7 US aircraft carriers are at sea for the first time in years — here’s what they’re doing

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The aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan in the Pacific Ocean with ships assigned to Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2010 combined task force as part of a photo exercise north of Hawaii. US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Dylan McCord

For the first time in years, seven of the US Navy’s 11 nuclear aircraft carriers are at sea simultaneously, according to USNI News.

The USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76), USS Nimitz (CVN-68), and USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) are in the Western Pacific on operational deployments. They have full air wings and carrier escorts.

The USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) and USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74) are in the Eastern Pacific, while the USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) and the brand-new USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78) are in the Atlantic. Those four carriers are on training missions or doing workups before deployments.

All the carriers — including the ones converging on the Western Pacific — are on planned operations, but they all come during President Donald Trump’s 12-day trip to Asia. Below, you can see what each carrier is up to.

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title=”USS Ronald Reagan just finished a three-day long drill in the Sea of Japan. A Japanese destroyer and two Indian warships also took part.”
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title=”The USS Nimitz, the lead ship in the Nimitz class, visited Sri Lanka in October — the first time a US aircraft carrier had visited the country in over 30 years.”
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title=”The USS Theodore Roosevelt visited the US territory of Guam on October 31, the first time the carrier has ever done so.”
content=”The visit comes just three months after threats by Kim Jong Un to launch missiles near the island. More recently, China reportedly practiced bombing runs on Guam with H-6K ‘Badger’ bombers.”
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title=”USS Carl Vinson recently conducted training exercises off the coast of Southern California and is now doing a planned sustainment exercise and flight tests with the F-35C Lighting II fighter.”
content=”Source: Times of San Diego, USNI News
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title=”The USS John C. Stennis had been at the Kitsap-Bremerton naval base in Washington state for repairs but left port last week for the Eastern Pacific.”
content=”Source: USNI News
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title=”The USS Abraham Lincoln finished its four-year mid-life Refuelling and Complex Overhaul in May and is now going through qualifications.”
content=”Source: USNI News
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source=”US Navy/Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Jennifer M. Kirkman”
caption=”Sailors assigned to the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush prepare to moor USS Abraham Lincoln pierside in Norfolk, Virginia, September 7, 2017.”
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title=”The USS Gerald R. Ford, the first of the US Navy’s Gerald R. Ford class of aircraft carriers, is the largest and most advanced ship in the US fleet. It was commissioned in July and is undergoing trials and exercises before it fully joins the fleet.”
content=”The Ford is the Navy’s most sophisticated carrier — though it was built without urinals.”
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