On March 15, 1980, USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70), the third Nimitz class aircraft carrier, was christened and launched at Newport News Shipbuilding. The ship’s namesake, Congressman Carl Vinson, attended the ceremony at age 96 and became the first American in the history of the Navy to witness a ship’s launching in his honor. Mrs. Charles S. Snead was the ship’s sponsor.
USS Carl Vinson has exemplified the ship’s motto “Strength from the Sea” during more than three decades of service. After the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, Vinson immediately changed course from India and sped toward the Arabian Sea to conduct operations in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. When a devastating earthquake hit Haiti in 2010, Vinson provided rapid response in delivering medical and aid supplies to the country.
These missions exemplify how aircraft carriers are always present and ready around the world, providing U.S. policy makers with unparalleled global reach. Aircraft carriers’ adapting capabilities and advanced technology allow our nation the ability to be at the right place when it matters.
Photo sources: Navsource.org, U.S. Navy