Tuesday, April 6, 2010
The aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson and its crew of about 3,500 will arrive Monday at its new home port in San Diego, according to the Navy.
The Carl Vinson was en route to San Diego from Virginia in January when it was diverted to Port-au-Prince to help the victims of the devastating earthquake in Haiti.
The crew of the carrier delivered almost 3 million pounds of food, water and medical supplies to Haiti, according to the Navy. The ship's helicopter air wing also flew 1,299 sorties and conducted 1,152 medical evacuations.
Exercises were also conducted with the navies from Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, Chile, Peru, Ecuador and Mexico.
The Carl Vinson, which was commissioned in 1982, was sent to Newport News, Va., in 2005 for an overhaul of the nuclear-powered ship, including refueling the propulsion plant, upgrading its infrastructure to last another 25 years and modernizing combat systems.