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Battle Group Composition

A battle group's carrier grabs most of the attention, and roughly two-thirds of the group's 7,500 troops are on the carrier. But the "small boys," as they are called -- ships around the carrier -- perform a host of valuable missions, often far from the mother ship. Their duties range from air defense to maritime interdictions to escorting commercial ships.

The Standard CVBG Composition is defined in terms of required capabilities and therefore provide the basis from which to derive required force structure. A "standard" CVBG is deemed to provide the capabilities required to accomplish all tasks in a notional threat environment against a notional threat, thereby the means to provide an initial crisis response mission from a rotationally deployed forward posture.

A standard CVBG is defined as:

  • One CV/CVN
  • One Carrier Air Wing
    • 50 Strike/Fighter A/C (Peacetime Norm)
    • four E-2C AEW
    • four E-A6B SEAD/EW
    • eight S-3B
    • two Es-3A
    • six H-60
  • Six Surface Combatants comprising at least:
    • three Aegis CG/DDG
    • four VLS-Tomahawk ships
    • ten Lamps
  • Two SSN (1 VLS)
  • One Multi-purpose AOE

CVBGCS deploying with other than the standard force composition will be described as "CVBG plus or minus." For example, a CVBG deploying with fewer than six surface combatants would be considered a "CVBG Minus." Should the situation warrant a surge of force capability for an extended crisis or contingency, a "CVBG Plus" could be fielded which would include the standard CVBG composition with an augmented air wing (e.g., 62 Strike/Fighter A/C) additional surface combatants ror submarines.




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