Carrier Air Wing 9 Completes 2009 Deployment

Story Number: NNS090706-15Release Date: 7/6/2009 10:15:00 PM
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By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class (SW) Steve Owsley, USS John C. Stennis Public Affairs

SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- The squadrons of Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 9 completed their 2009 deployment when the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) pulled into Naval Air Station North Island, Calif., July 6.

CVW 9 began its deployment Jan. 17, when it embarked Stennis for a scheduled deployment to the Western Pacific Ocean as the air assets of the John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group.

According to CVW 9 Deputy Commander Capt. Paul Haas, the deployment was more like the traditional Western Pacific Ocean deployments from his days as a junior officer.

"We've spent a lot of generations in the Arabian Gulf doing Fifth Fleet operations," said Haas. "This is a vital and very important thing that we do in the Western Pacific."

During the deployment, CVW 9 participated in an undersea warfare exercise with the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force, annual exercise Foal Eagle with the Republic of Korea and joint exercise Northern Edge 2009.
CVW 9 Sailors also participated in 38 community service projects during seven port visits.

The deployment marked several milestones within the air wing. The Raptors of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 71 completed their maiden deployment, while the "Yellow Jackets" of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 138 made their last scheduled deployment with the EA-6B Prowler. The "Argonauts" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 147 completed their first deployment with the F/A-18E Super Hornet after transitioning from F/A-18C Hornet.

CVW 9 flew more than 7250 sorties, consisting of approximately 12,747 flight hours with a sortie completion rate of 97 percent during deployment.

While deployed, the squadrons of CVW 9 increased maritime security in the Western Pacific Ocean through their active presence and working with partner nations during exercises and port visits.

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Lt.j.g. John Jackson, left, and Lt. Jeffery Sweitzer, from the
090703-N-6538W-037 PACIFIC OCEAN (July 3, 2009) Lt.j.g. John Jackson, left, and Lt. Jeffery Sweitzer, from the "Black Knights" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 154 walk to their F/A-18F Super Hornet aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) for their final launch during Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 9 fly off. John C. Stennis is returning from a scheduled six-month deployment to the western Pacific Ocean. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Walter M. Wayman/Released)
July 6, 2009
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