Washington apparently does not currently assume that there will be an extreme military escalation in relation to Ukraine, Taiwan or Iran in the foreseeable future. Because only two out of ten aircraft carrier groups are currently in active use.
The aircraft carrier battle groups are considered the most important operational forces of the US Navy. In addition to the aircraft carrier (the “floating fortress”), such a carrier group usually includes at least one cruiser, a destroyer squadron of at least two destroyers and/or frigates, and depending on the order also submarines, logistics ships and a supply ship.
Especially in tense times, most of the ten carrier groups are on the high seas – and actually always in the vicinity of potentially explosive regions. In view of the fact that a war is raging in Ukraine, the Chinese People’s Liberation Army is increasing the pressure on Taiwan and tensions between Israel and Iran are once again increasing, the US Navy is behaving extremely cautiously.
Publicly accessible data (e.g. with the tracker from shiplocation.com) show that only two of the ten active-duty US carrier groups are far from their home ports: those of the USS George HW Bush (CVN-77) in the eastern Mediterranean and those of the USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) in the western Pacific near Japan . Four aircraft carriers are based in each of the ports on the west and east coasts of the United States. A clear graphic You will find here.
Does this mean that the strategists in Washington do not currently expect to be involved in a hot war anytime soon? An escalation of one of the three major global trouble spots (Ukraine, Taiwan and Iran) beyond the current status does not seem to be expected, at least for the next few weeks. Alternatively, it would also be conceivable for the fleets to be equipped for use and brought into top form.