Military


Where Were the Carriers? 28 October 2012



"But I think Governor Romney maybe hasnt spent enough time looking at
how our military works. You mentioned the Navy, for example, and that we
have fewer ships than we did in 1916. Well, Governor, we also have fewer
horses and bayonets, because the nature of our military has changed.
We have these things called aircraft carriers where planes land on them.
...And so the question is not a game of Battleship where were counting
ships; its what are our capabilities.
"

President Barack Obama
October 22, 2012
during the third presidential debate at Lynn University

"...We obviously always continue to make preparations to be
prepared for any contingency, but we are not making any special
steps at this point in order to deal with the situation [in the Strait of Hormuz].
"

Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta
January 18, 2012
at a press conference at the Pentagon

"[Fifth Fleet has] had a two- carrier presence for quite a while. This is not
-- the fact that there are two carriers in that AOR is not an indication of
anything specific with respect to Iran...that presence changes all the time.
It fluctuates based on needs and requirements set by the combatant commander
...[The deployment of two aircraft carriers to the CENTCOM AOR is
just] prudent force posture requirements set by the combatant commander.
"

Pentagon Spokesman Captain John Kirby
January 11, 2012
at a press conference at the Pentagon

"When word of a crisis breaks out in Washington, it's no accident that
the first question that comes to everyone's lips is:
'Where's the nearest carrier?
'"

President Bill Clinton
March 12, 1993
aboard USS Theodore Roosevelt


Carrier Strike Groups
Carrier Task Force
Amphibious Ready Groups

FRP - Fleet Response Plan
IDTC - Inter-Deployment Training Cycle

Where Were the Carriers - 18 Mar 2011

References




Status Color Code
DEPLOYED Pre-Deployment Workup Post Deployment In Overhaul Building

Fleet Response Plan [FRP] Progression

CarrierDateEvolution
Forward Deployed
CVN-73 Washington
[news] 11 Oct 2012
8 Oct 2012
25 Sep 2012
21 Sep 2012
23 Aug 2012
20 Aug 2012
28 Jun 2012
28 Dec 2011
24 Nov 2011
10 Nov 2011
13 Oct 2011
08 Mar 2011
13 Dec 2010
28 Nov 2010
at sea, South China Sea
Malaysia port call
at sea, Pacific
Guam port call
at sea, 7th Fleet AOR
departed from Fleet Activities Yokosuka
Busan, ROK
Yokosuka, Japan
Yokosuka, Japan
7th Fleet AOR
arrived Singapore
Yokosuka, Japan
returned from 3-week deployment
Readiness Exercise (REDEX) with ROK
Deployed
CVN-65 Enterprise
[news] 1 Dec 2012
17 Oct 2012
15 Oct 2012
xx Sep 2012
04 Jul 2012
04 Jun 2012
10 Jan 2012
10 Jan 2012
16 Dec 2011
21 Oct 2011
15 Jul 2011
11 Mar 2011
01 Mar 2011
19 Feb 2011
18 Feb 2011
16 Feb 2011
13 Jan 2011
26 Oct 2010
inactivates after final deployment
Stennis relieves Enterprise
Transits Suez Canal to 6th Fleet AOR
Deployment halfway point
At Sea, 5th Fleet AOR
At Sea, Arabian Gulf
started Composite Unit Training Exercise (COMPTUEX)
started Joint Task Force Exercise (JTFEX)
pre-deployment, completed 2-week underway
at homeport in Norfolk
returned to Norfolk
Red Sea steel beach picnic
Red Sea en route to the Suez Canal
Gulf of Aden
Red Sea - Visit, Board, Search and Seizure (VBSS) training
steamed with Kearsarge in Red Sea
deploys
completed Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX) Good to go
CVN-69 Eisenhower
[news]
17 Oct 2012
13 Aug 2012
17 Jul 2012
17 Jul 2012
02 Jul 2012
05 Jan 2012
08 Oct 2011
06 Jul 2011
13 Jun 2011
28 Feb 2011
28 Jul 2010
02 Jan 2010
Supporting OEF, 5th Fleet area of responsibility (AOR)
At Sea, 5th Fleet area of operations (AOO)
Relieving Lincoln soon
arrived 5th Fleet area of operations (AOO)
Mediterranean
not a peep of news since Navy Week
Norfolk Navy Week 2011
completes Flight Deck Certification
completed nine-month Planned Incremental Availability
PIA halfway review
returned to Norfolk
deployed
CVN-68 Nimitz [news] 17 Oct 2012
16 Aug 2012
14 Aug 2012
03 Jul 2012
14 Dec 2011
17 Sep 2011
17 Dec 2010
26 Mar 2010
started 18-day Composite Unit Training Exercise (COMPTUEX)
At Sea
At Sea, Pacific Ocean
Pearl Harbor port call, RIMPAC 2012
in port at Bremerton
left Puget Sound NSY drydock
entered drydock for 1 yr Docking Planned Incremental Availability
returned San Diego from 8-month WESTPAC
CVN-74 Stennis
[news] 17 Oct 2012
29 Sep 2012
27 Aug 2012
16 Jul 2012
11 May 2012
11 May 2012
02 Mar 2012
19 Jan 2012
05 Jan 2012
29 Dec 2011
27 Dec 2011
27 Nov 2011
17 Oct 2011
04 Aug 2011
02 Jun 2010
relieves Enterprise
At Sea, Pacific Ocean
departed for 8 month [not 6] deployment
will deploy 4 months early, to relieve Enterprise
deploy again by year's end
Bremerton homeport
ended 7 month deployment
entered 7th Fleet AOO
North Arabian Sea
transited Strait of Hormuz
departed Persian Gulf
5th Fleet AOR, Persian Gulf/Indian Ocean
at sea, supporting Operation Enduring Freedom
depart for deployment
started 6 month Planned Incremental Availability (PIA)
Surge Ready
CVN-75 Truman
[news] 24 Oct 2012
24 Oct 2012
24 Sep 2012
22 Aug 2012
28 Jul 2012
08 Jul 2012
16 Dec 2011
09 Nov 2011
18 Feb 2011
18 Feb 2011
25 Nov 2010
21 May 2010
completed Tailored Ship's Training Availability (TSTA)
successful Final Evaluation Problem (FEP)
Departs Norfolk for combat systems ship qualification trials
In port, Norfolk
completed flight deck certification and carrier qualifications
Completed 16-month docking planned incremental availability (DPIA)
undergoing repairs at Norfolk NSY in Portsmouth, VA
undergoing repairs at Norfolk NSY in Portsmouth, VA
dry-docking planned incremental availability (DPIA) prep
completed deployment
At sea, supporting operations in Afghanistan and Pakistan
deployed
Post-Deployed
CVN-72 Lincoln [news] 2014
2012
26 Oct 2012
07 Aug 2012
17 Jul 2012
17 Jul 2012
02 Jul 2012
21 May 2012
25 Jan 2012
22 Jan 2012
19 Jan 2012
10 Jan 2012
Dec 2011
18 Oct 2011
22 Feb 2011
11 Feb 2011
25 Sep 2010
27 Nov 2010
returns to the Fleet
begins 25-month RCOH
At sea, evading Hurricane Sandy at Norfolk
arrived Naval Station Norfolk
Relieved by Ike soon
arrived Antalya, Turkey
At Sea, Operation Enduring Freedom
operating in 5th Fleet AOR
operating in Persian Gulf
transited Strait of Hormuz
arrived 5th Fleet AOR for "routine deployment"
departed Thailand
changes homeport to Norfolk VA
arrived Everett WA homeport
Underway, South China Sea
completed OEF support
Entered 7th Fleet AOR
Underway, 5th Fleet AOR
Maintenance
CVN-77 George H.W. Bush [news]
01 Jan 2013
24 Aug 2012
11 Jun 2012
10 Dec 2011
25 Nov 2011
10 Nov 2011
02 Nov 2011
14 Jul 2011
14 Jun 2011
09 Jun 2011
16 May 2011
11 May 2011
23 Feb 2011
Completes 4-month Planned Incremental Availability (PIA)
started 4-month PIA
Atlantic Ocean training
Norfolk, end of deployment
Marseille, France, liberty port
5th Fleet AOR
steel beach at sea
departed Bahrain
departed Naples
entered Mediterranean
entered 6th Fleet AOR
departed Norfolk for maiden deployment
COMPTUEX & JTFEX completed
CVN-76 Reagan
[news] Jan 2013
10 Jan 2012
06 Jan 2012
21 Nov 2011
10 Nov 2011
06 Sep 2011
06 Sep 2011
16 Mar 2011
13 Feb 2011
15 Nov 2010
completes Planned Incremental Availability
arrived Bremerton, for 1 yr Planned Incremental Availability
departed for Bremerton
homeport San Diego
3rd Fleet AOR
operating in the 3rd Fleet area of operations
port visit to Pearl Harbor
relief efforts in Japan
started 6-month WESTPAC
completed a successful Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX)
CVN-70 Vinson
[news]
01 Feb 2013
03 Aug 2012
26 Jun 2012
15 May 2012
14 Jan 2012
09 Jan 2012
31 Dec 2011
29 Dec 2011
30 Nov 2011
09 Nov 2011
Jul 2011
01 May 2011
25 Feb 2011
17 Feb 2011
01 Dec 2010
12 Apr 2010
Completes 7-month Planned Incremental Availability (PIA)
Commenced 7-month Planned Incremental Availability (PIA)
Homeport, San Diego
Pearl Harbor, returning from WESTPAC
supporting Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF)
arrived Arabian Sea
at sea for WESTPAC
Hong Kong port visit
deployed for WESTPAC
at San Diego homeport
at San Diego homeport
Usama bin Laden burial at sea
Arabian Sea maritime security operations
Arabian Sea maritime security operations
deployed WESTPAC
arrived new homeport NAS North Island
CVN-71 Roosevelt
[news]
2013
Mar 2013
21 May 2012
27 Oct 2011
28 Oct 2009
returns to the Fleet
completes 3-year Refueling Complex Overhaul (RCOH)
crew move aboard (CMA)
midpoint of 3-year Refueling Complex Overhaul (RCOH)
started 4-year Refueling Complex Overhaul at Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding, Newport News, VA
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