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Enterprise Strike Group MED 06 Deployment
ENTBATGRU
CVN-65 Enterprise
"Big E" / "Ready on Arrival"

Six weeks after returning to homeport following a successful deployment, USS Enterprise (CVN 65) is at sea and back in action to support carrier qualifications (CQ) for two squadrons of student pilots. The Greyhawks of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 120 and the Gladiators of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 106 completed their CQ April 22.

USS Enterprise (Big E) (CVN 65) concluded a successful port visit to Fort Lauderdale, Fla., April 30, as guests of South Florida Fleet Week USA. With beautiful weather, pristine beaches and hospitable residents, South Florida was a great location for liberty call for not only the "Big E" crew, but also for the Sailors of USS Trenton (LPD 14), USS Mitscher (DDG 57), USS Simpson (FFG 56), USS Philippine Sea (CG 58), USS Stephen W. Groves (FFG 29) and USS Miami (SSN 755).

USS Enterprise (CVN 65) deployed June 3 with the embarked squadrons of Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 1), sending more than 5,000 Sailors to participate in Summer Pulse 04, the simultaneous deployment of seven aircraft Carrier Strike Groups (CSGs) over the summer months designed to demonstrate the ability of the Navy to provide credible combat power across the globe by operating in five theaters with other U.S., allied and coalition military forces.

Enterprise's role in Summer Pulse 04 ranged from exercises in the northern Atlantic Ocean to the Mediterranean Sea, and included cooperative missions with European and African nations including England, France, Spain, Morocco, Germany, Italy and the Netherlands. The entire deployment culminated in Majestic Eagle, a multi-nation exercise in and around the Eastern Atlantic.

The USS Enterprise Carrier Strike Group (CSG) completed Exercise Neo Tapon, a combined exercise involving North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) members and hosted by Spain, June 14. The exercise tested NATO surface warfare, air warfare and strike mission capabilities, as well as the strike group's ability to implement plans quickly.

USS George Washington (CVN 73) was originally slated to participate in the exercise, but when Enterprise departed June 3rd for Summer Pulse 04, Big E had the opportunity to get involved. The Enterprise CSG, which includes USS Gettysburg (CG 64) and the guided-missile destroyer USS Ramage (DDG 61), joined forces from France, Italy, Portugal, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, and Morocco, as well as ships from Standing Naval Forces Atlantic and Mediterranean for the exercise.

The USS Enterprise (CVN 65) Carrier Strike Group joined a fleet of ships and aircraft from 10 European partner navies June 21 in the North Atlantic near Scotland for a NATO maritime exercise. The exercise, called The Joint Maritime Course (JMC), was the second of three scheduled exercises for 2004 hosted by the Joint Maritime Operations Training Staff, a British naval organization. The exercise featured more than 50 ships from Norway, Sweden, Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, France, Spain, Germany and the United States.

USS Enterprise (CVN 65) completed the Joint Maritime Course (JMC) of Summer Pulse '04, sponsored by British military forces, June 30.

The officers and crew of USS Enterprise (Big E) (CVN 65) concluded an eventful four-day port visit to Portsmouth, England, when the ship raised the anchor shortly before noon July 6, heading to sea for more training as part of exercise Summer Pulse '04.

USS Enterprise (CVN 65) teamed up again with allied forces from France, Germany, Italy, Morocco, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Turkey and the United Kingdom for MEDSHARK/ Majestic Eagle '04 (MS/ME04) July 11 off the coast of Morocco as part of the carrier's Summer Pulse '04 deployment. Hosted by Morocco, MS/ME04 seeked to develop interoperability and build military relationships between the ten allied nations involved. MS/ME04 was the final of three multinational exercises Enterprise has participated in along with its allies.

Big E is heading home after successfully completing the multinational maritime exercise MEDSHARK/Majestic Eagle '04 (MS/ME04) July 16, ending the carrier's final major exercise of Summer Pulse '04.

USS Enterprise officially completed the Navy's first test of the Fleet Response Plan, Summer Pulse '04, July 23 when she moored pierside at her homeport of Norfolk Va., after nearly two months at sea.

USS Enterprise (CVN 65) (Big E) entered the Northrop Grumman Newport News shipyard Sept. 3 for a scheduled Extended Selected Restricted Availability (ESRA). Big E was scheduled to be in Northrop Grumman Newport News until mid-summer of 2005.

USS Enterprise (CVN 65) pulled away from Norfolk Naval Station's Pier 12 Oct. 13, 2005 for sea trials, following the conclusion of an Extended Selected Restricted Availability (ESRA) in the Northrop Grummon Newport News Shipyards in Newport News, Va.

An S-3B Viking from the "Maulers" of Sea Control Squadron (VS) 32 signified the start of USS Enterprise's (CVN 65) return to operational status as the aircraft touched down on the Big E's flight deck Oct. 17 - the first aircraft to land on the ship's flight deck in more than a year. USS Enterprise's Air Department completed flight deck certification Oct. 19. An aircraft carrier must earn the certification before a deployment to prove its readiness, passing multiple tests judged by Commander, Naval Air Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet (AIRLANT).

USS Enterprise (CVN 65) completed a two-day ammunition on-load Oct. 24, bringing the aircraft carrier one step closer to combat readiness. Enterprise utilized both connected replenishment (CONREP) and vertical replenishment (VERTREP) with the help of Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron (HS) 11 to safely bring aboard 1,173 lifts of ammunition from USNS Arctic (T-AOE 8).

USS Enterprise (CVN 65) took in all lines from Naval Station Norfolk Pier 12, in Norfolk, Va., Oct. 29 for Tailored Ships Training Assessment (TSTA). TSTA is a training regimen designed to prepare a ship for prompt and sustained combat operations at sea. The crew of USS Enterprise surpassed expectations with the successful conclusion of its Tailored Ship's Training Availability (TSTA) and Final Evaluation Phase (FEP) Nov. 19. Big E completed more than three months' worth of training and graded evaluations in less than six weeks, and earned a near perfect score in the process.

The nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65) and embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 1 departed Naval Station Norfolk, Va., May 2, 2006 for a regularly scheduled six-month deployment. Enterprise is the flagship for the Enterprise Carrier Strike Group, which includes USS Leyte Gulf (CG 55), USS McFaul (DDG 74) and USS Nicholas (FFG 47), all based in Norfolk, USS Alexandria (SSN 757), homeported in Groton, Conn., and USNS Supply (T-AOE-6), homeported in Earle, N.J. The nearly 7,500 Sailors in the strike group will conduct operations in the Middle East in support of the global war on terrorism.

In the spirit of strengthening emerging national partnerships, USS Enterprise (CVN 65), the "Big E," made its first port visit in its current six-month deployment May 17 with a stop in Split, Croatia. Nearly 5,000 Sailors and Marines from Enterprise and embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 1 descended on the city for a four-day port visit and a little rest and relaxation after a two-week transit across the Atlantic Ocean.

The Enterprise Carrier Strike Group began conducting Maritime Security Operations (MSO) in the Persian Gulf June 6 as part of a routine rotation of maritime forces. The strike group arrived in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations May 29, after transiting the Suez Canal. While in the region, the strike group will conduct flight operations in support of ground troops in Iraq, conduct various training exercises with coalition partners, and MSO. MSO help set the conditions for security and stability in the maritime environment, as well as complement the counter-terrorism and security efforts of regional nations. These operations deny international terrorists use of the maritime environment as a venue for attack or to transport personnel, weapons or other material.

USS Enterprise (CVN 65), Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 2 and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 1 successfully completed the first operational portion of their deployment, July 6. The carrier now heads to the Western Pacific to begin operations with U.S. Navy's 7th Fleet. While in U.S. Navy's 5th Fleet area of operations (AOO), the nearly 6,000 Sailors assigned to the strike group supported Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom, as well as conducted maritime security operations (MSO).

Since arriving in the Persian Gulf June 6, Enterprise and CVW-1 launched 781 sorties and amassed 3,832 flight hours in direct support of troops participating in Operation Iraqi Freedom; and an additional 237 sorties and 455 flight hours in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. The carrier left the gulf 06 July 2006 after spending only a month there, with no other US aircraft carrier in replacement.

Enterprise returned to the Middle East after leaving the Persian Gulf in early July for a two-month deployment with 7th Fleet in the western Pacific. Enterprise returned to the Central Command area on 28 August 2006. Accompanying Enterprise and her air wing was the cruiser Leyte Gulf. Thousands of US and Pakistani naval forces began a series of military and counterterrorism exercises in the northern Arabian Sea on 03 September 2006. The exercises, dubbed "Inspired Union 06," would last until Sept. 21 and involve the USS Enterprise Aircraft Carrier Strike Group and four Pakistani vessels. On September 08, 2006 US Navy F/A-18C Hornets from the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise launched airstrikes against Taliban fighters near Kandahar and provided support for ground forces in Operation Medusa.

Aircraft assigned to Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 1 stationed aboard USS Enterprise (CVN 65) continued their support of International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) troops on the ground as part of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) from Sept. 12 through Sept. 19. F/A-18C Hornets from the "Sidewinders" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 86, based in Beaufort, S.C., F/A-18C Hornets from the "Knighthawks" of VFA-136, based in Virginia Beach, Va., and F/A-18F Super Hornets from the "Checkmates" of VFA-211, based in Virginia Beach, Va., have flown nearly 100 missions in the last seven days.

On Sept. 12, Enterprise-based aircraft performed strafing runs against both Taliban extremists preparing for operations against ISAF forces and a building suspected of housing Taliban extremists. The ship's aircraft also expended Guided Bomb Unit (GBU) 12 bombs against a Taliban fortification near Kandahar. The GBU-12 is a general-purpose, laser-guided 500-pound bomb. Combat operations continued Sept. 14 when Enterprise-based aircraft strafed and expended additional GBU-12 bombs against known Taliban targets east, north and northwest of Kandahar. Additionally, aircraft investigated a suspected Taliban compound near Moqor.

More than 5,400 Sailors from USS Enterprise (CVN 65) returned home Nov. 18 after completing a successful six-month deployment in support of the on-going rotation of forward-deployed forces. Enterprise deployed May 2 as the flagship of the Enterprise Strike Group (ENT CSG) and supported operations in the U.S. 5th, 6th and 7th Fleet areas of responsibility (AOR).

While in 5th Fleet, ENT CSG was instrumental in the war on terrorism, conducting combat operations in support of Operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom, and Operation Medusa, as well as conducting maritime security operations. From early September through Nov. 1, Enterprise-based aircraft expended more than 130 precision weapons against Taliban extremists in Afghanistan.

Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 1, embarked on Enterprise, flew nearly 23,000 hours, including nearly 12,000 hours of combat missions in Operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom.

Enterprise also led the way in promoting maritime leadership through cooperation with American allies abroad during their deployment. The ship entertained hundreds of foreign military officials, dignitaries and distinguished visitors in every numbered fleet and hosted numerous receptions and press conferences in the 6th Fleet and 7th Fleet AORs, including the Split, Croatia, Medal of Honor presentation ceremony for the family of Chief Watertender Peter Tomich. Tomich, a Croatian-American, was awarded the Medal of Honor posthumously for his heroic actions aboard USS Utah (BB 31) during the attack on Pearl Harbor, Dec. 7, 1941.

Sailors and Marines from Enterprise spread goodwill throughout the world by participating in more than 30 community relations (COMREL) projects, totaling nearly 2,800 man-hours, during port visits in the 6th and 7th Fleet AORs. Hundreds of Sailors and Marines made a positive impact in Split, Croatia; Souda Bay, Greece; Pusan, Korea; Hong Kong; Singapore; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; and Lisbon, Portgual.

Enterprise Strike Group ships served as ambassadors in every port, opening their brows to more than 3,600 visitors during their eight port calls. Additionally, Enterprise finished its deployment by hosting the Navy's first trans-Atlantic "Tiger Cruise" in more than 30 years for friends and family of crew members. The Big "E" Tiger Cruise began in Lisbon, Portugal, Nov. 10.

During its deployment, Enterprise steamed nearly 60,000 miles, dropped 137 precision weapons over nearly 8,500 sorties flown, and spent nearly $10 million on feeding the crew. 363 Sailors reenlisted for a total of nearly $6.5 million in tax-free selective reenlistment bonuses (SRB). While those numbers are certainly impressive, none of them may be as important to the crew as the nearly 15.6 million emails sent and received aboard Enterprise.

Chronology

    22 Nov 2006 - Home
    30 Oct 2006 - In Red Sea
    23 Aug 2006 - Port visit @ Kuala Lumpur
    20-22 Aug 2006 - Andaman Sea
    15-19 Aug 2006 - Port Kelang, Malaysia
    10-14 Aug 2006 - South China Sea
    7-8 Aug 2006 - Sunda Sea
    3-6 Aug 2006 - Changi Naval Base, Singapore
    31 Jul - 2 Aug 2006 - South China Sea
    27-30 Jul 2006 - Port visit @ Hong Kong
    07 Jul 2006 - Concludes operations in the Persian Gulf
    14 Jun 2006 - Persain Gulf
    09 Jun 2006 - Persian Gulf
    29 May 2006 - Entered 5th Fleet's Area of Operations
    17-20 May 3006 - Port visit @ Split, Croatia
    02 May 2006 - Deployed
    20 Mar 2006 - Atlantic Ocean
    11 Feb 2006 - Atlantic Ocean
    22 Nov 2005 - Returned to Norfolk
    19 Nov 2005 - Completed TSTA
    29 Oct 2005 - Departed for TSTA
    24 Oct 2005 - Ammunition Onload
    13 Oct 2005 - Underway for sea trials
    21-26 Aug 2005 - INSURV Scheduled
    3 Sep 2004 - Begins ESRA
    23 Jul 2004 - Returns Home
    17 Jul 2004 - exits Med
    11 Jul 2004 - Off the coast of Morocco
    07 Jul 2004 - Atlantic Ocean
    2-6 Jul 2004 - Port visit @ Portsmouth, England
    1 Jul 2004 - English Channel
    21 Jun 2004 - North Atlantic Ocean
    14 Jun 2004 - North Atlantic Ocean
    3 Jun 2004 - Deployed for Summer Pulse '04
    2? May 2004 - Norfolk
    19 May 2004 - Atlantic Ocean
    ?? May 2004 - Norfolk
    30 Apr 2004 - Atlantic Ocean
    26-30 Apr 2004 - port visit, Ft. Lauderdale
    21 Apr 2004 - Weapons Offload
    16 Apr 2004 - Atlantic Ocean




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