US Ship Force Levels
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Peace thru Strength
(U. S. Navy Aviation Strengths)
U. S. Navy Ship Force Levels
U. S. Destroyer Squadrons
US Ship Force Levels
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U. S. Navy Ship Force Levels (October 23, 2012 & July 8, 2016)
U. S. Navy Ship Force Levels (July 8, 2016 & 24 October 2019)
The Navy positioned it self to loose 3,000 aviation personnel in October 2012. Recruiting pilots and personnel rather then eliminating personnel in able to be assigned to forward deployed squadrons working in conjunction with no more then two battle groups on station in up to three Theaters of Operations at any given time any where in the world, with four carriers stateside and one refueling and overhaul seems reasonable.
More squadrons mean more pilots but that’s cheaper then three carriers on station in my view, something I don’t like to see unless in peace time conducting training operations.
With limited resources, few ship squadrons, air wings and submarines, to engage three Theaters of Operations for any length of time would be tough unless reservists were recalled and the U. S. would have to rely on the U. S. Allies Navies military personnel and assets.
There are more than 430 ships believed to be in active service with the United States Navy, on reserve, or under construction, based on public reports compiled in this list. The U.S. Navy is the largest in the world; its battle fleet tonnage is greater than that of the next 13 largest navies combined. This list available at the free encyclopedia includes both U.S. Navy owned and leased ships; both ships that are formally commissioned and other ships that are used by the U.S. Navy without the ceremony of commissioning. In addition, some planned ships are listed as well.
All evidences for the following strengths of the U.S. Navy’s Aviation related assets are on this web site while every web site address was verified and history presented was reviewed by the EQNEEDF, whom researched, compiled, rewrote and published all authorship presented for public awareness and education.
If this work gains the U.S. Navy one ship, one plane, a training aircraft carrier stationed in Florida or more forward deployed Marine and Navy Helicopter and Aircraft Squadrons by giving the American People the facts about the Navy’s Strength, so they can contact and influence elected officials to give the Navy and her service members hope, I will have honored those who have served, serving and one day will serve.
So what are you waiting for, write that letter.
The U.S. Navy does not kneel before Kings, as shouted by John Paul Jones in the heat of battle, “I have not yet begun to Fight,” but the Navy does render hand salutes, canyon ball and rifle fire out of respect for dignitaries and Admirals.
John Paul Jones was with the commands of the USS Missouri (BB-63) ("Mighty Mo" or "Big Mo") during World War II, Korea and Vietnam in spirit as sailors embrace tradition, honor and courage serving any where in the world aboard ship’s and shore commands, operating both ships and aircraft both for war and humanitarian services.
U.S. Destroyer Squadrons
List of cruiser-destroyer groups – Ref. 937
U.S. Atlantic Fleet
· Cruiser-Destroyer Group 2 (former CruDesFlot 2) - Carrier Strike Group Two (formerly CarGru 2) - Two, (CSG-2 or CARSTRKGRU 2) is a U.S. Navy carrier strike group. U.S. Navy carrier strike groups are employed in a variety of roles, all of which involve gaining and maintaining sea control as well as projecting naval airpower ashore. http://www.navy.mil/navydata/ships/carriers/powerhouse/cvbg.asp. The aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77) is the strike group's current flagship, and as of 2012, other units assigned to Carrier Strike Group Two include Carrier Air Wing Eight; the guided-missile cruisers USS Vella Gulf (CG-72), USS Monterey (CG-61), and USS Leyte Gulf (CG-55); and the ships of Destroyer Squadron 22: USS Truxtun (DDG-103), USS Nitze (DDG-94), USS Mason (DDG-87), USS McFaul (DDG-74), USS Mahan (DDG-72), USS Cole (DDG-67), and USS Elrod (FFG-55); Naval Station Norfolk.
· Cruiser-Destroyer Group 4 - had USS Tidewater (AD-31) as flagship from 10 September to 13 November 1970
· Cruiser-Destroyer Group 8 (former CruDesFlot 8)
· Cruiser-Destroyer Group 10 (former CruDesFlot 10). USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75) is the strike group's current flagship, and as of 2012, other units assigned to Carrier Strike Group Ten include Carrier Air Wing Three embarked on board the Harry S. Truman, the guided-missile cruiser Antietam, and Destroyer Squadron 26
· Cruiser-Destroyer Group 12 (former CruDesFlot 12, re-designated 30 June 1973)
· Carrier Strike Group Fourteen, designated CSG-14 or CARSTRKGRU 14, is one of five U.S. Navy carrier strike groups currently assigned the United States Fleet Forces Command. Carrier Strike Group Fourteen is currently the only U.S. carrier strike group that does not have an assigned aircraft carrier or carrier air wing. Instead, as of December 2010, it directs the cruisers USS Gettysburg and USS Philippine Sea (CG-58). Carrier Strike Group Fourteen is currently based at Naval Station Mayport. Without a carrier flagship, it does not conduct the typical deployments of other carrier strike groups; instead, its two cruisers making independent voyages. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carrier_Strike_Group_Fourteen
· Carrier Strike Group Four - Became Commander Strike Force Training Atlantic between July 2005 and February 2006
List of cruiser-destroyer groups – Ref. 937
U.S. Pacific Fleet
· Cruiser-Destroyer Group 1 or ComCruDesGru 1 (redesignated Carrier Strike Group Fifteen on 1 October 2004)/USS Constellation Battle Group: USS Lake Erie and USS Chosin)/ USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70); DESRON-1; Carrier Air Wing Seventeen; NAS North Island.
· Cruiser-Destroyer Group 3 or ComCruDesGru 3 (former CruDesFlot 11//USS Abraham Lincoln Battle Group: USS Princeton and USS Chancellorsville)/USS Carl Vinson Battle Group: USS Shiloh, USS California and USS Arkansas) Carrier Strike Group Three (formerly CarGru 3); USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74); DESRON-21; Carrier Air Wing Nine; Naval Base Kitsap.
· Cruiser-Destroyer Group 5 or ComCruDesGru 5 (former CruDesFlot 9/Nimitz, the guided-missile cruiser Princeton, and Destroyer Squadron 23)/USS Kitty Hawk Battle Group: USS Cowpens and USS Antietam). Commander Carrier Group Five/Carrier Strike Group 5, (CSG-5 or CARSTRKGRU 5), is a U.S. Navy carrier strike group assigned to the Pacific Fleet operating with the 7th Fleet forward Deployed. The aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN-73) is the group's flagship(former /USS Independence Battle Group: USS Bunker Hill and USS Mobile Bay). As of 2012, other group components include Carrier Air Wing Five, USS Shiloh (CG-67), USS Cowpens (CG-63), and the ships of Destroyer Squadron 15.. The group is based at U.S. Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Yokosuka, Japan; a U.S. carrier has been based there since 1973. The group also fulfills the functions of Battle Force, Seventh Fleet (Task Force 70) and Surface Combatant Force, Seventh Fleet (Task Force 75). http://www.ccsg5.navy.mil
· Carrier Strike Group Nine (formerly Cruiser-Destroyer Group 3 or ComCruDesGru 3 (former CruDesFlot 11//USS Abraham Lincoln Battle Group: USS Princeton and USS Chancellorsville)/USS Carl Vinson Battle Group: USS Shiloh, USS California and USS Arkansas) Carrier Strike Group Three (formerly CarGru 3); USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74); DESRON-21; Carrier Air Wing Nine; Naval Base Kitsap.
· Cruiser-Destroyer Group 5 or ComCruDesGru 5 (former CruDesFlot 9/Nimitz, the guided-missile cruiser Princeton, and Destroyer Squadron 23)/USS Kitty Hawk Battle Group: USS Cowpens and USS Antietam). Commander Carrier Group Five/ Carrier Strike Group 5, (CSG-5 or CARSTRKGRU 5), is a U.S. Navy carrier strike group assigned to the Pacific Fleet operating with the 7th Fleet forward Deployed. The aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN-73) is the group's flagship(former /USS Independence Battle Group: USS Bunker Hill and USS Mobile Bay). As of 2012, other group components include Carrier Air Wing Five, USS Shiloh (CG 67), USS Cowpens (CG 63), and the ships of Destroyer Squadron 15.. The group is based at U.S. Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Yokosuka, Japan; a U.S. carrier has been based there since 1973. The group also fulfills the functions of Battle Force, Seventh Fleet (Task Force 70) and Surface Combatant Force, Seventh Fleet (Task Force 75). http://www.ccsg5.navy.mil
“Carrier Strike Group Four was redesignated alongside the other groups in 2004, but has since been redesignated Commander Strike Force Training Atlantic. Carrier Strike Group Six was established from Carrier Group Six with USS John F. Kennedy (CV-67) at Naval Station Mayport in 2004, but seems to have since been disestablished. Carrier Strike Group Fifteen has been disestablished, and its flagship, the carrier Ronald Reagan, was re-assigned to Carrier Strike Group Seven” (Ref. 937).
“On 1 August 2011, the U.S. Navy announced that Carrier Strike Group Nine will change its permanent duty station from Naval Station Everett to Naval Base San Diego effective 14 December 2012. The aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) will be re-assigned as the flagship for Carrier Strike Group Nine following the de-activation of Carrier Strike Group Seven. Abraham Lincoln will shift its homeport from Everett, Washington, to Newport News, Virginia, for its Refueling and Complex Overhaul in August 2012” (Ref. 937 & 937A).
“The deactivation of Carrier Strike Group Seven effective 30 December 2011 reflects the U.S. Navy's future budgetary reductions and the reduced availability of its operational carrier fleet and carrier air wings” (Ref. 937; 937C & 937D).
Several Amphibious ships in addition to those operating presently should be under construction.
Amphibious Assault Ships - LHD/LHA(R)
The largest of all amphibious warfare ships; resembles a small aircraft carrier; capable of Vertical/Short Take-Off and Landing (V/STOL), Short Take-Off Vertical Landing (STOVL), Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL) tilt-rotor and Rotary Wing (RW) aircraft operations; contains a well deck to support use of Landing Craft, Air Cushioned (LCAC) and other watercraft (with exception of the first two LHA(R) class ships, LHA-6 and LHA-7, which have no well deck). LHA-8 will feature a well deck.
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Wasp class Multiple Purpose Amphibious Assault Ship (LHD)
General Purpose Amphibious Assault Ship (LHA)
Once our Marines come home from Afghanistan they can join the ranks of MEA/MAG’S operating off ships and providing security for forward deployed air fields working in conjunction with Rangers securing the air field any where in the world.
WASHINGTON — “Gulf shipbuilders gained a new amphibious ship late Friday, and the US Navy has agreed to add a destroyer at a key Maine shipyard. The moves reflect the resolution of a long-standing “hull swap agreement” involving the ships and the Navy’s two biggest shipbuilders.
Huntington Ingalls Industries received a $200 million not-to-exceed undefinitized contract action (or UCA) to order long-lead time material and perform design work on LPD-28, a yet-to-be-named 12th ship in the LPD-17 San Antonio class of amphibious transport dock ships. The ship, which the Navy did not request, was added by Congress to increase the fleet’s amphibious fleet and better meet US Marine Corps requirements.
The total cost of a “fully-scoped” LPD-28 is expected to be around $2.023 billion, the Navy said last year.
As a result of the award, General Dynamics will receive another DDG-51 Arleigh Burke-class destroyer beyond the batch already on order.
By creating a 12th LPD-17, the government invoked a hull swap agreement dating back to 2002, when a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the Navy and its shipbuilders transferred the contracts of three LPDs that would have been built at the General Dynamics Bath Iron Works (BIW) yard in Bath, Maine, to what was then Northrop Grumman’s Ingalls and Avondale yards in Louisiana and Mississippi. Bath, in exchange, received three DDG-51s originally assigned to the Ingalls shipyard in Pascagoula, Mississippi.
Since then, the LPD program was cut from 12 to 10, then back up to 11 ships, ending with LPD-27. Northrop got out of the shipbuilding business and a new entity — HII — was formed, including Ingalls and the now-closed Avondale shipyards. The DDG 51 program was also scheduled to end at DDG 112, but was subsequently restarted by the Navy, awarding contracts to both Ingalls and BIW. As of now, all destroyer contracts through DDG-126 in fiscal 2017 have been awarded, split between Ingalls and Bath.
The MOU was reaffirmed by the Navy in 2009, when another swap agreement was signed between the Navy, BIW and Ingalls over work on DDG-1000 Zumwalt-class destroyers.
But the original MOU included a phrase that would come into effect should a twelfth LPD materialize: “A fourth DDG 51-class ship or equivalent workload would be awarded to [BIW] preceding, or concurrent with the award of LPD-28.”
With Congress’ action to add long-lead funding for LPD-28, the Navy and the shipbuilders worked to resolve the issue.
“Consistent with the ‘swap agreement,’ the Navy will award BIW a corresponding DDG-51 ship,” said Capt. Thurraya Kent, spokesperson for the Navy’s acquisition directorate. “This ship would be in addition to the currently contracted multiyear ships, subject to congressional authorization and appropriation.”
Based on the current 10-ship multiyear buy, which runs through DDG-126, the next ship could wear hull number DDG-127, although that determination is not yet official. Since LPD-28 was not requested by the Navy and added by Congress, the extra destroyer for Bath might also be outside the Navy’s existing multiyear destroyer buy.
Congress, however, still needs to authorize and approve funding for the destroyer, Kent cautioned.
Complicating the assignment of a specific hull number for the destroyer is the situation at Bath, where all destroyer building schedules — including DDG-51s and three DDG-1000 Zumwalt-class ships — are under review. It is not clear where the extra ship could fit into the yard’s production schedule.
General Dynamics declined to comment on the award, but Steve Sloan, Ingalls’ LPD-28 program manager, was enthusiastic about keeping the LPD-17 production line going and filling a gap until the new LX(R) amphibious ship program comes online in a few years.
“LPD-28 is a transition ship from LPD to LXR,” Sloan said. “We’ll have those shipbuilders rolling off LPD-26 and 27 and into 28 on a hot production line.”
LPD-26, the John P. Murtha, is 95 percent complete and scheduled to begin sea trials in early 2016. LPD-27, the Portland, is 70 percent complete and will launch in January.
About 2,000 employees typically work on an LPD, Sloan said.
Compared with previous ships, LPD-28 will have several modifications, Sloan said — most coming from Ingalls’ proposed LX(R) design. The most visible changes will be elimination of the towering enclosed masts, which had been built of composite material at HII’s now-closed Gulfport, Mississippi, facility.
“LPD will have an open mast, similar to DDG-51,” Sloan said. “No more composite enclosures. And we borrowed the platform mast from [the assault ship America design] for the air search radar on the aft mast.”
The schedule for the ship’s construction is still being finalized, but Sloan expects the Navy to issue a request for proposal in early 2016.
“Our intent is to turn that proposal around pretty quickly,” he said. “We expect a contract award late in 2016, and start-of-fabrication in December 2016.”
Delivery, he added, would likely come in the second half of 2021.
The Ingalls shipyard builds more kinds of ships than any other yard doing major government work. Under construction now are the large amphibious assault ship Tripoli, four DDG-51-class destroyers and three National Security Cutters for the US Coast Guard” (Ref. Defense News, By Christopher P. Cavas - Email email@example.com - 7:20 p.m. EST December 4, 2015).