U. S. Aircraft Carrier Deployment History

FWFDs from 2000 to Present

Part 2 - 2001 to 2002 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

 

2001 EAST and WEST COAST DEPLOYMENTS - Includes Florida

 

2001 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 and 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, with the Commander, 7th Fleet, serving as naval component commander for Central Command.

 

The US Navy's 2000 Pacific Fleet and Seventh Fleet Aircraft Carriers deployments and Carriers from both West and East coast, resulted in two CVNs extending into 2001, 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 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 Harry S. Truman (CVN-75) 2nd & 6th, 5th & Central Command

(1st Arabian/Persian Gulf dep.) (1st & 2nd Red Sea & Gulf of Aden)

NorLant

1st Med

1st Suez Canal

1st OSW

1st EAG

2nd Suez Canal

Med

NorLant

CVW-3

AC

28 Nov 2000

23 May 2001

Europe

Middle East

Iraq no Fly Zone

Persian Gulf

2nd FWFD

177-days

1st Operation Southern Watch, enforcing the no-fly zone south of the 32nd parallel in Iraq, numerous international exercises during 2001, including 1st Exercise Arabian Gauntlet, an 11-nation exercise that involved more than 20 ships and Maritime Interception Operations in the Northern Arabian Gulf.

 

Ports of call included: Jebel Ali, UAE twice; Bahrain, UAE; Rhodes, Greece.

 

CVW-3 Squadrons: VF-32, F-14B; VMFA-312, FA-18C(N); VFA-37, FA-18C(N); VFA-105, FA-18C(N); VAQ-130, EA-6B; VAW-126, E-2C; HS-7, SH-60F / HH-60H; VS-22, S-3B and VRC-40 Det. 1, C-2A.

 

HSTCSG comprises of USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75), CVW-3, Escort and DESRON Ships that included: USS San Jacinto (CG-56); USS Arleigh Burke (DDG-51); USS Mitscher (DDG-57); USS Porter (DDG-78); USS Stump (DD-978); USS Deyo (DD-989); USS Carr (FFG-52); USS Norfolk (SSN-714) and USS Alexandria (SSN-757). USS San Jacinto (CG-56) severed as the Air Warfare Commander and only AEGIS cruiser in the Harry S. Truman Battle Group and used its SPY-1 Radar and command and control communications suite to help maintain regional stability through the enforcement of the Iraqi Southern No-Fly zone and the conduct of Maritime Interception Operations in the Northern Arabian Gulf.

Ref. U. S. Navy Deployment History Resources

 

2001 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 and 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, 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 Kitty Hawk (CV-63) 7th

(Forward Deployed)

Western Pacific Region

Pacific Ocean

Sea of Japan

 

 

8 Feb 2001

12 Feb 2001

Training

Sea Trials

USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) 7th

Off Okinawa, Thailand, Guam, and Australia

(5th Forward Deployed)

 

Western Pacific Region

Pacific Ocean

24th WestPac

South China Sea, Gulf of Thailand

Guam Tasman Sea Coral Sea Solomon Sea Bismark Sea Bismark Sea Philippine Sea

CVW-5

NF

2 Mar 2001

11 Jun 2001

WestPac

Off Okinawa, Thailand, Guam, and Australia

27th 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.

 

USS Kitty Hawk (CVA-63) Strike Group is the largest carrier strike group in the Navy and is composed of Carrier Air Wing 5; Carrier Group 5; Destroyer Squadron 15 (Ref. 1-Kitty Hawk & 76).

 

USS Kitty Hawk (CVA-63) battle group consisted of: USS Chancellorsville (CG-62), USS Vincennes (CG-49), USS Gary (FFG-51), USS Vandegrift (FFG-48) and USS John S. McCain (DDG-56).

USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) 7th

Off Okinawa, Thailand, Guam, and Australia

(5th Forward Deployed)

 

Western Pacific Region

Pacific Ocean

24th WestPac

South China Sea, Gulf of Thailand

Guam Tasman Sea Coral Sea Solomon Sea Bismark Sea Philippine Sea

CVW-5

NF

2 Mar 2001

11 Jun 2001

WestPac

Off Okinawa, Thailand, Guam, and Australia

27th 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).

USS Constellation (CV-64) Pacific Fleet, 7th, 5th & Central Command (7th North Arabian Sea & 5th Arabian / Persian Gulf)

20th WestPac 11th IO

7th Arabian Sea

4th OSW

 

CVW-2

NE

16 Mar 2001

15 Sep 2001

Western Pacific

Middle East

Iraq no Fly Zone

Persian Gulf

28th FWFD

185-days

4th Maritime Interception Operations (MIO) and her 4th Operation Southern Watch (OSW) and conducted a one-day training event known as a passing exercise (PASSEX) with CVN-70 Carl Vinson battle group in the South China Sea.

 

Ports of call include: Pearl Harbor, Hawaii twice; Sydney, Australia; Perth, Australia Jebel Ali, UAE twice; Changi Naval Base, Singapore; Hong Kong.

 

On 16 March 2001, USS Constellation (CV-64) stood out from Naval Air Station, North Island (NASNI), San Diego, California for its 20th Westpac deployment on her 27th deployment in its almost 40-year history. Nearly 12,000 Sailors and Marines began the scheduled six-month deployment as part of the Constellation Carrier Battle Group and the USS Boxer (LHD-4) Amphibious Ready Group (ARG). In addition to Constellation and the embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2, other deploying units included USS Chosin (CG-65), USS Benfold (DDG-65), USS Kinkaid (DD-965), USS Thach (FFG-43), the Canadian frigate HMCS Winnipeg (FFH-338), USS Rainier (AOE-7), and the attack submarines USS Santa Fe (SSN-763) and USS Columbia (SSN-771).

 

Squadrons: VF-2, F-14D; VMFA-323, FA-18C (N); VFA-151, FA-18C (N); VFA-137; FA-18C (N); VAQ-131, EA-6B; VAW-116, E-2C; HS-2, SH-60F / HH-60H; VAQ-131, EA-6B; VS-38, S-3B. VQ-5 Det. C, ES-3B; VRC-30 Det. 2, C-2A and HSL-47 Det. 4, SH-60B.

USS Enterprise (CVN-65) 2nd, 6th, 5th & Central Command (8th & 9th Red Sea & Gulf of Aden voy. & 3rd Arabian / Persian Gulf dep. & 4th aerial Arabian / Persian Gulf dep. & 8th North Arabian Sea dep.)

Vieques Is., Puerto Rico
Lant
Strait of Gibraltar

Med
EastLant
NorLant
TD

JMC 012

Med

Ionian Sea
Med

8th Suez Canal

Red Sea

Bab-el-Mandeb

Gulf of Aden

North Arabian Sea

Gulf of Oman

Strait of Hormuz

Persian Gulf

4th OSW

1st MIO

MATO

1st OEF

Strait of Hormuz

Gulf of Oman

North Arabian Sea

Gulf of Aden
Bab-el-Mandeb

Red Sea

9th Suez Canal

Med
Strait of Gibraltar
EastLant

CVW-8

AJ

25 Apr 2001

10 Nov 2001

Europe

Middle East

Iraq no Fly Zone

Iraq and Afghanistan War

Persian Gulf

25th FWFD

200-Days

Training exercises in the Caribbean Sea off the Vieques bombing range, Puerto Rico, Trident Door, a NATO exercise, Joint Maritime Course 20012 (JMC 012), a British Royal Navy joint and combined warfare training exercise off the west coast of Scotland, Juniper Hawk with Israeli forces, her aircrews matching their skills against Israeli F-15 Eagles and F-16 Fighting Falcons, her 4th Operation Southern Watch enforcing the no-fly zone south of the 32nd parallel in Iraq, her 1st Maritime Interception Operations (MIOs), her Maritime Air Tasking Order (ATO) and her 1st Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF), the "military response to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States, commencing on 7 October 2001.

 

Sailors aboard USS Enterprise spell out "E = MC2x40" on the carrier's flight deck to mark forty years of U.S. Naval nuclear power

 

Ports of call include: Palma de Mallorca, Balearic Is., Spain Toulon, France Cannes, France Naples, Italy Stokes Bay, Gosport, England Clyde River, Glasgow, Scotland Lisbon, Portugal Rhodes, Greece Jebel Ali, UAE and Souda Bay, Creta.

 

CVW-8 Squadrons include: VF-41 (*1), Black Aces, Fighter Squadron, Grumman - F-14A, Tomcat, Jet Fighter; VF-14 (*2), Tophatters, Fighter Squadron, Grumman, F-14A Tomcat, Jet Fighter; VFA-15, Valions, Strike Fighter Squadron, McDonnell-Douglas, FA-18C (N), Hornet, Jet Strike Fighter; VFA-87, Golden Warriors, Strike Fighter Squadron, McDonnell-Douglas, FA-18C (N), Hornet, Jet Strike Fighter; VAQ-141, Shadowhawks, Tactical Electronics Warfare Squadron, Grumman, EA-6B Prowler, Jet Attack Bomber - Special electronic installation; VAW-124, Bear Aces, Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron, Grumman, E-2C Hawkeye, Electronics; HS-3, Tridents, Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron, Sikorsky, SH-60F / HH-60H Seahawk -Anti-submarine - Search and Rescue; VS-24, Scouts, Air Anti-Submarine Squadron, Lockheed, S-3B Viking - Anti-Submarine and VRC-40 Det. 2, Rawhides, Fleet Logistics Support Squadron, Grumman, C-2A/US-3A Greyhound. (*1) redesignated VFA-41 on Dec.1, 2002. (*2) redesignated VFA-14 on Dec.1, 2002.

 

USS Enterprise (CVN-65) Battle Group is made up of a battle group staff embarked on USS Enterprise along with Commander, Destroyer Squadron Eighteen and Commander, Carrier Air Wing Eight. The ships in the battle group were: the aircraft carrier Enterprise; cruisers USS Philippine Sea (CG-58); USS Gettysburg (CG-64); USS Stout (DDG-55); USS Gonzalez (DDG-66); guided missile destroyers USS Stout (DDG-55); USS McFaul (DDG-74) and USS Gonzalez (DDG-66); destroyers USS Nicholson (DD-982); USS Thorn (DD-988); guided missile frigate USS Nicholas (FFG-47); logistics ship USS Arctic (AOE-8) and attack submarines USS Jacksonville (SSN-699) and USS Providence (SSN 7-19).

USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) Pacific Fleet, 7th, 5th & Central Command (4th Arabian/Persian Gulf dep. & 4th Arabian Sea dep. & 2nd North Arabian Sea)

8th WestPac

PASSEX

8th Indian Ocean

4th OSW

1st OEF

CVW-11

NH

23 Jul 2001

23 Jan 2002

Middle East

Iraq no Fly Zone

Afghanistan War

13th FWFD

185-days

A one-day training event known as a passing exercise (PASSEX) with CV-64 Constellation battle group in the South China Sea, 4th Operation Southern Watch, enforcing the no-fly zone south of the 32nd parallel in Iraq and 1st Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF), the "military response to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States, commencing on 7 October 2001.

 

Squadrons: VF-213, F-14D; VFA-97, FA-18A; VFA-22, FA-18C (N); VFA-94, FA-18C (N); VAQ-135, EA-6B; VAW-117, E-2C; HS-6, SH-60F / HH-60H; VS-29, S-2B and VRC-30 Det. 2, C2A.

 

Carl Vinson Strike Group is composed of Carrier Air Wing 11; Carrier Group 3; Destroyer Squadron 9, consisting of the guided-missile cruiser USS Antietam (CG-54) and USS Princeton (CG-59); guided-missile destroyers USS John Paul Jones (DDG-53) and USS OKane (DDG-77); destroyer USS OBrien (DD-975); guided-missile frigate USS Ingraham (FFG-61); and replenishment ship USS Sacramento (AOE-1); fast support ship USS Niagara Falls (T-AFS); and attack submarines USS Olympia (SSN-717) and USS Key West (SSN-722). Amphibious Squadron 1 was assigned in 2001.

USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) 2nd, 6th, Central Command & 5th

(1st North Arabian Sea & 4th Arabian / Persian Gulf dep.) (9th & 10th Red Sea & 7th & 8th Gulf of Aden)

NoLant

7th Med

1st Ionian Sea

11th Suez Canal

Bright Star

5th OSW 1st OEF

12th Suez Canal

NoLant

CVW-1

AB

19 Sep 2001

27 Mar 2002

Europe

Middle East

Iraq no Fly Zone

Afghanistan War

8th FWFD

193-days

Exercise "Bright Star", 5thOperation Southern Watch, enforcing the no-fly zone south of the 32nd parallel in Iraq and 1st Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF), the "military response to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States, commencing on 7 October 2001.

 

Ports of call include: Manama, Bahrain and Marseille, France.

 

Squadrons: VF-102 (*1) (F-14B); VFA-82 (F/A-18C); VFA-86 (F/A-18C); VMFA-251 (F/A-18C); VAQ-137 (EA-6B); VAW-123 (E-2C); VS-32 (S-3B) and HS-11 (HH/SH-60H/F).

 

(*1) VF-102 redesignated VFA-102 on May 1, 2002.

 

USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) battle group is composed of Carrier Air Wing 1, Carrier Group 8, and Commander, Destroyer Squadron 28 (CDS 2) embarked; guided-missile cruisers USS Leyte Gulf (CG-55) and USS Vella Gulf (CG-72); guided-missile destroyers USS Ramage (DDG-61) and USS Ross (DDG-71); destroyers USS Ross (DDG-71), USS Peterson (DD-969) and USS Hayler (DD-997); guided-missile frigate USS Elrod (FFG-55); logistics ship USS Detroit (AOE-4) and HMCS Halifax (FFH-331); and attack submarines USS Hartford (SSN-768); USS Springfield (SSN-761).

USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) 7th

(Forward Deployed)

Western Pacific Region

Pacific Ocean

Sea of Japan

Philippine Sea

CVW-5

NF

21 Sep 2001

29 Sep 2001

Training

Sea Trials and Carrier Qualifications

USS Nimitz (CVN-68)

2nd & Pacific

WestLant

& SoLant

5th Carib

2nd Cape Horn

SoPac

EastPac

CVWR 20

NG

21 Sep 2001

13 Nov 2001

Home port transfer to the West Coast

17th FWFD

54-days

Home port transfer from Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia to Naval Air Station, North Island, San Diego, California; Training with Brazilian naval forces; underway off the coast of Uruguay, while training with Uruguayan naval and air forces; a bilateral exercise with Chilean naval and air forces and trained with Peruvian naval forces.

Ports of call included: Pearl Harbor, Hi.

 

Squadrons: VFA-204, FA-18A; VAW-78, E-2C; HS-75, SH-60F / HH-60H; VS-22, S-3B; HC-11 Det., CH-46E and VRC-30 Det. 1, C-2A.

 

Nimitz conducted a 3-year complex mid-life Refueling and Complex Overhaul at her its birthplace of Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Corp., Newport News, Virginia from 26 May 1998 to 28 June 2001.

USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) 7th, 5th & Central Command (7th Arabian Sea, ext. operations in the North Arabian Sea)

(6th Forward Deployed)

Western Pacific Region

Pacific Ocean

25th WestPac

SCS

11th Indian Ocean

CVW-5

NF

1 Oct 2001

23 Dec 2001

WestPac

Middle East

Afghanistan War

Persian Gulf

28th FWFD

 

Ports of call included: Hong Kong and island of Phuket, Thailand.

 

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.

 

Rear Admiral Steve Kunkel assumed command of Commander, Task Force (CTF) 70, the U.S. Navy's largest battle force in September 2001, from Rear Admiral Robert F. Willard, serving from September 2000 to September 2001.

 

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 Vincennes (CG-49) and the guided-missile destroyers USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG-54).

 

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 John C. Stennis (CVN-74) Pacific Fleet, 7th, 5th & Central Command (1st North Arabian Sea) (5th Arabian Sea voyage))

2nd WestPac 2nd IO

4th & 5th IO

3rd OSW

1st OEF

CVW-9

NG

12 Nov 2001

28 May 2002

Middle East

Iraq no Fly Zone & Afghanistan War

Arabian Sea

3rd FWFD

3rd Operation Southern Watch, enforcing the no-fly zone south of the 32nd parallel in Iraq and 1st Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF), the "military response to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States, commencing on 7 October 2001.

 

John C. Stennis normally operates as the centerpiece of a Carrier Battle Group commanded by a flag officer embarked, Carrier Group 7 and consists of four to six other ships and is composed of Carrier Wing 9 and surface and subsufrace vessels consiting of the guided-missile cruisers USS Lake Champlain (CG-57) and USS Port Royal (CG 73); guided-missile destroyer USS Decatur (DDG-73); destroyer USS Elliot (DD-967); missile frigate USS Jarrett (FFG-33); replenishment ship USS Bridge (AOE-10); and attack submarines USS Salt Lake City (SSN-716) and USS Jefferson City (SSN-759).

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

 

2002 EAST and WEST COAST DEPLOYMENTS - Includes Florida

 

2002 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 and 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, 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.

 

The US Navy's 2001 Pacific Fleet and Seventh Fleet Aircraft Carriers deployments and Carriers from both West and East coast, resulted in three CVNs extending into 2002, 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 Carl Vinson (CVN-70) Pacific Fleet, 7th, 5th & Central Command (4th Arabian

/ Persian Gulf dep. & 4th Arabian Sea dep. & 2nd North Arabian Sea)

8th WestPac

PASSEX

8th Indian Ocean

4th OSW

1st OEF

CVW-11

NH

23 Jul 2001

23 Jan 2002

Middle East

Iraq no Fly Zone

Afghanistan War

13th FWFD

185-days

A one-day training event known as a passing exercise (PASSEX) with CV-64 Constellation battle group in the South China Sea, 4th Operation Southern Watch, enforcing the no-fly zone south of the 32nd parallel in Iraq and 1st Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF), the "military response to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States, commencing on 7 October 2001.

 

Squadrons: VF-213, F-14D; VFA-97, FA-18A; VFA-22, FA-18C (N); VFA-94, FA-18C (N); VAQ-135, EA-6B; VAW-117, E-2C; HS-6, SH-60F / HH-60H; VS-29, S-2B and VRC-30 Det. 2, C2A.

 

Carl Vinson Strike Group is composed of Carrier Air Wing 11; Carrier Group 3; Destroyer Squadron 9, consisting of the guided-missile cruiser USS Antietam (CG-54) and USS Princeton (CG-59); guided-missile destroyers USS John Paul Jones (DDG-53) and USS OKane (DDG-77); destroyer USS OBrien (DD-975); guided-missile frigate USS Ingraham (FFG-61); and replenishment ship USS Sacramento (AOE-1); fast support ship USS Niagara Falls (T-AFS); and attack submarines USS Olympia (SSN-717) and USS Key West (SSN-722). Amphibious Squadron 1 was assigned in 2001.

USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) 2nd, 6th, Central Command & 5th

(1st North Arabian Sea & 4th Arabian / Persian Gulf dep.) (9th & 10th Red Sea & 7th & 8th Gulf of Aden)

NoLant

7th Med

1st Ionian Sea

11th Suez Canal

Bright Star

5th OSW 1st OEF

12th Suez Canal

NoLant

CVW-1

AB

19 Sep 2001

27 Mar 2002

Europe

Middle East

Iraq no Fly Zone

Afghanistan War

8th FWFD

193-days

Exercise "Bright Star", 5thOperation Southern Watch, enforcing the no-fly zone south of the 32nd parallel in Iraq and 1st Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF), the "military response to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States, commencing on 7 October 2001.

 

Ports of call include: Manama, Bahrain and Marseille, France.

 

Squadrons: VF-102 (*1) (F-14B); VFA-82 (F/A-18C); VFA-86 (F/A-18C); VMFA-251 (F/A-18C); VAQ-137 (EA-6B); VAW-123 (E-2C); VS-32 (S-3B) and HS-11 (HH/SH-60H/F).

 

(*1) VF-102 redesignated VFA-102 on May 1, 2002.

 

USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) battle group is composed of Carrier Air Wing 1, Carrier Group 8, and Commander, Destroyer Squadron 28 (CDS 2) embarked; guided-missile cruisers USS Leyte Gulf (CG-55) and USS Vella Gulf (CG-72); guided-missile destroyers USS Ramage (DDG-61) and USS Ross (DDG-71); destroyers USS Ross (DDG-71), USS Peterson (DD-969) and USS Hayler (DD-997); guided-missile frigate USS Elrod (FFG-55); logistics ship USS Detroit (AOE-4) and HMCS Halifax (FFH-331); and attack submarines USS Hartford (SSN-768); USS Springfield (SSN-761).

USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74) Pacific Fleet, 7th, 5th & Central Command (1st North Arabian Sea) (5th Arabian Sea voyage))

2nd WestPac 2nd IO

4th & 5th IO

3rd OSW

1st OEF

CVW-9

NG

12 Nov 2001

28 May 2002

Middle East

Iraq no Fly Zone & Afghanistan War

Arabian Sea

3rd FWFD

3rd Operation Southern Watch, enforcing the no-fly zone south of the 32nd parallel in Iraq and 1st Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF), the "military response to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States, commencing on 7 October 2001.

 

John C. Stennis normally operates as the centerpiece of a Carrier Battle Group commanded by a flag officer embarked, Carrier Group 7 and consists of four to six other ships and is composed of Carrier Wing 9 and surface and subsufrace vessels consiting of the guided-missile cruisers USS Lake Champlain (CG-57) and USS Port Royal (CG 73); guided-missile destroyer USS Decatur (DDG-73); destroyer USS Elliot (DD-967); missile frigate USS Jarrett (FFG-33); replenishment ship USS Bridge (AOE-10); and attack submarines USS Salt Lake City (SSN-716) and USS Jefferson City (SSN-759).

Ref. U. S. Navy Deployment History Resources

 

2002 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 and 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, 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 (4th Persian Gulf & 8th & 9th North Arabian Sea)

Lant

17th Med

11th Suez Canal

11th Red Sea

9th Gulf of Aden

8th North Arabian Sea

Gulf of Oman

Strait of Hormuz

 

4th Persian Gulf

Strait of Hormuz

Gulf of Oman 9th North Arabian Sea

10th Gulf of Aden

12th Red Sea

12th Suez Canal

Med

Lant

CVW-7

AG

7 Feb 2002

17 Aug 2002

22nd FWFD

Operation Anaconda and 1st Operation Enduring Freedom

 

Ports of call include: Souda Bay, Crete, a bay and natural harbour near the town of Souda on the northwest coast of the Greek island of Crete; Jebel Ali, United Arab Emirates (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; Manama, Bahrain, a small island country situated near the western shores of the Persian Gulf, is an archipelago of 33 islands, the largest being Bahrain Island, at 55 km (34 mi) long by 18 km (11 mi) wide. Saudi Arabia lies to the west and is connected to Bahrain by the King Fahd Causeway, while Iran lies 200 km (120 mi) to the north of Bahrain, across the Gulf. The peninsula of Qatar is to the southeast across the Gulf of Bahrain; and 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 Marmaris, Turkey, a port town and tourist resort on the Mediterranean coast, located in Muğla Province, southwest Turkey, along the shoreline of the Turkish Riviera.

 

Squadrons: VF-143, F-14B; VF-11, F-14B; VFA-136, FA-18C(N); VFA-131, FA-18C(N); VAQ-140, EA-6B; VAW-121, E-2C; HS-5, SH-60F/HH-60H; VS-31, S-3B and VRC-40 Det. 3, C-2A.

 

USS John F. Kennedy (CVA-67) battle group is composed of Carrier Air Wing 7; Carrier Group 6; Destroyer Squadron 24, consisting of the guided missile cruisers USS Hue City (CG-66), USS Vicksburg (CG-69); guided missile destroyers USS Roosevelt (DDG-80), USS Carney (DDG-64), USS The Sullivans (DDG-68); destroyer USS Spruance (DD-963); guided missile frigates USS Taylor (FFG-50) and USS Underwood (FFG-36) and attack submarines USS Boise (SSN-764) and USS Toledo (SSN-769); and replenishment ship USS Seattle (AOE-3). Amphibious Squadron 8 was assigned in 2002.

USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) 7th

(Forward Deployed)

Western Pacific Region

Pacific Ocean

Sea of Japan

Philippine Sea

CVW-5

NF

12 Mar 2002

15 Mar 2002

Training

Sea Trails and Carrier Qualifications (CQ)

USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) 7th

(Forward Deployed)

Western Pacific Region

Pacific Ocean

Sea of Japan

CVW-5

NF

18 Mar 2002

1 Apr 2002

Training

Carrier Qualifications (CQ) and integrated battle group training near Guam, with CVW-5 completing CQs on the 20th, testing the newly-installed RIM-116A RAM (Rolling Airframe Missile) on 21 March 2002, becoming the first carrier in the U.S. Navy to perform test firings with the Rolling Airframe Missile (RAM) System, with the second RAM test on the 28th.

 

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.

USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) 7th

(7th Forward Deployed)

Western Pacific Region

Pacific Ocean

26th WestPac

Sea of Japan

CVW-5

NF

15 Apr 2002

5 Jun 2002

WestPac

29th FWFD

Spring Underway Period (Seven Weeks), Underway Training & CQ -

Becoming the first carrier in the U.S. Navy to perform test firings with the Rolling Airframe Missile (RAM) System on 20 and 21 March 2002, celebrating its 41st birthday just prior to making a port call at Hong Kong from 29 April to 2 May 2002.

 

Ports of call included: Hong Kong and Singapore.

 

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.

 

Rear Admiral Steve Kunkel assumed command of Commander, Task Force (CTF) 70, the U.S. Navy's largest battle force in September 2001, from Rear Admiral Robert F. Willard, serving from September 2000 to September 2001.

 

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), USS O'Brien (DD-975), USS Vandergrift (FFG-48), USS Cowpens (CG-63), USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG-54), USS John S. McCain (DD-56), and USS Cushing (DD-985). The submarine USS Helena (SSN-725) and replenishment ships USNS Rappahannock (T-AO-204), USNS Kiska (T-AE-35) and USNS Concord (T-AFS-5) supported the training operations.

 

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 George Washington (CVN-73) 2nd, 6th, 5th & Central Command (5th Arabian / Persian Gulf dep.) (6th voyage) (11th & 12th Red Sea & Gulf of Aden))

NorLant

5th Med

11th Suez Canal

5th OSW

1st OEF

12th Suez Canal

Med

EastLant voyage MS

Med

EDG

Ionian Sea Adriatic Sea

ODE Med

NorLant

CVW-17

AA

20 Jun 2002

20 Dec 2002

Europe

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Middle East

Iraq no Fly Zone & Afghanistan War

Persian Gulf

7th FWFD

184-days

NATO Exercise Destined Glory 2002 off the western and southern coasts of Italy and Greece at the end of her deployment, to train a joint capable force in the full spectrum of operational tasks, with the UK/NL Amphibious Task Group at its core with Naval, air and land forces totaling 61 ships, 100 aircraft and more than 8,000 personnel from 12 nations took part in NATOs largest Mediterranean amphibious exercise, Operation Decisive Edge in the Adriatic Sea, playing a vital peacekeeping role in Bosnia/Herzegovina, while Operation Deny Flight transitioned to Decisive Edge in support of the IFOR Operation Joint Endeavor, where carrier and shore-based squadrons conducted flight operations in support of joint and combined enforcement of a U.N.-mandated no-fly zone in the airspace over the Republic of Bosnia-Herzegovina. (Operation Decisive Edge then transitioned to Deliberate Guard in support of the stabilization force (SFOR) Operation Joint Guard), Mediterranean Shark 02 in the Eastern Atlantic in support of the U.S. Marine Corps, a bilateral training exercise conducted in Morocco by a Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable) to show the effectiveness of the Marine Air Ground Task Force (MAGTF), 5th Operation Southern Watch, enforcing the no-fly zone south of the 32nd parallel in Iraq and her 1st Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF), the military response to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States, commencing on 7 October 2001.

 

Ports of call included: Souda Bay, Greece; Naples, Italy and Souda Bay, Crete Island, Greece.

 

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 26, consisting of the guided-missile cruisers USS Normandy (CG-60) and USS Monterey (CG-61); guided-missile destroyers USS Mahan (DDG-72), USS Laboon (DDG-58) and USS Barry (DDG-52); destroyer USS Arthur W. Radford (DD-968); guided-missile frigate USS Kauffman (FFG-59); replenishment ship USS Laramie (T-AO); and attack submarines USS Oklahoma City (SSN-723) and USS Pittsburgh (SSN-720).

USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) Pacific Fleet, 7th, 5th & Central Command (6th Arabian

/ Persian Gulf dep.) (1st North Arabian Sea dep.))

6th WestPac 6th IO

5th OSW

1st OEF

 

CVW-14

NK

24 July 2002

6 May 2003

Western Pacific

Middle East

Iraq no Fly Zone, 2nd Iraq & Afghanistan War

Persian Gulf

8th FWFD

287-days

1st Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF), the "military response to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States, commencing on 7 October 2001 and 5th Operation Southern Watch, enforcing the no-fly zone south of the 32nd parallel in Iraq.

 

Ports of call: Naval Air Station, North Island (NASNI), San Diego, California twice; Pearl Harbor, Hawaii twice; Sasebo, Japan; Hong Kong, China; Bahrain; Perth, Australia twice; Fremantle, Australia twice.

 

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 Mobile Bay (CG-53) and USS Shiloh (CG-67); guided-missile destroyer USS Paul Hamilton (DDG-60); destroyer USS Fletcher (DD-992); guided-missile frigates USS Crommelin (FFG- 37) and USS Ruben James (FFG-57); replenishment ship USS Camden (AOE-2); and attack submarines USS Honolulu (SSN-718) and USS Cheyenne (SSN-773). Amphibious Squadron 5 and USCG Law Enforcement Det. 106 was assigned in 2002.

 

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

 

In addition, VFA-115 embarked with 12 F/A-18E Super Hornets, and HC-5 embarked with two MH-60S Seahawks, marking the first deployment of these types of aircraft on board the ship. The carrier also put to sea with her first F414-GE-400 Super Hornet Jet Engine Test Instrumentation Cell, and 1,000 pound class JDAMs for use with F/A-18Es. As they set sail, Lt. Corey L. Pritchard of VFA-115 accomplished the initial deployed Super Hornet trap on board the carrier during a series of carrier qualifications over the first few days. The squadron dedicated their deployment to the memory of the firefighters of Ladder Company 4 of Midtown Manhattan, which lost 15 men to the terrorist attacks of 9/11. At one point, sailors painted the names of 12 of these heroes onto each of their Super Hornets to honor the firemen, and some also adopted one of the firehouses slogans for their cruise patches: Pride of Midtown. Never Missed a Performance.

USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) 7th

(8th Forward Deployed)

Western Pacific Region

Pacific Ocean

27th WestPac

Sea of Japan

South China Sea

CVW-5

NF

25 Oct 2002

13 Dec 2002

Sea of Japan

30th FWFD

Fall Underway Period (Seven Weeks) - Engaged in combined military exercises with regional allies, and conducted unit-level training, joining other U.S. Navy units and units of the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) in waters and air space around Japan, participating in Annualex 14G.

 

Ports of call included: 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.

 

Rear Admiral Steve Kunkel assumed command of Commander, Task Force (CTF) 70, the U.S. Navy's largest battle force in September 2001, from Rear Admiral Robert F. Willard, serving from September 2000 to September 2001.

 

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

 

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 Constellation (CV-64) Pacific Fleet, 7th, 5th & Central Command (8th North Arabian Sea & 6th Arabian / Persian Gulf)

21st WestPac 12th IO 8th Arabian Sea

5th OSW

1st OEF

1st OIF

CVW-2

NE

2 Nov 2002

2 Jun 2003

Western Pacific

Middle East

2nd Iraq & Afghanistan War

Persian Gulf

29th FWFD

213-days

5th Maritime Interception Operations (MIO) and her 5th Operation Southern Watch, enforcing the no-fly zone south of the 32nd parallel in Iraq, 1st Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF), the "military response to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States, commencing on 7 October 2001 and 1st 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 with the firing of Tomahawk missiles from U.S. ships in the Arabian Gulf and Red Sea.

 

Ports of call include: Hong Kong; Singapore; twice; Manama, Bahrain, UAE and Perth, Western Australia and Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.

 

CVW-2 consisted of the following squadrons:

 

Squadrons: VF-2 Bounty Hunters (ten F-14D Tomcats); VFA-137 Kestrels, VFA-151 Vigilantes, and VMFA-323 Death Rattlers (each with 12 F/A-18C Hornets); VAW-116 Sun Kings (four E-2C Hawkeyes); VAQ-131 Lancers (four EA-6B Prowlers); VS-38 Red Griffins (eight S-3B Vikings); HS-2 Golden Falcons (two SH-60F Seahawks and six HH-60H Pave Hawks) and VRC-30 Providers Detachment 2 (two C-2A Greyhounds).

 

USS Constellation (CV-64) Battle Group consisted of Commander, Cruiser Destroyer Group 1, Rear Admiral Barry M. Costello and Chief of Staff, Captain Donald Hepfer II or Captain Steven E. Luce COMDESRON 7, Captain Mark W. Balmmert ships: guided-missile cruisers USS Bunker Hill (CG-52) and USS Valley Forge (CG-50); guided-missile destroyers USS Higgins (DDG-76) and USS Milius (DDG-69), and guided-missile frigate USS Thach (FFG-43). Other units include the fast attack submarine USS Columbia (SSN-771), based in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, and the fast combat support ship USS Rainier (AOE-7), based in Bremerton, Wash and USCGC Boutwell (WHEC-719).

USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75) 2nd, 6th, 5th & Central Command

 

NorLant

2nd Med Ionian Sea

Adriatic Sea

1st OSW

1st OEF

1st OIF

Med

NorLant

CVW-3

AC

5 Dec 2002

23 May 2003

Europe

Middle East

Iraq no Fly Zone, 2nd Iraq & Afghanistan War

Persian Gulf

3rd FWFD

170-Days

TSTA (Tailored Ship Training Availability), Joint Exercise with the Albanian military forces near the Albanian port of Vlora, 85 miles southwest of Tirana, Adriatic Sea via the Ionian Sea, 2nd Operation Southern Watch, enforcing the no-fly zone south of the 32nd parallel in Iraq, 1st Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF), the "military response to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States, commencing on 7 October 2001 and what would turn out to be the end of Afghan combat and the beginning of her 1st 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 with the firing of Tomahawk missiles from U.S. ships in the Arabian Gulf and Red Sea.

 

Ports of call included: Souda Bay, Crete, Greece; Koper, Solvania and Portsmouth, UK.

 

CVW-3 Squadrons: VF-32, F-14B; VMFA-115, FA-18A+; VFA-37, FA-18C(N); VFA-105, FA-18C(N); VAQ-130, EA-6B; VAW-126, E-2C; HS-7, SH-60F / HH-60H; VS-22, S-3B; VRC-40 Det. 1, C-2A and HC-4 Det., MH-53E.

 

HSTCSG comprises of USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75), CVW-3, Escort and DESRON Ships that included: USS San Jacinto (CG-56); USS Oscar Austin (DDG-79); USS Mitscher (DDG-57); USS Donald Cook (DDG-75); USS Briscoe (DD-977); USS Deyo (DD-989); USS Hawes (FFG-53); USS Pittsburgh (SSN-720); USS Montpelier (SSN-765); USNS Mount Baker (T-AE 34) and USNS Kanawha (T-AO 196).

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

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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

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Part 13 - 2020 to 2021 FWFDs

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