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Status of the Navy

Status of the Navy - Moderately improved ver.

Refer to "Status of the Navy"

as of Sep. 2, 2009

Navy Personnel
Active Duty: 331,814
Officers: 52,324
Enlisted: 274,944
Midshipmen: 4,546
Ready Reserve: 109,881 [As of 31 Aug]
Selected Reserves: 66,757
Individual Ready Reserve: 43,124
Reserves currently mobilized: 6,517 [As of 25 Aug] * A-1
Involuntarily mobilized: 5,150
Voluntarily mobilized: 1,367
Personnel on deployment: 52,630
Navy Department Civilian Employees: 193,054
Ships and Submarines
Deployable Battle Force Ships: 285
Ships Underway (away from homeport): 100 ships (35% of total)
On deployment: 101 ships (35% of total)
Deployable Attack submarines: 54/calculation
Attack submarines underway (away from homeport): 33 subs (61%)
On deployment: 25 subs (46%)
Ships Underway
  • USS Nimitz (CVN 68) - South China Sea
  • USS George Washington (CVN 73) - Pacific Ocean
  • USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) - 5th Fleet
Amphibious Warfare Ships:
  • USS Nassau (LHA 4) - Atlantic Ocean
  • PCU Makin Island (LHD 8) - 4th Fleet/Pacific side * A-2
Bataan Amphibious Ready Group/22nd MEU: * A-3
  • USS Bataan (LHD 5) - 5th Fleet
Aircraft (operational): 3,700+
* A-1, Reserves currently mobilized is based on the newest DoD`s report at time of posting.
U.S. DoD: http://www.defenselink.mil/news/Aug2009/d20090825ngr.pdf pdf_icon.gif
* A-2, PCU: Pre-Commissioned Unit.
Makin Island is scheduled to join the fleet on Oct. `09.
* A-3, Added item, not the original.
U.S. Navy: Bataan Amphibious Ready Group Deploys in Support of Maritime Strategy

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

CVW 14 that consists of VFA 115 (F/A-18E), VFA 22 (F/A-18F), VFA 25, VFA 113 (F/A-18C[N]), VAW 113 (E-2C NP), VAQ 139 (EA-6B), VRC 30 Det. 1 (C-2A) and HS 4 (SH-60F, HH-60H) is conducting air-supports for Operation Enduring Freedom.

USAF: Sept. 2 airpower summary: F-16s watch over ground troops
Afghanistan - Operation Enduring Freedom
Coalition Airpower conducted 88 close-air-support missions
  • F/A-18C[N]s (VFA 25 or 113) provide overwatch for friendly forces in Sangin (Google Maps). A friendly unit received a hit from a improvised explosive device and requested a show of force to deter enemy action. Ground forces also identified and confirmed enemy forces at a foot bridge and requested strafing runs to eliminate the threat. Both the shows of force and the strafing runs were successful.
  • At Kandahar (Google Maps), F/A-18Es (VFA 115) provided armed overwatch for friendly forces engaged by anti-coalition forces in a compound. Friendly forces requested a show of force over the area. The show of force was successful in deterring enemy aggression.
  • In the vicinity of Moqor (Google Maps), U.S. Navy F/A-18Es (VFA 115) and USAF F-15Es were requested to destroy an enemy position that had been identified and confirmed as harboring people continually firing on friendly forces. The enemy position was eliminated using precision-guided munitions.
Intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR)
  • 39 USAF, U.S. Navy and coalition ISR aircraft flew missions as part of operations in Afghanistan.
Iraq - Operation Iraqi Freedom
Coalition Airpower conducted 24 close-air-support missions
  • No description on 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, 2 USAF aircraft performed tactical reconnaissance.

Topics - Last update Sep. 7, 2009
JS Akebono, JS Tokiwa returned homeport after replenishment support for CTF 150
Self Defense Fleet, JMSDF: 第5次派遣海上補給支援部隊帰国
  • Kure and Yokosuka, Japan (Sep. 1-2, 2009) - Japan Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) Murasame class destroyer JS Akebono (DD 108), assigned to Escort Div. 3, returned its homeport MSDF Kure base Sep. 1. Following day, Towada class oiler JS Tokiwa (AOE 423), assigned to Replenishment ship Div. 1, returned its homeport MSDF Yokosuka base after completing a replenishment operation for Combined Task Force (CTF) 150 in Arabian Sea, Indian Ocean as the 5th dispatch replenishment force.

    Currently, Takanami class destroyer JS Suzunami (DD 114), Escort Div. 5, and Mashu class oiler JS Oumi (AOE 426), Replenishment ship Div. 1, have conducted the operation since Jul.

    Click to view full: JS Akebono (DD 108) at MSDF Kure base Sep. 1.

    Click to view full: JS Tokiwa (AOE 423) at MSDF Yokosuka base Sep. 2.

    Both photos by a member of the House of Councilors Masahisa Sato official site.

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