Gonzo Station

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Gonzo Station was a U.S. Navy acronym for "Gulf of Oman Naval Zone of Operations,"[citation needed] used to designate an area of carrier-based operations in the Indian Ocean during the Iranian Hostage Crisis and the so-called Tanker War between the United States and the Islamic Republic of Iran.

USS Midway (CV-41) initiated the longest at-sea record since WWII by being at-sea 93 days, was first on-scene carrier. Subsequent deployments by other carriers (USS America (CV-66), USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63), et al.) dwindled the record with over 180 days on-station. Several U.S. Navy carriers served on Gonzo Station, including the USS Ranger (CV-61), USS Midway (CV-41), USS Enterprise (CVN-65), USS America (CV-66), USS Independence (CV-62), USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63), USS Constellation (CV-64), USS Coral Sea (CV-43), USS Nimitz (CVN-68) and USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69). While replenishment ships normally rotated on and off line in order to resupply, USS Roanoke (AOR-7) served in formation 180 days, and USS Shasta (AE-33) served in formation for 78 days. The USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69) in 1980 served 315 days sea time with an 154 line period (July-Dec) This was the largest American Fleet dispatched to the Indian Ocean since WW2

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