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U.S.S. CARL VINSON

(CVN-70)

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A Nimitz-class supercarrier launched in 1980 and commissioned in 1982, Carl Vinson calls San Diego her home port. She has participated in many cruises and support missions around the world, deploying frequently to the Middle East and Pacific. There are no plans for her decommissioning at any point in the future.

Deployments

Over her career, Carl Vinson has been involved in the following missions and operations:

  • Participated in RIMPAC
  • Stayed in the Indian Ocean for 107 days until WESTPAC deployment
  • Supported Operation Earnest Will
  • PACEX 1989, which was the largest naval exercise during peacetime since the second World War
  • Operation Desert Strike
  • Exercise Rugged Nautilus
  • Operation Desert Fox and Southern Watch
  • Operation Enduring Freedom
  • Operation Iraqi Freedom

USS Carl Vinson Awards

  • Meritorious Unit Commendation
  • Admiral James H. Flatley Memorial Award, three times
  • Battle “E” Award
  • Featured in the PBS documentary, Carrier
  • Afghan Campaign Medal
  • Marjorie Sterrett Battleship Fund Award

Carl Vinson has played roles in popular culture including:

  • Aircrew and planes featured in the film Top Gun
  • Appeared in the opening scene for the film, The Presidio, as well as the films Stealth and Behind Enemy Lines
  • The Flight Simulator from Microsoft

CVN-70 Deployments - Major Events

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Month Year to Month Year Deployment / Event
JAN1983-JAN1984Mediterranean-Lebanon
MAR1983-OCT1983Homeport Change/ Around the World Cruise
APR1983- Shellback Initiation - 4 APR 1983 - Atlantic Ocean
APR1983-Shellback Initiation - 4 APR 1983 - Atlantic Ocean
APR1983-Shellback Initiation - 28 APR 1983 - Atlantic Ocean
JUL1983- Shellback Initiation - 24 JUL 1983 - Pacific Ocean
APR1984-Shellback Initiation - 19 APR 1984 - Indian Ocean
OCT1984-MAY1985West Pac-Indian Ocean
OCT1984-APR1985West Pac
FEB1985- Shellback Initiation - 2 FEB 1985 - Indian Ocean
MAY1985-Shellback Initiation - 10 MAY 1985 - Indian Ocean
AUG1986-FEB1987West Pac-Indian Ocean
OCT1986- Shellback Initiation - 2 OCT 1986 - Indian Ocean
OCT1986-Shellback Initiation - 2 OCT 1986 - Pacific Ocean
JUN1988-DEC1988West Pac-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
JUL1988-JAN1989west pac deployment
JUL1988- Shellback Initiation - 25 JUL 1988 - Pacific Ocean
JUL1988-Shellback Initiation - 25 JUL 1988 - Pacific Ocean
JUL1988-Shellback Initiation - 25 JUL 1988 - Indian Ocean
JAN1989-DEC1989Alaska
SEP1989-NOV1989Middle Pacific
FEB1990- Shellback Initiation - 14 FEB 1990 - Pacific Ocean
FEB1990-JUL1990West Pac-Indian Ocean
JUN1990- Shellback Initiation - 6 JUN 1990 - Pacific Ocean
JUN1990-Shellback Initiation - 6 JUN 1990 - Pacific Ocean
JUL1990-Shellback Initiation - 18 JUL 1990 - Pacific Ocean
OCT1993- Shellback Initiation - 12 OCT 1993 - Pacific Ocean
FEB1994-AUG1994West Pac-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
JUN1994- Shellback Initiation - 15 JUN 1994 - Indian Ocean
JUN1994-Shellback Initiation - 15 JUN 1994 - Pacific Ocean
APR1996-NOV1996West Pac-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
JUN1996- Shellback Initiation - 15 JUN 1996 - Indian Ocean
JUN1996- Shellback Initiation - 25 JUN 1996 - Indian Ocean
JUN1996-Shellback Initiation - 15 JUN 1996 - Indian Ocean
JUL1996-AUG1996Operation Desert Strike
NOV1998-MAY1999West Pac-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
APR1999-Shellback Initiation - 20 APR 1999 - Pacific Ocean
JUL2001-JAN2002West Pac - IO - Operation Eduring Freedom
DEC2001-Shellback Initiation - 26 DEC 2001 - Pacific Ocean
JAN2003-SEP2003West Pac - IO - Operation Enduring Freedom
JAN2005-AUG2005West Pac-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
MAR2005- Shellback Initiation - 1 MAR 2005 - Pacific Ocean
JAN2010-JAN2010Haitian Earthquake Relief Effort
MAR2010-Shellback Initiation - 8 MAR 2010 - Pacific Ocean
MAR2010- Shellback Initiation - 8 MAR 2010 - Pacific Ocean
DEC2010-JUN2011West Pac
MAY2011-Shellback Initiation - 1 MAY 2011 - Indian Ocean
MAY2011-Shellback Initiation - 12 MAY 2011 - Indian Ocean
JUL2011-Shellback Initiation - 7 JUL 2011 - Atlantic Ocean

CVN-70 General Specifications

Class: Nimitz-class aircraft carrier

Displacement: 101300 tons

Length: 1092 feet

Beam: 252 ft max.; 134 ft at waterlne

Draft: 37 ft

Power Plant: Two (2) nuclear reactors / four (4) sets of turbines / four (4) shafts

Propellers: Four (4) - Each 25 ft dia.

Flank Speed: over 30 knots

Range: Unlimited - Refueled at approx. 25 years of service

Ships Company: approx 3200 Officers and Enlisted

Carrier Air Wing:
- 7 Fixed Wing Squadrons
- 1 Helicoper Squadron
- approx. 2400 Officers and Enlisted