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Your Navy TODAY (Mar. 29, 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.


Chief Boatswain's Mate Justin House, assigned to the guided-missile destroyer USS Forrest Sherman (DDG 98), gives the order to heave a line to dock a fueling hose assembly into the ship's receiving unit during a refueling at sea with the Royal Fleet Auxiliary support tanker RFA Orangeleaf. Forrest Sherman is underway engaged in flag officer sea training, which determines the ship's operational readiness for multiple battle situations.


Steelworker Constructionman Jose Maqueda, assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 7, Detachment Bravo, uses an arc welder to fabricate a metal fuel tank platform at Camp Moreell. NMCB-7 is one of two Seabee battalions conducting contingency construction in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility.


Quartermaster 3rd Class Matthew Cammer, right, and Quartermaster 2nd Class Chantrel Corbin plot a course as the amphibious dock landing ship USS Pearl Harbor (LSD 52) gets underway after a port visit to Bahrain. Pearl Harbor and embarked Marines assigned to the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (11th MEU) are deployed as part of the Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group, supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.


The multi-purpose amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) departs Naval Station Norfolk as part of the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group with the embarked 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (24th MEU). Iwo Jima will support maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility.


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:   4,478 [As of 20 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: 98 (35% of total)
Deployed Ships Underway Deployed Ships Underway: 63 (22% of total)
Attack Submarines Underway Attack Submarines Underway: 33
Other Underway Other Underway: 35 (12% of total)
Total Ships Deployed/Underway Total Ships Deployed/Underway: 140 (49% of total)
Ships Underway
Underway Aircraft Carriers:
              USS Enterprise (CVN 65) – port visit Piraeus, GR
              USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) – Atlantic Ocean
              USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) – port visit Jebel Ali, AE
              USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) – 5th Fleet
Underway Amphibious Assault Ships:
              USS Peleliu (LHA 5) – Pacific Ocean
              USS Essex (LHD 2) – 7th Fleet
              USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) – 7th Fleet
              USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) – Atlantic Ocean
              USS Makin Island (LHD 8) – 5th Fleet

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