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USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: July 24, 2017

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These are the approximate positions of the U.S. Navy’s deployed carrier strike groups and amphibious ready groups throughout the world as of July 24, 2017. In cases where a CSG or ARG is conducting disaggregated operations, the map reflects the location of the capital ship.

Total U.S. Navy Battle Force:


Ships Underway

Deployed Ships Underway Non-deployed Ships Underway Total Ships Underway
64 25 89

Ships Deployed by Fleet

3rd Fleet 4th Fleet 5th Fleet 6th Fleet 7th Fleet Total
1 3 25 21 55 105

In the Western Pacific

Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Handling) 2nd Class Alex Williams directs an AV-8B Harrier assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 161 (Reinforced) on the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA-6) on July 16, 2017. US Navy Photo

The America Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) continue west. They have crossed the International Date Line and chopped into the 7th Fleet area of responsibility. With its headquarters in Yokosuka, Japan, the 7th Fleet is the Navy’s forward operational fleet in the western Pacific and a large portion of the Indian Ocean.

Ultimately, the America ARG/15th MEU will relieve the Bataan ARG in the Middle East.

The 15th MEU – embarked on the America ARG ships – includes the following units: a ground combat element with Marines from Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 5th Marines; an aviation combat element with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 161 (Reinforced); and a combat logistics element with Combat Logistics Battalion 15.

In the Coral Sea

U.S. and Royal Australian Navy ships from the Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group and the Bonhomme Richard Expeditionary Strike Group are underway in formation as part of a combined amphibious force during Talisman Saber 17 on July 22, 2017. US Navy Photo

The Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group and the Bonhomme Richard Expeditionary Strike Group with 31 Marine Expeditionary Unit embarked have completed the biennial Talisman Saber exercise off Northeast Australia.

Carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) is in Brisbane, Australia, conducting a port visit.

The Navy uses the term Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) when an Amphibious Ready Group is assigned surface combatants. USS Sterett (DDG-104), deployed to the western Pacific as part of the U.S. Pacific Fleet’s “3rd Fleet Forward” initiative, is the surface ship assigned to the Bonhomme Richard ESG.

In the Persian Gulf

Aviation Ordnanceman 2nd Class Jose Benavides, left, Aviation Ordnanceman Airman Brooklyn Roberts and Aviation Ordnanceman 3rd Class Michael Tunnish prepare to load a CATM-9X missile onto an aircraft aboard the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN-68) on July 14, 2017. US Navy Photo

The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group has now chopped into the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility and is inside the Persian Gulf. The Nimitz CSG is in position to conduct anti-ISIS strikes in Syria and Iraq. This places an aircraft carrier in the Gulf for the first time since May 29.

With its headquarters in Bahrain, U.S. 5th Fleet is the Navy’s component commander for U.S. Central Command.

In the Gulf of Aden, Red Sea

Sailors attached to Beach Master Unit 2 aboard the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD-5). US Navy Photo

The Bataan Amphibious Ready Group with the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit is operating off Yemen. The Bataan ARG/24th MEU has been in theater in March. The America ARG – currently in the Western Pacific – deployed July 7 from San Diego and will ultimately relieve Bataan ARG in the Middle East.

In the Strait of Gibraltar

Sailors perform post-flight checks on an F/A-18E Super Hornet attached to the “Tomcatters” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 31 on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) on July 20, 2017. US Navy Photo

The George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group is transiting the Strait of Gibraltar and is headed west. The CSG has completed operations in the eastern Mediterranean, where it was conducting anti-ISIS air strikes. USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77) has a port call planned in Portsmouth, U.K., before arriving at its homeport at Naval Station Norfolk, Va.

In the Atlantic

USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75) transits the Elizabeth River from Norfolk Naval Shipyard (NNSY) to conduct Sea Trials following a 10-month planned incremental availability. US Navy Photo

USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75) is underway for the first time in ten months on sea trials following a repair availability in the public Norfolk Naval Shipyard, Va.

During the availability, “maintenance and refurbishments were made to shipboard systems in preparation for future operations, including rehabilitating 90,000 square feet of Truman’s hangar bay, 7,000 square feet of its flight deck combing and scuppers, and 10,000 square feet of catwalk,” according to Naval Sea Systems Command.
“Refurbishments to crew living spaces included the rehabilitation of 12 berthing spaces, 10 heads and the preservation of 963 decks over the course of 309,000 man hours.”

In addition to these major formations, not shown are thousands of others sailors and Marines serving aboard submarines, individual surface ships, aircraft squadrons, SEAL teams, Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Forces and other units around the globe.