Super Hornet, Seahawk Squadrons Due To Arrive Soon
The nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65)
(Big E), returned to sea April 30 for a cycle of carrier
qualifications, following a four-week in port period for Board of
Inspection and Survey (INSURV) preparations and inspections.
Enterprise was last at sea March 19 through April 1 to conduct
carrier qualifications with training squadrons from Naval Air
Training, headquartered at Naval Air Station Corpus Christi,
For approximately two weeks, Enterprise will be home to a few
new squadrons as the pilots of the fleet replenishment squadrons
train for carrier landings at sea.
As the Navy’s surge carrier, Big E continues to remain
ready at all times to deploy at a moment’s notice. Constant
training keeps Sailors and Marines stationed aboard the 45-year-old
carrier and the embarked squadrons primed to fight any battle,
whether against enemy aircraft in the sky or supporting ground
troops in the global war on terrorism.
"Our enemies are persistent and relentless, and in order to win
the fight against terrorism, we must be persistent and relentless
as well," said Capt. Larry Rice, Enterprise commanding officer. "We
must keep our minds sharp and focused on the mission."
"As Sailors and Marines, we are obligated to carry out our
duties by the oaths we took at our enlistments and commissionings,"
said Capt. O.P. Honors, executive officer. "A few years ago,
ships’ schedules were built around a predictable six-month
deployment every two years. However, as we move into the future, we
must be prepared for anything that comes our way."
During this current underway, Big E will be joined by two F/A-18
Super Hornet squadrons, the "Flying Eagles" of Strike Fighter
Squadron (VFA) 122 stationed at Naval Air Station (NAS) Lemoore, CA
and the "Gladiators" of VFA-106 stationed at NAS Oceana, VA; an
SH-60 Seahawk squadron, the "Tridents" of Helicopter Anti-Submarine
Squadron 3 stationed at NAS Jacksonville, Fla.; and a C-2A
Greyhound squardron, the "Rawhides" of Fleet Logistics Support
Squadron (VRC) 40 from Naval Station Norfolk.
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 Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 1.
(ANN salutes Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class (SW/AW)
Jen Crenshaw, USS Enterprise Public Affairs)