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A port quarter view of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS CARL VINSON (CVN-70) underway

Aerial starboard quarter view of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS CARL VINSON (CVN-70) underway

An aerial starboard bow view of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS CARL VINSON (CVN-70) underway

A bow-on view of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS CARL VINSON (CVN-70) underway

An aerial port beam view of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS CARL VINSON (CVN-70) underway

An aerial port bow view of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS CARL VINSON (CVN-70) underway

A stern view of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS CARL VINSON (CVN-70) underway

An aerial starboard beam view of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS CARL VINSON (CVN-70) underway

CAPT. Alvin Koeneman, chaplain, gives the blessing at the commissioning ceremony for the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS CARL VINSON (CVN-70)

Sen. John Tower, R-Texas, speaks at the commissioning ceremony for the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS CARL VINSON (CVN-70). Seated behind the senator are Molly Snead, ship's sponsor, left, and CAPT Richard L. Martin, commanding officer of the CARL VINSON

Starboard view of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS CARL VINSON (CVN-70) taken during the commissioning ceremony

Secretary of the Navy John F. Lehman Jr. speaks during the commissioning ceremony for the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS CARL VINSON (CVN-70)

A partial view of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS CARL VINSON (CVN-70) with the crew and their families aboard for a dependents cruise following the commissioning ceremony

Sen. John Tower, R-Texas, speaks during the commissioning ceremony for the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS CARL VINSON (CVN-70). To the senator's right are Molly Snead, ship's sponsor, and Edward Campbell, president, Newport News Shipbuilding Co

A view of the crowd and the speakers platform on the hangar deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS CARL VINSON (CVN-70) during the commissioning ceremony

CAPT Richard L. Martin, commanding officer, at the podium, Sen. Sam Nunn, D-Georgia, and Molly Snead, sponsor, stand during the playing of the national anthem at the commissioning ceremony for the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS CARL VINSON (CVN-70)

Sen. John Tower, R-Texas, speaks during the commissioning ceremony for the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS CARL VINSON (CVN-70). Seated behind him are, right to left, Secretary of the Navy John F. Lehman Jr., CAPT Richard L. Martin, commanding officer, and Molly Snead, ship's sponsor

ADM Thomas B. Hayward, chief of naval operations, speaks during the commissioning ceremony for the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS CARL VINSON (CVN-60)

Guests of honor on the speakers platform stand during the commissioning ceremony for the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS CARL VINSON (CVN-70)

Sen. John Tower, R-Texas, speaks during the commissioning ceremony for the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS CARL VINSON (CVN-70). Seated behind him are CAPT Richard L. Martin, commanding officer of the CARL VINSON, and Molly Snead, ship's sponsor

CAPT Richard L. Martin, commanding officer of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS CARL VINSON (CVN-70), speaks during the commissioning ceremony for the carrier

Crowds line up to tour the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS CARL VINSON (CVN-70) after the commissioning ceremony

Families of the crewmen of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS CARL VINSON (CVN-70) board the ship for a dependents cruise at the conclusion of the commissioning ceremony

Crewmen of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS CARL VINSON (CVN-70) prepare for the commissioning ceremony

Edward Campbell, president, Newport News Shipbuilding Co., speaks during the commissioning ceremony for the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS CARL VINSON (CVN-70)

Sen. Sam Nunn, D-Georgia, speaks during the commissioning ceremony for the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS CARL VINSON (CVN-70). Seated behind him is CAPT Richard L. Martin, commanding officer of the CARL VINSON

Sen. John Tower, R-Texas, speaks at the commissioning ceremony for the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS CARL VINSON (CVN-70)

Guests on the speakers platform stand during the playing of the national anthem at the commissioning ceremony for the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS CARL VINSON (CVN-70)

Guests of honor, on the speakers platform, stand during the commissioning ceremony for the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS CARL VINSON (CVN-70)

ADM Thomas B. Hayward, chief of naval operations, center of photo, and guests of honor leave the speakers platform at the conclusion of the commissioning ceremony for the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS CARL VINSON (CVN-70)

From left to right, CAPT Richard L. Martin, commanding officer of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS CARL VINSON (CVN-70); Edward Campbell, president, Newport News Shipbuilding Co.; and ADM Thomas B. Hayward, chief of naval operations, stand during the commissioning ceremony for the USS CARL VINSON

CHIEF of Naval Operations ADM Thomas B. Hayward speaks at the commissioning ceremony for the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS CARL VINSON (CVN-70)

A view of the crowd on the hangar deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS CARL VINSON (CVN-70) during commissioning ceremonies

A view of the flag and the bunting-draped island of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS CARL VINSON (CVN-70) during commissioning ceremonies

A view of a bunting-draped ship, taken from the hangar deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS CARL VINSON (CVN-70) during the commissioning ceremony for the carrier

A close-up view of the island of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS CARL VINSON (CVN-70) during commissioning ceremonies

ADM Thomas B. Hayward, chief of naval operations, speaks during the commissioning ceremony for the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS CARL VINSON (CVN-60). CAPT Richard L. Martin, commanding officer of the CARL VINSON, is seated behind Hayward

Families of the crewmen board the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS CARL VINSON (CVN-70) for a dependents cruise at the conclusion of the commissioning ceremony

CAPT. Alvin Koeneman, chaplain, speaks during the commissioning ceremony for the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS CARL VINSON (CVN-70). Standing behind him are, from left to right, Sponsor Molly Snead, CAPT. Richard L. Martin, commanding officer; Sen. John Tower, R-Texas; and Secretary of the Navy John F. Lehman Jr

CAPT Richard L. Martin, commanding officer, applauds Molly Snead, ship's sponsor, during the commissioning ceremony for the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS CARL VINSON

Crewmen from the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS CARL VINSON (CVN-70) stand watch at the foot of the stairs leading to the ship

Sen. John Tower, R-Texas, speaks during the commissioning ceremony for the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS CARL VINSON (CVN-70). The ship's seal is mounted at the back of the speakers platform

Guests at the commissioning ceremony for the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS CARL VINSON (CVN-70)

A front view of the crowd attending the commissioning ceremony for the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS CARL VINSON (CVN-70)

Secretary of the Navy John F. Lehman Jr., front, stands during the commissioning ceremony for the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS CARL VINSON (CVN-70)

Sen. John Tower, R-Texas, speaks during the commissioning ceremony for the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS CARL VINSON (CVN-70). Molly Snead, ship's sponsor, and Edward Campbell, president, Newport News Shipbuilding Co., stand beside the senator at the podium

Starboard bow view of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS CARL VINSON (CVN-70)

Port beam view of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS CARL VINSON (CVN-70)

Starboard quarter view of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS CARL VINSON (CVN-70)

Stern view of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS CARL VINSON (CVN-70)

Port bow view of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS CARL VINSON (CVN-70)

Starboard beam view of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS CARL VINSON (CVN-70)

Port quarter view of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS CARL VINSON (CVN-70)

Ordnancemen load Sea Sparrow (RIM-7) missile into a box launcher aboard the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS CARL VINSON (CVN 70)

Fleet Training Group (Atlantic) observers monitor the performance of a Flight Deck Radioactive Survey Team aboard the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS CARL VINSON (CVN 70). An SH-3H Sea King helicopter from Helicopter Antisubmarine Squadron 9 (HS-9) is parked on the flight deck behind them

A Portuguese training ship Sagres (A-520), a sailing vessel, provides a marked contrast to the Navy's newest nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70), far end, during Harborfest '82 activities

A-7B Corsair II aircraft in the hangar bay of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS CARL VINSON (CVN 70). The aircraft are assigned to Light Attack Squadrons 203, 204, and 205 (VA-203, 204, 205)

Two A-7B Corsair II aircraft are ready for launch during flight operations aboard the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS CARL VINSON (CVN 70)

Ordnancemen lower a Sea Sparrow (RIM-7) missile container from the flight deck to the launcher platform aboard the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS CARL VINSON (CVN 70)

An F-14 Tomcat aircraft waits behind the blast deflector panels as another F-14 from Fighter Squadron 84 (VF-84) prepares for launching during flight operations aboard the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS CARL VINSON (CVN-70). An A-7E Corsair II aircraft from Light Attack Squadron 82 (VA-82) is ready for launch on the port catapult

A UH-46D Sea Knight helicopter from Helicopter Combat Support Squadron 6 (HC-6) hovers above the flight deck during vertical replenishment aboard the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS CARL VINSON (CVN 70)

An officer is greeted by his family during the homecoming of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS CARL VINSON (CVN 70)

A signalman secures a flaghoist signal aboard the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS CARL VINSON (CVN 70)

Flight deck crewman are silhouetted against the setting sun as they chain down an aircraft during flight operations aboard the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS CARL VINSON (CVN 70)

A Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron 134 (VAQ 134) EA-6B Prowler aircraft in flight over the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS CARL VINSON (CVN 70)

An F/A-18 Hornet aircraft on the flight deck during operations aboard the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS CARL VINSON (CVN-70)

An A-6E Intruder aircraft is launched during flight operations aboard the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS CARL VINSON (CVN 70)

An F/A-18 Hornet aircraft lands on the flight deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS CARL VINSON (CVN-70)

An A-6E Intruder aircraft lands on the flight deck during flight operations aboard the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS CARL VINSON (CVN 70)

A plane captain cleans the windscreen of an F/A-18 Hornet aircraft during flight operations aboard the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS CARL VINSON (CVN-70)

An air-to-air right side view of a KA-6D Intruder tanker aircraft from Medium Attack Squadron 52 (VA-52) refueling an F-14 Tomcat aircraft from Fighter Squadron 51 (VF 51). Both aircraft are assigned aboard the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS CARL VINSON (CVN 70)

An air-to-air right side view of an F-14 Tomcat aircraft from Fighter Squadron 51 (VF 51). The F-14 is assigned aboard the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS CARL VINSON (CVN 70)

A bow view of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS CARL VINSON (CVN-70) underway

A starboard bow view of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS CARL VINSON (CVN 70) underway

An aerial bow view of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS CARL VINSON (CVN-70) underway

A bow view of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS CARL VINSON (CVN 70) underway

A bow view of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS CARL VINSON (CVN-70) executing a port turn

A port bow view of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS CARL VINSON (CVN-70) underway

An aerial bow view of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS CARL VINSON (CVN 70) underway

A bow view of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS CARL VINSON (CVN-70) underway

An aerial bow view of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS CARL VINSON (CVN 70) underway

An aerial port bow view of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS CARL VINSON (CVN 70) underway

The nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS CARL VINSON (CVN 70), right, and the store ship USS RIGEL (T-AF 58) cruise side-by-side during vertical replenishment operations. The nuclear-powered guided missile cruiser USS TEXAS (CGN 39) is underway off their stern

The combat store ship USS SAN DIEGO (AFS-6) provides vertical replenishment to the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS CARL VINSON (CVN 70). A CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter flies between the two ships

Aerial starboard beam view of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS CARL VINSON (CVN 70) underway. A CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter hovers over the stern duirng vertical replenishment operations

A port bow view of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS CARL VINSON (CVN-70) underway. A UH-46D Sea Knight helicopter is in-flight near the carrier's island

Sailors sunbathe on the flight deck during a break in operations aboard the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS CARL VINSON (CVN 70)

A starboard bow view of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS CARL VINSON (CVN-70) underway near Hawaii with its battle group. Left to right: the guided missile cruiser USS WORDEN (CG-18), the frigate USS COOK (FF-1083), the destroyer USS HEWITT (DD-966), the nuclear-powered guided missile cruiser USS TEXAS (CGN-39), the frigate USS BARBEY (FF-1088) and the guided missile frigate USS SIDES (FFG-14)

An elevated starboard bow view of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS CARL VINSON (CVN-70) underway near Hawaii with its battle group. Left to right: USS WORDEN (CG-18), USS COOK (FF-1083), USS HEWITT (DD-966), USS BARBEY (FF-1088), USS TEXAS (CGN-39), and leading the formation, USS SIDES (FFG-14)

A starboard beam view of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS CARL VINSON (CVN 70) underway near Hawaii with its battle group. Left to right: USS TEXAS (CGN 39), USS WORDEN (CG 18), USS HEWITT (DD 966), USS BARBEY (FF 1088), USS COOK (FF 1083), and USS SIDES (FFG 14) to be commissioned on April 14, 1985

An overhead view of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS CARL VINSON (CVN-70) underway near Hawaii with its battle group. Top to bottom are the frigate USS COOK (FF-1083), the destroyer USS HEWITT (DD-966), the frigate USS BARBEY (FF-1088), the nuclear-powered guided missile cruiser USS TEXAS (CGN-39) and, leading the formation, the guided missile frigate USS SIDES (FFG-14)

A bow view of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS CARL VINSON (CVN-70) underway near Hawaii with its battle group. Left to right: USS WORDEN (CG-18), USS COOK (FF-1083), USS HEWITT (DD-966), USS BARBEY (FF-1088), USS TEXAS (CGN-39), and leading the formation, USS SIDES (FFG-14)

Country-western singer Mickey Gilley provides entertainment for the crew of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS CARL VINSON (CVN 70). In the background is an E-2 Hawkeye airborne early warning aircraft

A plane director positions an F-4 Phantom II aircraft on the flight deck during flight operations aboard the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS CARL VINSON (CVN 70)

An F/A-18 Hornet aircraft from Fighter Attack Squadron 125 (VFA-125) is launched from the port catapult during flight operations aboard the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS CARL VINSON (CVN-70). An F-4 Phantom II aircraft waits to be launched from the weapon`s guidance system. The test is being conducted by the Arament Development and Test Center

A plane captain makes a final check with the pilot of an F/A-18 Hornet aircraft during flight operations aboard the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS CARL VINSON (CVN-70)

Arresting hook down, an F-14 Tomcat aircraft prepares to engage a deck pendant during a landing aboard the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS CARL VINSON (CVN 70)

An F/A-18 Hornet aircraft from Fighter Attack Squadron 154 (VFA-154) engages a deck pendant during a landing aboard the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS CARL VINSON (CVN-70)

A maintenance crew changes a tire on the nosewheel landing gear of an F-4 Phantom II aircraft during flight operations aboard the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS CARL VINSON (CVN 70)

An F/A-18 Hornet aircraft from Fighter Attack Squadron 125 (VFA-125) engages a deck pendant during a landing aboard the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS CARL VINSON (CVN-70)