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USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74)

USS JOHN C. STENNIS is 1,092 feet long and towers some 20 stories above the waterline. As a self-contained city, JOHN C. STENNIS has virtually the same amenities as any American city with a comparable population. It has a daily newspaper, radio and television stations, fire department, library, hospital, general store, laundry, two barbershops and even a post office with its own zip code.

General Characteristics:Keel Laid: March 13, 1991
Launched: Nov. 11, 1993
Commissioned: Dec. 9, 1995
Builder: Newport News Shipbuilding Co., Newport News; Va.
Propulsion system: two nuclear reactors
Main Engines: four
Propellers: four
Blades on each Propeller: five
Aircraft elevators: four
Catapults: four
Arresting gear cables: four
Length, overall: 1,092 feet (332.85 meters)
Flight Deck Width: 257 feet (78.34 meters)
Area of flight deck: about 4.5 acres (18211.5 m2)
Beam: 134 feet (40.84 meters)
Draft: 38.4 feet (11.7 meters)
Displacement: approx. 100,000 tons full load
Speed: 30+ knots
Planes: approx. 85
Crew: Ship: approx. 3,200 , Air Wing: 2,480
Armament: two Mk-57 Mod 3 Sea Sparrow launchers, three 20mm Phalanx CIWS Mk 15, two Rolling Airframe Missile (RAM) Systems
Homeport: Bremerton, Wash.


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Crew List:

This section contains the names of sailors who served aboard USS JOHN C. STENNIS. It is no official listing but contains the names of sailors who submitted their information.


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USS JOHN C. STENNIS Cruise Books:


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Notes of Interest:

Read more about the Carrier's Name and about Senator John C. Stennis

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Accidents aboard USS JOHN C. STENNIS:

DateWhereEvents
August 19, 1997Virginia CapesThe pilot of a Naval Air Station Ocean, Va.-based F-14 Tomcat aircraft was safed after he was accidentally ejected from his aircraft during a landing aboard the JOHN C. STENNIS. STENNIS personnel rescued the radar intercept officer from the pilotless Tomcat as it sat on the flight deck with engines still running.
The officers, both of Virginia Beach, Va., were assigned to Fighter Squadron 143, and both were treated for minor injuries by STENNIS medical personnel. The pilot was recovered immediately astern of the carrier and rescued by a helicopter from Helicopter Antisubmarine Squadron 5 based at NAS Jacksonville, Fla.
November 30, 1999Naval Air Station
North Island, San Diego, Ca
The STENNIS ran aground in a shallow area adjacent to its turning basin as it attempted to maneuver near Naval Air Station, North Island (NASNI). Silt clogged the intake pipes to the cooling systems of the nuclear reactors, causing the carrier’s two nuclear reactors to be shut down (one reactor by crew, the other automatically) for a period of 45 minutes. The STENNIS was towed back to its pier for maintenance and observation for the next two days. The cleanup cost was about $2 million.
June 25, 20001,400 miles south-west of
Hawaii
An F-14 of VF-211 stationed aboard JOHN C. STENNIS crashed into the Pacific. Both aviators ejected and were recovered half an hour later.
March 8, 2002North Arabian SeaAn F-14 of VF-211 crashed into the North Arabian Sea as it was attempting to land aboard USS STENNIS. Both aviators were recovered and did not suffer serious injuries. The F-14 was operating in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
April 24, 2009SingaporeA sailor died after sustaining injuries while performing maintenance on the exterior of the ship moored at Changi Pier, Singapore. The sailor was aboard a small boat conducting a routine procedure to secure drains from the ship's catapult system when he was crushed between the small boat and the ship's hull. He was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.
March 30, 2011off southern California10 sailors are injured when one of the engines of a Marine Corps F/A-18C assigned to VMFAT-101 catches fire. The sailors were working on the flight deck near the aircraft when it suffered the engine failure. Four of the injured sailors were medevaced to Naval Medical Center San Diego.


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USS JOHN C. STENNIS comes alongside the USS INDEPENDENCE (CV 62) March 30, 1998, in the Arabian Gulf where both ships were deployed in support of UN-mandated sanctions against Iraq and enforcement of the "No-Fly Zone" under OPERATION SOUTHERN WATCH.

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JOHN C. STENNIS History:

DateEvent
March 29, 1988Date of contract
March 13, 1991Keel was laid at Newport News Shipbuilding Co., Newport News, Va.
November 11, 1993Launched
December 9, 1995Commissioned
January 18, 1996First arrested landing aboard by an F-14B
January 18, 1997First carrier landing of an F/A-18 E/F in naval history.
June 11, 1997Helicopter crew rescued three Canadian Sailors off the coast of Nantucket, Massachusetts, after their boat had capsized in heavy storm.
March 14, 1998Deployment to the Arabian Gulf, relieved the USS GEORGE WASHINGTON Battle Group in Operation Southern Watch
October 13, 1998Entered 6-month Phased Incremental Availability at Naval Air Station North Island
April 16, 1999Began seatrials in the Pacific
January 7, 2000WESTPAC cruise, relieved the USS JOHN F. KENNEDY Battle Group in Operation Southern Watch in the Arabian Gulf.
July 3, 2000Returned to San Diego, Ca.
September 2001Responsible aircraft carrier for west coast defence following the terrorist attacks in NYC and Washington, DC, on September 11
November 12, 2001Left San Diego, Ca, on its third deployment. The carrier departed two months earlier than scheduled to provide support of Operation Enduring Freedom
May 28, 2002Returned to San Diego, Ca.
June 2002 - January 2003seven-month Planned Incremental Availability (PIA)
February 11, 2003 - February 19, 2003Carrier Qualifications off Southern California
May 24 - November 1, 2004Departed San Diego on her fourth major overseas deployment
January 5, 2005Changed homeport to Bremerton, Wash.
January 19 - Dec. 200511-month routine Docking Planned Incremental Availability at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, Wash.
January 16 - August 31, 2007Fifth major overseas deployment with operations in the western Pacific, Indian Ocean and Persian Gulf
Sept. 28, 2007 - March 20086-month Planned Incremental Availability (PIA) period at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, Wash.
January 13 - July 10, 2009Sixth deployment. Participation in Exercise Northern Edge.
June - Dec. 20106-month Planned Incremental Availability at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, Wash.
July 25, 2011 - March 2, 2012Seventh deployment. Operations in the 5th Fleet area of operations.

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USS JOHN C. STENNIS Patch Gallery:

World Speed RecordWESTPAC 2000WESTPAC 2000WESTPAC 2000WESTPAC 2000 - VAQ-138
WESTPAC 2001/2002 - Operation Enduring FreedomWESTPAC 2001/2002 - Operation Enduring FreedomClick here for more USS JOHN C. STENNIS Patches.


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The photos below were taken by Ian Johnson on April 29, 2002, and show the USS JOHN C. STENNIS anchored in Gage Roads off the port of Fremantle, Australia. This was the carrier's third visit to Western Australia



The photos below were taken by Ian Johnson on September 30, 2004, and show the USS JOHN C. STENNIS anchored in Gage Roads off the port of Fremantle, Australia. This was the carrier's fourth visit to Western Australia



The photos below were taken by me on March 23, 2010, and show the USS JOHN C. STENNIS at Naval Air Station North Island, San Diego, Calif.. The first two photos show her just a few hours before departing for Bremerton, Wash. The third photo shows the carrier during sunset while getting underway.



The photos below were taken by me on May 12, 2012, and show the USS JOHN C. STENNIS at her homeport of Bremerton, Wash.



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