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Carl Vinson Strike Group WESTPAC 98 Deployment
CVN-70 Carl Vinson
"Gold Eagle"

Following an intense 1998 work up period Carl Vinson participated in RIMPAC '98. The carrier steamed from Bremerton in early November 1998 for its eighth deployment to the Western Pacific and Arabian Gulf.

The Carl Vinson Battle Group included five ships homeported in San Diego: USS Antietam (CG 54), USS Princeton (CG 59) with Carrier Group 3, USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) and USS Oldendorf (DD 972) from Destroyer Squadron 23, and USS McClusky (FFG 41) from Destroyer Squadron 1. USS Columbus (SSN 762) and USS Pasadena (SSN 752) are homeported in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii; and USS Rainier (AOE 7) is homeported in Bremerton. Carrier Air Wing 11, the punch of the carrier-air wing team, includes Fighter Squadron 213, based at NAS Oceana, Va., flying the F-14D Tomcat; and Strike-Fighter Squadrons 94, 97 and 22 from NAS Lemoore, Calif., flying the F/A-18 Hornet. Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron 135 is from NAS Whidbey Island, Wash, and flies the EA-6B Prowler. Carrier Airborne Warning Squadron 117, from Point Mugu, Calif., flies the E-2C Hawkeye. From NAS North Island, Calif. The air wing included Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Six flying the SH-60 Seahawk; Sea Control Squadron 29 flying the S-3B Viking; and Fleet Logistics Support Squadron 30 flying the C-2A Greyhound (COD). The Sea Shadows of Electronic Surveillance Squadron FIVE flew the ES-3A Shadow aircraft on this, their final deployment.

When the deployment began, the Carl Vinson Battle Group was scheduled to make port visits in Australia before proceeding to the Gulf in support of Operation Southern Watch. However, because of increased tensions in the Gulf region, the ship took a more direct route there, permitting port visits to Hong Kong and Singapore. Shortly after departing Singapore, Carl Vinson was ordered to make best speed to the Arabian Gulf, more than 2,000 miles away, proceeded directly to their designated operating area and immediately launched a combat strike on the fourth and final day of Operation Desert Fox. On 19 December 1998 Carl Vinson Battle Group surface ships USS Princeton (CG 54) and USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) simultaneously launched cruise missiles, while Carrier Air Wing 11 aircraft struck a half-dozen sites in southern Iraq using precision-guided munitions in the closing wave of attacks in Operation Desert Fox. Following Desert Fox, the Carl Vinson Battle Group settled into a combat routine supporting Operation Southern Watch, enforcing the Southern No-Fly Zone in Iraq and conducting Maritime Interception Operations. These operations included monitoring and boarding shipping entering and departing Iraq. In 1999 Carl Vinson maintained pressure on Iraq by launching several air strikes against selected targets located in the no-fly zone of southern Iraq in support of Operation Southern Watch from January to March.

In 1999 Carl Vinson maintained pressure on Iraq by launching several air strikes against selected targets located in the no-fly zone of southern Iraq in support of Operation Southern Watch from January to March. In July 1999, the ship entered Puget Sound Naval Shipyard for an 11-month Drydocked Planned Incremental Availability (DPIA). The Navy spent more than $230 million for equipment upgrades, a new local-area network (LAN), new berthings, and several quality-of-life upgrades.

Chronology

    06 May 1999 - Returned
    Late Mar 1999 - Departed Persian Gulf
    18 Dec 98 DESERT FOX / SOUTHERN WATCH
    06 Nov 1998 - Departed for 6-month WestPac



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