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May 26, 2017 / iDriveWarships

To Win at Sea


Every day there are U.S. Navy Surface Force Sailors aboard ships around the globe, working hard to conduct vital maritime security missions. In a world filled with great power dynamics and a shifting security environment, it’s imperative that the Surface Fleet are prepared to answer the call in times of crisis and provide operational commanders flexible, scalable options to hold potential adversaries at risk and at range.

More than 150 deployable ships and 80 support commands are focused on the ability to achieve and sustain sea control in order to protect the homeland from afar, build and maintain global security, and win decisively, Naval Surface Forces maintain the capability to be where it matters, when it matters. The Surface Fleet is dedicated to being Forward, Visible, and Ready.

Forward- The Naval Surface Force includes eight different types of ships designed for a wide variety of missions, from guided missile cruisers that can protect carrier battle groups or operate independently, to mine countermeasures ships that can search for and clear explosive sea mines. Our ships operate in every ocean around the world, providing a presence that allows us to respond quickly to both routine and emergent maritime security issues. When being there matters most, our ships are able to execute military missions across a wide geography, building greater transparency, reducing the risk of miscalculation or conflict, and promoting a shared maritime environment.

The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Stethem (DDG 63), USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG 54), USS Barry (DDG 52) and USS McCampbell (DDG 85) transit the Philippine Sea in formation for a photo exercise during Valiant Shield 2016. Valiant Shield is a biennial, U.S. only, field-training exercise with a focus on integration of joint training among U.S. forces. This is the sixth exercise in the Valiant Shield series that began in 2006. Carrier Strike Group Five (CSG 5) is on patrol in the Philippine Sea supporting security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Andrew Schneider/Released) 160923-N-XQ474-258

Visible- Being seen persistently in oceans around the world, Surface Force warships assure allies and partners by deterring potential adversaries from disrupting freedom of maneuver in international waters. These ships also promote global stability by helping to protect sea lanes used for global trade and economic growth, keeping goods and commerce flowing the world over.

Ready- The Surface Fleet is committed to maintaining combat readiness, material readiness, and personnel readiness in order to be the best warfighters possible. Maintaining readiness in these key areas allows the Surface Force to respond quickly and effectively in times of crisis. Providing credible combat power, Naval Surface warships are ready to respond when called upon providing operational commanders options to control areas of the ocean and hold potential adversaries at risk, at range, whether at sea or ashore.

Our presence, deterrence, and power projection all play a part in the ability to exert sea control when and where it’s needed, for as long as it’s needed. Whether it’s assisting allies during a disaster relief operation, or conducting amphibious operations in littorals, the ability to control the sea is the precondition for any operation undertaken by the Surface Fleet – despite the number of vital missions carried out, the greatest, regardless of task, is winning at sea.

Given the scope of abilities and proclivity for superior execution, the mobile, lethal, and flexible instrument of national power that is the Naval Surface Force. The Surface Force is truly the world’s predominant maritime power – and we wouldn’t have it any other way!




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