Cocoa Beach Native Dillion Evans Deployed Aboard U.S. Navy Aircraft Carrier USS Carl Vinson
By Space Coast Daily // December 9, 2021
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PHILIPPINE SEA – Aviation Machinist’s Mate 2nd Class Dillion Evans, a native of Cocoa Beach, Florida, performs maintenance on a F/A-18E Super Hornet, assigned to the “Golden Dragons” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 192, in the hangar bay aboard Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson on Dec. 4, 2021.
Evans joined the U.S. Navy in August 2017.
The Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group is on a scheduled deployment in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations to enhance interoperability through alliances and partnerships while serving as a ready-response force in support of a free and open Indo-Pacific region.
With more than 90 percent of all trade traveling by sea, and 95 percent of the world’s international phone and internet traffic carried through fiber optic cables lying on the ocean floor, Navy officials continue to emphasize that the prosperity and security of the United States is directly linked to a strong and ready Navy.
The USS Carl Vinson was launched in 1980, and besides deployments in Operation Desert Strike, Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Southern Watch, and Operation Enduring Freedom, 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 Carl Vinson, and that same year, on Veterans Day, she played host to the first NCAA basketball game on an aircraft carrier, between North Carolina and Michigan State.