Thought we should review the currrent status of the carrier fleet
US Navy Carrier Strike Group Deployments: 11/28/12
*CVN-68 Nimitz is in home port Everett (11/21/12). Non-deployable. Powerplant issue.
CVN-69 Eisenhower is in the Atlantic (12/13/12).
*CVN-70 Vinson is in home port San Diego in DPIA (11/28/12). Non-deployable
*CVN-71 Roosevelt is at Newport News for RCOH & non-deployable, Avail: late 2012.
*CVN-72 Lincoln is at home port Norfolk for RCOH & non-deployable, Avail 2016.
CVN-73 Washington is in home port Yokosuka, Japan (11/21/12).
CVN-74 Stennis is in the 5th Fleet AOR (10/26/12).
CVN-75 Truman is in the Atlantic testing the XR-47B (12/13/12).
*CVN-76 Reagan is in Bremerton for DPIA & non-deployable until 2013.
CVN-77 Bush is in home port, Norfolk. (7/27/12).
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.
RIMPAC= Rim of the Pacific. International exercise.
COMPUTEX=Composite Unit Training Exercise, pre-deployment Strike Group coordination.
* = Non-deployable
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 the 5th Fleet AOR (11/07/12)
LHD-1 Wasp is in home port Norfolk (11/21/12)
*LHD-2 Essex is in homeport, San Diego in drydock – non-deployable (11/28/12)
*LHD-3 Kearsarge is in port for emergency rudder repairs (8/29/12)
LHD-4 Boxer is in home port San Diego (11/21/12)
LHD-5 Bataan is underway in the Atlantic for training (11/28/12)
LHD-6 Bonhomme Richard is in the 7th fleet AOR (11/28/12)
LHD-7 Iwo Jima is in the Atlantic headed home (12/13/12).
LHD-8 Makin Island is in home port San Diego (11/21/12)
LHA-6 America, under construction, Avail. 2014, Northrop Grumann, Pascagoula.
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, Newport, RI, Fate: scrap or sink
CV-60 Saratoga, 1956—1994, Newport, RI, Fate: scrap or sink
CV-61 Ranger, 1957—1993, Bremerton, WA, Fate: scrap or museum
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 or sink
CVN-65 Enterprise, 1962-2012, Norfolk, 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