A carefully carved and painted wooden plaque of the USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70). The plaque measures 14 inches.
USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) is the third United States Navy Nimitz-class supercarrier and is named after Carl Vinson, a Congressman from Georgia, in recognition of his contributions to the US Navy. The ship was launched in 1980, undertook its maiden voyage in 1983, and underwent Refueling and Overhaul between 2005 and 2009. Carl Vinson’s callsign is “Gold Eagle”.
Besides deployments in Operation Desert Strike, Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Southern Watch, and Operation Enduring Freedom, the Carl Vinson was involved in a number of notable events. The body of Osama bin Laden was buried at sea in 2011 from the deck of the Carl Vinson, and that same year, on Veterans Day, it played host to the first NCAA basketball game on an aircraft carrier, between North Carolina and Michigan State. (Wiki)
Carl Vinson’s service in the House of Representatives exceeds that of anyone elected to the Congress of the United States since it first convened in 1789. During his unparalleled tenure of fifty years, he also completed a record-breaking twenty-nine years as Chairman of the House Naval Affairs and Armed Services Committee. In that position, Congressman Vinson forged and moved through Congress the landmark Vinson-Trammel Act which provided authority for the eventual construction of ninety-two major warships, the birth of the two-ocean Navy. From Capitol Hill, he also guided the establishment of a separate air academy and the launching of the Navy’s first nuclear-powered submarine.
Stating that, “The most expensive thing in the world is a cheap Army and Navy,” Congressman Vinson became a powerful force in the growth of America’s land, sea and air forces. His skilled legislative abilities assisted in the creation of the Army Air Corps, the improvement of aviator and aircraft procurement, and the pre-World War II expansion of the Navy’s air arm.
Few men in American history have made so profound an impact on the nation’s defense. The crew of this aircraft carrier is proud to serve on the ship that bears his name and proud to honor his outstanding service to the United States of America.