Posts Tagged ‘Aircraft Carrier’

USS George H.W.Bush completes Sea Trials

February 23, 2009

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Northrop Grumman  has completed builder’s sea trials of the nation’s newest and most advanced nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, USS George H. W. Bush (CVN 77).

Builder’s sea trials provide an opportunity to test systems, components and compartments at sea for the first time. The trials also include high-speed runs and a demonstration of the carrier’s other capabilities.

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GW Epitomizes Maritime Strategy During Port Visit to Guam

November 13, 2008
USS George Washington

USS George Washington

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USS George Washington (CVN 73) made its first port visit to Guam as the nation’s only permanently forward-deployed aircraft carrier Oct. 31.

The visiting Nimitz-class carrier and accompanying ships USS Cowpens (CG 63) and USS John S. McCaine (DDG 56), arrived, following participation in the International Fleet Review, which commemorates the foundation of the Korean government and its armed forces.

George Washington replaced USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) earlier this year as the permanently forward-deployed carrier at Yokosuka Naval Base in Yokosuka, Japan.

“This is the first visit to Guam for many of our Sailors as the ship was homeported in Norfolk, Va., before transferring to Japan,” said Lt. David Yang, a George Washington chaplain.

The carrier’s position in the Pacific supports the Navy’s role in the U.S. Maritime Strategy, which highlights the sea services’ core capabilities of forward presence, deterrence, sea control and power projection. The strategy includes international cooperation to enhance maritime security and also embraces faster response in humanitarian assistance.

Yang noted that even as George Washington Sailors strive to protect the nation and help allies, they also want to become a part of the Pacific community. To that end, Sailors from George Washington and Cowpens helped clean and paint local schools and facilities.

“Our Sailors consider it an honor to be able to serve others,” Yang said. “At every port we visit, our Sailors demonstrate their genuine willingness to offer themselves to serve and interact with the local residents.”

Sailors spent a scorching Saturday beautifying local schools and village centers in an effort to build a positive relationship between the carrier group and its new host community.

According to P.C. Lujan Elementary School Principal Jeanette Burch, Sailors from George Washington were helping out at the school by painting hallways, painting classrooms and the parking lot. She and the school staff and students were grateful for the support.

“We need their help,” Burch said. “We want the help.”

Sailors said they were more than happy to lend a hand and were eager for any chance to give back to the island.

“We’re here to help paint the school, to beautify it, to make it more perfect for the students,” said Aviation Ordnance Airman Lemar Williams. “It’s a way to establish a bond between the community and our Sailors, to let them know that we’re here to help.”
Robert Clark (NNS)

Stennis Deploys New ESSM Missiles

October 12, 2008
USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) claimed the first successful hit and kill with the Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile (ESSM) during a Combat System Ship’s Qualification Trials (CSSQT) off the coast of Southern California Oct. 7.

Stennis’ Tactical Action Officer Ens. Clay Cunningham said, “This is the first successful ESSM kill from an aircraft carrier.”

Combat systems department launched the new missiles, the RIM-162 D-1, during a live-fire exercise by engaging drones inbound to Stennis.

“The evaluation team from Port Hueneme [California] said Stennis’ combat systems team performed at the top of the fleet,” said Combat Systems Officer Cmdr. Greg Gaskey.

The ESSM has advantages in range, agility and advanced technology over the RIM-7.

A short-range missile, the ESSM is designed to provide self defense for surface ships. The new missile is launched from the existing NATO Sea Sparrow Launcher.

E.J. Fabrizio (NNS)

George Washington Heads to Sea for First Time as a Part of the FDNF

October 8, 2008
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Naval Calendar 2009

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USS George Washington (CVN 73) headed out to sea from Yokosuka, Japan, Oct. 1, for the first time as the Navy’s only permanently forward deployed aircraft carrier to conduct training and to participate in exercises with regional naval partners.

The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier arrived at Yokosuka Sept. 25, after replacing USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63), which has returned to the United States for decommissioning after spending the last 10 years forward-deployed to Japan.

“The hospitality of our new neighbors in Yokosuka is phenomenal. We were home for only five days, but experienced a month’s worth of welcome!” said George Washington’s Commanding Officer, Capt. J. R. Haley.

“Now we are at sea doing what we trained to do. As the Forward Deployed Naval Force’s (FDNF) carrier, we work with our regional partners in our primary mission – maritime security and stability.”

This underway is significant because it is George Washington’s first operational experience in the region, and its first operations with regional naval partners.

“We obviously want to put our best foot forward while working for the first time with regional navies,” said George Washington’s Operations Officer, Cmdr. Anthony Calandra. “GW brings a substantial upgrade to the support of our regional alliances, and we begin building our operational reputation today.”


Carlos Gomez (NNS)

F-14 Tomcat

September 1, 2008
Tomcat Sunset

Tomcat Sunset

The legendary US Navy F-14 Tomcat fighter jet has retired. Our “Tomcat Sunset” posters and art prints are a fitting farewell to this marvelous aircraft. Find the US Navy F-14 “Tomcat Sunset” gift of your choice at The PatriArt Gallery.

The F-14 Tomcat is a supersonic, twin-engine, variable sweep wing, two-place strike fighter manufactured by Grumman Aircraft Corporation. The multiple tasks of navigation, target acquisition, electronic counter measures (ECM), and weapons employment are divided between the pilot and the radar intercept officer (RIO). Primary missions include precision strike against ground targets, air superiority, and fleet air defense.
As a Strike Fighter, the Tomcat is capable of deploying an assortment of air-to-ground ordnance (MK-80 series GP bombs, LGBs and JDAM) in various configurations, while simultaneously carrying the AIM-7, AIM-9 and AIM-54 air-to-air missiles. The F-14 also has the LANTIRN targeting system that allows delivery of various laser-guided bombs for precision strikes in air-to-ground combat missions and for battle damage assessment. With its Fast Tactical Imagery (FTI) system the F-14 can transmit and receive targeting/reconnaissance imagery in-flight to provide time sensitive strike capability. A number of F-14s also carry the Tactical Air Reconnaissance Pod System (TARPS) providing in-theater tactical reconnaissance.
The F-14 has completed its decommissioning from the U.S. Navy. It was slated to remain in service through at least 2008, but all F-14A and F-14B airframes have already been retired, and the last two squadrons, the VF-31 Tomcatters and the VF-213 Black Lions, both flying the “D” models, arrived for their last fly-in at Naval Air Station Oceana on March 10, 2006. The F-14 Tomcat was officially retired on September 22, 2006 at Naval Air Station Oceana.

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GW Welcomes Nearly 600 New Shipmates From Kitty Hawk

August 20, 2008

USS George Washington (CVN 73) Sailors welcomed nearly 600 new shipmates Aug. 12 as former USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) Sailors reported to their new ship.

Representatives from nearly every shipboard department manned tables in the ship’s hangar bay, streamlining what could have been a very time-consuming check-in process. GW sponsors were on hand to meet the new Sailors and guide them through the line, also helping to fill out necessary paperwork.

Between 150-200 Sailors were able to check in each day, thanks to the “assembly line,” as Senior Chief Personnel Specialist (SW/AW) Daniel Sanchez, GW’s administrative department’s leading chief petty officer, called it.

“It’s geared towards getting Sailors properly checked in as quickly as possible,” Sanchez said.

He said that Sailors were able to complete about 90 percent of the check-in process, as well as meet members of the GW chain of command and some new shipmates, in less than an hour.

“Each department, especially those that gained Sailors, played a huge role in making this successful,” Sanchez said. “However, [our] admin department plays the lead. Sailors have to come through us to ensure that all their paperwork is in line and to get them entered into the ship’s [administrative] system.”

Sanchez said that coordination was the biggest challenge.

“You have so many moving pieces that need to fit together just for one single event,” he said. “You could compare it to planning a concert — you have to book the band, print the tickets, rent a venue and set up chairs. There are a lot of different things to plan for.”

Administrative Department Sailors had a chance to prepare soon after the ship arrived in San Diego in late May. More than 70 new Sailors checked in May 31.

“It did wonders as far as planning,” Sanchez said. “It was definitely a good learning experience for us. We were able to take some information and use it toward this actual cross-deck. There were lessons learned and we got a very good idea of how to make this bigger transition run smoother.”

With a complete crew on board, GW is getting ready to head to Japan as the Navy’s only permanently forward-deployed aircraft carrier.

Dave Reynolds (NNS)

French Sailors Experience Flight Operations Aboard Roosevelt

July 23, 2008

USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) (TR) is conducting carrier qualifications with members of the French Navy during Operation Brimstone July 21-31.

Pilots from the “Tomcatters” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 31 and French navy pilots are learning the value of camaraderie and the true meaning of the term ‘shipmate.’

“Every day we have close air support and air defense missions preparing us for carrier qualifications,” said French Lt. Lebars “Barzy” Stephan, a Rafale pilot assigned to the 12th Fighter Squadron.

“It’s very nice being aboard TR because we are learning to work together as allies so we can fight more efficiently and effectively. For me, it’s also nice to compare the specifics between the F/A-18E Super Hornets and the French Rafale aircraft.”

While working together, the pilots of both navies recognize their similarities.

“It’s been a real treat to have them [the French pilots] around because of the camaraderie and to see the different aspects of their coalition capabilities,” said Lt. Christopher “Buttercup” Jones, a pilot assigned to VFA 31.

“Learning about each other’s cultures helps us with our teamwork. They’re just like us, because at the end of the day, we’re still pilots and we share a lot of things in common, such as terminology, hobbies, and motivational skills.”

Other similarities include how flight operations are controlled and the importance of communications during flight deck operations and carrier qualifications.

“I was called this year to participate in carrier qualifications aboard TR,” said Lt. Cmdr. Yann Beaufils, French Air Boss. “Being an air boss is the same on an American or French aircraft carrier. In the tower, I have direct contact with all the French pilots as they’re flying. Everything is pretty much the same on French and U.S. aircraft carriers. Both our navies are the only ones to operate with these catapults and arresting gear systems on the flight deck.”

During their training, French and U.S. Navy pilots train every day to ensure that TR carrier qualifications run smoothly. It’s good for camaraderie, and also helps instill a sense of pride and teamwork, strengthening allied relationships in training and war-time environments.

Commanded by Capt. Ladd Wheeler, Theodore Roosevelt is the flagship of the Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group (TRSCG). The TRSCG is preparing for a scheduled deployment later this year.


USS Ronald Reagan Helps Philippines Typhoon Victims

July 4, 2008

Three US Navy carrier groups — USS Kitty Hawk, USS Ronald Reagan, and USS Abraham Lincoln — cruise abreast. You can proudly wear this image across your own chest — buy your T-shirt, Golf-Shirt, Sweat-Shirt or Tank at the Military Chest today. Navy Carrier GroupsThe aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) departed the Sulu Sea and the waters around the Philippine island of Panay, July 3, after assisting the Philippine government’s humanitarian relief operation.

Prior to the group’s departure, senior officers of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) thanked the more than 40 members of the strike group’s humanitarian assistance support team in a special ceremony.

“We simply cannot put into words how grateful we are for your operational assistance,” said Gen. Alexander Yano, AFP chief of staff.

“Together, we had a smooth coordination and maximization of our efforts to achieve our objectives of delivering help to typhoon-affected areas. This expeditious support testifies to the longstanding camaraderie between our armed forces.”

At the request of the Philippine government, President George W. Bush ordered the Navy ships to render quick response to assist the AFP in relief efforts to Panay. Staging from the group’s flagship, the Nimitz-class nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), the embarked aircraft of Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 14 provided a heavy lift capability that was vital to transporting food, potable water and medical supplies from Iloilo airport to sites all around the island.

Flying the humanitarian missions were C-2A Greyhound cargo aircraft from Fleet Logistics Squadron 30; HH-60H and SH-60F Seahawk helicopters from Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron 4, embarked aboard Ronald Reagan; SH-60B Seahawk helicopters from Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Light (HSL) 49, embarked aboard the guided-missile cruiser USS Chancellorsville (CG 62), the guided-missile destroyer USS Howard (DDG 83), and the guided-missile frigate USS Thach (FFG 43); and HSL-37 embarked aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Gridley (DDG 101).

Aircrews flew 332 sorties around Panay and delivered more than 519,000 pounds of much-needed supplies to typhoon victims. The four ships with Reagan positioned themselves around the island and served as fueling stations to keep the relief effort moving.

“This was a mission that was tremendously rewarding for our Sailors,” said Rear Adm. Phil Wisecup. “The aircrews flew 20-35 missions per day, sunup to sundown. Our aircraft maintainers worked through the night. Every Sailor in the strike group had a hand in this.

“More importantly, we worked alongside our counterparts from the Armed Forces of the Philippines and brought real help to their people.”

CVW-14 aircrews saw firsthand the devastation of the typhoon. Hundreds drowned in Panay, and thousands were left without clean water or food. The U.S. Navy and AFP personnel formed a quick-action team to get immediate aid to the most affected typhoon victims.

“Seeing the faces of the children when we landed was priceless,” said Chief Aviation Warfare Systems Operator (NAC/AW) Andrew Smith, an HS-4 crew chief who flew for a week straight, delivering rice and water.

“When we got out to deliver the supplies, they were so happy; they just wanted to touch us. It is something I will always remember.”

In addition to the airlifts, Ronald Reagan engineers ventured out into Iloilo and fixed generators that were completely submerged in water and mud, restoring electrical power to two local hospitals. Senior doctors from Reagan’s health services department coordinated with AFP personnel and provincial government officials.

“The entire ship is feeling very good about what we did,” said Capt. Kenneth Norton, Ronald Reagan’s commanding officer. “We were just happy to help.”

Lt. Ron Flanders (NNS)