Where Are Our Carriers?

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(Jan. 22, 2011) The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) is underway in the Strait of Malacca. Carl Vinson and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 17 are on a deployment to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class James R. Evans/Released)

Where are our carriers? Long a question asked by our Presidents during times of crisis. Today we have eleven aircraft carrier battle groups and today around the world five are deployed. They are:

USS Enterprise (CVN 65) – Atlantic Ocean
USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) – port visit Port Klang, Malaysia
USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) – 5th Fleet
USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) – Pacific Ocean
USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) – Atlantic Ocean

For a comparison of aircraft carriers around the world, click here. The United Kingdom and France are planning additional large deck carriers for their fleets and it finally appears that the Chinese Navy will add aircraft carriers to her fleet.

In 1998 China bought from Ukraine the Varyag, a 67,500-ton Kuznetsov-class attack aircraft carrier about two-thirds complete. China’s first carrier could become operational in the near future, and will probably be used to learn the intricacies of carrier air operations.

Chinese carrier nears completion (former Russian ship Varyag).

If you would like to know more facts about our current Naval forces, visit the U. S. Navy site here…

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