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

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.

US aircraft carriers currently at sea
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US aircraft carriers currently at sea

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.

(The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan by Dylan McCord/US Navy)

Source: Reuters

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.

(Photo by Aiyana S. Paschal/US Navy)

Source: USNI News

The USS Theodore Roosevelt visited the US territory of Guam on October 31, the first time the carrier has ever done so.

(Photo via Twitter/@PacificCommand)

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. 

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.

(Photo via United States Navy)

Source: Times of San DiegoUSNI News

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.

(Photo via US Pacific Fleet/Flickr)

Source: USNI News

The USS Abraham Lincoln finished its four-year mid-life Refueling and Complex Overhaul in May and is now going through qualifications.

(Sailors assigned to the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush prepare to moor USS Abraham Lincoln pierside in Norfolk, Virginia, September 7, 2017. By US Navy/Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Jennifer M. Kirkman)

Source: USNI News

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.

The Ford is the Navy's most sophisticated carrier — though it was built without urinals.

(An F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to Air Test and Evaluation Squadron 23 flies over USS Gerald R. Ford, July 28, 2017. Photo via United States Navy)


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