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Status of the Navy

Status of the Navy

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as of Mar. 31, 2009

Navy Personnel
Active Duty: 332,161
Officers: 51,188
Enlisted: 276,574
Midshipmen: 4,399
Ready Reserve: 119,735 [As of 09 Feb]
Selected Reserves: 67,334
Individual Ready Reserve: 52,401
Reserves currently mobilized: 6,552 [As of 24 Mar] * A-1
Involuntarily mobilized: 1,417
Voluntarily mobilized: 5,135
Personnel on deployment: 64,177
Navy Department Civilian Employees: 185,658
Ships and Submarines
Deployable Battle Force Ships: 284
Ships Underway (away from homeport): 101 ships (36% of total)
On deployment: 101 ships (36% of total)
Attack submarines underway (away from homeport): 24 submarines (44%)
On deployment: 20 submarines (37%)
Ships Underway
Carriers:
  • USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) - 5th Fleet
  • USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) - Pacific Ocean
  • USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) - Pacific Ocean
Amphibious Warfare Ships:
  • -
Boxer Expeditionary Strike Group: * A-2
  • USS Boxer (LHD 4) - 5th Fleet
Aircraft (operational): 3,700+
Memo
* A-1, Number of involuntarily (voluntarily) mobilized is based on the report of U.S. DoD.
U.S. DoD: http://www.defenselink.mil/news/Mar2009/d20090324ngr.pdf pdf_icon.gif
* A-2, Added item, not the original.
U.S. Navy: Boxer Expeditionary Strike Group Deploys

Air-operations - U.S. Navy air-operations as part of Coalition Airpower

CVW 7 that consists of VFA-143 (F/A-18E), VFA-103 (F/A-18F), VFA-83 (F/A-18C[N]), VFA-131 (F/A-18C[N]), VAQ-140 (EA-6B), VAW-121 (E-2C NP) and HS-5 (SH-60F, HH-60H) is conducting air-supports for Operation Enduring Freedom.

USAF: March 31 airpower summary: C-17s deliver for warfighters
Afghanistan - Operation Enduring Freedom
Coalition Airpower conducted 71 close-air-support missions
  • * Near Balocan (Google Maps), an F/A-18E (VFA 143) executed a show of force after a brief firefight between enemy forces and coalition ground troops. The maneuver suppressed enemy fire as medical evacuation helicopters retrieved patients from a nearby landing zone.

    * An F/A-18E (VFA 143) also flew a show of force near Gereshk (Google Maps) and provided overwatch for a coalition convoy. The convoy had taken heavy fire and was pinned down until the aircraft arrived, after which enemy forces withdrew from the area.
Intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR)
  • * 8 USAF ISR aircraft flew missions as part of operations in Afghanistan. In addition, 4 U.S. Navy and coalition aircraft provided tactical surveillance and reconnaissance.
Iraq - Operation Iraqi Freedom
Coalition Airpower conducted 24 close-air-support missions
  • * No description about U.S. Navy air-operations.
Intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR)
  • * 29 USAF and U.S. Navy ISR aircraft flew missions as part of operations in Iraq. In addition, 3 USAF and coalition aircraft provided tactical surveillance and reconnaissance.

Topics - Last update Apr. 13, 2009
Eisenhower CSG is deployed in Arabian Sea
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  • Arabian Sea (Mar. 31, 2009) - USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) is deployed as flagship of Dwight D. Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group for a scheduled deployment in Arabian Sea.

    * The color of pilot suits has a resemblance to JASDF pilot suits of old type.
USS Klakring to arrive at Batumi, Repulic of Georgia
Civil.ge: U.S. Frigate Arrives in Batumi
  • Batumi, Republic of Georgia (Mar. 31, 2009) - According to the Georgian news, Mar. 31, USS Klakring (FFG 42) arrives at Batumi, Republic of Georgia for a three-day port visit on the heels of visit to Sevastopol, Ukraine.

    * Klakring entered in Black Sea Mar. 20. Thus she will leave Black Sea soon.
Monthly average of U.S. Navy deployment forces - FY' 09 (Until Mar.)
U.S. Navy: Status of the Navy

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Status of the Navy

"Status of the Navy" dated Mar. 30 is no available.


Air-operations - U.S. Navy air-operations as part of Coalition Airpower

CVW 7 that consists of VFA-143 (F/A-18E), VFA-103 (F/A-18F), VFA-83 (F/A-18C[N]), VFA-131 (F/A-18C[N]), VAQ-140 (EA-6B), VAW-121 (E-2C NP) and HS-5 (SH-60F, HH-60H) is conducting air-supports for Operation Enduring Freedom.

Mar. 30

USAF: March 30 airpower summary: Predator strikes enemy forces
Afghanistan - Operation Enduring Freedom
Coalition Airpower conducted 79 close-air-support missions
  • * Near Musa Qala/Musa Qaleh (Google Maps), an F/A-18F (VFA 103) used a GBU-38 to hit an enemy building, taking out an active anti-Afghan fighting position. Enemy gunners had been pouring fire on a coalition convoy after detonating an IED to start their ambush. During the engagement, a USAF F-15E also provided a covering show of force, expending flares that allowed coalition forces to move a vehicle that had been disabled by an IED blast.

    * An F/A-18C[N] (VFA 83 or 131) conducted a show of force and expended flares to deter anti-Afghan forces from acting while a coalition convoy tended to a vehicle that was disabled by an IED hit. The convoy was able to get back on the road without enemy interference following the aircraft's demonstration. (Where is the location ?)
Intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR)
  • * 11 USAF ISR aircraft flew missions as part of operations in Afghanistan. In addition, 4 U.S. Navy and coalition aircraft provided tactical surveillance and reconnaissance.
Iraq - Operation Iraqi Freedom
Coalition Airpower conducted 27 close-air-support missions
  • * No description about U.S. Navy air-operations.
Intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR)
  • * 4 USAF and U.S. Navy ISR aircraft flew missions as part of operations in Iraq. In addition, 2 USAF aircraft provided tactical surveillance and reconnaissance.
Mar. 29

USAF: March 29 airpower summary: Tankers refuel 199 aircraft
Afghanistan - Operation Enduring Freedom
Coalition Airpower conducted 76 close-air-support missions
  • * In Afghanistan, F/A-18Fs (VFW 103) employed GBU-12s and -38s, destroying enemy caves in the Musa Qala/Musa Qaleh area (Google Maps). Enemy forces had conducted an ambush, exploding an IED before opening fire on a coalition convoy.

    Near Shindand (Google Maps), an F/A-18E (VFW 143) executed a show of force and expended flares to halt an enemy attack against a coalition convoy there. The aircraft also flew overwatch, escorting the convoy until the threat from enemy fire was no longer present.
Intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR)
  • * 20 USAF ISR aircraft flew missions as part of operations in Afghanistan. In addition, 4 U.S. Navy and coalition aircraft provided tactical surveillance and reconnaissance.
Iraq - Operation Iraqi Freedom
Coalition Airpower conducted 30 close-air-support missions
  • * No description about U.S. Navy air-operations.
Intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR)
  • * 9 USAF and U.S. Navy ISR aircraft flew missions as part of operations in Iraq. In addition, 3 USAF and coalition aircraft provided tactical surveillance and reconnaissance.
Mar. 28

USAF: March 28 Airpower Summary: A-10s show coalition power
Afghanistan - Operation Enduring Freedom
Coalition Airpower conducted 75 close-air-support missions
  • * An F/A-18C[N] (VFA 83 or 131) executed a show of force to stop enemy RPG fire against a friendly patrol. The jet expended flares to emphasize its presence, deterring further enemy fire. (Where is the location ?)

    U.S. Navy and USAF aircraft also performed shows of force in Lashkar Gah (Google Maps), Bagram (Google Maps) and Jalalabad (Google Maps) to deter enemy actions in those areas. The maneuvers provided an additional measure of security to coalition supply convoy operations, which support reconstruction, humanitarian, and security operations throughout Afghanistan.
Intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR)
  • * 13 USAF ISR aircraft flew missions as part of operations in Afghanistan. In addition, 4 U.S. Navy and coalition aircraft provided tactical surveillance and reconnaissance.
Iraq - Operation Iraqi Freedom
Coalition Airpower conducted 23 close-air-support missions
  • * No description about U.S. Navy air-operations.
Intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR)
  • * 24 USAF and U.S. Navy ISR aircraft flew missions as part of operations in Iraq. In addition, 3 USAF and coalition aircraft provided tactical surveillance and reconnaissance.

Topics - Last update Apr. 4, 2009
JMSDF anti piracy maritime force to begin escort mission in Gulf of Aden
Japan MoD: A Start of Escorting Ships by MSDF Vessels in the Gulf of Aden
Mainichi.jp: 海賊対策:商船5隻を護衛へ ソマリア沖
  • Tokyo, Japan (Mar. 30, 2009) - Japan Ministry of Defense announced Japan Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) anti piracy maritime force will begin the escort operation in the Gulf of Aden tonight/JST ahead of schedule. Prior to the escort, JS Samidare (DD 106) and JS Sazanami (DD 113) received fuel from JS Towada (AOE 422) Mar. 28 daytime/JST.

    The maritime force which consists of Samidare, Sazanami, four SH-60K helicopters, Special Boarding Unit (SBU) and eight Japan Coast Guard officers departed from JMSDF Kure Base on Mar. 14.

    * Towada is conducting replenishment support operations with JS Ariake (DD 109) for OEF.


    Click to full view: JS Samidare (DD 106) to lead the convoy in Gulf of Aden.
    The photo by Joint Staff, Japan Ministry of Defense.
U.S. security boat had a minor collision with a small fishing boat
Jiji.press: 米軍ボートと漁船接触=原潜進路近くで-長崎・佐世保
  • Near Sasebo port, Japan (Mar. 28, 2009) - U.S. security boat had a minor collision with a small fishing boat which was entering Sasebo port, Japan on Mar. 28. Crew aboard both boats were not injured though U.S. boat sustained a slight damage.

    At the time, The U.S. boat was on the alert for a USS City Of Corpus Christi (SSN 705) departure.
USS Gettysburg is deployed to U.S. 5th Fleet AOR
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  • Gulf of Aden (Mar. 29, 2009) - USS Gettysburg (CG 64) conducts a refueling at sea with USNS Patuxent (T-AO 201) in the Gulf of Aden. Gettysburg is deployed as part of the Boxer ESG and 13th MEU supporting maritime security operations in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.

    * According to Information Dissemination, the cruiser is operating as part of CTF 151.
USS Paul Hamilton is deployed to U.S. 5th Fleet AOR
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  • Arabian Gulf/Persian Gulf (Mar. 29, 2009) - USS Paul Hamilton (DDG 60) is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility supporting maritime security operations.

    * USS Paul Hamilton (DDG 60) is part of Coalition Task Force 152.
Swift makes final visit to SPS in Bluefields, Nicaragua
U.S. Navy: Southern Partnership Station Returns to Nicaragua
  • Bluefields, Nicaragua (Mar. 30, 2009) - High speed vessel Swift (HSV 2) anchored off the coast of Bluefields for the second time in as many months March 30 to begin a nine-day training mission during Southern Partnership Station (SPS).

    The final SPS visit to Nicaragua comes on the heels of a four-day training evolution in Cartagena, Colombia.

    * Swift arrived Cartagena, Colombia Mar. 23.

Memo

Recently, USS Peleliu (LHA 5) entered dry dock at NASSCO shipyards for a dock planned maintenance availability (DPMA).

USS Halsey (DDG 97) is undergoing maintenance at San Diego.

USS John S McCain (DDG 56), USS Chafee (DDG 90) are in Busan, South Korea Mar. 28.

The arrival of USS Hopper (DDG 70) is spotted in Yokosuka, Japan Mar. 30 by antiwar activists.

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Status of the Navy

Status of the Navy

Refer to "Status of the Navy"

as of Mar. 27, 2009

Navy Personnel
Active Duty: 332,039
Officers: 51,165
Enlisted: 276,475
Midshipmen: 4,399
Ready Reserve: 119,735 [As of 09 Feb]
Selected Reserves: 67,334
Individual Ready Reserve: 52,401
Reserves currently mobilized: 6,552 [As of 24 Mar] * A-1
Involuntarily mobilized: 1,417
Voluntarily mobilized: 5,135
Personnel on deployment: 64,177
Navy Department Civilian Employees: 185,658
Ships and Submarines
Deployable Battle Force Ships: 284
Ships Underway (away from homeport): 103 ships (36% of total)
On deployment: 103 ships (36% of total)
Attack submarines underway (away from homeport): 29 submarines (53%)
On deployment: 20 submarines (37%)
Ships Underway
Carriers:
  • USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) - 5th Fleet
  • USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) - 5th Fleet
  • USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) - Pacific Ocean
Amphibious Warfare Ships:
  • -
Boxer Expeditionary Strike Group: * A-2
  • USS Boxer (LHD 4) - 5th Fleet
Iwo Jima Expeditionary Strike Group: * A-3
  • USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) - Atlantic Ocean
Aircraft (operational): 3,700+
Memo
* A-1, Number of involuntarily (voluntarily) mobilized is based on the report of U.S. DoD.
U.S. DoD: http://www.defenselink.mil/news/Mar2009/d20090324ngr.pdf pdf_icon.gif
* A-2, 3, Added item, not the original.
U.S. Navy: Boxer Expeditionary Strike Group Deploys
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Air-operations - U.S. Navy air-operations as part of Coalition Airpower

CVW 7 that consists of VFA-143 (F/A-18E), VFA-103 (F/A-18F), VFA-83 (F/A-18C[N]), VFA-131 (F/A-18C[N]), VAQ-140 (EA-6B), VAW-121 (E-2C NP) and HS-5 (SH-60F, HH-60H) is conducting air-supports for Operation Enduring Freedom.

USAF: March 27 Airpower Summary: F-15Es protects friendly ground forces
Afghanistan - Operation Enduring Freedom
Coalition Airpower conducted 52 close-air-support missions
  • * No description about U.S. Navy air-operations.
Intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR)
  • * 12 USAF ISR aircraft flew missions as part of operations in Afghanistan.
Iraq - Operation Iraqi Freedom
Coalition Airpower conducted 32 close-air-support missions
  • * No description about U.S. Navy air-operations.
Intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR)
  • * 26 USAF and U.S. Navy ISR aircraft flew missions as part of operations in Iraq.

Topics - Last update Apr. 3, 2009
JS Harushio is decommissioned
Mainichi.jp: 海自潜水艦:「はるしお」除籍 自衛艦旗を返納--呉基地 /広島
  • JMSDF Kure Base, Japan (Mar. 27, 2009) - JMSDF Harushio class submarine JS Harushio (SS 583) is decommissioned at JMSDF Kure Base, Japan Mar. 27. Harushio was commissioned Nov. 30, 1990. Since then sailed almost 243,000 nautical miles, dived 603 times and took almost 27,000 underwater times.


    Click to view full: JMSDF Harushio class submarine.
    Photos were reprinted by the permission of Mr. Tugboat from Vessel And Ships Photo Gallery.
USS Alaska will change homeport
U.S. Navy: Alaska Scheduled to Change Homeports
  • U.S. Navy (Mar. 27, 2009) - USS Alaska (SSBN 732) assigned to Submarine Group (SG) 10, is scheduled to change homeports to Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay from Bangor/SG9.

    Alaska has been undergoing a 26 month refueling overhaul at Norfolk Naval Shipyard then will complete sea trials and arrive at Kings Bay for the first time in April.

    * Alaska arrived at her new homeport in Kings Bay April 1
Big snipers are ready to shoot down
MSN Sankei News: 北ミサイル「破壊命令」 安保会議経て防衛相が発令
  • Tokyo, Japan (Mar. 27, 2009) - Today, Minister of Defense Hamada gives an order to take measures to destroy ballistic missiles in preparation for the falling of a North Korean rocket on Japan.

    In responce to the oreder, Japan Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) JS Kongo (DDG 173) and JS Chokai (DDG 176) will be on the alert in Sea of Japan. Additionally, Japan Air Self Defense Force (JASDF) Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) units will deploy in Metropolitan area and Tohoku region (Northern part of Mainland). Both destroyers and PAC-3 units are equipped with Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) capabilities.

    Currently, North Korea have been preparing the test launch of rocket which is widely regarded as the ballistic missile "Modified Taepodong-2" at Musudan-ri.

    * JS Kirishima (DDG 174) will deploy in Pacific Ocean for the surveillance.
    * U.S. ships including USS Shiloh (CG 67), USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG 54), USS John S. McCain (DDG 56), USS Stethem (DDG 63), USS Hopper (DDG 70) and USS Chafee (DDG 90) seem to be on the alert around Japan. But, U.S. ships are not expected to intercept the missile as U.S. Secretary of State Clinton said.
U.S. Department of Defense identifies Navy casualties
U.S. Navy: Department of Defense Identifies Navy Casualties
  • Northern Afghanistan (Mar. 27, 2009) - The U.S. Department of Defense announced the death of two Sailors who were supporting Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF).

    Lieutenant and Lieutenant j.g. died March 27 when an insurgent posing as an Afghan National Army soldier opened fire on personnel assigned to Combined Security Transition Command - Afghanistan at Camp Shaheen, Mazar-E-Sharif, Afghanistan.

    * Accroding to Army Times, Other service member was wounded and a fourth member appeared to be unharmed but was evacuated to a medical facility for a medical examination. The Afghan soldier committed suicide immediately afterward.
USS Theodore Roosevelt transits the Suez Canal
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  • Suez Canal (Mar. 27, 2009) - USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) transits the Suez Canal after five months of operations in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. Theodore Roosevelt is headed back to its homeport of Norfolk, Va.

    * Instead, USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) began the operations in the U.S. 5th Fleet AOR on Mar. 21.
USS Iwo Jima returns to Norfolk after a seven month deployment
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  • Norfolk (Mar. 27, 2009) - USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) returns to Norfolk from a seven-month deployment. Iwo Jima deployed as flagship of the Iwo Jima Expeditionary Strike Group supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility.
USS San Antonio returns to Norfolk after a seven month deployment
U.S. Navy: San Antonio Concludes Maiden Deployment
  • Norfolk (Mar. 27, 2009) - USS San Antonio (LPD 17), part of the Iwo Jima Expeditionary Strike Group, returned to Naval Station Norfolk March 27, concluding the ship's maiden seven-month deployment.

    During the deployment, San Antonio participated in several bilateral training exercises with foreign navies and was selected as the inaugural flagship for Combined Task Force (CTF) 151 for staging international counter-piracy operations.
USS Vella Gulf returns to Norfolk after a seven month deployment
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  • Norfolk (Mar. 27, 2009) - USS Vella Gulf (CG 72) returns to Naval Station Norfolk after a seven-month deployment. Vella Gulf deployed as part of the Iwo Jima Expeditionary Strike Group supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility.
USS Hartford, USS New Orleans are undergoing extensive assessments
NAVCENT: USS Hartford and USS New Orleans Undergo Extensive Assessments
  • Manama, Bahrain (Mar. 27, 2009) - USS Hartford (SSN 768) and USS New Orleans (LPD 18) that collided in the Strait of Hormuz March 20, have been undergoing extensive engineering and damage assessments since pulling into Bahrain March 21.

    Despite the collision, investigaters confirmed the nuclear plant of the Hartfold was unaffected. However, the submarine sustained damage to its sail and periscope, as well as the port bow plane. New Orleans suffered a ruptured fuel tank and two ballast tanks.

    In addition, two formal investigations are currently underway; a Safety Investigation and a Judge Advocate General Manual (JAGMAN) Investigation.

    Both investigations have a 30-day initial timeline, but extensions may be granted if more time is needed to complete the investigation process.

    Hartford and New Orleans were currently on regularly scheduled deployments to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations conducting Maritime Security Operations (MSO) when the accident occurred.
USS Boxer is operating as flagship of CTF 151
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  • Gulf of Aden (Mar. 27, 2009) - USS Boxer (LHD 4) is operating as flagship of Combined Task Force (CTF) 151, a multinational task force for counter-piracy operations to detect and deter piracy in and around the Gulf of Aden, Arabian Sea, Indian Ocean and Red Sea. CTF 151 was established to create a lawful maritime order and develop security in the maritime environment.

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Status of the Navy

Status of the Navy

Refer to "Status of the Navy"

as of Mar. 26, 2009

Navy Personnel
Active Duty: 332,039
Officers: 51,165
Enlisted: 276,475
Midshipmen: 4,399
Ready Reserve: 119,735 [As of 09 Feb]
Selected Reserves: 67,334
Individual Ready Reserve: 52,401
Reserves currently mobilized: 6,552 [As of 24 Mar] * A-1
Involuntarily mobilized: 1,417
Voluntarily mobilized: 5,135
Personnel on deployment: 64,177
Navy Department Civilian Employees: 185,658
Ships and Submarines
Deployable Battle Force Ships: 284
Ships Underway (away from homeport): 108 ships (37% of total)
On deployment: 105 ships (37% of total)
Attack submarines underway (away from homeport): 29 submarines (53%)
On deployment: 20 submarines (37%)
Ships Underway
Carriers:
  • USS Nimitz (CVN 68) - Pacific Ocean
  • USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) - 5th Fleet
  • USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) - 5th Fleet
  • USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) - Pacific Ocean
Amphibious Warfare Ships:
  • USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) - Pacific Ocean
Boxer Expeditionary Strike Group: * A-2
  • USS Boxer (LHD 4) - 5th Fleet
Iwo Jima Expeditionary Strike Group: * A-3
  • USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) - Atlantic Ocean
Aircraft (operational): 3,700+
Memo
* A-1, Number of involuntarily (voluntarily) mobilized is based on the report of U.S. DoD.
U.S. DoD: http://www.defenselink.mil/news/Mar2009/d20090324ngr.pdf pdf_icon.gif
* A-2, 3, Added item, not the original.
U.S. Navy: Boxer Expeditionary Strike Group Deploys
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Air-operations - U.S. Navy air-operations as part of Coalition Airpower

CVW 7 that consists of VFA-143 (F/A-18E), VFA-103 (F/A-18F), VFA-83 (F/A-18C[N]), VFA-131 (F/A-18C[N]), VAQ-140 (EA-6B), VAW-121 (E-2C NP) and HS-5 (SH-60F, HH-60H) is conducting air-supports for Operation Enduring Freedom.

USAF: March 26 airpower summary: F-16s provide cover
Afghanistan - Operation Enduring Freedom
Coalition Airpower conducted close-air-support missions
  • * An F/A-18C (VFA-83 or 131) executed a show of force and expended flares in the vicinity of Garmser/Germsir (Google Maps) after coalition ground troops spotted suspicious individuals on a roadside culvert. The individuals, who appeared to be readying a site for IED emplacement, fled the area. A coalition aircraft also performed a show of force in the area later in the day when other potential enemy activity was noted.
Intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR)
  • * 16 USAF ISR aircraft flew missions as part of operations in Afghanistan.
Iraq - Operation Iraqi Freedom
Coalition Airpower conducted close-air-support missions
  • * No description about U.S. Navy air-operations.
Intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR)
  • * 26 USAF and U.S. Navy ISR aircraft flew missions as part of operations in Iraq. In addition, 3 USAF and coalition aircraft performed tactical reconnaissance.

Topics - Last update Apr. 2, 2009
USS Dwight D. Eisenhower is underway in Arabian Sea
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  • Arabian Sea (Mar. 26, 2009) - USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) is underway in Arabian Sea for a scheduled deployment as flagship of its Carrier Strike Group (CSG).

    * Eisenhower CSG launched the first air support for Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) on Mar. 21.
Reagan CSG returns to North Island after a SUSTAINEX
U.S. Navy: Ronald Reagan Strike Group Completes SUSTAINEX
  • Naval Air Station North Island (Mar. 26, 2009) - USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) completed its sustainment exercise (SUSTAINEX) for an upcoming daployment later this year and returned to Naval Air Station North Island, Calif., Mar. 26.

    Reagan completed SUSTAINEX along with embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 14, USS Chancellorsville (CG 62), USS Howard (DDG 83), USS Gridley (DDG 101) and USS Thach (FFG 43).
USS Lake Champlain is deployed to U.S. 5th Fleet AOR
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  • Persian Gulf (Mar. 26, 2009) - USS Lake Champlain (CG 57) is deployed as part of the Boxer ESG supporting maritime security operations in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.
Stellar Daggers is successfully completed
U.S. Navy: Navy Completes Air and Ballistic Missile Exercise
  • (Mar. 26, 2009) - San Diego-based USS Benfold (DDG 65) successfully destroyed multiple targets during this multi-event exercise "Stellar Daggers".

    The overall objective of Stellar Daggers was to test the Aegis system's sea-based ability to simultaneously detect, track, engage and destroy multiple incoming air and ballistic missile threats during terminal or final phase of flight.

    During the event, Benfold's Aegis Weapons System successfully detected and intercepted a cruise missile target with a SM-2 Block IIIA, while simultaneously detecting and intercepting an incoming short range ballistic missile (SRBM) target with a modified SM-2 Block IV. This is the first time the fleet has successfully tested the Aegis system's ability to intercept both an SRBM in terminal phase and a low-altitude cruise missile target at the same time.

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Status of the Navy

Status of the Navy

Refer to "Status of the Navy"

as of Mar. 25, 2009

Navy Personnel
Active Duty: 332,039
Officers: 51,165
Enlisted: 276,475
Midshipmen: 4,399
Ready Reserve: 119,735 [As of 09 Feb]
Selected Reserves: 67,334
Individual Ready Reserve: 52,401
Reserves currently mobilized: 6,547 [As of 17 Mar] * A-1
Involuntarily mobilized: 1,436
Voluntarily mobilized: 5,111
Personnel on deployment: 64,177
Navy Department Civilian Employees: 185,658
Ships and Submarines
Deployable Battle Force Ships: 284
Ships Underway (away from homeport): 111 ships (39% of total)
On deployment: 105 ships (37% of total)
Attack submarines underway (away from homeport): 29 submarines (53%)
On deployment: 20 submarines (37%)
Ships Underway
Carriers:
  • USS Nimitz (CVN 68) - Pacific Ocean
  • USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) - 5th Fleet
  • USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) - 5th Fleet
  • USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) - Pacific Ocean
  • USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) - Pacific Ocean
Amphibious Warfare Ships:
  • USS Bataan (LHD 5) - Atlantic Ocean
  • USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) - Pacific Ocean
Boxer Expeditionary Strike Group: * A-2
  • USS Boxer (LHD 4) - 5th Fleet
Iwo Jima Expeditionary Strike Group: * A-3
  • USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) - Atlantic Ocean
Aircraft (operational): 3,700+
Memo
* A-1, Number of involuntarily (voluntarily) mobilized is based on the report of U.S. DoD.
U.S. DoD: http://www.defenselink.mil/news/Mar2009/d20090317ngr.pdf pdf_icon.gif
* A-2, 3, Added item, not the original.
U.S. Navy: Boxer Expeditionary Strike Group Deploys
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Air-operations - U.S. Navy air-operations as part of Coalition Airpower

CVW 7 that consists of VFA-143 (F/A-18E), VFA-103 (F/A-18F), VFA-83 (F/A-18C[N]), VFA-131 (F/A-18C[N]), VAQ-140 (EA-6B), VAW-121 (E-2C NP) and HS-5 (SH-60F, HH-60H) is conducting air-supports for Operation Enduring Freedom.

USAF: March 25 airpower summary: B-1B protects coalition forces
Afghanistan - Operation Enduring Freedom
Coalition Airpower conducted 79 close-air-support missions
  • * An F/A-18C (VFA-83 or 131) and a USAF A-10 executed shows of force near Garmser/Garmsir (Google Maps) and Tigari (unknown) respectively as deterrent to enemy attack on friendly Convoys. The aircraft provided a strong additional level of security to prevent interference with delivery of humanitarian and reconstruction supplies to Afghan residents.
Intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR)
  • * 16 USAF ISR aircraft flew missions as part of operations in Afghanistan. In addition, 4 U.S. Navy and Coalition aircraft performed tactical reconnaissance.
Iraq - Operation Iraqi Freedom
Coalition Airpower conducted 25 close-air-support missions
  • * No description about U.S. Navy air-operations.
Intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR)
  • * 25 USAF and U.S. Navy ISR aircraft flew missions as part of operations in Iraq. In addition, 2 USAF aircraft performed tactical reconnaissance.

Topics - Last update Apr. 13, 2009
USS Helena, USS Annapolis are participating in ICEX 2009
U.S. Navy: Navy Submariners Participate in Arctic Ocean Exercise
  • Off the coast of northern Alaska (Mar. 25, 2009) - Currently, USS Helena (SSN 725) and USS Annapolis (SSN 760) are practicing wartime operations off the coast of northern Alaska as part of Ice Exercise.

    * Helena and Annapolis surfaced in Arctic Ocean after breaking through thick ice Mar. 21.
USS Hopper to visit at Maizuru, Japan
MSN Sankei News: 米イージス駆逐艦が26日舞鶴へ 北朝鮮ミサイル警戒か
  • MSN Sankei News (Mar. 25, 2009) - USS Hopper (DDG 70) will arrive at Maizuru, Japan on Mar. 26 for a goodwill port visit.

    * Several U.S. ships including the destroyer seem to be on the alert in preparation for the North Korean ballistic missile launching.

    UPDATE
    The visit was cancelled. Hopper is underway in Sea of Japan.
USS Roosevelt returns to Mayport after a seven month deployment
U.S. Navy: Roosevelt Returns to Mayport after Ops in Two Theaters
  • Naval Station Mayport (Mar. 25, 2009) - USS Roosevelt (DDG 80) returned to Naval Station Mayport March 25 from a seven-month deployment as part of Iwo Jima Expeditionary Strike Group.

    During the deployment, Roosevelt served as the air defense commander (ADC) for the Iwo Jima ESG and provided support to the pirated motor vessel (M/V) Faina.
USS Klakring to arrive in Sevastopol, Ukraine
YAHOO! NEWS (AFP): Pro-Russia protest against US frigate in Sevastopol
  • Sevastopol, Ukraine (Mar. 25, 2009) - USS Klakring (FFG-42) arrives in Sevastopol, Ukraine Mar. 25. The U.S. frigate is in port for a five-day "friendly visit" and will not take part in any exercises, a Ukrainian navy statement said.

    * Klakring entered in Black Sea Mar. 20.
VAQ 133 returns to home from OEF
U.S. Navy: Electronic Attack Squadron Returns from Afghanistan
  • Oak harbor (Mar. 14 and 21, 2009) - Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 133 which equips with EA-6B returned from a 175-day deployment to Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) March 14 and 21.

    VAQ 133 maintained a 100 percent mission accomplishment rate during the deployment, conducting 550 sorties, logging approximately 1,800 total combat hours through the combined efforts of their maintainers and air crews.

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Status of the Navy

Status of the Navy

Refer to "Status of the Navy"

as of Mar. 24, 2009

Navy Personnel
Active Duty: 332,039
Officers: 51,165
Enlisted: 276,475
Midshipmen: 4,399
Ready Reserve: 119,735 [As of 09 Feb]
Selected Reserves: 67,334
Individual Ready Reserve: 52,401
Reserves currently mobilized: 6,547 [As of 17 Mar] * A-1
Involuntarily mobilized: 1,436
Voluntarily mobilized: 5,111
Personnel on deployment: 64,177
Navy Department Civilian Employees: 185,658
Ships and Submarines
Deployable Battle Force Ships: 284
Ships Underway (away from homeport): 110 ships (39% of total)
On deployment: 105 ships (37% of total)
Attack submarines underway (away from homeport): 29 submarines (53%)
On deployment: 20 submarines (37%)
Ships Underway
Carriers:
  • USS Nimitz (CVN 68) - Pacific Ocean
  • USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) - 5th Fleet
  • USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) - 5th Fleet
  • USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) - Pacific Ocean
  • USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) - Pacific Ocean
Amphibious Warfare Ships:
  • USS Bataan (LHD 5) - Atlantic Ocean
Boxer Expeditionary Strike Group: * A-2
  • USS Boxer (LHD 4) - 5th Fleet
Iwo Jima Expeditionary Strike Group: * A-3
  • USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) - Atlantic Ocean
Aircraft (operational): 3,700+
Memo
* A-1, Number of involuntarily (voluntarily) mobilized is based on the report of U.S. DoD.
U.S. DoD: http://www.defenselink.mil/news/Mar2009/d20090317ngr.pdf pdf_icon.gif
* A-2, 3, Added item, not the original.
U.S. Navy: Boxer Expeditionary Strike Group Deploys
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Air-operations - U.S. Navy air-operations as part of Coalition Airpower

CVW 7 that consists of VFA-143 (F/A-18E), VFA-103 (F/A-18F), VFA-83 (F/A-18C[N]), VFA-131 (F/A-18C[N]), VAQ-140 (EA-6B), VAW-121 (E-2C NP) and HS-5 (SH-60F, HH-60H) is conducting air-supports for Operation Enduring Freedom.

USAF: Airpower Summary for March 24
Afghanistan - Operation Enduring Freedom
Coalition Airpower conducted 75 close-air-support missions
  • * F/A-18E and Fs (VFA 143 and 103) carried out shows of force and used GBU-38s against enemy personnel on a mountain near Tarin Kowt (Google Maps). Anti-afghan forces had conducted an ambush on a friendly convoy, beginning the attack with an IED before opening fire. The jets destroyed the enemy positions.

    * Near Musa Qala/Musa Qaleh (Google Maps), F/A-18Fs (VFA 103) conducted strafing runs and dropped GBU-38s against enemy personnel in firing points concealed throughout several buildings. These efforts were directed at stopping anti-Afghan forces attacks against Coalition ground troops, which included fire from enemy mortar, assault rifle, and machine gun positions.

    * A Super Hornet (VFA 103 or 143) executed a show of force and expended flares near Lashkar Gah (Google Maps) to prevent a pending anti-Afghan forces attack after enemy gunmen were spotted outside a Coalition forward base. The aircraft's appearance provided a deterrent and prevented hostilities from developing further.
Intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR)
  • * 17 USAF ISR aircraft flew missions as part of operations in Afghanistan. In addition, 2 U.S. Navy aircraft performed tactical reconnaissance.
Iraq - Operation Iraqi Freedom
Coalition Airpower conducted 7 close-air-support missions
  • * No description about U.S. Navy air-operations.
Intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR)
  • * 21 USAF and U.S. Navy ISR aircraft flew missions as part of operations in Iraq. In addition, a Coalition aircraft performed tactical reconnaissance.

Topics - Last update Apr. 3, 2009
USS Blue Ridge returned to Yokosuka, Japan
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  • Yokosuka, Japan (Mar. 24, 2009) - USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) returns to Commander, Fleet Activities Yokosuka after a scheduled underway. During the underway, Blue Ridge visited to Manila Port, Philippines and participated in the exercise Key Resolve/Foal Eagle in Sea of Japan.

    * USS George Washington (CVN 73) behind seems to be undergoing a maintenance.
USS Nimitz is conducting FRSCQ
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  • Off the coast of Southern California (Mar. 24, 2009) - USS Nimitz (CVN 68) is conducting Fleet Replacement Squadron Carrier Qualification (FRSCQ) off the coast of Southern California.
Stennis CSG is on a scheduled six-month deployment to the WestPac
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  • Western Pacific Ocean (Mar. 24, 2009) - USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) received supplies from USNS San Jose (T-AFS 7) and USNS John Ericsson (T-AO 194). Stennis Carrier Strike Group (CSG) is on a scheduled six-month deployment to the western Pacific Ocean.

    * USS Preble (DDG 88) also received supplies from John Ericsson.
    * Stennis CSG had participated in the exercise Key Resolve/Foal Eagle in Sea of Japan until Mar. 20.
USS Nashville is on a 10 day port visit at Lagos, Nigeria
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  • Lagos, Nigeria (March. 24, 2009) - USS Nashville (LPD 13) is on a 10-day port visit to Lagos. Nashville is participating in Africa Partnership Station 2009, an international initiative developed by Naval Forces Europe and Africa to work with U.S. and international partners to improve maritime safety and security in Africa.

    * Nashville arrives at Lagos Mar. 17.
USS Lake Champlain is deployed as part of Boxer ESG in U.S. 5th Fleet AOR
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  • Persian Gulf (Mar. 24, 2009) - USS Lake Champlain (CG 57) is deployed as part of the Boxer Expeditionary Strike Group supporting maritime security operations in Persian Gulf, U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility (AOR).
USS Robert G. Bradley arrives in Casablanca, Morocco fot a TSC mission
U.S. Navy: Robert G. Bradley Visits Casablanca, Gets Busy in the Community
  • Casablanca, Morocco (Mar. 24, 2009) - USS Robert G. Bradley (FFG 49) arrived in Casablanca March 24 for a Theater Security Cooperation (TSC) mission to strengthen the maritime partnership between the U.S. and Morocco and Project Handclasp.

    Robert G. Bradley is on a regularly scheduled deployment to the 6th Fleet Area of Responsibility in support of Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Africa. The ship has been on deployment since Nov 21.
Snapshots of the U.S. Navy on Mar. 24, 2009
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  • Carrier Air Wing (CAW) 7 embarked on USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) flies 66 sorties in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and coalition forces on the ground in Afghanistan.

    * CVW 7 has conducted sorties for OEF since Mar. 21.

    USS Paul Hamilton (DDG 60) and USS Milius (DDG 69) conduct Maritime Security Operations as part of Coalition Task Force 152 in the Arabian Gulf and are deterring destabilizing activities while ensuring a lawful maritime order in the Arabian Gulf.

    The U.S. Navy's first unmanned Broad Area Maritime Surveillance Demonstrator "RQ-4A Global Hawk" Unmanned Aerial Vehicle lands in the Fifth Fleet's Area of Responsibility, completing it's 17th successful operational mission. The UAV was flown by Commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing FIVE and other P-3 aviators via a satellite link from a mission control station located at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md.

    USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) loads approximately 500 pallets of donated humanitarian materials through the U.S. Navy's Project Handclasp Program. Comfort continues preparations to depart Naval Station Norfolk April 1 for a four-month deployment for Continuing Promise 2009 in the U.S. Southern Command area of focus.

    High Speed Vessel (HSV 2) Swift is in port Cartagena, Colombia, conducting operations in support of U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command and U.S. 4th Fleet's Southern Partnership Stations, providing training in areas such as small boat repair, small boat driving, and physical and port security to Nicaraguan nationals.

    USS Samuel B. Roberts (FFG 58) is in the Caribbean. USS Underwood (FFG 36) and USS Rodney M. Davis (FFG 60) are in the Eastern Pacific. They are deployed conducting Counter Illicit Trafficking Operations which consists of intercepting Human and Drug Traffickers within the 4th Fleet Area of Focus.

    * Samuel B. Roberts conducted several COMREL projects March 10-12 in Roatan, Honduras.

    USS Jacksonville (SSN 699) transits the Pacific Ocean en route to her new homeport in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.

    USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) conducts a Unit Level Training Assessment Sustainment exercise in Southern California waters. ULTRA-S assesses a ship's ability to defend against an enemy attack and to control the spread of damage.

    * BHR successfully completed its ULTRA-S Mar. 26.

    USNS Effective (T-AGOS 21), accompanied by USS Kidd (DDG 100), conducts undersea surveillance operations to detect and track undersea threats in the 7th Fleet Area of Responsibility.

    Personnel onboard Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach, Calif., conduct an ordnance onload with USS Jarrett (FFG 33), moving more than 10 tons of munitions in preparation for the ship's deployment later this year.


Memo

Japan again rises to the top, wins the second World Baseball Classic (WBC) !

USNS Impeccable (T-AGOS 23) is observed at Sasebo, Japan Mar. 24 by antiwar activists. Impeccable received aggressive harassments from Chinese vessels in the South China Sea Mar. 8.

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Status of the Navy

Status of the Navy

Refer to "Status of the Navy"

as of Mar. 23, 2009

Navy Personnel
Active Duty: 332,039
Officers: 51,165
Enlisted: 276,475
Midshipmen: 4,399
Ready Reserve: 119,735 [As of 09 Feb]
Selected Reserves: 67,334
Individual Ready Reserve: 52,401
Reserves currently mobilized: 6,547 [As of 17 Mar] * A-1
Involuntarily mobilized: 1,436
Voluntarily mobilized: 5,111
Personnel on deployment: 64,177
Navy Department Civilian Employees: 185,658
Ships and Submarines
Deployable Battle Force Ships: 284
Ships Underway (away from homeport): 105 ships (37% of total)
On deployment: 106 ships (37% of total)
Attack submarines underway (away from homeport): 29 submarines (53%)
On deployment: 20 submarines (37%)
Ships Underway
Carriers:
  • USS Nimitz (CVN 68) - Pacific Ocean
  • USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) - 5th Fleet
  • USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) - 5th Fleet
  • USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) - Pacific Ocean
  • USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) - Pacific Ocean
Amphibious Warfare Ships:
  • USS Bataan (LHD 5) - Atlantic Ocean
Boxer Expeditionary Strike Group: * A-2
  • USS Boxer (LHD 4) - 5th Fleet
Iwo Jima Expeditionary Strike Group: * A-3
  • USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) - Atlantic Ocean
Aircraft (operational): 3,700+
Memo
* A-1, Number of involuntarily (voluntarily) mobilized is based on the report of U.S. DoD.
U.S. DoD: http://www.defenselink.mil/news/Mar2009/d20090317ngr.pdf pdf_icon.gif
* A-2, 3, Added item, not the original.
U.S. Navy: Boxer Expeditionary Strike Group Deploys
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Air-operations - U.S. Navy air-operations as part of Coalition Airpower

CVW 7 that consists of VFA-143 (F/A-18E), VFA-103 (F/A-18F), VFA-83 (F/A-18C[N]), VFA-131 (F/A-18C[N]), VAQ-140 (EA-6B), VAW-121 (E-2C NP) and HS-5 (SH-60F, HH-60H) is conducting air-supports for Operation Enduring Freedom.

* CVW 7 has conducted sorties for OEF since Mar. 21.

Mar. 23

USAF: March 23 airpower summary: C-130s provide support
Afghanistan - Operation Enduring Freedom
Coalition Airpower conducted 73 close-air-support missions
  • * An F/A-18E (VFA 143) flew a show of force and expended flares during an Afghan National Army and coalition raid on an anti-Afghan forces headquarters compound in Garmser/Garmsir (Google Maps). The show of force kept enemy forces pinned down as ground troops forced their way into and captured the compound.

    * F/A-18C[N]s (VFA 83 or 131) executed several shows of force over anti-Afghan positions hidden amongst local residences in Gereshk (Google Maps), suppressing enemy fire to allow a coalition convoy to pass. The fighter performed shows of force instead of dropping weapons in response to the apparent enemy attempt to provoke a response which would put civilians in harm's way.
Intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR)
  • * 4 USAF ISR aircraft flew missions as part of operations in Afghanistan. In addition, 4 U.S. Navy and coalition aircraft performed tactical reconnaissance.
Iraq - Operation Iraqi Freedom
Coalition Airpower conducted 26 close-air-support missions
  • * No description about U.S. Navy air-operations.
Intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR)
  • * 19 USAF and U.S. Navy ISR aircraft flew missions as part of operations in Iraq. In addition, 3 USAF and coalition aircraft performed tactical reconnaissance.
Mar. 22

USAF: March 22 airpower summary: A-10s hit targets
Afghanistan - Operation Enduring Freedom
Coalition Airpower conducted 74 close-air-support missions
  • * An F/A-18F (VFA 103) flying over Now Zad (Google Maps) struck a compound with a makeshift enemy bunker inside, knocking in the roof of the bunker and destroying the fighting position. Enemy personnel in the bunker had been pouring automatic fire towards Coalition soldiers from that location.

    * Coalition ground controllers called in F/A-18C[N]s (VFA 83 or 131) and F/A-18Es (VFA 103) to hit a building where an enemy mortar team was hiding and firing rounds. The aircraft strafed and then dropped a GBU-38 and a GBU-12 on the building, destroying the mortar position.
Intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR)
  • * 4 USAF ISR aircraft flew missions as part of operations in Afghanistan. In addition, 4 U.S. Navy and Coalition aircraft performed tactical reconnaissance.
Iraq - Operation Iraqi Freedom
Coalition Airpower conducted 28 close-air-support missions
  • * No description about U.S. Navy air-operations.
Intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR)
  • * 26 USAF and U.S. Navy ISR aircraft flew missions as part of operations in Iraq. In addition, 3 USAF and Coalition aircraft performed tactical reconnaissance.
Mar. 21

USAF: March 21 airpower summary: F-15Es target anti-Afghan forces
Afghanistan - Operation Enduring Freedom
Coalition Airpower conducted 74 close-air-support missions
  • * No description about U.S. Navy air-operations.
Intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR)
  • * 16 USAF ISR aircraft flew missions as part of operations in Afghanistan. In addition, 4 U.S. Navy and Coalition aircraft performed tactical reconnaissance.
Iraq - Operation Iraqi Freedom
Coalition Airpower conducted 28 close-air-support missions
  • * No description about U.S. Navy air-operations.
Intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR)
  • * 26 USAF and U.S. Navy ISR aircraft flew missions as part of operations in Iraq. In addition, 2 USAF aircraft performed tactical reconnaissance.

Topics - Last update Mar. 30, 2009
Bataan ESG is preparing for a scheduled deployment
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  • Off the Atlantic coast (Mar. 23, 2009) - USS Bataan (LHD 5) is underway off the Atlantic coast with other elements of the Bataan Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) and the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) for their Certification Exercise (CERTEX). Bataan ESG is preparing for a scheduled deployment later this spring.

    * Bataan will embark 10 MV-22B Ospreys (VMM 263).
USS Stethem to arrve at Aomori, Japan
asahi.com: イージス艦「ステザム」が入港
  • Aomori, Japan (Mar. 23, 2009) - USS Stethem (DDG 63) arrives at Aomori, Japan on Mar. 23 for a goodwill port visit. Stethem will be in the port through Mar. 26.

    * The BMD capable destroyer seems to be on the alert in preparation for the North Korean ballistic missile launching.
USS Truxtun rescued distressed mariners
U.S. Navy: USS Truxtun Aids Mariners in Gulf of Mexico
  • Gulf of Mexico (Mar. 22, 2009) - USS Truxtun (DDG 103) homeported in Norfolk, Va., safely rescued distressed mariners March 22, responding to direction from Commander, U.S. 2nd Fleet to render assistance to a 45-foot sailing vessel Calypso Queen in the Gulf of Mexico.
Eisenhower CSG relieved TR CSG in the Gulf of Oman
NAVCENT, U.S. Navy: Eisenhower Launches First Sorties in Support of OEF
  • Gulf of Oman (Mar. 21, 2009) - Dwight D. Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group (CSG) launched the first air support for Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) and Theodore Roosevel CSG marked the end of operations in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility (AOR).

    Since Oct. 18, 2008, TR CSG, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 8 had flown more than 3,100 sorties, dropped more than 59,500 pounds of ordnance to support ground forces as part of OEF.

    Eisenhower CSG is comprised of USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69), Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 7, USS Bainbridge (DDG 96), USS Halyburton (FFG 40), USS Scranton (SSN 576), USS Vicksburg (CG 69), USS Gettysburg (CG 64) and USS Stout (DDG 55).

    CVW 7 consists of VFA-143 (F/A-18E), VFA-103 (F/A-18F), VFA-83 (F/A-18C[N]), VFA-131 (F/A-18C[N]), VAQ-140 (EA-6B), VAW-121 (E-2C NP) and HS-5 (SH-60F, HH-60H).

    * CVW 8 had flown more than 700 sorties, dropped more than 12,000 lb until Oct. 23, 2008 and had flown 2,500 sorties, dropped 37,500 lb until Feb. 19.
USS Harry S. Truman onloads 1,800 tons of ammo
U.S. Navy: USS Harry S. Truman Onloads 1,800 Tons of Ammo
  • Atlantic Ocean (Mar. 21, 2009) - USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) received more than 1,800 tons of ammunition March 21 from USNS Robert E. Peary (T-AKE 5), preparing the ship for upcoming work-up cycles and eventual deployment.

    * Truman is scheduled to begin the five-day inspection by INSURV starting June 1.

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Status of the Navy

Status of the Navy

Refer to "Status of the Navy"

as of Mar. 20, 2009

Navy Personnel
Active Duty: 331,722
Officers: 51,132
Enlisted: 276,191
Midshipmen: 4,399
Ready Reserve: 119,735 [As of 09 Feb]
Selected Reserves: 67,334
Individual Ready Reserve: 52,401
Reserves currently mobilized: 6,547 [As of 17 Mar] * A-1
Involuntarily mobilized: 1,436
Voluntarily mobilized: 5,111
Personnel on deployment: 64,177
Navy Department Civilian Employees: 185,658
Ships and Submarines
Deployable Battle Force Ships: 284
Ships Underway (away from homeport): 114 ships (40% of total)
On deployment: 106 ships (37% of total)
Attack submarines underway (away from homeport): 31 submarines (57%)
On deployment: 20 submarines (37%)
Ships Underway
Carriers:
  • USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) - 5th Fleet
  • USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) - 5th Fleet
  • USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) - Sea of Japan
  • USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) - Atlantic Ocean
  • USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) - Pacific Ocean
Amphibious Warfare Ships:
  • USS Wasp (LHD 1) - Atlantic Ocean
  • USS Bataan (LHD 5) - Atlantic Ocean
Boxer Expeditionary Strike Group: * A-2
  • USS Boxer (LHD 4) - 5th Fleet
Iwo Jima Expeditionary Strike Group: * A-3
  • USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) - Atlantic Ocean
Aircraft (operational): 3,700+
Memo
* A-1, Number of involuntarily (voluntarily) mobilized is based on the report of U.S. DoD.
U.S. DoD: http://www.defenselink.mil/news/Mar2009/d20090317ngr.pdf pdf_icon.gif
* A-2, 3, Added item, not the original.
U.S. Navy: Boxer Expeditionary Strike Group Deploys
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Air-operations - U.S. Navy air-operations as part of Coalition Airpower

Currently, CVW 8 that consists of VFA 31 (F/A-18E), VFA 213 (F/A-18F), VFA 15 (F/A-18C[N]), VFA 87 (F/A-18A+), VAQ 141 (EA-6B), VAW 124 (E-2C NP), VRC 40 (C-2A) and HS 3 (SH-60F, HH60H) has conducted air-supports in the AFCENT AOR.

USAF: March 20 airpower summary: Tankers fuel the fight
Afghanistan - Operation Enduring Freedom
Coalition Airpower conducted 56 close-air-support missions
  • * No description about U.S. Navy air-operations.
Intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR)
  • * 18 USAF ISR aircraft flew missions as part of operations in Afghanistan. In addition, 2 Coalition aircraft performed tactical reconnaissance.
Iraq - Operation Iraqi Freedom
Coalition Airpower conducted 28 close-air-support missions
  • * No description about U.S. Navy air-operations.
Intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR)
  • * 24 USAF and U.S. Navy ISR aircraft flew missions as part of operations in Iraq. In addition, 3 USAF and Coalition aircraft performed tactical reconnaissance.

Topics - Last update Apr. 8, 2009
Two U.S. ships collided in Strait of Hormuz
NAVCENT, U.S. Navy: Two U.S. Navy Vessels Collide in the Strait of Hormuz
Navy Times: Hormuz collision has sub, amphib out of action
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  • Strait of Hormuz (Mar. 20, 2009) - USS Hartford (SSN 768) and USS New Orleans (LPD 18) collided in the Strait of Hormuz at approximately 1:00 a.m. local time, Mar. 20 (5:00 p.m. EDT, March 19) while moving into the Persian Gulf.

    Fifteen sailors aboard the Hartford were slightly injured and returned to duty. No personnel aboard New Orleans were injured.

    Overall damage to both ships is being evaluated. The nuclear propulsion plant of Hartford was unaffected by this collision. New Orleans suffered a ruptured fuel tank, which resulted in an oil spill of approximately 25,000 gallons/95 kilo liters of diesel fuel marine. Both ships are currently operating under their own power.

    The incident is currently under investigation.

    USS Boxer (LHD 4) was in Gulf of Aden as flagship of CTF 151 and USS Comstock (LSD 45) was in the area at the time of the collision.

    Both the submarine and the ship are currently on regularly scheduled deployments as part of Boxer ESG to the U.S. Navy Central Command area of responsibility conducting Maritime Security Operations (MSO).

    * Both submarine and ship arrived Mar. 21 in Manama, Bahrain.
    * Does anybody know when Hartford changed from Iwo Jima ESG to Boxer ESG ?
USNS Comfort will get underway to CP 2009
U.S. Navy: Continuing Promise 2009 Making Preparations to Get Underway
  • Norfolk (Mar. 20, 2009) - U.S. 4th Fleet announced USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) will depart Norfolk, Va., April 1 for a four-month deployment to the U.S. Southern Command (USSOUTHCOM) area of focus (AOF) in support of humanitarian and civic assistance mission Continuing Promise '09 (CP09).
The F/A-18E makes emergency landing
Navy Times: Navy jet makes emergency landing at Fallon
  • Naval Air Station Fallon (Mar. 20, 2009) - An F/A-18E (VFA 14) based out of California was forced to make an emergency landing Mar. 20 shortly after the pilot stopped one engine for a "hydraulic caution warning". The jet safely landed at Naval Air Station Fallon.
For lack of sufficient evidence....
U.S. Navy: Suspected Pirates Apprehended, Released in the Gulf of Aden
  • Gulf of Aden (Mar. 20, 2009) - USS Gettysburg (CG 64) apprehended six suspected pirates in the Gulf of Aden after responding to a distress call from two nearby merchant vessels.

    Gettysburg closed immediately on the Philippines-flagged merchant vessel's location and apprehended the six suspected pirates. They were transferred onto USS Boxer (LHD 4) as flagship of Combined Task Force (CTF) 151.

    After evaluating the situation, CTF 151 released them for lack of sufficient evidence.

    The attack was the second attack by yesterday (Mar. 19) on commercial shipping vessels in the Gulf of Aden. Earlier this morning, suspected pirates attacked a Motor Vessel. The vessel fired several warning flares at the suspected pirates as they approached, and successfully warded off the attack.

Memo

New link to "GONAVY" is posted on my blog !

Today, U.S.-South Korea joint Military exercise Key Resolve/Foal Eagle is ended.

USS Klakring (FFG-42) enters in Black Sea Mar. 20. Klakring seems to have leave SNMG 1.

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Status of the Navy

Refer to "Status of the Navy"

as of Mar. 19, 2009

Navy Personnel
Active Duty: 331,722
Officers: 51,132
Enlisted: 276,191
Midshipmen: 4,399
Ready Reserve: 119,735 [As of 09 Feb]
Selected Reserves: 67,334
Individual Ready Reserve: 52,401
Reserves currently mobilized: 6,547 [As of 17 Mar] * A-1
Involuntarily mobilized: 1,436
Voluntarily mobilized: 5,111
Personnel on deployment: 64,177
Navy Department Civilian Employees: 185,658
Ships and Submarines
Deployable Battle Force Ships: 284
Ships Underway (away from homeport): 122 ships (43% of total)
On deployment: 106 ships (37% of total)
Attack submarines underway (away from homeport): 31 submarines (57%)
On deployment: 20 submarines (37%)
Ships Underway
Carriers:
  • USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) - 5th Fleet
  • USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) - 5th Fleet
  • USS Jonh C. Stennis (CVN 74) - Sea of Japan
  • USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) - Atlantic Ocean
  • USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) - Pacific Ocean
Amphibious Warfare Ships:
  • USS Wasp (LHD 1) - Atlantic Ocean
  • USS Bataan (LHD 5) - Atlantic Ocean
  • USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) - Pacific Ocean
Boxer Expeditionary Strike Group: * A-2
  • USS Boxer (LHD 4) - 5th Fleet
Iwo Jima Expeditionary Strike Group: * A-3
  • USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) - 2nd Fleet
Aircraft (operational): 3,700+
Memo
* A-1, Number of involuntarily (voluntarily) mobilized is based on the report of U.S. DoD.
U.S. DoD: http://www.defenselink.mil/news/Mar2009/d20090317ngr.pdf pdf_icon.gif
* A-2, 3, Added item, not the original.
U.S. Navy: Boxer Expeditionary Strike Group Deploys
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Air-operations - U.S. Navy air-operations as part of Coalition Airpower

Currently, CVW 8 that consists of VFA 31 (F/A-18E), VFA 213 (F/A-18F), VFA 15 (F/A-18C[N]), VFA 87 (F/A-18A+), VAQ 141 (EA-6B), VAW 124 (E-2C NP), VRC 40 (C-2A) and HS 3 (SH-60F, HH60H) has conducted air-supports in the AFCENT AOR.

USAF: March 19 airpower summary: B-1B destroys enemy positions
Afghanistan - Operation Enduring Freedom
Coalition Airpower conducted 78 close-air-support missions
  • * Near Gereshk (Google Maps), F/A-18Fs (VFA 213) struck specific buildings within an enemy-occupied residential compound after gunmen inside began firing at a coalition unit. The aircraft used precision GBU-38 targeting to prevent damaging structures surrounding the anti-Afghan fighting positions.

    * Super Hornets (VFA 31 or 213) performed shows of force over Balocan (Google Maps) and Now Zad (Google Maps) during coalition operations in those areas. The maneuvers succeeded in deterring enemy forces from taking action while coalition ground troops achieved their objectives.
Intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR)
  • * 13 USAF ISR aircraft flew missions as part of operations in Afghanistan. In addition, 4 U.S. Navy and coalition aircraft performed tactical reconnaissance.
Iraq - Operation Iraqi Freedom
Coalition Airpower conducted 32 close-air-support missions
  • * No description about U.S. Navy air-operations.
Intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR)
  • * 23 USAF and U.S. Navy ISR aircraft flew missions as part of operations in Iraq. In addition, 4 USAF and coalition aircraft performed tactical reconnaissance.

Topics - Last update Mar. 28, 2009
Russian aircraft approached Blue Ridge and Stennis
CNN.com: Russian planes again fly over U.S. Navy ships
  • CNN.com (Mar. 19, 2009) - It's reported in CNN dated Mar. 19 Russian aircraft approached USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19), USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) over east of Pohang, Sea of Japan Mar. 16 (two IL-38s), Mar. 17 (two Tu-95s) during the exercise Key Resolve/Foal Eagle.

    On both days, Russian aircraft didn't respond to U.S. Navy's radio contacts and F/A-18s made sorties and flew alongside them until they left the area.

    CNN said U.S. considers approaches a Russian muscle-flexing.

    * According to Joint Staff, Japan Air Self Defense Force (JASDF) scrambled against Russian aircraft two Tu-95s and a IL-20 over Sea of Japan on Mar. 17. As far as I look over flight routes, it seems to same Tu-95s.


    Outline of actions of Russian aircraft on Mar. 17 over Sea of Japan.
    Click to view full size.
USS Lake Champlain is deployed as part of Boxer ESG in U.S. 5th Fleet AOR
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  • Persian Gulf (Mar. 19, 2009) - USS Lake Champlain (CG 57) is deployed as part of the Boxer Expeditionary Strike Group supporting maritime security operations in Persian Gulf, U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility (AOR).

Memo

Mar. 19, Boeing successfully completed P-8A loads calibration test.

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Status of the Navy

Refer to "Status of the Navy"

as of Mar. 18, 2009

Navy Personnel
Active Duty: 331,722
Officers: 51,132
Enlisted: 276,191
Midshipmen: 4,399
Ready Reserve: 120,616 [As of 09 Jan]
Selected Reserves: 67,560
Individual Ready Reserve: 53,056
Reserves currently mobilized: 6,455 [As of 10 Mar] * A-1
Involuntarily mobilized: 1,454
Voluntarily mobilized: 5,001
Personnel on deployment: 64,177
Navy Department Civilian Employees: 185,658
Ships and Submarines
Deployable Battle Force Ships: 284
Ships Underway (away from homeport): 121 ships (43% of total)
On deployment: 106 ships (37% of total)
Attack submarines underway (away from homeport): 31 submarines (57%)
On deployment: 20 submarines (37%)
Ships Underway
Carriers:
  • USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) - 5th Fleet
  • USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) - 5th Fleet
  • USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) - Atlantic Ocean
  • USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) - Pacific Ocean
Amphibious Warfare Ships:
  • USS Wasp (LHD 1) - Atlantic Ocean
  • USS Bataan (LHD 5) - Atlantic Ocean
  • USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) - Pacific Ocean
Boxer Expeditionary Strike Group: * A-2
  • USS Boxer (LHD 4) - 5th Fleet
Iwo Jima Expeditionary Strike Group: * A-3
  • USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) - Atlantic Ocean
Aircraft (operational): 3,700+
Memo
* A-1, Number of involuntarily (voluntarily) mobilized is based on the report of U.S. DoD.
U.S. DoD: http://www.defenselink.mil/news/Mar2009/d20090310ngr.pdf pdf_icon.gif
* A-2, 3, Added item, not the original.
U.S. Navy: Boxer Expeditionary Strike Group Deploys
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Air-operations - U.S. Navy air-operations as part of Coalition Airpower

Currently, CVW 8 that consists of VFA 31 (F/A-18E), VFA 213 (F/A-18F), VFA 15 (F/A-18C[N]), VFA 87 (F/A-18A+), VAQ 141 (EA-6B), VAW 124 (E-2C NP), VRC 40 (C-2A) and HS 3 (SH-60F, HH60H) has conducted air-supports in the AFCENT AOR.

USAF: March 18 airpower summary: A-10 hits target
Afghanistan - Operation Enduring Freedom
Coalition Airpower conducted 87 close-air-support missions
  • * USAF, U.S. Navy and coalition aircraft performed shows of force in the Asadabad (Google Maps), Lashkar Gah (Google Maps) and Tarin Kowt (Google Maps) areas to deter possible enemy attacks on friendly ground forces.
Intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR)
  • * 19 USAF ISR aircraft flew missions as part of operations in Afghanistan. In addition, 4 U.S. Navy and coalition aircraft performed tactical reconnaissance.
Iraq - Operation Iraqi Freedom
Coalition Airpower conducted 24 close-air-support missions
  • * No description about U.S. Navy air-operations.
Intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR)
  • * 28 USAF and U.S. Navy ISR aircraft flew missions as part of operations in Iraq. In addition, 3 USAF and coalition aircraft performed tactical reconnaissance.

Topics - Last update Mar. 21, 2009
JS Hyuga is commissioned
MSN Sankei News: “空母型”新護衛艦が完成 海自最大級の「ひゅうが」
  • Yokohama, Japan (Mar. 18, 2009) - Today, Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) the newest Helicopter Destroyer (DDH) Hyuga/Hyūga class JS Hyuga (DDH 181) is commissioned at Yokohama shipyard, IHI Marine United Inc. Hyuga class is the biggest combatant ship as JMSDF and is named after one of old provinces of Japan.

    JS Hyuga is commanded by Capt. Yamada, 197 meters long, 33 meters witdh, displaces approximately 18,000 tons at Full load and has a crew of approximately 340 (including 17 WAVEs). The Helicopter Destroyer is assigned to Escort Flotilla (EF) 1.


    Click to view full: Hyuga class Helicopter Destroyer JS Hyuga (DDH 181).
    This photo is reprinted by the permission of Mr. ISOKKO from ISOKKOのブログ.
USS Blue Ridge is participating in Key Resolve 2009
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  • Sea of Japan (Mar. 18, 2009) - USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) and embarked personnel are participating in Key Resolve 2009, a bilateral exercise held annually with the Republic of Korea.

    * According to CNN, Russian two Tu-95 bombers approaches Blue Ridge and USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) Mar. 18 on Sea of Japan.
USS Ronald Reagan conducts a sustainment exercise
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  • Coast of southern California (Mar. 18, 2009) - USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) is underway conducting a sustainment exercise in the Pacific Ocean.
Stennis is underway in Sea of Japan
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  • Sea of Japan (Mar. 18, 2009) - USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) participates in the Key Resolve 2009 during a scheduled six-month deployment to the western Pacific Ocean.

    * According to CNN, Russian two IL-38s approached Stennis Mar. 17 on Sea of Japan and two Tu-95 bombers approaches the carrier and USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) Mar. 18.
USS John S. McCain participates in the Exercise Foal Eagle 09
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  • Near Republic of Korea, Pacific Ocean (Mar. 18, 2009) - USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) conducts an underway replenishment with Republic of Korea oiler ROKS Hwachon (AOE 59) during the Exercise Foal Eagle 09.

    McCain is one of seven Arleigh Burke destroyers assigned to DESRON 15
USS Wasp is preparing for an upcoming surge deployment
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  • Atlantic Ocean (Mar. 18, 2009) - USS Wasp (LHD 1) and VMM 261 are underway preparing for an upcoming surge deployment.

    * On 2007, Wasp conducted a surge deployment to the Middle East for a first combat deployment of the Osprey.

Memo

Japan Maritime Self Defense Foce (JMSDF) the oldest Helicopter Destroyer JS Haruna (DDH 141) is decommissioned at JMSDF Maizuru Base Mar. 18. JS Shirane (DDH 143) takes over the duty as flagship of Escort Flotilla (EF) 3 from Haruna. Shirane is undergoing the maintenance of fire damages on Combat Information Center (CIC) Dec. '07.

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Status of the Navy

Refer to "Status of the Navy"

as of Mar. 17, 2009

Navy Personnel
Active Duty: 331,722
Officers: 51,132
Enlisted: 276,191
Midshipmen: 4,399
Ready Reserve: 120,616 [As of 09 Jan]
Selected Reserves: 67,560
Individual Ready Reserve: 53,056
Reserves currently mobilized: 6,455 [As of 10 Mar] * A-1
Involuntarily mobilized: 1,454
Voluntarily mobilized: 5,001
Personnel on deployment: 64,177
Navy Department Civilian Employees: 185,658
Ships and Submarines
Deployable Battle Force Ships: 284
Ships Underway (away from homeport): 121 ships (43% of total)
On deployment: 106 ships (37% of total)
Attack submarines underway (away from homeport): 31 submarines (57%)
On deployment: 20 submarines (37%)
Ships Underway
Carriers:
  • USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) - 5th Fleet
  • USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) - 5th Fleet
  • USS George Washington (CVN 73) - Pacific Ocean
  • USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) - Atlantic Ocean
  • USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) - Pacific Ocean
Amphibious Warfare Ships:
  • USS Wasp (LHD 1) - Atlantic Ocean
  • USS Essex (LHD 2) - East China Sea
  • USS Bataan (LHD 5) - Atlantic Ocean
  • USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) - Pacific Ocean
Boxer Expeditionary Strike Group: * A-2
  • USS Boxer (LHD 4) - Gulf of Aden
Iwo Jima Expeditionary Strike Group: * A-3
  • USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) - Atlantic Ocean
Aircraft (operational): 3,700+
Memo
* A-1, Number of involuntarily (voluntarily) mobilized is based on the report of U.S. DoD.
U.S. DoD: http://www.defenselink.mil/news/Mar2009/d20090310ngr.pdf pdf_icon.gif
* A-2, 3, Added item, not the original.
U.S. Navy: Boxer Expeditionary Strike Group Deploys
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Air-operations - U.S. Navy air-operations as part of Coalition Airpower

Currently, CVW 8 that consists of VFA 31 (F/A-18E), VFA 213 (F/A-18F), VFA 15 (F/A-18C[N]), VFA 87 (F/A-18A+), VAQ 141 (EA-6B), VAW 124 (E-2C NP), VRC 40 (C-2A) and HS 3 (SH-60F, HH60H) has conducted air-supports in the AFCENT AOR.

USAF: March 17 airpower summary: F-16s strike target
Afghanistan - Operation Enduring Freedom
Coalition Airpower conducted 73 close-air-support missions
  • * F/A-18Fs (VFA 213) flew a show of force, expending flares, and then engaged using a GBU-12 near Lashkar Gah (Google Maps) in response to enemy automatic weapons and mortar fire against a Coalition convoy. The action targeted anti-Afghan forces around an enemy supply compound. Coalition ground observers helped the strike land on target, passing coordinates for a direct hit using the precision munition.

    * Near Worzhanah Kalay (Google Maps), F/A-18Es (VFA 31) used GBU-38s to hit enemy rocket and fighting positions firing against a Coalition unit. The strikes ended the engagement with the jets staying overhead to provide air cover until the friendly unit had safely moved on.
Intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR)
  • * 10 USAF ISR aircraft flew missions as part of operations in Afghanistan. In addition, 4 U.S. Navy and Coalition aircraft performed tactical reconnaissance.
Iraq - Operation Iraqi Freedom
Coalition Airpower conducted 26 close-air-support missions
  • * No description about U.S. Navy air-operations.
Intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR)
  • * 16 USAF and U.S. Navy ISR aircraft flew missions as part of operations in Iraq. In addition, 3 USAF and Coalition aircraft performed tactical reconnaissance.

Topics - Last update Mar. 21, 2009
JS Soryu to be commissioned
JMSDF: 潜水艦「そうりゅう」の引渡式・自衛艦旗授与式について
  • Tokyo, Japan (Mar. 17, 2009) - Japan Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) announced that JMSDF Soryu/Sōryū class submarine JS Soryu (SS 501) will be commissioned Mar. 30 in Kobe shipyard, MHI. Ltd. The Soryu class is the newest, first conventional/AIP combined powered and largest sub as JMSDF.
USS Scranton departs Souda Bay after a routine port visit
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  • Souda Bay, Crete, Greece (March 17, 2009) - USS Scranton (SSN 756) gets underway after a routine port visit to Souda Bay. Scranton is deployed as part of the Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group and is deployed to the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility.
USS Theodore Roosevelt and CVW 8 are operating in the U.S. 5th Fleet AOR
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  • Gulf of Oman (Mar. 17, 2009) - USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71). Theodore Roosevelt and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 8 are operating in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.
USS Harry S. Truman is conducting carrier qualifications
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  • Coast of Atlantic Ocean (Mar. 17, 2009) - USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) is conducting carrier qualifications in the Atlantic Ocean.
USS Nashville arrives at Lagos, Nigeria after a visit to Sekondi, Ghana
U.S. Navy: Nigeria Next Stop for APS Nashville
  • Lagos, Nigeria - The Africa Partnership Station (APS) Nashville team, consisting of USS Nashville (LPD 13) Sailors with a staff of Destroyer Squadron 60 and international maritime professionals, arrived in Lagos, Nigeria, March 17 for the third African port visit of its five-month deployment.
USS Carter Hall is underway in Atlantic Ocean
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  • Atlantic Ocean (Mar. 17, 2009) - USS Carter Hall (LSD 50) is deployed as part of the Iwo Jima Expeditionary Strike Group supporting maritime security operations in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet AOR.

    * Carter Hall was in Rota, Spain Mar. 13.
USS Vella Gulf is underway in Atlantic Ocean
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  • Atlantic Ocean (Mar. 17, 2009) - USS Vella Gulf (CG 72) conducts a replenishment at sea with USNS Leroy Grumman (T-AO 195). Vella Gulf is deployed as part of the Iwo Jima ESG.

    * The cruiser departed Rota, Spain Mar. 13.
USS Klakring, USS Robert G. Bradley are in Souda Bay
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  • Souda Bay, Crete, Greece (March 17, 2009) - USS Klakring (FFG 42) and USS Robert G. Bradley (FFG 49) are in Souda Bay during a routine port visit.

    * Klakring is conducting a six month deployment.
    * Robert G. Bradley recently completed the first Africa Partnership Station and was in Republic of Djibouti Mar. 10.

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Status of the Navy

"Status of the Navy" dated Mar. 16 is no available.


Air-operations - U.S. Navy air-operations as part of Coalition Airpower

Currently, CVW 8 that consists of VFA 31 (F/A-18E), VFA 213 (F/A-18F), VFA 15 (F/A-18C[N]), VFA 87 (F/A-18A+), VAQ 141 (EA-6B), VAW 124 (E-2C NP), VRC 40 (C-2A) and HS 3 (SH-60F, HH60H) has conducted air-supports in the AFCENT AOR.

Mar. 16

USAF: March 16 airpower summary: C-130s sustain operations
Afghanistan - Operation Enduring Freedom
Coalition Airpower conducted 82 close-air-support missions
  • * Near Qalat (Google Maps), an F/A-18F (VFA 213) conducted a show of force after a Coalition ground convoy took a blast from an improvised explosive device and started taking fire. The maneuver successfully disrupted the ambush and secured a safe withdrawal for the convoy.
Intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR)
  • * 18 USAF ISR aircraft flew missions as part of operations in Afghanistan. In addition, 4 U.S. Navy and Coalition aircraft performed tactical reconnaissance.
Iraq - Operation Iraqi Freedom
Coalition Airpower conducted 28 close-air-support missions
  • * No description about U.S. Navy air-operations.
Intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR)
  • * 27 USAF and U.S. Navy ISR aircraft flew missions as part of operations in Iraq. In addition, 3 USAF and Coalition aircraft performed tactical reconnaissance.
Mar. 15

USAF: March 15 airpower summary: F-15 destroys cache
Afghanistan - Operation Enduring Freedom
Coalition Airpower conducted 74 close-air-support missions
  • * Near Shurakian (Google Maps), a USAF F-15E destroyed four enemy fighting positions using GBU-38s after anti-Afghan gunmen shot at a Coalition patrol with machine guns and RPGs. The aircraft conducted a show of force and expended flares as a deterrent to enemy forces ahead of the engagement but resorted to bombs when the enemy gunmen started firing. An F/A-18F (VFA 213) also conducted a show of force nearby, successfully preventing hostilities toward a Coalition convoy.
Intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR)
  • * 18 USAF ISR aircraft flew missions as part of operations in Afghanistan. In addition, 2 U.S. Navy aircraft performed tactical reconnaissance.
Iraq - Operation Iraqi Freedom
Coalition Airpower conducted 14 close-air-support missions
  • * No description about U.S. Navy air-operations.
Intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR)
  • * 23 USAF and U.S. Navy ISR aircraft flew missions as part of operations in Iraq. In addition, a Coalition aircraft performed tactical reconnaissance.
Mar. 14

USAF: March 14 airpower summary: B-1Bs support ground troops
Afghanistan - Operation Enduring Freedom
Coalition Airpower conducted 75 close-air-support missions
  • * USAF A-10s used canon and GBU-38s to target a concentrated force of anti-Afghan fighters after they initiated an attack on a coalition patrol near Musa Qala/Musa Qaleh (Google Maps). The A-10s then stayed on station providing strafes and bomb drops as the enemy attempted to press their offensive. One A-10's precision GBU-38 strike hit enemy forces just a few hundred meters from the coalition position. Multiple enemy RPG, rifle and machine gun teams were killed in the engagement. F/A-18Fs (VFA 213) arrived at the end of the fight to provide air cover as a coalition medical helicopter arrived to retrieve casualties.

    * F/A-18Fs (VFA 213) flew shows of force and expended flares over Ghazni (Google Maps), deterring a group of enemy personnel taking shots at a coalition convoy. The enemy group withdrew after the aircraft arrived, letting the convoy pass without further escalation.

    * Near Monari (Google Maps), an F/A-18F (VFA 213) executed a show of force when a coalition convoy spotted armed enemy personnel posing an immediate threat. Anti-Afghan forces fled the area upon the arrival of aircraft.
Intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR)
  • * 19 USAF ISR aircraft flew missions as part of operations in Afghanistan. In addition, 4 coalition aircraft performed tactical reconnaissance.
Iraq - Operation Iraqi Freedom
Coalition Airpower conducted 2 close-air-support missions
  • * No description about U.S. Navy air-operations.
Intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR)
  • * 24 USAF and U.S. Navy ISR aircraft flew missions as part of operations in Iraq.

Topics - Last update Mar. 21, 2009
JMSDF anti piracy maritime force to deploy
MSN Sankei News: 海自2護衛艦 ソマリアに向け出港 呉基地
Japan MoD: Issuance of Order for Operation of the SDFs concerning MSOs
Japan MoD: Departure of the dispatched maritime force for response to piracy
  • JMSDF Kure Base, Japan (Mar. 14, 2009) - The anti piracy maritime force departed for a four month deployment off the coast of Somalia, Gulf of Aden from JMSDF Kure Base. It's due to arrive on early Apr. in the area of operation.

    Yesterday, Minister of Defense Hamada issued the order to conduct Maritime Security Operations against piracy to Commander in Chief of the Self Defense Fleet., Adm. Izumi.

    The Commander organized the maritime force which consists of JS Samidare (DD 106), JS Sazanami (DD 113), four SH-60K helicopters, Special Boarding Unit (SBU) and eight Japan Coast Guard officers in response to the issuance. The primary mission will be the protections of vessels concerning Japan for the moment though it's under the severe rule of engagement (ROE).

    Also, Japanese Government have considered dispatch of P-3C aircraft for the operation. They already conducted field investigations around the Gulf of Aden.

    JMSDF doesn't join in the CTF-151, though it cooperates in the information exchange.

    VSPG_JMSDF_DD_murasame_106-1.jpg
    Click to view full: JMSDF Murasame class destroyer JS Samidare (DD 106).

    VSPG_JMSDF_DD_takanami_113-20.jpg
    Click to view full: JMSDF Takanami class destroyer JS Sazanami (DD 113).
    Photos were reprinted by the permission of Mr. Tugboat from Vessel And Ships Photo Gallery.

    The text is supplemented based on previous articles.
Iranian UAV to be downed over Iraq
U.S. DoD: Coalition Jets Shoot Down Iranian Drone Over Iraq
  • Washington (Mar. 16, 2009) - U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) said two coalition jets shot down the Iranian unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) which was hovering over about 60 miles northeast of Baghdad, Iraq on Feb. 26. They believe this UAV is the Ababil 3 model.

    * According to CNN, jets are USAF F-16.
USS Dwight D. Eisenhower is underway in Red Sea
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  • Red Sea (Mar. 16, 2009) - USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) and its Strike Group is underway for a scheduled deployment supporting the on-going rotation of forward-deployed forces to support maritime security operations.
Eisenhower CSG is underway in Medeterraiean Sea
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  • Mediterrainean Sea (Mar. 14, 2009) - USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) conducts an underway replenishment with USNS Big Horn (T-AO 198) in the Mediterranean Sea. The Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group is underway for a scheduled deployment supporting the on-going rotation of forward-deployed forces to support maritime security operations and operate in international waters across the globe.

    * Eisenhower arrived at Marseilles Mar. 8.
    * Big Horn departed Souda bay Mar. 12.
Lincoln is undergoing Incremental Availability
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  • Everett (Mar. 16, 2009) - USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) is currently in a Carrier Incremental Availability.
Stennis departs Busan, RoK
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  • Busan, Republic of Korea (March 15, 2009) - USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) departs Busan, Republic of Korea on Mar. 15. Stennis is flagship of its CSG on a six-month deployment to the western Pacific Ocean.

    * Stennis is one of participating ships in the exercise Key Resolve/Foal Eagle.
USS Iwo Jima is underway in Atlantic Ocean
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  • Atlantic Ocean (Mar. 16, 2009) - USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) is underway in Atlantic Ocean Mar. 16 after a visit to Rota, Spain. Iwo Jima is deployed as part of the Iwo Jima Expeditionary Strike Group supporting maritime security operations in the U.S. Navy's 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility.
China sends a large patrol vessel following the skirmish with U.S. ship.
Navy Times: China sends patrol boat to South China Sea
  • Navy Times (Mar. 15, 2009) - According to Navy Times, China has deployed a large patrol vessel to a group of disputed islands in the South China Sea, a week after a USNS Impeccable (T-AGOS 23) and Chinese five vessels had a confrontation in those waters.

    * A Chinese patrol vessel shined a high-intensity spotlight on the USNS Victorious (T-AGOS 19) operating in the Yellow Sea 125 miles from China's coast Mar. 4. Chinese maritime aircraft "buzzed" the ship 12 times March 5.

Memo

It's reported Sydney Morning Herald dated Mar. 14 that Standing NATO maritime group (SNMG) 1 will be diverted from NATO's first visit to Asia and Australia, to the coast of Somalia to fighting piracy later Mar. SNMG 1 was scheduled to visit Karachi, Pakistan and Parth, Australia. But it will spend a month to fighting piracy in the coast of HoA first.

* SNMG 1 began the Operation Allied Protector in Horn of Africa Mar. 24. SNMG 1 consists of NRP Corte Real (F 332) as falgship, HMCS Winnipeg (FFH 338), HNLMS De Zeven Provinciën (F 802), SPS Blas de Lezo (F 103) and USS Halyburton (FFG 40) as of Mar. 24.

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Status of the Navy

Status of the Navy

Refer to "Status of the Navy"

as of Mar. 13, 2009

Navy Personnel
Active Duty: 331,856
Officers: 51,142
Enlisted: 276,310
Midshipmen: 4,404
Ready Reserve: 120,616 [As of 09 Jan]
Selected Reserves: 67,560
Individual Ready Reserve: 53,056
Reserves currently mobilized: 6,455 [As of 10 Mar] * A-1
Involuntarily mobilized: 1,454
Voluntarily mobilized: 5,001
Personnel on deployment: 64,177
Navy Department Civilian Employees: 185,658
Ships and Submarines
Deployable Battle Force Ships: 284
Ships Underway (away from homeport): 127 ships (45% of total)
On deployment: 106 ships (37% of total)
Attack submarines underway (away from homeport): 27 submarines (50%)
On deployment: 20 submarines (37%)
Ships Underway
Carriers:
  • USS Nimitz (CVN 68) - Pacific Ocean
  • USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) - 5th Fleet
  • USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) - 5th Fleet
  • USS George Washington (CVN 73) - Pacific Ocean
  • USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) - Atlantic Ocean
  • USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) - Pacific Ocean
Amphibious Warfare Ships:
  • USS Essex (LHD 2) - East China Sea
  • USS Bataan (LHD 5) - Atlantic Ocean
Boxer Expeditionary Strike Group: * A-2
  • USS Boxer (LHD 4) - Gulf of Aden
Iwo Jima Expeditionary Strike Group: * A-3
  • USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) - Atlantic Ocean
Aircraft (operational): 3,700+
Memo
* A-1, Number of involuntarily (voluntarily) mobilized is based on the report of U.S. DoD.
U.S. DoD: http://www.defenselink.mil/news/Mar2009/d20090310ngr.pdf pdf_icon.gif
* A-2, 3, Added item, not the original.
U.S. Navy: Boxer Expeditionary Strike Group Deploys
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Air-operations - U.S. Navy air-operations as part of Coalition Airpower

USAF: March 13 airpower summary: A-10s strike enemy positions
Afghanistan - Operation Enduring Freedom
Coalition Airpower conducted 55 close-air-support missions
  • * No description about U.S. Navy air-operations.
Intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR)
  • * 20 USAF ISR aircraft flew missions as part of operations in Afghanistan. In addition, 2 coalition aircraft performed tactical reconnaissance.
Iraq - Operation Iraqi Freedom
Coalition Airpower conducted 21 close-air-support missions
  • * No description about U.S. Navy air-operations.
Intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR)
  • * 13 USAF and U.S. Navy ISR aircraft flew missions as part of operations in Iraq. In addition, 3 coalition and Air Force aircraft performed tactical reconnaissance.

Topics - Last update Mar. 18, 2009
Minister of Defense issues the order of maritime security operation
Japan MoD: 海上における警備行動に関する自衛隊行動命令の発令について
  • Tokyo, Japan (Mar. 13, 2009) - Today, Minister of Defense Hamada issues the order to conduct maritime security operation against piracy off the coast of Somalia, Gulf of Aden to Commander in Chief of the Self Defense Fleet, Japan Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF).

    JMSDF anti piracy unit will depart from JMSDF Kure Base tomorrow.
U.S. DoD Identifies Navy Casualty
U.S. Navy: DoD Identifies Navy Casualty
  • Washington (Mar. 13, 2009) - The U.S. Department of Defense announced March 13 the death of a Sailor who was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.

    Petty Officer 1st Class was lost at sea Feb. 4. He was assigned to USS San Antonio (LPD 17) as it conducted operations in the Gulf of Aden.

    The cause of death is under investigation.

    * An RHIB from San Antonio flipped and three personnel were thrown while the boat was being lowered in preparation for a personnel transfer with USS Vella Gulf (CG 72) . Two Sailors were recovered and were not injured. But he unfortunately never returned.
USS Toledo returns to Groton after a 27 month DMP
U.S. Navy: USS Toledo Returns to Groton After More Than Two Years
  • New London (Mar. 13, 2009) - USS Toledo (SSN 769) returned to Submarine Base New London March 13 following a 27-month depot modernization period (DMP) at Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding in Newport News.

    Upgrades were completed on Toledo's fire control, weapons, sonar, navigation, and propulsion plant systems during the DMP, which was the first conducted on a submarine at Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding.
A fire broke out on USS Boxer on the Gulf of Aden
U.S. Navy: USS Boxer Fire Injures Two Sailors
  • Gulf of Aden (Mar. 13, 2009) - A fire broke out on the flight deck of USS Boxer (LHD 4) at approximately 4:15 p.m. March 13 while refueling an AH-1W Super Cobra/HMM 163 in the Gulf of Aden. Two Sailors sustained slight injuries during the incident. They are expected to make a full recovery within the week.

    The cause of the fire is under investigation and no further details are available at this time.

    Boxer is conducting Maritime Security Operations in the Gulf of Aden as part of Coalition Task Force (CTF) 151. Boxer assumed the role as flagship for CTF 151 March 8, after arriving in the U.S. 5th Fleet Area of Operations as part of a regularly scheduled deployment.
USS Vella Gulf departs from Rota, Spain
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  • Rota, Spain (Mar. 13, 2009) - USS Vella Gulf (CG 72) departs from Naval Station Rota, Spain after a scheduled port visit. Vella Gulf is deployed as part of the Iwo Jima Expeditionary Strike Group supporting maritime security operations in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility.

    * The cruiser arrived at Rota on Mar. 11.
USS John S. MaCcain to visit Pyeongtaek, Republic of Korea
C7F, U.S. Navy: U.S., Korean Sailors visit Pyeongtaek Rehabilitation Center
  • Pyeongtaek, Republic of Korea (Mar. 13, 2009) - USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) is off the coast of Pyeongtaek, Republic of Korea for a scheduled visit on Mar. 13, 2009. John S. McCain is permanently forward-deployed to Yokosuka, Japan and is assigned to DESRON 15.

    * The destroyer is one of participating ships in the exercise Key Resolve/Foal Eagle.
USS Carter Hall is in Rota, Spain
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  • Rota, Spain (Mar. 13, 2009) - USS Carter Hall (LSD 50) is in Naval Station Rota, Spain. Carter Hall is deployed as part of the Iwo Jima Expeditionary Strike Group supporting maritime security operations in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility.
USS Taylor is moored in Boston for the St. Patrick's Day
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  • Boston (March 13, 2009) - USS Taylor (FFG 50) shares the pier with USS Constitution that is the oldest commissioned naval ships the world at the Charlestown Navy Yard. Taylor begins a five-day St. Patrick's Day weekend port visit to Boston.

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Status of the Navy

Status of the Navy

Refer to "Status of the Navy"

as of Mar. 12, 2009

Navy Personnel
Active Duty: 331,856
Officers: 51,142
Enlisted: 276,310
Midshipmen: 4,404
Ready Reserve: 120,616 [As of 09 Jan]
Selected Reserves: 67,560
Individual Ready Reserve: 53,056
Reserves currently mobilized: 6,455 [As of 10 Mar] * A-1
Involuntarily mobilized: 1,454
Voluntarily mobilized: 5,001
Personnel on deployment: 64,177
Navy Department Civilian Employees: 185,658
Ships and Submarines
Deployable Battle Force Ships: 284
Ships Underway (away from homeport): 127 ships (45% of total)
On deployment: 106 ships (37% of total)
Attack submarines underway (away from homeport): 27 submarines (50%)
On deployment: 20 submarines (37%)
Ships Underway
Carriers:
  • USS Nimitz (CVN 68) - Pacific Ocean
  • USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) - 5th Fleet
  • USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) - 5th Fleet
  • USS George Washington (CVN 73) - Pacific Ocean
  • USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) - Atlantic Ocean
  • USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) - Pacific Ocean
Amphibious Warfare Ships:
  • USS Essex (LHD 2) - East China Sea
  • USS Bataan (LHD 5) - Atlantic Ocean
Boxer Expeditionary Strike Group: * A-2
  • USS Boxer (LHD 4) - Gulf of Aden
Aircraft (operational): 3,700+
Memo
* A-1, Number of involuntarily (voluntarily) mobilized is based on the report of U.S. DoD.
U.S. DoD: http://www.defenselink.mil/news/Mar2009/d20090310ngr.pdf pdf_icon.gif
* A-2, 3, Added item, not the original.
U.S. Navy: Boxer Expeditionary Strike Group Deploys

Air-operations - U.S. Navy air-operations as part of Coalition Airpower

USAF: March 12 airpower summary: F-15Es interrupt mortar attack
Afghanistan - Operation Enduring Freedom
Coalition Airpower conducted 77 close-air-support missions
  • * F/A-18Fs performed shows of force to deter enemy action while covering the extraction of a coalition unit which had completed an operation in the Sangin region (Google Maps). The aircraft also provided armed overwatch for the convoy.
Intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR)
  • * 20 USAF ISR aircraft flew missions as part of operations in Afghanistan. In addition, 2 U.S. Navy aircraft performed tactical reconnaissance.
Iraq - Operation Iraqi Freedom
Coalition Airpower conducted 26 close-air-support missions
  • * No description about U.S. Navy air-operations.
Intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR)
  • * 26 USAF and U.S. Navy ISR aircraft flew missions as part of operations in Iraq. In addition, 3 Coalition and USAF aircraft performed tactical reconnaissance.

Topics - Last update Mar. 18, 2009
Eisenhower CSG is underway in the Mediterranean Sea
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  • Mediterranean Sea (Mar. 12, 2009) - USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69), top, USS Vicksburg (CG 69), center, and the French Navy Jean Bart (D615) transit the Mediterranean Sea. Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group (CSG) is underway for a scheduled deployment.

    * Eisenhower arrived at Marseilles, France on Mar. 8. And Vicksburg arrived at Toulon.
U.S. Navy continues practice of naming LCS after American midsize cities
U.S. Navy: Navy Names Littoral Combat Ship USS Coronado
  • Washington (Mar. 12, 2009) - Secretary of the Navy Donald Winter announced March 12 that the fourth littoral combat ship (LCS) will be named USS Coronado.

    * Last week, U.S. Navy announced the third LCS will be named USS Fort Worth.
USS Chafee is participating in Foal Eagle 2009
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  • Donghae, Republic of Korea (Mar. 12, 2009) - USS Chafee (DDG 90) is participating in Foal Eagle 2009, an annual joint exercise involving forces from the United States and the Republic of Korea.

    * Chafee is commanded by Cmdr. Heedong Choi of Korean descent.
    * Feb. 24, the destroyer departed Pearl Harbor for a 6 month deployment to the WestPac.
USS Halyburton to arrive at Souda bay
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  • Souda Bay, Crete, Greece (Mar. 12, 2009) - USS Halyburton (FFG 40) arrives for a routine port visit to Souda Bay as the Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS Big Horn (T-AO 198) prepares for departure. Halyburton is deployed as part of Eisenhower CSG.

    * According to SeaWaves Magazine, Big Horn arrived on Mar. 11.

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Status of the Navy

Status of the Navy

Refer to "Status of the Navy"

as of Mar. 11, 2009

Navy Personnel
Active Duty: 331,856
Officers: 51,142
Enlisted: 276,310
Midshipmen: 4,404
Ready Reserve: 120,616 [As of 09 Jan]
Selected Reserves: 67,560
Individual Ready Reserve: 53,056
Reserves currently mobilized: 6,390 [As of 3 Mar] * A-1
Involuntarily mobilized: 1,470
Voluntarily mobilized: 4,920
Personnel on deployment: 64,177
Navy Department Civilian Employees: 185,658
Ships and Submarines
Deployable Battle Force Ships: 284
Ships Underway (away from homeport): 131 ships (46% of total)
On deployment: 106 ships (37% of total)
Attack submarines underway (away from homeport): 27 submarines (50%)
On deployment: 20 submarines (37%)
Ships Underway
Carriers:
  • USS Nimitz (CVN 68) - Pacific Ocean
  • USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) - 5th Fleet
  • USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) - 5th Fleet
  • USS George Washington (CVN 73) - Pacific Ocean
  • USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) - Atlantic Ocean
  • USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) - Pacific Ocean
Amphibious Warfare Ships:
  • USS Essex (LHD 2) - East China Sea
  • USS Bataan (LHD 5) - Atlantic Ocean
Boxer Expeditionary Strike Group: * A-2
  • USS Boxer (LHD 4) - Gulf of Aden
Aircraft (operational): 3,700+
Memo
* A-1, Number of involuntarily (voluntarily) mobilized is based on the report of U.S. DoD.
U.S. DoD: http://www.defenselink.mil/news/Mar2009/d20090303ngr.pdf pdf_icon.gif
* A-2, 3, Added item, not the original.
U.S. Navy: Boxer Expeditionary Strike Group Deploys

Air-operations - U.S. Navy air-operations as part of Coalition Airpower

USAF: March 11 airpower summary: B-1Bs disrupt enemy plans
Afghanistan - Operation Enduring Freedom
Coalition Airpower conducted 60 close-air-support missions
  • * No description about U.S. Navy air-operations.
Intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR)
  • * 19 USAF ISR aircraft flew missions as part of operations in Afghanistan. In addition, 2 coalition aircraft performed tactical reconnaissance.
Iraq - Operation Iraqi Freedom
Coalition Airpower conducted 36 close-air-support missions
  • * No description about U.S. Navy air-operations.
Intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR)
  • * 27 USAF and U.S. Navy ISR aircraft flew missions as part of operations in Iraq. In addition, 3 coalition and USAF aircraft performed tactical reconnaissance.

Topics - Last update Mar. 14, 2009
USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) is conducting CQs
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  • Atlantic Ocean (Mar. 11, 2009) - USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) is conducting carrier qualifications in the Atlantic Ocean after completed a seven-month Planned Incremental Availability (PIA) at the Norfolk Naval Shipyard in Portsmouth, Va.
Stennis arrives at Busan, RoK
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  • Busan, Republic of Korea (Mar. 11, 2009) - USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) pulls into Busan, Republic of Korea. for a scheduled port visit during a six-month deployment to the western Pacific Ocean.

    * JCSCSG will participate in U.S.-RoK joint exercise Key Resolve/Foal Eagle.
USS Ronald Reagan is underway in Pacific Ocean
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  • Pacific Ocean (Mar. 11, 2009) - USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) and Carrier Air Wing 14 are underway performing sustainment exercises in the Pacific Ocean.

    * Reagan departed NAS North Island Feb. 17.
USS Bataan is preparing its deployment
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  • Off the Atlantic coast (Mar. 11, 2009) - USS Bataan (LHD 5) is underway with other elements of the Bataan Expeditionary Strike Group and the embarked 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) for their Certification Exercise (CERTEX) before their deployment later this spring.

    * Bataan ESG will be conducting their CERTEX through Mar. 24.
USS Vella Gulf arrives in Naval Station Rota, Spain
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  • Rota, Spain (March 11, 2009) - USS Vella Gulf (CG 72) arrives in Naval Station Rota, Spain for a scheduled port visit during deployment as part of Iwo Jima ESG
USS Chung-Hoon begins to escort USNS Impeccable
Navy Times: Surveillance ship in scrape now has DDG escort
  • South China Sea (Mar. 11, 2009) - According to Navy Times, USS Chung-Hoon (DDG 93) joins USNS Impeccable (T-AGOS 23) Mar. 11 on the South China Sea. Impeccable which received a high interference from Chinese five vessels last weekend continues its surveillance mission under the escort of Chung-Hoon.

    * Chung-Hoon is assigned to Boxer ESG and participated in Multi-Sail exercise off the coast of Okinawa during Mar. 1-5.

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Status of the Navy

Status of the Navy

Refer to "Status of the Navy"

as of Mar. 10, 2009

Navy Personnel
Active Duty: 331,856
Officers: 51,142
Enlisted: 276,310
Midshipmen: 4,404
Ready Reserve: 120,616 [As of 09 Jan]
Selected Reserves: 67,560
Individual Ready Reserve: 53,056
Reserves currently mobilized: 6,390 [As of 3 Mar] * A-1
Involuntarily mobilized: 1,470
Voluntarily mobilized: 4,920
Personnel on deployment: 64,177
Navy Department Civilian Employees: 185,658
Ships and Submarines
Deployable Battle Force Ships: 284
Ships Underway (away from homeport): 131 ships (46% of total)
On deployment: 106 ships (37% of total)
Attack submarines underway (away from homeport): 27 submarines (50%)
On deployment: 20 submarines (37%)
Ships Underway
Carriers:
  • USS Nimitz (CVN 68) - Pacific Ocean
  • USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) - 5th Fleet
  • USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) - 5th Fleet
  • USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) - Atlantic Ocean
Amphibious Warfare Ships:
  • USS Essex (LHD 2) - East China Sea
  • USS Bataan (LHD 5) - Atlantic Ocean
Boxer Expeditionary Strike Group: * A-2
  • USS Boxer (LHD 4) - Gulf of Aden
Aircraft (operational): 3,700+
Memo
* A-1, Number of involuntarily (voluntarily) mobilized is based on the report of U.S. DoD.
U.S. DoD: http://www.defenselink.mil/news/Mar2009/d20090303ngr.pdf pdf_icon.gif
* A-2, 3, Added item, not the original.
U.S. Navy: Boxer Expeditionary Strike Group Deploys

Air-operations - U.S. Navy air-operations as part of Coalition Airpower

USAF: March 10 airpower summary: A-10s conduct shows of force
Afghanistan - Operation Enduring Freedom
Coalition Airpower conducted 76 close-air-support missions
  • * An F/A-18F conducted a show of force and expended flares near Tarin Kowt (Google Maps) for a friendly convoy under fire from enemy forces. The show of force caused the enemy to stop firing and retreat from the area. The convoy completed its mission successfully.

    * USAF and U.S. Navy aircraft flew shows of force to deter enemy activity in several other areas of Afghanistan in support of Afghan National Army and coalition missions. The additional security presence provided by the aircraft prevented combat and risk to Afghan civilians while ensuring the success of reconstruction and security missions.
Intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR)
  • * 18 USAF ISR aircraft flew missions as part of operations in Afghanistan. In addition, 4 U.S. Navy and coalition aircraft performed tactical reconnaissance.
Iraq - Operation Iraqi Freedom
Coalition Airpower conducted 25 close-air-support missions
  • * No description about U.S. Navy air-operations.
Intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR)
  • * 21 USAF and U.S. Navy ISR aircraft flew missions as part of operations in Iraq. In addition, 3 coalition and USAFaircraft performed tactical reconnaissance.

Topics - Last update Mar. 14, 2009
Achievements of JMSDF replenishment for OEF-MIO through Feb. 2009
Japan MoD: 補給支援活動の実績について
  • Tokyo, Japan (Mar. 10, 2008) - Japan Ministry of Defense reported that achievements of Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) replenishment operations for Operation Enduring Freedom - Maritime Interdiction Operation (OEF-MIO) on Arabian Sea, Indian Ocean until Feb. 2009. The operations is based on the Replenishment Support Special Measures Law.

    * Currently, The 4th dispatch unit has conducted the operations since Nov. 10, 2008. 4th unit is comprised of Towada Class oiler JS Towada (AOE 422) and Murasame class destroyer JS Ariake (DD 109). Additionally, The 5th unit will deploy on Mar. 16 as the reliever. 5th unit consist of Towada Class JS Tokiwa (AOE 423) and Murasame class JS Akebono (DD 108).

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    Click to view full: Monthly achievements of JMSDF refuel operations/Kiloliter

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    Click to view full: Monthly achievements of JMSDF refuel operations/Number

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    Click to view full: JMSDF Towada class oiler.

    VSPG_JMSDF_DD_murasame_108-1.jpg
    Click to view full: JMSDF Murasame class destroyer.
    Both photos were reprinted by the permission of Mr. Tugboat from Vessel And Ships Photo Gallery.

USS Theodore Roosevelt is operating in the U.S. 5th Fleet AOR
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  • Gulf of Oman (Mar. 10, 2009) - USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) and embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 8 are operating in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility (AOR).

    * Theodore Roosevelt will participate in AMAN '09 which is the international naval exercise by Pakistan Navy, with other U.S. ships.
USS George Washington is undergoing an SRA
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  • Yokosuka, Japan (Mar. 10, 2009) - USS George Washington (CVN 73) is undergoing a Selective Restricted Availability and is the Navy's only forward-deployed aircraft carrier to Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan.
USS Iwo Jima arrives at Rota, Spain
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  • Rota, Spain (Mar. 10, 2009) - USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) moors pier side at Naval Station Rota. Iwo Jima is in Rota for a scheduled port visit. Iwo Jima is deployed as flagship of Iwo Jima ESG.

    * Iwo Jima is in Augusta Bay, Sicily, for a scheduled port visit. Mar. 5.
USS Carter Hall is underway in Mediterranean Sea
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  • Mediterranean Sea (Mar. 10, 2009) - USS Carter Hall (LSD 50) is underway in Mediterranean Sea. Carter Hall is deployed as part of the Iwo Jima ESG supporting maritime security operations in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility.

    * Carter Hall pulled into Antalya, Turkey Mar. 2 for a port visit.
USS Robert G. Bradley recently completed the first APS
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  • Republic of Djibouti (Mar. 10, 2009) - USS Robert G. Bradley (FFG 49) is in Republic of Djibouti. Robert G. Bradley recently completed the first Africa Partnership Station visit to East Africa, participating in training exercises with Kenya, Mozambique, and Tanzania.

    * Currently, USS Nashville (LPD 13) has conducted a similar large scale APS in East Africa.

Memo 

According to STRATFOR, USS Nimitz (CVN 68) completes tailored ship's training availability (TSTA) off the coast of Southern California Mar. 10.

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Status of the Navy

Status of the Navy

Refer to "Status of the Navy"

as of Mar. 9, 2009

Navy Personnel
Active Duty: 331,856
Officers: 51,142
Enlisted: 276,310
Midshipmen: 4,404
Ready Reserve: 120,616 [As of 09 Jan]
Selected Reserves: 67,560
Individual Ready Reserve: 53,056
Reserves currently mobilized: 6,390 [As of 3 Mar] * A-1
Involuntarily mobilized: 1,470
Voluntarily mobilized: 4,920
Personnel on deployment: 64,177
Navy Department Civilian Employees: 185,658
Ships and Submarines
Deployable Battle Force Ships: 284
Ships Underway (away from homeport): 122 ships (43% of total)
On deployment: 106 ships (37% of total)
Attack submarines underway (away from homeport): 27 submarines (50%)
On deployment: 20 submarines (37%)
Ships Underway
Carriers:
  • USS Nimitz (CVN 68) - Pacific Ocean
  • USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) - 5th Fleet
  • USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) - East China Sea
Amphibious Warfare Ships:
  • USS Essex (LHD 2) - East China Sea
  • USS Bataan (LHD 5) - Atlantic Ocean
Boxer Expeditionary Strike Group: * A-2
  • USS Boxer (LHD 4) - Gulf of Aden
Iwo Jima Expeditionary Strike Group: * A-3
  • USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) - Mediterranean Sea
Aircraft (operational): 3,700+
Memo
* A-1, Number of involuntarily (voluntarily) mobilized is based on the report of U.S. DoD.
U.S. DoD: http://www.defenselink.mil/news/Mar2009/d20090303ngr.pdf pdf_icon.gif
* A-2, 3, Added item, not the original.
U.S. Navy: Boxer Expeditionary Strike Group Deploys
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Air-operations - U.S. Navy air-operations as part of Coalition Airpower

Mar. 9

AFCENT, USAF: Airpower Summary for March 9
Afghanistan - Operation Enduring Freedom
Coalition Airpower conducted 74 close-air-support missions
  • * In the Garmser/Garmsir area (Google Maps), An F/A-18C used its Vulcan cannon in a strafing run near a compound where enemy forces were firing at a Coalition patrol. Enemy forces stopped shooting and fled after the strafing pass.

    * F/A-18Fs dropped GBU-12s on an enemy firing position and an enemy compound near Lashkar Gah (Google Maps). Both strikes took place in response to enemy forces firing at Coalition personnel with small arms.

    * Near Tarin Kowt (Google Maps), an F/A-18F engaged with a 20mm cannon strafing pass and hit a group of enemy personnel setting up an IED. The group had been tracked and positively identified by an unmanned surveillance drone. Coalition ground forces confirmed that the IED emplacers were killed in the strike.

    * In the vicinity of Kajaki Dam (Google Maps), an F/A-18E blew up an enemy bunker in a compound with a GBU-12 after anti-Afghan forces opened fire from inside it. The Super Hornet followed up with a show of force and expended a flare following the attack to illuminate the target for Coalition ground forces.

    * U.S. Navy and RAF aircraft performed shows of force over several other locations in Afghanistan including Malek Din (Google Maps), Lashkar Gah, and Tarin Kowt. The shows of force were requested to deter enemy attacks on Coalition units who were performing security and reconstruction missions in those areas.
Intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR)
  • * 21 USAF ISR aircraft flew missions as part of operations in Afghanistan. In addition, 4 U.S. Navy and Coalition aircraft performed tactical reconnaissance.
Iraq - Operation Iraqi Freedom
Coalition Airpower conducted 17 close-air-support missions
  • * No description about U.S. Navy air-operations.
Intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR)
  • * 12 USAF and U.S. Navy ISR aircraft flew missions as part of operations in Iraq. In addition, 2 USAF aircraft performed tactical reconnaissance.
Mar. 8

USAF: March 8 airpower summary: F-15Es provide aerial overwatch
Afghanistan - Operation Enduring Freedom
Coalition Airpower conducted 81 close-air-support missions
  • * Near Garmser/Garmsir (Google Maps), an F/A-18E used a GBU-38 to destroy an enemy firing position that had been laying down automatic weapons and rocket- propelled grenade fire at a coalition unit. The strike was a direct hit and leveled the position.

    * An F/A-18C dropped a GBU-12, hitting a compound in Musa Qala/Musa Qaleh (Google Maps) that anti-Afghan forces were using for a fighting position. The strike targeted the specific structure where enemy forces were located and ended their fire.

    * A Super Hornet bombed anti-Afghan gunmen crossing an open field with a GBU-38 after they attacked a friendly checkpoint on the outskirts of Gereshk (Google Maps). The gunmen were killed by the blast.

    * Near Kajaki Dam (Google Maps), an F/A-18F executed a show of force while flying air cover for a coalition convoy. The maneuver suppressed the fire of enemy personnel, who were hiding in and firing at the convoy from a local resident's home, without resorting to a destructive attack. The convoy was able to proceed with its mission.
Intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR)
  • * 24 USAF ISR aircraft flew missions as part of operations in Afghanistan. In addition, 4 U.S. Navy and coalition aircraft performed tactical reconnaissance.
Iraq - Operation Iraqi Freedom
Coalition Airpower conducted 29 close-air-support missions
  • * No description about U.S. Navy air-operations.
Intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR)
  • * 13 USAF and U.S. Navy ISR aircraft flew missions as part of operations in Iraq. In addition, 3 USAF and coalition aircraft performed tactical reconnaissance.
Mar. 7

USAF: March 7 airpower summary: A-10s support ground forces
Afghanistan - Operation Enduring Freedom
Coalition Airpower conducted 77 close-air-support missions
  • * In the vicinity of Tarin Kowt (Google Maps), F/A-18Es coordinated with coalition and Afghan National Army ground forces during an assault on a cluster of enemy compounds. F/A-18Es hit the target buildings with GBU-38s and a GBU-12, then executed a show of force to suppress enemy fire as friendly units moved onto their objective.

    * Multiple F/A-18Fs provided firepower to a battle near Lashkar Gah (Google Maps). Using 20mm auto-cannon strafes and a GBU-38, the aircraft knocked out several hostile fighting positions and an enemy facility.

    * F/A-18Es dropped GBU-38s to destroy anti-Afghan forces communications towers on a peak near Sangin (Google Maps). The enemy was using the towers to transmit coordinating instructions between their forces in the area.

    * USAF, U.S. Navy and coalition aircraft executed shows of force to deter enemy activity during coalition and Afghan National Army operations in locations around Afghanistan, including Sheykhabad (Google Maps), Orgun (Google Maps), Tarin Kowt and Ghazni (Google Maps). The maneuvers deterred anti-Afghan forces' attacks and restricted enemy activities, while providing increased security and freedom of action for friendly operations and local residents.
Intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR)
  • * 18 USAF ISR aircraft flew missions as part of operations in Afghanistan. In addition, 4 U.S. Navy and coalition aircraft performed tactical reconnaissance.
Iraq - Operation Iraqi Freedom
Coalition Airpower conducted 28 close-air-support missions
  • * No description about U.S. Navy air-operations.
Intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR)
  • * 21 USAF and U.S. Navy ISR aircraft flew missions as part of operations in Iraq. In addition, 3 USAF and coalition aircraft performed tactical reconnaissance.

Topics - Last update Mar. 23, 2009
U.S. ships participated in the AMAN 09
U.S. Navy: U.S. Navy, Coast Guard Ships Participate in Exercise Aman 2009
  • Karachi, Pakistan (Mar. 9, 2009) - USCGC Boutwell (WHEC 719) departed Karachi, Pakistan, March 9 after a four-day port visit to participate in the international naval exercise Aman 2009.

    The 10-day exercise, which began March 5, focuses on air, surface and maritime security training and includes representatives from 38 countries as well as ships from 11 nations to include the United States, United Kingdom, Pakistan and Australia. The at-sea portion of the exercise will primarily be conducted in the North Arabian Sea, off the coast of Pakistan.

    U.S. ships participating in the exercise include Boutwell and USS Lake Champlain (CG 57) from Boxer ESG, USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) from Theodore Roosevelt CSG, all assigned to U.S. 5th Fleet.

    * Japan Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) dispatched Two P-3C aicraft for the exercise.
Swift arrives at Bridgetown, Barbados
U.S. Navy: Swift and Southern Partnership Station Returns to Barbados
  • Bridgetown, Barbados (Mar. 9, 2009) - High speed vessel Swift (HSV 2) returned to Bridgetown, Barbados March 9 to begin a 10-day training mission and complete the Barbados portion of Southern Partnership Station (SPS).

    Southern Partnership Station is an annual deployment of various specialty platforms to the U.S. Southern Command area of focus in the Caribbean and Latin America.

    The return to Barbados is the ninth stop for SPS. Afterwards SPS is scheduled to visit Colombia, Nicaragua and Jamaica.
USS Dwight D Eisenhower pulls into Marseilles, France
SeaWaves Magazine: SeaWaves Warship Port Visits
  • Marseilles, France (Mar. 8, 2009) - According to SeaWaves Magazine, USS Dwight D Eisenhower (CVN 69) arrived at Marseilles, France on Mar. 8. And USS Vicksburg (CG 69) arrived at Toulon.

    Eisenhower and Vicksburg have deployed a scheduled deployment as part of Eisenhower CSG.
USS Boxer assumed the duty as flagship of CTF 151
U.S. Navy: USS Boxer Becomes Flagship for CTF 151
  • Gulf of Aden (Mar. 8, 2009) - USS Boxer (LHD 4) assumed the role as flagship for Combined Task Force (CTF) 151 March 8 after arriving in the U.S. 5th Fleet Area of Operations as part of a regularly-scheduled deployment.

    Established in early January, CTF 151's mandate is to deter and disrupt piracy in the Gulf of Aden, Arabian Sea, Indian Ocean and the Red Sea and currently includes naval forces from the United States, United Kingdom, Denmark and Turkey.

    * Boxer is deployed as flagship of its ESG.
    * Turkish frigate TCG Giresun (F-491) joined CTF 151 on Feb. 26.
U.S. Navy to christen USNS Wally Schirra
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  • San Diego (Mar. 8, 2009) - The Military Sealift Command dry cargo/ammunition ship USNS Wally Schirra (T-AKE 8), named after Mercury, Gemini and Apollo astronaut Navy Capt. Wally Schirra, slides into San Diego bay after her christening and launch. Schirra is the eight ship of the Lewis and Clark-class operated by the Military Sealift Command Naval Fleet Auxillary Force.
U.S.-China maritime confrontation
U.S. Navy: Chinese Vessels Shadow, Harass Unarmed U.S. Surveillance Ship
  • Yellow Sea, South China Sea (Mar. 4-5 and 8, 2009) - Mar. 4, a Chinese patrol vessel shined a high-intensity spotlight on the USNS Victorious (T-AGOS 19) operating in the Yellow Sea 125 miles from China's coast. Chinese maritime aircraft "buzzed" the ship 12 times March 5.

    Mar. 8, Five Chinese vessels including two trawlers shadowed and aggressively maneuvered close to the USNS Impeccable (T-AGOS 23) in the South China Sea.

    Impeccable was 70 miles south of Hainan Island conducting routine operations in international waters at the time.

    * USS Chung-Hoon (DDG 93) joined Impeccable Mar. 11 for the escort.
Bataan ESG conducts a CERTEX
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  • Off the Atlantic Coast (Mar. 9, 2009) - USS Fort McHenry (LSD 43), 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (22nd MEU) and other units as part of Bataan Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) are conducitng a certification exercise (CERTEX) off the Atlantic Coast.

    CERTEX is the third and final certification for the ESG and the 22nd MEU before their deployment later this spring.

    * The date is based on Visual Information Record Identification Number (VIRIN).
USS Kidd is deployed as part of Stennis CSG
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  • Near Japan, Pacific Ocean (Mar. 7, 2009) - A VBSS team from USS Kidd (DDG 100) participates in CQB tactics during a training exercise aboard Canadian frigate HMCS Winnipeg (FFH 338). Kidd is part of the John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group and is on a scheduled six-month deployment to the western Pacific Ocean.

    * Kidd departed Sasebo Mar. 3. and will be participate in Key Resolve.

Memo

It seems that USS Essex (LHD 2) recently returned to the port of Sasebo, Japan following the first half of spring patrol as flagship of Essex ARG. A local ship photographer took a photograph of Essex in the port on Mar. 8.

It's South Korean newspaper reported Essex will participate in U.S.-RoK joint exercise Key Resolve/Foal Eagle.
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Status of the Navy

Status of the Navy

Refer to "Status of the Navy"

as of Mar. 6, 2009

Navy Personnel
Active Duty: 332,060
Officers: 51,245
Enlisted: 276,411
Midshipmen: 4,404
Ready Reserve: 120,616 [As of 09 Jan]
Selected Reserves: 67,560
Individual Ready Reserve: 53,056
Reserves currently mobilized: 6,390 [As of 3 Mar] * A-1
Involuntarily mobilized: 1,470
Voluntarily mobilized: 4,920
Personnel on deployment: 64,183
Navy Department Civilian Employees: 185,658
Ships and Submarines
Deployable Battle Force Ships: 284
Ships Underway (away from homeport): 115 ships (41% of total)
On deployment: 105 ships (37% of total)
Attack submarines underway (away from homeport): 22 submarines (40%)
On deployment: 20 submarines (37%)
Ships Underway
Carriers:
  • USS Nimitz (CVN 68) - Pacific Ocean
  • USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) - Mediterranean Sea
  • USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) - 5th Fleet
  • USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) - East China Sea
Amphibious Warfare Ships:
  • USS Wasp (LHD 1) - Atlantic Ocean
  • USS Essex (LHD 2) - East China Sea
  • USS Bataan (LHD 5) - Atlantic Ocean
  • USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) - Pacific Ocean
Boxer Expeditionary Strike Group: * A-2
  • USS Boxer (LHD 4) - 5th Fleet
Aircraft (operational): 3,700+
Memo
* A-1, Number of involuntarily (voluntarily) mobilized is based on the report of U.S. DoD.
U.S. DoD: http://www.defenselink.mil/news/Mar2009/d20090303ngr.pdf pdf_icon.gif
* A-2, Added item, not the original.
U.S. Navy: Boxer Expeditionary Strike Group Deploys

Air-operations - U.S. Navy air-operations as part of Coalition Airpower

USAF: March 6 airpower summary: Strike Eagles protect convoys
Afghanistan - Operation Enduring Freedom
Coalition Airpower conducted 71 close-air-support missions
  • * An F/A-18F strafed an enemy bunker near Kajaki Dam (Google Maps) with its Vulcan cannon after enemy gunmen began firing their assault rifles at Coalition troops. The enemy attack ceased after the strafing run.

    * USAF, U.S. Navy and Coalition aircraft flew shows of force to suppress enemy activity in several locations throughout Afghanistan including Shurakian (Google Maps), Ghazni (Google Maps), Monari (Google Maps), and Lashkar Gah (Google Maps). The maneuvers provided a non-lethal level of presence to enhance security in support of Coalition and Afghan National Army reconstruction and security operations.
Intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR)
  • * 18 USAF ISR aircraft flew missions as part of operations in Afghanistan. In addition, 2 U.S. Navy aircraft performed tactical reconnaissance.
Iraq - Operation Iraqi Freedom
Coalition Airpower conducted 30 close-air-support missions
  • * No description about U.S. Navy air-operations.
Intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR)
  • * 25 USAF and U.S. Navy ISR aircraft flew missions as part of operations in Iraq. In addition, 3 USAF and Coalition aircraft performed tactical reconnaissance.

Topics - Last update Mar. 11, 2009
Gone With the Sea Breeze
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  • Norfolk (March 6, 2009) - USS Jacksonville (SSN 699) has gone from Naval Station Norfolk. Jacksonville is changing homeports from Norfolk to Pearl Harbor, Hawaii as part of the 60/40 split of submarine force assets between the Pacific and Atlantic Fleets as designated in the 2006 Quadrennial Defense Review.
Let's guess which type the Fort Worth will become !
Navy Times: 3rd LCS to be named Fort Worth
  • Navy Times (Mar. 6, 2009) - SECNAV Donald Winter announced the U.S. third littoral combat ship (LCS) will be named USS Fort Worth for the city of Fort Worth, Texas, on Mar. 6.

    The LCS family has two hull types, a semiplaning monohull/Freedom type built by Lockheed Martin and a triamaran/Independence type being built by General Dynamics.

    A U.S. Navy spokesman at the Pentagon could not say which hull type Fort Worth will take. However, specifications matching the Freedom type were provided in the announcement.

    * U.S. Navy announced USS Fort Worth will be 378 feet in length, have a waterline beam of 57 feet, displace approximately 3,000 tons, and will make speed in excess of 40 knots as Navy Times said.

    UPDATE
    U.S. Navy declared USS Fort Worth will be built by Lockheed Martin later.

    * Navy Times replaced reference article.
USS Tortuga returns to Sasebo following the first half of spring patrol
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  • Sasebo, Japan (Mar. 6, 2009) - USS Tortuga (LSD 46) returns to Fleet Activities Sasebo following the first half of spring patrol as part of Essex ARG. Tortuga completed participation in Exercise Cobra Gold, an annual Thailand and U.S. co-sponsored joint coalition multinational military exercise designed to train a Thai, U.S. and Singaporean Coalition Task Force.

    * Mar. 3, Tortuga might be in Okinawa.

Memo

According to WAVY.com, Mar. 6, USS Stout (DDG 55) deploys to join Eisenhower CSG which departed Feb. 21. Stout is one of two Atlantic-based Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) capable U.S. ships. U.S. Navy said BMD will be a primary mission for the destroyer during her deployment.

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Status of the Navy

Status of the Navy

Refer to "Status of the Navy"

as of Mar. 5, 2009

Navy Personnel
Active Duty: 332,060
Officers: 51,245
Enlisted: 276,411
Midshipmen: 4,404
Ready Reserve: 120,616 [As of 09 Jan]
Selected Reserves: 67,560
Individual Ready Reserve: 53,056
Reserves currently mobilized: 6,390 [As of 3 Mar] * A-1
Involuntarily mobilized: 1,470
Voluntarily mobilized: 4,920
Personnel on deployment: 64,206
Navy Department Civilian Employees: 185,259
Ships and Submarines
Deployable Battle Force Ships: 283
Ships Underway (away from homeport): 118 ships (42% of total)
On deployment: 104 ships (37% of total)
Attack submarines underway (away from homeport): 22 submarines (40%)
On deployment: 20 submarines (37%)
Ships Underway
Carriers:
  • USS Nimitz (CVN 68) - Pacific Ocean
  • USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) - Mediterranean Sea
  • USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) - 5th Fleet
  • USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) - East China Sea
Amphibious Warfare Ships:
  • USS Essex (LHD 2) - East China Sea
  • USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) - Pacific Ocean
Boxer Expeditionary Strike Group: * A-2
  • USS Boxer (LHD 4) - 5th Fleet
Aircraft (operational): 3,700+
Memo
* A-1, Number of involuntarily (voluntarily) mobilized is based on the report of U.S. DoD.
U.S. DoD: http://www.defenselink.mil/news/Mar2009/d20090303ngr.pdf pdf_icon.gif
* A-2, Added item, not the original.
U.S. Navy: Boxer Expeditionary Strike Group Deploys

Air-operations - U.S. Navy air-operations as part of Coalition Airpower

USAF: March 5 airpower summary: A-10s provide aerial security
Afghanistan - Operation Enduring Freedom
Coalition Airpower conducted 62 close-air-support missions
  • * No description about U.S. Navy air-operations.
Intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR)
  • * 20 USAF ISR aircraft flew missions as part of operations in Afghanistan. In addition,2 coalition aircraft performed tactical reconnaissance.
Iraq - Operation Iraqi Freedom
Coalition Airpower conducted 30 close-air-support missions
  • * No description about U.S. Navy air-operations.
Intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR)
  • * 27 USAF and U.S. Navy ISR aircraft flew missions as part of operations in Iraq. In addition, 3 U.S. Navy and coalition aircraft performed tactical reconnaissance.

Topics - Last update Mar. 13, 2009
Dispatch of the 5th replenishmet unit for OEF-MIO
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  • Japan, Tokyo (Mar. 5, 2009) - Joint Staff announced Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) will dispatch the 5th replenishment unit for Operation Enduring Freedom - Maritime Interdiction Operation (OEF-MIO) on Mar. 16. The unit is comprised of Towada Class oiler JS Tokiwa (AOE 423), Murasame class destroyer JS Akebono (DD 108). The unit is scheduled to relieve 4th unit in the U.S. 5th Fleet AOR.


    Click to view full: JMSDF Towada class oiler JS Tokiwa (AOE 423)
    Photo by U.S. Navy.


    Click to view full: JMSDF Murasame class destroyer JS Akebono (DD 108)
    The photo was reprinted by the permission of Mr. Tugboat from Vessel And Ships Photo Gallery.
USS Blue Ridge arrives in Busan, RoK
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  • Busan, Republic of Korea (Mar. 5, 2009) - USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) arrives at Busan, Republic of Korea for the U.S.-RoK joint military exercise Key Resolve/Foal Eagle.

    * USS Blue Ridge pulled into Okinawa, Japan on Feb. 26.
USS Iwo Jima is in Sicily for a scheduled port visit
U.S. Navy: Sailors, Marines from USS Iwo Jima Clean up Sicilian Orphanage
  • Augusta Bay, Sicily (Mar. 5, 2009) - USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) is in the port of Augusta Bay, Sicily, on a scheduled port visit as part of the Iwo Jima Expeditionary Strike Group which is supporting maritime security operations in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet Areas of Responsibility.

    * Iwo Jima transited the Suez Canal on Mar. 1.
BHR takes on oednance pallets
U.S. Navy: BHR Completes Ammo Onload Highlights Training, Teamwork
  • Pacific Ocean/Coast of southern California ? (Mar. 2-5, 2009) USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) took on more than 1,000 pallets of ordnance while underway March 2-5, in preparation for a Western Pacific deployment later this year.

    With the munitions on board, Bonhomme Richard continues to conduct training evolutions in preparation for an upcoming unit level training assessment (ULTRA).
U.S. 7th Fleet Ships Complete Multi-Sail Exercise
U.S. Navy: 7th Fleet Ships Complete Multi-Sail Exercise
  • Off the Coast of Okinawa, Japan (Mar. 1-5, 2009) - The semi-annual five-day Multi-Sail exercise brought U.S. 7th Fleet ships together to improve warfare mission readiness March 1-5, off the coast of Okinawa, Japan.

    The crew of USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) took advantage of the opportunity to serve as the exercise flagship. Operating with McCain were Yokosuka-based cruisers USS Cowpens (CG 63) and USS Shiloh (CG 67); Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 15 destroyers USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62), USS McCampbell (DDG 85) and USS Stethem (DDG 63); Hawaii-based destroyers USS Hopper (DDG 70) and USS Chung-Hoon (DDG 93); and the underway replenishment ship USNS Alan Shepard (T-AKE 3).

    * Will some of these ships participate in Key Resolve/Foal Eagle ?
    * Hopper departed to a surge deployment in the WestPac Jan. 20.
    * Chung-Hoon is assigned to Boxer ESG. She began sailing toward the South China sea to escort USNS Impeccable (T-AGOS 23). (joined Mar. 11)

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Status of the Navy

Refer to "Status of the Navy"

as of Mar. 4, 2009

Navy Personnel
Active Duty: 332,060
Officers: 51,245
Enlisted: 276,411
Midshipmen: 4,404
Ready Reserve: 120,616 [As of 09 Jan]
Selected Reserves: 67,560
Individual Ready Reserve: 53,056
Reserves currently mobilized: 6,382 [As of 24 Feb] * A-1
Involuntarily mobilized: 1,488
Voluntarily mobilized: 4,894
Personnel on deployment: 64,206
Navy Department Civilian Employees: 185,259
Ships and Submarines
Deployable Battle Force Ships: 283
Ships Underway (away from homeport): 120 ships (42% of total)
On deployment: 104 ships (37% of total)
Attack submarines underway (away from homeport): 22 submarines (40%)
On deployment: 20 submarines (37%)
Ships Underway
Carriers:
  • USS Nimitz (CVN 68) - Pacific Ocean
  • USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) - Mediterranean Sea
  • USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) - 5th Fleet
  • USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) - East China Sea
Amphibious Warfare Ships:
  • USS Essex (LHD 2) - East China Sea
  • USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) - Pacific Ocean
Boxer Expeditionary Strike Group: * A-2
  • USS Boxer (LHD 4) - 5th Fleet
Iwo Jima Expeditionary Strike Group: * A-3
  • USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) - Mediterranean Sea
Aircraft (operational): 3,700+
Memo
* A-1, Number of involuntarily (voluntarily) mobilized is based on the report of U.S. DoD.
U.S. DoD: http://www.defenselink.mil/news/Feb2009/d20090224ngr.pdf pdf_icon.gif
* A-2, 3, Added item, not the original.
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U.S. Navy: Boxer Expeditionary Strike Group Deploys

Air-operations - U.S. Navy air-operations as part of Coalition Airpower

USAF: March 4 airpower summary: B-1B destroys drug production facilities
Afghanistan - Operation Enduring Freedom
Coalition Airpower conducted 79 close-air-support missions
  • * F/A-18Cs and USAF F-15E Strike Eagles provided air support to a Coalition raid on an enemy narcotics production compound near Lashkar Gah (Google Maps). When personnel inside the narcotics compound started shooting with machine guns and RPGs, the Hornets executed shows of force to suppress their fire as Coalition soldiers pulled back. Once ground forces had reached a safe distance from the facility, the Strike Eagles destroyed the narcotics compound with a series of GBU-38 strikes.

    * Near Now Zad (Google Maps), F/A-18Cs hit anti-Afghan forces hiding behind the walls of a residential compound with several 20mm cannon strafing passes. Enemy personnel had been using the compound to fire mortars, RPGs and automatic weapons at Coalition troops until the jets engaged, neutralizing the enemy firing positions.

    * F/A-18Es performed shows of force in Delaram (Google Maps) as a Coalition convoy started taking small arms fire while driving through the streets. The aircraft caused anti-Afghan gunmen, who posed significant danger to local residents with their weapons fire, to remain behind cover long enough for the Convoy to pass. The Convoy successfully reached its destination and proceeded with its mission.
Intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR)
  • * 18 USAF ISR aircraft flew missions as part of operations in Afghanistan. In addition, 3 U.S. Navy and Coalition aircraft performed tactical reconnaissance.
Iraq - Operation Iraqi Freedom
Coalition Airpower conducted 33 close-air-support missions
  • * No description about U.S. Navy air-operations.
Intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR)
  • * 21 USAF and U.S. Navy ISR aircraft flew missions as part of operations in Iraq.

Topics - Last update Mar. 11, 2009
USS Theodore Roosevelt is operating in U.S. 5th Fleet AOR
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  • Gulf of Oman (Mar. 4, 2009) - USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 8 are operating in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.
Stennis is underway in the East China Sea
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  • East China Sea (Mar. 4, 2009) - USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) conducts a a replenishment-at-sea with USNS Pecos (T-AO 197). John C. Stennis is on a scheduled six-month deployment to the western Pacific Ocean as flagship of its CSG.

    * Stennis departed from Sasebo, Japan on Mar. 3 and is scheduled to participate in U.S.-RoK joint military exercise Key Resolve/Foal Eagle.
USS San Antonio is in Santorini, Greece
USN:Sailors, Marines Help Strengthen Ties with Greece During Historic Port Visit
  • Santorini, Greece (Mar. 4, 2009) - USS San Antonio (LPD 17) is in Santorini, Greece on Mar. 4.
    San Antonio is deployed as part of the Iwo Jima Expeditionary Strike Group supporting maritime security operations (MSO) in the U.S. Navy's 5th and 6th Fleet area of operations.
USS Fitzgerald conducts Multi-Sail '09
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  • Pacific Ocean (Mar. 4, 2009) - USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) conducts a torpedo fire exercise during Multi-Sail '09. Fitzgerald is one of seven destroyers that comprise DESRON 15.

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Status of the Navy

"Status of the Navy" dated Mar. 3, 2009 is no available.


Air-operations - U.S. Navy air-operations as part of Coalition Airpower

USAF: March 3 airpower summary: Predator keeps vigilant watch
Afghanistan - Operation Enduring Freedom
Coalition Airpower conducted 76 close-air-support missions
  • * In the Tarin Kowt area (Google Maps), an F/A-18F flew a show of force supporting a Coalition ground operation. Coalition troops meeting with Afghan tribal leaders requested the show of force to add an additional level of security presence and deterrence against anti-Afghan actions.
Intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR)
  • * 22 USAF ISR aircraft flew missions as part of operations in Afghanistan. In addition, 4 U.S. Navy and Coalition aircraft performed tactical reconnaissance.
Iraq - Operation Iraqi Freedom
Coalition Airpower conducted 26 close-air-support missions
  • * No description about U.S. Navy air-operations.
Intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR)
  • * 25 USAF and U.S. Navy ISR aircraft flew missions as part of operations in Iraq. In addition, 3 USAF and Coalition aircraft performed tactical reconnaissance.

Topics - Last update Mar. 23, 2009
JMSDF anti piracy unit will depart on Mar. 14
MSN Sankei News: 海自艦ソマリアへ 出港は「14日」
  • MSN Sankei News (Mar. 3, 2009) - It is reported in the Sankei Shimbun (Sankei Newspaper) dated Mar. 3 that Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) anti-piracy unit which based in Republic of Djibouti is scheduled to depart for coast of Somalia and Gulf of Aden on Mar. 14. The unit is comprised of JS Samidare (DD 106), JS Sazanami (DD 113), four SH-60K helicopters, Special Boarding Unit (SBU) and Japan Coast Guard officers.
JMSDF, U.S. Navy to conduct a bilateral CPX in the NWC
JMSDF: 平成20年度日米共同指揮所演習(派米訓練)の実施について
  • Tokyo, Japan (Mar. 3, 2009) - Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) announced JMSDF and U.S. Navy will conduct the 21st annual bilateral Japan-U.S. Naval Command Post Exercise (CPX) in the U.S. Naval War College during Mar. 9-19.

    Participating from JMSDF Maritime Staff Office, Self Defense Fleet will be thirty personnel. And from Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Japan, Commander, U.S. Pacific fleet, Commander, U.S. 7th Fleet and U.S. Naval War College will be forty personnel.
JS Hyuga will be commissioned
JMSDF: 護衛艦「ひゅうが」の引渡式・自衛艦旗授与式について
  • Tokyo, Japan (Mar. 3, 2009) - Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) announced JMSDF the newest Helicopter Destroyer (DDH) Hyuga/Hyūga class JS Hyuga (DDH 181) will be commissioned at Yokohama shipyard, IHI Marine United Inc. on Mar. 18.
    Hyuga class is the biggest combatant ship as JMSDF (about 18,000tons. Full load displacement) and is named after one of old provinces of Japan.


    Click to view full: Hyuga class Helicopter Destroyer JS Hyuga (DDH 181).
    This photo is reprinted by the permission of Mr. ISOKKO from ISOKKOのブログ.
JS Yakushima will be commissioned
JMSDF: 掃海艇「やくしま」の引渡式・自衛艦旗授与式について
  • Tokyo, Japan (Mar. 3, 2009) - Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) announced JMSDF Hirashima class Mine Sweeper Coastal JS Yakushima (MSC 602) will be commissioned at Keihin Shipyard, Universal Shipbuilding Corporation on Mar. 6.

    * Hirashima class is the last wooden MSC as JMSDF.


    Click to view full size: JMSDF Hirashima class Mine Sweeper Coastal.
    The photo by Japan Ministry of Defense.
USS Nimitz is conducting a TSTA off the coast of Southern California
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  • Off the coast of Southern California (Mar. 3, 2009) - USS Nimitz (CVN 68) conducts an evening replenishment-at-sea (RAS) with USNS Guadalupe (T-AO 200). Nimitz and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 11 are conducting Tailored Ship's Training Availability off the coast of Southern California.
USS Dubuque will take charge of Pacific Partnership 2009
U.S. Navy: Pacific Fleet Announces Pacific Partnership 2009
  • COMPACFLT (Mar. 3, 2009) - The commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet (COMPACFLT) announced on Mar. 3 that USS Dubuque (LPD 8) will take charge of Pacific Partnership 2009. Dubuque is scheduled to visit Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands and Tonga during the mission in this summer.

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"Status of the Navy" dated Mar. 2, 2009 is no available.


Air-operations - U.S. Navy air-operations as part of Coalition Airpower

Mar. 2

USAF: March 2 airpower summary: A-10s deter, disrupt enemy activities
Afghanistan - Operation Enduring Freedom
Coalition Airpower conducted 68 close-air-support missions
  • * An F/A-18C and F/A-18F flying overwatch in the vicinity of Lashkar Gah (Google Maps) performed shows of force and expended flares when the convoy they were protecting received small arms and rocket-propelled grenade fire. The attack stopped abruptly upon the appearance of the jets. The convoy reached its destination without further incident.

    * Near Musa Qala/Musa Qaleh (Google Maps), an F/A-18F executed a show of force and expended flares to deter enemy forces while a coalition unit transferred people and cargo from a disabled vehicle. The ground unit successfully completed its objective.
Intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR)
  • * 3 USAF ISR aircraft flew missions as part of operations in Afghanistan. In addition, 4 U.S. Navy and coalition aircraft performed tactical reconnaissance.
Iraq - Operation Iraqi Freedom
Coalition Airpower conducted 29 close-air-support missions
  • * No description about U.S. Navy air-operations.
Intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR)
  • * 27 USAF and U.S. Navy ISR aircraft flew missions as part of operations in Iraq. In addition, 3 USAF and coalition aircraft performed tactical reconnaissance.
Mar. 1

USAF: March 1 airpower summary: MQ-9 targets enemy with missiles
Afghanistan - Operation Enduring Freedom
Coalition Airpower conducted 59 close-air-support missions
  • * No description about U.S. Navy air-operations.
Intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR)
  • * 14 USAF ISR aircraft flew missions as part of operations in Afghanistan. In addition, 2 coalition aircraft performed tactical reconnaissance.
Iraq - Operation Iraqi Freedom
Coalition Airpower conducted 24 close-air-support missions
  • * No description about U.S. Navy air-operations.
Intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR)
  • * 19 USAF and U.S. Navy ISR aircraft flew missions as part of operations in Iraq. In addition, 3 USAF and coalition aircraft performed tactical reconnaissance.
Feb. 28

USAF: Feb. 28 air power summary: F-15E destroys enemy weapons cache
Afghanistan - Operation Enduring Freedom
Coalition Airpower conducted 61 close-air-support missions
  • * No description about U.S. Navy air-operations.
Intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR)
  • *16 USAF ISR aircraft flew missions as part of operations in Afghanistan.
Iraq - Operation Iraqi Freedom
Coalition Airpower conducted 25 close-air-support missions
  • * No description about U.S. Navy air-operations.
Intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR)
  • * 29 USAF and U.S. Navy ISR aircraft flew missions as part of operations in Iraq. In addition, 3 USAF and coalition aircraft performed tactical reconnaissance.

Topics - Last update Mar. 10, 2009
USS Carter Hall pulls into Antalya, Turkey
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  • Antalya, Turkey (Mar. 2, 2009) - USS Carter Hall (LSD 50) pulls into Antalya, Turkey for a port visit. Carter Hall is deployed as part of the Iwo Jima Expeditionary Strike Group supporting maritime security operations in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility.

    * Carter Hall transited Suez Canal on Feb. 27.
Eisenhower CSG has been sailing toward Middle East
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  • Atlantic Ocean (Mar. 1, 2009) - USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) has been sailing toward Middle East. Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group is on a scheduled deployment supporting the on-going rotation of forward-deployed forces to support maritime security operations and operate in international waters across the globe.
USS Essex is underway in Philippine Sea
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  • Philippine Sea (Mar. 1, 2009) - USS Essex (LHD 2) conducted a underway replenishment with USNS San Jose (T-AFS-7). Essex is deployed to a spring patrol as flagship of Essex Amphibious Ready Group (ARG).
USS Iwo Jima transited the Suez Canal
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  • Suze Canal (Mar. 1, 2009) - USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) transited the Suez Canal on Mar. 1. Iwo Jima is deployed as part of the Iwo Jima Expeditionary Strike Group supporting maritime security operations in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility.
USS Vella Gulf arrived at Haifa, Israel
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  • Haifa, Israel (Mar. 1, 2009) - USS Vella Gulf (CG 72) arrived at the port of Haifa, Israel. Vella Gulf is deployed as part of Iwo Jima Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG).

    * Feb. 28, The cruiser conducted a replenishment at sea with USNS Laramie (T-AO 203) in Mediterranean Sea after transied throgh the Suez Canal.
USS Harpers Ferry is underway in South China Sea
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  • South China Sea (Feb. 28, 2009) - USS Harpers Ferry (LSD 49) is underway in South China Sea after Cobra Gold 2009. Harpers Ferry is conducting a spring patrol as part of Essex Amphibious Ready Group (ARG).
Loyal Mariner (LM) 09 exercise is begun
U.S. Navy: Klakring Actively Engaged in Loyal Mariner 09
  • Off the coast of Sardinia (Mar. 2, 2009) - USS Klakring (FFG 42), currently assigned to Commander, Standing NATO Maritime Group (SNMG) 1, is conducting maritime warfare scenarios as part of NATO's Loyal Mariner (LM) 09 exercise series.

    In the waters off the coast of Sardinia, Klakring, along with approximately 28 surface ships, 20 aircraft, and two submarines are conducting real-time surface, air and undersea warfare as well as maritime interdiction operations as part of NATO's robust training scenarios.

    * SNMG 1 is comprised of FGS Emden (F 210), NRP Alvares Cabral (F 331) and USS Klakring (FFG 42).

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