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Your Navy TODAY – New DDG-1002 Named; Independence Travels the Panama Canal

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.

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The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) leads the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Bunker Hill (CG 52) and the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Halsey (DDG 97) during a passing exercise with Indian navy ships during Exercise Malabar 2012. Vinson, Bunker Hill, and Halsey comprise Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 1 and are participating in the annual bi-lateral naval field training exercise with the Indian navy to advance multinational maritime relationships and mutual security issues.


Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) the Honorable Ray Mabus announces the next Zumwalt-class destroyer will be named the USS Lyndon B. Johnson during a ceremony at the Pentagon. The selection of Lyndon B. Johnson, designated DDG 1002, continues the Navy tradition of naming ships after presidents and honors the nation's 36th president. The ship's sponsors, Linda Byrd and Luci Baines Johnson, daughters of the former president were present during the unveiling.


The littoral combat ship USS Independence (LCS 2) enters the Gatun Lock during the ship's first transit of the Panama Canal. The Gatun Lock is the first step in the Panama Canal transit where the Atlantic Ocean ends and the canal begins. Independence is underway for the ship's maiden voyage to San Diego.


The guided-missile destroyer USS Mitscher (DDG 57), left, and the French navy frigate FS Germinal are underway in formation. Mitscher and Germinal are underway to participate in Fleet Week events in New Orleans, La., April 17 through 24.




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:   4,635 [As of 10 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: 108 (38% of total)
Deployed Ships Underway Deployed Ships Underway: 69 (24% of total)
Attack Submarines Underway Attack Submarines Underway: 33
Other Underway Other Underway: 39 (13% of total)
Total Ships Deployed/Underway Total Ships Deployed/Underway: 146 (52% of total)
Ships Underway
Underway Aircraft Carriers:
              USS Enterprise (CVN 65) – 5th Fleet
              USS Nimitz (CVN 68) – Pacific Ocean
              USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) – Atlantic Ocean
              USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) – 5th Fleet
              USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) – 5th Fleet
              USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) – Pacific Ocean
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

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