Six Navy Ships in 4th Fleet

USCGC Stratton (WMSL-752), left, and the U.S. Navy Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS McCampbell (DDG-85) maneuver in formation during Talisman Sabre 2019 on July 11, 2019. US Navy Photo

Having watched the US Naval Institute News’ Fleet and Marine Tracker for some time, I am a bit surprised to see six ship assigned to Fourth Fleet, inspite of the on going COVID-19 problem. Six ships is only 2% of the Navy’s 296 “battleforce” ships (Note, the 3 Mayport based Cyclone class patrol craft that sometimes assist in drug enforcement are not counted among the 296), but it is far more than we typically see in the area. Unfortunately the USNI site gives us no information about what type ships are deployed or where they are. (Pacific or Caribbean?) 

This is the first solid evidence I have seen that the Navy is actually going to carry through on their stated intention to surge assets for drug enforcement. There were four ships reported in the area on April 13, also an unusually high number. There were six reported on April 6. March 30, there were two. March 23 there was only one. Prior to that it was ususally one ship, on rare occasions two, sometimes none. 

Supposedly additional aircraft and other assets are also being assigned to support the ships.

78 thoughts on “Six Navy Ships in 4th Fleet

  1. Again only two Navy ships in 4th Fleet AOR. Kind of expected we would see something like this. Big splash when they finally “surged” six ships (because escorts became available when a carrier due to deploy was broke), but now we seldom see more than two.

  2. I know this is getting routine, but again, two Navy vessels operating under 4th Fleet.

    But there is some other interesting news in this weeks Fleet Tracker. Both a Carrier Battle Group (in the Gulf of Alaska) and an Amphibious Ready Group (in the Aleutians) are participating in operation Northern Edge 2021.

    They also talk about what USCGC Hamilton and the two Webber class are doing in the Med and Black Sea.

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