U.S. Strength in the Persian Gulf
As of Feb. 24:
The military sealift command forces in the gulf include: 18 ships, 189 U.S. Navy personnel, 844 civilian mariners and 64 oceanographers. Naval forces enroute to the 5th Fleet include: five ships, 30 aircraft, 4,740 sailors and marines.
Currently, two U.S. naval battle groups are in the Gulf, each led by a carrier:
Crew: 5,500 Carrier Air Wing 1:
SQUADRON TYPE AIRCRAFT No. (Approx.) VF-102 Fighter F-14B 14 VFA-82 Strike Fighter F/A-18C 12 VFA-86 Strike Fighter F/A-18C 12 VMFA-251 Marine Strike Fighter F/A-18C 10 VAQ-137 Tactical Elec. Warfare EA-6B 4 VAW-123 Carrier Early Warning E-2C 4 HS-11 Helicopter SH-60F 4 HH-60H 2 VQ-6 Fleet Air Reconn. ES-3A 3 VS-32 Sea Control S-3B 8
Crew: 5,000 Carrier Air Wing 5:
SQUADRON TYPE AIRCRAFT No. (Approx.) VF-154 Fighter F-14B 10 VFA-27 Strike Fighter F/A-18C 12 VFA-192 Strike Fighter F/A-18C 12 VFA-195 Strike Fighter F/A-18C 12 VAQ-136 Tactical Elec. Warfare EA-6B 5 VAW-115 Carrier Early Warning E-2C 4 HS-14 Helicopter SH-60F 4 HH-60H 2 VQ-5 Fleet Air Reconn. ES-3A 3 VS-21 Sea Control S-3B 8 VRC-30 Fleet Logistics Support C2-A 2
Note: The Navy reports that a carrier airwing is usually loaded with more than 4.6 million pounds of air launched missiles, laser-guided bombs, general purpose bombs and ammunition including: Harpoon, HARM, Maverick, Sidewinder, Sparrow, Walleye, AMRAAM, Shrike, SLAM, Phoenix, and Vulcan 20mm shells.
Guided Missile Frigates:
Fast Combat Support Ship:
Mine Countermeasures Ship:
USS GUAM: Is a multi-purpose amphibious assault ship which essentially acts as a small aircraft carrier that serves to put troops on hostile shores.
Ship's company numbers 900, including 2,000 combat-ready Marines from the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, which is also capable of Special Operations. The ship also has an Aviation Combat Element Reinforced section which includes:
USS Shreveport: Is a versatile ship which acts as an amphibious transport used to land Marines, their equipment and supplies. Landings are achieved through the use of embarked landing craft or amphibious vehicles augmented by helicopters in amphibious assault. Ship's company of 420.
USS Ashland (ship's company of 340) and USS Oak Hill (ship's company of 340): Are both Dock Landing Ships which serve to support a variety of amphibious operations and landings onto hostile shores.
(Source: U.S. Navy)
Jabir Air Base, Kuwait: 36 aircraft, including F-117 stealth jets and several A-10 ground attack planes and F-16 fighter jets.
Incirlik Air Base, Turkey:
Sheik Isa Airfield, Bahrain
Prince Sultan Air Base, Saudi Arabia
British forces: Britain has eight Tornado attack planes in bases in Kuwait.
The British Navy has also moved the carrier Invincible to the Gulf. The Invincible carries six Royal Air Force Harrier attack jets, eight other planes and 11 helicopters. It is now equipped with more than 540 Tomahawk cruise missiles—more than twice as many as were launched during the entire Gulf War.
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