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Your Navy TODAY – Enterprise in the Bab el-Mandeb Strait; Assistant SecNav Talks 21st Century

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.


A landing craft air cushion (LCAC) approaches the well deck of the amphibious transport dock ship USS New York (LPD 21) after pre-staging 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (24th MEU) assets in Cap Draa, Morocco, before the commencement of Operation African Lion 2012. African Lion 2012 is a bi-lateral training exercise between the United States and the Royal Moroccan Armed Forces. Iwo Jima is the flagship of the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group is deployed with the embarked 24th MEU in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility.


The aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65) and the guided-missile cruiser USS Vicksburg (CG 69) transit the Bab el-Mandeb Strait. Enterprise and Vicksburg are deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions for Operation Enduring Freedom.


Boatswain's Mate 3rd Class Robert Chittenden signals for an MH-60R Sea Hawk helicopter assigned to the Swamp Foxes of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 74 to take off from the flight deck of the littoral combat ship USS Independence (LCS 2). Sailors from Independence's Gold crew and embarked Mine Countermeasures Detachment 1 are underway for the ship's transit to San Diego after successfully completing testing on the mine countermeasures mission package.



Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Manpower and Reserve Affairs Juan M. Garcia conducts an all-hands call during a visit to Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay 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 effectiveness.



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:   4,668 [As of 03 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: 110 (39% of total)
Deployed Ships Underway Deployed Ships Underway: 66 (23% of total)
Attack Submarines Underway Attack Submarines Underway: 33
Other Underway Other Underway: 44 (15% of total)
Total Ships Deployed/Underway Total Ships Deployed/Underway: 151 (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) – port visit San Diego
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):




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