The ANZS Commonwealth, the world's only remaining nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, is the flagship of the Navy of the Commonwealth of Australia and New Zealand. The ship was formerly the USS Carl Vinson, under the command of the United States Navy. It made its way to Australia upon hearing of the Gathering Order in 1984, and was rechristened the ANZS Commonwealth in 1995.
- Ship country = Commonwealth of Australia & New Zealand
- Ship flag = ----
- Ship name = CoCN-1
- Ship namesake = ----
- Ship ordered = 5 April 1974
- Ship laid down = 11 October 1975
- Ship launched = 15 March 1980
- Ship commissioned = 13 March 1982
- Ship reclassified = 1995
- Ship status = Active service, currently stationed in Mediterranean Sea Malta-Lampedusa-Corridor
- Ship homeport = Brisbane, Australia, ANZC
- Ship motto = Vis per Mare (Strength from the Sea)
- Ship nicknames = Starship Vinson; The Battlestar; The Gold Eagle; San Francisco's Own; America's Favorite Carrier; Chuckie V.; U.S.S. Chuck Wagon; The Carl Prison; Cell Block 70
- Class and type: Nimitz-class aircraft carrier
- Displacement: 101,300 long tons (113,500 short tons)
- Length: Overall: 1,092 feet (332.8 m)
- Waterline: 1,040 feet (317.0 m)
- Beam: Overall: 252 ft (76.8 m)
- Waterline: 134 ft (40.8 m)
- Draft: Maximum navigational: 37 feet (11.3 m)
- Limit: 41 feet (12.5 m)
- Propulsion: 2 × Westinghouse A4W nuclear reactors; 4 × steam turbines; 4 × shafts; 260,000 shp (194 MW)
- Speed: 30+ knots (56+ km/h; 35+ mph)
- Range: Unlimited distance; 20-25 years
- Complement: Ship's company: 3,200
- Air wing: 2,480
- Sensors and processing systems: AN/SPS-48E 3-D air search radar; AN/SPS-49(V)5 2-D air search radar; AN/SPQ-9B target acquisition radar; AN/SPN-46 air traffic control radars; AN/SPN-43C air traffic control radar; AN/SPN-41 landing aid radars; 4 × Mk 91 NSSM guidance systems; 4 × Mk 95 radars
- Electronic warfare and decoys: SLQ-32A(V)4 Countermeasures suite; SLQ-25A Nixie torpedo countermeasures
- Armament: 2 × Mk 57 Mod3 Sea Sparrow; 2 × RIM-116 Rolling Airframe Missile; 3 × Phalanx CIWS
- Armor: Unknown
- Aircraft carried: 90 fixed wing and helicopters
The USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70)[...]
Urban legend has it that the Vinson was discovered floating freely somewhere in the South Pacific, its crew long dead, killed by some unknown means.
The reality is that the Vinson made it through Doomsday intact, crew and all, and through skill, perseverance and some luck made it to temporary harbor in the Marshall Islands before shocking Allied military forces by showing up in Brisbane harbor for the Gathering Order.
September 26, 1983
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Evading the enemy
Guam and the Northern Marianas
Journey to the Marshall Islands
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On June 1, 1984, Order 001/1984 was given by the joint ANZUS Head Command set up in Brisbane, Australia, with the approval of the leaders of the U.S., Australia and New Zealand.
This order—today famously referred to as the “Final Gathering” Order—was sent to all reachable U.S. and NATO units.
It ordered all units capable to do so to set course for Australian, New Zealand and Hawaiian territory, otherwise all surviving units in defined geographical area were routed to the nearest suiting gathering point to which ANZUS supply convoys were sent.
At the time, the Vinson was harbored in the Marshall Islands, near the capital of...
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Into open arms
On xxxx xx, 1985 the Vinson set sail for Brisbane.
On December 8th, the Vinson Group arrived in Brisbane.
A new name
The formal ending of the American Provisional Administration on May 1, 1995 meant that the flagship of the U.S. Navy - along with all other American naval and military assets - now under the command of the Commonwealth.
For the Vinson, that not only meant the completion of the transitionary period from U.S. to ANZC command, it also meant a new name, and new identity.
On July 4, 1995 in a ceremony at Darwin, Australia, the USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) was rechristened the ANZS Commonwealth (CoCN-1), becoming the flagship of the new Commonwealth's Navy.
The ceremony sparked public debate over the propriety of having a nuclear-powered carrier in the Commonwealth Navy, particularly in light of the nuclear war that had threatened to destroy all of humanity 12 years before. Those concerns were gently, but firmly, answered by ANZC military and political leaders with the following points:
- The Vinson/Commonwealth was too important of a military asset to simply dismantle
- The continuing global situation made it necessary for the Commonwealth to be able to defend itself and its allies. Dismantling the ANZS Commonwealth would put the alliance at risk
- The ship's nuclear-powered engines were more cost-efficient, long-term, to maintain than reverting back to pre-nuclear technology
The 2004 "Census" Mission
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