Carl Vinson Strike Group Departs for Deployment to Western Pacific
More than 6,000 Sailors assigned to Carl Vinson Strike Group ships and units departed the U.S. West Coast, Jan. 4-5, for a regularly scheduled deployment to the Western Pacific. The deployment marks the second time the Carl Vinson Strike Group will operate throughout the Indo- Pacific region under U.S. 3rd Fleet's command and control. The strike group became the first in recent history to demonstrate the command and control construct called Third Fleet Forward when units completed a six-month deployment last year. Ships deploying from U.S.
USS Carl Vinson Arresting Gear Engines Reinstalled
A team from Northrop Grumman Newport News reinstalled USS Carl Vinson's (CVN 70) arresting gear engines into the ship's flight deck, June 6. The arresting gear engines were placed onto the ship's flight deck via cranes at the ship’s new location at Pier 3, completing another major milestone for the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier during its Refueling Complex Overhaul (RCOH) at Northrop Grumman Newport News shipyard. “This has been a total team effort,” said Gray Milteer, aircraft launch and recovery equipment superintendent for Northrop Grumman Newport News. “These are the largest arresting gear components we’ve installed to date, and every trades department has supported this project over the past 18 months.
Carl Vinson Sailors to Test Shipboard Waste Disposal System
Fourteen USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) Sailors returned from a 60-day trip to Montreal, Canada Aug. 30, where they tested, operated, maintained, and evaluated the Plasma Arc Waste Destruction System (PAWDS). PAWDS is a waste disposal tool currently being considered for shipboard use by the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA). The system has been under design and funded by the Navy for more than 12 years. The system can process approximately 6,800 pounds of typical Navy solid waste per day. Testing in Montreal was designed to successfully demonstrate the system's performance for an ongoing period of 60 days, in order to simulate a ship's partial deployment cycle. said Chief Machinist's Mate Ola Lassley, who led the Carl Vinson test group to Montreal.
Two US Navy Jets Crash into The Pacific
The pilot of one of two F/A-18 Hornets that crashed Sept. 12 while operating from USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) is in fair condition and receiving medical treatment aboard the ship. Search efforts continue for the missing pilot. At the time of the incident, USS Carl Vinson was operating in the Western Pacific Ocean approximately 250 nautical miles west of Wake Island. The cause of the crash is under investigation. The ships of the Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group, USS Carl Vinson, USS Bunker Hill…
USS Carl Vinson Refueling and Overhaul Completed
Vinson (CVN 70) five days ahead of schedule. The carrier is undergoing a refueling and complex overhaul (RCOH) at the company's Newport News sector, the nation's sole designer, builder and refueler of nuclear-powered aircraft carriers. Tugboats moved the carrier from dry dock to a shipyard pier on May 9, where it will undergo final outfitting and testing. "Successful completion of the dry dock work and the transitioning of the ship back into the water signifies we're nearing the half-way point of this enormous undertaking and that we are one step closer to bringing the USS Carl Vinson back to life," said Ken Mahler, vice president of aircraft carrier overhaul programs for Northrop Grumman's Newport News sector.
Northrop Grumman Completes Main Mast Installation On USS Carl Vinson
Northrop Grumman completed a significant work performance milestone on the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) with the installation of the final section of the ship's main mast. Northrop Grumman Corporation completed a significant work performance milestone on the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) with the installation of the final section of the ship's main mast on Feb. 21. designer, builder and refueler of nuclear-powered aircraft carriers. island with the latest technology and installing a new main mast. The 70-ton structure provides a platform for radar and communication systems high above the ship for maximum coverage. electrical and piping systems enclosed for survivability purposes. access to all areas by internal ladders.
Northrop Grumman Redelivers USS Carl Vinson
Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) redelivered the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70), to the U.S. Navy July 11. The redelivery follows the completion of a successful three-and-a-half-year evolution known as a refueling and complex overhaul. The project was performed by the company's Shipbuilding sector in Newport News, Va. and was completed within budget. Redelivery also follows successful sea trials. Sea trials are conducted to test systems, components and demonstrate operations at sea.
U.S. Navy Photo: USS Stockdale
(Jan. 4, 2011) The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Stockdale (DDG 106) pulls alongside the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) during a refueling at sea. Carl Vinson and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 17 are on a deployment to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Travis K. Mendoza/Released)
USS Carl Vinson Moves to Northrop Grumman Newport News for RCOH
Sailors from USS Carl Vinson completed the final milestone in the transition of the “Gold Eagle” from the fleet to the shipyard Nov. 11 by moving the “Gold Eagle” from Pier 14 at Naval Station Norfolk to dry dock 11 at Northrop Grumman Newport News shipyard, beginning in earnest the ship's refueling and complex overhaul (RCOH). “The biggest issue the ship faced was the weather and the current,” said Boatswain's Mate 1st Class (SW/AW) James Myles, of Deck Department. Carl Vinson used rudders for steering the ship during the transit to Newport News, which required the crew to not only stay alert, but also be prepared to act at a moment's notice to changes that could take place. “When we arrived at the Newport News shipyard, the ship had to be lined up perfectly,” said Myles.
Eye on the Navy
On Jan. 12, 2009, the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) departed Naval Station Norfolk. Carl Vinson got underway following a four-year refueling and complex overhaul to take part in Southern Seas 2010. After completing Southern Seas, Carl Vinson will change homeport from Norfolk, Va. to San Diego, Calif. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Rafael Martie/Released)
USS Carl Vinson Pilot Ejects Safely at Sea
A pilot safely ejected and was quickly recovered by a helicopter assigned to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 4 aboard USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) while conducting routine flight operations during a transit in the Celebes Sea. The incident occurred as the F/A-18E assigned to Carrier Air Wing 2 was on final approach to Carl Vinson. The incident is currently under investigation. The pilot is being assessed by the medical team aboard Carl Vinson and there are no apparent injuries at this time.
Northrop Grumman Wins USS Carl Vinson Contract
Northrop Grumman Corporation was awarded a planning contract from the U.S. Navy valued at approximately $42 million that will facilitate continued preparations for the overhaul and refueling of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson(CVN 70) scheduled for 2004. This contract is the first modification to one originally awarded in May 2001, bringing the total contract value to date to approximately $52 million. Northrop Grumman's Newport News sector is the prime contractor for this award. Work to be performed under the contract includes advance planning, design, documentation, engineering, material procurement, shipboard inspections, fabrication and preliminary shipyard or support facility work.
Carl Vinson Earns the 2006 Admiral Vern Clark Safety Award
The aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) "Gold Eagle" was awarded the 2006 Admiral Vern Clark Safety award during a ceremony in Washington D.C., April 3. Carl Vinson’s Commanding Officer, Capt. Ted Carter, received the award from the Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV), the Honorable Donald Winter. The award is named after retired Adm. Vern Clark who served as the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) from July 21, 2000, until his retirement July 22, 2005, making his five-year tenure the second longest serving as CNO. The “Gold Eagle” earned the prestigious award for its innovative safety planning directly improving overall safety for the command, as well as the crew’s ability to create a climate where safety consideration is an integral part of the command’s mission.
USS Carl Vinson Readies
Sailors aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) are conducting general quarters (GQ) drills this November after a three-year pause while the ship was undergoing its extensive mid-life overhaul at Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding in Newport News, Va. For Sailors who have served aboard Vinson during its tenure in the shipyard, the implementation of GQ drills signals an imminent return of the aircraft carrier to operational status. Leading the efforts is the ship's Damage Control Assistant, Cmdr. Chris Majors. Now is the time for Vinson's crew to bring themselves to an at-sea state of readiness. GQ drills enhance the ship's ability to be effective as a war-fighting platform.
USS Carl Vinson May Host NCAA Game
According to a report from CNN, officials from the Navy, the NCAA and Morale Entertainment met to discuss staging a major college basketball game on the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson. Source: CNN
Carl Vinson Strike Group Arrives in the Republic of Korea
Aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70), embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2 and Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG 108) arrived in Busan, Republic of Korea (ROK) for a scheduled port visit, March 15. The Carl Vinson Strike Group completed two weeks of routine operations in the South China Sea and will continue on their regularly scheduled Western Pacific deployment after departing Busan. Assets from the USS Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group and…
Vinson Starts Preps for Leaving Dry Dock
USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) is scheduled to leave dry dock in May for a pierside location after spending nearly two years in Dry Dock 11 at Northrop Grumman Newport News shipyard. Lt. Cmdr. Chris Majors, Carl Vinson damage control assistant said placing 90,000 tons of metal in water and expecting it to float is no small feat, but the crew of Carl Vinson is teaming up with Northrop Grumman Newport News shipyard employees to ensure proper preparations are made for the ship's transition to a pierside location. “Getting water on the hull again is going to take a lot of preparation and hard work from our crew,” said Majors. Much of that hard work and expertise by the ship's force will come from the Sailors of Carl Vinson's engineering department.
New British Warship Exercises with US Carrier Group
HMS Daring has been working with the USS Carl Vinson and her impressive air wing of fast jets to test Daring's Sampson radar and control system which allows multiple targets to be tracked over ranges of up to hundreds of miles. That information is fed to the Aster missiles in the silo on the ship's forecastle. With the long-range radar, Daring can track many thousands of air contacts, giving her unprecedented surveillance of huge areas of airspace. HMS Daring, the first of six cutting-edge Type 45 destroyers…
USS Carl Vinson Steps the Mast in Solemn Ceremony
Invoking millennia of maritime and shipbuilding tradition, USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70), currently in drydock at Northrop Grumman Newport News shipyard, stepped its new mast March 6 in a solemn ceremony on the flight deck. The ceremony involved a series of remarks by distinguished guests and culminated in the welding of a commemorative metal plaque to the base of the ship’s new mast. Carl Vinson Commanding Officer Capt. Ted Carter led the ceremony, and introduced its distinguished participants during his opening remarks: Rear Adm. David Architzel, Program Executive Officer for Aircraft Carriers; Ken Mahler, vice president for carrier overhauls at Northrop Grumman Newport News; and retired Capt. Richard Martin, Carl Vinson’s first commanding officer. Rear Adm.
Northrop Grumman Completes Rudder Installation
Northrop Grumman Corporation completed a significant milestone today on the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) with the installation of the ship's rudders. The carrier is undergoing a refueling and complex overhaul at the company's Newport News sector, the nation's sole designer, builder and refueler of nuclear-powered aircraft carriers. An important aspect of this availability includes removing, refurbishing and reinstalling the ship's two rudders. steer the ship from right to left. were inspected, cleaned, painted and re-installed on the ship. began shortly after the ship arrived on Nov. months to complete. overhaul at Northrop Grumman's Newport News sector. only refueling and complex overhaul in a 50-year life span. milestone.
Northrop Grumman Awarded $42M Planning Contract
Northrop Grumman Corporation has been awarded a planning contract from the U.S. Navy valued at approximately $42 million that will facilitate continued preparations for the overhaul and refueling of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson scheduled for 2004. This contract is the first modification to one originally awarded in May 2001, bringing the total contract value to date to approximately $52 million. Northrop Grumman's Newport News sector is the prime contractor for this award. Work to be performed under the contract includes advance planning, design, documentation, engineering, material procurement, shipboard inspections, fabrication and preliminary shipyard or support facility work.
Carl Vinson Strike Group to Western Pacific
Admiral Harry Harris, Commander, U.S. Pacific Command, has directed the Carl Vinson Strike Group to sail north and report on station in the Western Pacific Ocean after departing Singapore April 8. Carl Vinson Strike Group, including Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70), embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2, Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG 108) and USS Michael Murphy (DDG 112), and Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Lake Champlain (CG 57)…
September 11: A Crew Remembers
The shock of the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001 is a feeling that many USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) Sailors have not forgotten. When those tragic attacks on American soil occurred on that fateful day, a wave of emotion swept the country. "I was in school in Alaska, and our principal came in and announced what had happened in New York," said Storekeeper Seaman Harlin Esmailka. "I was shocked, but I also felt more patriotic than ever. The shock Esmailka felt was not uncommon. After the attacks, a wave of new enlistments into the U.S. Armed Forces and displays of patriotic sentiments showed the world that Americans would unite as a people during tragedy. "I knew when the attacks happened that I would serve one day," said Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Equipment) Patrick Cademas.