USS Carl Vinson Reaches Launch and Recovery Milestone

The aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) and embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 17 recently launched and recovered the 10,000th aircraft of the current deployment.

An Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 116 “Sun Kings” E-2 Hawkeye completed the 10,000th launch; a Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 81 “Sun Liners” F/A-18F completed the 10,000th arrested landing.

Capt. Karl Thomas, Carl Vinson’s commanding officer, said:

Ten thousand launches and arrested recoveries is a significant milestone for this crew.

Carl Vinson is operating in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.

Image: US Navy

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