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 Carrier Air Wing Eleven (CVW-11)


In 1979 and again in 1981, the Air Wing deployed to the Mediterranean aboard the USS AMERICA. The Air Wing/ENTERPRISE team deployed four more times together to WESTPAC from 1982 to 1990. The high points of the deployments include: FLEETEX 84, a three carrier operation in the Northern Pacific; a world cruise in 1986 compiling 23,000 flight hours and 9,000 arrested landings while conducting operations in the Western Pacific, Indian Ocean, Red Sea, Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. On April 18, 1988, while deployed in the North Arabian Sea, Air Wing Eleven, in coordination with Battle Group FOXTROT units, conducted a major strike against Iranian Naval Warships and facilities in the Persian Gulf. The attacks, launched in retaliation for Iranian mining international waters and the subsequent damage to USS SAMUEL B. ROBERTS, were highly successful. Air Wing Eleven accounted for repelling a Boghammer fast attack boat raid on the Mubarak Oil Platform, the sinking of the frigate ?SAHAND? and severely damaging the frigate ?SABALAN.? Carrier Air Wing Eleven was subsequently awarded the Joint Meritorious Unit Award for their actions.

The end of an era came when Air Wing Eleven made the final cruise aboard USS ENTERPRISE from September 1989 to March 1990. Highlights of the world cruise included exercises: PACEX, ANNUALEX 89 and VALIANT BLITZ 90 which heralded the largest assemblage of U.S. Naval Air and Sea Power since World War II. Coordinated operations involving triple carrier battle group (USS ENTERPRISE, USS CARL VINSON, and USS CONSTELLATION) and dual battle force (USS ENTERPRISE, USS CARL VINSON, USS NEW JERSEY and USS MISSOURI) units on conjunction with the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force, Republic of Korea Navy and Air Force, U.S. Air Force and U.S. Marine Corps provided highly successful joint training.

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