Dramatic responses to humanitarian crises-on the far side of the world as well as at home-punctuated 2005 for the U.S. Navy, even as it continued to work through requirements to set Sea Power 21 in motion and carry out a broad array of missions and tasks to support the Global War on Terrorism. The Navy provided vital support to U.S. and multinational coalition forces on the ground in Afghanistan, Iraq, the Philippines, and other hot spots worldwide, including the launch of carrier-based strikes against insurgents and remnants of al Qaeda in Afghanistan. Navy support to specialoperations teams included training FiIipino forces for enhanced security in the southern islands and civil action in Sirawi, where more than 1,000 patients received medical and dental care. These and other activities around the world underscored the valuable peacetime humanitarian relief and crisis-response-in addition to warfighting-roles of America's Navy.
The U.S. Navy in Review
By Scott C. Truver, with David Goodman