NAVAL STATION NORFOLK, Va. (NNS) -- The aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) arrived at its new homeport of Naval Station Norfolk July 31, after completing a seven-month trip around the world.
Carl Vinson Sailors embarked on a journey that took them from their Naval Station Bremerton, Wash., homeport into the Persian Gulf for a four-month deployment, then to their new home at Naval Station Norfolk. Carl Vinson's arrival in Norfolk accomplished the final leg of a homeport shift to Norfolk for a scheduled 36-month Refueling Complex Overhaul (RCOH).
"We're absolutely thrilled to have the Vinson here," said Capt. Lloyd Pyle, commanding officer of Naval Station Norfolk. "We're delighted to have a team of warriors back."
The Sailors aboard the ship were noticeably enthusiastic about their arrival in Norfolk.
"I'm stoked. I'm so excited," said Aviation Structural Mechanic Airman Samuel LoGiudice.
Carl Vinson and embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 9 launched more than 6,500 sorties, totaling more than 20,000 flight hours, in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and maritime interdiction operations since relieving the Naval Station Norfolk-based USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) March 19.
The ship will spend nearly two thirds of the RCOH in dry dock to accomplish planned repairs. This period will also be used to install the latest technologies in computer software, combat systems, propulsion controls and aviation support.
The RCOH is scheduled to begin in November.
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