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.
Sailors man the rails on the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) as the ship pulls into San Diego. John C. Stennis is returning to homeport in Bremerton, Wash., after completing a seven-month deployment.
A high-speed camera captures the first full-energy shots from the Office of Naval Research-funded electromagnetic railgun prototype launcher that was recently installed at a test facility in Dahlgren, Va. The test shots begin a month-long series of full-energy tests to evaluate the first of two industry-built launchers that will help bring the Navy a step closer to producing a next-generation, long-range weapon for surface ships. The new launcher brings advanced material and high-power technologies in a system that now resembles a large-caliber gun.
Sailors and Marines participate in a chess tournament in the mess decks of the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6). The ship is en route to relieve USS Essex (LHD 2) as the forward deployed ship in Sasebo, Japan.
Machinist's Mate 3rd Class Charles Swanson, assigned to the weapons department, stands the look-out watch aboard the Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine USS Tennessee (SSBN 734). Swanson said he enjoys the look-out watch because it's his only opportunity to see the exterior of the ship while underway.
Active Duty: 323,773
Ready Reserve: 104,532 [As of Jan 2012 ]
Selected Reserves: 63,983
Individual Ready Reserve: 40,549
Reserves currently mobilized: 4,497 [As of 21 Feb 2012]
Personnel on deployment: 47,943
Navy Department Civilian Employees: 203,609
Ships and Submarines
Deployable Battle Force Ships: 283
Total Ships Underway: 91 (32% of total)
Deployed Ships Underway: 60 (21% of total)
Attack Submarines Underway: 25
Other Underway: 31 (10% of total)
Total Ships Deployed/Underway: 133 (47% of total)
USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) – 5th Fleet
USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) – 5th Fleet
USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) – Pacific Ocean
Amphibious Assault Ships:
USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) – 7th Fleet
USS Makin Island (LHD 8) – 5th Fleet