U.S. Navy Has Seven of Its Eleven Aircraft Carriers Underway

With the departure of USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) from Naval Base Guam, the U.S. Navy has seven out of its eleven aircraft carriers simultaneously underway for training and operations.

The Nimitz class carrier departed Guam on May 21 after arriving there on March 27 following a COVID-19 outbreak. The ship left Naval Base Guam and entered the Philippine Sea to conduct carrier qualification flights for the embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 11.

USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) Departs Naval Base Guam
USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) departs Naval Base Guam on May 21, 2020. (U.S. Navy photo by MCSN Kaylianna Genier)

The other six Navy aircraft carriers that are underway are five Nimitz-class carriers – USS Nimitz (CVN-68), USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69), USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72), USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75) and USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) – and the first Gerald R. Ford-class carrier, USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78).

According to the U.S. Navy, the current locations of other six currently underway U.S. Navy aircraft carriers are as follows:

+ USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (Ike) is in the Arabian Sea
+ USS Nimitz and USS Abraham Lincoln are in the East Pacific
+ USS Ronald Reagan is in the West Pacific
+ USS Harry S. Truman and USS Gerald R. Ford are in the Atlantic

USS Nimitz departed Naval Base Kitsap, Bremerton in Washington state on April 27 for training and deployment after completing her Carrier Incremental Availability at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard & Intermediate Maintenance Facility (PSNS & IMF). The aircraft carrier completed a 27-day quarantine period and tested all hands for coronavirus disease (COVID-19) prior to departure to “ensure the crew was healthy and ready to conduct operations at sea”.

USS Dwight D. Eisenhower is currently in the Arabian Sea. Last month, the Dwight D. Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group (CSG) conducted a bilateral interoperability exercise with the French Navy in the area.

USS Abraham Lincoln departed Naval Air Station North Island in San Diego, California on May 7 for operations in the eastern Pacific. According to the Navy, Abraham Lincoln will be conducting routine operations in the U.S. 3rd Fleet area of operations.

USS Harry S. Truman is in the Atlantic Ocean off the U.S. coast. The carrier was ordered to remain at sea in the Western Atlantic, following its successful deployment to the U.S. 5th Fleet and 6th Fleet areas of operation, to protect the crew from the risks posed by the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak.

USS Ronald Reagan departed Yokosuka Naval Base in Japan for sea trials after the completion of her selected restricted availability (SRA) by the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard & Intermediate Maintenance Facility (PSNS & IMF) at the PSNS & IMF Detachment Yokosuka.

USS Gerald R. Ford departed Naval Station Norfolk in Norfolk, Virginia to commence the second round of carrier qualifications (CQ) for Fleet Replacement Squadron (FRS) pilots. Early last month, she concluded her first-ever Fleet Replacement Squadron (FRS) carrier qualifications (CQ). Gerald R. Ford is a first-in-class aircraft carrier and the first new aircraft carrier designed in more than 40 years.

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