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The year in review 2004.



Naval Aviation Naval aviation is the application of manned military air power by navies. Maritime aviation is the operation of aircraft in a maritime role under the command of land based forces such as RAF Coastal Command or United States Coast Guard.  evolved in 2004 in the midst Adv. 1. in the midst - the middle or central part or point; "in the midst of the forest"; "could he walk out in the midst of his piece?"
midmost
 of continued daunting daunt  
tr.v. daunt·ed, daunt·ing, daunts
To abate the courage of; discourage. See Synonyms at dismay.



[Middle English daunten, from Old French danter, from Latin
 tasks. Operations in Iraq, Afghanistan, and across the globe also utilized community assets to execute a variety of missions. The Navy made changes in its organization and operational methods to meet the requirements of the 21st century, while Naval Aviation also improved by integrating updated equipment and new technologies.

U.S. Naval Aviation supported U.S. and coalition forces as Operation Iraqi Freedom continued. Carrier air wings (CVWs) and Marine squadrons afloat and ashore participated in operations throughout the year. During Operation Vigilant Resolve in April, Navy and Marine Corps squadrons struck insurgent INSURGENT. One who is concerned in an insurrection. He differs from a rebel in this, that rebel is always understood in a bad sense, or one who unjustly opposes the constituted authorities; insurgent may be one who justly opposes the tyranny of constituted authorities.  and terrorist targets in Al Anbar province and several other cities. Major fighting occurred around Fallujah, but the coalition suspended the operations on 9 April to allow negotiations. The result was the formation of an Iraqi brigade to maintain stability in Fallujah, but this unit failed and the city remained an insurgent and terrorist stronghold. To bring the area under control prior to the Iraqi national elections on 30 January 2005, a new assault was planned. U.S. Marine, Navy, and Air Force aircraft stepped up attacks on Fallujah in late October and early November. The 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (MAW) pounded seven separate Iraqi weapons caches in just eight hours on 6 November.

Operation Phantom Fury, later redesignated Operation Al Fajr ("Dawn"), was launched on 8 November to regain control of Fallujah. Several thousand insurgents Insurgents, in U.S. history, the Republican Senators and Representatives who in 1909–10 rose against the Republican standpatters controlling Congress, to oppose the Payne-Aldrich tariff and the dictatorial power of House speaker Joseph G. Cannon.  and terrorists, stiffened by religious zealots Zealots (zĕl`əts), Jewish faction traced back to the revolt of the Maccabees (2d cent. B.C.). The name was first recorded by the Jewish historian Josephus as a designation for the Jewish resistance fighters of the war of A.D. 66–73.  (jihadis) were dug into a complex of bunkers and strongholds. I Marine Expeditionary Force The 1st Marine Expeditionary Force is a Marine Air Ground Task Force (MAGTF) of the United States Marine Corps primarily composed of the 1st Marine Division, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, and 1st Marine Logistics Group.  (MEF MEF Marine Expeditionary Force
MEF Metro Ethernet Forum
MEF Ministerio de Economía y Finanzas (Spanish)
MEF Mobile Entertainment Forum
MEF Middle East Forum (think tank) 
), supported by the Army's 1st Cavalry Division and Iraqi security forces Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) is the Multi-National Force-Iraq umbrella name for the military and police forces that serve under the Government of Iraq.

The armed forces are administered by the Ministry of Defense (MOD), and the Iraqi Police is administered by the Ministry of
, was quickly embroiled em·broil  
tr.v. em·broiled, em·broil·ing, em·broils
1. To involve in argument, contention, or hostile actions: "Avoid . . .
 in some of the fiercest house-to-house fighting endured by Marines since the 1968 Vietnam battle at Hue. The low ceiling forced fixed-wing aircraft "Airplane" and "Aeroplane" redirect here. For other uses, see Airplane (disambiguation).
A fixed-wing aircraft is a heavier-than-air craft where movement of the wings in relation to the aircraft is not used to generate lift.
 to fly lower than normal and required more helicopter involvement. The enemy took advantage of these conditions and used surface-to-air missiles This is a list of surface-to-air missiles (SAMs). Radar-guided SAMs
  • Akash Missile - India
  • Arrow - Israel
  • Aster - United Kingdom/France/Italy
  • Bloodhound - United Kingdom
  • Ground launched AMRAAM - NASAMS (AIM-120 AMRAAM AAM) - Norway
, antiaircraft artillery, small arms small arms, firearms designed primarily to be carried and fired by one person and, generally, held in the hands, as distinguished from heavy arms, or artillery. Early Small Arms


The first small arms came into general use at the end of the 14th cent.
, and rocket-propelled grenades against U.S. aircraft, but to little effect. The insurgents and terrorists repeatedly fought from mosques and hospitals, in violation of international law, and the crowded city made avoiding collateral damage collateral damage Surgery A popular term for any undesired but unavoidable co-morbidity associated with a therapy–eg, chemotherapy-induced CD to the BM and GI tract as a side effect of destroying tumor cells  to civilians all but impossible. Precision-guided munitions A weapon that uses a seeker to detect electromagnetic energy reflected from a target or reference point and, through processing, provides guidance commands to a control system that guides the weapon to the target. Also called PGM. See also munitions.  became crucial, and Al Fajr marked the combat debut of the GBU-38 500 pound Joint Direct Attack Munition Noun 1. Joint Direct Attack Munition - a pinpoint bomb guidance device that can be strapped to a gravity bomb thus converting dumb bombs into smart bombs
JDAM
 (JDAM Noun 1. JDAM - a pinpoint bomb guidance device that can be strapped to a gravity bomb thus converting dumb bombs into smart bombs
Joint Direct Attack Munition
) when F/A-18C Hornets of Strike Fighter A strike fighter is a fighter aircraft which is also capable of attacking surface targets, including ships. It differs from an attack aircraft in that the aircraft remains a capable fighter.  Squadron (VFA VFA

volatile fatty acids.
) 34, embarked on board John F. Kennedy "John Kennedy" and "JFK" redirect here. For other uses, see John Kennedy (disambiguation) and JFK (disambiguation).
John Fitzgerald Kennedy (May 29, 1917–November 22, 1963), was the thirty-fifth President of the United States, serving from 1961 until his assassination in
 (CV 67), dropped two against insurgents in Fallujah. The operation dealt a serious blow to opposing forces Those forces used in an enemy role during NATO exercises. See also force(s). , and the liberation of the city was instrumental in paving the way for successful elections.

Naval Aviation remained engaged in active operations beyond Iraq. Operation Enduring Freedom continued, and the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit A Marine air-ground task force (MAGTF) that is constructed around an infantry battalion reinforced, a helicopter squadron reinforced, and a task-organized combat service support element. It normally fulfills Marine Corps forward sea-based deployment requirements.  (Special Operations Operations conducted in hostile, denied, or politically sensitive environments to achieve military, diplomatic, informational, and/or economic objectives employing military capabilities for which there is no broad conventional force requirement.  Capable) [MEU MEU Marine Expeditionary Unit
MEU Mobile Expansion Unit
MEU Maximum Expected Utility (philosophy, economics)
MEU Municipal Employees Union
MEU Modern English Usage
MEU Main Electronics Unit
 (SOC)] deployed in March from the Wasp (LHD LHD
abbr.
Latin Litterarum Humaniorum Doctor (Doctor of Humanities; Doctor of Humane Letters)
 1)-centered Expeditionary Strike Group The Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG), also known as an Expeditionary Strike Force, is a military concept which was introduced in the U.S. military in the early 1990s and is based on the Naval Expeditionary Task Force. The ESG concept allows the U.S.  2 to Kandahar, Afghanistan, on board the MEU's aviation assets. Supported by elements of the 2nd MAW deployed from CONUS, the 22nd MEU(SOC) played a key role in Operation Mountain Storm, a preemptive pre·emp·tive or pre-emp·tive  
adj.
1. Of, relating to, or characteristic of preemption.

2. Having or granted by the right of preemption.

3.
a.
 campaign against an anticipated spring offensive by the Taliban. This operation improved the security in Oruzgan Province and paved the way for safe elections and the execution of many civil affairs Designated Active and Reserve component forces and units organized, trained, and equipped specifically to conduct civil affairs activities and to support civil-military operations. Also called CA. See also civil affairs activities; civil-military operations.  projects. Other naval aircraft operated in Afghanistan throughout 2004 and participated in maritime interception operations in the 5th Fleet area of responsibility. Naval Aviation assets also remained active in counterdrug operations Civil or military actions taken to reduce or eliminate illicit drug trafficking. See also counterdrug; counterdrug nonoperational support; counterdrug operational support.  in the Atlantic and the Pacific.

The Naval Aviation organization continued to evolve throughout the year. Additional fighter squadrons became strike fighter squadrons as the transition from the F-14 Tomcat The Grumman F-14 Tomcat is a supersonic, twin-engine, two-seat, variable geometry wing aircraft. The F-14 was the United States Navy's primary maritime air superiority fighter, fleet defense interceptor and tactical reconnaissance platform from 1974 to 2006.  to the F/A-18 Hornet/Super Hornet hornet: see wasp.  proceeded. The helicopter community made preparations for the massive changes that would reorganize the wings and squadrons to reflect the transition from five helicopter models Aero
  • Aero HC-2 Heli Baby]-]
  • Aero HC-3
  • Aero Z-35 Heli Trainer
Aérospatiale
  • Aérospatiale Alouette
  • Aérospatiale Alouette II
  • Aérospatiale Alouette III
  • Aérospatiale Cougar
  • Aérospatiale Dauphin
  • Aérospatiale Djinn
 to two. Commander, Fleet Forces Command, issued a realignment re·a·lign  
tr.v. re·a·ligned, re·a·lign·ing, re·a·ligns
1. To put back into proper order or alignment.

2. To make new groupings of or working arrangements between.
 message on 8 September which redesignated the carrier and cruiser-destroyer groups as carrier strike groups (CSG CSG - constructive solid geometry ) and placed the CSGs under numbered fleet A major tactical unit of the Navy immediately subordinate to a major fleet command and comprising various task forces, elements, groups, and units for the purpose of prosecuting specific naval operations. See also fleet.  commanders for both operational and administrative control Direction or exercise of authority over subordinate or other organizations in respect to administration and support, including organization of Service forces, control of resources and equipment, personnel management, unit logistics, individual and unit training, readiness, mobilization, . The reorganization further developed command organizations based on capabilities, simplified command relationships, and streamlined financial and manning responsibilities. It also provided greater flexibility in assigning units.

The Navy explored changes to operational methods with Summer Pulse '04, an exercise designed to test the Fleet Response Plan (FRP FRP Fremskrittspartiet (Norwegian: Progress Party; political party)
FRP Fiberglass-Reinforced Plastic
FRP Fiber Reinforced Polymer
FRP Fibre Reinforced Polymer
FRP Fleet Response Plan (US Navy) 
) of the Navy's Sea Power 21 strategy. Under the "six-plus-two" concept of FRP, the Navy projects power by providing six CSGs in less than 30 days for contingency operations across the globe, with two more CSGs to follow within three months to reinforce or relieve them, or to respond to other crises. From June to August 2004, Enterprise (CVN (Card Verification Number) See CSC.  65), George Washington (CVN 73), Harry S. Truman For other persons named Harry Truman, see Harry Truman (disambiguation).
Harry S. Truman (May 8 1884 – December 26 1972) was the thirty-third President of the United States (1945–1953); as vice president, he succeeded to the office upon the death of Franklin D.
 (CVN 75), John C. Stennis (CVN 74), John F. Kennedy (CV 67), Kitty Hawk Kitty Hawk or Kittyhawk, part of an offshore sandbar on Cape Hatteras, NE N.C., E of Albemarle Sound. Nearby is Kill Devil Hill, where the Wright brothers experimented successfully (1900–1903) with gliders and airplanes.  (CV 63), and Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), along with other vessels of their strike groups, deployed near-simultaneously in five theaters. Operations included scheduled deployments, surge operations, joint and international exercises, other advanced training, and port visits. On a smaller scale, VFA-97 became the first Navy strike fighter squadron to participate in the Marine Corps' Unit Deployment Program To reduce the number of unaccompanied tours and improve unit continuity, the Commandant of the Marine Corps, (CMC) established the Unit Deployment Program (UDP) to provide for the deployment of units to the Western Pacific (WESTPAC) for periods of approximately six months.  when it deployed to Japan in September. This is part of the tactical air integration program that also has Marine fighter attack squadrons assigned to air wings so that the Navy and the Marine Corps will be able to surge more aircraft to meet requirements either afloat or ashore.

The weather played an especially prominent role in 2004. The Atlantic hurricane Atlantic hurricane refers to a tropical cyclone that forms in the Atlantic Ocean usually in the Northern Hemisphere summer or autumn, with one-minute maximum sustained winds of 74 mph (64 knots, 33 m/s, 119 km/h).  season was one of the most destructive recorded to date, with nine named storms affecting the U.S. The worst, Hurricane Ivan This article is about the Atlantic hurricane of 2004. For other storms of the same name, see Tropical Storm Ivan (disambiguation).
Hurricane Ivan was the strongest hurricane of the 2004 Atlantic hurricane season.
, was a Category 3 storm that devastated dev·as·tate  
tr.v. dev·as·tat·ed, dev·as·tat·ing, dev·as·tates
1. To lay waste; destroy.

2. To overwhelm; confound; stun: was devastated by the rude remark.
 southeastern states in mid-September. NAS (1) See network access server.

(2) (Network Attached Storage) A specialized file server that connects to the network. A NAS device contains a slimmed-down operating system and a file system and processes only I/O requests by supporting the popular
 Pensacola, Fla., endured peak wind gusts of 107 mph and a storm surge storm surge: see under storm.  of 10 feet, causing over $100 million in damages, with nearly 90 percent of the station's buildings suffering significant damage, though no deaths were reported there. The storm damaged 34 display aircraft on the flight line of the National Museum of Naval Aviation The National Museum of Naval Aviation is a military and aerospace museum located at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida. The museum opened in 1962.

As its name suggests, the museum is devoted to the history of naval aviation.
, and classes at the Naval Air Technical Training Center were disrupted until 27 September. The Navy issued a stop movement order to all personnel with orders to stations in the region, which remained in effect until early December. Navy Seabees were instrumental in disaster recovery operations Operations conducted to search for, locate, identify, rescue, and return personnel, sensitive equipment, or items critical to national security. .

The year saw great improvements in Naval Aviation technologies. Unmanned aerial vehicle A powered, aerial vehicle that does not carry a human operator, uses aerodynamic forces to provide vehicle lift, can fly autonomously or be piloted remotely, can be expendable or recoverable, and can carry a lethal or nonlethal payload.  programs continued to move ahead and see greater use in operations. Ordnance developments focused on precision weapons and systems developed for joint use. The MV-22 Osprey osprey (ŏs`prē), common name for a bird of prey related to the hawk and the New World vulture and found near water in most parts of the world.  and the EA-18G programs made great strides. Naval Aviation also pushed the development and acquisition of a variety of sensors, cockpit systems, and radars, while upgrade programs continued apace.

Naval Aviation's performance in 2004 demonstrated its vital role in the defense of the nation. Despite the challenges of weather, operations, and the changes necessary to transition into a more responsive force, Naval Aviation effectively carried out its varied and critical missions.

Note: Some data in the following chronology and charts may be incomplete because of limited accurate source material due to the failure of some squadrons and wings to file a 2004 command history in accordance with OPNAVINST OPNAVINST Office of the Chief of Naval Operations Instruction  5750.12 H.

January

5 Raytheon Co. was awarded a $139.7 million contract for production of the Joint Standoff Weapon (JSOW JSOW Joint Standoff Weapon ) for the Navy and Air Force. The contract includes 546 JSOW-As (231 for the Navy and 315 for the Air Force) and 97 JSOW-Cs (all Navy).

6 The E-2 Integrated Test Team announced it completed flight testing of the eight-bladed NP2000 propeller at NAS Patuxent River The Patuxent River is a tributary of the Chesapeake Bay in the state of Maryland. There are three main river drainages for central Maryland: the Potomac River to the west passing through Washington D.C. , Md., concluding developmental testing and evaluation that began in summer 2000.

7 The Navy awarded Fabrique Nationale Herstal, S.A., Belgium, a contract for the procurement of and logistical support for 136 M3M .50 caliber machine guns. The Navy configuration of the M3M system, the GAU-21, is planned to be common to all Navy and Marine Corps assault support rotary wing aircraft.

8 Lockheed Martin For the former company, see .

Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) is a leading multinational aerospace manufacturer and advanced technology company formed in 1995 by the merger of Lockheed Corporation with Martin Marietta.
 Corp. and Sikorsky Aircraft For other meanings and similar spellings, see .

Sikorsky is an American aircraft and helicopter manufacturer. It was founded 1923 by a Ukrainian born American aircraft engineer Igor Sikorsky, who made the first stable, single-rotor, fully-controllable helicopter to enter
 Corp. were awarded a $417 million, five-year contract to provide supply support and repairs to in-service H-60 helicopters.

9 The remains of two service members missing in action from the Vietnam War Vietnam War, conflict in Southeast Asia, primarily fought in South Vietnam between government forces aided by the United States and guerrilla forces aided by North Vietnam.  were identified and returned to their families for burial. Ltjg. Robert A. Clark and another crew member of Attack Squadron 115 were flying an A-6A Intruder, BuNo 155694, from Midway (CVA CVA
abbr.
cerebrovascular accident


CVA,
n See accident, cerebrovascular.


CVA

cerebrovascular accident.

CVA Cerebrovascular accident, see there
 41) on 10 January 1973 when their aircraft disappeared during a night mission to suppress surface-to-air missile sites near Vinh, North Vietnam North Vietnam: see Vietnam. . The family of the other man requested that his name not be released.

9 Maj. Gen, James F. Amos James F. Amos is a Lieutenant General in the United States Marine Corps and is the current commander of the Marine Corps Combat Development Command. A Naval aviator by trade, LtGen Amos has held command at all levels, most notably with the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing during Operation , Commanding General, 3rd MAW, flew the V-22 Osprey The V-22 Osprey is a joint service, multimission, military tiltrotor aircraft with both a vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) and short takeoff and landing capability (STOL).  in both helicopter and airplane modes.

9 The frigate frigate (frĭg`ĭt), originally a long, narrow nautical vessel used on the Mediterranean, propelled by either oars or sail or both. Later, during the 18th and early 19th cent.  McClusky (FFG FFG Forschungsförderungsgesellschaft (German: Austrian research promotion agency)
FFG Flash Flood Guidance
FFG Guided Missile Frigate
FFG Fall from Grace (band)
FFG Fast Frigates
FFG Freeware Flight Group
 41) and her embarked helicopter from HSL-43 Det 6 rescued 169 migrants on board the Ecuadorian vessels The Andrea and San Luis San Luis, city (1991 pop. 110,353), capital of San Luis prov., W central Argentina. The city is the commercial center of an area producing cattle, corn, and asparagus; the surrounding area has timber and mineral resources. San Luis is a popular resort. , which were foundering in the eastern Pacific.

10 Midway (CVA 41) arrived at her berth at Broadway Pier, San Diego San Diego (săn dēā`gō), city (1990 pop. 1,110,549), seat of San Diego co., S Calif., on San Diego Bay; inc. 1850. San Diego includes the unincorporated communities of La Jolla and Spring Valley. Coronado is across the bay. , Calif., to serve as a naval museum and event facility. Commissioned on 10 September 1945, Midway participated in operations spanning half a century, including the Vietnam War and Operations Desert Shield and Storm, before being decommissioned on 11 April 1992.

12 The frigate Samuel B. Roberts (FFG 58) and Coast Guard law enforcement detachment (LEDET LEDET Law Enforcement Detachment (USCG) ) 403 intercepted a suspicious vessel being tracked by the frigate's embarked helicopter from HSL-44 Det 7. The LEDET seized eight drug traffickers and recovered more than 7,000 pounds of cocaine, despite the smugglers' efforts to set their vessel afire and escape.

14 The amphibious assault Noun 1. amphibious assault - an amphibious operation attacking a land base that is carried out by troops that are landed by naval ships
amphibious operation - a military operation by both land and sea forces


 ship Boxer (LHD 4), with aircraft and personnel from I Marine Expeditionary Force embarked, deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, arriving on station in the Arabian Gulf Arabian Gulf: see Persian Gulf.  on 20 February. Boxer returned on 29 April.

17 The destroyer Halsey (DDG DDG Guided Missile Destroyer
DDG Deutsche Diabetes Gesellschaft
DDG Deputy Director General
DDG Drop Dead Gorgeous
DDG Deutsche Dermatologische Gesellschaft (German Society of Dermatologists) 
 97) was christened at Northrop Grumman Ship Systems Northrop Grumman Ship Systems (NGSS) is the division of Northrop Grumman Corporation responsible for building small and medium shipping products. A separate sector of Northrop Grumman, Northrop Grumman Newport News, is responsible for nuclear submarines and supercarriers. , Pascagoula, Miss. She was the second ship to be named in honor of Fleet Admiral William F. Halsey, Jr. (1882-1959). Awarded the Navy Cross during WW I for his actions on Atlantic convoy duty, he became a Naval Aviator in 1935 at age 52. Early in WW II he led a task force built around Enterprise (CV 6) during raids against the Japanese, then commanded the forces in the South Pacific. Halsey also led the Third Fleet during the Leyte Gulf Leyte Gulf

An inlet of the western Pacific Ocean in the Philippines south of Samar and east of Leyte. An invasion force led by Gen. Douglas MacArthur decisively defeated the Japanese here on October 25-26, 1944.
 and Okinawa campaigns, 1944-1945.

19 The amphibious assault ship Bataan (LHD 5), with aircraft and personnel from II Marine Expeditionary Force The II Marine Expeditionary Force (II MEF) is a Marine Air-Ground Task Force consisting of ground, air and logistics forces capable of projecting offensive combat power ashore while sustaining itself in combat without external assistance for a period of 60 days.  embarked, deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, returning on 31 March.

20 The George Washington (CVN 73) carrier strike group, with CVW-7 embarked, deployed in support of the global war on terrorism Terrorist acts and the threat of Terrorism have occupied the various law enforcement agencies in the U.S. government for many years. The Anti-Terrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996, as amended by the usa patriot act .

23 The Navy announced the signing of an approximately $570 million, second multi-year procurement contract with Northrop Grumman Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) is an aerospace and defense conglomerate that is the result of the 1994 purchase of Grumman by Northrop. The company is the third largest defense contractor for the U.S.  Corp. for the E-2C E-2C Hawkeye; Navy Airborne Warning and Control System Aircraft  Hawkeye 2000.

February

5 Boeing Integrated Defense Systems Boeing Integrated Defense Systems (Boeing IDS), based in St. Louis, Missouri, USA, is a unit of The Boeing Company responsible for defense and aerospace products and services.  announced the completion of integration of the AGM-84K Standoff Land Attack Missile-Expanded Response (SLAM-ER SLAM-ER Standoff Land-Attack Missile - Expanded Response ) onto the P-3C Orion following three years of development and operational testing (testing) operational testing - A US DoD term for testing performed by the end-user on software in its normal operating environment. . SLAM-ER is a precision-guided weapon with a range of more than 150 miles.

5 Adm. Thomas M. Moorer died in Bethesda, Md., at age 91. Adm. Moorer graduated from the Naval Academy in 1933 and was designated a Naval Aviator on 12 June 1936. Originally flying with Fighter Squadron 1B, he was with Patrol Squadron Patrol squadron is a term used by the U.S. Navy, especially during World War II, indicating a squadron of patrol planes.

The standard U.S. Navy abbreviations for Patrol Squadron are:
  • VP
  • PatRon or PATRON
The commander of a patrol squadron
 22 at Pearl Harbor Pearl Harbor, land-locked harbor, on the southern coast of Oahu island, Hawaii, W of Honolulu; one of the largest and best natural harbors in the E Pacific Ocean. In the vicinity are many U.S. military installations, including the chief U.S.  on 7 December 1941. He flew from Australia with this squadron in 1942 and later joined the staff of U.S. Atlantic Fleet A number of countries currently have or previously had an Atlantic Fleet in their navies.
  • Atlantic Fleet (United Kingdom)
  • Canadian Atlantic Fleet
  • U.S. Atlantic Fleet, now the United States Fleet Forces Command
 Air Force. Moorer commanded the Seventh and Pacific Fleets during the opening phases of the Vietnam War, followed by assignments as CNO CNO
abbr.
chief of naval operations
 and Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff. During his 41 years of service, he received many decorations including the Purple Heart Purple Heart

U.S. medal awarded to those wounded in military action. [Am. Hist.: Misc.]

See : Bravery
, Silver Star, and Distinguished Flying Cross.

9 The Navy awarded a $61.8 million contract to the Boeing Co. for the second low-rate initial production of 12 AN/APG-79 active electronically scanned array An Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA), also known as active phased array radar is a type of radar whose transmitter and receiver functions are composed of numerous small transmit/receive (T/R) modules.  radar systems for the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet The Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet is a carrier-based fighter/attack aircraft that entered service in 1999 with the United States Navy. The fighter has recently been ordered by the Royal Australian Air Force. .

9 The DoD announced the creation of the Korean Defense Service Medal A service medal is a military award generally of the lowest degree. A service medal is awarded to a member of the military who joins the military, or is already serving, during a designated time period.  to give special recognition to veterans serving in the Republic of Korea (ROK) from 28 July 1954 to a date to be determined. Legislated by Public Law 107-314, eligibility for the medal includes 30 consecutive or 60 nonconsecutive days of deployment in all land areas of the ROK, the contiguous water out to 12 nautical miles, and all air spaces above these areas, together with additional eligibility criteria.

10 The Officer Training Command Pensacola, NAS Pensacola, Fla.--consisting of Officer Candidate School, Limited Duty Officer/Chief Warrant Officer School, and the Direct Commissioned Officer Indoctrination in·doc·tri·nate  
tr.v. in·doc·tri·nat·ed, in·doc·tri·nat·ing, in·doc·tri·nates
1. To instruct in a body of doctrine or principles.

2.
 School--celebrated its establishment ceremony.

14 The keel was laid for the amphibious assault ship Makin Island (LHD 8) at Northrop Grumman Ship Systems, Pascagoula, Miss. Makin Island honors the sailors and Marines who raided that Japanese-held island on 17 August 1942.

17 Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG ESG Enterprise Strategy Group (Veritas)
ESG Emergency Shelter Grant (Florida, USA)
ESG Expeditionary Strike Group
ESG Electronic Service Guide (used in DVB) 
) 2, formed around the amphibious assault ship Wasp (LHD 1), with the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable) embarked, began the first deployment of an east coast-based ESG, returning on 18 September.

18 The DoD announced the retroactive authorization of Imminent Danger Pay and Combat Zone Tax Relief benefits to Navy personnel deployed to the eastern Mediterranean Sea Mediterranean Sea [Lat.,=in the midst of lands], the world's largest inland sea, c.965,000 sq mi (2,499,350 sq km), surrounded by Europe, Asia, and Africa. Geography


The Mediterranean is c.2,400 mi (3,900 km) long with a maximum width of c.
 during the initial operations of Operation Iraqi Freedom (19 March-1 August 2003), principally TF 61 and the Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) and Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) battle groups.

19 The Airframe and Powerplant Program was established at CNATT CNATT Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training  Pensacola, Fla., giving Navy aviation technicians the opportunity to earn the Federal Aviation Administration's Airframe and Powerplant license, a civilian aviation standard certification.

23-29 A shipboard ship·board  
n.
1. The condition of being aboard a ship: on shipboard.

2. Archaic The side of a ship.

adj.
 mission control system allowing X-47B unmanned combat aerial vehicles to operate safely and independently during conventional manned flight operations, one aspect of the Joint Unmanned Combat Air System (J-UCAS J-UCAS Joint Unmanned Combat Air System ) program, was demonstrated on board Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). The J-UCAS is designed to provide intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance may refer to:
  • the US Joint Command see'' Joint Functional Component Command for Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance.
  • the military term, see'' Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition, and Reconnaissance.
 support, suppression of enemy air defenses That activity which neutralizes, destroys, or temporarily degrades surface-based enemy air defenses by destructive and/or disruptive means. Also called SEAD. See also electromagnetic spectrum; electronic warfare. , and precision strikes for the Navy and Air Force.

26 The Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal The Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal (GWOTEM) is a United States armed forces medal created by Presidential Order of George W. Bush in March 12, 2003 and established by Executive Order 13289.  and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal were given final approval. Eligibility for each is initially determined by service in operations combating terrorism Actions, including antiterrorism (defensive measures taken to reduce vulnerability to terrorist acts) and counterterrorism (offensive measures taken to prevent, deter, and respond to terrorism), taken to oppose terrorism throughout the entire threat spectrum. Also called CBT.  beginning on 11 September 2001, with a terminal date to be determined.

28 Bow Mariner, a 570-foot Singapore-flagged tanker carrying industrial ethanol Industrial ethanol is ethanol standardized for its specifications: chemical purity or technical properties. To contrast, alcoholic drinks are standardized and evaluated like food products. , exploded and sank in the Atlantic Ocean Atlantic Ocean [Lat.,=of Atlas], second largest ocean (c.31,800,000 sq mi/82,362,000 sq km; c.36,000,000 sq mi/93,240,000 sq km with marginal seas). Physical Geography
Extent and Seas
 50 miles east of Chincoteague, Va. Coast Guard crews from an HC-130H Hercules and two HH-60Js from CGAS CGAS Coast Guard Air Station
CGAS Children's Global Assessment Scale
 Elizabeth City Elizabeth City, city (1990 pop. 14,292), seat of Pasquotank co., NE N.C., a port of entry on the Pasquotank River (which, with the Dismal Swamp Canal, forms part of the Intracoastal Waterway); settled mid-1600s, inc. 1793. , N.C., an HH-65A Dolphin from CGAS Atlantic City Atlantic City, city (1990 pop. 37,986), Atlantic co., SE N.J., an Atlantic resort and convention center; settled c.1790, inc. 1854. Situated on Absecon Island, a barrier island 10 mi (16. , N.J., and the cutters Albacore albacore: see tuna.
albacore

Large oceanic tuna (Thunnus alalunga) that is noted for its fine flesh. The streamlined bodies of these voracious predators are adapted to fast and continuous swimming.
 (WPB WPB: see War Production Board.  87309) and Shearwater shearwater, common name for members of the family Procellariidae, gull-like sea birds related to the petrel and the albatross and including the fulmar. Shearwaters are found on unfrozen saltwaters all over the world, with 35 species in North America.  (WPB 87349) rescued 6 of the 27 crew members from the stricken ship during a night search and rescue mission Noun 1. search and rescue mission - a rescue mission to search for survivors and to rescue them
deliverance, rescue, saving, delivery - recovery or preservation from loss or danger; "work is the deliverance of mankind"; "a surgeon's job is the saving of lives"
.

29 The Enterprise (CVN 65) carrier strike group completed a deployment which began on 2 October 2003 in support of the global war on terrorism.

March

The Joint Common Missile (JCM JCM Journal of Clinical Microbiology
JCM Journal of Chinese Medicine
JCM Japan Collection of Microorganisms
JCM Joint Common Missile
JCM Journal of Conceptual Modeling
JCM Joint Commission Meeting
JCM Journal of Composite Materials
JCM Job Characteristics Model
) completed launcher and integration testing (testing) integration testing - A type of testing in which software and/or hardware components are combined and tested to confirm that they interact according to their requirements. Integration testing can continue progressively until the entire system has been integrated. , successfully interfacing with the F/A-18C/D Hornet and F/A-18E/F Super Hornet, at NAWS NAWS National Agricultural Workers Survey
NAWS Naval Air Weapons Station
NAWS Narcotics Anonymous World Services
NAWS National Association of Working Seniors
NAWS NetworkActiv Web Server
NAWS Nepalese Australian Welfare Society
NAWS National Auto Warranty Services
 China Lake, Calif. The JCM is an air-to-ground precision missile that will be carried on board Navy, Marine Corps, and Army aircraft.

1 Boeing Integrated Defense Systems announced receipt of a $642 million contract for the production of more than 32,000 Joint Direct Attack Munition Lot 8 guidance kits for the Navy and Air Force.

9 Expeditionary Strike Group 1, built around the amphibious assault ship Peleliu (LHA A popular freeware compression program developed by Haruyasu Yoshizaki that uses a variant of the LZW (LZ77) dictionary method followed by a Huffman coding stage. It runs on PCs, Unix and other platforms as its source code is also free.  5), returned from a six and a half month deployment in support of the global war on terrorism.

11 During an acceptance ceremony at NAS Patuxent River, Md., Air Test and Evaluation Squadron 20 welcomed its first T-6A Texan II for testing.

21 Capt. Arthur Ray Hawkins, a highly decorated veteran of WW II and the Korean War Korean War, conflict between Communist and non-Communist forces in Korea from June 25, 1950, to July 27, 1953. At the end of World War II, Korea was divided at the 38th parallel into Soviet (North Korean) and U.S. (South Korean) zones of occupation. , died at age 81. Hawkins joined the Navy on 29 April 1942, and was commissioned as an ensign and designated a Naval Aviator on 1 January 1943. He was credited with 14 confirmed Japanese kills, as well as attacks on enemy ships, including participating in the sinking of Japanese battleship Ise Ise (伊勢) was the Imperial Japanese Navy's first Ise-class battleship. She was laid down at the Kawasaki Heavy Industries shipyard in Kobe on May 5, 1915, launched on November 12, 1916, and completed on December 1, 1917. . Hawkins later served twice with the Blue Angels. His numerous awards include three Navy Crosses and two Distinguished Flying Crosses.

21 The crews of the frigate Stephen W. Groves Ensign Stephen W. Groves, USN (1917 – 4 June 1942) was a United States Navy aviator during World War II who was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross for his heroism in the Battle of Midway.  (FFG 29) and her embarked SH-60B Seahawk from HSL-42 Det 10 rescued 103 Ecuadorian migrants from their unseaworthy Adj. 1. unseaworthy - unfit for a voyage
leaky - permitting the unwanted passage of fluids or gases ; "a leaky roof"; "a leaky defense system"

seaworthy - fit for a sea voyage
 40-foot fishing boat in the eastern Pacific Ocean.

22 Lt. Col. Kevin Gross
    Kevin Frank Gross (born June 8, 1961 in Downey, California), is a former Major League Baseball pitcher who played from 1983 through 1997.

    Gross played for five different teams during his career: the Philadelphia Phillies (1983-1988), Montreal Expos (1989-1990), Los
    , USMC, and test pilot Steve Grohsmeyer, flying Osprey No. 22, made the first V-22 Osprey air-to-air refueling flights since the program's return to flight in May 2002, near NAS Patuxent River, Md. This was the first step toward testing a retractable re·tract  
    v. re·tract·ed, re·tract·ing, re·tracts

    v.tr.
    1. To take back; disavow: refused to retract the statement.

    2.
     probe.

    22 Everton, a 567-foot Greek-flagged tanker, and Chun Ying, a Korean-flagged fishing vessel, collided off the coast of Oman during the morning watch, igniting a fire on board the tanker. The crew of the cruiser Yorktown (CG 48), including her embarked SH-60B Seahawk from HSL-42 Det 2, assisted in the multinational search and rescue of 24 of Everton's 25 crew members.

    30 The Navy and Rockwell Collins Rockwell Collins, Inc. (NYSE: COL) is a large United States-based international company headquartered in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, primarily providing aviation and information technology systems, solutions, and services to governmental agencies and aircraft manufacturers.  signed a $79.5 million contract for the system development and demonstration of Block I modifications to the E-6B Mercury, intended to improve the reliability and maintainability of the aircraft's communications systems.

    April

    The Mariner unmanned aerial vehicle was demonstrated for the Navy's Broad Area Maritime Surveillance Broad Area Maritime Surveillance (BAMS) is a UAV system, which will provide continuous maritime surveillance for the US Navy and complement the 737 based Multimission Maritime Aircraft (MMA)

    The system is expected to enter service around the end of the decade.
     program by General Atomics General Atomics is a nuclear physics and defense contractor headquartered in San Diego, California. Among other things, it is the manufacturer of the Predator unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV).  Aeronautical aer·o·nau·tic   also aer·o·nau·ti·cal
    adj.
    Of or relating to aeronautics.



    aero·nau
     Systems, Inc., and Lockheed Martin, at San Diego, Calif. The demonstration included a unique UAV-capable 360[degrees] maritime surveillance search radar installed on board a Mariner.

    Aviation Career Continuation Pay was approved for Full-Time Support pilots and naval flight officers to retain experienced personnel.

    2 The EA-6B Prowler Improved Capability III airborne electronic attack weapon system began operational evaluation The test and analysis of a specific end item or system, insofar as practicable under Service operating conditions, in order to determine if quantity production is warranted considering: a. the increase in military effectiveness to be gained; and b.  with Air Test and Evaluation Squadron 9, NAWS China Lake, Calif.

    5 General Atomics was awarded a $145.6 million contract to design, fabricate, integrate, test and support a full-scale prototype of the Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System (EMALS) is a system under development by the United States Navy to launch aircraft from carriers using a linear motor drive instead of steam pistons, used in conventional aircraft catapults.  at NAES NAES National Association of Episcopal Schools
    NAES National Annenberg Election Survey
    NAES Naval Air Engineering Station
    NAES Naval Air Experimental Station
    NAES Nyankpala Agricultural Experiment Station (Ghana) 
     Lakehurst, N.J. EMALS EMALS Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System  is intended for installation on board CVN 21 class carriers.

    5 The Navy announced that in June 2005, the carrier Oriskany (CV/CVA 34) would be transferred to the state of Florida for use as an artificial reef An artificial reef is a man-made, underwater structure, typically built for the purpose of promoting marine life in areas of generally featureless bottom. Artificial reefs may also serve to improve hydrodynamics for surfing or to control beach erosion. , the first carrier to be disposed of in this manner.

    7 The V-22 Osprey program manager announced that the HV-22 designation would not be used, and the Navy would purchase MV-22s instead.

    8 The first AH-1W Super Cobra, BuNo 160745, arrived at NADEP NADEP Naval Aviation Depot
    NADEP Naval Air Depot (NADEP North Island overhauls Navy aircraft) 
     Cherry Point, N.C., to begin conversion to the AH-1Z.

    8 The Fleet Antisubmarine Warfare Command, San Diego, Calif., was established to integrate advanced ASW ASW Antisubmarine Warfare
    ASW Approved Social Worker
    ASW Application Software
    ASW a Small World (online community)
    ASW Art Supply Warehouse
    ASW Artificial Sea Water
    ASW Australian Standard White (wheat) 
     networks, establish doctrine and operating concepts, coordinate ASW training, and advise naval leadership.

    9 The National Museum of Naval Aviation, Pensacola, Fla., acquired the last T-2C Buckeye to make a carrier landing, BuNo 157058. The final trap occurred on board Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) on 25 July 2003.

    18 An operator-directed X-45A Joint Unmanned Combat Air System dropped a 250 pound inert guided small smart bomb on target at NAWS China Lake, Calif., demonstrating that an unmanned combat system could effectively deliver a precision weapon.

    21 The Navy awarded the Boeing Co. a $3.4 million contract to begin modernizing avionics on the 48 Naval and Marine Reserve C-130Ts and KC-130Ts.

    22 The V-22 Osprey surpassed 2,000 flight hours since the program's return to flight in May 2002, with a mission by one of VMX-22's MV-22s.

    29 Commander, Operational Testing and Evaluation, Marine Corps, recommended the full fleet introduction of the KC-130J for operational use.

    30 The amphibious transport dock A ship designed to transport and land troops, equipment, and supplies by means of embarked landing craft, amphibious vehicles, and helicopters. Designated as LPD.  LPD See LPR/LPD.  22 was named in honor of the city of San Diego, Calif. Building at Northrop Grumman Ship Systems, Avondale Operations, New Orleans, La., San Diego is capable of operating CH-46 Sea Knights and MV-22 Ospreys.

    May

    A ScanEagle unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV UAV Unmanned Aerial Vehicle
    UAV Unmanned Air Vehicle
    UAV Unmanned Aerospace Vehicle
    UAV Unmanned Airborne Vehicle
    UAV Uninhabited Air Vehicle
    UAV Urban Assault Vehicle
    UAV Unpiloted Aerial Vehicle (less common) 
    ) launched and recovered autonomously on board Shackleton, a 58-foot fishing boat, in Puget Sound, Wash. During a simulated mission, the UAV conducted area surveillance with its electro-optical camera. In August ScanEagle again operated from Shackleton, flying an intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance An activity that synchronizes and integrates the planning and operation of sensors, assets, and processing, exploitation, and dissemination systems in direct support of current and future operations. This is an integrated intelligence and operations function. Also called ISR.  mission lasting almost 17 hours, demonstrating sustained ship-based UAV endurance.

    5 Lockheed Martin was awarded a contract valued at approximately $5 billion to develop the AGM-169A Joint Common Missile (JCM). As many as 54,000 JCMs are expected to be produced for the Navy, Marine Corps, and Army, with fleet introduction anticipated in 2010.

    6 Cdr. Stewart R. Graham, USCG USCG
    abbr.
    United States Coast Guard

    USCG n abbr (= United States Coast Guard) → Küstenwache der USA
     (Ret.), the Coast Guard's Aviator No. 114 and Helicopter Pilot No. 2, was inducted into the Hall of Honor at the National Museum of Naval Aviation, Pensacola, Fla. Born on 25 September 1917, Graham pioneered helicopter development during WW II, making the first helo takeoff from a ship on the high seas high seas

    In maritime law, the waters lying outside the territorial waters of any and all states. In the Middle Ages, a number of maritime states asserted sovereignty over large portions of the high seas.
    , flying an YR-4B (HNS-1) from the 10,000-ton British freighter Daghestan while she was en route from New York New York, state, United States
    New York, Middle Atlantic state of the United States. It is bordered by Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and the Atlantic Ocean (E), New Jersey and Pennsylvania (S), Lakes Erie and Ontario and the Canadian province of
     to Liverpool, U.K., on 16 January 1944. Graham also participated in the rescue of 18 of the 44 people on board a DC-4 that crashed 20 miles southeast of Gander Gander, town (1991 pop. 10,339), NE Newfoundland, N.L., Canada. Gander's airport, an important base in World War II, is a hub for international flights; it also attracts many refugees. It was the site of a Dec. , Newfoundland, in September 1946, proving the utility of helos for search and rescue in remote locations. His many awards include the Distinguished Flying Cross.

    6 NASA NASA: see National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
    NASA
     in full National Aeronautics and Space Administration

    Independent U.S.
     announced the selection of 11 astronaut candidates, including Naval Aviator Maj. Randolph J. Bresnik, USMC.

    6 The H-1 upgrade program achieved 2,000 flight hours during AH-1Z weapons accuracy testing and UH-1Y external loads testing at the Army's Yuma Proving Ground The U.S. Army's Yuma Proving Ground is one of the largest military installations in the world. Situated in southwestern La Paz County and western Yuma County in southwestern Arizona, U.S. , Ariz.

    8 Following a five-month post shakedown availability, Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) received her second flight deck certification. Two days later she launched her last Tomcat A popular Java servlet container from the Apache Jakarta project. Tomcat uses the Jasper converter to turn JSPs into servlets for execution. Tomcat is widely used with the JBoss application server. For more information, visit http://jakarta.apache.org/tomcat. See Jakarta and JBoss. , an F-14D from Fighter Squadron 213.

    15 The AIM-9X Sidewinder sidewinder, common name for a rattlesnake, Crotalus cerastes, found in the deserts of the SW United States. This 2-ft (60-cm), pale yellow and pink snake is named for its curious method of locomotion.  air-to-air missile was authorized for full-rate production.

    17 The UH-1Y Huey upgrade fired weapons for the first time during a test flight at Fort A. P. Hill, Va.

    21 Northrop Grumman Corp., Newport News, Va., was awarded a $1.4 billion construction preparation and design contract for CVN 21.

    27 Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), with elements of six squadrons from CVW-11 embarked, sailed from NS Norfolk, Va., for her new homeport of NAS North Island, Calif., arriving on 23 July. Among those on hand to greet the ship's arrival was former First Lady Nancy D. Reagan.

    29 The destroyer Pinckney (DDG 91) was commissioned at Naval Base Ventura County, Calif. The ship honors Officer's Cook Third Class William Pinckney, an African American African American Multiculture A person having origins in any of the black racial groups of Africa. See Race.  sailor awarded the Navy Cross during WW II for rescuing a fellow crew member from a burning ammunition handling room on board Enterprise (CV 6) during the Battle of the Santa Cruz Islands The Battle of the Santa Cruz Islands, October 26, 1942, sometimes referred to as the Battle of Santa Cruz or in Japanese sources as the Battle of the South Pacific  on 26 October 1942.

    June

    11 The Boeing Co. announced receipt of an $86 million contract for the first full-rate production lot of the Joint Helmet-Mounted Cueing System, with 2,000 systems expected for U.S. and international aircraft, including the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet.

    14 The Boeing Co. received a $3.89 billion contract for the system development and demonstration phase of the Multimission Maritime Aircraft. Plans call for acquisition of 108 MMAs, totaling approximately $20 billion, to ultimately replace the P-3C Orion.

    24 A ceremony at NADEP Jacksonville, Fla., commemorated the last overhaul of an F-14 Tomcat. The depot was designated for reworking and repairing F-14s in 1994.

    21-29 The V-22 Osprey Integrated Test Team successfully completed the fifth at-sea period testing the Osprey's shipboard suitability, on board the amphibious assault ship Iwo Jima (LHD 7) off the coast of Maryland. This phase of testing resulted in expanded operational wind envelopes and cleared the use of more shipboard spots than previous tests.

    July

    The Boeing Co. received a contract from the Marine Corps to provide two ScanEagle unmanned aerial vehicle mobile deployment units, each consisting of several UAVs, for use with I Marine Expeditionary Force in Iraq. ScanEagle would later be used extensively during the November battle at Fallujah, where its intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance capabilities contributed to coalition victory.

    5 The George Washington (CVN 73) carrier strike group returned from the Arabian Gulf after more than four months on station supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom. During its deployment, the group launched strikes into Iraq, and its aircraft also participated in maritime intercept operations leading to the boarding of more than 200 vessels.

    15 LCdr. Mark Tankersley and Ltjg. Scott Timmester of Fighter Squadron 213 made the last AIM-54C Phoenix long-range air-to-air missile firing, as the Navy continued to phase the weapon out of inventory by 30 September. First deployed with Fighter Squadrons 1 and 2 on board Enterprise (CVN 65) on 17 September 1974, the merger of the Phoenix with the F-14 Tomcat produced one of the most capable air superiority platforms ever developed. More than 4,566 Phoenix missiles were built.

    19 Full-scale models of the X-47B and X-45C Joint Unmanned Combat Air System (J-UCAS) vehicles were unveiled by Northrop Grumman Corp., and Boeing Co., respectively, during the opening of the Farnborough International Air Show, U.K. Northrop Grumman also announced that the RQ-4A Global Hawk UAV surpassed 2,000 combat flight hours in Afghanistan and Iraq in the global war on terrorism. In service with the Air Force, the Global Hawk is also under development for the Navy.

    20 Aircraft embarked on board John F. Kennedy (CV 67) in the Arabian Gulf struck anti-Iraqi forces threatening Multinational Corps-Iraq. An F-14 Tomcat dropped GBU-12 guided bombs and an F/A-18C Hornet dropped GBU-32s on the enemy positions.

    23 Bloodhound bloodhound, breed of large hound whose ancestors were known in the Mediterranean region before the Christian era. It stands about 25 in. (63.5 cm) high at the shoulder and weighs between 80 and 110 lb (36.3–49.9 kg).  200, the last NF-14D Tomcat at Naval Base Ventura County, Calif., BuNo 163416, made its final flight with Air Test and Evaluation Squadron 30, ending research, development, test, and evaluation flight operations with the Tomcat.

    August

    13 The Naval Aerospace Medicine Institute dedicated and named its Aerospace Medicine Academic Center in honor of two Naval Aviation personnel, Capt. David M. Brown and Capt. Laurel B. S. Clark. Both former Navy flight surgeons, they were among the seven astronauts lost when the space shuttle Columbia broke apart during her descent into Kennedy Space Center Kennedy Space Center (Cape Canaveral) U.S.

    launch site for manned space missions. [U.S. Hist.: WB, So:562]

    See : Astronautics
    , Fla., on 1 February 2003.

    14 The East Coast Hawkeye-Greyhound Ball, Norfolk, Va., celebrated the E-2 Hawkeye's one-millionth flight hour, as well as the 40th anniversary of the C-2 Greyhound's first flight.

    22-23 Nimitz (CVN 68) conducted sea trials following completion of a six-month planned incremental availability at NAS North Island, Calif., that began on 23 February.

    27 Northrop Grumman Newport News Shipbuilding, Newport News, Va., was awarded an almost $2 billion modification to a previously awarded contract for the extended selected restricted availability of Enterprise (CVN 65). Enterprise entered the shipyard on 3 September, with completion expected by June 2005.

    28 The crew of the SH-60B Seahawk from HSL-45 Det 6 embarked on board the frigate Curts (FFG 38) spotted the 36-foot El Poder de Dios foundering 300 miles east of Ecuador. The helo crew directed Curts to the scene, effecting a combined search and rescue which saved 106 Ecuadorian migrants.

    30 The 200th F/A-18 Super Hornet, a two-seat "F" model, was delivered to Air Test and Evaluation Squadron 9, NAWS China Lake, Calif.

    September

    Carrier suitability tests for the mass memory unit upgrade to the S-3B Viking, designed to allow preflight pre·flight  
    adj.
    Preparing for or occurring before flight.

    tr.v. pre·flight·ed, pre·flight·ing, pre·flights
    To check (an aircraft) for airworthiness before flight.
     programming and postflight analysis from a laptop computer, was completed.

    7 The final report by Commander, Operational Test and Evaluation (testing) operational test and evaluation - (OT&E) Formal testing conducted prior to deployment to evaluate the operational effectiveness and suitability of the system with respect to its mission.  Force on the operational assessment of the EP-3E Aries II The Lockheed EP-3E ARIES II is the signals reconnaissance version of the P-3C Orion, operated by the United States Navy. There are 11 EP-3Es in the Navy's inventory, the last of which was delivered in 1997.  Sensor System Improvement Program upgrade was issued, finding the upgrade operationally effective and suitable for introduction to Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadrons 1 and 2.

    8 Lt. Col. John F. "Jack" Bolt, USMC, died in Tampa, Fla., at age 83. A veteran of both WW II and the Korean War, Bolt first gained fame during the former war flying F4U-1 Corsairs with the Black Sheep of VMF-214 in the Solomon Islands, becoming an ace by downing six Japanese Zeros. During the Korean War, he flew F-86F Sabres with the Fifth Air Force, shooting down six Communist MiG-15s, becoming the first Naval Aviator to attain five victories in jet combat. Among his many awards were the Navy Cross and the Distinguished Flying Cross.

    9 A P-3C Orion from Patrol Squadron 16 spotted a suspected go-fast vessel in the Pacific Ocean and alerted the Coast Guard cutter Jarvis (WHEC WHEC High Endurance Cutter (USCGC)
    WHEC Windows Hardware Engineering Conference
    WHEC Wester Hailes Education Centre (Edinburgh)
    WHEC Wildlife Habitat Enhancement Council
     725). The cutter's HH-65 Dolphin launched to intercept and both the helo and the Orion crews saw the smugglers throwing contraband over board. Although the go-fast escaped, Jarvis recovered bales of cocaine valued at over $40 million.

    9 Expeditionary Strike Group 3 conducted a flag staff crossdeck while at sea in the northern Arabian Gulf from Belleau Wood (LHA 3) to Essex (LHD 2). The Essex ESG was activated the next day.

    10 The keel was laid for the amphibious transport dock New York (LPD 21) at Northrop Grumman Ship Systems, Avondale, La. The ship honors her namesake city as well as the victims of the 11 September 2001 terrorist attacks.

    17 After surveillance by P-3Cs from Patrol Squadrons 16 and 65, the frigate Curts (FFG 38), her embarked helo from HSL-45 Det 6, and a Coast Guard law enforcement detachment intercepted the fishing vessel Lina Maria southwest of the Galapagos Islands. The Coast Guard boarding team found 14 tons of cocaine on board the vessel.

    23 A P-3C Orion from Patrol Squadron 16 vectored the frigate Crommelin (FFG 37) and her embarked SH-60 Seahawk from HSL-37 Det 3 to the fishing vessel San Jose west of the Galapagos Islands. The frigate's Coast Guard law enforcement detachment discovered 13 tons of cocaine on the vessel.

    October

    Some Naval Aviation "A" school students began moving from NAS Pensacola, Fla., to NAS Oceana, Va., as part of STAR-21, designed to streamline training by having students attend schools in the same geographical areas as their permanent duty stations.

    1 VAdm. Charles W. Moore, Jr., passed the Gray Eagle Trophy--honoring the Naval Aviator on the active duty list, not recalled, holding that designation for the longest period of time--to Adm. Gregory G. Johnson Admiral Gregory G. Johnson (1946- ) is a retired U.S. Navy admiral, and former commander U.S. Naval Forces, Europe and Allied Forces, Southern Europe. Military career
    Admiral Johnson is a native of Westmanland, Maine.
    . Adm. Johnson passed the trophy to Lt. Gen. Robert Magnus, USMC, on 29 November.

    1 The Navy transferred operation of the Naval Space Surveillance System, the "Fence," utilized to track satellites and debris orbiting the Earth, to the Air Force, during a ceremony at Naval Network and Space Operations Command, Dahlgren, Va.

    2 The destroyer Forrest Sherman (DDG 98) was christened at Northrop Grumman Ship Systems, Pascagoula, Miss. She was the second ship named in honor of Adm. Forrest P. Sherman (1896-1951), who was the Chief of Naval Operations chief of naval operations
    n. pl. chiefs of naval operations Abbr. CNO
    The ranking officer of the U.S. Navy, responsible to the secretary of the Navy and to the President.
     at the time of his death. Sherman commanded Naval Aviation squadrons in the 1920s and 1930s, going on to command Wasp (CV 7) in 1942, followed by staff assignments through the remainder of WW II. He earned the Distinguished Service Medal for his role in planning the capture of Japanese-held islands.

    2-8 Two joint interceptions involving a Navy P-3C Orion and the Coast Guard cutter Gallatin (WHEC 721) seized nearly 8,000 pounds of cocaine and eight smugglers from two go-fast vessels in the Columbian basin. In both instances, as the smugglers attempted to escape and jettisoned cargoes, the crew of Gallatin's MH-68A disabled the boats with gunfire.

    6 The first of two RQ-4A Global Hawk unmanned aerial vehicles

    Main article: Unmanned aerial vehicle
    The following is a list of Unmanned aerial vehicles developed and operated by various countries around the world. Listed with primary mission(s) and year of first flight.
     allocated for the Navy's Global Hawk Maritime Demonstration Program made its first flight, of approximately four hours, from Northrop Grumman Corp., Palmdale, to Birk Flight Test Center, Edwards AFB AFB
    abbr.
    acid-fast bacillus


    AFB Acid-fast bacillus, also 1. Aflatoxin B 2. Aorto-femoral bypass
    , both in California.

    22 The production line for the EA-18G, which will begin production starting with the first test model dubbed EA-1, stood up at Boeing Co., St. Louis, Mo. A total of 56 EA-18Gs are included in a multiyear contract covering 2005-2009.

    28 President George W. Bush signed the $420.6 billion FY05 National Defense Authorization Act The National Defense Authorization Act is the name of a United States federal law that is enacted each fiscal year to specify the budget and expenditures of the United States Department of Defense. . In addition to a 3.5 percent pay increase for all service members, Naval Aviation provisions included eight Marine MV-22s, $4.6 billion for the F-35A/B/C Joint Strike Fighter, $2.9 billion for 42 F/A-18E/Fs, $708 million for the Joint Unmanned Combat Air System program, $132.4 million for H-1 upgrades, and $26.8 million for the P-3 Orion antisurface warfare improvement program. It included further funding for CVN 21; the first follow-on to the LHA class; and one San Antonio (LPD 17)-class amphibious assault ship.

    28 The Multimission Maritime Aircraft, based on Boeing's commercial 737, began low-speed wind tunnel testing at Boeing Co., St. Louis, Mo., concluding on 5 November.

    November

    The ScanEagle unmanned aerial vehicle surpassed 1,000 flight hours while supporting I Marine Expeditionary Force in Iraq.

    7 The Aircraft Intermediate Maintenance Department on board Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) performed its first at-sea jet engine test, on an engine from an F/A-18 Super Hornet.

    11 Two AH-1W Marine Super Cobras were hit by ground fire in separate incidents during the fighting near Fallujah, Iraq. All crew members were rescued, but two were injured.

    12-23 The V-22 Integrated Test Team conducted shipboard suitability testing on board the amphibious assault ship Wasp (LHD 1) off the Mid-Atlantic coast, primarily consisting of interaction testing between two Ospreys during flight operations.

    16 The AGM-154C Joint Standoff Weapon (JSOW-C), the unitary/penetration variant, was unveiled to the Navy at Raytheon Missile Systems Raytheon Missile Systems Company is a subsidiary of Raytheon Company. Headquartered in Tucson, Arizona, its president is Louise Francesconi. Formerly, known as Hughes Missile Systems Company before acquired by Raytheon Company

    The division's products include:
    , Tucson, Ariz.

    20 The seventh C-40A Clipper, BuNo 165835, was delivered to the Naval Reserve.

    20 The amphibious transport dock New Orleans (LPD 18) was christened at Northrop Grumman Ship Systems, New Orleans, La. She is the second ship of the San Antonio (LPD 17) class.

    27 A P-3C Orion crew from Patrol Squadron 9 was instrumental in a multinational search and rescue of eight United Arab Emirates United Arab Emirates, federation of sheikhdoms (2005 est. pop. 2,563,000), c.30,000 sq mi (77,700 sq km), SE Arabia, on the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman.  fishermen after their dhow dhow

    One- or two-masted Arab sailing vessel, usually with lateen rigging (slanting, triangular sails), common on the Red Sea and the Indian Ocean. On the larger types, called baggalas and booms, the mainsail is considerably bigger than the mizzensail.
     sank off the coast of Bahrain.

    December

    The Joint Common Missile acquired and tracked a Boghammer-class small coastal patrol boat capable of attaining 30 knots, representing enemy craft that can threaten warships, during 125 test runs at Eglin AFB, Fla.

    1 Lockheed Martin announced receipt of a $15.6 million contract to integrate the Armed Helicopter Mission Kit for the MH-60S, part of the Navy's Armed Helo program.

    2-3 A 40-foot yola carrying 94 Dominican migrants attempting to gain illegal entry into the U.S. capsized as it approached the north coast of Puerto Rico. A Coast Guard HU-25 Guardian spotted the distressed vessel and alerted search and rescue forces, including three HH-65A Dolphins from CGAS Borinquen, Puerto Rico; the cutters Chincoteague (WPB 1320) and Key Largo (WPB 1324); the Border Patrol; and Immigration immigration, entrance of a person (an alien) into a new country for the purpose of establishing permanent residence. Motives for immigration, like those for migration generally, are often economic, although religious or political factors may be very important.  and Customs Enforcement. The search and rescue teams rescued 85 survivors, performing 35 hoists from six-foot surf, and recovered the bodies of the nine migrants killed in the shipwreck shipwreck, complete or partial destruction of a vessel as a result of collision, fire, grounding, storm, explosion, or other mishap. In the ancient world sea travel was hazardous, but in modern times the number of shipwrecks due to nonhostile causes has steadily .

    4-13 While deployed on board Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) in the Arabian Gulf, Carrier Airborne Early Warning The detection of enemy air or surface units by radar or other equipment carried in an airborne vehicle, and the transmitting of a warning to friendly units. Also called AEW.  Squadron 126 sent a detachment comprising two E-2C Hawkeyes to Kandahar AB, Afghanistan, to support the inauguration of Hamid Karzai, the country's first democratically elected president. The det provided airborne command and control during the historic event, which was attended by an entourage led by Vice President Richard B. Cheney and Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld.

    7-23 Selandang Ayu, a 712-foot freighter of Malaysian registry, lost power in heavy seas, ran aground a·ground  
    adv. & adj.
    1. Onto or on a shore, reef, or the bottom of a body of water: a ship that ran aground; a ship aground offshore.

    2.
    , and broke in two on the north shore of Unalaska Island, Alaska. A Coast Guard search and rescue force rescued 20 crew members. However, one of the aircraft, an HH-60J from CGAS Kodiak, Tail No. 6020, was lost, causing the deaths of six Selandang Ayu crewmen, though the four Coast Guardsmen on board survived. Additional Coast Guard assets participating in the extensive search and rescue included HC-130H Hercules and the cutters Alex Hailey (WMEC WMEC Medium Endurance Cutter (USCGC)
    WMEC Wet Mateable Electric Connection
     39), Sherman (WHEC 720), and Sycamore (WLB WLB Weak-Side Linebacker (pro football)
    WLB Buoy Tender, Seagoing (USCGC)
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    WLB Wireless Builder
    WLB Wan Load Balancer
    WLB Web Load Balance
     209).

    8 The MH-60S Armed Helicopter Weapons System was previewed in a ceremony at NAS Patuxent River, Md., providing senior leadership a glimpse of system hardware.

    14 Commander, Operational Test and Evaluation Force, announced that the Joint Standoff Weapon (JSOW-C) had completed operational testing, and was operationally effective and operationally suitable for fleet deployment.

    15 Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) completed her planned incremental availability, which began when she entered drydock on 19 February, at Norfolk Naval Shipyard The Norfolk Naval Shipyard, often called the Norfolk Navy Yard, is a U.S. Navy facility in Portsmouth, Virginia, for building, remodeling, and repairing the Navy's ships. It's the oldest and largest industrial facility that belongs to the U.S. , Portsmouth, Va.

    15-22 Oriskany (CV/CVA 34) was towed by the commercial tug Dolphin I from Corpus Christi, Texas Corpus Christi is a coastal city and the county seat of Nueces CountyGR6 in the U.S. state of Texas. It is part of the region known as South Texas. , to NAS Pensacola, Fla., in preparation for being sunk as an artificial reef.

    26 A magnitude 9.0 earthquake occurred off the west coast of northern Sumatra, Indonesia, triggering a massive tsunami across the Indian Ocean littoral littoral /lit·to·ral/ (lit´ah-r'l) pertaining to the shore of a large body of water.

    littoral

    pertaining to the shore.
    . In places reaching 30 feet high in shallow waters and 6 miles wide, the tsunami killed more than 275,950 people. The Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) carrier strike group, visiting Hong Kong when the disaster struck, and the Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) expeditionary strike group, visiting Guam, as well as P-3C Orions from Patrol Squadrons 4 and 8 immediately responded. The new year began with these and other Naval Aviation assets at the forefront of the historic relief effort, which was designated Operation Unified Assistance Operation United Assistance is the name of the United States military's response to the tsunami of 2004. Overview
    On 28 December, the first elements of the Combined Support Force (CSF-536) were deployed to Utapao, Thailand following that country's approval of the use of
    .

    Curtis Utz and Mark Evans are historians and Dale Gordon is an archivist ARCHIVIST. One to whose care the archives have been confided.  in the Aviation History Office of the Naval Historical Center's Naval Warfare Division.
    MAJOR PATROL SQUADRON DEPLOYMENTS, 2004
    
    NAS Keflavik, Iceland /Hato AB, Curacao, Netherlands Antilles*
    VP-10  Aug 03-Feb 04
    
    NAS Sigonella, Italy
    VP-45  Aug 03-Feb 04
    VP-26  Jan 04-Jul 04
    VP-16  Jul 04-Dec 04 (Dets in Bahrain and El Salvador)
    VP-5   Dec 04-present
    
    Indian Ocean (Det in Bahrain)
    VP-47  Nov 03-Jun 04
    VP-9   Jun 04-Dec 04
    VP-4   Dec 04-present
    
    NAF Misawa, Japan (Det in Kadena)
    VP-1   Dec 03-Jun 04
    VP-46  Jun 04-Dec 04
    VP-8   Dec 04-present
    
    *In February 2004, Navy maritime patrol aircraft ended scheduled flight
    operations at Keflavik. Caribbean operations were largely taken over by
    reserve VP detachments.
    
    MAJOR ELECTRONIC ATTACK EXPEDITIONARY SQUADRON DEPLOYMENTS, 2004
    
    MCAS Iwakuni, Japan
    VAQ-128      Oct 03-Jan 04
    VMAQ-4       Jan 04-Apr 04
    VMAQ-1       Mar 04-Oct 04
    VAQ-142      Oct 04-Apr 05
    
    Tallil Air Base, Iraq
    VMAQ-2       Jul 04-Jan 05
    
    Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan
    VAQ-137 Det  Dec 03-Jan 04
    VAQ-142      Dec 03-Apr 04
    VAQ-134      Apr 04-Aug 04
    VAQ-133      Aug 04-Jan 05
    
    MAJOR CARRIER AND AIR WING DEPLOYMENTS, 2004
    
    Enterprise (CVN 65)
    
    CVW-1 (Tail Code AB)
    IO/Arabian Gulf
    1 Oct 03-29 Feb 04
    
    Squadron          Aircraft
    
    VF-211            F-14A
    VFA-82            F/A-18C
    VFA-86            F/A-18C
    VMFA-312 (DR)*    F/A-18A
    VAW-123           E-2C
    VAQ-137           EA-6B
    VRC-40 Det 2      C-2A
    VS-32             S-3B
    HS-11             SH-60F/HH-60H
    
    George Washington (CVN 73)
    
    CVW-7 (Tail Code AG)
    Med/Arabian Gulf
    20 Jan 04-26 Jul 04
    
    Squadron          Aircraft
    
    VF-11             F-14B
    VF-143            F-14B
    VFA-131           F/A-18C
    VFA-136           F/A-18C
    VAW-121           E-2C
    VAQ-140           EA-6B
    VRC-40 Det 3      C-2A
    VS-31             S-3B
    HS-5              SH-60F/HH-60H
    
    John C. Stennis (CVN 74)
    
    CVW-14 (Tail Code NK)
    Westpac
    24 May 04-1 Nov 04
    
    Squadron          Aircraft
    
    VF-31             F-14D
    VFA-25            F/A-18C
    VFA-113           F/A-18C
    VFA-115           F/A-18E
    VAW-115           E-2C
    VAQ-139           EA-6B
    VRC-30 Det 1      C-2A
    VS-35             S-3B
    HS-4              SH-60F/HH-60H
    
    John F. Kennedy (CV 67)
    
    CVW-17 (Tail Code AA)
    Med/Arabian Gulf
    7 Jun 04-13 Dec 04
    
    Squadron          Aircraft
    
    VF-103            F-14B
    VFA-34            F/A-18C
    VFA-81            F/A-18C
    VFA-83            F/A-18C
    VAW-125           E-2C
    VAQ-132           EA-6B
    VRC-40 Det 4      C-2A
    VS-30             S-3B
    HS-15             SH-60F/HH-60H
    
    Harry S. Truman (CVN 75)
    
    CVW-3 (Tail Code AC)
    Med/Arabian Gulf
    13 Oct 04-18 Apr 05
    
    Squadron          Aircraft
    
    VF-32             F-14B
    VFA-37            F/A-18C
    VFA-105           F/A-18C
    VMFA-115 (VE)*    F/A-18A
    VAW-126           E-2C
    VAQ-130           EA-6B
    VRC-40 Det 1      C-2A
    VS-22             S-3B
    HS-7              SH-60F/HH-60H
    
    Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72)
    
    CVW-2 (Tail Code NE)
    WestPac
    19 Oct 04-1 Mar 05
    
    Squadron          Aircraft
    
    VFA-2             F/A-18F
    VFA-82            F/A-18C
    VFA-137           F/A-18E
    VFA-151           F/A-18C
    VAW-116           E-2C
    VAQ-131           EA-6B
    VRC-30 Det 4      C-2A
    HSL-47            SH-60B
    HS-2              SH-60F/HH-60H
    
    * While on deployment, VMFA squadrons take on the tail code of the air
    wing. Their original tail codes are noted in parentheses.
    
    MAJOR AMPHIBIOUS ASSAULT CARRIER AND MARINE HELICOPTER SQUADRON (REIN)
    DEPLOYMENTS, 2004
    
    Peleliu (LHA 5)
    
    HMM-163(R) (Tail Code YP)
    WestPac/IO
    22 Aug 03-09 Mar 04
    
    Squadron                                             Aircraft
    
    VMA-513 Det                                          AV-8B
    HMM-163                                              CH-46E
    HMH-465 Det                                          CH-53E
    HMLA-169 Det                                         UH-1N/AH-1W
    HC-11 Det 9 (VR)*                                    MH-60S
    
    Boxer (LHD 4)
    
    HMH-466**
    WestPac/IO
    14 Jan 04-29 Apr 04
    
    Squadron                                             Aircraft
    
    HMH-466 (YK)                                         CH-53E
    HC-11 Det 5 (VR)*                                    CH-46D
    
    Bataan (LHD 5)
    
    HMM-261 & HMLA-167***
    Med/IO
    19 Jan 04-31 Mar 04
    
    Squadron                                             Aircraft
    
    HMM-261 (EM)                                         CH-46E
    HMLA-167 Det B (TV)                                  UH-1N/AH-1W
    HC-6 Det 2 (HW)*                                     MH-60S
    
    Wasp (LHD 1)
    
    HMM-266(R) (Tail Code ES)
    Med/IO
    17 Feb 04-18 Sep 04
    
    Squadron                                             Aircraft
    
    VMA-542 Det                                          AV-8B
    HMM-266                                              CH-46E
    HMH-? Det                                            CH-53E
    HMLA-? Det                                           UH-1N/AH-1W
    HC-8 Det 5 (BR)*                                     MH-60S
    
    Belleau Wood (LHA 3)
    
    HMM-166(R) (Tail Code YX)
    WestPac/IO
    27 May 04-24 Oct 04
    
    Squadron                                             Aircraft
    
    VMA-214 Det B                                        AV-8B
    HMM-166                                              CH-46E
    HMH-465 Det                                          CH-53E
    HMLA-169 Det                                         UH-1N/AH-1W
    HC-11 Det 1 (VR)*                                    MH-60S
    
    Kearsarge (LHD 3)
    
    HMM-263(R) (Tail Code EG) ([dagger])
    Med/IO
    07 Jun 04-14 Aug 04
    
    Squadron                                             Aircraft
    
    HMM-263                                              CH-46E
    HMH-464 Det                                          CH-53E
    HC-8 Det 1 (BR)*                                     MH-60S
    
    Essex (LHD 2)
    
    HMM-265(R) (Tail Code EP)
    IO
    23 Aug 04-06 Apr 05
    
    Squadron                                             Aircraft
    
    VMA-211 Det                                          AV-8B
    HMM-265                                              CH-46E
    HMH-463 Det                                          CH-53D
    HMLA-369 Det                                         UH-1N/AH-1W
    HC-5 Det 6 (RB)*                                     MH-60S
    HM-15 (TB) ([dagger][dagger])                        MH-53E
    HMM-262 Det (ET) ([dagger][dagger])                  CH-46E
    HC-5 Det 3 (RB) ([dagger][dagger])                   MH-60S
    
    Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6)
    
    HMM-165(R) (Tail Code YW)
    WestPac/IO
    06 Dec 04-present
    
    Squadron                                             Aircraft
    
    VMA-513                                              AV-8B
    HMM-165                                              CH-46E
    HMH-462 Det                                          CH-53E
    HMLA-? Det                                           UH-1N & AH-1W
    HC-11 Det 4 (VR)*                                    MH-60S
    
    * While on deployment, HC squadron detachments are assigned to the
    amphibious assault carrier rather than to the embarked Marine
    helicopter squadron (reinforced). The detachment helicopters therefore
    retain their own squadron tail codes.
    ** Boxer transported HMH-466 from San Diego, Calif., to the CENTCOM AOR.
    Offload of the squadron, Marines, and equipment was conducted in the
    northern Arabian Gulf from 20-25 February.
    *** Bataan transported HMM-261 and HMLA-167 from MCAS Cherry Point,
    N.C., to the CENTCOM AOR. Offload of the squadrons, Marines, and
    equipment was conducted in the northern Arabian Gulf from 20-22
    February.
    ([dagger]) HMM-263 and the HMH-464 det flew ashore from Kearsarge in the
    Arabian Sea to the CENTCOM AOR (Kuwait) on 7 July and linked up with
    the other elements of HMM-263 (Rein) which were transported by air to
    Kuwait. HMM-263 (Rein) was returned to CONUS by air transport in
    February 2005.
    ([dagger][dagger]) Essex was temporarily assigned to provide relief
    support to the area of southeast Asia devastated by the tsunami of 26
    December 2004. With HMM-265 (Rein) operating ashore in Iraq, a
    detachment of four MH-53E Sea Dragons from HM-15 was flown aboard at
    Bahrain on 10 January. On 18 January, the two MH-60S Seahawks from HC-5
    Det 3 on board USNS Niagara Falls (T-AFS-3) and six CH-46E Sea Knights
    from HMM-262, transported from Okinawa by Fort McHenry (LSD 43), boarded
    the ship. By 10 February, Essex had completed her relief operations and
    returned to the Arabian Gulf.
    Thanks to William S. Hart for compiling this data.
    
    AVIATION COMMAND CHANGES, 2004
    
    Established
    Fleet Antisubmarine Warfare Command                       7 Jan
    VXS-1                                                    13 Dec
    
    Deactivated
    VS-29                                                    30 Apr
    VS-38                                                    30 Apr
    VFA-203                                                  30 Jun
    VAQ-128                                                  30 Sep
    Naval Air Reserve Center, Denver, CO                      1 Nov
    Naval Air Reserve Center, Selfridge, MI                   4 Nov
    Naval Air Reserve Center, Chicago, IL                     4 Nov
    Naval Air Maintenance Training Group                      3 Dec
    
    Redesignated
    VP-64 to VR-64                                           18 Sep
    Commander Carrier Group 1 to Commander
      Carrier Strike Group 1                                  1 Oct
    Commander Carrier Group 2 to Commander
      Carrier Strike Group 2                                  1 Oct
    Commander Carrier Group 3 to Commander
      Carrier Strike Group 3                                  1 Oct
    Commander Carrier Group 4 to Commander
      Carrier Strike Group 4                                  1 Oct
    Commander Carrier Group 5 to Commander
      Carrier Strike Group 5                                  1 Oct
    Commander Carrier Group 6 to Commander
      Carrier Strike Group 6                                  1 Oct
    Commander Carrier Group 7 to Commander
      Carrier Strike Group 7                                  1 Oct
    Commander Carrier Group 8 to Commander
      Carrier Strike Group 8                                  1 Oct
    Commander Cruiser-Destroyer Group 1 to Commander
      Carrier Strike Group 15                                 1 Oct
    Commander Cruiser-Destroyer Group 2 to Commander
      Carrier Strike Group 10                                 1 Oct
    Commander Cruiser-Destroyer Group 3 to Commander
      Carrier Strike Group 9                                  1 Oct
    Commander Cruiser-Destroyer Group 5 to Commander
      Carrier Strike Group 11                                 1 Oct
    Commander Cruiser-Destroyer Group 8 to Commander
      Carrier Strike Group 12                                 1 Oct
    Commander Cruiser-Destroyer Group 12 to Commander
      Carrier Strike Group 14                                 1 Oct
    Naval Air Reserve Center, Minneapolis, MN to Naval and
      Marine Corps Reserve Center Minneapolis                 4 Nov
    
    LAMPS MK III SHIP DEPLOYMENTS, 2004
    
    HSLWINGLANT
    
    CARRIER STRIKE GROUP DEPLOYMENTS
    
    Enterprise (CVN 65)
    1 Oct 03-29 Feb 04
    
    Squadron        Ship
    
    HSL-42 Det 7    Gettysburg (CG 64)
    HSL-44 Det 3    Philippine Sea (CG 58) (6 Oct 04-10 Mar 04)
    HSL-46 Det 4    Nicholas (FFG 47) (13 Jun 03-16 Dec 03)*
    HSL-48 Det 10   Thorn (DD 988) (28 Nov 03-27 May 04)
    
    George Washington (CVN 65)
    20 Jan 04-26 Jul 04
    
    Squadron        Ship
    
    HSL-44 Det 8    Bulkeley (DDG 84)
    HSL-46 Det 8    Vella Gulf (CG 72)
    
    John F. Kennedy (CV 67)
    7 Jun 04-13 Dec 04
    
    Squadron        Ship
    
    HSL-46 Det 2    Spruance (DD 963) (7 Jun 04-7 Dec 04)
    HSL-48 Det 9    Roosevelt (DDG 80) (7 Jun 04-7 Dec 04)
    HSL-42 Det 8    Vicksburg (CG 69) (15 Jun 04-13 Dec 04)
    
    Harry S. Truman (CVN 75)
    13 Oct 04-18 Apr 05
    
    Squadron        Ship
    
    HSL-46 Det 4    Monterey (CG 61)
    HSL-46 Det 1    Mason (DDG 87)
    
    EXPEDITIONARY STRIKE GROUP DEPLOYMENTS
    
    Expeditionary Strike Group 2
    
    Wasp (LHD 1)
    17 Feb 04-18 Sep 04
    
    Squadron        Ship
    
    HSL-42 Det 2    Yorktown (CG 48) (17 Feb 04-17 Aug 04)
    HSL-48 Det 5    Leyte Gulf (CG 55) (15 Feb 04-15 Aug 04)
    
    INDIVIDUAL DEPLOYMENTS
    
    Squadron                 Dates                Ship
    
    HSL-48 Det 7             28 Jul 03-26 Jan 04  Doyle (FFG 39)
    HSL-42 Det 10            25 Sep 03-18 Mar 04  Stephen W. Groves (FFG 29)
    HSL-44 Det 7             25 Sep 03-19 Mar 04  Samuel B. Roberts (FFG 58)
    HSL-46 Det 7              9 Feb 04-20 Jul 04  Klakring (FFG 42)
    HSL-42 Det 9             26 Apr 04-2 Aug 04   Thomas S. Gates (CG 72)
    HSL-42 Det 4             30 Apr 04-17 Sep 04  Elrod (FFG 55)
    HSL-44 Det 5             15 Jun 04-9 Dec 04   DeWert (FFG 45)
    HSL-46 Det 5             18 Jun 04-20 Dec 04  John L. Hall (FFG 32)
    HSL-48 Det 3             20 Aug 04-13 Feb 04  Hue City (CG 66)
    HSL-44 Det 1             20 Aug 04-13 Feb 04  Underwood (FFG 36)
    HSL-44 Det 10             7 Sep 04-9 Dec 04   Simpson (FFG 56)
    HSL-60 Det                8 Oct 04-8 Apr 05   Boone (FFG 40)
      2 ([dagger][dagger])
    HSL-48 Det 7              8 Oct 04-8 Apr 05   Halyburton (FFG 40)
    HSL-44 Det 9             28 Nov 04-present    Taylor (FFG 50)
    HSL-48 Det 6             29 Nov 04-present    O'Bannon (DD 987)
    
    HSLWINGPAC
    
    CARRIER STRIKE GROUP DEPLOYMENTS
    
    John C. Stennis (CVN 74)
    24 May 04-1 Nov 04
    
    Squadron        Ship
    
    HSL-49 Det 6    Ford (FFG 54)
    HSL-45 Det 4    Lake Champlain (CG 57) (24 May 04-25 Oct 04)
    HSL-45 Det 1    Howard (DDG 83) (24 May 04-25 Oct 04)
    
    Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72)
    19 Oct 04-1 Mar 05
    
    Squadron        Ship
    
    HSL-47          Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72)**
                    Shiloh (CG 67)
                    Shoup (DDG 86)
    
    EXPEDITIONARY STRIKE GROUP DEPLOYMENTS
    
    Expeditionary Strike Group 1
    
    Peleliu (LHA 5)
    29 Aug 03-9 Mar 04
    
    Squadron        Ship
    
    HSL-49 Det 3    Jarrett (FFG 33)
    HSL-37 Det 1    Port Royal (CG 73) (3 Sep 03-11 Mar 04)
    HSL-49 Det 4    Fletcher (DD 992) (5 Dec 03-3 June 04)***
    
    Expeditionary Strike Group 3 ([dagger])
    
    Belleau Wood (LHA 5)
    27 May 04-24 Oct 04
    
    Essex (LHD 2)
    23 Aug 04-6 Apr 05
    
    Squadron        Ship
    
    HSL-43 Det 2    Mobile Bay (CG 53) (17 Jun 04-present)
    HSL-43 Det 3    Preble (DDG 88) (17 Jun 04-17 Dec 04)
    
    Expeditionary Strike Group 5
    
    Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6)
    6 Dec 04-present
    
    Squadron        Ship
    
    HSL-43 Det 4    Thach (FFG 53)
    HSL-49 Det 2    Bunker Hill (CG 52)
    
    INDIVIDUAL DEPLOYMENTS
    
    Squadron               Dates                Ship
    
    HSL-43 Det 6            3 Dec 03-2 Jun 04   McClusky (FFG 41)
    HSL-37 Det 4           12 Feb 04-23 Apr 04  Reuben James (FFG 57)
    HSL-60 Det             10 Mar 04-19 Jul 04  Ticonderoga (CG 49)
     1 ([dagger][dagger])
    HSL-43 Det 5           25 Mar 04-21 Jun 04  Valley Forge (CG 50)
    HSL-49 Det 5            5 May 04-7 Nov 04   McCampbell (DDG 85)
    HSL-37 Det 3           12 May 04-12 Nov 04  Crommelin (FFG 37)
    HSL-45 Det 6            2 Aug 04-2 Feb 05   Curts (FFG 38)
    HSL-37 Det 5           23 Aug 04-18 Dec 04  Lake Erie (CG 70)
    HSL-51 Det 5           19 Aug 04-17 Oct 04  McCan pbell (DDG 85)
                                                  ([dagger][dagger][dagger])
    
    * Early deployer.
    ** HSL-47 was the first LAMPS squadron deployed in its entirety to a
    carrier. The squadron provided LAMPS dets to the other ships of the
    strike group.
    *** Fletcher (DD 992) was one of the ships participating in the Sea Swap
    Program and was first deployed to the Fifth Fleet AOR in 2002.
    ([dagger]) Commander ESG-3 shifted his flag from Belleau Wood to Essex
    on 10 September 2004.
    ([dagger][dagger]) Deployed reserve detachment.
    ([dagger][dagger][dagger]) The HSL-51 det augmented the HSL-49 det on
    board McCampbell for extended maritime inderdiction operations.
    
    MAJOR HC SQUADRON DEPLOYMENTS, 2004
    
    HELTACWINGLANT
    
    Squadron        Date            Ship/Location
    
    HC-2 Det 1*                     LaSalle (AGF 3/Naples, Italy)
    HC-2 Det 2*                     Manama, Bahrain
    HC-4**                          Sigonella, Italy
    HC-4 Det 1*                     Fujairah, UAE
    HM-15 Det 2**                   Manama, Bahrain
    HC-6 Det 1      Sep 03-Feb 04   Detroit (AOE 4)
    HC-6 Det 2      Jan 04-Mar 04   Bataan (LHD 5)
    HC-6 Det 6      Jan 04-Jul 04   Supply (TAOE 6)
    HC-6 Det 4      Jan 04-Jul 04   Sirius (TAFS 6)
    HC-8 Det 5      Feb 04-Sep 04   Wasp (LHD 3)
    HC-8 Det 1      Jun 04-Aug 04   Kearsarge (LHD 3)
    HC-8 Det 4      Jun 04-Dec 04   Seattle (AOE 3)
    HC-8 Det 3      Aug 04-Nov 04   Saturn (TAFS 10)/Spica (TAFS 9)
    HC-6 Det 5      Oct 04-Apr 05   Arctic (TAOE 8)
    
    HELTACWINGPAC
    
    Squadron        Date            Ship/Location
    
    HC-5 Det 3      unknown         Niagara Falls (TAFS 3)/Essex (LHD 2)
    HC-5 Det 3      unknown         San Jose (TAFS 7)
    HC-5 Det 2      unknown         Flint (TAE 32)
    HC-5 Det 4      unknown         Niagara Falls (TAFS 3)
    HC-11 Det 9     Aug 03-Mar 04   Peleliu (LHA 5)
    HC-11 Det 5     Jan 04-Apr 04   Boxer (LHD 4)
    HC-11 Det 1     May 04-Oct 04   Belleau Wood (LHA 3)
    HC-11 Det 2     May 04-Nov 04   Rainier (TAOE 7)
    HC-5 Det 6      Aug 04-Apr 05   Essex (LHD 2)
    HC-11 Det 4     Dec 04-present  Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6)
    
    * Permanent detachment
    ** Forward deployed
    Note: Some data may be incomplete because of limited accurate source
    material due to the failure of some squadrons and wings to file a 2004
    command history in accordance with OPNAVINST 5750.12 H.
    
    AIRCRAFT ACCEPTED IN 2004
    
    Bureau Number     Qty      Type         Name            Contractor
    
    163787             1       HH-60H       Seahawk         Sikorsky
    163800             1       HH-60H       Seahawk         Sikorsky
    163935-163936      2       AH-1W        Sea Cobra       Bell Helicopter
    164843             1       HH-60H       Seahawk         Sikorsky
    165596             1       AV-8B        Harrier H       Boeing
    165619             1       T-45C        Goshawk         Boeing
    165628-165634      7       T-45C        Goshawk         Boeing
    165815             1       E-2C         Hawkeye         Northrop Grumman
    165819-165821      3       E-2C         Hawkeye         Northrop Grumman
    165835             1       C-40A        Clipper         Boeing
    165838             1       MV-22B       Osprey          Bell/Boeing
    165906-165907      2       F/A-18E      Super Hornet    Boeing
    165929             1       F/A-18F      Super Hornet    Boeing
    165942-165946      5       MV-22B       Osprey          Bell/Boeing
    165987-166000     14       T-6A         Texan II        Raytheon/Beech
    166298-166299      2       MH-60S       Seahawk         Sikorsky
    166312-166315      4       MH-60S       Seahawk         Sikorsky
    166317-166327     11       MH-60S       Seahawk         Sikorsky
    166383             1       MV-22B       Osprey          Bell/Boeing
    166385-166386      2       MV-22B       Osprey          Bell/Boeing
    166388-166389      2       MV-22B       Osprey          Bell/Boeing
    166434-166440      7       F/A-18E      Super Hornet    Boeing
    166442             1       F/A-18E      Super Hornet    Boeing
    166444-166448      5       F/A-18E      Super Hornet    Boeing
    166458-166462      5       F/A-18F      Super Hornet    Boeing
    166465-166467      3       F/A-18F      Super Hornet    Boeing
    166473             1       KC-130J      Hercules        Lockheed Martin
    166500             1       UC-35D       Encore          Cessna
    166511-166512      2       KC-130J      Hercules        Lockheed Martin
    166598-166603      6       F/A-18E      Super Hornet    Boeing
    166610-166611      2       F/A-18F      Super Hornet    Boeing
    166612             1       F/A-18E      Super Hornet    Boeing
    166613-166626     14       F/A-18F      Super Hornet    Boeing
    761551             1       F-5N         Tiger II        Northrop
    
    AIRCRAFT STRICKEN IN 2004
    
    Aircraft                  BuNo                  Date
    
    AH-1W                     160745                08 Apr
    AH-1W                     160800                01 Dec
    AH-1W                     161016                12 Aug
    AH-1W                     161021                12 Nov
    AH-1W                     162535                23 Jan
    AH-1W                     163947                29 Mar
    AH-1W                     164595                29 Mar
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