Earlier this year the USS Nimitz (CVN-68) entered Puget Sound Naval Shipyard for intermediate-level maintenence. (U.S. Navy photo.)
During the past year I have written several articles about naval aviation readiness and retention, and much is being done to reset the force in line with the 2018 National Defense Strategy and its focus on great power competition. Part of that reset involves a calculated reduction in deployments across the force. As USNI News reported last month, U.S. aircraft carrier deployments this year have been at a 25-year low, and there were 22 days in 2018 when no carriers were deployed at all. Some pundits might speculate what the Navy is up to, but overall there is good news and some key takeaways.