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.
Two AV-8B Harriers assigned to Marine Attack Squadron (VMA) 31 approach the forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2). Essex is the lead ship of the only forward-deployed amphibious ready group.
Senior Chief Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) Rolland Alcoran watches the sun set from the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6). Bonhomme Richard is en route to relieve USS Essex (LHD 2) in Sasebo, Japan.
Sailors in rigid-hull inflatable boats from the coastal patrol craft USS Firebolt (PC 10) and the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter USCGC Maui (WPB 1304) observe a search and rescue swimmer approach a life raft from the capsized Iranian cargo dhow Abu Al Fazel. Six Iranian mariners were aboard the dhow when it capsized. Firebolt recovered one survivor and the remains of three decreased mariners. The two other mariners are presumed lost at sea. Firebolt and Maui are assigned to Commander, Task Force 55, supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.
Colombian navy diver Miguel Angel Gomez Diaz assigned to Buceo y Salvamento, and Navy Diver 2nd Class Tyler Smith, assigned to Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit (MDSU) 2, Company 2-1, return to the surface after a successful dive. Company 2-1 is supporting Navy Dive-Southern Partnership Station 2012, a multinational partnership engagement designed to increase interoperability and partner nation capacity through diving operations.
Active Duty: 323,773
Ready Reserve: 104,532 [As of Jan 2012 ]
Selected Reserves: 63,983
Individual Ready Reserve: 40,549
Reserves currently mobilized: 4,703 [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: 81 (29% of total)
Deployed Ships Underway: 51 (18% of total)
Attack Submarines Underway: 25
Other Underway: 30 (10% of total)
Total Ships Deployed/Underway: 125 (44% of total)
USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) – 5th Fleet
USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) – 5th Fleet
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