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US Navy - Aircraft Carrier

CVN 74 - USS John C. Stennis

 

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Type, class: Aircraft Carrier - CVN; Nimitz class

Builder: Newport News Shipbuilding, Newport News, Virginia, USA

   

STATUS:

Awarded: June 30, 1988

Laid down: March 13, 1991

Launched: November 13, 1993

Commissioned: December 9, 1995

IN SERVICE

   

Homeport: Naval Base Kitsap, Bremerton, Washington

Namesake: Senator John C. Stennis (1901-1995)

Ships Motto: LOOK AHEAD

Technical Data: see: INFO > Nimitz class Aircraft Carrier - CVN

 

Deployments / Carrier Air Wings embarked:
February 1998 - August 1998 with Carrier Air Wing 7 (CVW-7) - World Cruise, Arabian Gulf
January 2000 - July 2000 with Carrier Air Wing 9 (CVW-9) - Pacific Ocean, Gulf
November 2001 - May 2002
with Carrier Air Wing 9 (CVW-9) - Pacific Ocean, Arabian Sea
May 2004 - November 2004
with Carrier Air Wing 14 (CVW-14) - Pacific Ocean, exercise RIMPAC 2004
January 2007 - August 2007
with Carrier Air Wing 9 (CVW-9) - Pacific Ocean, Gulf
January 2009 - July 2009
with Carrier Air Wing 9 (CVW-9) - Pacific Ocean, Arabian Sea
July 2011 - March 2012
with Carrier Air Wing 9 (CVW-9) - Pacific Ocean, Arabian Sea, Gulf
August 2012 - May 2013
with Carrier Air Wing 9 (CVW-9) - Pacific Ocean, Arabian Sea
January 2016 - August 2016
with Carrier Air Wing 9 (CVW-9) - Pacific Ocean
 

 

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Pearl Harbor, Hawaii - December 2016

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Pearl Harbor, Hawaii - December 2016


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Port Orchard, Washington - October 2016

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Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, Washington - August 2016

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San Diego, California - August 2016

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with CVW-9 embarked - Pearl Harbor, Hawaii - July 2016

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with CVW-9 embarked - Pearl Harbor, Hawaii - July 2016

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with CVW-9 embarked - June 2016

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with CVW-9 embarked - May 2016

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Singapore - April 2016

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Singapore - April 2016

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with CVW-9 embarked - March 2016

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with CVW-9 embarked - February 2016

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Naval Base Kitsap-Bremerton, Washington - January 2016

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with CVW-9 embarked - August 2015

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San Diego, California - June 2015

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with CVW-9 embarked - May 2015

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San Diego, California - March 2015

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Bremerton, Washington - February 2015

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Bremerton, Washington - April 2014

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Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, Washington - June 2013

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Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, Washington - June 2013

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San Diego, California - April 2013

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April 2013

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with CVW-9 embarked - Pearl Harbor, Hawaii - April 2013

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with CVW-9 embarked - March 2013

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with CVW-9 embarked - October 2011

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with CVW-9 embarked - October 2011

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with CVW-9 embarked - Manama, Bahrain - September 2011

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with CVW-9 embarked - November 2009

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with CVW-9 embarked - November 2009

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San Diego, California - July 2009

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Busan, Republic of Korea - March 2009

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with CVW-9 embarked - February 2009

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with CVW-9 embarked - August 2007

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with CVW-9 embarked - February 2007

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Naval Base Kitsap Bremerton, Washington - January 2007

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Naval Base Kitsap Bremerton, Washington - January 2007

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Bremerton, Washington - January 2005

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January 2005

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with CVW-14 embarked - October 2004

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with CVW-14 embarked - exercise RIMPAC 04 - July 2004

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with CVW-14 embarked - Pearl Harbor, Hawaii - exercise RIMPAC 04 - July 2004

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with CVW-14 embarked - Pearl Harbor, Hawaii - exercise RIMPAC 04 - June 2004

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at NAS North Island, California - May 2002

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September 2002

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with CVW-9 embarked - August 1999

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at NAS North Island, California - October 1998

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Operation Southern Watch - May 1998

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January 1997

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in drydock at Newport News Shipbuilding & Drydock Corporation - August 1996

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in drydock at Newport News Shipbuilding & Drydock Corporation - August 1996

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at Newport News Shipbuilding & Drydock Corporation - July 1996

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September 1995

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under construction at Newport News Shipbuilding & Drydock Corporation - October 1993
 

 

John C. Stennis

  john c. stennis senator mississippi usa 02  john cornelius stennis senator usa cvn

senator john c. stennis mississippi usa 04  john c. stennis senator usa cvn 05
1973
    

 

John Cornelius Stennis (August 3, 1901 - April 23, 1995):

... was a U.S. Senator from the state of Mississippi. He was a Democrat who served in the Senate for over 41 years, becoming its most senior member for his last eight years. He retired from the Senate in 1989.



Family:

Stennis was the son of Hampton Howell Stennis and Margaret Cornelia Adams. His great-grandfather John Stenhouse emigrated to Greenville, South Carolina from Scotland just before the American Revolution. According to family tradition, the local residents would habitually mispronounce his name, forcing him to legally change it to Stennis.


Early life:

Born in Kemper County, Mississippi, Stennis received a bachelor's degree from Mississippi State University in Starkville (then Mississippi A&M) in 1923. In 1928, Stennis obtained a law degree from the University of Virginia at Charlottesville, where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Alpha Chi Rho Fraternity. While in law school, he won a seat in the Mississippi House of Representatives, in which he served until 1932. Stennis was a prosecutor from 1932 to 1937 and a circuit judge from 1937 to 1947, both for Mississippi's Sixteenth Judicial District.

Stennis married Coy Hines, and together, they had two children, John Hampton and Margaret Jane. His son, John Hampton Stennis (1935–2013), an attorney in Jackson, Mississippi, ran unsuccessfully in 1978 for the United States House of Representatives, defeated by the Republican Jon C. Hinson, then the aide to U.S. Representative Thad Cochran.


U.S. Senator:

Upon the death of Senator Theodore Bilbo in 1947, Stennis won the special election to fill the vacancy, winning the seat from a field of five candidates (including two sitting Congressmen, John E. Rankin and William M. Colmer). He won the seat in his own right in 1952, and was reelected five times. From 1947 to 1978, he served alongside James Eastland; thus Stennis spent 31 years as Mississippi's junior Senator, even though he had more seniority than most of his other colleagues. He and Eastland were at the time the longest serving Senate duo in American history, later broken by the South Carolina duo of Strom Thurmond and Fritz Hollings. He later developed a good relationship with Eastland's successor, Republican Thad Cochran.

Stennis wrote the first Senate ethics code, and was the first chairman of the Senate Ethics Committee. In August 1965, Senator Stennis, who was known as "Mr. Integrity", protested the Johnson administration's emergency supplemental appropriation request for the Vietnam war and the lack of information about the future costs of the conflict.

In January 1973, Stennis was seriously wounded by two gunshots after being mugged outside his Washington home by two teenagers. In October of that year, during the Watergate scandal, the Nixon administration proposed the Stennis compromise, wherein the hard-of-hearing Stennis would listen to the contested Oval Office tapes and report on their contents, but this plan went nowhere. Time magazine ran a picture of John Stennis that read: "Technical Assistance Needed." The picture had his hand cupped around his ear.

Stennis lost his left leg to cancer in 1984 and subsequently used a wheelchair.

Stennis was named President pro tempore of the United States Senate during the 100th Congress (1987-1989). During his Senate career he chaired, at various times, the Select Committee on Standards and Conduct, and the Armed Services, and Appropriations Committees. Because of his work with the Armed Services Committee (1969-1980) he became known as the "Father of America's modern navy", and he was subsequently honored by having a supercarrier, USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74) named after him. He is one of only two members of Congress to be so honored, the other being former Georgia Democrat Carl Vinson.


Civil rights record:

Originally, Stennis was an ardent supporter of racial segregation, like most Southern Democrats at the time. In the 1950s and 1960s he vigorously opposed the Voting Rights Act, the Civil Rights Act of 1964 as well as the Civil Rights Act of 1968 and he signed the Southern Manifesto of 1956, supporting filibuster tactics to block or delay passage in all cases.

Earlier, as a prosecutor, he sought the conviction and execution of three sharecroppers whose murder confessions had been extracted by torture, including flogging. The convictions were overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court in the landmark case of Brown v. Mississippi (1936) that banned the use of evidence obtained by torture. The transcript of the trial indicated Stennis was fully aware that the suspects had been tortured.

Later in his political career, Stennis supported one piece of civil rights legislation - the 1982 extension of the Voting Rights Act, which passed in the Senate by an 85-8 vote. A year later, he voted against establishing Martin Luther King, Jr. Day as a federal holiday. Stennis campaigned (along with Governor Bill Allain) for Mike Espy in 1986 during Espy's successful bid to become the first black Congressman from the state since the end of Reconstruction.


Opposition to Bork:

Stennis opposed President Ronald Reagan's nomination of Robert Bork to the U.S. Supreme Court. On October 23, 1987, Stennis voted with six Republicans and all but two Democrats to defeat Bork's nomination by a vote of 58 to 42.


Retirement:

In 1982, his last election, Stennis easily defeated Republican Haley Barbour in a largely Democratic year.

Declining to run for re-election in 1988, Stennis retired from the Senate in 1989, having never lost an election in 60 years as an elected official. He took a teaching post at Mississippi State University, his alma mater, which he held until his death in Jackson, Mississippi, at the age of 93.

At the time of Stennis' retirement, his continuous tenure of 41 years and 2 months in the Senate was second only to that of Carl Hayden. (It has since been surpassed by Robert Byrd, Strom Thurmond, Ted Kennedy, and Daniel Inouye, leaving Stennis sixth).

John Stennis is buried at Pinecrest Cemetery in Kemper County.

In an obituary, the New York Times called Stennis the "conscience of the entire institution."

source: wikipedia

 

Ship's history:

John C. Stennis (CVN-74) was laid down on 13 March 1991, at Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Corp., Newport News, Va.; launched on 13 November 1993; sponsored by Mrs. Margaret S. Womble, daughter of the late Senator Stennis; and commissioned on 9 December 1995 at Norfolk, Va., Capt. Robert C. Klosterman in command.

On 1 December 1993, Secretary of the Navy John H. Dalton announced the first assignment of women to combat ships to begin by June 1994, pending notification of Congress as required by the fiscal year 1994 Defense Authorization Bill. Aircraft carriers Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) and Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69) were scheduled to be the first carriers to embark women, followed by John C. Stennis at the end of 1994. Lieutenants Dane L. Dobbs and James F. Skarbek of Fighter Squadron (VF) 101 made the first arrested landing on board John C. Stennis in a Grumman F-14B Tomcat, on 18 January 1996. Lt. Francis D. Morley landed on board on board John C. Stennis in F1, the first McDonnell Douglas F/A-18F arrested landing on the ship, on 18 January 1997.

In 1998 the United States Central Command launched Operation Desert Thunder I, a large-scale deployment to the Middle East to pressure the government of Iraq and to bolster the United Nations’ negotiating position that included the planned continual availability of two aircraft carriers. On 18 January, U.S. aircraft carriers George Washington (CVN-73) and Nimitz (CVN-68) and British aircraft carrier HMS Invincible (R.05) operated in the area. A total of more than 50 additional allied ships and submarines, including amphibious assault ship Guam (LPH-9), deployed to the region during the year. British aircraft carrier HMS Illustrious (R.06) turned-over with Invincible in the Arabian Gulf while operating with aircraft carriers George Washington and Independence (CV-62), on 3 March. John C. Stennis relieved George Washington in the Arabian Gulf on 12 March. A resurgence of tensions later in the year led to additional deployments as part of Operation Desert Thunder II.

Following three years of studies the Navy announced the revision of carrier home ports on the West Coast, on 31 January 2000. In early 2002 Nimitz (CVN-68) was to join John C. Stennis, already stationed therein, followed in 2005 by Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) at Naval Air Station (NAS) North Island, Calif. The announcement stipulated that Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) would remain at Everett, Wash. The need to replace, in 2003, Constellation (CV-64) following her retirement, and in 2008 Kitty Hawk (CV-63), forward deployed to Japanese waters, prompted the moves. F/A-18C Hornets flying from John C. Stennis pounded Iraqi air defense targets in the southern no-fly zone on 6 April 2000, flying the raid in response to antiaircraft fire.

On 11 September 2001, Al-Qaeda terrorists hijacked four American airliners, crashing two into the twin World Trade Center towers in New York City, and one about 80 miles southeast of Pittsburgh, Pa., and flew American Flight 77, a Boeing B-757, into the Pentagon. In the last horrific event, the impact of the plane thrust it into the reinforced building and severely damaged the newly opened Navy Command Center. The attack at the Pentagon killed 189 people: all 64 on board American 77 including Naval Reservist and pilot Capt. Charles F. Burlingame III; and injured 125 including 33 sailors and nine Navy civilians. The strikes killed an estimated 2,977 people on 9/11. The Department of Defense declared Force Protection Condition Delta, the highest alert. Aircraft carrier George Washington sailed from Norfolk to protect New York City. The carrier responded to tasking from NORAD, and supported Military Sealift Command, operated hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH-20) during the relief efforts. Aircraft carriers John C. Stennis and John F. Kennedy (CV-67) positioned themselves to defend the East and West Coasts, respectively, while across the globe many aircraft ashore sortied. Coast Guardsmen began to escort Navy ships during their departures or arrivals at ports.

John C. Stennis relieved Carl Vinson (CVN-70) in the Arabian Sea and launched her first strikes in Operation Enduring Freedom on 16 December 2001. Two days later, French Task Force 473 rendezvoused with U.S. Task Force 50 about 50 miles off the Pakistani coast. The combined group comprised four aircraft carriers: John C. Stennis, Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71), French Charles de Gaulle (R.91), and Italian Guiseppe Garibaldi (C.551). At that time nearly 100 coalition ships and submarines operated across the Indian Ocean.

On 3 and 4 March 2002, the coalition began Operation Anaconda, a thrust to trap al-Qaeda terrorists and their Taliban supporters in the Shah-e-Kot valley of southeastern Afghanistan. Veterans afterward describe Anaconda as some of the fiercest fighting of the Global War on Terrorism. John C. Stennis and Theodore Roosevelt supported allied troops at times during the first several days of the battle. F/A-18C Hornets flying from Theodore Roosevelt strafed their stubborn adversaries. Naval aircraft dropped Joint Direct Attack Munitions (JDAMs) and BLU-118 thermobaric bombs directly into caves during the first combat deployment of thermobarics, a class of fuel-rich compositions that generated higher sustained blast pressures for use against tunnels and underground facilities. Within the first 24 hours USN, USMC, and USAF aircraft dropped 177 JDAM GBU-31s and GBU-12 laser-guided 500-pound bombs. Lockheed P-3C Orions flew intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance missions. The fighting raged through 18 March.

During Summer Pulse 04 the Navy tested changes to operational methods that resulted from the Fleet Response Plan. Beginning in June 2004, aircraft carriers Enterprise (CVN-65), George Washington, Harry S. Truman (CVN-75), John C. Stennis, John F. Kennedy, Kitty Hawk, and Ronald Reagan deployed in five theaters, at varying times. The operations of those ships extended into September during scheduled deployments, surge operations, and joint and international exercises.

John C. Stennis, Nimitz, and amphibious assault ship Bonhomme Richard (LHD-6) led seven other ships through the Strait of Hormuz into the Arabian Gulf for an exercise demonstrating U.S. resolve in the face of increased tensions with the Iranians (23 May - 6 June 2007).

Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 71 began the deployment of the initial operational squadron equipped with Sikorsky MH-60R Seahawks when John C. Stennis sailed from NB Kitsap, Bremerton, Wash., to the Western Pacific and Indian Oceans and the Arabian Sea (13 January - 10 July 2009).

John C. Stennis deployed from Bremerton to the western Pacific, including more than 60 days in the South China Sea (15 January - 14 August 2016). The ship carried out dual flight operations with Ronald Reagan at one point, and took part in exercises Malabar with Indian and Japanese forces, Foal Eagle with the South Koreans, and RimPac (Rim of the Pacific) with nearly 25,000 people, 40 ships and submarines, and over 200 aircraft from 26 other nations. John C. Stennis marked more than 8,500 aircraft launches and recoveries, replenished at sea 30 times, and took on approximately 13 million gallons of fuel during her voyage, and called at ports in Hawaii, Guam, Philippines, Singapore, and South Korea.

source: US Naval History & Heritage Command
 

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