If you remember, on 9/11, USS Enterprise CVN 65 had just handed command over to USS Carl Vinson CVN 70
Just found this:
Enterprise was beginning her voyage home from the Persian Gulf when the September 11 attacks were carried out. Without orders, the carrier returned at flank speed to the waters off Southwest Asia near the Persian Gulf, outrunning her escorts. In October 2001, the United States launched air attacks against Al Qaeda training camps and Taliban military installations in Afghanistan. The actions were designed to disrupt the use of Afghanistan as a base for terrorist operations and to attack the military capability of the Taliban regime. Over three weeks, aircraft from Enterprise flew nearly 700 missions and dropped large amounts of ordnance over Afghanistan. On 10 November, the carrier arrived at her home port of Norfolk, Virginia, 16 days later than originally planned. During her last day at sea, the ship hosted a live two-hour broadcast of ABC's Good Morning America. Garth Brooks performed a concert with Jewel from Enterprise on 21 November while she was docked in Norfolk, Virginia. The concert was carried live on CBS.
On 23 July 2001, again with CVW-11 embarked, Carl Vinson steamed from Bremerton, Washington, bound for the Persian Gulf to support Operation Southern Watch. This changed abruptly on 11 September 2001, as the ship was rounding the tip of India. In response to the terror attacks on U.S. soil, Vinson changed course and sped toward the North Arabian Sea, where on 7 October 2001, Vinson launched the first airstrikes in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. For 72 days, Vinson, along with Carrier Wing 11, launched over 4,000 combat sorties in the War on Terror, earning the ship the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal. Vinson earned the Battle E and Navy Unit Commendation during this deployment.
And look who's out there now:
|USS Enterprise (CVN 65) - 5th Fleet|
|USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) - 5th Fleet|
|USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) - Pacific Ocean|
Once Commander, USS Enterprise had heard about the attacks, without waiting for orders - ordered a course change of 180' and went back, joined up with CVN 71 because both carriers knew that they were going to be the tip of the sword once military action was ordered.
In the next month, USS Kitty Hawk CV 63, and if memory serves USS Carl Vinson CVN 70 joined up to make one of the most powerful carrier tasks forces ever to be created, to bring the fight to the enemy.
- USS John F Kennedy CV 67
- USS Harry S Truman CVN 75
- USS John C Stennis CVN 74
- USS George Washington CVN 73
- USS Abraham Lincoln CVN 72
- USS Dwight D Eisenhouer CVN 69
- USS Nimitz CVN 68
- USS Constellation CV 63
- USS Ronald Reagan CVN 76