WHO WE ARE
THIRD Fleet is a combat-ready power in control of ships, submarines, and aircraft stationed in California, Washington, and Hawaii. Our sea-going force includes five carrier strike groups, each consisting of a combination of cruisers, destroyers, and frigates. We also have more than 30 submarines and a dozen supply ships to support the strike groups. THIRD Fleet’s air forces comprises of more than 400 Navy aircraft, including F/A-18 Superhornets, E-2C Hawkeyes, AV-8B Harriers, AH-1Z Supercobras, and SH-60 Seahawks.
WHAT WE DO
THIRD Fleet plans and executes naval operations in the Pacific. Provides maritime homeland defense, regional security, and humanitarian operations support through integrated naval and coastguard forces acting as a single Sea Service. Strengthens relations between the U.S. and its allies and partners through joint, inter-agency and multinational exercises and operations like Rim of the Pacific, Pacific Partnership, and Fleet Weeks. Ensures realistic, relevant training to our people so they have the necessary skills to to promote peace and prevail in conflict.
WHY WE DO IT
The 70-80-90 rule: Approximately 70% of the planet is covered by water. Nearly 80% of the world’s population lives near water. About 90% of the world’s commerce travels by sea or the airspace above it. The Maritime Domain carries the lifeblood of a global system that links every country on earth, and the Navy is the branch of the U.S. military that fights on the domain, under it, and above it. The increased interdependent network of trade, finance, information, law, people, and governance encourages a peaceful global system as well as a global force for good to maintain it.