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Big E Underway to Continue Carrier Quals

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Story Number: NNS070321-09
Release Date: 3/21/2007 3:06:00 PM

By Mass Communication Specialist (SW/AW) 1st Class Jen Crenshaw, USS Enterprise Public Affairs

USS ENTERPRISE, At Sea (NNS) -- The nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, USS Enterprise (CVN 65) (Big E), got underway March 19, after spending the weekend at its homeport in Norfolk, Va., offloading Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 1 and onloading training squadrons from Chief of Naval Air Training (CNATRA), headquartered at Naval Air Station (NAS) Corpus Christi, Texas.

The Big E crew remains focused on maintaining combat readiness in support of the Navy’s Fleet Response Plan (FRP). FRP enables the Navy to respond to unpredictable and complex situations worldwide, especially threats to the United States and its coalition partners. Following an initial period of carrier qualifications, Enterprise will begin fleet replenishment carrier qualifications, providing an opportunity for pilots to become certified in landing on a carrier at sea.

“In order to counter these threats successfully, we must be able to maintain our advantage," said Capt. Larry Rice, Enterprise’s commanding officer. “The Big E is a testament of our nation’s superior power, precision, and technology – but the most important advantage we have is our people. Constant training of our people, especially sharpening our war fighting abilities during an underway carrier qualification period, is essential for our Navy and Marine Corps team to maintain readiness.”

During this current underway, Big E will be joined by the “Flying Eagles” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 122 flying the F/A-18 Super Hornet, stationed at Naval Air Station (NAS) Lemoore, Calif.; the “Gladiators” of VFA-106, stationed at NAS Oceana, Va., the “Rough Raiders” of VFA-125, stationed at NAS Lemoore, Calif., and the “Sharpshooters” of Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron (VMFAT) 101, stationed at Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Miramar, Calif., all flying the F/A-18 Hornet.

Also joining the Big E are the “Tridents” of Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron (HS) 3 flying the SH-60 Seahawk, stationed at NAS Jacksonville, Fla.; the “Greyhawks” of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 120 flying the E-2C Hawkeye, stationed at Naval Station Norfolk, Va.; the “Rawhides” of Fleet Logistics Support Squadron (VRC) 40 flying the C-2A Greyhound, stationed at Naval Station Norfolk, Va.; the “Checkmates” of Sea Control Squadron (VS) 22 flying the S-3B Viking, stationed in NAS Jacksonville, Fla.; the “Eagles” of Training Squadron (VT) 7, the “Tigers” of VT-9, the “Redhawks” of VT-21, and the “Golden Eagles” of VT-22, all flying the T-45A/C Goshawk and all stationed at NAS Corpus Christi; and the “Vikings” of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 129 flying the EA-6B Prowler, stationed at NAS Whidbey Island, Wash.

Big E is the centerpiece of the Enterprise Carrier Strike Group, which also 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 the “Checkmates” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 211 flying the F/A-18 Super Hornet and; the “Knighthawks” of VFA-136; the “Sidewinders” of VFA-86; the “Thunderbolts” of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 251 all flying the F/A-18 Hornet. Also joining CWV 1 are the “Dragonslayers” 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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