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U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/4th Fleet supports U.S. Southern Command joint and combined full-spectrum military operations by providing principally sea based, forward presence to ensure freedom of maneuver in the maritime domain, to foster and sustain cooperative relationships with international partners and to fully exploit the sea as maneuver space in order to enhance regional security and promote peace, stability, and prosperity in the Caribbean, Central and South American regions.

Executing the Maritime Strategy


U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/4th Fleet supports U.S. Southern Command joint and combined full-spectrum military operations by providing principally sea based, forward presence to ensure freedom of maneuver in the maritime domain, to foster and sustain cooperative relationships with international partners and to fully exploit the sea as maneuver space in order to enhance regional security and promote peace, stability, and prosperity in the Caribbean, Central and South American regions.

“We share the same interests and concerns as our Partners in the Caribbean, Central and South America. To help deal with the very real security threats posed by transnational criminal organizations, we send adaptive force packages to operate forward in our region, building enduring maritime partnerships able to secure our shared interests.” – Rear Adm. Kurt W. Tidd, Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/ U.S. Fourth Fleet

Around the world, the Navy is executing the core capabilities of the Maritime Strategy; operations from February include:

Forward Presence

•    The Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group flew 1,235 sorties totaling more than 3,820 hours in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation (TSC) efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility (AOR).
•    USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) entered the U.S. 7th Fleet AOR, joining forward-deployed naval forces in Sasebo, Japan, in preparation for a hull swap with USS Essex (LHD 2) later this spring.

Maritime Security

•    U.S. 4th Fleet supported Joint Interagency Task Force-South’s Operation Martillo, a U.S., European, and Western Hemisphere partner nation effort targeting illicit trafficking routes in coastal waters along Central America.
•    Royal Moroccan navy sailors conducted visit, board, search and seizure training aboard USS Simpson (FFG 56) during a TSC port visit to Casablanca, Morocco.

Deterrence

•    Maritime Expeditionary Security Squadron 4 completed 170 escort missions protecting Military Sealift Command vessels and other high-value targets in Kuwait, the Horn of Africa, and Rota, Spain, in the U.S. 5th/6th Fleet AORs.
•    More than 20,000 Marines, Sailors, Airmen, Soldiers and Coast Guardsmen on more than 25 ships participated in  Bold Alligator 2012, the largest East Coast naval amphibious exercise in the past 10 years.

Power Projection

•    The Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group flew 667 sorties in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, counter- piracy and TSC efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet AOR.
•    USS Louisiana (SSBN 743) and USS Alabama (SSBN 731), homeported at Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor, Wash., returned from strategic deterrent patrols of 39 and 72 days, respectively.

Building Maritime Partnerships

•    Navy personnel from U.S. Naval Forces Europe/Africa and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency met with the Sierra Leone Armed Forces and Maritime Administration in Freetown, Sierra Leone, to conduct an environmental workshop and discuss fisheries, maritime security, and port development during Africa Partnership Station 2012.
•    31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, embarked aboard USS Germantown (LSD 42)USS Tortuga (LSD 46), and USS Chafee (DDG 90), participated in Exercise Cobra Gold 2012.

Humanitarian Assistance / Disaster Response

•    Seabees from Navy Mobile Construction Battalion 23 and U.S. Marines embarked aboard High Speed Vessel (HSV 2) Swift partnered with an Indonesian National Armed Forces construction company to complete improvements on a school and dispensary in Caracol, Haiti.
•    Sailors from  U.S. Naval Hospital Guam’s Dental Clinic held a dental health presentation for third-graders at Cmdr. William C. McCool Elementary/Middle School in Santa Rita, Guam.

Status of the Navy (March 7, 2012):

Navy Personnel
Active Duty:   323,773
Officers Officers:   53,120
Enlisted Enlisted:   266,146
Midshipmen Midshipmen:   4,507
Ready Reserve:   104,532 [As of Jan 2012 ]
Selected Reserves Selected Reserves: 63,983
Individual Ready Reserve Individual Ready Reserve: 40,549
Reserves currently mobilized:   4,703 [As of 28 Feb 2012]
Personnel on deployment:   47,943
Navy Department Civilian Employees:   203,609
Ships and Submarines
Deployable Battle Force Ships: 283
Total Ships Underway Total Ships Underway: 96 (34% of total)
Deployed Ships Underway Deployed Ships Underway: 58 (20% of total)
Attack Submarines Underway Attack Submarines Underway: 33
Other Underway Other Underway: 38 (13% of total)
Total Ships Deployed/Underway Total Ships Deployed/Underway: 132 (47% of total)
Ships Underway
Underway Aircraft Carriers:
              USS Nimitz (CVN 68) – Pacific Ocean
              USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) – 5th Fleet
              USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) – 5th Fleet
Underway Amphibious Assault Ships:
              USS Wasp (LHD 1) – Atlantic Ocean
              USS Essex (LHD 2) – 7th Fleet
              USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) – Atlantic Ocean
              USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) – 7th Fleet
              USS Makin Island (LHD 8) – 5th Fleet

Aircraft (operational):
 3700+

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