AIR & SPACE MAGAZINE Ring in the New Carrier crews show a flare for celebration. US Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class James R. Evans December 31, 2011 U.S. Sailors ring in the new year aboard the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) with a qualification fire of pencil flares while under way in the Pacific Ocean in the first time zone west of the International Date Line Jan. 1, 2010. Carl Vinson and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 17 are on a deployment to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility. (DoD photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class James R. Evans, U.S. Navy/Released) U.S. Navy Get the latest stories in your inbox every weekday.