Your Navy TODAY – Fire Fighting – Celebrating Our Best and Brightest – Assistant SecNav on 21st Century Sailor


On any given day, in your Navy, our team of more than 600,000 professional Sailors and Civilians are working together around the globe to perform our mission: deter aggression and, if deterrence fails, win our Nation’s wars. It is not possible to share every aspect of this global team but, through this blog, we offer you a glimpse of what these men and women do.

Vice Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mark Ferguson, center, poses for a group photo with the Chief of Naval Operations Naval Shore Activity Sailor of the Year nominees.

Adm. Samuel Locklear III, commander of U.S. Pacific Command, holds an all-hands office call with Sailors aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73).

A Sailor assigned to the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) practice shipboard firefighting at the Yokosuka Center for Naval Engineering Firefighting School at Commander Fleet Activities Yokosuka.

Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Manpower and Reserve Affairs Juan M. Garcia conducts an all-hands call during a visit to Naval Air Station Jacksonville to promote sexual assault awareness during the 21st Century Sailor and Marine initiative. The initiative consolidates a set of objectives and policies, new and existing, to maximize Sailor and Marine personal readiness, build resiliency and hone combat-effective.

Sailors from Commander Submarine Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet, pay tribute to past submariners during a plaque rededication ceremony at the National Cemetery of the Pacific in commemoration of 112 years of submarine history.


Navy Personnel
Active Duty:   323,773
Officers Officers:   53,120
Enlisted Enlisted:   266,146
Midshipmen Midshipmen:   4,507
Ready Reserve:   105,157 [As of Feb 2012 ]
Selected Reserves Selected Reserves: 64,118
Individual Ready Reserve Individual Ready Reserve: 41,039
Reserves currently mobilized:   4,635 [As of 10 Apr 2012]
Personnel on deployment:   47,943
Navy Department Civilian Employees:   203,609
Ships and Submarines
Deployable Battle Force Ships: 282
Total Ships Underway Total Ships Underway: 108 (38% of total)
Deployed Ships Underway Deployed Ships Underway: 63 (22% of total)
Attack Submarines Underway Attack Submarines Underway: 33
Other Underway Other Underway: 45 (15% of total)
Total Ships Deployed/Underway Total Ships Deployed/Underway: 152 (54% of total)
Ships Underway
Underway Aircraft Carriers:
              USS Enterprise (CVN 65) – 5th Fleet
              USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) – 5th Fleet
              USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) – 5th Fleet
              USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) – Pacific Ocean
Underway Amphibious Assault Ships:
              USS Peleliu (LHA 5) – Pacific Ocean
              USS Wasp (LHD 1) – Atlantic Ocean
              USS Essex (LHD 2) – port visit Sasebo, JA
              USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) – port visit Sasebo, JA
              USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) – Atlantic Ocean
              USS Makin Island (LHD 8) – 5th Fleet

Aircraft (operational):