Where are the carriers?

In over 80% of the times when the World was faced with international violence, the United States has responded with one or more carrier task forces.


Carriers in green are at sea, yellow are "surge capable", and red are in port.


In Indonesia, New Orleans, Haiti, and now Japan, it’s been evident that rapidly-deployable forces–especially amphibious warfare groups, carrier battle groups, and airborne forces–are invaluable in a crisis.

This sort of force projection still has its place, especially in stability operations.   Which, as we all know, are on par with traditional military operations.

(That ought to please both the COINtras and COINdinistas)

About Crispin Burke

Major Crispin Burke is a US Army aviator qualified in the UH-60 and LUH-72 helicopters. Major Burke has served in the 82nd Airborne Division, 10th Mountain Division, and Joint Task Force-Bravo in Honduras. In what is likely a sad statement on the state of humanity, Major Burke's writings, musings, and irreverent cartoons have been featured at Small Wars Journal, National Defense University, Foreign Policy Online, Wired Magazine, Egremont, the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Great Satan's Girlfriend.
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5 Responses to Where are the carriers?

  1. HandsofBlue says:

    Out of interest what exactly are CVN 68 and 74 up to near Canada?

  2. Starbuck says:

    Both are docked in Washington State for repairs, from what I gather.

  3. steve says:

    Both Carl Vinson (CVN74) and Nimitz (CVN-68) are based in Bremerton, WA.

  4. steve says:

    sorry, CVN 74 is John C. Stennis.

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