Part 5 – (28 May 1991 to 16 June 1991)

 USS CORAL SEA (CV 43)

Operations Evening Light and Eagle Claw, A Sailors tale of his Tour of duty in the U.S. Navy (August 1977 to February 1983)

 

A Sailors tale of his Tour of duty in the U.S. Navy - Operation Evening Light And Eagle Claw -

 

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Operations Evening Light and Eagle Claw (24 April 1980) Iran and Air Arm History (1941 to Present)

 

Operations Evening Light and Eagle Claw (24 April 1980) Iran and Air Arm History (1941 to Present)

 

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USS CORAL SEA CV-42, CVB-43, CVA-43 & CV-43 HISTORY, AND THOSE AIRCRAFT CARRIERS OPERATING WITH CORAL SEA  Vol. I (10 July 1944 to 31 December 1975)

 

USS CORAL SEA CV-42, CVB-43, CVA-43 & CV-43 HISTORY, AND THOSE AIRCRAFT CARRIERS OPERATING WITH CORAL SEA Vol. I (10 July 1944 to 31 December 1975) -

 

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USS CORAL SEA CV-42, CVB-43, CVA-43 & CV-43 HISTORY, AND THOSE AIRCRAFT CARRIERS OPERATING WITH CORAL SEA DURING HER TOUR OF SERVICE Vol. II (1 January 1976 to 25 August 1981)

 

USS CORAL SEA CV-42, CVB-43, CVA-43 & CV-43 HISTORY, AND THOSE AIRCRAFT CARRIERS OPERATING WITH CORAL SEA DURING HER TOUR OF SERVICE Vol. II (1 January 1976 to 25 August 1981) -

 

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USS CORAL SEA CV-42, CVB-43, CVA-43 & CV-43 HISTORY, AND THOSE AIRCRAFT CARRIERS OPERATING WITH CORAL SEA DURING HER TOUR OF SERVICE Vol. III (20 August 1981 to 26 April 1990)

 

USS CORAL SEA CV-42, CVB-43, CVA-43 & CV-43 HISTORY, AND THOSE AIRCRAFT CARRIERS OPERATING WITH CORAL SEA DURING HER TOUR OF SERVICE Vol. III (20 August 1981 to 26 April 1990) -

 

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1990 & 1991 EAST AND WEST COAST DEPLOYMENTS

CV and CVN Activities after CV-43 Decommissioned

Operation Desert Shield (Iraqi occupation of Kuwait commencing 2 August 1990) and

Operation Desert Storm commencing in the early morning hours of 17 January 1991).

(27 April 1990 to 26 April 1992)

Part 1 – (27 April to 1 August 1990)

Part 2 – (2 August to 11 October 1990)

Part 3 – (12 October to 31 December 1990)

Part 4 – (1 January to 26 March 1991)

Part 5 – (27 March to 16 June 1991)

Part 6 – (17 June 1991 to 27 April 1992)

 

    “USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) departed Naval Air Station, Alameda, California on 28 May 1991, embarking CVW-11 operating out of her assigned home base in Naval Air Station Lemoore, with Captain William B. Hayden as the Commanding Officer, on her first “WestPac” 91 deployment operating with the Pacific Fleet and 7th  Fleet, conducting Annualex and Annualex 03G, a joint U.S. and Japanese exercise with antisubmarine, anti-surface and anti-air warfare training MSDF Annualex 03G, a joint U.S. and Japanese exercise with antisubmarine ASW, anti-surface and anti-air warfare ASUW, and AAW training, Operation Fiery Vigil, the evacuation of USAF and USN dependents trapped within the Philippines when the volcano Mount Pinatubo erupted, relocating approximately 45,000 people from from the Subic Bay Naval Station to the port of Cebu in the Visayas, transiting the Strait of Malacca, conducting Malaysian Passex Exercise, that involves low level training flights, air-to-air and air-to-ground training flights with Malaysian forces and will participate in Malaysian/Thai Passex Exercise, including low level training and dissimilar air combat training flights with Malaysian units; conducting E-2 linkex exercise with Thai units, operating under operational control of the U.S. Naval Forces Central Command (NAVCENT), an Echelon II command, that supports all naval operations in the U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) area of responsibility (AOR), fulfilling the roles of both a naval component command and as the fleet command, but it operated without a traditionally understood structure or number, while the Commander, Seventh Fleet served as naval component commander for Central Command, on her first Indian Ocean deployment, her first Arabian/Persian Gulf deployment (two cruises while on deployment) in support of her 1st Operation Desert Storm, supporting allied and U.S. troops remaining in the region for Desert Storm/Desert Sabre, during which time CVW-11, will provide combat air patrols, reconnaissance and support air operations over Kuwait and Iraq, the first Iraq War, commencing in the early morning hours of 17 January 1991 until 27 February 1992, when President George Bush declared Kuwait had been liberated and Operation Desert Storm would end at midnight) and Operation Desert Shield commencing 2 August 1990 (Iraqi occupation of Kuwait), on her first Gulf of Oman in support of  Beacon Flash 4-91, which will include low level coordinated strikes, and air-to-air and surface exercises with Royal Omani air and naval forces and Al Hout 1/91, a Passex Exercise with the Omanis that included war-at-sea and antisubmarine scenarios, and or ASMDEX sorties. She will under go her second Foreign Water Fleet Deployment (FWFD) since her commission 11 November 1989; delivered to the U. S. Navy on 30 October 1989 with Captain William B. Hayden in command as the third CO” (Ref. 72, 76, 84A, 377, 378A & 378B-1991).

 

USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) with CVW-11 (NH)

(28 May to 25 November 1991)

SQUADRON

SQUADRON NICK NAME & PRIMARY

ROLE

AIRCRAFT DESIGN

NICK NAME &

PRIMARY ROLE

TAIL

CODE

Modex

AIRCRAFT

DESIGNATION

VF-114 (*1)

Aardvarks -

Fighter Squadron

Grumman - Tomcat -    Jet Fighter -

NH100

F-14A

VF-213

Black Lions -

Fighter Squadron

Grumman - Tomcat -    Jet Fighter -

NH200

F-14A

VFA-22

Fighting Redcocks -

Strike Fighter Squadron

McDonnell-Douglas - Hornet -

Jet Strike Fighter

NH300

FA-18C / NFA-18C

VFA-94

Mighty Shrikes -

Strike Fighter Squadron

McDonnell-Douglas - Hornet -

Jet Strike Fighter

NH400

FA-18C / NFA-18C

VA-95

Green Lizards -

Attack Squadron

Grumman - Intruder - Jet Attack Bomber - Tanker

NH500

A-6E / KA-6D

VAW-117

Wallbangers -

Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron

Grumman - Hawkeye - Electronics

600

E-2C

HS-6

Indians - Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron

Sikorsky - Sea King - Anti-submarineSearch and Rescue

610

SH-3H / HH-60A

VAQ-135

Black Ravens -

Tactical Electronics Warfare Squadron

Grumman - Prowler -      Jet Attack Bomber - Special electronic installation

620

EA-6B

VS-29

Dragonfires - Air Anti-Submarine Squadron or

Lockheed -Viking - Anti-Submarine

700

S-3B

F/A-18 Hornet, F-14 Tomcat, EA-6B Prowler, S-3 Viking and E-2C Hawkeye

(*1) disestablished on Apr.30, 1993

 

    “The eight ships of the Abraham Lincoln Battle Group deployed to the western Pacific, Indian Ocean and Arabian Gulf, the carrier’s first deployment outside of the Western Hemisphere, ships that include USS Lake Champlain (CG-57);

USS Long Beach (CGN-9); USS Merrill (DD-976); USS Gary (FFG-51); USS Ingraham (FFG-61);

USS Roanoke (AOR-7) joined USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) as part of her task force” (Ref. 84A & 378A).

 

 

On her way back home after Operation Desert Storm USS Ranger (CV-61) stopped off at Pearl Harbor. This photo sequence shows the aircraft carrier departing Pearl on 1 June 1991—she arrived in San Diego, her homeport, 8 June. NS140980603:

Tuskegee (YTB-806) and Niantic (YTB-781) assist Ranger (photo #DN-SC-93-04704, by PH3 Bos). NS140980603.

Defense Visual Information Center. http://www.navsource.org/archives/14/140980603.jpg

 

 

On her way back home after Operation Desert Storm USS Ranger (CV-61) stopped off at Pearl Harbor. This photo sequence shows the aircraft carrier departing Pearl on 1 June 1991—she arrived in San Diego, her homeport, 8 June. NS140980603:

Tuskegee (YTB-806) and Niantic (YTB-781) assist Ranger (photo #DN-SC-93-04704, by PH3 Bos). NS140981408.

Defense Visual Information Center. http://www.navsource.org/archives/14/140981408.jpg

 

 

On her way back home after Operation Desert Storm USS Ranger (CV-61) stopped off at Pearl Harbor. This photo sequence shows the aircraft carrier departing Pearl on 1 June 1991—she arrived in San Diego, her homeport, 8 June. NS140980603:

Tuskegee (YTB-806) and Niantic (YTB-781) assist Ranger (photo #DN-SC-93-04704, by PH3 Bos). NS140981407.

Defense Visual Information Center. http://www.navsource.org/archives/14/140981407.jpg

 

 

On her way back home after Operation Desert Storm USS Ranger (CV-61) stopped off at Pearl Harbor. This photo sequence shows the aircraft carrier departing Pearl on 1 June 1991—she arrived in San Diego, her homeport, 8 June. NS140980603:

Tuskegee (YTB-806) and Niantic (YTB-781) assist Ranger (photo #DN-SC-93-04704, by PH3 Bos). NS140980604.

Defense Visual Information Center. http://www.navsource.org/archives/14/140980604.jpg

 

 

On her way back home after Operation Desert Storm USS Ranger (CV-61) stopped off at Pearl Harbor. This photo sequence shows the aircraft carrier departing Pearl on 1 June 1991—she arrived in San Diego, her homeport, 8 June. NS140980603:

Tuskegee (YTB-806) and Niantic (YTB-781) assist Ranger (photo #DN-SC-93-04704, by PH3 Bos). NS140981405.

Defense Visual Information Center. http://www.navsource.org/archives/14/140981405.jpg

 

 

On her way back home after Operation Desert Storm USS Ranger (CV-61) stopped off at Pearl Harbor. This photo sequence shows the aircraft carrier departing Pearl on 1 June 1991—she arrived in San Diego, her homeport, 8 June. NS140980603:

Tuskegee (YTB-806) and Niantic (YTB-781) assist Ranger (photo #DN-SC-93-04704, by PH3 Bos). NS140981409.

Defense Visual Information Center.http://www.navsource.org/archives/14/140981409.jpg

 

 

On her way back home after Operation Desert Storm USS Ranger (CV-61) stopped off at Pearl Harbor. This photo sequence shows the aircraft carrier departing Pearl on 1 June 1991—she arrived in San Diego, her homeport, 8 June. NS140980603:

Tuskegee (YTB-806) and Niantic (YTB-781) assist Ranger (photo #DN-SC-93-04704, by PH3 Bos). NS140981406.

Defense Visual Information Center. http://www.navsource.org/archives/14/140981406.jpg

 

 

On her way back home after Operation Desert Storm USS Ranger (CV-61) stopped off at Pearl Harbor. This photo sequence shows the aircraft carrier departing Pearl on 1 June 1991—she arrived in San Diego, her homeport, 8 June. NS140980603:

Tuskegee (YTB-806) and Niantic (YTB-781) assist Ranger (photo #DN-SC-93-04704, by PH3 Bos). NS026157.

Defense Visual Information Center. http://www.navsource.org/archives/02/026157.jpg

 

 

On her way back home after Operation Desert Storm USS Ranger (CV-61) stopped off at Pearl Harbor. This photo sequence shows the aircraft carrier departing Pearl on 1 June 1991—she arrived in San Diego, her homeport, 8 June. NS140980603:

Tuskegee (YTB-806) and Niantic (YTB-781) assist Ranger (photo #DN-SC-93-04704, by PH3 Bos). NS140980602.

Defense Visual Information Center. http://www.navsource.org/archives/14/140980602.jpg

 

 

On her way back home after Operation Desert Storm USS Ranger (CV-61) stopped off at Pearl Harbor. This photo sequence shows the aircraft carrier departing Pearl on 1 June 1991—she arrived in San Diego, her homeport, 8 June. NS140980603:

Tuskegee (YTB-806) and Niantic (YTB-781) assist Ranger (photo #DN-SC-93-04704, by PH3 Bos). NS026157a.

Defense Visual Information Center. http://www.navsource.org/archives/02/026157a.jpg

 

 

On her way back home after Operation Desert Storm USS Ranger (CV-61) stopped off at Pearl Harbor. This photo sequence shows the aircraft carrier departing Pearl on 1 June 1991—she arrived in San Diego, her homeport, 8 June. NS140980603:

Tuskegee (YTB-806) and Niantic (YTB-781) assist Ranger (photo #DN-SC-93-04704, by PH3 Bos). NS026157b.

Defense Visual Information Center. http://www.navsource.org/archives/02/026157b.jpg

 

     “The Coral Sea (CV-43) was nicknamed "The Ageless Warrior” and an article appeared in the Naval Review commemorating the Ship June 1991” (Ref. 43).

 

   “On 8 June 1991, USS Ranger (CV-61) with CVW-2 embarked arrived San Francisco Bay, Naval Air Station, Alameda, California, with Captain Ernest Edward Christensen, Jr., USNA 1964, as Commanding Officer, ending her 21st “WestPac” deployment operating with the Pacific Fleet, her seventh Indian Ocean deployment, on her second North Arabian Sea and first Arabian/Persian Gulf deployment operating in the Far East, in support of her 1st Operation Desert Shield, 1st Operation Desert Storm and Maritime Interception Operations in support of United Nations sanctions against Iraq, operating under operational control of U.S. Naval Forces Central Command and tour of duty with the 7th Fleet serving as naval component commander for Central Command during Operation Desert Shield (commencing 2 August 1990 Iraqi occupation of Kuwait) and Operation Desert Storm (commencing in the early morning hours of 17 January 1991). Ports of call included: Pearl Harbor, Hi.; Subic Bay, Republic of the Philippines; Abu Dhabi, U.A.E.; Pattaya, Thailand and Hong Kong. Squadrons: VF-1, F-14A; VF-2, F-14A; VA-155, A-6E; VA-145, A-6E / KA-6D; VAW-116, E-2C; VAQ-131, EA-6B; HS-14, SH-3H and VS-38, S-3A and VRC-50 Det., C-2A; reclassified to CV-61 on 30 June 1975; made seven Vietnam Combat cruises during the Vietnam Conflict/War, earning 13 battle stars for service in Vietnam. USS Princeton (CG-59); USS Valley Forge (CG-50); USS Paul F. Foster (DD-964); USS Harry W. Hill (DD-986); USS Francis Hammond (FF-1067); USS Kansas City (AOR-3) and USS Shasta (AE-33) was part of Ranger task force; reclassified to CV-61 on 30 June 1975; made seven Vietnam Combat Cruises during the Vietnam Conflict/War, earning 13 battle stars for service in Vietnam. Her 25th Foreign Water Fleet Deployment (FWFD) since her commission 10 August 1957 (8 December 1990 to 8 June 1991)” (Ref. 1-Ranger, 72, 84A, 1094A, 1095 & 1096). 

 

 08/12/90 to 08/06/91

AWARD OR CITATION

AWARD DATES

WEST COAST

National Defense Service

August 2, 1990 thru November, 30 1995

21st  WestPac

7th IO

Middle East

1st Iraq War

(2nd North Arabian Sea & 1st Arabian / Persian Gulf)

25th FWFD

183-days

Navy Unit Commendation

January 1991 thru February 1991

Same

Sea Service Ribbon

August 1974 thru January 1993
(11 Awards)

Same

Battle Efficiency Award

January 1991 - December 1991

Same

Southwest Asia Campaign

13 January 1991 - 19 April 1991

Same

Saudi Arabia’s Kuwait Liberation Medal

17 January 1991 thru 28 February 1991

Same

Kuwait Liberation
(Kuwait)

This award has not been officially credited to Ranger as it was not authorized until 1995.
See the excerpted section of
NavInst1650.1H for the eligibility requirements. (Note: The upper part of the first page was blanked as it is not relevant to this award.)

Same

1st Operation Desert Shield, 1st Operation Desert Storm and Maritime Interception Operations in support of United Nations sanctions against Iraq.

3rd, 7th & Central Command

 

 

Underway in the Pacific Ocean in June 1991, with Carrier Air Wing 11 (CVW-11), during her maiden deployment. Replenishment oiler USS Roanoke (AOR-7) is in the background. US Navy photo by PH2 Didas (DVIC id: DN-SC-92-04519). NS027202.

Defense Visual Information Center. http://www.navsource.org/archives/02/027202.jpg

 

    “USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) anchored SEVENTHFLT area of Responsibility (AOR) on 11 June 1991” (Ref. 378B-1991).

 

      “USS America (CV-66) rreturned home amid a heroes' welcome, the carrier participated in Operation Welcome Home/Fleet Week '91 in New York City from June 6 through 11, 1991, taking part in the largest victory parade since World War II” (Ref. 1-America & 72).

 

    “En route to the Arabian/Persian Gulf, USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) steamed through the Eastern and Western Pacific from 28 May to 16 June 1991. Captain James O. Ellis, Jr. assumed command during a change of command ceremony aboard Abraham Lincoln on 16 June 1991, relieving Captain William B. Hayden, third Commanding Officer, serving from 13 December 1988 to 16 June 1991” (Ref. 378A & 378B-1991).

 

1990 & 1991 EAST AND WEST COAST DEPLOYMENTS

CV and CVN Activities after CV-43 Decommissioned

Operation Desert Shield (Iraqi occupation of Kuwait commencing 2 August 1990) and

Operation Desert Storm commencing in the early morning hours of 17 January 1991).

(27 April 1990 to 26 April 1992)

Part 1 – (27 April to 1 August 1990)

Part 2 – (2 August to 11 October 1990)

Part 3 – (12 October to 31 December 1990)

Part 4 – (1 January to 26 March 1991)

Part 5 – (27 March to 16 June 1991)

Part 6 – (17 June 1991 to 27 April 1992)