When the United States Navy has 6 aircraft carriers underway, at sea, at the same time, that is noteworthy. It is something the Chief of Naval Operations, Adm. John Richardson, told Congress about today. He called it a milestone. What it represents is 55% of our total carrier forces being underway. It speaks well for the dedication and determination of the Department of the Navy to meet the nations obligations. Russia and China are constantly pushing the envelope of international relations. This is one way to address that issue. It also reminds one that the resource is limited, needs maintenance, and needs to be in port for all those reasons.
As Written By Hope Hodge Seck, Military Times:
As the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower entered the Mediterranean Sea this week, Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson told lawmakers on Capitol Hill the deployment has historic import for the Navy.
Speaking at a meeting of the Congressional Shipbuilding Caucus on Tuesday morning, Richardson provided new details about the Navy’s missions in two high-profile regions.
American warships are operating in the South China Sea, where intensifying territorial counterclaims and aggressive actions by China are responsible for heightening tension, and the Middle East, where two carriers — the Harry S. Truman and the Eisenhower — now are positioned to carry out airstrikes against targets of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, or ISIS.
As of last week, Richardson said, the Navy had six carriers underway — a development he called “a milestone.”
Two conducted coastal training operations, while four were forward deployed, including Eisenhower, Truman, the John C. Stennis in the South China Sea, and the Japan-based Ronald Reagan, which began its 2016 patrol in the Pacific last week…….
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