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Enterprise Returns From Carrier Qualifications

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Story Number: NNS070319-14
Release Date: 3/19/2007 2:44:00 PM

By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Marcel A. Barbeau, USS Enterprise Public Affairs

NORFOLK (NNS) -- USS Enterprise (CVN 65)(Big E) returned to its homeport of Norfolk on March 15 after successfully completing two weeks of carrier qualifications (CQ) in the Atlantic Ocean.

The Enterprise Carrier Strike Group (CSG) returned from its most recent six-month deployment in November. The carrier is now in a surge-ready status in accordance with the Navy’s Fleet Response Plan (FRP). Conducting carrier qualifications ensures the Big E and embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 1 maintain combat readiness.

“Remaining surge ready, requires that we maintain the same level of combat readiness that we had when we returned home less than five months ago,” said Enterprise Commanding Officer Capt. Larry Rice. “The past two weeks of training ensured that Enterprise and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 1 is ready to answer the call.”

Enterprise leads Enterprise CSG, which includes the guided-missile destroyers USS Arleigh Burke (DDG 51), USS Stout (DDG 55), USS Forrest Sherman (DDG 98) and USS James E. Williams (DDG 95); the guided-missile cruiser USS Gettysburg (CG 64), the fast-attack submarine USS Philadelphia (SSN 690) and the fast combat supply ship USNS Supply (T-AOE 6).

In addition to being the flagship of the strike group, Enterprise is also the home to CVW 1. The air wing is comprised of four F/A-18 Hornet squadrons: the Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 211 “Checkmates”; VFA-136 “Knighthawks”; VFA-86 “Sidewinders”; and the “Thunderbolts” of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 251.

Also joining the CVW-1 are the “Dragonstayers” of Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron (HS) 11 flying the SH-60 Seahawk; the “Rooks” of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 137 flying the EA-6B Prowler; the “Maulers” of Sea Control Squadron (VS) 32 flying the S-3B Viking; the “Screwtops of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 123 flying the E-2C Hawkeye; and the “Rawhides” of Fleet Logistics Support Squadron (VRC) 40 flying the C-2A Greyhound.

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