Carrier and amphibious strike groups deployed worldwide during 2006. some on routine schedules, others responding to surge requirements under the still-evolving Fleet Response Plan. All of this activity was tor the protection of U.S. interests, citizens, and friends. In January 2006 for example, the Navy surged three ships-the amphibious warship USS Oak Hill (LSD-51), the guided-missile destroyer USS Roosevelt (DDG-80), and the guided missile cruiser USS Vicksburg (CG-69)-earlier than planned to support time-critical maritime security operations in support of the war on terrorism in the Middle East. On the average last year, about 35 percent of the Navy's ships and crews-some 60.000 people-were deployed overseas, and another 45 percent were under way, attending to the nation's business at home and abroad, intent on ensuring that the fight against terrorism would remain an away game.
U.S. Navy in Review
By Scott C. Truver, with Julie Scrafford