"When word of a crisis breaks out in Washington,
it's no accident that
the first question that comes to
everyone's lips is: 'Where's the nearest carrier?'"
President Bill Clinton
March 12, 1993
aboard USS Theodore Roosevelt
The Aircraft Carrier Battle Groups (CVBG) consist of a carrier, its embarked air wing, and various escorts -- cruisers, destroyers, frigates, attack submarines, and attached logistics ships. Each Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) comprises a large-deck amphibious assault ship, two to four amphibious ships [transport dock ship or dock landing ship], and an embarked Marine expeditionary unit (special operations capable), or MEU(SOC).
Battle Groups and ARGs may operate independently as naval expeditionary task groups, or they may coalesce into a single naval expeditionary task force (1 CVBG + 1 ARG).
At any given time, three CVBGs and three ARGs are deployed and assigned to a numbered-fleet commander in an overseas area:
- FIFTH Fleet - Southwest Asia
- SIXTH Fleet - Mediterranean
- SEVENTH Fleet - Western Pacific
A carrier homeported in Japan provides further full-time presence in the Western Pacific. The Navy deploys a CVBG and an ARG about three-fourths and four-fifths of the year, respectively, in the Mediterranean Sea; about three-fourths and one-half of the year, respectively, in the Indian Ocean; and on a nearly continuous basis in the western Pacific. During periods when neither a CVBG nor an ARG is present in a theater, one is located within a few daysí transit time of the region.
In its 1993 Bottom-Up Review, DOD concluded a force of 10 aircraft carriers could meet the military's war-fighting requirements, but it retained 12 carriers (11 active carriers plus 1 deployable training carrier) to meet the larger peacetime forward presence requirements in the three principal overseas theaters. The May 1997 Report of the Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR) differed from the major regional conflict building blocks developed in the 1993 Bottom-Up Review. The FY 1999 budget funded 12 carrier battle groups (CVBGs), 11 Navy carrier air wings (50 fighter/attack aircraft each), 12 amphibious ready groups, 116 surface combatants, and 57 attack submarines.
Since the Bottom-Up Review in 1993, the Defense Department routinely categorized the aircraft carrier force structure as consisting of 11 active carriers and one operational reserve/training carrier. In response to Quadrennial Defense Review analyses and a six-month deployment in 1997 with an active air wing, DoD reevaluated the concept of employing the John F. Kennedy (CV-67) primarily as an operational reserve/training carrier. As a result, this carrier was fully integrated into the active fleetís deployment schedule, while still functioning as a reserve and training asset when not operating in forward areas.
During their service lives, aircraft carriers progress through a
maintenance cycle of alternating operating intervals and depot-level
maintenance periods. An important constraint that bounds the ability to employ carriers in
support of forward presence is Personnel Tempo of Operations
(PERSTEMPO). The Navy initiated the PERSTEMPO Program in 1985 to
balance support of national objectives with reasonable operating
conditions for naval personnel, coupling the professionalism
associated with going to sea with a reasonable home life. The
Program is built around the following goals:
Ships returning from deployment can be retained for a period in a surge readiness status to meet contingency requirements.
The interdeployment training cycle cycle progresses
through three phases of training -- unit, ship and air wing, and battle
group. The cycle also includes other activities such as in-port
periods and preparation for deployment. Since fiscal year
1984 interdeployment training periods of conventional
carriers have averaged 9.8 months while those of nuclear carriers
have averaged 10.6 months.
If a carrier is required in an emergency, maintenance periods can be
shortened by varying degrees, depending on the stage of the
maintenance being performed. A conventional aircraft
carrier can be surged out of an ongoing Selected Restricted
Availability (SRA) and a nuclear aircraft carrier can be surged out
of an ongoing Phased Incremental Availability (PIA).
In addition to the normal depot maintenance
periods, nuclear-powered carriers must complete a refueling complex
overhaul (RCOH) midway through their service lives. While the
conventional carriers do not have a similar requirement, during the
1980s and early 1990s, six underwent modernization, five of which had
their service lives extended through the Service Life Extension
One conventional carrier was nearly continuously in SLEP while
that program was underway. As the nuclear carrier fleet ages into
the 21st Century, a similar situation will exist from a refueling
- a maximum deployment length of 6 months,
- a minimum turn around ratio of 2:1 between deployments, and
- a minimum of 50 percent time in homeport for a unit over a 5-year cycle.
Sources and Methods
- Operational Effectiveness of Conventionally and Nuclear-Powered Carriers - GAO/NSIAD-98-1 -- August 1998
- CHANGING THE PEACETIME DEPLOYMENT OF AIRCRAFT CARRIERS J. D. Oliver - NAVAL WAR COLLEGE - 10 March 1993 -- Viable options for increasing on-station time include deployment cycle adjustments and multiple crewing schemes, while homeporting changes hold little promise.
- The Virginian-Pilot tracks Norfolk-based carriers and ARGs
- The San Diego Union Tribune feature Standing the Watch follows local carriers and ARGs
- Status of the Navy Archive
- Status of the United States Navy
- Forces in the 5th Fleet
- Forces in the 6th Fleet
- Forces in the 7th Fleet
- Status of the U.S. Pacific Fleet - updated every Friday
- Aircraft Carrier Locations @ CARRIER AIR WINGS by Takafumi Hiroe
- CARRIER CAPSULES @ Aircraft Carrier Study Group
Deployment Reports - 2000
- US AIRCRAFT CARRIER KITTY HAWK ARRIVES IN HONG KONG May 26 (CNA) The aircraft carrie Kitty Hawk of the US Seventh Fleet arrived in Hong Kong from Thailand for a five-day visit on Friday.
- George Washington, Saipan battle groups to
conduct Joint Task Force exercise NAVY WIRE SERVICE (NWS) - April 28, 2000 - The George Washington Carrier Battle Group (GWBATGRU) will conduct a Joint Task Force Exercise (JTFEX) from May 10-20, primarily in the waters off Virginia and North Carolina. The battle group will not use the Atlantic Fleet Weapons Training Facility range on Vieques for the exercise.
- CNO pays a visit to Guam, USS Kitty Hawk Navy News Service (17/00) April 20, 2000 -- Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jay L. Johnson visited USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) April 19, on the last day of its four-day stop in Guam.
- Chief of Naval Operations brings good news to Kitty Hawk By Donovon Brooks Pacific Stars and Stripes Thursday, April 20, 2000 - Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jay Johnson announced that the Kitty Hawk would not redeploy to the Persian Gulf. Kitty Hawk and the air wing are headed for a two-month Pacific deployment.
- Carrier wing's landing training takes off By Richard Roesler Pacific Stars & Stripes Wednesday, April 5, 2000 -- USS Kitty Hawk, leaves was to leave Tuesday for a two-month cruise to Guam and other as-yet-unnamed ports in the Pacific.
- Beginning April 4, 2000 through April 30, 2000, Carrier Wing FIVE of the USS Kitty Hawk will conduct a large scale military exercise in the waters surrounding the Mariana Islands.
- JFK Battle Group/Bataan ARG return home Navy News Service March 23, 2000 -- USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67) Battle Group (CVBG) and the USS Bataan Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) recently returned to their respective homeports.
- Kitty Hawk, airwing complete underway training 07 Mar 2000 -- Aircraft carrier undergoes 12 days of qualifications and drills
- DoD News Briefing February 29, 2000 -- Kitty Hawk is on a standard long-scheduled predeployment or post-repair cruise. She is southeast of Japan, not close to Taiwan. She has 10 airplanes on board, not the full carrier air wing by any stretch of the imagination.
- Chairman, Japan Joint Staff Council visits Kitty Hawk 28 February 2000 -- Japanese military officials see how aircraft carrier operates underway
- ROC, US officials mum on carrier movements United Daily News - February 25, 2000 -- The ROC Ministry of National Defense declined to respond to reports that the USS Kitty Hawk carrier squadron has left its home port in Japan to patrol the Taiwan Strait area. USS John C. Stennis - which recently visited Hong Kong and is now headed toward the Indian Ocean - should be observed to see if the carrier group circles back toward Taiwan.
- Kitty Hawk Sailors undergo sea trials NAVY WIRE SERVICE (NWS) - February 24, 2000 - USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) returned to sea the morning of Feb. 23 for 12 days of sea trials. Kitty Hawk's last major deployment, which included an unscheduled three-month trip to the Arabian Gulf in support of Operation Southern Watch, ended as the ship pulled in to Yokosuka late last August.
- SAILING OF USS KITTY HAWK HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH BEIJING'S WHITE PAPER [CNA Taiwan] 24 February 2000 -- The sailing of the American aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk out of its home port of Yokosuka is to carry out a scheduled military drill and has nothing to do with Taiwan's presidential election or Beijing's white paper on the Taiwan issue.
- Hawk Sailors undergo sea trials 23 February 2000 -- USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) returned to sea Feb. 23 for 12 days of sea trials.
- US AIRCRAFT CARRIER MONITORING TAIWAN SITUATION, SAYS JAPANESE TV [CNA Taiwan] 23 February 2000 -- Fuji TV said that the aircraft carrier Kitty Hawk may be dispatched to waters close to Taiwan if the situation across the Taiwan Strait becomes tense before or after Taiwan's March 18 presidential election.
- Eisenhower Battle Group, Wasp ARG deploy NAVY WIRE SERVICE (NWS) - February 22, 2000 -- The ships and squadrons of the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) Carrier Battle Group began a scheduled six-month deployment Feb. 18. About 15,000 Sailors and Marines are deploying to relieve the USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67) Battle Group.
- US carrier fleet avoids Taiwan Strait United Daily News February 9, 2000 -- According to Admiral Hoewing, the current stop in Hong Kong is unrelated to Taiwan's presidential elections. The U.S. Navy is maintaining a low profile during the visit in an effort to avoid provoking Beijing. The fleet's route to Hong Kong avoided the Taiwan Strait.
- Enter the Dragon -- Tuesday, February 8 -- USS JOHN C. STENNIS (CVN 74) arrived in Hong Kong just in time to help celebrate the Chinese New Year, the year of the Golden Dragon.
Deployment Reports - 1999
- Constellation battle group returns home for the holidays after six-month deployment NAVY WIRE SERVICE (NWS) - December 20, 1999 -- During its 10-week patrol in the Arabian Gulf region, the Connie Battle Group flew more than 5,000 casualty-free sorties, including nearly 1,300 in support of Operation Southern Watch. These flights included nine separate combat strikes and more than 43 tons of ordnance expended.
- Constellation Battle Group returns home for the holidays after six-month deployment December 17, 1999 -- After a 6-month overseas deployment, more than 5,000 Sailors and Marines from the Constellation Battle Group received an early Christmas present when they returned to their homeports on December 17.
- DoD News Briefing Tuesday, November 30, 1999 -- Elements of the USS Eisenhower Battle Group and the USS Wasp Amphibious ready group began getting underway yesterday for a Joint Task Force Exercise -- we call it JTFEX -- in preparation for an upcoming deployment to the Mediterranean Sea and the Arabian Gulf. The remainder of the two groups will get underway day after tomorrow, December 2nd.
- Kitty Hawk wraps up 3 weeks underway USS Kitty Hawk Public Affairs 10 Nov 1999 -- The USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) Battle Group returned to Yokosuka Nov. 10 after completing nearly three weeks of at-sea training
- Joint Task Force Exercise COMNAVSURFPAC Press Release November 1999 -- The Joint Task Force Exercise (JTFEX), taking place November 12-22, and Fleet Exercise (FLEETEX) will provide progressive and realistic pre-deployment training for a carrier battle group, an amphibious ready group, Marine Expeditionary Unit and other deploying units.
- USS Abraham Lincoln Sailors learn all kinds of Navy acronyms during ship's work-up cycle NAVY WIRE SERVICE (NWS) 08 November 1999 -- Abraham Lincoln recently departed Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and is preparing for its next major Western Pacific/Arabian Gulf (WESTPAC) deployment, currently scheduled to commence in mid-Aug. 2000.
- After 72 days in Gulf, Connie heads east November 8, 1999 -- The USS John F. Kennedy Battle Group relieved the USS Constellation Battle Group of duties in the Arabian Gulf after 72 days of operating in the region.
- UNREADY FLEET Voice of America 26 October 1999 -- Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Jay Johnson said he will consider keeping the U-S-S Eisenhower in home waters instead of sending it to enforce the no-fly zones over Iraq.
- USS Theodore Roosevelt Battle Group returns to Norfolk; USS Kennedy Battle Group deploys Navy News Service (Sept. 30, 1999)Theodore Roosevelt Battle Group returned from a six-month operational cruise to the Mediterranean Sea and Persian Gulf, while the John F. Kennedy Battle Group departed for its routine deployment.
- USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN COMPLETES SEA TRIALS 20 September 1999 -- USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) completed its sea trials Sept. 20 when it returned to the shipís homeport of Naval Station Everett. This five-day at-sea period marked the first time the ship has been underway since entering the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard on Apr. 1 for a six-month Planned Incremental Availability (PIA).
- USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN RETURNS TO SEA 13 September 1999 -- USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) will bring its six-month Planned Incremental Availability (PIA) in Puget Sound Naval Shipyard to a close Sept. 15 when the ship goes to sea for the first time since March 31.
- T.R., CVW Eight depart the Arabian Gulf NAVY WIRE SERVICE (NWS) - 2 September 1999 -- After six weeks supporting Operation Southern Watch, USS Theodore Roosevelt and embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) Eight departed the Arabian Gulf after being relieved by USS Constellation (CV 63) August 28.
- T.R., CVW EIGHT depart the Arabian Gulf Navnews 28 August 1999 -- After six weeks supporting Operation Southern Watch, USS Theodore Roosevelt and embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) EIGHT departed the Arabian Gulf after being relieved by USS Constellation (CV 63) August 28.
- Do you believe - it's almost time for leave? Starscope August 28, 1999 -- USS Constellation arrives in San Diego on Dec. 17.
- Base celebrates return of USS Kitty Hawk By Kendra Helmer Pacific Star & Stripes August 26, 1999 -- Following the six-month deployment of the USS Kitty Hawk, the aircraft carrier and its escorts, the cruiser USS Chancellorsville and the destroyer USS Curtis Wilbur, steamed into Yokosuka Naval Base at 9 a.m. Wednesday.
- Kitty Hawk/CVW-5 complete six-month deployment 24 August 1999 -- USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) recently completed a 170-day deployment, which took the ship and over 5,000 Sailors on a 48,330 nautical mile trip throughout the Western Pacific, Indian Ocean and Arabian Gulf.
- USS Constellation demonstrates U.S. naval air
power to ROK Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Voice of America 29 July 1999 --
NAVY WIRE SERVICE (NWS) - 29 July 1999 -- USS Constellation (CV 64)
hosted Republic of Korea (ROK) Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Kim Jin Ho recently after the ship visited Pusan, South Korea.
- Kitty Hawk returns to 7th Fleet Kitty Hawk Public Affairs 20 July 1999 -- USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63), accompanied by USS Chancellorsville (CG-62) and USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG-53), recently departed the 5th Fleet Area of Responsibility. The forward deployed carrier is scheduled to return to Yokosuka, Japan Aug. 25.
- Kitty Hawk Battle Group leaves Arabian Gulf USS Kiity Hawk Public Affairs 15 July 1999 -- - After three months supporting Operation Southern Watch, USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) and embarked Carrier Air Wing FIVE, departed the Arabian Gulf July 15 after being relieved by USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71).
- U.S. aircraft carrier Constellation to arrive in Pusan Sunday The Korea Herald 09 July 1999 -- U.S. aircraft carrier Constellation and its fleet of nine ships will make a five-day port visit to Pusan beginning 12 July 1999.
- DoD News Briefing Tuesday, July 6, 1999 -- THEODORE ROOSEVELT will be in the Gulf until late August. She'll leave the Gulf and return to Norfolk by late September. She will replace the KITTY HAWK in the Gulf. The KITTY HAWK will return to Asia. Then when the THEODORE ROOSEVELT leaves the Gulf the CONSTELLATION will come in and replace the THEODORE ROOSEVELT.
- USS Constellation CVBG, USS Peleliu ARG deploy by 3rd Fleet and USS Peleliu Public Affairs (NNS) -- USS Constellation (CV 64) and escort ships from San Diego deployed June 18. Leaving the same day to join Constellation were ships and submarines homeported in Bremerton, Wash. and Pearl Harbor.
- KITTY HAWK/CARRIER AIR WING FIVE SAILORS VISIT BAHRAIN COMNAVSURFPAC PRESS RELEASE June 1999 - USS KITTY HAWK is America's only permanently forward-deployed aircraft carrier, operating from Yokosuka, Japan. Accompanied by the guided-missile cruiser USS CHANCELLORSVILLE (CG 62) and the guided missile destroyer CURTIS WILBUR (DDG 54), KITTY HAWK is participating in Operation Southern Watch in the Arabian Gulf.
- USS Constellation CVBG, USS Peleliu ARG deploy Navnews 18 June 1999 -- USS Constellation (CV 64) and escort ships from San Diego deployed June 18. Leaving the same day to join Constellation were ships and submarines homeported in Bremerton, Wash. and Pearl Harbor.
- DoD News Briefing Tuesday, June 22, 1999 -- The THEODORE ROOSEVELT was most recently in Mallorca, Palma, [Spain] where the Secretary visited the crew, and you did as well on Sunday. How soon will the TR be headed for the Arabian Gulf and the KITTY HAWK back to WESTPAC? I can't answer that question. I don't think the decision's been made.
- Training cycle heats up aboard JCS USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) Public Affairs - May 21, 1999 -- After a short in-port period where the crew completed Command Assessment Readiness and Training (CART) II, the ship and its crew recently got underway for Tailored Ship Training Availability (TSTA) I.
- Pass The Ammo USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74)
Public Affairs - May 21, 1999 -- The ammo onload took place on May 6, 1999. It was another telltale sign that the millennium deployment was just around the corner. The USS JOHN C. STENNIS (CVN 74) was about to become a fully combatant carrier again.
- The Military: War Stretches Pentagon's Resources New York Times 02 May 1999 -- If a crisis arises on the Korean peninsula, the aircraft carrier Constellation in San Diego, not due to sail to the Pacific until June, is on 96-hour notice to deploy earlier, if needed. In early April, the Navy shifted its only aircraft carrier in the western Pacific, and its 75 combat jets, out of the region indefinitely to help wage the Yugoslav campaign.
- Kitty Hawk Battle Group Enters Arabian Gulf 22 April 1999 -- The USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) Battle Group and Carrier Air Wing Five transited through the Strait of Hormuz April 20, relieving the USS Enterprise (CVN-65) Battle Group.
- USS John C. Stennis successfully completes sea trials (NNS) 19 April 1999 -- USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) returned from sea trial operations April 19 off the coast of Southern California.
- Haze Gray: Underway USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) Public Affairs - April 16, 1999 -- JCS leaves pier for first time since August '98
following an extensive maintenance and rehabilitation period. JCS and its crew are underway once again conducting sea trial operations off the coast of Southern California.
- USS Theodore Roosevelt Battle Group deploys in support of NATO 07 April 1999 - Cohen ordered the USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71)
Battle Group to remain in the Mediterranean and support
Operation Allied Force.
- USS Nassau ARG required for humanitarian relief; return to homeport my be delayed The USS Nassau Amphibious Ready Group
(ARG) will remain on station in the Adriatic conducting urgent humanitarian relief operations in support of ongoing operations in Kosovo.
- Kitty Hawk heads for the Gulf 06 April 1999 -- USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) received orders to relieve USS Enterprise (CVN-65) in the Arabian Gulf. Kitty Hawk pulled in to Guam April 3 at the successful completion of the exercise and began loading supplies in preparation for a rapid transit to the Gulf.
- CARRIER BATTLE GROUP DEPLOYMENTS IN SUPPORT OF NATO Saturday, April 3, 1999 -- Secretary of Defense William S. Cohen ordered the USS Theodore Roosevelt battle group to remain in the Mediterranean and support Operation Allied Force. The Theodore Roosevelt battle group, which arrived in the Mediterranean April 3, was originally slated to deploy directly to the Persian Gulf to relieve the USS Enterprise battle group. Cohen ordered the USS Kitty Hawk battle group, based in Yokosuka, Japan, to relieve the Enterprise battle group so it can return to the United States on schedule in May.
- PRESS BRIEFING BY ADMIRAL PAUL REASON AND LT. GENERAL THOMAS KECK 01 April 1999 -- There was not a specific concern about
Enterprise coming back later. However, there was the expression
of concern that a given other ship might return late from
deployment and, fortunately, I was there and as the
commander-in-chief of this fleet, I assured that wife the ship
would be back on time.
- USS Carl Vinson CVBG wraps up in Arabian Gulf Navy News Service 15/99 (March 31, 1999) -- The USS Carl Vinson
Battle Group (CVBG), led by USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) and
Carrier Air Wing (CVW) ELEVEN departed the Arabian Gulf
recently. The ship began its transit south for a long voyage home
and is expected to arrive at her homeport of Bremerton,
Wash., in early May.
- USS Roosevelt CVBG deploying to Gulf region Navy News Service 15/99 (March 31, 1999) -- Ships and squadrons of the USS
Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) Battle Group deployed March 26
from their east coast bases for a scheduled six-month
deployment. A decision about whether or not
the Theodore Roosevelt CVBG will participate in any Kosovo
contingency operation has not been made.
- USS Roosevelt CVBG Ready to Deploy NAVEUR NEWS SERVICE By 2nd Fleet Public Affairs (NWS) - Ships and squadrons of the USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) Battle Group deployed March 26 from their
east coast bases for a scheduled six-month deployment.
- USS Enterprise/CVW-3 return to the Arabian Gulf NAVY WIRE SERVICE (NWS18) - 18 March 1999 - USS Enterprise (CVN 65) and Carrier Air Wing THREE (CVW 3) transited the Suez Canal March 14, headed
east toward their second visit to the Arabian Gulf during the
- USS Kitty Hawk deploys
Navnews 10 March 1999 -- USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63)
departed on a scheduled three-and-a-half month deployment
March 2, with embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) FIVE, based at
Naval Air Facility Atsugi, Japan.
- USS Theodore Roosevelt, USS Kearsarge groups conduct JTFEX 99-1 NAVY WIRE SERVICE (NWS) 16 Feburary 1999 -- Featuring the USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) Carrier Battle Group and the USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) Amphibious Ready Group (ARG), JTFEX 99-1 replicates emerging threats and operational challenges.
- DoD News Briefing, February 11, 1999 -- There have been some reports of two U.S. carriers moving to the Red Sea to help with the Ethiopia/Eritria conflict, in terms of evacuation. But there are no ships moving into the Red Sea for that purpose.
- The Newest Navy Ship Has Almost Everything, Except Enough Sailors By STEVEN LEE MYERS New York Times February 2, 1999 -- What the Navy cannot put aboard the Truman is a full crew. Almost every department on the carrier faces a shortage of sailors, from the engine room to the intelligence division to the mess.
- Enterprise Battle Group Arrives in Adriatic Sea NAVEUR NEWS SERVICE (03-99) 26 January 1999 - The aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65) and Carrier Air Wing THREE (CVW 3), along with the cruiser USS Gettysburg (CG 64), sailed into the Adriatic Sea Jan. 20, joining USS Philippine Sea (CG 58)
- USS Theodore Roosevelt CVBG, USS Kearsarge
ARG to conduct Joint Task Force Exercise NAVY WIRE SERVICE (NWS) - 21 January 1999
Deployment Reports - 1998
- NAVY WIRE SERVICE (NWS) - 7 December 1998 -- USS Abraham Lincoln Battle Group returns from deployment / Ships return to Hampton Roads from deployment / USS Essex ARG heads home
- USS Enterprise Battle Group relieves USS Dwight D. Eisenhower Battle Group NAVY WIRE SERVICE (NWS) - 30 November 1998 -- The USS Enterprise (CVN 65) Battle Group arrived in the Arabian Gulf during the Thanksgiving holiday and relieved the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) Battle Group on station.
- FY99 planned incremental availability for USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) November 25, 1998
- USS Enterprise/CVW-3 steams through Suez Canal
NAVY WIRE SERVICE (NWS) 23 November 1998 -- USS Enterprise (CVN 65) and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) THREE steamed through the Suez Canal Nov. 19 en route to an
Arabian Gulf rendezvous with ships of the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) Battle Group.
- USS Enterprise Battle Group, USS Nassau Amphibious Ready Group begin deployment Navnews 11 November 1998 -- Secretary of Defense William S. Cohen on Tuesday announced that the transit of USS Enterprise be accelerated to have the ship arrive in the Arabian Gulf by Nov. 23, instead of the planned arrival on Nov. 26.
- USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN SAILORS VISIT PERTH CVN-72 Public Affairs 09 November 1998 -- Abraham Lincoln recently left the Arabian Gulf, and is on its return voyage from a six-month Western Pacific deployment.
- USS Enterprise Battle Group, USS Nassau Amphibious Ready Group begin deployment NAVY WIRE SERVICE (NWS) - 9 November 1998 by 2nd Fleet Public Affairs -- The USS Enterprise (CVN 65) Battle Group, with Carrier Air Wing Three (CVW 3) embarked, began a scheduled six-month deployment Nov. 6. Accompanying the aircraft carrier are two cruisers, four destroyers, two frigates, two submarines and a fast combat support ship. The USS Nassau (LHA 4) Amphibious Ready Group, with the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit embarked, will begin their deployment Nov. 13.
- USS Carl Vinson Battle Group and USS Boxer Amphibious Ready Group deploying NAVY WIRE SERVICE (NWS) 09 November 1998 -- USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) Battle Group, based in Bremerton, Wash., deployed Nov. 6. Ships based in San Diego depart today and tomorrow and will join the aircraft carrier for the transit across the Pacific Ocean, joining up with submarines based in Pearl Harbor. The USS Boxer ARG, based in San Diego, will deploy in early December.
- USS Carl Vinson Carrier Battle Group and USS Boxer Amphibious Ready Group to Depart for Six-Month Deployment November 5, 1998
- JCS begins first ever PIA period at NASNI
USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) Public Affairs November 3, 1998 -- ó The aircraft carrier USS JOHN C. STENNIS (CVN 74) began it's first ever maintenance period October 13 at its new home, Naval Air Station North Island. The PIA, or Phased Incremental Availability period, is new for JOHN C. STENNIS as well as for San Diego since JCS is the first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier to homeport here.
- USS JOHN C. STENNIS Completes Maiden Deployment USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) Public Affairs August 26, 1998 -- On August 26, 1998, USS JOHN C. STENNIS (CVN 74) arrived in San Diego, completing its inaugural overseas deployment. On station in the Middle East, JCS and Air Wing SEVEN posted a great record of mission performance including over 1,700 sorties flown over Iraq in patrol of the "no fly" zone. JOHN C. STENNIS now docks in San Diego and will remain there for scheduled maintenance until April 1999, when it begins preparations for a Western Pacific deployment in January 2000.
- 'Indy' Battle Group returns to Yokosuka Navy Wire Service Volume 23, Issue 22 -- June 5, 1998 -- USS Independence (CV 62) Battle Group returns to Yokosuka, Japan today after deploying on short notice to the Arabian Gulf and remaining there four months in support of Operation Southern Watch and Desert Thunder.
- John C. Stennis Standing guard in the Arabian Gulf USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) Public Affairs - March 14, 1998 -- USS JOHN C. STENNIS (CVN 74), with Carrier Air Wing SEVEN (CVW-7) and Command Carrier Group Six (CCG-6) embarked, arrived on station in the Arabian Gulf Wednesday, March 11, 1998 to relieve the aircraft carrier USS GEORGE WASHINGTON (CVN 73).
Deployment Reports - 1997
- John C. Stennis underway on maiden overseas deployment USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) Public Affairs - February 27, 1998 ó The Navyís newest aircraft carrier, USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74), is currently beginning its inaugural six-month deployment, but it is anything but routine. Yesterday, February 26, 1998, JCS departed Naval Station Norfolk making its way to the Arabian Gulf to relieve the aircraft carrier USS George Washington. JCS is scheduled to arrive in San Diego in late August.
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