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U.S.S. CARL VINSON

(CVN-70)

Do it Right the First Time

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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
MAR 1983 - OCT 1983 Homeport Change/ Around the World Cruise
APR 1983 - Shellback Initiation - 28 APR 1983 - Atlantic Ocean
APR 1983 - Shellback Initiation - 4 APR 1983 - Atlantic Ocean
APR 1984 Shellback Initiation - 19 APR 1984 - Indian Ocean
OCT 1984 - MAY 1985 West Pac-Indian Ocean
MAY 1985 - Shellback Initiation - 10 MAY 1985 - Indian Ocean
MAY 1985 - Shellback Initiation - 10 MAY 1985 - Indian Ocean
AUG 1986 - FEB 1987 West Pac-Indian Ocean
OCT 1986 - Shellback Initiation - 2 OCT 1986 - Pacific Ocean
JUN 1988 - DEC 1988 West Pac-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
JUL 1988 - Shellback Initiation - 25 JUL 1988 - Indian Ocean
JUL 1988 - Shellback Initiation - 25 JUL 1988 - Pacific Ocean
JUL 1988 - JAN 1989 west pac deployment
JAN 1989 - DEC 1989 Alaska
SEP 1989 - NOV 1989 Middle Pacific
FEB 1990 - JUL 1990 West Pac-Indian Ocean
JUN 1990 - Shellback Initiation - 6 JUN 1990 - Pacific Ocean
JUL 1990 - Shellback Initiation - 18 JUL 1990 - Pacific Ocean
FEB 1994 - AUG 1994 West Pac-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
JUN 1994 - Shellback Initiation - 15 JUN 1994 - Pacific Ocean
JUN 1994 - Shellback Initiation - 15 JUN 1994 - Pacific Ocean
APR 1996 - NOV 1996 West Pac-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
JUN 1996 - Shellback Initiation - 15 JUN 1996 - Indian Ocean
JUL 1996 - AUG 1996 Operation Desert Strike
NOV 1998 - MAY 1999 West Pac-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
JUL 2001 - JAN 2002 West Pac - IO - Operation Eduring Freedom
DEC 2001 - Shellback Initiation - 26 DEC 2001 - Pacific Ocean
JAN 2003 - SEP 2003 West Pac - IO - Operation Enduring Freedom
JAN 2010 - JAN 2010 Haitian Earthquake Relief Effort
MAR 2010 - Shellback Initiation - 8 MAR 2010 - Pacific Ocean
DEC 2010 - JUN 2011 West Pac
MAY 2011 - Shellback Initiation - 12 MAY 2011 - Indian Ocean
MAY 2011 - Shellback Initiation - 1 MAY 2011 - Indian Ocean
JUL 2011 - 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