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Your Navy TODAY (Mar. 12, 2012)

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.


Electronics Technician 3rd Class Jim Hendricks, left, and Electronics Technician 3rd Class John Konkle man the rails as the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65) departs Naval Station Norfolk for her 22nd and final deployment.


USS Enterprise departing for final deployment
The aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65) departs Naval Station Norfolk on its final deployment. Enterprise is deploying as part of Enterprise Carrier Strike Group to support maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility.


Fireman Recruit Sara Battisti takes a sample from a flight deck firefighting system sprinkler aboard the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). Nimitz departed Naval Base Kitsap-Bremerton March 5 to begin sea trials. The underway marks the first time the ship has been to sea since its Docked Planned Incremental Availability.


Sailors assigned to the guided-missile frigate USS John L. Hall (FFG 32) disembark the ship for the last time during the ship's decommissioning ceremony at Naval Station Mayport. Hall, named in honor of Adm. John L. Hall Jr., has been in service with the U.S. Navy since June 1982.


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:   4,763 [As of 6 Mar 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: 92 (33% of total)
Deployed Ships Underway Deployed Ships Underway: 60 (21% of total)
Attack Submarines Underway Attack Submarines Underway: 33
Other Underway Other Underway: 32 (11% of total)
Total Ships Deployed/Underway Total Ships Deployed/Underway: 130 (46% of total)
Ships Underway
Underway Aircraft Carriers:
              USS Enterprise (CVN 65) – Atlantic Ocean
              USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) – Atlantic Ocean
              USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) – 5th Fleet
              USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) – 5th Fleet
              USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) – Atlantic Ocean
Underway Amphibious Assault Ships:
              USS Wasp (LHD 1) – Atlantic Ocean
              USS Essex (LHD 2) – 7th Fleet
              USS Bataan (LHD 5) -Atlantic Ocean
              USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) – 7th Fleet

Aircraft (operational):


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