USS CARL VINSON is the third NIMITZ - class aircraft carrier and the first ship in the Navy named after Congressman Carl Vinson.
|Keel Laid: October 11, 1975
|Launched: March 15, 1980
|Commissioned: March 13, 1982
|Builder: Newport News Shipbuilding Co., Newport News, Va.
|Propulsion system: two nuclear reactors
|Main Engines: four
|Blades on each Propeller: five
|Aircraft elevators: four
|Arresting gear cables: four
|Length, overall: 1,092 feet (332,85 meters)
|Flight Deck Width: 252 feet (76,8 meters)
|Area of flight deck: about 4,5 acres
|Beam: 134 feet (40,84 meters)
|Draft: 37,7 feet (11.3 meters)
|Displacement: approx. 97,000 tons full load
|Speed: 30+ knots
|Planes: approx. 85
|Crew: Ship: 3,200
|Air Wing: 2,480
|Armament: two Mk-57 Mod 3 Sea Sparrow launchers, three
|Homeport: San Diego, Calif.
This section contains the names of sailors who served aboard USS CARL VINSON. It is no official listing but contains the names of sailors who submitted their information.
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Notes of Interest:
About the Carrierís Name, about Congressman Carl Vinson:
Carl Vinson was born in Baldwin County, Georgia, on November 18, 1883. The son of Edward S. and Annie Morris Vinson, he attended Georgia Military College in Milledgeville and was graduated from the Mercer University Law School with an LL.B. degree in 1902, beginning practice on June 5 of that year.
Rep. Vinson's appointment as Baldwin County Prosecutor in 1904 began a career of more than 60 years of service in public office. In 1909, he was elected to the Georgia General Assembly, serving there until 1912. He returned to Baldwin County in late 1912 to serve as County Court Judge.
On November 3, 1914, he was elected to the United States House of Representatives to fill an unexpired term. He served in Congress for more than 50 years - the longest service of any House Member in the history of the United States. Titles such as "Father of our modern Navy" and "Aviation's Elder Statesman" barely describe his contributions, for few others have done so much for the defense of the country.
Rep. Vinson was among the nation's leading advocates of naval power. More than any other person, he was responsible for the buildup of the US Navy and its air power before World War II. Admiral Nimitz, the Pacific Fleet Commander, said of him, "I do not know where this country would have been after December 7, 1941, if it had not had the ships and the know-how to build more ships fast, for which one Vinson Bill after another was responsible."
Carl Vinson's philosophy concerning military preparedness throughout his career is just as valid today. "The most expensive thing in the world is a cheap Army and Navy", he said. "History has shown that weakness invites attacks." He supported the policy that the naval strike forces, including ships such as CARL VINSON should be nuclear-powered.
Rep. Vinson had served a total of 50 years and one months in the House of Representatives when he retired in January 1965. He returned to Milledgeville where he resided until his death on June 1, 1981.
USS CARL VINSON Patch Gallery:
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Accidents aboard USS CARL VINSON:
|August 16, 1986
|A freak wave washes over an elevator of the USS CARL VINSON injuring one man and sweeping seven others into the Pacific Ocean. They were quickly rescued by HS-4 personnel and PAUL F. FOSTER (DD 964).
|October 31, 1989
|620 miles north of Wake Island
|A sailor is lost after being washed overboard from the CARL VINSON.
|February 18, 1996
|W-291 Operating Area of off southern California
|During a CompTuEx (Competitive Training Unit )- training mission, Cdr. L. Scott "Scooter" Lamoreaux, former CO of VF-2, at that time serving on VINSON's Battle Group's CruDesGru Staff, conducted a simulated anti-ship attack. CDR Lamoreaux was acting as the RIO in F-14D side number 111 with pilot LT Terrence "Bluto" Clark at the controls. As they conducted their first supersonic run over the target ship, they encountered a sudden and severe flight control problem that caused their aircraft to exceed it's flight limitations and break up catastrophically in flight. The crew was killed instantly. Their wingman, side number 206, assumed on scene commander and executed a search and rescue effort. Both deceased crew were recovered and brought to the flight deck of the USS CARL VINSON. Later investigation revealed a burn through of 111's afterburner liner allowing hot engine gases to impinge and burn through flight control rods causing the mishap.
|February 18, 2003
|At approx. 8.15 p.m. an F/A-18C of VFA-147 crashed about 45 miles from the aircraft carrier. The pilot safely ejected from the aircraft prior to the crash. One of CARL VINSON's helicopters, which was airborne at the time of the crash, was immediately dispatched to conduct rescue operations. The pilot was recovered by the helicopter crew, was uninjured and was returned to CARL VINSON.
|May 2, 2005
|Following a mid-air collision, two VMFA-323 F/A-18Cs disappear from the radar screens while flying over Iraq. Both pilots are killed.
|April 21, 2017
|off the Philippines
|An F/A-18E assigned to VFA-137 crashes while on final approach to the CARL VINSON. The pilot ejects and is safely recovered by a helicopter of HSC-4.
|A maintainer gets the cranial sucked right off his head when he gets too close to the intake of an A-6E. The cranial FODs the engine.
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USS CARL VINSON Image Gallery:
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The photos below were taken by Ian Johnson and show the CARL VINSON anchored in Gage Roads, Fremantle, Australia, on April 17, 2003, during her seventh visit to Fremantle.
The photos below were taken by me on February 2, 2009, and show the CARL VINSON at Northrop Grumman Newport News Shipyard during her Refueling and Complex Overhaul (RCOH). The F/A-18 visible on some photos was taken aboard just a few weeks before the photos were taken. It serves as a training tool for CARL VINSON's air department crew.
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The photos below were taken by me and show the CARL VINSON leading the parade of ships into San Francisco Bay as part of Fleet Week San Francisco. The photos were taken on October 8, 2011. Note the crew firing saluting batteries on the second photo.
The photos below were taken by me and show the CARL VINSON undergoing her 7-month Planned Incremental Availability at Naval Air Station North Island, Calif. The photos were taken in early October 2012.
The photo below was taken by Henry Schnutz on August 27, 2013, and shows the CARL VINSON at Naval Air Station North Island, Calif.
The photos below were taken by Michael Jenning and show the CARL VINSON undergoing a 6-month Planned Incremental Availability at Naval Air Station North Island, Calif. The photos were taken on October 2, 2015.
The photo below was taken by Sebastian Thoma and shows the CARL VINSON at Naval Air Station North Island, Calif., on January 9, 2016.
The photos below were taken by Michael Jenning and show the CARL VINSON at Naval Air Station North Island, Calif., on April 18, 2016.
The photos below were taken by Michael Jenning and show the CARL VINSON at Naval Air Station North Island, Calif., on October 6, 2016.
The photos below were taken by Michael Jenning and show the CARL VINSON at Naval Air Station North Island, Calif., on October 11, 2017.
The photos below were taken by Michael Jenning and show the CARL VINSON at Naval Air Station North Island, Calif., on May 29, 2022.