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U.S. Department of Defense
Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Public Affairs)
News Release

  No. 358-07

USS Carl Vinson To Return To Pacific Fleet


The U.S. Navy announced today that the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier, the USS Carl Vinson, will conduct a homeport change, returning to the West Coast and likely relocation to San Diego in early 2010.

After a thorough review of prospective homeports, the secretary of the Navy selected San Diego as the preferred alternative after evaluating a number of factors, including its existing infrastructure, family support facilities, and proximity to training areas. The decision is subject to a supplemental environmental impact statement (SEIS).

The Navy currently has two nuclear powered aircraft carriers, the USS Nimitz and the USS Ronald Reagan homeported in San Diego. San Diego is also an onload/offload site for carrier air wings embarking aboard West Coast carriers.

The 2006 Quadrennial Defense Review calls for the presence of six of the Navy’s 11 carrier strike groups to reside in the Pacific.

“Having six of our aircraft carriers in the Pacific greatly enhances our nation’s security,” said Secretary of the Navy Donald C. Winter. “It will help protect our vital interests, reassure our friends and allies, and maintain unfettered access to sea lanes.”

The USS Carl Vinson is currently undergoing a maintenance period in Northrop Grumman Newport News Shipyard in Virginia. The Navy’s preference to homeport Vinson in San Diego is consistent with the Navy’s decision in 2000 to create capacity to homeport three nuclear powered aircraft carriers in San Diego. The final decision on a homeport for the USS Carl Vinson will be made after completion of a supplemental environmental impact statement that will examine changes that may have occurred since the Navy completed its original environmental analysis in 2000.

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