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USS Carl Vinson undergoes live-fire exercise

USS Carl Vinson undergoes live-fire exercise 4 November, 2016

Recenlty modernised nuclear-powered Nimitz-class super carrier USS Carl Vinson tested its RIM-116 Rolling Airframe Missile and Phalanx Close-In Weapons System while at sea on Nov. 1. During the RAM live-fire portion of the exercise, Vinson successfully tracked and engaged two targets, and fired two missiles. Super carrier took place at Operation Desert Strike, Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Southern Watch, and Operation Enduring Freedom. The body of Osama bin Laden was buried at sea in 2011 from the deck of the Carl Vinson. In October 2009, the US Navy announced that Carl Vinson would be the flagship of the newly established Carrier Strike Group 1, based in San Diego which patrols Pacific Ocean. Carl Vinson began a planned incremental availability (PIA) period at Naval Air Station North Island. The ship is receiving more than $300 million worth of improvements over the next six months during this modernisation, including the first UAV command centre installed aboard an aircraft carrier.

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