USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) is the United States Navy’s third Nimitz-class supercarrier. The aircraft carrier is named for Carol Vinson, a Congressman from Georgia, in recognition of his contributions to the U.S. Navy. The ship was launched in 1980, undertook her maiden voyage in 1983, and underwent refueling and overhaul between 2005 and 2009.
Besides deployments in Operation Desert Strike, Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Southern Watch, and Operation Enduring Freedom, Carl Vinson was involved in a number of notable events. The body od Osama bin Laden was buried at sea in 2011 from the deck of Carl Vinson, and that same year, on Veterans Day, she played host to the first NCAA basketball game on an aircraft carrier, between North Carolina and Michigan State.
One of the most revolutionary technologies of the U.S. Navy’s Ford-class carriers is the Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System, or EMALS, that is currently equipped on the aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford and is being integrated on the next two Ford carriers currently under construction.
When fully optimized, EMALS will go from a cold start to launch-ready in about 15 minutes. Steam catapults take hours and significantly more nuclear energy to achieve the same level of readiness—and deplete the ship’s critical freshwater resources to operate.
The EMALS will enable Ford-class carriers to accommodate 160 sorties per day during normal conditions and an anticipated 270 during wartime operations. This is an almost 33 percent increase in sortie deployment capability from the Nimitz-class carrier’s capability during peacetime, and a 12.5 percent increase during wartime. This represents a drastic increase in the lethality and effectiveness of the ship.
Article taken from Defense News – Commentary by: Vice Adm. Lewis W. Crenshaw Jr. (ret.) September 14th.
US Navy F-35C Joint Strike Fighter lands for the first time on USS Nimitz (CVN068)
The F-35 Lightning II is a 5th Generation fighter, combining advanced stealth with fighter speed and agility, fully fused sensor information, network-enabled operations, and advanced sustainment.
The Lightning II is a single-seat , single-engine fighter aircraft designed for many missions with advanced, integrated sensors built into every aircraft. Missions that were traditionally performed by small numbers of specialized aircraft, such as intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance and electronic attack missions can now be executed by a squadron of F-35s, brining new capabilities to many allied forces.
Information taken from Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II website.
Picture taken from USNI News from November 3, 2014
Monday, October 12 marks the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attack on the U.S. Navy guided-missile destroyer USS Cole (DDG 67) while she was refueling in Aden, Yemen.
At 1118 hours, October 12, 2000, a suicide attacker in a small boat carried an explosive charge up to Cole's port side. The blast claimed the lives of 17 sailors and injured another 37, and it tore a 40-by-60 foot hole in the ship’s hull. Over the next 96 hours, the survivors fought flooding to prevent further loss of life and save their severely-damaged ship. They succeeded, and the vessel was shipped back to the United States aboard a heavy-lift ship for repairs. She remains in service today.
"Twenty years later, it is important to recognize how these acts of bravery and heroism were nothing short of extraordinary. Immediately following the blast and uncertain of the possibility of further explosions, Cole Sailors courageously ran to the scene and rescued severely injured and trapped shipmates, saving them from further injury and probable death," said Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mike Gilday in an address to the fleet. "The example set by the Cole sailors is clear: a well-trained crew, even after a devastating blow, can rise to the occasion and save their ship."
Gilday called on all Navy servicemembers to hold a moment of silence on Monday in remembrance of the 17 crewmembers who died aboard USS Cole.
After the attack, Yemeni investigators arrested and convicted five suspects, Fahd al-Quso, Jamal al-Badawi, Maamoun Msouh, Ali Mohamed Saleh and Murad al-Sirouri, describing them as members of terrorist group Al Qaeda. An additional suspect, Abd al Rahim al-Nashiri, was captured by U.S. forces and transferred to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, where he remains today. Though al-Nashiri denied affiliation with Al Qaeda, the attack was hailed as a success by (then-living) Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.
In 2003, Pakistani forces arrested Saudi national and Al Qaeda member Walid bin Attash on charges that he had helped plan the USS Cole attack. Like al-Nashiri, bin Attash is still in confinement at Guantanamo Bay.
USS Cole is named after Marine Corps Sgt. Darrell Samuel Cole, who died in action during the assault on Iwo Jima. On Feb. 19, 1945, Sgt. Cole led his machine gun section ashore in the assault on Iwo Jima's beaches. One of his squads had hardly reached dry land before their advance was halted by fire from two enemy positions. Cole crawled forward and wiped out the two positions with hand grenades.
Cole's unit continued the advance until they were again halted by fire from three Japanese pillboxes. One of Cole’s machine guns eliminated one position, then jammed. Armed only with a pistol and one hand grenade, Cole made a one-man attack against the two remaining positions. Twice he returned to his own lines for additional grenades, and he continued until he destroyed both Japanese strong points. While returning to his own squad, he was killed by an enemy grenade. Sgt. Cole was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor.