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NAVY NEWS SERVICE - 21 Sep 94 - NAVNEWS 056/94
NNS628. Japan's "Rescue Seagull 80" Flies U.S. Sailor to Hospital YOKOSUKA, Japan (NNS) -- A case of appendicitis can be critical to anyone, but when it hits a Sailor underway, serious conditions are intensified, especially when limited medical treatment is available.
Recently, Fire Controlman Third Class David Henderson, stationed on board USS California (CGN-36), was diagnosed with appendicitis while underway. The USS California, together with elements of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF), performed a joint at-sea personnel transfer to transport Henderson to a treatment facility, a first time transfer with seaplanes conducted between the two forces.
In less than three hours after the initial call for assistance, the JMSDF seaplane "Rescue Seagull 80" rendezvoused with USS California, 130 miles offshore. The seaplane's 13-man crew, commanded by LCDR Toshiichi Domyo, landed 200 yards off the port beam and launched a small rubber boat to transfer Henderson and Hospital Corpsman Third Class Scott Youngerman to the seaplane. Within 30 minutes, the patient and escort were safely on board the plane and headed for Naval Air Station Atsugi. They were transported to Yokosuka Naval Hospital via helicopter.
"I feel that it was really good cooperation between the Japanese Navy and the U.S. Navy," said Petty Officer Henderson, two days after his surgery. "It was quick. The Japan Self-Defense Force was very precise, clean and very polite, too."
By JO1 Elizabeth Bartlett, COMNAVFORJAPAN Public Affairs
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NAVY WIRE SERVICE - A WIRE (NWSA) - 23 DECEMBER 1994
NWSA080. USS Kitty Hawk battle group home for Christmas
WASHINGTON (NWSA) -- Sailors of USS Kitty Hawk's (CV 63) aircraft carrier battle group returned to families and friends this week after a six-month western Pacific deployment.
The battle group is led by RADM Dennis Blair, Commander, Cruiser Destroyer Group 5. Joining the Kitty Hawk as it sailed into San Diego harbor were the guided missile cruisers USS Cowpens (CG 63) and USS Vincennes (CG 49); and attack submarines USS Salt Lake City (SSN 716) and USS Jefferson City (SSN 759).
The group returning to San Diego was considerably smaller than the flotilla that patrolled the waters off the coasts of Japan and Korea. Other members of the nine-ship battle group returned to their home ports of Bremerton, Wash.: USS California (CGN 36) and USS Roanoke (AOR 7); or in the case of USS Flint (AE 32), to Concord, Calif. The crew of USS Crommelin (FFG 37) had their homecoming Dec. 14 when the battle group visited their home port of Pearl Harbor.
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-USN-4 June 1995 Radioactive Spill
CALIFORNIA (CGN-36) was in three-month SRA overhaul at Puget Sound NSY during May. On 4 June, a 100-gallon spill of radioactive water contaminated three sailors during a test of a valve in the cruiser's reactor compartment. A Navy spokesman said radioactivity involved was minimal; the water was washed off and "no further problems were anticipated." The Navy is conducting an investigation into the incident.
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NAVY WIRE SERVICE - A WIRE (NWSA) - 24 August 1995 -
NWSA970. Navy ships participate in joint exercise
SAN DIEGO (NWSA) -- U.S. Navy ships and a Canadian warship are scheduled to participate in a multi-service exercise called KE KOA '95 (The Warrior), on Aug. 26 through Aug. 28, in and around the Hawaiian Islands.
The exercise will be conducted by Commander, Anti-Submarine Warfare Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet to improve joint-service and multi-national interoperability by training Hawaii-based forces with ships of a U.S./Canadian aircraft carrier battle group. The exercise will allow units to improve individual and collective war-fighting proficiency levels, including all facets of sea, land and air warfare.
The USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) Battle Group is under the command of Commander Cruiser Destroyer Group 3 and includes Carl Vinson with its embarked air wing Carrier Air Wing 14, Destroyer Squadron 5, USS California (CGN 36), USS Shiloh (CG 67), USS Camden (AOE 2), USS Pintado (SSN 672) and USS William H. Bates (SSN 680). Canadian frigate HMCS Annapolis will also sail as part of the battle group. U.S. Marine Corps, Army, Air Force, Coast Guard and Hawaii Air National Guard are participating.
Following the exercise, the battle group will visit Hawaii to participate in the 50th Anniversary Commemoration of V-J Day, the end of the war in the Pacific and the end of World War II.
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USS Carl Vinson begins Western Pacific deployment
ALAMEDA, Calif., May 14, 1996 -- Seven Navy ships, led by the nuclear-powered Aircraft Carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70), departed their West Coast homeports today for a scheduled deployment to the Western Pacific and Indian Oceans.
The Carl Vinson Battle Group is part of the U.S. Navy's Pacific Fleet, which helps maintain stability in a region of great strategic and economic importance to the United States - the Pacific Rim.
This area covers one-third of the earth's surface and more than one-half of the earth's total ocean area. More than 60 percent of the world's population lives in or around the Pacific Rim and more than 40 nations use these waters to transport their commerce. The U.S. trades more in this area than anywhere else.
With this in mind, the importance of our Navy's role in world affairs is evident. Carl Vinson Battle Group is ideally suited to provide stability, to assist in humanitarian operations and ensure our national interests are protected in this part of the world. The battle group is commanded by Cruiser Destroyer Group THREE, Rear Admiral Edward Moore, Jr., embarked aboard Carl Vinson. Also embarked aboard Carl Vinson is the staff of Dsetroyer Squadron FIVE, commanded by Captain David T. Hart, Jr. The embarked air wing is Carrier Air Wing FOURTEEN, commanded by Captain Hamlin B. Tallent.
Carl Vinson, homeported in Alameda, Calif., and commanded by Captain Larry C. Baucom is the third of six Nimitz-Class Aircraft Carriers. Carl Vinson, with her embarked air wing offers a flexible sustainable force capable of carrying out a wide variety of missions. The Battle Group can rapidly reposition and respond to emerging and ongoing world events. The primary mission in a crisis would be to maintain a presence and show the United States flag as a sign of deterrence. However, every element of a group is fully trained and capable of executing combat missions. These missions include: establishing air superiority, deny surface ships and submarines use of a specified area of water, perform a long range strike into enemy territory, intercept merchant shipping to enforce established sanctions and evacuate military and civilian personnel from foreign territory.
This deployment is Carl Vinson's second since 1990, when it began a complex overhaul at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard in Bremerton, Wash. During the two and half year overhaul, Carl Vinson received major upgrades and improvements in the ship's equipment electronics and living spaces.
Additionally, new flight deck catapults and aircraft recovery systems were installed, which allow greater flexibility in handling the air wing's modern aircraft. The ship completed overhaul and returned to its Alameda homeport in April 1993. Also deploying with Carl Vinson are the Guided Missile Frigate USS Crommelin (FFG 37), commanded by Commander Andrew G. Sevald, and the Nuclear-Powered Submarine USS Hawkbill (SSN 666), is commanded by Commander S. R. Howard. Hawksbill and Crommelin are homeported in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.
Supporting the group as the primary replenishment ship is the Bremerton, Wash. Fast Combat Support Ship USS Camden (AOE 2), commanded by Captain Evan M. Chanik. Camden replenishes ships with petroleum products, ammunition and a variety of dry and refrigerated stores.
Two San Diego homeported ships will be joining the task group. They are the Guided Missile Cruiser USS Shiloh (CG 67), commanded by Captain Paul S. Schultz, and USS Jefferson City (SSN 759), commanded by Commander Marty Smith.
Also serving with the task group are two Nuclear-Powered Guided Missile Cruisers. They are USS Arkansas (CGN 41), commanded by Captain Thomas M. Keithly and USS California (CGN 36), commanded by Captain Robert P. Perry. The Carl Vinson task group has been instrumental in developing tactics and doctrine for the use of submarines with battle groups.
Deploying aboard CARL VINSON are nine squadrons of Carrier Air Wing FOURTEEN. These squadrons are:
Fighter Squadrons 11 and 31, based at Naval Air Station Miramar, Calif.,
which fly the F-14D Tomcat. VF 11 is commanded by Commander Timothy
L. Benham. The commanding officer for VF 31 is Commander David Cully.
Strike-Fighter Squadrons 25 and 113, are based at Naval Air Station
Lemoore, Calif., and fly the F/A-18 Hornet. Commander Roger L. Welch is
the commanding officer for Strike-Fighter Squadron 25. Commander Doug
McClain is the commanding officer for Strike-Fighter Squadron 113.
Sea Control Squadron 35, is based at Naval Air Station North Island, Calif.
and commanded by Commander Larry McCracken. VS-35 flies the S-35
Attack Squadron 196, based at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Wash., and is commanded by Commander David J. Frederick, flies the A-6E Intruder.
Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron 113, based at Naval Air Station Miramar, Calif., is commanded by Commander Steve Squires and flies the E-2C Hawkeye.
Electronic Warfare Squadron 139, based at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Wash., is commanded by Commander Ron C. Plucker and flies the EA-6B Prowler.
Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron 4, based at Naval Air Station North Island, is commanded by Commander Time Davison and flies the SH-60F and HH-60 H Seahawk.
There are approximately 80 aircraft assigned to Carrier Air Wing FOURTEEN. The
offensive power embarked is shared by three types of aircraft: the A-6E Intruder, the
EA-6B Prowler and the F/A-18 Hornet. These aircraft can perform long range strike
missions, interdict major communications networks, conduct anti-surface warfare,
counter enemy electronic warfare threats and provide essential airborne refueling.
The primary air defense force is provided by the E-2C Hawkeye, F/A-18 Hornet
and the latest, improved version of the F-14 Tomcat, the F-14D. The Hawkeye gives
long-range early warning of all approaching air contacts and provides close radar
control to the F-14D Tomcats so they can intercept, identify and if necessary,
destroy enemy targets.
Detecting, tracking and if required destroying submarines are the primary missions of the S-3B Viking and the SH-60 Seahawk. This mission is accomplished through a variety of acoustic and non-acoustic sensors and various weapons. Both aircraft can be configured to support a variety of other missions. The Viking can be used to locate , track and counter surface ship threats and is one of primary delivery platforms for in flight refueling. The Seahawk is used in search and rescue operations, logistics and passenger transfers. The air wing team can be tasked with projecting power, supporting amphibious landings by providing close air support for land based forces, denying use of the air space several hundred miles around the carrier battle group, and operational in support of joint operations with other services.
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NAVY WIRE SERVICE - A WIRE (NWSA) - 13 June 1996
-NWSA1843. USS Arkansas on final deployment
ABOARD USS ARKANSAS (NWSA) -- USS Arkansas (CGN 41), homeported in Bremerton, Wash., is three weeks into its final Western Pacific deployment.
Midway across the Pacific, the nuclear-powered cruiser joined the USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) Battle Group, composed of the Carl Vinson, USS California (CGN 36), USS Shiloh (CG 67), USS Camden (AOE 2), USS Jefferson City (SSN 759) and USS Crommelin (FFG 37).
Nearly 8,000 miles later, part of the battle group pulled into Yokosuka, Japan. "I really looked forward to visiting Japan because my wife and 6-month-old daughter live there now, and I got a chance to spend some time with them," said Radioman 3rd Class John G. Jenista, of Berlin, Pa.
While in port crew members toured Mt. Fuji and Tokyo. "I've been to Japan before, but this was the first time I actually went on a tour," said Personnelman Seaman Edward S. Martinez, of Clint, Texas. "The atmosphere was peaceful and quiet, and experiencing Japanese culture was very interesting."
Arkansas will conduct exercises with the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force. After that, the crew is scheduled for liberty in Hong Kong, where they will have an opportunity to join tours into mainland China.
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President orders Navy ships to unleash additional cruise missiles against Iraq
by Alan Goldstein, Navy Office of Information
IN THE ARABIAN GULF (NNS) -- President Clinton late Tuesday evening ordered three Navy surface combatants and a submarine in the Arabian Gulf to launch a second strike of 17 Tomahawk cruise missiles against selected air defense targets in Iraq.
The Navy strike was delivered by USS Russell (DDG 59), USS Hewitt (DD 966), USS Laboon (DDG 58) and USS Jefferson City (SSN 759). Their mission was to complete the suppression of Iraq's air defense facilities which could potentially remain in operation after the initial strike early Tuesday morning.
President Clinton also announced the southern "No Fly" zone in Iraq was extended northward to the 33rd parallel. According to DoD officials, the larger "No Fly" zone will make it easier for the United States and its coalition partners to contain Saddam Hussein's aggression.
USS Shiloh (CG 67), USS Laboon (DDG 58) and Air Force B-52 bombers flying from Guam launched 27 cruise missiles during the initial strike yesterday.
The attacks were designed to reduce the risks to pilots who began enforcing the expanded "No Fly" zone at noon today (Wednesday).
President Clinton approved a military response to Iraqi attacks against the Kurds Monday. Speaking at a press conference from the White House Tuesday morning, he said, "Our objectives are limited, but clear. To make Saddam pay a price for the latest act of brutality, and to reduce his ability to threaten his neighbors and America's interest."
USS Hewitt and USS Laboon are part of the USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) Battle Group that moved into the northern Arabian Gulf last week in response to escalating activity by Iraqi ground forces. USS Russell and Jefferson City are operating as part of the maritime interception force under U.S. Fifth Fleet command.
The following ships are currently deployed to the Arabian Gulf: USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70), USS Arkansas (CGN 41), USS California (CGN 36), USS Shiloh (CGN 67), USS Laboon (DDG 58), USS Hewitt (DD 966), USS Crommelin (FFG 37), USS Camden (AOE 2), USS Tarawa (LHA 1), USS Duluth (LPD 6), USS Rushmore (LSD 47), USS Ardent (MCM 12), USS Dextrous (MCM 13), USS Doyle (FFG 39), USS Russell (DDG 59), USS Vandegrift (FFG 48), USS Jefferson City (SSN 759), USNS Catawba (T-ATF 168), USNS Niagara Falls
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NAVY WIRE SERVICE - A WIRE (NWSA) - 02 July 1996 -
USS California Sailors volunteer in Hong Kong and Singapore
Singapore — Although the primary mission of Sailors aboard USS California (CGN 36) is training for intense deployment operations as part of USS Carl Vinson's Carrier Task Group, they have not forgotten their responsibility as America's goodwill ambassadors.
A week-long liberty visit to Hong Kong enabled 10 California Sailors to renovate the grounds of the Hong Kong Society for the Protection of Children in Mong Kok, Kowloon. California's crew, led by the ship's Chaplain Lieut. Ron Tomlin, cleaned walls, renovated drain pipes and provided landscaping services for the school which teaches 600 children.
The next day, 24 Sailors helped out the Hong Kong Association for the Mentally Retarded at Pinehill Village, Tiapo, New Territories. The work included painting and landscaping which improved safety for the children and enhanced the appearance of the facility. "They were very pleased to have us," said Tomlin, who organized the events. "It was a lot of work, but together we worked quickly and accomplished in a single day what would normally take weeks to do."
Another 24-member crew helped the Boy's Brigade Camp while in Singapore. In addition to extensive landscaping, cleaning and painting, California's electricians rewired the facility which was in danger of being closed for failure to comply with proper electrical safety standards. Led by Electrician's Mate 1st Class Christopher W. Anderson of Lompoc, Calif., the Sailors ensured the camp would pass all electrical safety requirements.
Tomlin emphasized the importance of community relations projects by U.S. Sailors. "Our actions speak louder than words," Tomlin said. "If we can continue to lend professional expertise to [the people] of the countries we visit and save time and money in the process, we should do just that. We get into it and thrive on it."
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