The flexible and scalable nature of U.S. naval power as an instrument of national security policy was shown by the operations conducted during 1999," Secretary of the Navy Richard Danzig emphasized in his Department of the Navy 2000 Posture Statement. "Five Aircraft Carrier Battle Groups (CVBGs) and five Marine Expeditionary Units (MEUs) embarked in Amphibious Ready Groups (ARGs) deployed during the year, manned by more than 55,000 Sailors and Marines." The Navy and Marine Corps contributed significantly to operations in Kosovo, carried out high-intensity tasks in support of Operation Southern Watch in the Arabian Gulf, and participated in numerous humanitarian missions—from the Eastern United States, buffeted by Hurricane Floyd, to earthquake-devastated Turkey to East Timor, ravaged by political instability and violence. "Significantly, despite heavy operational commitments, naval assets were drawn mostly from normally deployed rotational forces rather than surge deployments," Secretary Danzig underscored.
The U.S. Navy In Review
By Scott C. Truver