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USS Carl Vinson Resumes Journey Toward San Diego

The aircraft carrier the USS Carl Vinson has left Haiti and resumed its scheduled journey toward San Diego. The Vinson will be the third nuclear powered aircraft carrier to be home-ported in San Diego Bay.

The Vinson has left behind ten of the helicopters that were ferrying supplies from the ship to earthquake victims in Haiti. The crew has handed over relief duties to other Navy responders.

Captain Bruce Lindsay says two-thirds of his crew had never been to sea before. He says they saw plenty of action while they were diverted to Haiti.

“We flew 2,226 helicopter sorties, made 1,783 food drops, including 89,000 gallons of water and almost 40,000 pounds of medical supplies. We also did 476 medi-vacs, says Lindsay.

Lindsay says most days the ship operated three to five miles off the coast of Haiti and sent hundreds of crew members ashore to help deliver food, water and medical supplies.

He says the ship is now sailing toward Florida, where it will drop off some helicopters, pick up its contingent of fixed wing aircraft, and set off for San Diego via the Cape of Good Hope.

The schedule arrival date has not changed -- it is still April.

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Avatar for user 'Yankenstein'

Yankenstein | February 2, 2010 at 1:04 p.m. ― 7 years, 1 month ago

"and set off for San Diego via the Cape of Good Hope."

That's the long way around.

Try Cape Horn. Please.

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GeorgiaRoadKing | February 2, 2010 at 2:41 p.m. ― 7 years, 1 month ago

Actualy Cape Horn is quite a dangerous place to sail, hence the building of the Panama Canal, most shipping avoid it at all cost. The route around the Cape of Good Hope is fairly common for ships that cannot fit through the Panama Canal, or would be of a politicaly sensitive nature, such as this. The other factor is that it may be making a shakedown cruise or making other "goodwill" stops along the way; the Phililpines, Taiwan. I believe that the Naval base at Diego Garcia is still in operation, and perhaps they are stopping there.

There is a chance, however small, that the reporter is correct.

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malston39 | February 2, 2010 at 3:06 p.m. ― 7 years, 1 month ago

The aircraft carrier Carl Vinson and her crew is designed for extended periods at sea. The crew and systems will get a good workout and iron out any kinks that may occur. I am of the opinion that this journey accomplish a number of ongoing commitments and show our capability and diversity. The goodwill portion of the cruise is a by-product and the crew will enjoy a brief respite from it optempo!

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missborikua | February 3, 2010 at 3:27 p.m. ― 7 years, 1 month ago

Cape Horn is correct. They are being moved from the Atlantic Fleet to the Pacific Fleet. It is not a WESTPAC. After leaving Port-au-Prince, the USS Carl Vinson will now move on the mission that it was originally scheduled perform before being called on to help in Haiti, participating in Theater Security Cooperation (TSC) engagements with key Latin American partners en route to San Diego, its home port.

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