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US Forces Order of Battle
As of Saturday 05 April 1999

This is a reasonably accurate order-of-battle of forces currently deployed in CENTCOM's part of Southwest Asia, as well as EUCOM forces in Turkey participating in Operation Northern Watch. There are currently about 25,000 military personnel in the area, including 2,600 soldiers, over 10,000 sailors and Marines [of whom about 2,500 are ashore and the rest afloat], and joint headquarters and other joint units comprised of 1,000 people.

Forces in the region include land and carrier-based aircraft, surface warships, a Marine expeditionary unit, a Patriot missile battalion, a mechanized battalion task force, and a mix of special operations forces deployed in support of US Central Command operations. To enhance force protection throughout the region, additional military security personnel are also deployed. Currently, there are about 200 combatant and direct support aircraft in the CENTCOM Area of Responsibility, which total includes air to air, air to ground, dual role, direct support, and attack helicopters. Additional aircraft not included in this total include indirect support aircraft. The number of aircraft typically reported by CENTCOM and DOD normally only covers those conducting "imminent danger" missions, and does not include other support aircraft that would not face the prospect of hostile fire. The cruise missile force can be augmented significantly within days.

Operation NORTHERN WATCH Aircraft

UnitLocation Squadron Aircraft
Homebase type combat other TOTAL
~45 ~20 ~65
39th Air and Space Expeditionary Wing
Incirlik AB - Turkey
22nd Expeditionary Fighter Sq Spangdahlem AB F-16CJ ~15
492nd Expeditionary Fighter Sq RAF Lakenheath F-15E 10
493rd Expeditionary Fighter Sq RAF Lakenheath F-15C 6
9th Expeditionary Special Operations Sq Hurlburt Field MC-130 ~3
66th Expeditionary Rescue Sq Nellis AFB HH-60 ~3
108th Expeditionary Air Refueling Sq McGuire AFB KC-135 ~10
965th Expeditionary Airborne Air Control Sq Tinker AFB E-3A ~3
VMAQ-1 Cherry Point EA-6B 2


Operation SOUTHERN WATCH Aircraft

UnitLocation Squadron Aircraft
Homebase type combat other TOTAL
~190 ~35 ~225
Land Based ~125 ~30 ~155
9th Air and Space Expeditionary Task Force ~125 ~30 ~155
Saudi Arabia - Eskan Village 0 0 0
320 Air Expeditionary Group NONE 0 0 0
Saudi Arabia - Prince Sultan Air Base [PSAB] ~64 ~16 ~90
363rd Air Expeditionary Wing
363 Air Expeditionary Group
335 Expeditionary Fighter Squadron F-15 ~18
336 Expeditionary Fighter Squadron F-16 ~18
VAQ-128 [Navy] EA-6B 2
363 Expeditionary Airborne Air Control Sq E-3 AWACS 6
12th Air Control Squadron E-8 JSTARS 2
763 Expeditionary Reconnaissance Sq
12 Expeditionary Intelligence Sq
RC-135 4
363 Expeditionary Air Refueling Sq KC-135 ? 12
363 Expeditionary Airlift Sq ? 10
4402d Reconnaissance Squadron (P) U-2 2
4404th MEDEVAC Company UH-60 ~6
Saudi Arabia - Taif Air Base 0 0 0
Kuwait - Ali As Salem AB ~13 ~13
9th Air Expeditionary Group
9 Expeditionary Air Control Sq Davis-Monthan EC-130 ~3
9 Expeditionary Rescue Sq Moody AFB HH-60 ~3
9 Expeditionary Special Operations Sq Hurlburt Field MC-130 ~3
9 Expeditionary Airlift Sq C-130E 2
9 Aeromedical Evacuation Fl H-60G 2
Kuwait - Ahmed Al Jaber Air Base 45 45
332 Air Expeditionary Group
A10 Squadron A-10 ~13
1 FW F15 Squadron F-15 ~10
20 FW F16 Squadron Shaw AFB F-16CJ ~24
United Arab Emirates - Al Dhafra ? 12 ? 12
763 Expeditionary Air Refueling Sq KC-10 ? 12
Oman - Al Seeb Air Base 4 4
763 Expeditionary Airlift Sq KC-10 4 4
Bahrain - Sheik Isa Airfield 0 0
B-1 Squadron B-1 0
Diego Garcia 2 0 2
2nd Air Expeditionary Group 2 0 2
96 Expeditionary Bomb Squadron B-52 2
KC-10 0
Afloat in the Persian Gulf 67 6 73
Carrier Air Wing CVW-3 [USS Enterprise] 67 673
VF-32 F-14B 14
VFA-37 F/A-18C 12
VFA-105 F/A-18C 12
VMFA-312 F/A-18C 12
VAQ-130 EA-6B 4
VS-22 S-3B 8
VAW-126 E-2C 5
HS-7 SH-60 6


Ships

Crew VLS Cells
CVG Carrier Battle Group8,285546
CVG Carrier Battle Group6,420122
USS EnterpriseCVN 655,800-0-
USS Gettysburg CG 64 400 122
USS Nicholas FFG 47 220-0-
SUBRON Submarine Squadron45636
USS Pittsburgh SSN 720 154 12
USS Pasadena SSN 752 154 12
USS Hampton SSN 767 154 12
MCM Mine Countermeasure Squadron1700
USS Ardent MCM 1285-0-
USS Dextrous MCM 1385-0-
MSC Military Sealift Command
USNS San Jose T-AFS-7487-0-
USNS Tippecanoe T-AO 199124-0-
USNS CatawbaT-ATF 168-0-
USNS Kane T-AGS 27 -0-
USNS John McDonnell T-AGS 51 -0-
USNS Littlehales T-AGS 52 -0-
USNS Shughart T-AKR 295 -0-
USNS Gordon T-AKR 296 -0-
USNS Yano T-AKR 297 -0-
USNS Gilliland T-AKR 298 -0-
USNS Watson T-AKR 310-0-
TOTAL
Tomahawk-capable VLS Cells704
Tomahawks embarked? 400+


Army Forces

LocationUnitTroopsPatriot
Riyadh Airfield, Saudi ArabiaX
Dhahran AB, Saudi ArabiaX
Camp Doha, Kuwait~5,000X
Incirlik AB - TurkeyX

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