US Navy Carrier Strike Group Deployments: 04/02/14
CVN-68 Nimitz is in home port, Everett, WA (2/26/14).
CVN-69 Eisenhower is in home port, Norfolk, VA, DPIA (8/28/13).
CVN-70 Vinson is underway in the Pacific (4/02/14).
CVN-71 Roosevelt is in home port, Norfolk, VA (02/26/14).
CVN-72 Lincoln is in home port, Norfolk for RCOH & non-deployable, Avail 2016.
CVN-73 Washington is in home port, Yokosuka, Japan (02/26/14).
CVN-74 Stennis is in home port, Bremerton undergoing 14mo DPIA (05/03/13).
CVN-75 Truman is in the 6th Fleet AOR (04/02/14).
CVN-76 Reagan is underway in the Pacific (04/02/14).
CVN-77 Bush is in the 5th Fleet AOR in the Gulf (04/02/14).
CVN-78 Ford construction at Newport News. Avail 2015, replaces Enterprise.
CVN-79 Kennedy construction at Newport News. Avail 2018, replaces Nimitz.
CVN-80 Enterprise, planned, Avail 2024, replaces Eisenhower.
RCOH=Refueling and Complex Overhaul, takes about four years.
DPIA=Docked Planned Incremental Availability, takes six months to a year.
COMPUTEX=Composite Unit Training Exercise, pre-deployment Strike Group coordination.
The above are all Carrier Strike Groups that normally travel with about 7-8 support ships including one cruiser, several destroyers (usually a
squadron of 4), a fast attack supply ship, some frigates ,and a fast attack submarine or maybe two. The support ships are designed to protect the
carrier. A CVN is about 100,000 tons displacement and can carry approximately 85 aircraft. CVNs are nuclear powered and run 25 years between
refueling, which takes three to four years to complete.
Explanation of Areas of Responsibility (AOR)
3rd Fleet AOR – Eastern & Northern Pacific, Alaska, Bering Sea
4th Fleet AOR – Central & South America
5th Fleet AOR – The Middle East, Arabian Gulf, East Africa
6th Fleet AOR – The Mediterranean Sea, Europe
7th Fleet AOR – Asian Pacific. Indian Ocean to International Date Line
Below are the Amphibious Ready Groups/Marine Expeditionary Units. The main ship here is a "baby" carrier that is about half the size or less of a
CVN, about 40,000 tons displacement. It is designed to hold helicopters and Harrier VTOL jets. These guys can pull off a minor invasion, if necessary.
They usually carry a handful of tanks. Marines, by and large, are light infantry. LHA is a “Landing Helicopter Assault.” LHD is a “Landing
LHA-5 Pelelieu is in home port, San Diego (04/02/14).
LHA-6 America is undergoing sea trials. Available 2014.
LHD-1 Wasp is in home port, Norfolk (02/26/14).
LHD-2 Essex is in home port, San Diego in drydock – non-deployable (11/28/12).
LHD-3 Kearsarge is in homeport Norfolk, VA (02/26/14).
LHD-4 Boxer is in the 7th Fleet AOR (04/02/14).
LHD-5 Bataan is underway in the 5th Fleet AOR in the Gulf (04/02/14).
LHD-6 Bonhomme Richard is underway in the 7th Fleet AOR (02/26/14).
LHD-7 Iwo Jima is in home port, Norfolk (04/02/14).
LHD-8 Makin Island is in home port, San Diego (03/06/14).
LHA-7 Tripoli, contracted Avail. 2018, HII Ingalls, Pascagoula. $2.3B
Official Status of the Navy: www.navy.mil...
(This is not always accurate.)
Carrier Locations: gonavy.jp...
(Usually very accurate.)
Recent decommissioned/inactivated carriers:
CV-59 Forrestal, 1955—1993, Brownsville, TX, Fate: sold for scrap 10/23/13
CV-60 Saratoga, 1956—1994, Newport, RI, Fate: scrap pending 10/23/13
CV-61 Ranger, 1957—1993, Bremerton, WA, Fate: scrap (save effort underway)
CV-62 Independence, 1959—1998, Bremerton, WA, Fate: scrap or sink
CV-63 Kitty Hawk, 1961—2009, Bremerton; WA, Fate: reserve until 2015
CV-64 Constellation, 1961—2003, Bremerton, Fate: scrap pending 10/23/13
CVN-65 Enterprise, 1962-2012, Norfolk for reactor removal, Fate: scrap
CV-66 America, 1965—1996, Fate: scuttled in live fire exercise, 2005
CV-67 John F Kennedy, 1968—2007, Philadelphia, Fate: donation hold
Foreign Carriers (in progress: ATS: Any help appreciated on this section)
R-22 INS Viraat, UK Built, 1959, 23,900 tons, 30 aircraft
R-11 INS Vikrant, launched 2013, service beginning: 2018-20, 40,000 tons
INS Vikramaditya, Russian built, 1987, 45,400 tons loaded, late 2013.
INS Vishal, 65,000 tons. Proposed: 2025
R-06 HMS Illustrious, 1982, 22,000 tons, 22 helos
R-08 HMS Queen Elizabeth, 2016, 65,000 tons. aircraft = 40
R-09 HMS Prince of Wales, 2018, 65,000 tons, aircraft = 40
R-91 Charles de Gaulle, 2001, 42,000 tons, 40 aircraft, nuke
DDH-183 Izumo, 2015, 19,800 tons, 14 helos
551 Giuseppe Garibaldi, 1985, 10,000 tons
550 Cavour, 2008, 27,000 tons, 30 aircraft
L-61 Juan Carlos I, 2010, 27,000 tons
Liaoning, Russian built, 1988, 55,000 tons, 30 jets
Kuznetsov, 43,000 tons, 42 jets, 1990
Vladivostok, LHD, 22,000 tons, 16 helicopters, French built, launched 2013
A-12 Sao Paulo, French built, 1963, 24,000 tons, 22 jets
Chakri Naruebet, 1997, 11,000 tons