USS Carl Vinson Air Ops

07/12/2011: Carl Vinson and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 17 are highlighted; in the future naval real estate will be used to carry the first stealth aircraft which the USN has deployed which in turn will allow multiple variants of F-18s as well as Prowlers and Growlers to be replaced by a single aircraft.  The new aircraft carriers will have triple the sortie rate, and opens up the possibilities of how to use the carrier decks.  We will have a Forum session soon debating how to use the deck of this important sovereign US real estate in the Fall.

Carl Vinson and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 17 are underway in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility.  Current air capabilities are highlighted; in the future naval real estate will be used to carry the first stealth aircraft which the USN has deployed which in turn will allow multiple variants of F-18s as well as Prowlers and Growlers to be replaced by a single aircraft.  The new aircraft carriers will have triple the sortie rate, and opens up the possibilities of how to use the carrier decks.  We will have a Forum session in the Fall of 2011 debating how to use the deck of this important sovereign US real estate in the Fall.

Photo Credit : USN Visual Service


  • The first photo shows an HH-60H Sea Hawk helicopter assigned to Helicopter Anti-submarine Squadron 15 approaches the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson to simulate a fast rope deployment of special operations personnel during an air power demonstration
  • The second photo shows n F/A-18C Hornet assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 25 deploys flares while flying faster than the speed of sound alongside the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson during an air power demonstration.
  • The third photo shows an F/A-18C Hornet assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 25 drops inert ordnance alongside the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson during an air power demonstration
  • The fourth and fifth photos show an F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 81 maneuvers over the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson during an air power demonstration.
  • The final photo shows an EA-6B Prowler assigned to Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 134 flies past the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson during an air power demonstration.

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