USS Carl Vinson Arrives in Norfolk


Story Number: NNS050801-01Release Date: 8/1/2005 8:56:00 AM
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By Journalist Seaman Davis J. Anderson, Public Affairs Center Norfolk

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.

For more news from around the fleet, visit www.navy.mil.

 
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Machinist’s Mate 2nd Class Lawrence Drennen shares a first hug with his children at pier 14 on board Naval Station Norfolk, during homecoming celebrations for the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70).
050731-N-8720O-201 Norfolk, Va. (July 31, 2005) - Machinist's Mate 2nd Class Lawrence Drennen shares a first hug with his children at pier 14 on board Naval Station Norfolk, during homecoming celebrations for the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). USS Carl Vinson is completing a deployment to the Persian Gulf and a homeport shift from Naval Station Bremerton, at Naval Base Kitsap, Wash., to Norfolk, Va., where she is scheduled to undergo a 36-month Refueling and Complex Overhaul (RCOH) at the Northrop Grumman Newport News Ship Yard. U.S. Navy photo by Journalist Seaman Christopher Okula (RELEASED)
July 31, 2005
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