/ship-command-operation-reports/c/carl-vinson-cvn-70-i/pdf/1987.pdf
  8. USS Carl Vinson : http://www.history.navy.mil/content/dam/nhhc/research/archives/command-operation-reports/ship-command-operation-reports/c/carl-vinson-cvn-70-i/pdf/1988.pdf
  9. USS Carl Vinson : http://www.history.navy.mil/content/dam/nhhc/research/archives/command-operation-reports/ship-command-operation-reports/c/carl-vinson-cvn-70-i/pdf/1990.pdf
  10. USS Carl Vinson : http://www.history.navy.mil/content/dam/nhhc/research/archives/command-operation-reports/ship-command-operation-reports/c/carl-vinson-cvn-70-i/pdf/1995.pdf page 12
  11. USS Carl Vinson : http://www.history.navy.mil/content/dam/nhhc/research/archives/command-operation-reports/ship-command-operation-reports/c/carl-vinson-cvn-70-i/pdf/1996.pdf
  12. USS Carl Vinson : Davis, Graham (19 October 1998). “Submarine will stay in-service” (PDF). Navy News. 41 (20). p. 3. Retrieved 15 February 2015. … Onlsow had acquitted herself well during RIMPAC 98. The submarine had … “taken out” … US carrier CARL VINSEN[sic] …
  13. USS Carl Vinson : http://www.history.navy.mil/content/dam/nhhc/research/archives/command-operation-reports/ship-command-operation-reports/c/carl-vinson-cvn-70-i/pdf/1998.pdf
  14. USS Carl Vinson :  “USS Carl Vinson”. CNN.
  15. USS Carl Vinson :  Journalist 3rd Class Mat Sohl, USS Carl Vinson Public Affairs. “USS Carl Vinson: Back in Action Following a Record-Setting Yard Period”. News.navy.mil. Retrieved 19 May 2011.
  16. USS Carl Vinson : Commander, 3rd Fleet Public Affairs. “Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group Returns Home”. News.navy.mil. Retrieved 19 May 2011.
  17. USS Carl Vinson :  “Deployments of USS CARL VINSON”. Retrieved 3 July 2009.
  18. USS Carl Vinson : Carl Vinson Strike Group Public Affairs. “Carrier Air Wing 9 Aircraft Drop Bombs on Insurgents”. News.navy.mil. Retrieved 19 May 2011.
  19. USS Carl VinsonJournalist 3rd Class William Lopez, USS Carl Vinson Public Affairs. “Vinson Departs Bremerton for Exercise, Deployment”. News.navy.mil. Retrieved 19 May 2011.
  20. USS Carl Vinson : Journalist 2nd Class (SW/AW) Chris Fahey, USS Carl Vinson Public Affairs. “Mighty ‘Gold Eagle’ Arrives at New Nest”. News.navy.mil. Retrieved 19 May 2011.
  21. USS Carl Vinson : “USS Carl Vinson Arrives in Norfolk”. Retrieved 8 October 2009.
  22. USS Carl Vinson : Communication, Mass. “Northrop Grumman Newport News, Carl Vinson Celebrate Move to Pierside”. News.navy.mil. Retrieved 19 May 2011.
  23. USS Carl Vinson : “USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) – History”. Retrieved 3 July 2009.
  24. USS Carl Vinson : “Navy Accepts Re-Delivery of USS Carl Vinson”. Retrieved 8 October 2009.
  25. USS Carl Vinson : “New San Diego command preps for Vinson – Navy News , News from Afghanistan & Iraq”. Navy Times. 1 October 2009. Retrieved 19 May 2011.
  26. USS Carl Vinson : “Defense.gov News Release: USS Carl Vinson To Return To Pacific Fleet”. Defenselink.mil. 12 March 2009. Retrieved 19 May 2011.
  27. USS Carl Vinson : “Carl Vinson, other ships headed to Haiti – Navy News , News from Afghanistan & Iraq”. Navy Times. 13 January 2010. Retrieved 19 May 2011.
  28. USS Carl Vinson : Communication, Mass. “Vinson Deploys to Respond to Haiti Earthquake”. Navy.mil. Retrieved 19 May 2011.
  29. USS Carl Vinson : “BYM Marine & Maritime News”. Bymnews.com. 15 January 2010. Retrieved 19 May 2011.
  30. USS Carl Vinson : Thompson, Jason (18 January 2010). “Sanjay Gupta assistsVinson medical team”. U.S. Navy. Retrieved 10 October 2011.
  31. USS Carl Vinson : Agence France-Presse (20 January 2011). “TV neurosurgeon Sanjay Gupta saves girl”. The Australian. Retrieved 10 October 2011.
  32. USS Carl Vinson : Padgett, Tim (19 January 2010). “The Post-Quake Water Crisis: Getting Seawater to the Haitians”. Time Magazine.
  33. USS Carl Vinson : “Argentina-United States in joint exercise”. Abma-usn.org. 18 March 2010. Retrieved 19 May 2011.
  34. USS Carl Vinson : Communication, Mass. “Carl Vinson Unites with Argentina for Southern Seas 2010”. Navy.mil. Retrieved 19 May 2011.
  35. USS Carl Vinson : Military Times, Carrier Carl Vinson home at North Island“, 12 April 2010.
  36. USS Carl Vinson : Carl Vinson Strike Group to Depart for Training, Deployment”. NNS101130-01. U.S. 3rd Fleet Public Affairs. 30 November 2010. Retrieved 3 December 2010.
  37. USS Carl Vinson : “Pilot Safe After Jet Catches Fire on Navy Carrier”. San Diego Union-Tribune. Associated Press. 14 April 2011. Retrieved 3 May 2011.
  38. USS Carl Vinson : Jim Garamone (2 May 2011). “Bin Laden Buried at Sea”. NNS110502-22. American Forces Press Service. Retrieved 2 May 2011.
  39. USS Carl Vinson : Jeanette Steele (2 May 2011). “Carl Vinson performs bin Laden burial at sea”. San Diego Union Tribune. Retrieved 4 May 2011. The Associated Press is reporting that the San Diego-based aircraft carrier Carl Vinson, now on deployment in the North Arabian Sea, held the burial at sea of Osama bin Laden.
  40. USS Carl Vinson : http://manila.usembassy.gov/aquino_vinson.html President Aquino Visits USS Carl Vinson Embassy of the United States in Manila website
  41. USS Carl Vinson : “US carrier which buried Osama coming to Manila”Philippine Daily Inquirer 14 May 2011
  42. USS Carl Vinson : Watson, Julie, Associated Press,”Navy capt. asks bin Laden burial crew to be safe“, Stars and Stripes, 13 June 2011.
  43. USS Carl Vinson : Wilson, Bernie (21 June 2011). “Hoops on a flat top a daunting task to organizers of UNC-Michigan State aircraft carrier game”. The Fayetteville Observer. Retrieved 12 November 2011.
  44. USS Carl Vinson : Pucin, Diane (11 November 2011). “Sloppy basketball is beside the point on aircraft carrier”. Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 12 November 2011.
  45. USS Carl Vinson : “USS Carl Vinson Strike Group Departs for Deployment”. NNS111130-04. Commander, Naval Air Forces Pacific Public Affairs. 30 November 2011. Retrieved 2011-12-01.
  46. USS Carl Vinson : Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class (SW) Luke B. Meineke, USN (1 December 2011). Carl Vinson and CVW 17 Depart on Western Pacific Deployment”. NNS111201-02. USS Carl Vinson Public Affairs. Retrieved 2011-12-01.
  47. USS Carl Vinson : http://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=82905
  48. USS Carl Vinson : http://www.military.com/daily-news/2014/09/30/navy-replaces-ships-in-arabian-gulf-as-bombing-continues.html
  49. USS Carl Vinson : Affairs, This story was written by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Travis Alston, USS Carl Vinson Public. “Team Carl Vinson Returns to San Diego”.
  50. USS Carl Vinson : Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group Returns from Western Pacific, U.S. Central Command Deployment, NNS150604-24 from Commander, Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 1 Public Affairs, retrieved 6 June 2015.
  51. USS Carl Vinson : Team Carl Vinson Begins PIA, story number NNS150814-24 by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Travis S. Alston, USS Carl Vinson Public Affairs, release date: 14 August 2015.
  52. USS Carl Vinson : Affairs, This story was written by USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) Public. “First Phase Unmanned Aviation on CVN Complete”. www.navy.mil. Retrieved 2016-04-21.
  53. USS Carl Vinson : Journalist 3rd Class (SW) Chris Fahey, USS Carl Vinson Public Affairs. “Carl Vinson Leads West Coast Carriers, Earns Battle ‘E'”. News.navy.mil. Retrieved 19 May 2011.
  54. USS Carl Vinson : “Story Notes for Behind Enemy Lines”.

Commissioning

Published on Nov 7, 2016

USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) Carrier Strike Group in Action

USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) is deployed during composite training unit exercise (COMPTUEX) 2016 off the coast of Southern California.

Composite Training Unit Exercise, is a rehearsal each US Navy Carrier Strike Group performs before departing for deployment. Each ship and aircraft in the battle group trains in its specialty; COMPTUEX brings ships together to project force as a battle group. COMPTUEX is an intermediate-level battle group exercise designed to forge together the battle group and its components into a fully functional fighting team. COMPTUEX is a critical part in the pre-deployment training cycle, and a prerequisite for the battle group’s Joint Task Force Exercise.

COMPTUEX is normally conducted during a two-week to three-week period six to eight weeks before deployment. Successfully completion of COMTPUEX certifies the carrier and its air wing as qualified for open ocean operations. COMPTUEX consists of an 18-day schedule of event driven exercise which the follows with a three-day Final Battle Problem. It is conducted and directed by the training carrier group commander and the focus is to bring together the carrier and its air wing as a working team that can operate in a combat environment, as well as integrating with other assets of the battle group.

A transcription from the Commissioning speech is available here below for those who need it. Please keep in mind this is an automated transcription from Google – 100% accuracy is not to be expected. Thanks you for your understanding.
0:16secretary gay
0:17thank you for your introduction i know i
0:20have 41
0:24a privilege for both about
0:28disturbed and I want thank you all for coming
0:34Laura and I are thrilled to be here too
0:40help Commission and of here
0:43and honor and awesome man President George
0:49age W Bush for for this day I went back to
1:00my father’s letter a car
1:03especially interesting to read 10
1:07in the late nineteen forty headed to a friend
1:12and here’s what he said he said you should see George now
1:17whenever I come home a Greek
1:21me and talk to Bluestreak sentences
1:25disjointed of course he try
1:30for everything and a result are often
1:35hilarious something
1:40do not change aircraft carrier which we Commission today
1:47maybe the navy’s new here
1:50but he is already had an interesting pair catapult testing took place during
1:57at
1:57unseasonable cold now her questioning was thrown into chaos by appears
2:04nor’easter and during construction
2:10the shipyard was closed down because of Hurricane
2:15Isabel going keeping
2:18with here sure history I brought along
2:23and equally strong work nature
2:27my mother mister vice president and land thank you for joining us
2:35Vice President Cheney
2:39have been a fabulous by spread the United States
2:49governor kean thank you for your welcoming remarks secretary
2:53great kindly right appreciate you joining
2:57other members of the administration their families chairman of the joint
3:02chiefs
3:02there admiral mike Mullen you know gary Roughead
3:07 capital flirty other members the United States armed forces
3:12 and their families shipyard workers
3:16 managers members of our family
3:21joined and all the prep george HW Bush
3:26we are glad you were here the story of the USS George HW Bush began in the
3:32early days
3:33award who when our dad enlisted in the United States maybe
3:38like many servicemen deployed overseas he was spankwire girl he loved back home
3:45from her dorm room he did
3:48stock perhaps in remote a gay told he collected
3:52seashells her and when he returned home from war
3:57 the first thing he did with the maker
4:01 his bride for 64 years ago this week
4:06 the love my father lie has been
4:10 barbara Bush
4:19here our parents should build family about her ever buy clothes more
4:24and unconditional love Japanese omar bin and our own I will
4:29always be a blast to have had the best father
4:33 anyone could ever ask for we will always be inspire
4:38 bada Bay humor patriotism
4:42and compassion he talked us through his
4:45own example and for as long as we live we will carry with this
4:50their other last that integrity and are
4:54are worth more than any time at all or treasure
4:58and that the truest pry can come
5:01from the capitalist still george HW Bush care
5:05the de Blob family the admiration
5:10up its brand and back a grateful nation so today we are faced with when you give
5:24a guy who has been blast hair
5:27about everything here ever needed well
5:30an aircraft carrier shipping where
5:35our dad name more than Nini our
5:39time aluminum and steel he will carry
5:44nearly here house the finest
5:48sailors and Marines in the world
5:58represent craft here many skilled builders
6:01and our our preparation and so
6:05I congratulate allo on this tremendous
6:09keep ship is a fitting tribute
6:12to a generation man with how my dad was privileged
6:17sir he’s also a tribute to a new generation
6:22american soldiers and trailer and Coast Guard men and women
6:27airman and rain who have stepped forward
6:31to defend the United States of America
6:34again our troops are facing down
6:39a brutal enemy again they’re making
6:42America and the world tape and again
6:46they will come home in victory
6:57people often ask what our trade your most about being a brat
7:00nothing comes close the honor be in your commander in chief every day I’m
7:08amazed by the scale incurred government and women in uniform
7:12 and as we can USS George HW Bush in the service
7:17 I know you would be accredited sailor
7:20 server for you and a good man
7:23 they’re here his name I asked God protected here
7:28 and let her know only victory and peace
7:32 and I asked God continue to bless on our wonderful
7:36 in thank you
8:03 thank you mister president
8:04 carry winter you please join me
8:07 and plating george HW Bush and commission
8:15 distinguished
8:20 ladies and gentlemen disagreed on one
8:24 thing engine time sacred tradition
8:28 with the christening launching
8:31 and commissioning wherever we look
8:35 into the pages artist the prop
8:39 bring ship the white was recorded special meaning
8:42Mariners why fortunes hand for
8:46be intimately connected up
8:50of shore given the bath awesome power unpredictable nature
8:57see instinctively turn to divine protection
9:02and welcoming per ship not
9:05ritual company almost home
9:10traditions that carry
9:14through tomorrow the relationship between
9:18warship more significant
9:21at all no here in their lives
9:25on the quality running and performance
9:29a lengthy period of time
9:33many long days followership christening imprint
9:37mine every L to call them all working towards
9:42ships Commission achieve
9:45today goals come to fruition today
9:50the heart genius efforts many
9:53to bring about this moment finally paid off ship that will make
9:59through and mark birthday on a walk
10:02turn more commissions morning
10:06who participated today
10:09ceremony came down upon them all nothing else compares
10:13your while you nuclear-powered carrier
10:17free the impact carrier
10:20school for no one ship rap
10:24world power rape
10:27remember in all rooms instructor forever make your nation
10:33crowd work now my grade
10:37honor by print to play in commission prep
10:43I hereby play
10:48the United stay here George HW Bush
10:52in commission may God bless and guy
10:56were here and all Hill
10:59and her
11:17thank you mister president
11:19thank you carry winter victim up
11:23boy the caller in the Commission panic yelling please direct your attention
11:33like the colors the commissioning and
11:36water the colors
11:40Nick II
12:05captain color very well
12:17that
12:18hip York hood Inc
12:21and I
12:39the cheap
12:39naval operation admiral your ear up
12:50present
12:51sector a gauge ladies and gentlemen
12:54and especially sailors
12:58United day ship george HW Bush
13:10today today have incredible
13:12work achieve an incredible work to be done
13:16this nuclear aircraft carrier
13:19AP sovereign American
13:22territory a cloning move all
13:26American base only have been built here
13:30by the power men and women or American shipbuilder
13:35and you are without fear the hard work
13:40and ingenuity the shipbuilder the engineer
13:43and the sign power above us today
13:47however while this day home in a camper stop
13:52it is just the beginning for sailors
13:55cool store and George HW Bush Campbell clarity
14:01take command of this ship to take on an awesome responsibility
14:06to the nation and do our future
14:09the standard that you said will lack
14:13very long time when you consider but the last commanding officer
14:19George HW Bush has not yet been born this great we’re here will be
14:28part neck fifty years American history
14:32he anti-war not of us can predict
14:38what the next fifty years whole and you would have expected
14:43when we commissioned the USS Kitty Hawk decades ago
14:47the aircraft carrier that hip replaced
14:50but it would go from donating
14:54300,000 gallons water the drought-stricken Hong Kong
14:58 launching carrier air strikes and
15:01Southeast Asia the participating
15:05in a contingency operation during the Iranian hostage crisis
15:09and striking your and two wars
15:13in the Middle East recently we have seen our carriers
15:17strike targets or in
15:20and similarly sure staging bases
15:24the Lord humanitarian relief operation
15:27ever undertaken the tsunami 2004
15:31and while we do not know exactly what the future hold
15:36we can be sure or you up
15:39george HW Bush will provide commanders
15:42she for the next by decades
15:46with option of to respond
15:49way that no other nation can cap
15:53learning the sailor ship today
15:57you bring light for this extraordinary ship your skill
16:01Your Enthusiasm your courage and your determination
16:06leadership to greatness set the bar very high
16:10so that everyone is always reaching for it your ship’s namesake
16:15and the nation expect nothing less thank you very much
16:28thank you
16:28up your remark your leadership
16:32ship company all
16:35hot I will now read my order
16:39from name personnel captain Kevin
16:42Larry United they Navy object Europe personnel owners number 35 38
16:4818 member 2008 upon commissioning
16:52United they hit george HW Bush TV and
16:55seventy 7 report for duty at commanding officer
16:58sign Matteo rear admiral United date Navy
17:02commander Navy personnel command ship company
17:06portrayed rap
17:09ladies and gentleman
17:13as many of you know our name thing with the 44th President of the United
17:17day left well remembered however
17:20incredible journey up not long after pearl harbor
17:25elected to postpone college then
17:28three-day fourth nineteen birthday became the nineteen
17:32the youngest naval aviator not 83
17:35urgent appeal 151 US mansion ago
17:39during world war 2 the battle the Philippine
17:42the one up the campaign larger air Val
17:46during a later mission September 1944
17:49again Japanese your installation playing with here
17:52by anti-aircraft fire by
17:56damage be completed attack then never mile
17:59out the before bailing out rescued by the bring you a
18:04that in back you later returned participated
18:08for the combat operation with water and with rotated
18:11home having completed 58 combat mission
18:15earning thing with flying crop and 3
18:18airmail you remain serving until the end of the war
18:22bien he then entered Yale University
18:25graduating short two and a half years later in 1948
18:29having captained Yale University baseball game
18:33and playing in the first two College World Series and drink business upon
18:37returned attack you later remember the house represented
18:41at you at the map the united nation director
18:45Central Intelligence and ronald reagan by
18:49right ladies and gentlemen it is my great honor and privilege
18:53intruded the Honorable your Herbert Walker Bush
19:33although here
19:34cap great how lucky we are to be were given no
19:43Navy man reminiscing being here in
19:47their money take me back the five-year
19:50another shipyard
19:54up the US said
19:57like care which roommate very
20:01with today and I are preparing to serve in World War two
20:06big with this like phyllis diller
20:10when she said all my friends are dying in alphabetical order
20:13and i’m glad to be here and a few memory
20:18that ever 1943
20:22now for form during help
20:28painter barber here right New York
20:31should come down ceremony with my mother
20:35that week mater and public we’ve done a pretty good job keeping our room at
20:42but by that point there courtship
20:45German Japanese the only people nowhere
20:49marry the other members
20:53Spurs commissioning fact that i won
20:57and Jack by part the biggest
21:01or anything else ever say 660 feet long
21:06and 120 II cap
21:09figure 2b your net this really cannot compare
21:14almost twice 4.5 acre landing
21:18our up story I’m
21:23featured my grand particular
21:27really like that’s right on word her mindboggling
21:31 1400 help
21:35for all up heard
21:38however for all state-of-the-art technology
21:41safety environmental features most important element finally be
21:47form men and women thoroughbred
21:50voting mailer for sitting out there
21:55five years ago preparing to serve aboard
21:58with right up there with red
22:02started my neighbor a aviation
22:05where all our I don’t know if I could
22:10you prepared I do know
22:14you take with hopes dream
22:17every American Karen treatment you take with the
22:22undying respect and admiration entire
22:25just a few moments I would pick art
22:29helping that for what CVN 70
22:32and from that moment on I’m
22:35officially retired many many years you are forming unbroken line
22:41Patriots protecting American character
22:45someone that what remembered
22:49I know you
22:52fine covered parade particularly in the night
22:55 back vendors start
22:58 Matt creation
23:02 bear witness sir
23:12 make no mistake
23:15 work aboard be routinely sometime
23:20 dangers freedom in only be
23:24 help you will make everyday
23:29 you thank you for your service
23:33 like everyone may God bless
23:37 men and women sale

Looking for other Supercarriers? Check those pages!

USS Carl Vinson CVN-70