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An aerial stern view of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier CARL VINSON (CVN 70) under construction at Newport News Shipbuilding

A port view of the nuclear-propelled aircraft carrier CARL VINSON (CVN-70) at the Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company pier on the James River. The ship is undergoing its final fitting out before sea trails later this year

A Landing Signals Officer (LSO), aboard the USS CARL VINSON (CVN 70), watches an F/A-18 "Hornet" lands during carrier qualifications

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

An aerial bow-on view of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier CARL VINSON (CVN-70) underway during sea trials

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

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

An aerial starboard bow 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

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

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

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

An aerial starboard beam 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 elevated stern view of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier CARL VINSON (CVN-70) underway during sea trials

An air-to-air view of a U.S. Navy F-4 Phantom II aircraft, top, from Fighter Squadron 74 (VF-74) and a Soviet Tu-95 Tupolev Bear aircraft about 42 miles off the Virginia coast. The F-4 is escorting the Cuba-based Tu-95, which just penetrated the U.S. air defense zone to aerially view sea trials of the new nuclear-powered aircraft carrier CARL VINSON (CVN-70)

A bow view of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier CARL VINSON (CVN-70) underway off the Virginia coast during sea trials prior to commissioning

An air-to-air right underside view of a Soviet Tu-95 Bear aircraft about 42 miles off the Virginia coast. The Cuba-based Tu-95 aircraft just penetrated the U.S. air defense zone to aerially view sea trials of the new nuclear-powered aircraft carrier CARL VINSON (CVN-70)

An air-to-air right side view of a Soviet Tu-95 Bear aircraft about 42 miles off the Virginia coast. The Cuba-based Tu-95 aircraft just penetrated the U.S. air defense zone to aerially view sea trials of the new nuclear-powered aircraft carrier CARL VINSON (CVN-70)

A port beam view of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier CARL VINSON (CVN-70) underway off the Virginia coast during sea trials prior to commissioning

An air-to-air right side view of a U.S. Navy F-4 Phantom II aircraft, top, from Fighter Squadron 74 (VF-74) and a Soviet Tu-95 Tupolev Bear aircraft about 42 miles off the Virginia coast. The F-4 is escorting the Cuba-based Tu-95, which just penetrated the U.S. air defense zone to aerially view sea trials of the new nuclear-powered aircraft carrier CARL VINSON (CVN-70)

A port bow view of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier CARL VINSON (CVN-70) underway off the coast of Virginia during sea trials prior to commissioning

An air-to-air underside view of a Soviet Tu-95 Bear aircraft about 42 miles off the Virginia coast. The Cuba-based Tu-95 aircraft just penetrated the U.S. air defense zone to aerially view sea trials of the new nuclear-powered aircraft carrier 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

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)

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

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, right to left, Secretary of the Navy John F. Lehman Jr., CAPT Richard L. Martin, commanding officer, and Molly Snead, ship's sponsor

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

Sen. John Tower, R-Texas, speaks at 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

Edward Campbell, president, Newport News Shipbuilding Co., speaks during 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 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 view of the flag and the bunting-draped island of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS CARL VINSON (CVN-70) during commissioning ceremonies

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)

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

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

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, 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)

CHIEF of Naval Operations ADM Thomas B. Hayward speaks at 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

Guests at 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). The ship's seal is mounted at the back of the speakers platform

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

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). 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)

Starboard quarter 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)

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 starboard bow view of the nuclear-powered aircraft carriers USS CARL VINSON (CVN 70), foreground, USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN 69), center, USS NIMITZ (CVN 68), background, underway

An elevated port quarter view of U.S. Navy nuclear-powered ships underway. They are, the aircraft carriers USS NIMITZ (CVN-68), USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN-69), USS CARL VINSON (CVN-70), USS SOUTH CAROLINA (CGN-37) and USS VIRGINIA (CGN-38)

A port bow view of the nuclear-powered guided missile cruiser USS SOUTH CAROLINA (CGN 37), underway ahead of the nuclear-powered aircraft carriers USS CARL VINSON (CVN 70), left, USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN 69), center, and USS NIMITZ (CVN 68)

A starboard quarter view of the nuclear-powered aircraft carriers USS CARL VINSON (CVN 70), foreground, USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN 69), center, USS NIMITZ (CVN 68), background, underway

A starboard bow view of the nuclear-powered guided aircraft carriers USS CARL VINSON (CVN 70), foreground, USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN 69), center, and USS NIMITZ (CVN 68), background, underway. The nuclear-powered guided missile cruiser USS SOUTH CAROLINA (CGN 37) is at the far right

A port bow view of the nuclear-powered guided missile cruisers USS SOUTH CAROLINA (CGN 37) and USS VIRGINIA (CGN 38) escorting the nuclear-powered aircraft carriers USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN 69) and USS CARL VINSON (CVN 70)

An elevated view of US Navy nuclear-powered ships conducting maneuvers at sea. They are, left to right: USS CARL VINSON (CVN 70), USS VIRGINIA (CGN 38), USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN 69), USS SOUTH CAROLINA (CGN 37), and USS NIMITZ (CVN 68)

A starboard quarter view of the nuclear-powered aircraft carriers USS CARL VINSON (CVN 70), foreground, USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN 69), center, USS NIMITZ (CVN 68), background, underway. The ships are lead by the nuclear-powered guided missile cruisers USS SOUTH CAROLINA (CGN 37), background, and USS VIRGINIA (CGN 38)

A port quarter view of the nuclear-powered aircraft carriers USS NIMITZ (CVN 68), foreground, USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN 69), center, and USS CARL VINSON (CVN 70), background, underway

A starboard view of the nuclear-powered aircraft carriers USS CARL VINSON (CVN 70), foreground, USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN 69), center, USS NIMITZ (CVN 68), background, underway

A starboard quarter view of the nuclear-powered aircraft carriers USS CARL VINSON (CVN 70), foreground, USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN 69), middle, USS NIMITZ (CVN 68), background, underway

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 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 is launched 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 A-6E Intruder aircraft lands on the flight deck 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 port bow view of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS CARL VINSON (CVN-70) underway