U. S. Aircraft Carrier Deployment History

FWFDs from 2000 to Present

Part 1 - 2000 FWFDs

 USS CORAL SEA (CV 43)

Operations Evening Light and Eagle Claw, A Sailors tale of his Tour of duty in the U.S. Navy (August 1977 to February 1983)

 

A Sailors tale of his Tour of duty in the U.S. Navy (August 1977 to February 1983) Operation Evening Light and Eagle Claw - 24 April 1980

 

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Operations Evening Light and Eagle Claw (24 April 1980) Iran and Air Arm History (1941 to Present)

 

Operations Evening Light and Eagle Claw (24 April 1980) Iran and Air Arm History (1941 to 1980)

 

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U. S. Aircraft Carrier Deployment History

FWFDs from 2000 to Present

Part 1 - 2000 FWFDs

Part 2 - 2001 to 2002 FWFDs

Part 3 - 2003 to 2004 FWFDs

Part 4 - 2005 to 2006 FWFDs

Part 5 - 2007 to 2008 FWFDs

Part 6 - 2009 FWFDs

Part 7 - 2010 FWFDs

Part 8 - 2011 FWFDs

Part 9 - 2012 to 2013 FWFDs

Part 10 - 2014 to 2015 FWFDs

Part 11 - 2016 to 2017 FWFDs

Part 12 - 2018 to 2019 FWFDs

Part 13 - 2020 to 2021 FWFDs

Part 14 - 2022 to 2023 FWFDs

 

Commissioned U. S. Aircraft Carriers Status illustrates U. S. commissioned and active aircraft carriers overhauls nearing a year or longer, limiting carriers deployments from 2000 to 2016 to Present.

 

U.S. commissioned and active aircraft carriers from 2004 to 2012 to Present, further illustrates that to rely on an eleven aircraft carrier fleet reduces deployments due to upkeep periods, upgrade, major overhaul, PSA, SRA, ESRA, DSRA, EDSRA, PIA, DPIA, COH, RCOH, shipyard sea trials, Inspection and Survey (INSURV), combat systems ship's qualification trial (CSSQT), Tailored Ship's Training Availability (TSTA), underway training exercises, Carrier Qualifications (CQ), Fleet Replacement Squadron Carrier Qualifications, Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX), Joint Task Force Exercise (JTFEX) and sustainment exercise (SUSTAINEX).

 

Once an aircraft carrier completes its JTFEX and or SUSTAINEX, its ready for deployment while in several instances carriers conducted there JATEX at the beginning of a deployment, while USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75) in support of Summer Pulse 04, as one of seven carriers worldwide to participate in the exercise, which demonstrated the Navys Fleet Response Plan and took part in Exercise Majestic Eagle, the culmination of Summer Pulse '04 which is the Navy's first deployment under its new FRP, underway in the Western Atlantic from 2 to 20 June 2004 conducted COMPTUEX (Composite Unit Training Exercises) (2 June to 25 July 2004) but did not conduct JTFEX as well as USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) (Ref. 76).

 

On 29 May 2003, USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) with CVW-8 embarked arrived Norfolk, Virginia, with Captain Richard J. OHanlon, USN in command, ending her Caribbean Sea voyage where she conducted COMPTUEX (Composite Training Unit Exercise) operating with the United States Atlantic Command (Atlantic Fleet) under the direction of the 2nd Fleet, her eighth Mediterranean Sea deployment (14th voyage) operating with the 6th Fleet in support of her 1st Operation Iraqi Freedom, operating under the direction of the U.S. Naval Forces Central Command, operational control extends to the Indian Ocean following the war with Iraq (Operation Desert Storm), with the Commander, 7th Fleet, serving as naval component commander for Central Command. Her ninth deployment since her commission at the Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Co., Newport News, Virginia on 25 October 1986 (6 January to 4 February 2003" (Ref. 72, 76, 383 & 455).

 

USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) made her last deployment before she underwent a 10-month maintenance and upgrade program by Planned Incremental Availability (PIA) at Norfolk Naval Station (NNSY), Portsmouth, Virginia from 18 February to 15 October 2004, from 6 January to 29 May 2003, operating out of Norfolk, Virginia with Commander, Carrier Group Eight, Rear Adm. John C. Harvey Jr. serving as Immediate Superior-in-Command for the Theodore Roosevelt Battle Group, comprised of Carrier Air Wing 8 and Commander, Destroyer Squadron 2 (CDS 2), with Captain Richard J. OHanlon, USN in command, on her Caribbean Sea voyage where she conducted COMPTUEX (Composite Training Unit Exercise) operating with the United States Atlantic Command (Atlantic Fleet) under the direction of the 2nd Fleet, which turned into her eighth Mediterranean Sea deployment (14th voyage) operating with the 6th Fleet in support of her 2nd Operation Enduring Freedom and her 1st Operation Iraqi Freedom, operating under the direction of the U.S. Naval Forces Central Command (Ref. 72, 76, 84A & 382).

 

Aircraft Carriers have operated in Seas and Oceans to include the bodies of water in the AtlanticMediterranean Sea, Red Sea, Arabian Sea and Persian Gulf (Arabian Gulf North Arabian Sea), Indian Ocean, Eastern and Western Pacific Oceans, while both east and west coast deployments often operated under the direction of the U.S. Naval Forces Central Command and US Naval Forces Central Command and 5th Fleet,  participating in Maritime Security Operations (MSO), Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF), the multi-national coalition effort to liberate the Iraqi people, eliminate Iraq's weapons of mass destruction, and end the regime of Saddam Hussein continues, beginning on 20 March 2003 to 2011, with the firing of Tomahawk missiles from U.S. ships in the Arabian Gulf and Red Sea, operating under operational control of the US Naval Forces Central Command and 5th Fleet, Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF), the "military response to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States, commencing on 7 October 2001, operating under operational control of the US Naval Forces Central Command and 5th Fleet, headquartered in Manama, Bahrain in July 1995, moving ashore in Bahrain in 1993, while their former head quarters, USS LA SALLE departed for overhaul and reassignment, and the 5th Fleet, reactivated with operational control of the Persian Gulf, Red Sea, and Arabian Sea, while U.S. Naval Forces Central Command operational control extends to the Indian Ocean following the war with Iraq (Operation Desert Storm), with the Commander, 7th Fleet, serving as naval component commander for Central Command, with the beginning of Operation Southern Watch commencing 26 August 1992, (when President George H. W. Bush announced that the United States and its allies had informed Iraq that in 24 hours Allied aircraft would fly surveillance missions in southern Iraq and were prepared to shoot down any Iraqi aircraft flying south of the 32nd parallel, while President George Bush declared Kuwait had been liberated at 9 p.m. EST 27 February 1992, flight operations ending at midnight), with Operation Desert Storm commencing in the early morning hours of 17 January 1991 until 27 February 1992, when President George Bush declared Kuwait had been liberated and Operation Desert Storm would end at midnight) and Operation Desert Shield commencing 2 August 1990 (Iraqi occupation of Kuwait).

  

Beginning in December 1995, US and allied nations deployed peacekeeping forces to Bosnia in support of Operation Joint Endeavor. Task Force Eagle, comprised of 20,000 American soldiers, is implementing the military elements of the Dayton Peace Accords in support of Operation Joint Endeavor. This operation marked the first commitment of forces in NATO's history as well as the first time since World War II that American and Russian soldiers have shared a common mission. Today, thousands of people are alive in Bosnia because of these soldiers' service.

 

In the first three months of Operation Joint Endeavor operations, Air Force mobility forces flew 3,000 missions, carried over 15,600 troops and delivered more than 30,100 short tons of cargo. These statistics reflect the presence of the C-17, which was systematically employed in a major contingency for the first time. The limited airfield at Tuzla, was the major port of debarkation in Bosnia-Herzegovina. During the first critical month of operations, the C-17 flew slightly more than 20 percent of the missions into Tuzla but delivered over 50 percent of the cargo (Ref. 456).

 

War in Iraq will be called 'Operation New Dawn' to reflect reduced U.S. role

 

The Obama administration has decided to give the war in Iraq a new name -- "Operation New Dawn" -- to reflect the reduced role U.S. troops will play in securing the country this year as troop levels fall, according to a memo from Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates. Since U.S. forces charged across the Kuwaiti border toward Baghdad in 2003, the war has been known as Operation Iraqi Freedom. The new name is scheduled to take effect in September, when U.S. troop levels are supposed to drop to about 50,000. The change is intended to send a message that the U.S. military's combat role in Iraq is rapidly drawing to a close. In the Feb. 17 memo, Gates wrote to Gen. David H. Petraeus, the top commander for the region, that the name change seeks to "recognize our evolving relationship with the Government of Iraq." Such name changes are not unusual. The name of the 1991 Persian Gulf War changed as the mission changed, from Operation Desert Shield to Operation Desert Storm and then finally to Operation Southern Watch and Operation Northern Watch. The name change for the current conflict was first reported by ABC News, which posted the memo on its Web site. A Pentagon spokesman confirmed the decision (Ref. By Greg Jaffe - Friday, February 19, 2010, Associated Press).

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/02/18/AR2010021805888.html

 

Commissioned U. S. Aircraft Carriers Status illustrates U. S. commissioned and active aircraft carriers as a result of overhauls nearing a year or longer, limiting carriers deployments from 2004 to 2015.

 

U.S. commissioned and active aircraft carriers from 2004 to 2012, further illustrates that to rely on an eleven aircraft carrier fleet reduces deployments due to upkeep periods, upgrade, major overhaul, PSA, SRA, ESRA, DSRA, EDSRA, PIA, DPIA, COH, RCOH, shipyard sea trials, Inspection and Survey (INSURV), combat systems ship's qualification trial (CSSQT), Tailored Ship's Training Availability (TSTA), underway training exercises, Carrier Qualifications (CQ), Fleet Replacement Squadron Carrier Qualifications, Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX), Joint Task Force Exercise (JTFEX) and sustainment exercise (SUSTAINEX).

 

Once an aircraft carrier completes its JTFEX and or SUSTAINEX, its ready for deployment while in several instances carriers conducted there JATEX at the beginning of a deployment, while USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75) in support of Summer Pulse 04, as one of seven carriers worldwide to participate in the exercise, which demonstrated the Navys Fleet Response Plan and took part in Exercise Majestic Eagle, the culmination of Summer Pulse '04 which is the Navy's first deployment under its new FRP, underway in the Western Atlantic from 2 to 20 June 2004 conducted COMPTUEX (Composite Unit Training Exercises) (2 June to 25 July 2004) but did not conduct JTFEX as well as USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) (Ref. 76).

 

On 29 May 2003, USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) with CVW-8 embarked arrived Norfolk, Virginia, with Captain Richard J. OHanlon, USN in command, ending her Caribbean Sea voyage where she conducted COMPTUEX (Composite Training Unit Exercise) operating with the United States Atlantic Command (Atlantic Fleet) under the direction of the 2nd Fleet, her eighth Mediterranean Sea deployment (14th voyage) operating with the 6th Fleet in support of her 1st Operation Iraqi Freedom, operating under the direction of the U.S. Naval Forces Central Command, operational control extends to the Indian Ocean following the war with Iraq (Operation Desert Storm), with the Commander, 7th Fleet, serving as naval component commander for Central Command. Her ninth deployment since her commission at the Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Co., Newport News, Virginia on 25 October 1986 (6 January to 4 February 2003" (Ref. 72, 76, 383 & 455).

 

USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) made her last deployment before she underwent a 10-month maintenance and upgrade program by Planned Incremental Availability (PIA) at Norfolk Naval Station (NNSY), Portsmouth, Virginia from 18 February to 15 October 2004, from 6 January to 29 May 2003, operating out of Norfolk, Virginia with Commander, Carrier Group Eight, Rear Adm. John C. Harvey Jr. serving as Immediate Superior-in-Command for the Theodore Roosevelt Battle Group, comprised of Carrier Air Wing 8 and Commander, Destroyer Squadron 2 (CDS 2), with Captain Richard J. OHanlon, USN in command, on her Caribbean Sea voyage where she conducted COMPTUEX (Composite Training Unit Exercise) operating with the United States Atlantic Command (Atlantic Fleet) under the direction of the 2nd Fleet, which turned into her eighth Mediterranean Sea deployment (14th voyage) operating with the 6th Fleet in support of her 2nd Operation Enduring Freedom and her 1st Operation Iraqi Freedom, operating under the direction of the U.S. Naval Forces Central Command (Ref. 72, 76, 84A & 382).

 

In the case of USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) 2009 deployment, the carrier conducted sustainment exercise (SUSTAINEX) rather then JTFEX while USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69) conducted Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX) underway in the Western Atlantic from 6 to 27 January 2009, preceded by an underway period in the Western Atlantic conducting Tailored Ships Training Availability (TSTA) and Final Evaluation Problem (FEP) off the coast of Virginia and North Carolina from 17 September to 9 October 2008; prior to her recent deployment with CVW-7 embarked departing Norfolk, Va. on 21 February 2009, with Captain Dee Mewbourne commanding and Commanded by Rear Adm. Kurt W. Tidd, commander, Carrier Strike Group (CCSG) 8; for a regularly scheduled deployment in support of ongoing, worldwide operations, on her 11th Mediterranean Sea deployment (18th & 19th voyage) operating with the 6th Fleet, steaming through the North Atlantic operating with the United States Atlantic Command (Atlantic Fleet) under the direction of the 2nd Fleet en route to the Mediterranean conducting, on third North Arabian Sea deployment in support of her 2nd Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF), the "military response to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States, commencing on 7 October 2001, providing close air support and reconnaissance to International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) troops on the ground in Afghanistan, Maritime Infrastructure Protection (MIR) exercise with a number of regional nations maritime forces, her 2nd Maritime Security Operations (MSO) and Theater Security Cooperation (TSC) and crisis response development, to ensure that ships could "operate freely while transiting the world's oceans" during the Global War on Terrorism, operating under operational control of the US Naval Forces Central Command and 5th Fleet. Ike steamed through the Atlantic and the Mediterranean Sea on, her 18th voyage in the Med, making her 13th Suez Canal transit, 12th Red Sea voyage and 11th Gulf of Aden voyage en route to the Arabian Sea on her 17th voyage in the Arabian Sea and upon return will steam from the Arabian Sea (18th voyage) en route to the Gulf of Aden (12th voyage) and through the Bab el Mandeb by westerly and northerly courses and enter the Red Sea, on her 12th Red Sea voyage (1st one on a deployment), making her 14th Suez Canal transit to the Mediterranean Sea operating with the 6th Fleet, her 19th voyage in the Med, steaming through the Atlantic on her way home (21 February to 30 July 2009) (Ref. 44, 47, 72, 76, 84A, 383 & 383B).

 

As of 2009, Dwight D. Eisenhower Strike Group is comprised of Commander Rear Adm. Kurt W. Tidd,, Commander, Carrier Strike Group (CCSG) 8 (CCSG 8), Carrier Air Wing CVW-7; the staff of Commodore Captain Mark Sedlacek, Commander, Destroyer Squadron 28 (CDS 28), with its assigned ships USS Bainbridge (DDG-96) and USS Halyburton (FFG 40); the fast attack submarine USS Scranton (SSN-576); and the Mayport, Florida-based ships USS Vicksburg (CG-69) and USS Gettysburg (CG-64).

 

The squadrons of CVW-7 include the "Jolly Rogers" of VFA-103, "Rampagers" of VFA-83, "Stingers" of VFA-113, "Wildcats " of VFA-131, "Bluetails" of Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 121, "Patriots" of Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron (VAQ) 140, "Rawhides" of Carrier Logistics Support (VRC) 40 and the "Nightdippers" of Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron (HS) 5 (Ref. 72, 76, 84A & 373).

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USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) with CVW-14 and Rear Adm. Scott Hebner, Commander, Carrier Strike Group Seven embarked, who relieved Rear Admiral James P. Wisecup on 27 October 2008, while on deployment in the 7th Fleet Area of Operations departed San Diego, Calif. on 28 May 2009, as hundreds of friends and family members gathered pierside, with Captain Kenneth J. Norton commanding, who assumed command  May 2, 2008; on her fourth Westpac in support of national and theater cooperative security commitments in the western Pacific, and Indian Ocean in support of the global war on terrorism, on her 2nd North Arabian Sea deployment in support of her 3rd Operation Enduring Freedom and 3rd Maritime Security Operations (MSO), operating under operational control of the US Naval Forces Central Command and 5th Fleet, while her third deployment she underwent her 2nd Operation Enduring Freedom and 2ndMaritime Security Operations (MSO) on her 1st North Arabian Sea deployment. She will under go her fourth deployment since her commission having completed an underway period off the coast of Southern California from 26 March to 21 April 2009, conducting Fleet Replacement Squadron Carrier Qualifications from 16 to 20 April 2009; preceded by sustainment exercise (SUSTAINEX) in the Eastern Pacific from 11 to 25 March 2009, along with embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 14, the guided-missile cruiser USS Chancellorsville (CG-62), the guided-missile destroyers USS Howard (DDG-83) and USS Gridley (DDG-101) and the guided-missile frigate USS Thach (FFG-43). SUSTAINEX is the last coordinated exercise involving the ships of Carrier Strike Group 7 prior to its upcoming deployment later this year, returning to San Diego, Ca. on 26 March 2009. Prior to March Ronald Regan conducted Fleet Replacement Squadron Carrier Qualifications off the coast of Southern California from 17 to 25 February 2009, returning to San Diego, Ca. on 26 February 2009. Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 129 also trained instructor pilots to aid the transition from EA-6B Prowler to EA-18G Growler while underway with Ronald Reagan. This marks the first landing of VAQ 129's Growlers aboard an aircraft carrier. The carrier joins the other ships of its strike group which departed the day prior. She will under go her fifth deployment since her first deployment during Summer Pulse 04 when departed Norfolk, Virginia on an inner fleet transfer from the east coast, arriving  at her new homeport in San Diego, California 23 July 2004, operating with the Pacific Fleet, ending her Western & Southern Atlantic and Southern & Eastern Pacific deployment around the Cape Horn operating with the United States Atlantic Command (Atlantic Fleet) under the direction of the 2nd Fleet on an inner fleet transfer from the east coast stationed at Norfolk, Virginia and Summer Pulse 04 and Homeport change. Underway in the Western Atlantic from 27 May to 3 June 2004 and the Southern Atlantic from 4 to 8 June 2004, Captain James Symonds presented the flag that draped the former President Reagans casket, which was also the one that flew over Capitol Hill on January 20, 1981, when the president was inaugurated, to Mrs. Reagan, as well as the flag that flew over the Ronald Reagan when the former president died on 5 June 2004, eleven months after the commissioning of Ronald Reagan. Ronald Reagan departed San Diego, California to participate in Joint Task Force Exercise (JTFEX) 08-5 off the coast of Southern California commencing on 11 April to 21 April 2008, returning to San Diego, California on the 22nd , the exercise is designed to be a realistic exercise in real-world operations and the operational challenges faced by U.S. forces in cooperation with coalition militaries and was the final step in preparing the Ronald Reagan Strike Group for its third deployment and tested the group's ability to plan and execute the Navy's Maritime Strategy alongside other U.S. and coalition forces in complex, hostile warfighting environments. "JTFEX is a graduate-level exercise to ensure Ronald Reagan and Carrier Air Wing 14 will be ready to take the fight to our enemies when called upon," said Capt. Terry Kraft, Ronald Reagan's commanding officer at that time. Ronald Reagan completed Joint Task Force Exercise (JTFEX) 08-5 off the coast of Southern California from 11 to 21 April 2008, returning to San Diego, California 22 April 2008. Ronald Reagan conducted Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX) off the coast of Southern California from 17 March to 7 April 2008; conducted Fleet Replacement Squadron Carrier Qualifications (FRSCQ) off the coast of Southern California from 9 to 12 March 2008, returning to San Diego, Calif.; underway in the Eastern Pacific from 10 to 14 February 2008, returning to San Diego, Calif.; underway in the Eastern Pacific from 8 to 10 January 2008, visited Santa Barbara from 11 to 13 January 2008, underway in the Eastern Pacific on 14 January 2008, returned to San Diego, Calif. on 15 January 2008; conducted Tailored Ship's Training Availability (TSTA) off the coast of Southern California from 27 November to 17 December 2007, returning to San Diego, California 18 December 2007; conducted "Friends and Family Day Cruise" on 11 November 2007; conducted flight deck certification in the Eastern Pacific from 5 to 8 November 2007. Ronald Reagan and embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 14 operated in the 5th Fleet AOR for more than two months, providing 30 percent of all air support to U.S. and coalition ground forces in Afghanistan. In total, they flew more than 1,600 sorties in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Ships of the Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group were also vital in counterpiracy operations off of Somalia and the Horn of Africa, and MSO to include protecting vital Iraqi infrastructure in the North Arabian Gulf. Additionally, Ronald Reagan's Sailors participated in 50 community relations (COMREL) projects during port visits to Singapore, Dubai, United Arab Emirates and Phuket, Thailand. "This is the finest team of Sailors I've been fortunate to call shipmates," said Rear Adm. Scott Hebner, commander, CSG 7. "I could not be more proud of each and every Sailor and their families. The Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group has been pretty busy the last few years, executing missions across the capabilities of our National Maritime Strategy--and answering the call with impressive results every time." "Every single Sailor knew how vital the mission was to accomplish," said Capt. Kenneth Norton, Ronald Reagan's commanding officer. "Because they understood, regardless of their operational tempo, they performed the mission, not just to get it done, but to get it done well. They're selfless. Everybody did their job well to provide service to our Marines, Sailors, Soldiers and Airmen in Afghanistan." Her fifth deployment since her commission (28 May 2009 to 21 October 2009) (Ref. 72, 76, 84A & 373).

 

"I'm proud of these Sailors, and I'm proud of their families - proud of their commitment, their excellence and their dedicated service," said Rear Adm. Scott Hebner, commander, Carrier Strike Group 7. "They understand the importance of their mission and the challenges ahead of them - they have worked hard, and they are ready (Ref. 72, 76, 84A & 373).

 

Ports of call: Pearl Harbor, Hawaii; Changi Naval Base, Singapore; Jebel Ali, UAE; Phuket, Thailand and Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.

 

As of 2008, the squadrons of CVW-14 include the "Fighting Redcocks" of VFA-22 (FA-18F); "Fist of the Fleet" of VFA-25 (FA-18C(N)); "Stingers" of VFA-113 (FA-18C(N)); "Eagles" of VFA-115 (FA-18E); "Black Eagles" of Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 113 (E-2C Hawkeye 2000 NP); "Cougars" of Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron (VAQ) 139 (EA-6B); "Providers" of Carrier Logistics Support (VRC) 30 DET.1 (C-2A) and the "Black Knights" of Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron (HS) 4 (SH-60F/HH-60H).

 

The Ronald Reagan Strike Group is comprised of Rear Adm. Scott Hebner, Commander, Carrier Strike Group Seven (CCSG 7), CVW-14, Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 7 (CDS 7) the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76), the guided-missile cruiser USS Chancellorsville (CG-62), which include the guided-missile destroyers USS Decatur (DDG-73), USS Howard (DDG-83) and USS Gridley (DDG-101), and the guided missile frigate USS Thach (FFG-43). A detachment from Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit (EODMU) 11 will also be embarked aboard the carrier.

 

Often deployments of aircraft carriers extend into the next year operating out of the east coast, west coast and Japan where USS George Washington (CVN-73) is forward deployed relieving USS Kitty hawk (CV-43) of her duties as a forward deployed aircraft carrier out side the U. S. on her final deployment and home port transfer from Yokosuka, Japan to Bremerton, Washington via San Diego, Calif., where she was relieved by George Washington from 7 to 27 August 2008 and CVW-5 was disembarked from Kitty Hawk and embarked onboard George Washington  before steaming to Bremerton where she decommissioned on 31 January 2009, arriving on 7 August 2008, she participated in the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2008 Exercise after departing Japan on 28 May 2008.

 

On 9 September 2011, USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) with CVW-14 and Rear Adm. Thomas J. Rowden, Commander, Carrier Strike Group Seven (CCSG 7) embarked arrived Naval Air Station, North Island (NASNI), San Diego, California 2 February 2011, with Captain Thom Burke as Commanding Officer, in company with DESRON 7 staff and ships, her fifth WestPac deployment in support of Operation Tomodachi, which is a Japanese word meaning "friend," a joint U.S.-Japan mission to provide humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HADR) to the victims of a magnitude 9.0 earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan March 11, departing the Southern California area of operations for regularly scheduled deployment upon conclusion of Joint Task Force Exercise (JTFEX) and pre-deployment training off the coast of Southern California, on her 4th Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF), the "military response to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States, commencing on 7 October 2001, New Dawn and 3rd Maritime Security Operations (MSO), supporting operations that are focused on reassuring regional partners of the United States' commitment to security, which promotes stability and global prosperity ain the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility. Her seventh Foreign Water Fleet Deployment (FWFD) since her commission (2 February to 9 September 2011) (Ref. 72, 76, 84A, 373).

 

As a forward deployed carrier, aircraft carrier deployments during the seasons of each year referred to as Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter underway periods while in some cases refereed to as a WestPac or Arabian/Persian Gulf deployments, which become Foreign Water fleet deployments when the carrier visits foreign ports or operate for extended periods out side waters of Japan for a month or longer.

 

2000 EAST and WEST COAST DEPLOYMENTS - Includes Florida

 

2000 U.S. Atlantic (Second & Sixth Fleets) U.S. Pacific Fleet (Third and Seventh Fleets) and the US Naval Forces Central Command and 5th Fleet Aircraft Carrier Deployments Includes Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) Red Sea, Arabian Sea and Persian Gulf (Arabian Gulf), North Arabian Sea, Indian Ocean, Eastern and Western Pacific Oceans, while both east and west coast deployments often operated under the direction of the U.S. Naval Forces Central Command and 5th Fleet, participating in Operation Southern Watch, with the Commander, 7th Fleet, serving as naval component commander for Central Command.

 

The US Navy's 1999 Pacific Fleet and Seventh Fleet Aircraft Carriers deployments and Carriers from both West and East coast, resulted in one CV extending into 2000, operating under the direction of the U.S. Naval Forces Central Command and 5th Fleet, participating in Operation Southern Watch, operating under operational control of the US Naval Forces Central Command and 5th Fleet, with the Commander, 7th Fleet, serving as naval component commander for Central Command are as follows:

 

AIRCRAFT CARRIER

DEP

AIR WING

T.C.

DEPART

RETURN

Days at  Sea

USS John F. Kennedy (CV-67) -2nd, 6th, Central Command & 5th (3rd Persian Gulf & 6th & 7th North Arabian Sea)

 

Lant

16th Med

9th Suez Canal

9th Red Sea

7th Gulf of Aden

6th North Arabian Sea

Gulf of Oman

Strait of Hormuz

3rd Persian Gulf

Strait of Hormuz

Gulf of Oman 7th North Arabian Sea

8th Gulf of Aden

10th Red Sea

10th Suez Canal

Med

Lant

CVW-1

AB

17 Sep 1999

19 Mar 2000

Europe Middle East

Iraq no Fly Zone

Persian Gulf

21st FWFD

185-day

Exercises Frisian Flag 99, Bright Star 1999 and 2nd Operation Southern Watch

 

Ports of call include: Malta, officially the Republic of Malta, is a Southern European island country comprising an archipelago in the Mediterranean Sea; Al Aqaba Jordan, the only coastal city of Jordan, strategically located at the northeastern tip of the Red Sea; Manama, Bahrain, a small island country situated near the western shores of the Persian Gulf; Jebel Ali, United Arab Emirates, Jebel Ali (Arabic: جبل علي‎) is a port town, located 35 kilometers (22 mi) southwest of the city of Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. The Port of Jebel Ali is situated in Jebel Ali; Dubai x 2 Dubai (/duːˈbaɪ/ doo-BY; Arabic: دبي Dubayy, Gulf pronunciation: [dʊˈbɑj]) is the most populous city in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).[4] It is located on the southeast coast of the Persian Gulf and is one of the seven emirates that make up the country; Barcelona, Spain, the capital of Catalonia and the second largest city in Spain and Malaga, a city and a municipality, capital of the Province of Mlaga, in the Autonomous Community of Andalusia, Spain, (/ˌndəˈluːsiəˌ -ziəˌ -ʒⁱə/; Spanish: Andaluca [andaluˈθi.a, -si.a]) is a south-western European region established as an autonomous community of the Kingdom of Spain; Tarragona, Spain, (English /ˌtɑːrəˈɡoʊnə/, Catalan: [tərəˈɣonə], Spanish: [taraˈɣona]; Phoenician: טַרְקוֹן, Tarqon; Latin: Tarraco) is a port city located in the north-east of Spain on the Mediterranean Sea and Bermuda /bɜːrˈmjuːdə/, also referred to in legal documents as, fully, "the Bermudas or Somers Isles",[6][7][8][9] is a British Overseas Territory in the North Atlantic Ocean, located off the east coast of North America. Its nearest landmass is Cape Hatteras, United States, about 1,070 km (665 mi) to the west-northwest. It is about 1,236 km (768 mi) south of Cape Sable Island, Canada, and 1,578 km (981 mi) north of Puerto Rico. Its capital city is Hamilton.

 

Squadrons: VF-102, F-14B; VMFA-251, FA-18C(N); VFA-82, FA-18C(N); VFA-86; FA-18C; VAQ-137, EA-6B; VAW-123, E-2C; HS-11, SH-60F/HH-60H; VS-32, S-3B and VRC-40 Det. 2, C-2A.

 

USS John F. Kennedy (CVA-67) battle group included guided missile cruiser USS Monterey (CG-61); guided misle detroyers USS McFaul (DDG-74), USS Carney (DDG-64); USS The Sullivans (DDG-68); destroyers USS John Hancock (DD-981); destroyer USS Spruance (DD-963); guided missile frigates USS Underwood (FFG-36); and USS Taylor (FFG-50) and USS Scranton (SSN-756); USS Jacksonville (SSN-699) and USS Seattle (AOE-3).

*East coast

Ref. U. S. Navy Deployment History Resources

 

2000 U.S. Atlantic (Second & Sixth Fleets) U.S. Pacific Fleet (Third and Seventh Fleets) and the US Naval Forces Central Command and 5th Fleet Aircraft Carrier Deployments with east coast carriers, operating under the direction of the U.S. Naval Forces Central Command and 5th Fleet, participating in Operation Southern Watch, with the Commander, 7th Fleet, serving as naval component commander for Central Command are as follows:

 

AIRCRAFT CARRIER

DEP

AIR WING

T.C.

DEPART

RETURN

Days at  Sea

USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74) Pacific Fleet, 7th, 5th & Central Command (2nd Arabian/Persian Gulf dep. (3rd & 4th Arabian Sea voyage))

1st WestPac

1st IO

2nd & 3rd IO voyage

2nd OSW

2nd MIO

CVW-9

NG

7 Jan 2000

3 Jul 2000

Middle East

Iraq no Fly Zone

Persian Gulf

2nd FWFD

2nd Operation Southern Watch, enforcing the no-fly zone south of the 32nd parallel in Iraq and 2nd Maritime Interdiction Operations (MIO) in support of UN Resolutions and sanctions against Iraq.

 

John C. Stennis normally operates as the centerpiece of a Carrier Battle Group commanded by a flag officer embarked and consists of four to six other ships and is composed of Carrier Wing 9; Destroyer Squadron 21 and surface and subsurface vessels consisting of the guided-missile cruisers USS Lake Champlain (CG-57) and USS Port Royal (CG-73); guided-missile destroyers USS Russel (DDG-59) and USS Elliot (DD-967); destroyer USS Caron (DD-970); guided-missile frigate USS Rentz (FFG-46); replenishment ship USS Bridge (AOE-10); and attack submarines USS Asheville (SSN-758) and USS Jefferson City (SSN-759). Amphibious Squadron 3 was assigned in 2000.

USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69)

2nd, 6th, 5th, Central Command & 7th (4th Arabian / Persian Gulf dep., 5th voy. & 9th

& 10th Arabian Sea voy.)

NorLant

10h Med

Adriatic Sea 9th Suez Canal

3rd OSW

10th Suez Canal

Med

NorLant

CVW-7

AG

18 Feb 2000

18 Aug 2000

Europe

Middle East

Bosnia-Herzegovina

Iraq no Fly Zone

Persian Gulf

17th FWFD

177-days

"Millennium Cruise"

Operation Deliberate Forge, principally to support NATO air operations for Stabilization Force (SFOR) in the war-torn Bosnia-Herzegovina region developed by Allied planners, Exercises Juniper Stallion, Jack Howl and Noble Suzanne, her 3rd Operation Southern Watch, enforcing the no-fly zone south of the 32nd parallel in Iraq and Indigo Anvil, an exercise with the Saudi Arabians.

 

Ports of call included: St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands; Souda Bay, Crete, Greece; Corfu, Greece; Trieste, Italy; Dubrovnik, Croatia; Antalya, Turkey; Haifa, Israel; Bahrain; Jebel Ali, U.A.E.; Lisbon, Portugal and Mayport, Florida.

 

Squadrons: VF-143, Pukin' Dogs, Fighter Squadron, F-14B; VF-11, Red Rippers, Fighter Squadron, F-14B; VFA-136, Knight Hawks, Strike Fighter Squadron, FA-18C(N) / NFA-18C; VFA-131, Wildcats, Strike Fighter Squadron, A-6E / A6-E/KA-6D; VAQ-140, Tactical Electronics Warfare Squadron, EA-6B; VAW-121, Bluetails, Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron, E-2C; HS-5, Night Dippers, Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron, SH-3H; VS-31, Top Cats, Air Anti-Submarine Squadron, S-3B and VRC-40 Det. Rawhides, Fleet Logistics, Support Squadron, C-2A.

 

USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69) Strike group comprised of Carrier Air Wing 7, Cruiser-Destroyer Group 8, and Destroyer Squadron 26, consisting of the guided-missile cruisers USS Anzio (CG-68) and USS Port Royal (CG-73); guided-missile frigate USS Laboon (DDD-58) and USS Mahan (DDG-72); guided-missile frigates USS Kauffman (FFG-59) and replenishment ships USS Kanawha (T-AO-196 ) and USS Mount Baker (T-AE-34); attack submarine USS Hartford (SSN-768) and USS Springfied (SSN 761). Amphibious Squadron 8 was assigned in 2000.

USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) 7th

(3rd Forward Deployed)

Western Pacific Region

Pacific Ocean

22nd WestPac

Gulf of Thailand

South China Sea

CVW-5

NF

11 Apr 2000

5 Jun 2000

WestPac

25th FWFD

 

Spring Underway Period - Work Ups in the Guam Operating Area and Cobra Gold 2000, an exercise with Thai and Singaporean forces, in the Gulf of Thailand, operating with her Battle Group in the Western Pacific.

 

Ports of call included: Apra Harbor, Guam; Singapore; Pattaya, Thailand and Hong Kong.

 

Air Wing FIVE was equipped with what were then the Navy's newest aircraft: the F/A-18 Hornet, F-14 Tomcat, EA-6B Prowler, S-3 Viking, E-2C Hawkeye, SH-60 Seahawk and C-2A Greyhound.

 

Squadrons: VF-154 (*1), F-14A; VFA-27, FA-18C (N); VFA-192, FA-18C (N); VFA-195, FA-18C (N); VAQ-136, EA-6B; VAW-115, E-2C; HS-14, SH-60F / HH-60H; VS-21, S-3B and VRC-30 Det. 5, C-2A.

 

Task Force 70 is the Battle Force for U.S. 7th Fleet Commander, Task Force 70 (CTF 70) has operational control of all carrier strike groups and independently deployed cruisers, destroyers and frigates that deploy or transit through the 7th Fleet area of operations.

 

The Kitty Hawk is the flagship of Task Force 70 and Carrier Strike Group Five (formerly CarGru 5), with more than 5,000 Sailors, with Strike Warfare Commander; staffs of Battle Force 7th Fleet/CSG 5; Carrier Air Wing Five (CVW 5) and its nine squadrons and Destroyer Squadron 15 embarked. CSG 5 includes Ticonderoga-class guided missile cruisers and Destroyer Squadron Fifteen (CDS 15), which serves as the Sea Combat Commander and is responsible for Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruisers and assigned Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers.

 

The guided-missile cruiser USS Chancellorsville (CG-62) and the guided-missile destroyers USS OBrien (DD-975).

 

USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) and surface combatant ships operate out of Yokosuka, Japan, while CVW 5 operates out of Atsugi, Japan, when not embarked on Kitty Hawk Together, these units form the U.S. Navy's only continuously forward deployed (and largest) carrier strike group.

 

The CSG 5 Commander also serves as Battle Force Seventh Fleet and Commander, Task Force (CTF 70) for 7th Fleet. In these responsibilities, CSG 5 serves as the Commander of all surface forces (carrier strike groups, independently deploying cruisers, destroyers and frigates) in the 7th Fleet area of responsibility. CTF 70 also serves as the Theater Surface Warfare Commander (TSUWC) and Theater Integrated Air Missile Defense Commander (TIAMDC) for Seventh Fleet.

 

Carrier Strike Group 5, also known as CSG 5 or CARSTRKGRU 5, is the U.S. Navy carrier strike group assigned to the United States Pacific Fleet and permanently forward deployed to the U.S. 7th Fleet.

 

CSG 5 is responsible for unit-level training, integrated training, and material readiness for the groups ships and aviation squadrons. As the only continuously forward deployed carrier strike group, the CSG-5 staff does not stand down when the strike group is in Yokosuka, but instead continues to maintain command responsibilities over deploying Carrier Strike Groups and independently deployed cruisers, destroyers, and frigates that operate in the Seventh Fleet operating area. The commander and staff are also responsible for the higher level Task Force 70 duties throughout the year in addition to the CSG-5 duties. The composition of the strike group in immediate proximity of the Kitty Hawk varies throughout the year.

 

George Washington CSG includes the embarked staffs of Destroyer Squadron 15/DESRON FIFTEEN.

 

DESRON FIFTEEN is the Navy's only forward-deployed Destroyer Squadron and is responsible for the readiness, tactical and administrative responsibilities for seven Arleigh Burke-class destroyers. The destroyers' squadron commodore serves as the immediate Superior in Command (ISIC) of the ships assigned to the squadron.

 

DESRON FIFTEEN ships are the principal surface forces of Battle Force Seventh Fleet in the Western Pacific and Indian Oceans. In addition to duties as ISIC for the seven ships assigned to the squadron, the DESRON FIFTEEN staff also deploys with the Kitty Hawk carrier strike group (CSG). During these deployments, the Commodore serves as Sea Combat Commander (SCC) for the CSG. The SCC responsibilities include Surface Warfare Commander (SWC), Anti-Submarine Warfare employment of attack submarines assigned to the CS.

 

DESRON FIFTEEN has additional assignments in the Seventh Feet as the Maritime Counter - Special Operations Force Commander (MCSOF), Strike Force ASW Commander (SFASWC) and Deputy Ballistic Missile Defense Commander (BMDC).

USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72)

Pacific Fleet & 7th

1st EastPac

JTFEX RIMPAC 2000

CVW-14

NK

15 May 2000

1 July 2000

Training

Eastern Pacific

6th FWFD

48-days

Multinational Exercise RIMPAC 2000 and JTFEX (Joint Task Force Exercise) near the Hawaii Is.

 

Port of call: Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.

 

The ships of the Abraham Lincoln Battle Group steam alongside one another for a Battle Group photo during RIMPAC 2000. Ships involved are USS Cheyenne (SSN-773), USS Tucson (SSN-770), USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72), USS Shiloh (CG-67), USS Bunker Hill (CG-52), USS Fletcher (DD-992), USS Paul Hamilton (DDG-60), USS Crommelin (FFG-37) and USS Camden (AOE-2). U.S. Navy photo by PH2 Gabriel Wilson (photo # 000618-N-0147W-001). USN. NS027239.

http://www.navsource.org/archives/02/027239.jpg

 

Squadrons: VF-31, F-14D; VFA-115, FA-18C; VFA-113, FA-18C (N); VFA-25, FA-18C (N); VAQ-139, EA-6B; VAW-113, E-2C; HS-4, SH-60F / HH-60H; VS-35, S-3B and VRC-30 Det. 1, C-2A.

 

F/A-18 Hornet, F-14 Tomcat, EA-6B Prowler, S-3 Viking, E-2C Hawkeye, SH-60 Seahawk and C-2A Greyhound.

 

USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) Strike group is comprised of Carrier Air Wing 14; Cruiser Destroyer Group 3 and Destroyer Squadron 31 consisting of the guided-missile cruisers USS Bunker Hill (CG-52) and USS Shiloh (CG-67); guided-missile frigate USS Jpaul Hamilton (DD-60); destroyer USS Fletcher (DD-992); guided-missile frigates USS Crommelin (FFG-37) and replenishment ship USS Camden (AOE-2) and attack submarine USS Tuscon (SSN-770) and USS Cheyenne (SSN-773). Amphibious Squadron 5 was assigned in 2000.

USS George Washington (CVN-73) 2nd, 6th, 5th & Central Command (4th Arabian / Persian Gulf dep.) (5th voyage) (9th & 10th Red Sea & Gulf of Aden))

NorLant

4th Med

Aaegean

EDG

Ionian Sea Slunj 2000

9th Suez Canal

4th OSW

PHIBLEX 00

10th Suez Canal

Ionian Sea Adriatic Sea Med

NorLant

CVW-17

AA

21 Jun 2000

19 Dec 2000

Europe

Middle East

Iraq no Fly Zone

Persian Gulf

6th FWFD

182-days

 

NATO Exercise Destined Glory (DG 00) 2002 in the Aegean and Eastern Mediterranean Seas (Ionian Sea), near Greece and Turkey, designed to improve the southern regions capability to carry out combined, joint operations focusing on carrier, air, maritime and amphibious, while the SAIPAN ARG, with the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) embarked, will be involved in extensive operations and international exercises throughout the Mediterranean, including presence operations in the Adriatic Sea when tensions rose in the region after presidential elections in Yugoslavia and will be the key players in Slunj 2000 (a bilateral exercise with Croatia) in the Ionian Sea, PHIBLEX 00 and her 4th Operation Southern Watch, enforcing the no-fly zone south of the 32nd parallel in Iraq.

 

Ports of call include: Antalya, Turkey; Jebel Ali, UAE; Bahrain, UAE; Jebel Ali, UAE; Bahrain, UAE; Corfu, Greece; Dubrovnik, Croatia; Trieste, Italy; Naples, Italy and Palma, Spain.

 

Squadrons: VF-103, F-14B; VFA-34, FA-18C(N); VFA-83, FA-18C(N); VFA-81, FA-18C; VAQ-132, EA-6B; VAW-125, E-2C; HS-15; SH-60F / HH-60H; VS-30, S-3B and VRC-40 Det. 4.

 

USS George Washington (CVN-73) strike group is comprised of Carrier Air Wing 17; Cruiser Destroyer Group 2 and Destroyer Squadron 22, consisting of the guided-missile cruiser USS Normandy (CG-60); guided-missile destroyers USS Donald Cook (DDG-75) and USS Cole (DDG-67); destroyers USS Briscoe (DD-977) and USS Caron (DD-970); guided-missile frigates USS Hawes (FFG-53) and USS Simpson (FFG 56); replenishment ship USNS Supply (AOE-6); and attack submarines USS Albany (SSN-753) and USS Pittsburgh (SSN-720). Amphibious Squadron 4 was assigned in 2000.

USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) Pacific Fleet, 7th, 5th & Central Command (5th Arabian/Persian Gulf dep.)

5th WestPac 5th IO

4th OSW

CVW-14

NK

17 Aug 2000

12 Feb 2001

Western Pacific

Middle East

Iraq no Fly Zone

Persian Gulf

7th FWFD

180-days

4thOperation Southern Watch, enforcing the no-fly zone south of the 32nd parallel in Iraq and 2nd Maritime Interception Operations (MIO) in support of the United Nations and coalition efforts to enforce United Nations (UN) Security Council Resolutions imposed against the Iraqis following their invasion of Kuwait in August 1990.

 

Ports of call: Jebel Ali, UAE three times; Fremantle, Australia; Hobart, Tasmania and Naval Air Station, North Island (NASNI), San Diego, California twice.

 

Squadrons: VF-31, F-14D; VFA-115, FA-18C; VFA-113, FA-18C (N); VFA-25, FA-18C (N); VAQ-139, EA-6B; VAW-113, E-2C; HS-4, SH-60F / HH-60H; VS-35, S-3B; VRC-30 Det. 1, C-2A.

 

F/A-18 Hornet, F-14 Tomcat, EA-6B Prowler, S-3 Viking, E-2C Hawkeye, SH-60 Seahawk and C-2A Greyhound.

 

USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) Strike group is comprised of Carrier Air Wing 14; Cruiser Destroyer Group 3 and Destroyer Squadron 31 consisting of the guided-missile cruisers USS Bunker Hill (CG-52) and USS Shiloh (CG-67); guided-missile frigate USS Jpaul Hamilton (DD-60); destroyer USS Fletcher (DD-992); guided-missile frigates USS Crommelin (FFG-37) and replenishment ship USS Camden (AOE-2) and attack submarine USS Tuscon (SSN-770) and USS Cheyenne (SSN-773). Amphibious Squadron 5 was assigned in 2000.

USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) 7th

(Forward Deployed)

Western Pacific Region

Pacific Ocean

Sea of Japan

 

 

8 Sep 2000

13 Sep 2000

Training

Sea Trials

USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) 7th

(4th Forward Deployed)

Western Pacific Region

Pacific Ocean

23rd WestPac Korea Coast Japanese waters, off Okinawa

Philippine Sea

CVW-5

NF

26 Sep 2000

20 Nov 2000

Off the Korea Peninsula & Japanese waters

26th FWFD

Spring Underway Period (14-Weeks), Exercise Tandem Thrust 2001, a combined exercise with the Australians and Canadians, involving over 27,000 Allied people, principally along the Queensland coast of Australia, and at that nations Shoalwater Bay Training Area and Tiger Cruise 2001.

 

Air Wing FIVE was equipped with what were then the Navy's newest aircraft: the F/A-18 Hornet, F-14 Tomcat, EA-6B Prowler, S-3 Viking, E-2C Hawkeye, SH-60 Seahawk and C-2A Greyhound.

 

Ports of call included: Changi Pier, Changi Naval Base, Singapore; Pattaya, Thailand; Apra Harbor, Guam; Sydney, Australia and Apra Harbor, Guam.

 

Squadrons: VF-154 (*1), F-14A; VFA-27, FA-18C (N); VFA-192, FA-18C (N); VFA-195, FA-18C (N); VAQ-136, EA-6B; VAW-115, E-2C; HS-14, SH-60F / HH-60H; VS-21, S-3B and VRC-30 Det. 5, C-2A.

 

Rear Admiral Robert F. Willard assumed command of Commander, Task Force (CTF) 70, the U.S. Navy's largest battle force in September 2000.


Task Force 70 is the Battle Force for U.S. 7th Fleet Commander, Task Force 70 (CTF 70) has operational control of all carrier strike groups and independently deployed cruisers, destroyers and frigates that deploy or transit through the 7th Fleet area of operations.

 

The Kitty Hawk is the flagship of Task Force 70 and Carrier Strike Group Five (formerly CarGru 5), with more than 5,000 Sailors, with Strike Warfare Commander; staffs of Battle Force 7th Fleet/CSG 5; Carrier Air Wing Five (CVW 5) and its nine squadrons and Destroyer Squadron 15 embarked. CSG 5 includes Ticonderoga-class guided missile cruisers and Destroyer Squadron Fifteen (CDS 15), which serves as the Sea Combat Commander and is responsible for Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruisers and assigned Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers

 

The guided-missile cruisers USS Chancellorsville (CG-62) and USS Vincennes (CG-49), USS Gary (FFG-51) and USS Vandegrift (FFG-48) and guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG-56).

 

USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) and surface combatant ships operate out of Yokosuka, Japan, while CVW 5 operates out of Atsugi, Japan, when not embarked on Kitty Hawk Together, these units form the U.S. Navy's only continuously forward deployed (and largest) carrier strike group.

 

The CSG 5 Commander also serves as Battle Force Seventh Fleet and Commander, Task Force (CTF 70) for 7th Fleet. In these responsibilities, CSG 5 serves as the Commander of all surface forces (carrier strike groups, independently deploying cruisers, destroyers and frigates) in the 7th Fleet area of responsibility. CTF 70 also serves as the Theater Surface Warfare Commander (TSUWC) and Theater Integrated Air Missile Defense Commander (TIAMDC) for Seventh Fleet.

 

Carrier Strike Group 5, also known as CSG 5 or CARSTRKGRU 5, is the U.S. Navy carrier strike group assigned to the United States Pacific Fleet and permanently forward deployed to the U.S. 7th Fleet.

 

CSG 5 is responsible for unit-level training, integrated training, and material readiness for the groups ships and aviation squadrons. As the only continuously forward deployed carrier strike group, the CSG-5 staff does not stand down when the strike group is in Yokosuka, but instead continues to maintain command responsibilities over deploying Carrier Strike Groups and independently deployed cruisers, destroyers, and frigates that operate in the Seventh Fleet operating area. The commander and staff are also responsible for the higher level Task Force 70 duties throughout the year in addition to the CSG-5 duties. The composition of the strike group in immediate proximity of the Kitty Hawk varies throughout the year.

 

George Washington CSG includes the embarked staffs of Destroyer Squadron 15/DESRON FIFTEEN.

 

DESRON FIFTEEN is the Navy's only forward-deployed Destroyer Squadron and is responsible for the readiness, tactical and administrative responsibilities for seven Arleigh Burke-class destroyers. The destroyers' squadron commodore serves as the immediate Superior in Command (ISIC) of the ships assigned to the squadron.

 

DESRON FIFTEEN ships are the principal surface forces of Battle Force Seventh Fleet in the Western Pacific and Indian Oceans. In addition to duties as ISIC for the seven ships assigned to the squadron, the DESRON FIFTEEN staff also deploys with the Kitty Hawk carrier strike group (CSG). During these deployments, the Commodore serves as Sea Combat Commander (SCC) for the CSG. The SCC responsibilities include Surface Warfare Commander (SWC), Anti-Submarine Warfare employment of attack submarines assigned to the CS.

 

DESRON FIFTEEN has additional assignments in the Seventh Feet as the Maritime Counter - Special Operations Force Commander (MCSOF), Strike Force ASW Commander (SFASWC) and Deputy Ballistic Missile Defense Commander (BMDC).

Persian Gulf, arm of the Arabian Sea, 90,000 sq mi (233,100 sq km), between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran, extends c.600 mi (970 km) from the Shatt al Arab delta to the Strait of Hormuz, which links it with the Gulf of Oman

Ref. U. S. Navy Deployment History Resources

 

U. S. Aircraft Carrier Deployment History

FWFDs from 2000 to Present

Part 1 - 2000 FWFDs

Part 2 - 2001 to 2002 FWFDs

Part 3 - 2003 to 2004 FWFDs

Part 4 - 2005 to 2006 FWFDs

Part 5 - 2007 to 2008 FWFDs

Part 6 - 2009 FWFDs

Part 7 - 2010 FWFDs

Part 8 - 2011 FWFDs

Part 9 - 2012 to 2013 FWFDs

Part 10 - 2014 to 2015 FWFDs

Part 11 - 2016 to 2017 FWFDs

Part 12 - 2018 to 2019 FWFDs

Part 13 - 2020 to 2021 FWFDs

Part 14 - 2022 to 2023 FWFDs