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Enterprise Battle Group MED 01 Deployment
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CVN-65 Enterprise
"Big E" / "Ready on Arrival"

Enterprise began her 17th deployment in spring 2001. More than 15,000 Sailors and Marines attached to the ships and squadrons of the USS Enterprise (CVN 65) Aircraft Carrier Battle Group (CVBG) and USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) began a scheduled six-month deployment. This is the 17th overseas deployment for Enterprise since its maiden voyage Jan. 12, 1962. The Enterprise CVBG and Kearsarge ARG relieved the USS Harry S Truman (CVN 75) CVBG and USS Nassau (LHA 4) ARG, which deployed in November. Those two groups were scheduled to return home in late May 2001. In addition to Enterprise and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 8, deploying ships of the CVBG include guided missile cruisers USS Philippine Sea (CG 58) and USS Gettysburg (CG 64); guided missile destroyers USS Stout (DDG 55), USS McFaul (DDG 74) and USS Gonzalez (DDG 66); destroyers USS Nicholson (DD 982) and USS Thorn (DD 988); guided missile frigate USS Nicholas (FFG 47); logistics ship USS Arctic (AOE 8); and attack submarines USS Providence (SSN 719) and USS Jacksonville (SSN 699). Scheduled as late-deployers, McFaul and Nicholson joined the battle group after departing in June.

The Kearsarge ARG, with the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable) embarked, deployed as a major component of the battle group. The ARG is comprised of amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3), amphibious transport dock ship USS Ponce (LPD 15), and dock landing ship USS Carter Hall (LSD 50). Over a six month period, these units conducted multi-national and joint operations with navies of various European countries, and visit ports in Mediterranean and Arabian Gulf nations. The ships and squadrons were scheduled to return home in October 2001.

Team ENTERPRISE participated in several multi-national maritime exercises between port visits to Spain, France, Italy, England, Portugal, and Greece. Subsequently, the ship spent two months in the Arabian Gulf in support of Operation SOUTHERN WATCH and Maritime Interdiction Operations. ENTERPRISE aborted her transit home after the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001 and steamed overnight to the North Arabian Sea in direct support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. Big E once again took her place in history by becoming one of the first units to respond in a crisis with her awesome striking power. Big E expended more than 800,000 pounds of ordnance during the operation. ENTERPRISE returned to her homeport at Naval Station Norfolk, November 10, 2001.

Chronology

    07 Jan 2002 - Begins EDSRA
    Mid Nov 2001 - Returned to Norfolk
    01 Nov 2001 - Departed North Arabian Sea
    16 Sep 2001 - North Arabian Sea
    16 Sep 2001 - relieved by CVN-70 Carl Vinson
    04 Aug 2001 - relieved CV-64 Constellation
    01 May 2001 - training @ Vieques
    25 Apr 2001 - departed Norfolk
    mid-Feb 2000 - carrier qualifications



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