Aircraft Carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) visits Fremantle 24 – 29 April 2012; C-2A Greyhounds visit Perth Airport

ABOVE: The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70), the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Bunker Hill (CG 52) transit in formation with Indian navy ships during Exercise Malabar 2012, in the Bay of Bengal on 14 April 2012.
Photo: U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class James R. Evans/Released – 120414-N-DR144-657

23 April 2012:

The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) and Ticonderoga-class guided missile cruiser USS Bunker Hill (CG-52)  arrive off Fremantle, spending  five days anchored offshore at Gage Roads anchorage (between Fremantle and Rottnest Island).

The US Consulate  advised that members of the public will not be allowed aboard to visit the ship.

The ship has previously visited Fremantle  in 1990, 1999 and 2003.

USS Carl Vinson gained fame as the first ship to launch air strikes in support of Operation Enduring Freedom (the war in Afghanistan) on 7 October 2001. It also launched missions during Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003, and was the ship that received Osama Bin Laden’s body  for burial at sea in May 2011. The ship recently participated in Exercise Malabar 2012 with the Indian Navy, in the Bay of Bengal.

USS Carl Vinson appeared in the  movie “Behind Enemy Lines”, starring Owen Wilson and Gene Hackman. The film “Stealth” starring Jamie Foxx was partly filmed on the ship. USS Carl Vinson  was also featured in the 1995 Discovery Channel TV documentary “Carrier: Fortress At Sea”.

USS Carl Vinson has Carrier Air Wing 17 (CVW-17) aboard, consisting of aircraft and squadrons as follows (source :

Squadron Aircraft
VFA-22 Fighting Redcocks FA-18F
VFA-81 Sunliners FA-18E
VFA-113 Stingers FA-18C(N)
VFA-25 Fist of the Fleet FA-18C(N)
VAQ-134 Garudas EA-6B
VAW-125 Tigertails E-2C Hawkeye 2000 NP
HS-15 Red Lions SH-60F/HH-60H
                  42, 45               
VRC-40 DET.5 Rawhides C-2A NP

Approximately 4,700 US sailors (nearly 4,400 from USS Carl Vinson alone) will visit Perth and Fremantle during the stay. They will attend  Anzac Day ceremonies and conduct a number of community service activities during their visit.

The USS Carl Vinson is named after former US congressman and chairman of the House Naval Affairs and Armed Services Committee, Carl Vinson. The ship’s motto is the Latin phrase “Vis Per Mare” meaning strength from the sea.

The USS Carl Vinson‘s Grumman C-2A Greyhound aircraft have been visiting Perth Airport a number of times, to deliver and collect mail, personnel and supplies for the ship.

ABOVE: 162178 / 42 Grumman C-2A Greyhound (cn 58) of US Navy squadron VRC-40 Detachment 5, deployed aboard the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70).
On final approach to runway 21 at Perth Airport on 21 April 2012.
Photo © Keith Anderson
ABOVE: 162147 / 45 Grumman C-2A Greyhound (cn 27) of US Navy squadron VRC-40 Detachment 5, deployed aboard the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70).
Taking off from runway 21 at Perth Airport on 22 April 2012.
Photo © Keith Anderson

David Eyre

President, Aviation Association of WA Inc

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